Month: May 2013

Blog-o-Rama Day 10: Stars

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From the time I can remember I wanted to be an actress. I yearned to walk the red carpet, to have strangers ask for my autograph, and most of all to have the opportunity to pretend to be someone else. So, for today’s prompt, stars, I decided to blog about this long dreamed aspiration of mine.

I had my shot at the acting life. It may have been brief, but I took it and in hindsight gave up too quickly. However, I’ve come to realize in life that everything happens for a reason. The good and the bad both have a place in this journey we call life. My journey was meant to include tiny stints in Los Angeles, studying theatre at USC and later as an extra in American Pie. Both of those experiences help create the woman I am today.

Now, I have realized that acting is not the only profession that will provide me the outcome of living other people’s lives. As I was writing my novel I realized that creating these characters on the page is as satisfying (if not more so) as acting. In fact, as an author I have full authority over what happens to my characters. I’m not bound by someone else’s script or dialogue.

Wow! What a revelation!

The lesson to take away from this is that even if the life you thought you had planned for yourself doesn’t work out, another path is waiting for you. And that path may be more incredible than you ever thought possible. Stars will align. Maybe not in the formation you originally intended, but they will align just the same.

Happy writing, my friends!

Blog-o-Rama, Days 8 & 9: Shapes and A Snack

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I’m killing two birds with one stone today. I neglected my blogging duties yesterday in order to attend to my teaching duties at last night’s Make It, Take It opportunity for our school’s second graders. But I am back at it tonight and rolling two prompts into one for your reading pleasure. 🙂

Yesterday’s prompt was shapes, so the snack I chose for today’s prompt is filled with lovely little squares. I always loved squares (I really am kidding) and candy is one of the best places to find them (true, but weird). These chocolatey delicious squares belong to an Anthony-Thomas Crispy Crunch fundraising bar. I think just about every student I have is selling these for some club or sport right now. This one came from one of my dear friends, and fellow teacher, who keeps her daughter’s stash in her classroom. Much too handy for me to pass up. Thank goodness she’s almost out!

Until tomorrow, my friends.

Blog-o-Rama, Day 7: Something That Begins with F

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FUR! It happens to be one of my favorite wardrobe accessories. I’m rarely seen without at least a tuft or two dangling from my pant legs. The fur in this photo belongs to one of our two dogs, Colby Jack. His yellow fur makes him an oddball in the world of Miniature Australian Shepherds, but once I saw his picture, I had to bring him home. He brings me lots of joy and has provided endless moments of laughter in the past few years. Of course, dog fur isn’t the only type of fur you might find on my clothing. I’ve been known to sport horse fur, cat fur, and rabbit fur on occasion as well. Thanks goodness Doug and Jillian aren’t allergic to my furry friends!!

Blog-o-Rama, Day 6: Broken

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Broken… in my home, what isn’t broken? We live in a circa 1890’s farmhouse in need of lots of improvements. For today’s photo, I chose this porcelain doorknob which I bought as a replacement for one of our doors. Sadly, it has never made it to its destination.

The doorknob isn’t the only occasion of brokenness in my century-old home. We have a portion of our hallway that needs either new plaster or drywall. Right now it is beautifully exposed lath board. That’s all the rage on the home improvement shows, I’m sure!

The funny thing is, beyond the broken plaster, cracking walls, and ill-fitting doorknobs, nothing about my home is broken. I have the most wonderful husband a girl could ask for. He willingly puts up with my traveling, writing, studying, animal adopting, and complaining (not necessarily in that order) and somehow loves me in spite of my downfalls. My daughter Jillian is the most precious little girl I could ever want. I marvel at her sweetness and unrestricted aspirations daily. So even though the walls of my home may need repair, the love that is inside remains wholly intact. What more could I ask for? 

Blog-o-Rama, Day 5: Paper

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Paper… wow! So much is made from paper! I thought about money, but that didn’t really inspire me. I thought about posting a pic of my marriage license, but that would require me digging through my house to try to locate it… nah, too ambitious for a Sunday afternoon. Then it hit me. I’ve done a ton of scrapbooking in the last fifteen years. So, I decided for this prompt that I had to post a pic of something I created from paper. Something that means quite a bit to me. In fact, the item I chose is one of just a handful of things I would grab if I were forced to evacuate my home in a hurry.

It’s Jillian’s scrapbook.

She has more than one, so I would have my hands full in an emergency situation, but photos are like little mini-memories. You just can’t get them back once they are gone. After much debate, I finally settled on two pictures. One is a Favorite Things layout from Summer 2008, and the other is a Life’s a Beach page from our Spring 2008 Hilton Head Island vacation. I couldn’t decide between the two of them, so I hope you’ll indulge me and enjoy them both.