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Describe a Moment of Change

June 7, 2017

And how you dealt with it.

Or at least I hope that is what the question was. Now that I think back, I hope it didn’t read a Moment of Challenge. But I think my answer might still apply.

I had my first of what I hope will be two interviews for a 12-month position at the school board. This was one of the questions.

My answer?

A chuckle. Then I answered, “I go through great change every 75 days!”

I spoke about how the girls and I work as a unit, stronger together. I spoke about some times getting only 12 hours notice. About putting myself aside to help my daughters adjust to life without the Chief. For 21 years. I talked about how we as a family have discussed the ramifications of what a 12-month job would mean for us, especially while the Chief was at sea.

You have to have routine but you have the be flexible enough for the changes that pop up. Or challenges.

Next up I hope to be one of two candidates called in on Friday for a follow-up interview with the Big Man. A decision will then be made either late Friday or on Monday before the School Board Meeting. Sigh. I hate waiting. Good thing T1 is getting her wisdom teeth out and I have that and house cleaning to occupy my time.


Thing 1 is Testing Her Limits

February 18, 2013

or as I was going to title this “I Know Why Some Animals Eat Their Young.”

I remember such a dramatic shift in how I perceived my mother between the ages of 12 and 14. It was such a complete change that it has colored my relationship with her to this day and forms the basis of my relationship with my own daughters. Watching T1 grow into a teenager scares me in more ways than one.

Ask the Chief–I was so worried about being hands-off, too tough, not emotionally attached to the girls. Then each of them fights to be able to sit next to me and cuddle. I really don’t have any childhood memories like that. But I do want my children to always see me as strong … because I’m not. Not always.

So we’ve been playing our Nancy Drew computer games. It’s family time and it is focused time, playing hours on end. T1 started playing on her own–first replaying one or two that we had already solved and then finishing up two games we had started but for what ever reason we just never finished. Good for her! She’s getting the logic puzzles down and can move forward without too much frustration.

Yesterday as she’s working on one of the unfinished games she comes to give me status reports. And to rub it in my face.

“I found the right monkey and got the pulley you need.”


“You never did.”


A little later….

“I found the sunken ship.”


“That’s farther than you ever got.”


Still later….

“I got stuck in a cave and you have to call George to open it from the outside. Did you know you can switch between the two?”


“Did you?”

“Not yet.”

“Didn’t you find the walkie-talkies?”

“Yes. I just hadn’t done that yet.”

“Ha! I got farther than you and know how to do that.”

“Back this truck up, missy. You are bordering on bragging and certainly have moved into disrespecting me.”

I laid the hammer down and sent her on her way. I later pulled her aside.

“I know you’re smart. I know I’m smarter in many ways than my mother but you won’t see me disrespecting her. Yes, we tease her and we make fun of her … but I don’t do what you are doing. I know you’re smart. I want to congratulate you on doing a good job in the game but once you start throwing in ‘I’m smarter than you because I got farther than you’ I don’t want to tell you ‘Good job.’ It’s rude and disrespectful. I know how smart you are and I want you to keep learning and trying. And you’re going to be smarter than me one day. But you better be respectful about it. Today you are not.”

I guess this is the equivalent of boys and their fathers beating on their chests and challenging for supremacy, just a lot less physical. I will admit I was tempted to wipe that obnoxious grin off her face though.


Writing Workshop: Never Say Never…

October 19, 2011

1.) Follow the template I copied (Mama Kat) from The Pioneer Woman without her permission and list 22 things you’ve never done. It was actually hard to see what the pattern was… Mama Kat’s list is very different from Pioneer Woman’s. I thought you were supposed to use the first part like 1. Set foot in (______). Actually I think it’s just supposed to be a list of things you’ve never done. Some I will never even attempt–I do not think there is enough money in the world to make me do #3–and some I hope to do. Others are just silly. Enjoy.

I’m thirty-seven and a half years old.

And I’ve never:

1. Set foot in Ireland.

2. Bathed in the Great Lakes.

3. Eaten escargot.

4. Been to Atlanta, Georgia. shoot–I just remembered I’ve been to the AIRPORT in Atlanta but that really doesn’t count.

5. Mountain climbed.

6. Starred in a Disney on Ice show.

7. Seen Halloween or know why Michael wears a hockey mask.

8. Cast a shadow in Asia.

9. Ridden in a hot air balloon.

10. Enjoyed Sex on the Beach … or a Cosmopolitan (I know what some of you were thinking!).

11. Cooked fresh fish. (Frozen fish sticks do not count.)

12. Parlez-vous français?

13. Been called liberal.

14. Flown a plane.

15. Been to a ski lodge, or skied for that matter.

16. Explored a sunken pirate ship.

17. Understood how x can be anything but a letter.

18. Walked a mile in anyone else’s shoes but my own.

19. Sung karaoke.

21. Read Gone With the Wind. And I’m not sure I’ve sat through the movie either.

22. Told my mother or mother in law about this blog.

This Week’s Prompts

1.) Follow the template I copied from The Pioneer Woman without her permission and list 22 things you’ve never done.

2.) Tell about a time you accidentally “replied all” or sent an email to the wrong person by mistake.

3.) Describe a meal your spouse actually cooks better than you.

4.) Share the story behind your current Facebook and/or Twitter profile photo.

5.) Write a Haiku for Fall and pair it with a favorite Fall photo you’ve taken this year.

If you want to know more about Mama Kat’s Writing Workshop, click on that trophy over there…


Writing Workshop: Rhythmically Challenged

June 3, 2011

3. Describe a talent or flaw that seems to be in your genes. Is it genetic to really have no rhythm whatsoever? I know my high school band teacher shook her head in dismay and disgust as I proved over and over again that I cannot keep a beat. I really had to work hard to keep up in marching band—I did not want to be that uber-goober marching the wrong way and out of step with everyone. Sometimes I gave up playing the flute just so I could keep counting the steps to the routine.  This served two purposes: I was in step and I wasn’t playing half a beat behind.

I can’t dance either. Yeah, the White Man Overbite is about it. You need rhythm for anything else more complicated. There is no shaking my money maker–the bank is broke.

I am thankful that DH is musically and rhythmically talented.

Higher math and I do not seem to be genetically compatible either. And there is a proved correlation between math and music I hear. You will not be able to convince me that “x” is anything but a letter. I have run into a lady, a walking genius, who assures me she has a tried and true way to help get over this roadblock. She said if she can get baseball players to understand math in baseball terms, all she has to do is find out what would work for me. I said I would call her if T1 needs tutoring but I’m not budging. “X” is a letter or a group of really good-looking mutants.

So DH has passed on his math and music genes to T1 and T2 as well. Again, music=math, math=music. T1 has her scores for her standardized tests and once again got a perfect on math and history. T2’s scores have not been posted. T1’s reading score (and I’ve ranted about this before) was her lowest in three years. While I am for personal responsibility—she could honestly read more and that would provide all the improvement she needs—but I question what she’s been taught. One week before school is out and she finally has a reading project due? Shouldn’t we have been doing projects like this all year long?

Summer “school” will include an hour a day of math with DH and at least an hour of reading a day. I’m not ready for middle school.

Writing Prompts:

1.) Six Word Memoir: Write about a significant time in your life in just six words.
2.) “One need not be a chamber to be haunted, One need not be a house. The brain has corridors surpassing material place”. -Emily Dickinson What haunts you?
3.) Describe a talent or flaw that seems to be in your genes.
4.) What are you passionate about?
5.) Comfort food at it’s finest. Share a family favorite recipe you loved as a child.

Bonus Vlog Option!
Sometimes it’s hard to put yourself out there on video, but it’s a fun and different option for a post and a great way for your readers to get to know you better. The problem is many of us don’t know what to vlog about…this bonus prompt option will give you the inspiration you need to create a short video for your blog. Now to drum up the courage…

6.) Create a video that shows what a typical day looks like at your house.

If you want to know more about Mama Kat’s Writing Workshop, click on that trophy over there…

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