10 Things Grateful, Even Without a Nap

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He’s trying to figure out what happened to the rest of him.

The orbit’s closing, at least.

I can get through my blog cycle in a week. I’ve done it twice in a row, even. I seem to surface in time for the weekly gratitude. I’m grateful for that.

There’s so much more to do, though.

I have some wonderful guest posts lined up. I’ve done some work I’m proud of on websites I admire. I want to share those, too. It’s awesome, though, to visit some sites I haven’t in a while.

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10 Things Thankful, Even Without Donuts

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I try not to fritter away my time these days.

I’m thankful to have a chance to reverse the hands of time a little.

I’m not bringing back disco or even Boy George. It’s my smile. My pearly white smile. It used to be pearly-er. But time and Coke Zero have taken a bite or two out of the wattage.

EnterSmile Brilliant. They’ve sent me a kit to whiten my teeth at home. I overcame my struggles actually making my own dental impressions (I’m a pro now) and I’m set to take the first step.

I’m writing about my journey to getting that beacon in my mouth beacon-y again. I’m so serious about this. I’m even giving up Coke Zero while I whiten. You know that’s serious.

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10 Things To Be Thankful For – Plus a Free Donut

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I’ll regret this in the morning.

Wait, it’s morning already. 2 a.m. almost. I’ve worked two straight days with Target shifts tacked on and I have another tomorrow. Er, today.

Friday.

I’m grateful for the very energy that I’ll curse come morning. Although I’m vowing to snap up at the 6 a.m. bell. We’ll see how it goes.

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#AtoZChallenge: K is for Kids’ Questions (Which Can Lead to Go Ask Daddy and Other Posts)

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Just checking in on the sugar-bearing Santa, while waiting for Madison to get out of work.

Let’s get at this.

GAD GRAPHICIt’s not like the girls’ questions have ever stopped. No, dad just doesn’t answer them on the internet like he used to. He’s all … responsible. Writing stuff for his job, journaling, sitting perfectly still in his recliner, silent.

It’s different from when he does this after eating pizza.

At that point, he’s reclined and grinning like a baby with gas. No, he’s actually meditating. That’s fine and all, but Go Ask Daddy posts don’t just write themselves.

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#J is for Just Zip It, Parents (a Guest Post From Madison)

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I took this while waiting to pick up Madison from work one night. I wonder if anyone saw me.

Highway travel.

Vegas. Any weekend convention, if you’re a lot of guys. A wedding reception.

Definitely the parental sideline at any youth athletics event.

These are all places humans have gravitated toward boorish and ill-advised behavior. Today’s guest post is from my oldest, Madison, who, like her sisters, says she blocks out the noise from the familial upline, but what she wrote today demonstrates otherwise.

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#AtoZChallenge: I is for It’s Not Always Racism (Even When Pizza is Involved)

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Two girls walk into a pizza parlor.

Stop me if you’ve heard this one. It’s kind of late for a school night. They’ve just lost a playoff soccer game. Thoughts turn from how to build an attack, to where can we load up on pizza. As a team, we just want a place to sit and eat and be together.

The internet says the place is open until 10.

It’s almost 9. Only, the person behind the counter asks the girls, are you going to order? We close at 9. The girls tell them the door says 10, and so does the internet. It’s wrong. So are you going to order?

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#AtoZChallenge: H is For Here, as in Far From Here (Guest Post by Beatrice Pittoco)

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I’ve been strict with water and sleep and even exercise.

In fact, lots of puzzle pieces of life are fitting together. As they should. Not the forced way we did as kids. One by one, the frame, the corners. Maybe something in the middle, like a hamster or eyeglasses or even Sandra Bullock.

A piece I haven’t put into place is writing and that is a shame not because of my words being bottlenecked, but the words of talented and feeling friends that sit idle in my folders, a place you could never appreciate them. I wish I’d posted this on Father’s Day.

Beatrice Pittoco has been here before, in a #GirlsRock piece. It was beautiful and moving and included her incredible photography. She’s back today, sharing a poignant piece about a place she’d love to build a tunnel to.

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#AtoZChallenge: G is for guest post – Lauren Mayhew, on buried treasure

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I love reading about writing.

It’s how we get better, right? That, and eating vanilla wafers. (Science has yet to chime in on the wafers as of this publication date.) Today’s guest writer, Lauren Mayhew, writes a fantastic blog about writing.

She also managed to complete the A to Z Challenge and did this really cool theme about songs played on her iPod.

Today, she’s here to expand upon her recent 6-words answer to this prompt. (No, that post hasn’t published yet!) Lauren has an awesome imagination and invites us to chime in with our answers here, too.

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#AtoZChallenge: F is for Finally, he’s writing again (Thanks Cheryl Strayed!)

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So, it’s been a minute.

And by a minute, I mean a month. Holy hell – how did April get outta here so fast? Everyone’s wrapped up their #AtoZChallenge, and I’m still stretching my hamstrings. Yes, I’m on the letter F. And there’s plenty to post about.

I have a guest post from Madison, even, that she sent me as a PDF and why do post-millennials do things so differently than we do?

I also have a guest post from Lauren Mayhew that you’re going to love. And the rest of my posts about looking for my next job. I got plenty of words: What I don’t have is plenty of space in the day to write such things.

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#AtoZChallenge: E is for is he EVER going to catch up?

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It’s never too late to be thankful, right?

I’ve tried to tie my weekly Go Ask Daddy posts to the Friday gratitude attitude going around the blogging world. The combination ranks higher than, say, those KFC-Taco Bell duos you find sometimes out and about.

It’s been a while since I’ve sat down to jot the good stuff in my notebook, though.

I’ve been thankful for, you know, a job that offers benefits and enough dough to get my kids off free lunch. This feels like the American dream to me. But I want to make this list not just about that because I’m almost kind of tired of writing about it.

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