#AtoZChallenge: S is for Superpowers (a guest post from Cindy of Simple Steps)

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I read so much these days.

AtoZ2019SI’ve migrated from Elephant Journal and Thought Catalog to Medium and Success Magazine. Plus, lots of blogs. So many blogs. Especially during the #AtoZchallenge. To write on the challenge and not read is like ordering caffeine-free Coke Zero.

On purpose.

All this reading can lead a writer to other writers. That’s how I found today’s guest poster, Cindy. Cindy writes the blog Simple Steps for Living Life. Learn to save time, money and sanity on her site. Good gravy, I could use to conserve a little of all three.

Cindy’s a guest blogger today to tell us what superpower she’d like to have.

She’s such an inviting writer and I feel like her words will resonate with so many of you. Please give her a warm CD welcome, and be sure to check out Simple Steps for Living Life – unless you’re content with things complicated and angsty.

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If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

I’m toying with the idea of freezing time but still being able to move. As a mom, my first thought: I could clean the house and then freeze time. I’d sit on my clean couch and read a book – probably an organizational one so I would feel even better about myself. I have three kids and between them and me we can trash a place faster than a tornado. Plus, I’m the person in our family known as The Spiller and we have a 6-year-old!

AHA! The Spiller title could finally be eradicated. For too many years this label has followed me around like crumbs from a cracker. Or maybe it stuck because of the crumb trail I have the habit of leaving behind if I am eating and walking.

Freezing time could eliminate my title. As soon as my little Pigpen mess starts to emerge, I could quickly Swiffer it up before anyone would see it. Or just as I knock a full cup of Kool-Aid off of a counter, it would appear that my catlike reflexes don’t miss a beat as the cup is captured in my paws hands. Yes, my hands, I’m not asking to have cat powers; that supervillain has already been made.

Every superhero needs a nemesis. Mine would be Molasses Man. He could decelerate people and make it impossible for me to freeze time. Ok, I guess him decelerating people would be kind of similar to me freezing time though. Mainly, I like his catchy title of Molasses Man. Maybe instead of a villain, he could be my sidekick. We could work hand-in-hand, or mop-in-hand, cleaning up the accidental messes of homes and businesses everywhere.

Our “Bat Signal” would be a mop.

Anytime, a grocery clerk calls out, “Clean up on aisle…,” we would be there. Whenever a tray of plates crashes at a restaurant, we would be there. After a giant keg-er house party, we could be there. Giant poopy diaper up to the back explosion on a baby… um, yea, we wouldn’t be there for that. My kids have been out of diapers for a while now, and I’m not going back. That would be my kryptonite.




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Too short for Amazonian things

If I’m going to be a superhero, can freeze time, and help my fellow messys, I’m going to need a costume. The new Wonder Woman costume is pretty awesome, but I hate to completely copy it. Plus, I’m super short and could never pull off an Amazonian woman’s digs. As a mom, yoga pants seem like a good cliche, but they’re just not that flattering. I haven’t worn tights since I was 12 and they are sometimes itchy so that won’t work.  

Ok, my suit will be cut off jean shorts and a white shirt with a mop emblem to match my bat signal. I’ll need some adorable shoes, not for the outfit, just to celebrate becoming a superhero. Lastly, the matching mask over my eyes will conceal my identity. Shhh, don’t tell anyone that I’m Cleaning Woman. I’d hate for my family to find out I was cleaning up all the world’s messes and expect that I’d be doing this at home!

Look up in the sky, it’s a mop, it’s a broom, it’s Cleaning Woman!

Cindy headshot.jpgCindy Magee is a mother to three who fill her with glee. In her past life, she used to write poetry, have her artwork shown nationally & internationally and worked as an industrial engineer. Now, Cindy stays home while running a blog, creating oil on canvas or collage art, owning a T-shirt & design shop, and two years ago wrote a “how to be an adult” type book … even though she’s still not sure how to be one herself.  Other online places Cindy might be loitering:





A to Z Challenge:

A is for Almost (and also At Last)

B is for Baggett (as in Laura, the actress, and #GirlsRock interview)

C is for Cursive, Cats, and Chinese Restaurants (Go Ask Daddy about them)

D is for Drawing the Line

E is for Every Day Gratitude

F is for Fieri, Falling in Love, and Focus (Weekend Reads IV)

G is for #GoAskDaddy: An interview with realtor Kristen Foxx

H is for Habit of Peace

I is for I Shot the Sheriff, Item Lifting and other Illegal Activity (Go Ask Daddy)

J is for Journalist, a #GirlsRock Interview with Esther Robards-Forbes

K is for Kickass Kindness (to go with #gratitudeandshit)

 L is for Low Self-Esteem, Life Sucks, and Electric Lit (Weekend Reads V)

M is for Manifest your dreams? No thanks. (Here’s why.)

N is for a new path (and why you don’t need one)

O is for old people, other police dogs and one business day (Go Ask Daddy!)

P is for Patience (and how to procure it)

Q is for quality (and other #gratitudeandshit items)

R is for Ruining our lives, but also rules for divine timing and happier parenting (Weekend Reads VI)

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  1. Fun post! I don’t know anyone else that’s said freeze time to this question, but I like it! I don’t know what superpower I’d want. Maybe apparating from the Harry Potter books. I don’t necessarily want to FLY, but going from one place to the next in a snap would be great.


    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks! I would have said ‘freeze time’ when I was a kid, but that’s mainly because I wanted to swim with Brooke Shields in the Blue Lagoon.

      Maybe that nose twitch thing Samantha used to do on Bewitched …

  2. Beth says:

    Ooh I like it! I usually wish my superpower could be to be in two places at once, but being able to freeze time seems pretty dang awesome! Cindy seems awesome also, so I will have to check out her blog!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Not bad, eh Beth? I think most moms seem to be able to be in two places at once. Hope you like Cindy’s blog!

  3. Excellent idea for a superpower! Yes, i want to stop time, clean the messes, and then unfreeze. There’s so much to do.

    What a fun interview, thanks for posting it!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      We could use superheroes like her, Mimi. It would take so long to clean the messes – maybe I’ll be the one frozen and they can keep moving.

      Glad you enjoyed this!

  4. ksbeth says:

    how fun and full of life is she?!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      She’s a firecracker, Beth!

  5. I like her! And the super hero thing… I would be a time jumper if I could have any super power. Have you seen the movie “About Time” with Bill Nighy? It is from 2013. I want to be THAT guy! 🙂

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      I haven’t seen that movie! One of my players got bit by a fire ant before our game yesterday, and I secretly hoped it would turn her into a super hero for the day.

      1. You’re bad! But I like the way your mind thinks… hope she is ok. Thise things are nasty!

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        Life is a comic book.

      3. Yes… yes it is!! 😉

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