Man – I’m glad the #AtoZChallenge is over.
It’s fun. It’s just … extra. I love going to other blogs I’d not normally see. But the engagement is wonky, and I miss conversing with the regulars here. And visiting their blogs. And having time to post on social media and find your links there, too.
When you’re in the challenge, man, it feels like you’re kind of a narcissist.
Not to mention what it does to your non-blog life. I struggled to keep up, and sacrificed progress toward other deadlines. And sleep. Not snacks. I found time for snacks. But the rest of life was kind of a blur. Next time I do this, I’ll work ahead.
Which is what I said about keeping my desk clean and if you want to know how that’s going, I’m wiping away peanut and tortilla chip crumbs to get my fingers on the home keys. (I don’t eat them together. But if I did, that’d be okay too.)
I miss you and I’m grateful for you. And also …
1-Times I can surprise the kids. Hayden and Camdyn have been asking to be taken to the eye doctor for about 37 years. I finally brought them. Now that school’s almost over, Hayden deadpanned. Sometimes things fester on my to-do list, but they get done.
2-The opportunity to teach and lead. Coaches get caught up in the Xs and Os (no, those aren’t hugs and kisses, normally.) But we have a (sort of) captive audience when we address a team. What we say can land flat, or can stay with a kid for the long haul.
3-New pancake recipes. I stick with the tried and true, but sometimes, you’re out of an ingredient. Or you have self-rising flour that you have to take into account and find a new one. Sometimes that recipe is delicious and sometimes it includes chocolate chips.
4-A need for clarity of thought. This need leads to discourse. Discourse leads to seeking. Seeking leads to the finding, some things you want and some you don’t. Finding leads to picking out what you want to keep. I love that.
5-Pace. Life will slow a little although right now it’s like the buttons for incline and speed are stuck on high. The only moment that matters is this one. If I had less to consume me in this one, maybe I could laud the extra time that is to eventually come!
6-A shorter commute to work. Driving to Indian Land felt like a gauntlet pointed at my kidneys and nose. I’d get to work and feel like I should go back home. Driving 24 minutes to Concord on a (usually) wide open highway with Norah Jones in my ears? Yes, please.
7-Connections. Finding a way to spark. Actually, just being open to it. When you look for it it’s evasive. When you hope for it its absence disappoints you. Be sparky yourself. Even if no one notices, you’ve got some great company.
8-Interactions. You don’t know where they’ll come from. The kid wrangling out-of-bounds soccer balls. The cashier who makes quilts. The regular at the pizza joint you stop in before you head home off the mountain after a state playoff loss. Love them all.
9-Camdyn staying up to wait for me. I get home late on weekends. The kid will put on The Office, yank out the snacks, and usually fall asleep before I get there. But I love the effort. And also Carol Stills and Camdyn’s leftover snacks.
10-Good, deep, comfortable sleep. You know like when toddlers konk out in the car seat and wake up dazed and confused, miles from home? That’s me, in the morning. Exhaustion, it turns out, is the best sleep aid since whiskey and fried food.
What about you? What are you grateful for? #gratitudeandshit