🖤 #AtoZChallenge: I is for being IN progress, IMMUNE system meditations and INSIGHT (for #GratitudeAndShit)

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

Confession time: Do you know what the worst part about the #AtoZChallenge is?

I2020It’s not remembering my ABCs. I was an English major, you know. It’s the pace of the thing when you don’t plan ahead enough. I’m behind in keeping up with the baddest (and I mean the baddest) Facebook blog group on the planet, too (the Peaceful Posse.)

To me that’s kind of fundamental, that part of this blogging thing.

By Easter Sunday, I should have read posts for at least three of my sisteren (The PP is mostly women) and those who’ve commented here and also a couple of others in my routine.

Instead, I’m writing my Friday post a day after I’d rather be posting it, awake because my glucose level crashed and I can’t find my stormtrooper for blog pictures anywhere.

I’ll get through this, fueled appropriately by Spotify playing Joe Cocker cranking out I’ll Get By With A Little Help From My Friends, because I will, thanks to you. To those who’ve been here since the early days and my new friends from the #AtoZ … I appreciate you.


What I’m grateful for

1. Being IN progress. Ever feel like you’re stuck in your ugly first draft? Some days feel worthy of the light of day. Others, comically not so. A few? Tragically not so. But to move? That’s divine. Even though it often wouldn’t pass the eye test. Progress is positive.

2-IMMUNE system meditations. All meditations on my app are COVID-related. I don’t sit and ruminate about coronavirus. But the boost to mindset and idea of being able to bolster my immune system when I venture out to pick up Pepsi Max at Target? Ideal.

3-INSIGHT from friends. Often it feels as if I’m navigating on mute. It’s sometimes hard to be heard. That’s when the best play is to listen. I’m fortunate to have friends who do that too, and to gain a bit of perspective on things that get stuck in my head.

What about you? What are you grateful for?


A is for Ain’t Too Proud To Beg, Adam and Avril, and Amidala

B is for Bonnie Marie Williams, voiceover superhero, a #GirlsRock interview

C is for Conversations, Camdyn and cookies (#GratitudeAndShit) 

D is for Dorsey Standish, yoga teacher and mindfulness coach, for #GirlsRock

E is for End-of-your-career awards

F is for Frank, my uncle

G is for 💇🏽‍♂️ Go Ask Daddy about what you GET to keep on Flea Market Flip, if I’m GOING to sit in a racecar next time I get my hair cut, and how high basketball scores GO

H is for ✊🏻 haiku (my quarantine journal)


collete quote gratitude


  1. I’m grateful to have a job where I can work from home during this “situation”! I am catching up on three posts today, so I would not worry about being behind!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Being able to work from home is such a blessing, Denise. I hope to catch up today and get to your page!

  2. SteampunkCow says:

    Nice. There’s indeed a lot to be thankful for. Health. This is my nemesis. Migraine struck again and I spent 2 days in bed; now I’m feeling better, and back to work, even though taking it easier.
    Family: my favorite people in the world is coping great, even if I can’t visit my parents and in-laws, we keep in contact. Husband and the kids are the best team ever at home. Not doing much, besides, cooking, watching movies together, or videogames, but having fun.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks. Even having to work through something like a migraine, it’s good to be *able* to rest and get back to it when you can. It’s hard to not see people you love but aren’t quarantined with, but also we should be grateful for those who are with us – and that those who aren’t are safe and healthy.

      Maybe we should break every year at this time and just stay home to enjoy these easy-to-miss joys of life.

      1. SteampunkCow says:

        Thanks for your kind words, yes, the show must go on. Today husband and daughter went back to their activities, home office and online classes. Luckily, se can call or send messages to the family members that aren´t close. Of course, the main worry are the grandparents. they are alone at their town, but refuse to come to live with any of the sons.

  3. We get behind, we call for a reset and begin again. You have amnesty from having to keep up on my posts, i get behind, too, since i’m still working.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Every single day, we can do this, Mimi. I miss your posts!

  4. shoes says:

    I’m grateful that you found your stormtrooper (please tell me you have a backup stormtrooper or two tucked away somewhere).
    I’m grateful for my family (even though we have been driving each other crazy lately), my job (it is very challenging to remote teach third graders but they still make me laugh and love them on a daily basis), and that I actually have dinner in the oven (salsa chicken for the win).

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      I haven’t found him yet, nor my glasses! How did the salsa chicken turn out? I love your list of grateful, by the way.

      1. shoes says:

        I am unfamiliar with the ways of stormtroopers, in fact I don’t know if one can stereotype stormtrooper activities but since both your trooper and your glasses are gone I have two theories. One, trooper is in the backyard dragging your glasses from sun patch to sun patch setting small fires or two, trooper is lounging in a lawn chair sipping a Mai Tai and reading The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy through one of your glasses lenses. Hope you find them both soon.
        Salsa chicken was great – only four ingredients, two of which I bet you can guess! 😉

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        Excellent deductive reasoning. I’m somehow navigating without the specs or the trooper, but life would be decidedly easier if I could find them both.

        Glad to hear the salsa chicken was a hit. I made salsa burgers once and they bombed!

  5. beth says:

    i am grateful for ‘ice cream’ (with hot fudge on top and a cream puff all around it), and ireland, one of the most beautiful and friendliest places i’ve ever visited.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Cream puff around ice cream? I’ve never partaken in such indulgence. It’s going on my next Publix order!

      1. beth says:

        i think it may be a detroit thing. google sanders’ hot fudge cream puff sundae. i grew up on them and still my favorite sweet treat.

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        It is indeed. I brought a jar of Sanders back from my trip! And I thought the Tigers were the only cream puffs in town. I love it!

      3. Eli Pacheco says:

        Was that out loud?

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