A-Z Challenge Reflections Post



Well, I actually did it. There were a couple weekends when my Saturday post went up on Sunday, and I skipped  day between posting S and T, but I actually completed the challenge.

I had a little tag at the bottom of each post:

For some reason, I thought it would be a good idea to participate in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. If you want to see the other 1,600+(!) blogs, check  out the list here.

But the truth is, I know how I got roped in. It was the same friends who got me into BlogFlash2012 and Photo-A-Day back in August. I didn’t finish either of those because I had life and computer issues. So if you want to know who to blame for all my weird posts last month, take it up with Donna and Coral at The Indie Exchange and Kriss at Cabin Goddess.

I did enjoy the challenge, although it did take some time to blog every day. I like that I have content on my blog again. Most of what I’ve posted lately has been giveaways, which are great, but that’s not all I want to have on here.

I do wish I’d had more time to check out all the other blogs. I started out reading the five blogs below me on the list each day, but I ran out of time. Fortunately, there is the A-Z Road Trip, during which I can visit the other blogs over the next few months. Because I haven’t even had time to read all my friends’ posts. I have a third friend who participated, but she found out about it from me, so I can’t blame her for anything. (Lori over at Journey To A Healthy Me.)

Something that the hosts did that made it much easier for me to keep up with the letter-of-day was to make a calendar with the letters on it. I just posted the image as my desktop image and not only did I know which letter to use, but I had no excuse for forgetting to post.

The sign-up list started with more than 1800 blogs. Some were ad blogs that were just trying to get a backlink and traffic, but most were real bloggers. By the end of the month, more than 200 of those blogs were gone. I did blog daily from April 2011 through November 2011, but this is the first outside challenge I’ve ever finished. I’m pretty proud of myself for not being one of the 200+ to drop out. 🙂

Now to decide if I want to do another challenge for May…

A-Z Challenge: Zee End!



Zee End!

You know, I did warn you back on X that Z would be… interesting.

I survived the challenge, and almost all of my posts were even written on the correct day.

Here’s a final thought for you. Maybe you can file it under “zany” or something; it comes from a discussion the kids and I had this morning.

You know that little twinge of tenderness/soreness you get sometimes right before an eyelash or eyebrow hair falls out? Imagine how annoying it would be if you got that same feeling on your head every time a hair fell out.

There’s your weird thought for the day. You’re welcome.

For some reason, I thought it would be a good idea to participate in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. If you want to see the other 1,600+(!) blogs, check  out the list here.

A-Z Challenge: Yikes!




So we’re cruising along to the end of the line with this challenge and I’ve been trying to think of something for Y since I wrote the X post. I had a couple ideas that would work in a pinch, but I wasn’t enthusiastic about either of them.

Then I logged onto Facebook this afternoon to see an invitation to my 20-year high school reunion.

Wait. What? How did that happen? We just had our 10-year reunion.

We can’t possibly be old enough for a 20-year reunion.

Just. No.

I tried to find a picture of me during my senior year, but I couldn’t find many, and in most of those, I’m either blurry (and no, that’s not a clever way of saying I was drunk) or it’s just not a good picture. I never had senior pictures made.

I did find one decent picture, though. It was taken about a week after I graduated. It’s me with my best friend (then and now), Gina. She’s the pretty one. I’m the extremely sunburned one. Not sure who to blame for us not being in the center of the picture. That would be either her husband or her sister.

Either way, it couldn’t possibly have been twenty years ago.




For some reason, I thought it would be a good idea to participate in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. If you want to see the other 1,600+(!) blogs, check  out the list here.


A-Z Challenge: X-Men and Xtreme Scheduling


X-Men and Xtreme Scheduling

Oh, hush. The end of the alphabet is full of hard letters. Just wait for Z.

It seems like we’re all always running full-tilt, with 100 things on our to-do list and never any downtime. As a single mom to two boys, one with special needs, I almost feel like I can never stop or the world will stop spinning. But deep down, I know that’s not really true. So I recently started working out again. That’s my time. I’ve also started watching more movies with the boys. We don’t have cable TV, but I have a Blockbuster-by-mail subscription. I picked that over Netflix because Blockbuster has Pokemon, and I won’t go into how important that is to my kids. My normal MO is to just put kid stuff in the rental queue and do something else while they’re watching a DVD. Lately, though, I’ve been watching movies with them. Two to three nights a week, depending on how our mailing schedule ends up, after supper, we’ll turn off the computers, put down the books, and go snuggle and watch a movie.

It’s not just mindless screen time – although we all need some mindless something time sometimes – but we frequently stop the movie to have discussions in the middle. Or after the movie. Sometimes it’s about the actual movie. Sometimes it’s about a related book, and sometimes it’s a discussion about a new idea for another movie we want to watch.

We just watched all the Marvel Universe Phase One movies. We can’t go any further with that until Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World come out on DVD and that’s going to be a while. So I just added all the Marvel movies (scroll down to the bottom to see the complete list) to our queue. Including all the X-Men movies. (Not the Blade or Punisher movies, though, because those are rated R.)  So while I can’t really do anything about all the things that need to be done, I can still take some time from my “xtreme” schedule and hang out with my kids.


For some reason, I thought it would be a good idea to participate in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. If you want to see the other 1,600+(!) blogs, check  out the list here.

A-Z Challenge: Wuv, Twue Wuv


Wuv, Twue Wuv

If you don’t know what that’s from, please turn off your computer, go find a copy of The Princess Bride and watch it. Then come back. Because I’m not promising no spoilers here. This isn’t a review. Well, not really. It’s more of a rant, so hang on.

I had never heard of The Princess Bride until I joined a certain homeschool email group about eight years ago. Everyone there was always quoting PB and talking about how great it was. A few years ago, I finally gave in and rented the DVD. I was spectacularly underwhelmed. Perhaps I was having a bad day; maybe it had just been hyped so much by my friends that it couldn’t possibly live up to my expectations. I did finally understand all the quotes, though.

Fast forward to a couple months ago. When I mentioned (again) on that group that I just wasn’t a fan of the PB movie, a friend suggested I read the book. “There’s a book?” Yeah, I know. I didn’t know there was a book. Who’da thunk it? So off to the library I went. I ended up getting the 30th Anniversary Edition, and if you’re going to read the book, I recommend you get this edition. However, I can’t really recommend the book at all, so take that for what it’s worth.

See, here’s the thing. The Princess Bride was written by William Goldman, but the full title of the book is The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern’s classic tale of true love and high adventure. Except there is no S. Morgenstern. Almost all of the Introduction and about a quarter of the book is spent discussing how Goldman found the book for his son and what he went through with “Morgenstern’s” estate to get the rights to the book. And half the book is Goldman interjecting his comments into the story to tell us about all the stuff that he’s cutting out that “Morgenstern” had felt necessary to add, but that didn’t add anything to the story. We also get several personal stories that made me go, “Why is this even in here?” Except they’re not really personal stories. They’re as made-up as Westley’s and Buttercup’s story.

I understand this is some sort of literary device. Burroughs did it to some extent with A Princess of Mars. That doesn’t mean I have to like it. The book would have been so much better had Goldman just written the love/adventure story. In fact, that part of the book is almost word-for-word what you see in the movie. I feel like I wasted my time with the book, and you have to know I don’t feel that way very often.

After reading the book, I rented the movie again. I really must have been having a bad day or something the first time, because I loved the movie the second time around. Then when the boys came home, I had them watch it. They loved it. We watched it twice. Once with subtitles, once without. (Fezzik can be hard to understand.) Jeffrey wants me to buy a copy of the DVD.

So my advice for this one is skip the book, stick to the movie. You won’t hear me say that often, so mark your calendars. Then go watch The Princess Bride.

For some reason, I thought it would be a good idea to participate in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. If you want to see the other 1,600+(!) blogs, check  out the list here.

A-Z Challenge: Very Difficult


Very Difficult

V was just not happening for me, so I turned to my friends and followers for a little help. So this post is a collaborative effort. Thank you to everyone who suggested ideas.

Very Sad – I was very sad to hear about George Jones’ death this morning. I still can’t watch the video of “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes” without crying.

Toni suggested violin and vest. I’m from the South. It’s not a violin; it’s a fiddle. And vests are weird. What’s the point of  a jacket with no sleeves?

Jennifer suggested Visa bill. Ha! No. We’re not even going there.

I threatened to post a picture of my vacuum cleaner if I didn’t get any ideas, and Jessica replied that “I’d totally take vacuum, if it’s an awesome one.” Sorry, Jessica. It’s not awesome. You can still have a picture, though.

Yes, I have blue tape squares on my floor. Don't you?

Yes, I have blue tape squares on my floor. Don’t you?

Melanie suggested variety as it relates to autism. Which is cute because she knows as well as I do that you can’t even put variety and autism in the same sentence (well, except this one… and the first one).

Marci, who once spent several hours patiently listening to my Aspie son talk about Star Wars and Legos… and Lego Star Wars…asked if there was a Star Wars character that started with the letter V. There are several, most notably Darth Vader, but alas I am not my son, and therefore have nothing to actually say about said characters.

Karen suggested vigor, vitality, and vibrant. Obviously she hasn’t been following my posts on my health blog about my fitness challenge, or she wouldn’t be suggesting any of those words to me right now.

Valerie suggested vichyssoise. Because “I just like saying it.” Yeah, well, I like saying “verisimilitude” but you don’t see me writing about it, now do you? She does get a pass, though, because her name starts with V.

Angela suggest violet. Now that’s a word I can get behind. It’s close to purple, which is my favorite color. Good job, Angela!

And Sharon… I don’t even know what to do with her. She suggested velodrome velocipede village. Yeah, see? It’s not just me.

Sherry suggested vervain, which I’m pretty sure she is familiar with as a healing herb, rather than a vampire repellant. (Hey! Another V word!)

Cynthia suggested vice and vibration (as well as the aforementioned vampire), but I have to say that she’s the one I expected to suggest a totally different V word.

Jeanette, Elissa, Lee Ann, and Jennifer all suggested victory (with Carma sliding in with victorious) – I suspect my dear friends are referring to the battles I’ve fought over the past 17 months – and come out a little bruised inside, but victorious nonetheless.  However, when I hear “victory”, I can only think of the song “Victory in Jesus”, which actually is pretty much the same thing as the first part.

For some reason, I thought it would be a good idea to participate in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. If you want to see the other 1,600+(!) blogs, check  out the list here.

A-Z Challenge: Unbelievable




Not only have I made through almost all of this challenge, but this is my 700th post on this blog, almost all of those written since April 2011. I’m pretty sure that means I talk too much. So I’d like to say, “Thank you!” to all my readers, because without you, I’d just be talking to myself, and I’m not sure I could stand myself for that long.


For some reason, I thought it would be a good idea to participate in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. If you want to see the other 1,600+(!) blogs, check  out the list here.