What I want you to know

Posted by Tracy

June 6, 2017 Uncategorized  2 comments

I don't know if it's the second day in a row of gray skies and sputtering rain, but I'm feeling rather down on myself today. I promised myself that I would post, so I apologize in advance if this is a downer.

The morning was going fine, and the Boo and I were almost out the door when he doubled over. Clearly, the boy needed some time on the toilet. So I made him go back into the house, where he took care of business and washed up (still wearing his rain coat, by the way), then ran out screaming and crying that we're going to be late.

We weren't going to be late. I should explain, though, that one of the Boo's quirks is that when it's 8:27 on a school morning, the car had better be backing out of the driveway. Unfortunately, his little pit stop delayed us, so when turned on the car,

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The pleasures (and guilt) of summer

Posted by Tracy

June 2, 2017 Family  No comments

We are on the countdown to summer vacation. The big changes are that the Boo will be home from school and that I will be working two part-time jobs instead of one. Both things are a little stressful to think about. One of the reasons the Boo enjoys school so much is because it provides a very regimented day that he can rely on. Summers are rough for him, because we tend to make our decisions about what to do day by day, usually based on the weather and how much we all need to get out of the house.

The obvious solution is for me to try to recreate that kind of routine for him at home. Having to work around the hours I have scheduled at the library and the pool should make that easier, right?

Well, that's the other thing about this summer; I'm working five days a week on a regular

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The 750

Posted by Tracy

May 30, 2017 Goals  No comments

So there's a big hole in our blog, but that doesn't mean I haven't been writing at all. In March, I found 750words.com, which is a site that challenges its users to write 750 words each day. They track your streak (you get badges!) and each entry gets a little scanning action to see your word clouds and guess what kind of mood you were in when you wrote your entry. It also times you and says how many times you were distracted (ie. you stopped typing for at least three minutes) in the middle of your entry. Here's an example of the results page from today.

I think the idea of 750 words a day comes from a book called The Artist's Way. I haven't read it, but the idea seems to be to use the writing to purge the clutter from your mind before you start your day, freeing it for creativity and

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