|tumbleweed on my blog. because, you know, it be barren.|
...I shared on my twitter account instead. In fact, most of what I'd write about here, I end up writing there but do I miss this blog? I do. It's where I began my writing journey. It's where I put words together and found to my amazement that people were interested in reading them. It's where I got support through my teaching days, and law school, leaving law school, having children, and everything in between.
A part of me logged in today to say this here blog belongs with the tumbleweeds now. But the other part of me, the one who saw this blog as a space of community and camaraderie, can't bring myself to shut down. Maybe some day. Just not yet.
So in the meantime I will resign myself to accepting that with kiddos to raise, dinner to cook, books to write, and story ideas to chase, this blog will be sporadic at worst, and random at best.
And I hope that's okay.
So in the spirit of launching a mini-reboot of random postings, why not start with Three Beautiful Things, one of the things I loved most to do. So, without further ado:
This beautiful invention is worth its weight in GOLD. Thanks to this beautiful thing, bedtimes [when the clock turns blue] and wake times [when the clock turns yellow] have been revolutionized. Now if we can only figure out potty training....
2. School Visits. I've always taught the younger population. From Kindergarten to second grade and never a grade higher, and that worked fine for me what with them being shorter than me with math questions I could comfortably answer. When I had my first request for a school visit in a DC school over the summer to talk about my novel, I smiled cool, calm and collected and said yes, but on the inside ...
And you know what happened? I loved it. Without fail each and every school visit has been fantastic. This past Monday I had the pleasure of going to a school visit in Leesburg, Virginia, a primarily South Asian community, and all 200+ students who attended had read my book. What an incredible feeling to talk to students who told me they saw themselves reflected in the book, who asked me direct and complex questions, and who then served up a beautiful feast of hummus, baklava and more? I have a few more school visits lined up and I am so excited for them and it's led to an unexpected development: I think I may want to someday go back to education but this time highschool.
3. Family Travel. Once upon a time the spouse and I used to travel a lot. Being the DINKYs that we were [Dual Income No Kids] we set about and found a new country to explore each year with lots of little domestic travels in between. Then five years ago we were blessed with a little boy who changed our lives, and our travel situation, forever. Since then, though we take the trips to visit family and mini vacays to drive-able destinations the prospect of getting on a plane with two children sounded about as simple as hauling twenty koala bears in little baby Ergos up a mountain. You know, challenging. So we delayed and delayed but finally, we realized that unless we wanted to wait until we had deposited the children in their college dorms [at which point I presume we will be broke given the state of college tuition] the traveling was just never going to happen.
So we decided to baby step it. Instead of a big international trip, how about a big domestic trip? And thus we embarked on a rather ambitious week-long journey from Vegas to Zion National Park to Page, AZ, the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and ending in the mountainous vortexes of Sedona.
|Valley of Fire [Nevada]|
|The Grand Canyon|
Wow, felt nice to write a post after so long. Hope you all have been well and are having a beautiful Thursday too.