A {Life Happens} Sound Bytes

I almost made it.


My goal to blog everyday for NaBloPoMo was blown yesterday. While I’m kind of bummed, I’m realistic. There was no way in hell I was going to stay up till midnight after a full day and evening of work just to make sure I completed a blog post.


The whole situation was a teachable moment.


If I would have thought about it, I could have planned a Throw Back Thursday post, but my brain wasn’t functioning. However, sometimes it’s ok to miss a day; to embrace the moment. I was crazy busy on Thursday. Work, time with friends and family took priority, and that’s good, because that’s life. Without these crazy life moments I’d have nothing to write about.


So there you have it – I’m sorry, not sorry.


Shit happens, and that’s ok. It’s also ok to make time for things that are important to me – like writing in this space. Intentional planning can make life and blogging run smoother, and I can still experience life. It’s a win, win.


One of my favorite life experiences is the Sound Bytes of the Week.


3. “It’s colder than an ox on an iceberg.”

According to Big E, that’s cold


2. “Totes, Slack me”

I’m talking like the hipsters now. It’s totes awesome.




1. “Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.”

Yep, winter has finally arrived.


Snow Angel


Now I’m off to tuck the kids into bed and settle in with a piece of leftover pie.

Have a great weekend and remember life happens.


A {ZZZZZZ….} Sound Bytes of the Week

You know it’s been a long week when you are reading bedtime stories to your children and suddenly you feel someone poking you in the forehead yelling, “mommy, mommy, MOMMY!”


Yeah, it’s been one of those weeks. Between fighting the learning curve at my new job, torturing myself by writing everyday for NaBloPoMo and coordinating the last 24 hours of our This is My Brave fundraising campaign I’m, put-a-fork-in-me done.


I’m literally falling asleep while writing this post.


However, before I fall asleep with the computer in my lap, let me share the Sound Bytes of the week.


3. “Every piece of artwork starts with a scribble.”

Such wise words from my Big E.


2. “Mom. I want to start a website.”

Can you tell my boy was raised in the technology era.



That’s the sound of me dozing off at the computer.





Ok, peeps I’m outta here and headed to bed.


The weekend looks snow and bitter temperatures, which means I’ll be cuddled up under a blanket

A {New Adventure} Sound Bytes

The air was chilly, my hands shook as I clutched my coffee cup. I walked up the steep stairs and opened the glass doors. It was as if I had stepped into a different world.


There was life here.


My eyes didn’t know where to focus. They flitted around the room from the group of guys playing Mario Cart to the small group of creatives engaging in a heated political discussion.


My heart began to beat out of my chest. My brain was in overdrive, and I began questioning my decision. “Do I really belong here,” I wondered.


Then a familiar face greeted me.


The butterflies in my belly began to calm down, and I was able to gather my thoughts and form an intelligent conversation.


It was my first day at my new job.


New Adventure 1


That was Monday and ever since my life has been a whirlwind of endings and beginnings. Meeting new friends and saying, not goodbye, but “see you later” to the old.


I had been at my former job for six years. That’s six years of memories, tears, sweat and relationships packed into a box.


It was all so ironic. I wasn’t even looking for a job. I was happy, blissfully content and then a chance meeting and boom! I had a job interview and was offered my new position within 24 hours.


At first I was annoyed about giving one month’s notice at my other job, but in the end I was grateful for the time.


The transition has been an adjustment to say the least. Instead of working with people twice my age I’m working with people younger than me. Like so much younger, if I would have been a teen mom I could have given birth to them.


But here’s the thing. I don’t feel old, I don’t feel out of place. We just gel in this crazy magically creative way. We eat and breathe social. It’s our lives, and while I loved my old job, this new adventure is jolting something inside me that has been dormant for so long.

New Adventures

For years I had been searching for my creative mojo, and now I’ve finally found it. So much so that it’s overflowing into my everyday life.


I’m more passionate about blogging, writing and I’ve even found some energy to decorate the house a bit.


All this creativity has sparked my energy level too. I’m not as tired at the end of the day, my brain is constantly buzzing with ideas.


I’ve found myself again, and it’s beautiful. My writing is still choppy and fragmented. Kind of like the thoughts in my head, but I have no doubts that the flow will come again. If not it’s ok, at least I’m creating something.


Speaking of creating and energy and mojo and all the wonderful things that make life awesome, my boys have been providing me with some excellent Sound Bytes.


   3.  BigE: “What do you think the cat does while we are gone, mom?”

   ME: “I’m not sure buddy. What do you think he does.”

   BigE: “I’m pretty sure he has cat parties and invites his friends.”
I’m pretty sure the cat does have parties while we are gone. Look at him. Doesn’t he look like he’s been partying.


   2. LittleRed: “What’s this new soap mama?”

   ME: “It’s Very Berry.”

   LittleRed: “No I think it’s farts, because it’s stinky like farts.”
I live in boy world so everything just comes back to farts.


   1. LittleRed: “I’m the boss of you BigE.”

   BigE: “No one is the boss of anyone except God.”

   ME: “How do you know about God?”

   BigE: “My friend G talks about God, and he has a book that talks all about him.”

   ME: “You mean the Bible?”

   BigE: “Yeah, the Bible. We need one of those.”

If you can’t tell we aren’t much of a church going family. I’m a spiritual person, but we don’t talk about GOD much or anything, so this came as a total surprise. Also, it’s nice to know he’s picking up some good things too from his friends.


Well, I’m off for a big meeting about This is My Brave. Oh, yeah, because my life isn’t busy enough with the new job I thought I’d just produce a show in May. If you feel inclined we’d love your support.


Then I’m off to my new job, where I’ll Tweet the day away. If you are on Twitter pop over and say “hi” I’ll be there.


Have a great weekend and BE CREATIVE today!


New Adventure 2

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