Those Little Things Get Me. And They Get Me Good.

by AngelaMoore on March 7, 2014

For the past 2 and 1/2 school years, every time I’ve driven my kids to school we take the same route. It’s just easier that way. And wrangling three (sometimes four when we carpool) kids out the door and getting them to school is a feat in and of itself so there’s no need to complicate things, right?

stop signAnyway, we take the same route and drive roughly 6 blocks to get to the school. And about two blocks from the building is a crossing guard. I don’t have a clue what his name is, I only know him by sight. 

And what a sight he is.

He is always happy. Always. Even when he’s standing there in his bright yellow poncho, getting drenched or knee-deep in snow, he’s smiling. He waves at every single car and pedestrian and is always pleasant. I can’t recall a single day that he wasn’t there.

At New Year’s he wears a Happy New Year hat (or crown on top of his ball cap) and on St. Patrick’s Day he has a green hat and a shamrock necklace. For Christmas… you guessed it. He wears a Santa hat.

But that isn’t the best part. The best part is his Friday Happy Dance. And it happens every Friday.

We drive up and we see him off to the right and the kids immediately get excited (even the 2 year old who doesn’t really have a clue what’s going on). As soon as we’re close, he begins the Friday Happy Dance. He pumps his arms and throws his head back and says “It’s Friday!” He doesn’t scream it, he just kind of cheers. But the kids love it and he does it for everyone who passes either on foot or in a car. 

As we’re driving down the street, they start saying “Mom, it’s Friday! We’ll see the Friday dance!” 

And I just smile because it’s such a sweet little thing that gets me every week. And it gets me good. 

Image Credit: http://www.riversideca.gov/publicworks/crossing-guards.asp

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When Things Don’t Go As Planned

by AngelaMoore on July 29, 2013

So, today was originally going to be a day where I posted all about the things I learned at BlogHer 13 in Chicago. I bought my ticket back in November of last year, booked my hotel room immediately after that and arranged child care with my sainted mother.

But last week, I cancelled my trip.

BlogHer was just not meant to be this year. Honestly, I’d known it for a while, but didn’t pull the plug until a week before the conference. I tried several different ways to talk myself into going anyway and making it happen. But then, as I looked at the whole thing, it became very clear that it just wasn’t going to happen because it couldn’t. The stars were not aligned. Not at all.

So I cancelled the hotel reservation. And we stayed home.

To say I was disappointed would be an understatement. But I was. In fact, for a few hours, I was downright heartbroken. BlogHer was supposed to be the event that would reinvigorate me as a writer. I mean, let’s face facts: This is my first blog post on here since December. 

7 months of no posting. It’s damn near laughable that I refer to myself as a blogger.

Anyway, BlogHer was supposed to change that. It was supposed to kick me in the ass and get me writing again. But I didn’t go. Yet, here I am, blogging. 

So, I didn’t go to Chicago. What did I do instead?

I slept. And read. And exercised. And cooked. And played with the kids. And started a new crochet project. 

And it was great. Yes, I’m sad I didn’t make it to BlogHer. But such is life. And I’m learning. I’m learning to embrace the change when things don’t go according to the plan. And I’m a big planner. But sometimes, things turn out better than you planned.

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We Got to Glow at the Cleveland Botanical Garden

December 20, 2012

I don’t deny it. I love living near Cleveland. No, I haven’t lost my mind. And quit knocking Cleveland. It’s a great city. With great stuff happening in it. Like Glow. When I was invited to come out to the Cleveland Botanical Gardens and check out Glow, I eagerly accepted. I’m always looking for things […]

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Moving Into November

November 3, 2012

I declare the month of organization a success. Not because I am so amazingly organized now. Come on, I have three kids and I’m a single mom… do you REALLY think things are going to stay organized around here? I didn’t think so. No, it’s a success because my brain is feeling more organized. The […]

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A Beautifully Anxious Mind

October 17, 2012

Yesterday was one of those days. No matter what I tried to do, the mind was reeling. Focusing on anything of merit was damn near impossible. The brain just wouldn’t turn off and settle in. It took several reads of an email to comprehend the request and hours to get things done that would normally […]

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The Organization Continues

October 10, 2012

Ten days in and I’m already breathing a little bit easier. Dinner has not been a hassle thanks to the menu being complete and I’ve only missed one appointment (which was totally not my fault) so I’m pretty happy about it all. The organized desk is making work (and day to day life) easier and […]

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Cleaning the Kitchen… One Corner at a Time

October 3, 2012

Today’s focus was the kitchen. There were two spots that were starting to wear on me: the island and the fridge. Both had gotten out of control. It’s amazing what you can accomplish in a short period of time. I spent about half an hour on each spot and here are the results: And God […]

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Day Two: Tackle the Desk

October 2, 2012

Well, I got a full month’s menu done yesterday so I figured today it would make sense to organize the place where I spend most of my waking hours: my desk. Here’s the before. Uh, yeah… I’m pleased to say that after about an hour of focused effort, I am 1/2 box closer to my […]

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Day One: Let the Organization Begin!

October 1, 2012

And the project begins! I cannot tell you how excited I am to be getting things under control around the house. The clutter and the chaos is just way too much at this point. So… day one. On tap for today is menu planning. So, early this morning I sat down with a stack of […]

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The Organizational Game Plan

September 30, 2012

I have my list of organizational projects ready. Just one more day until the big kick off! I can tell you’re as excited as I am about all of this. To give you a sense of what I’m looking at doing in the next 31 days, here are ten things on my list: Meal Plan […]

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