Monday, June 13, 2011

Hamster in a Wheel

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 After a long day, I feel like the hamster whose been running around in circles and going nowhere. When the wheel finally stops, I collapse and beg for a much needed nap.

The Two Writing Teachers have put out the question of "What is your reason for not writing?" Where do I begin? I know that I make time for things that are important to me, but why doesn't writing ever make the list? Let's see....

My excuses (even if there shouldn't be any)...I'm a Navy wife so I try to pick up the slack when my husband works long hours, I have two children that soak up my free time while they are awake, cooking meals (ugh), doing laundry, cleaning the house (all of it), yard work and cleaning up after the dog, kitty boxes and furballs, vacuuming (I have a husky who is blowing her coat), errands that need to be run (can we say grocery shopping?), and preparing for a move. However I do have time to write after the boys go to bed. Of course the comfy chair beckons for me to plant my bottom on it...for just a moment. Then the cat comes and snuggles in and my eyes begin their descent. Occasionally I will muster up the energy for a few chapters in a book but writing tends to get the backseat unless it's Tuesday (Slice of Life Day).

With Ruth giving me permission to expose my excuses and get to writing, I will try to post more often during the summer. We still have another week of school here but I need to make the time to write. It helps me document my life and become a better writing teacher. So thank you Ruth for the motivation to get started again.

Now I'll let the keyboard rest and cheer on the Bruins. Now or Never! Whoo!


  1. Gee, Elizabeth, just reading all that you do, and that you still haven't finished with your work for the year, I admire you for not falling asleep right after dinner! Your writing always pleases me on Tuesdays because of the details and great descriptions, as in 'comfy chair...plant my bottom on it'. It is hard to put it all together into one life, isn't it? Best wishes to you, especially after you finish the year.

  2. I don't see them as excuses for not writing, but reasons why you don't write as much. Did you write before having children?

  3. Elizabeth,
    I'm glad I could inspire you, as your slices about your family life often inspire me. You have a lot on your plate and I hope you find writing gives you solace instead of one more thing to do. Looking forward to reading more of your words this summer.