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Favorite Movies

30-Day Writing Challenge
Day 30 – Your favorite movies

Top 3, in order:

1) The Fifth Element
2) Serenity
3) Pride and Prejudice (1995 BBC version)

There are other movies that I know every line to, or will stop and watch whenever I see them on TV if I have the time, but those three are my “stop what you’re doing and watch ’til the end” movies. Certain movies are left off of the list because I have to be in the right mood to watch them: the entire Harry Potter series, the Lord of the Rings movies, anything Batman (old or new).

 
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Posted by on June 30, 2013 in Daily

 

Movies

30-Day Writing Challenge
Day 29 – Movies that make you cry

All of them. Seriously. It is not hard to make me cry. 30-second television commercials can make me cry. The most recent ones are Rise of the Guardians, Brave, Pride and Prejudice, North & South, and Ella Enchanted. I’ve also recently cried at the beginning of The Last of Us, the end of Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, and the middle of Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood. The more rare occurrence is when I don’t cry during a movie.

 
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Posted by on June 30, 2013 in Daily

 

Routine

30-Day Writing Challenge
Day 28 – Do you have any daily routines? Describe them.

During the school year, I have a pretty strict daily routine: alarm goes off at 5:25am; out of bed by 5:30am; fix a cup of coffee and my daughter’s lunch; start waking the kiddo up; drink the cup of coffee as quickly as possible while glancing at my email; wake up the kid by 6am; get her dressed, her hair and teeth brushed, her shoes on, and her backpack ready to walk out the door by 6:15am; scramble to get finished and get her in the car by 6:30am; fix a second cup of coffee and take a deep breath. As soon as she’s off to school, I sit down at my desk and start my day. I write two pages in my journal, then dick around on the internet for a bit. I work until the kiddo gets home from school. I take a break to play with her, then back to work until dinner. After dinner is time to relax with video game or a game stream before crashing for the night around 9pm. Sometimes I manage to fit some form of exercise in there. Most of the time I just forget to eat lunch.

In the summer my routine gets a little lax. I still get up pretty early, but only early enough to get a jump on the day before my daughter gets up. I try to get my journal pages done while she’s eating breakfast, then we head out to play outside. We stay out as long as we can, usually until lunchtime or until the mosquitoes and the heat drive us back inside. Then it’s nap time for her and catch-up time for me – I do as much work as I can before she gets up. On cool afternoons we play in the yard. Unfortunately, most of the afternoons are too hot and humid, so we have to play inside. When she finally goes to bed, I work until I crash somewhere around 10pm or 11pm. Sometimes I remember to exercise. Most of the time I convince myself that chasing around a 5-year-old is exercise enough.

 
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Posted by on June 28, 2013 in Daily

 

Trust

30-Day Writing Challenge
Day 27 – Is it easy for you to trust others?

For most of my life, I would have answered no. I’ve recently become aware that that’s a big fat lie. I trust people easily, though I try to stay guarded about the most intimate details of my life. I’m learning to keep people at a distance, which is sad. The result of trusting people too easily, of keeping my guard down, is getting hurt over and over again. Misplaced friendship, heartache, and thousands of tears could have been avoided. But, truthfully, I’m glad I trust. I’m glad, even with all the hurt, because of how I’ve grown and what those experiences taught me. I would much rather take a chance and have a rough experience than shut everyone out just to save my heart.

 
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Posted by on June 28, 2013 in Daily

 

Favorite Place

30-Day Writing Challenge
Day 26 – Describe your favorite place in the world.

An open-air bungalow on a beach, somewhere in the tropics. The sun is going down, setting the horizon ablaze. The gentle offshore breeze brings in the salty clean smell of the sea. I sway in the front-porch hammock and close my eyes. The sound of the waves washing up on the sand and the gulls crying overhead melt together into a special kind of song. I turn my face to the dying rays of the sun and feel it warm me, body and soul.

That place, that paradise, is my favorite in the world.

 
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Posted by on June 26, 2013 in Daily

 

Pets

30-Day Writing Challenge
Day 25 – Do you have any pets? If no, do you want any?

I have a huge black lab called Joey. I love him to bits. I really want a cat, but Joey’s too old to adjust to a new animal in the house.

 
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Posted by on June 25, 2013 in Daily

 

School

30-Day Writing Challenge
Day 24 – How has your school life been throughout the years?

Um. Hard?

Here’s the thing: I loved school when I was younger. I wanted to be a teacher. My favorite game was “school”. Then I grew up and realized just how badly I was being screwed, and began to resent it. Instead of diagnosing my dyscalculia, my teachers told me I was “slow”. Instead of feeding my imagination, my teachers teased me and called me a dreamer like that was something I shouldn’t be. My classmates were mean, but my teachers were worse.

I was a weird, awkward kid. If one teacher had taken the time to guide me or show me that I meant more than a standardized test score, I might have been a better adjusted teenager and young adult. As it was, I had to wait until college (and after) to figure out that it’s okay to be who I am, exactly how I am. It’s okay to be a dreamer – they make the best writers. Dyscalculia is a thing, and it doesn’t mean I’m stupid or slow.

So to answer the question: How was my school life? Terrible, but I’m grateful for the hard lessons it taught me.

 
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Posted by on June 24, 2013 in Daily