Thursday, July 28, 2011

Ms. Clean

As children, when my sister and I would ask my mom what she wanted for her birthday or Christmas she would always say, “A clean house.”  We would roll our eyes and sigh and try to figure out on our own what kind of gift we were going to buy.

Now that I am an adult and a home-owner and a mom…I get it!

There is something to be said for the calm and serenity that a clean house ushers into an otherwise chaotic and busy life.  The clutter is put away.  The house smells of lavender and Lysol.  The sink shines.  And with all of that, my soul feels content.

It does not always last long as the clutter reappears…sometimes slowly, other times in one big ka-boom.  The bathrooms will again show signs that boys with not-so-good aim often spend time there.  Crumbs will soon be seen on the kitchen floor because, for some reason, cats have not learned from their dog friends, that eating crumbs off the floor makes your family really happy.

But for now, I am just going to take a deep breath and enjoy my surroundings.  And when my son asks me what I want for an upcoming holiday, maybe he won’t roll his eyes when I say, “A clean house!”

Friday, July 22, 2011

The written word...

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Writing is something I have always wanted to do better.  In fact, sometimes the fact that I want my writing to be better actually prevents me from writing.  Ironic, since the best way to improve your writing is by simply writing more.  Every now and then I resolve to write more…on my blog or in a journal or on the computer.  Then I get busy or unsatisfied with what I have written (or both) and I lose whatever minuscule momentum I had.

So this time I kicked it up a notch.  I moved from thinking about improving my writing to actually reading web-based articles about how to improve my writing.  Lo and behold they all said to WRITE MORE! 

But a little gem of information was sparkling in a corner of one of the articles I read:  Download a program/app that lets you write in full screen with no cluttered menu bars or formatting rulers.  Now THAT sounds like a good idea.  I always love the idea of writing in a nice journal…with an appealing cover and crisp, white pages.  But writing is harder for me now due to my pesky carpal tunnel syndrome and typing is much easier.  After all, nothing deters you from writing more than your fingers and hand going numb!

So now I have a “journal,” courtesy of WriteRoom, on  my trusty Mac.  It does not satisfy my love of all things paper and does not have that wonderful tactile feedback of feeling the ink flow out of a pen and lie beautifully on the page.  But it does have the ability to use fun fonts that fit my mood as well as whatever color may speak to my soul at the time.  It’s not perfect but maybe it might provide that  bit of momentum that I need.