Friday, October 31, 2014

Leaving - Five Minute Friday - 31 Days

It's Five Minute Friday!  It's also the last day of the 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes.  As I said yesterday, it's been wonderful, but I'm ready for a break.  I may take much of November off from blogging to spend time with my family.  I think they've forgotten what I look like when I'm not behind the computer.

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I haven't had to leave anywhere except by choice.  I haven't been out of the country but twice, and I've always lived in New Jersey.

Of course I left my elementary school, my middle school, and my high school.  The first two were such normal, expected events that I was just happy to move on.  My high school years were not particularly happy, so in some ways, graduation meant freedom.

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I didn't go away for college.  For reasons not especially academically sound, I went to community college.  I did that for one year, then I stopped going full-time and got a job.  Still, I had a safety net because I was still living with my parents.  That job lasted only two weeks, because I realized it wasn't for me.  I quickly found another job that would be the start of my real career.

The first major change was moving out of my parents' house.  In retrospect I see that I handled that very poorly.  It was a last-minute decision, just a few days before Christmas (which was already not the most peaceful time for us, anyway).  I should have handled it much better.

Probably the biggest change, though, was leaving my job of 13+ years to stay home with my newborn.  I didn't dislike the job or the people, but I loved my son more than I liked the others!  I went from wearing disposable lab coats and disposable gloves--every safety measure to keep us from contamination--to having someone else's spit-up on my shoulders and not really minding it.  Having a newborn, being home every day ... yes, a dramatic change in lifestyle--but one I wouldn't change for the world.

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Look Alike - 31 Days

Whew!  Since tomorrow is Five Minute Friday, today is the last "regular" day of the 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes.  I've enjoyed this last month, and it's been a challenge.  I believe that writing more is the key to writing better, and this challenge has definitely stretched me.  I'll look forward to doing it again next time, but for now I'm ready for a break. :)

For today I'm using this writing prompt, which is from The Daily Post:
You step into an acquaintance's house for the first time, and discover that everything--from the furniture, to the books, to the art on the wall--is identical to your home.  What happens next?
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"Whoa, this place is a mess!"

Oops, did I say that out loud?

I look around and see an entryway that looks familiar.  Very, very familiar.  Exactly like mine.  It's an odd feeling, but it's like seeing my own space through fresh eyes.

"Um, nice place."

Everything is in neutral colors:  Chef White walls and beige carpet.  The living room is sparsely furnished with an old love seat, a lamp, a dead plant, and another plant--this one tall enough to bend to get light from the window.  The dining room holds overflowing bookcases, a table that's used as a desk, and a few mismatched chairs.

Look at that pile of yarn.  Obviously someone accumulated it and then quit crocheting.

I walk down the hallway and see the powder room.

Finally, a room that isn't all neutral!  The walls here are an interesting shade of greenish blue that probably doesn't coordinate with any colors other than the white vanity and the gray counter.  And, of course, the Chef White paint on the trim.

The kitchen, too, is strikingly familiar.  Again, someone needs to declutter this space.

If you haven't read the last ten issues of that magazine, please cancel the subscription.

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Out of time, and I wanted to describe the family room, which is our prettiest room and our haven!

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Choose Your Color - 31 Days

Welcome back!  For today I'm using a different writing prompt than the one offered by Kate Motaung, who's hosting 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes.  I found this one on The Daily Post, and it's called Local Color.  Here's the prompt:
Imagine we lived in a world that's all of a sudden devoid of color, but where you're given the option to have just one object keep its original hue.  Which object (and which color) would that be?
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Ooh, this is a tough question.  I like the colors of spring, the colors of fruits and vegetables, the colors of the sky.

I could easily do without the colors of clothing; actually, black and white would make it easier to match pants and a top, right?  Same with colors of fabrics around the house:  furniture, linens, tablecloths.  And other objects around the house:  plates, books, appliances.  No big deal.

I think I could do without a blue sky, because I like overcast and rainy days.

The colors of spring would be harder to give up:  the first crocus, the bright yellow daffodil, the green lawn after a winter of brown.

But I think what I would choose to keep its own color would be people's eyes.  As they say, the eyes are the window to the soul, and I wouldn't want to give that up.  I always notice eye colors.

If I have to be more specific, I'd choose my husband's eyes.  I vividly remember noticing his eyes on our second date.  I couldn't stop gazing at the flecks of gold in those velvety brown eyes.

What would you choose?

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Don't Believe the Lies - 31 Days

Five minute free write!  The writing prompt for today is WAKE.

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The other morning I had the strangest dream.

I was getting ready for a meeting at church.  I'd set aside two things to take with me, and I couldn't find either.  I finally left without them.

When I got to church, the parking lot was huge--like a mall parking lot that wraps all the way around the building.  I parked my car, then saw a good friend of mine.  We wanted to talk, but I had to go because I was already late.

I got into the meeting and realized that I was wearing nothing but a swimsuit.  While it wasn't the most revealing suit, I would certainly not wear it without at least a pair of shorts on top.  Then I noticed that I hadn't shaved my legs in two weeks.

I ran back outside and could not find my car.

That's when I woke up.

One of the things that Kristin has been writing about this month is the lies that our minds tell ourselves--and we believe them!  Look at all the lies in this dream.

You are forgetful.

You lose things.

You don't know where you're going.

You're not a good friend.

You're not good enough.

Don't believe the lies.  I know that none of those things are true, but I have different lies that I tend to believe.  Yet in Christ, we are loved, forgiven, and extended all the grace we need.  As Bart Millard of MercyMe has said, "You are holy, righteous, and redeemed."  Amen.

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