Day #27: Off-Schedule

Have you ever made the mistake of eating later in the afternoon than anticipated? Like around 4:15 pm when you are planning to have supper at 5:30 or 6:00 pm. Your tummy is grumbling, but you know you could just ruin your supper opportunities.

Yeah, I did that today.

Have you ever made the mistake of taking a nap too late in the afternoon? Like around 4:30 pm when you are planning to go to bed around 8:30 or 9:00 pm. You are so tired you can’t even keep your eyes open, but you know you could just ruin your sleep opportunities.

Yeah, I did that today.

So here I sit. Starving and deciding whether or not I should eat supper this late.
So here I type. Sleepy, but not tired enough to go to bed for the night but morning comes way too early.

I guess there is something to be said about sticking to your schedule…

Day #15: Writing Prompts

Teachers always use writing prompts… I admit that I have used them several times and got some amazing writing out of kids. To get kids to be able to write from a prompt, I start it with my writing. I look at the prompt, brainstorm a list of ideas, and then I start to write off the cuff. I also take ideas from the captive audience (but not too many… this is my story after all). Then, I just end on a cliff hanger… the students want me to write more, but I turn the pen over to them.  This allows students to start writing from where I left off, they can choose one of the ideas from the brainstorm list, or use one of their own ideas. Students love this process for a number of reasons- they see me taking risks and writing (if the teacher can do it, I can), they get a list of ideas (most kids just don’t know where to start), and they actually own the process rather than feeling like they are being controlled by it. There are some great books and resources online to use. Today I have decided to use prompts from the book 642 Things to Write About by the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto.

The greatness of sandwiches…

I love eating sandwiches for lunch, sometimes for breakfast. There is just something about a well-designed sandwich that can make your day. A great sandwich starts with its foundation–the bread. It is important to decide what you are actually going to do to the bread before you make your sandwich… are you going to grill it, toast it, or use it right out of the bag?  The kind and type of “bread” is also important, because it can make or break a great sandwich. Plus, it depends how much “stuff” you can stuff on (or in) it. Is it regular sandwich size or thickly sliced? Maybe you want a wrap or an english muffin. Maybe rosemary or garlic is your flavor of the month? One thing I don’t like on my sandwich is condiments. I use other items like cheese and veggies to add the moisture and flavor. My favorite sandwich creation is the CEBACLT- rotisserie chicken, boiled egg, bacon, avocado, cheese, lettuce, and tomato. I personally like to use Havarti cheese; however, in a pinch I use cheddar. Of course, given my dietary requirements, I use gluten-free 7 ancient grain bread, toasted with the cheese on it. It has lots of protein and lots of flavor… and it is pretty huge, so good luck eating it without making a mess or embarrassing yourself. In the end, people won’t remember that part… they will just want your sandwich.