Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Something Shallow/Something Sweet

Something Shallow: Summer's winding down to its end, so Trin and I decided to have some fun with hair coloring before she's back to school and I'm back to work.  She ended up with blue streaks, and I ended up with pink (I wanted blue, but she called dibs on it first).  This should [hopefully] wash out before the first day of school, but if not, it won't be the first time students have seen me with pink hair (I tend to lose bets).

See, it's just a tiny bit, although the streaks do go all the way down the back. I'm going to miss them when they're gone.  I get bored with my normal hair color.  Same with boring car colors.  Remember how the fifties-era cars were every shade of the rainbow, from candy apple green to Pepto Bismol pink?  What happened to those days?  Now cars are all white, and black, and beige, and red.  Just standard medal colors.  I think I was comparing this to hair, but it's late and I forgot what point I was making, so moving on. 

Something Sweet:  I told my grandpa in my last e-mail that I was starting back to work next week, so now my manuscript was going to come screeching to a halt.  This was his reply:
Remember, when you return to work, keep a note pad and jot things down so they aren't lost forever.  A writer learns to manufacture time; a few minutes, at times an hour, squeezed in between your demanding activities, to keep his or her story alive and growing.  It's like being in love; always on your mind.  I'm thrilled at the possibility you may have inherited this gift . . . from somebody in the family. 
Love ya, Grandpa
I loved this response in general because he didn't let me off the hook.  He basically said, "Yeah, life's tough, now get back to writing."  But the part where he said "It's like being in love" moved the hell out of me.  I think it's because a) I've never heard my grandpa make a reference to make-your-heart-patter-type love before, and b) he understands that ridiculous passion for creating stories from a blinking cursor.


  1. Awww, SOOOO freakin' sweet!!! Love that.

    The pics of you and Trin are super cute!


  2. OMG I'm pasting your grandpa's advice on my wall as soon as I can! It's so inspiring and has given me the motivation I need tonight because today was real busy for me, and I've been tired to write! But good part was I saw dolphins!

    Can you give a hug to your grandpa for me?

    Me ;)

    1. Yes, I will certainly give my grandpa a hug for you (he gives those big sweeping hugs that lift you off your feet), but more importantly, you saw dolphins?? Oh my gosh that's so awesome.

  3. LOVE the pink hair!! Y'all look awesome. And it's great that you have such a support system in your grandfather. He sounds amazing. :)

  4. Hey Jodi and Shannon, I finally made my way back to your blog. I have a lot of reading to do and will get to all of it soon. Love the hair experimentation, Trin and Jodi! I have not setup my blog yet. I just can't seem to get interested in designing a new one, but I will do it. I have lots of things rolling around in my mind and really need to write. Jodi, I sent a text Friday, but didn't hear back from you. Sometimes, I don't think my texts are going through to you! I hope work went well and you are ready for the kids. Let's do lunch again or dinner after you get settled into the new year. *Jenifer's honors group already has 38. I thought of you right away! Oy vey! Denise

  5. Hey Denise! I never received your text on Friday, and I wonder if it has something to do with my classroom? Several times I haven't received a notification when Clint has texted. It's like the Bermuda Triangle of cell service.

    Poor Jen. I have 37, so I'm right there with her. She's hanging in there good though and has lots of support, so hopefully she's not losing her mind. I see her at lunch now, and she seems to be doing well.

    Yes, we need to do lunch or dinner again! And get that blog up and running soon woman--I miss reading about your life!


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