Monday, March 24, 2014

My Blog Writing Process and a Little Spring Break Action

Some of you may have noticed that I've gotten into the groove of posting something new each Monday. As part of the regular posting goal, I try to plan topics ahead of time. I sit down with a blank monthly calendar printed from here or here and jot down my topics. Usually, I'll have a blank calendar of the following month close by in case my brainstorming session gets out of control. I slide the calendars (printed double-sided to save a sheet of paper) into a plastic pocket protector and create my own dry erase board. That way, if I change my mind about a topic or want to switch things up, it's no sweat. Right now, I have topics through April. My next goal is to find a day each week where I spend a few hours several crafting drafts at once.

On a completely different note, the peeps went back to school today after a 10-day spring break. When I jotted down "Spring Break" on my blog calendar, I had in my head that our time together would be packed with memory-making excitement (Ideal Reality). I was like Julie on The Love Boat, dreaming up activities to amaze my little loves. I even created a Note in Evernote just to track my marvelous ideas.

Real Reality: The week wasn't all that excitement packed. For the most part, they just wanted to play on the computer. Yay. As for memories, both girls definitely remember the day I got lost in Kansas City's Union Station labyrinth of a parking garage. That was fun. Not really what I had in mind. We did manage to get in a few activities, including much-needed hair cuts, a viewing of Mr. Peabody & Sherman, picnics on the living room floor, attending Theatre For Young America's production of Junie B. Jones and a Little Monkey Business, a rare breakfast out at our favorite diner, Kate's Kitchen, a tour of the Shatto Milk Company and a trip to The Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium for "Dinosaurs at Dusk: The Origins of Flight." We brought Spring Break to a close with a sleepover in the basement. Overall, not a bad haul.

How about you? Any awesome - or not so awesome - spring break plans?

Wherever you are, whatever you're doing ... Keep It Real.


  1. So, what's the deciding factor on which site you get your month's calendar from?
    AND LOVE that you create your own "dry erase board" effect! Such a smart efficient way to plan your calendar. Cleaver girl!

    Don't fret over this spring break. You'll get them on the next break from school! :)

    1. Hi, Linda! Thanks for reading (and commenting)! The deciding factors on which calendar site I use isn't that scientific. I started out with the Donna Young site, but when I went to print some for 2014, the site wasn't updated yet. So, I found the site. Also, the DY site prints vertical, and sometimes I want horizontal. I also use the blank calendars and pocket protector for menu planning.

      And speaking of the next break from school, I better get crackin' on some plans. That's summer break! Much longer than 10 days.