Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Slice of Life: My New Addiction

Today's post is part of the Slice of Life roundup at Two Writing Teachers.  Stop by for links to many great slices or, better yet, join the fun by linking your own piece.  Thanks to all for hosting.

The blog isn't the place to confess your addictions, but admitting you have a problem is the first step.  Right?  My addiction is worse on the weekends, but lately I'm finding I'm falling victim to it during the week too.  It keeps me up late at night.  It makes me mumble in my sleep.  It has me searching into the night to find just what I need.

My addiction?  It isn't Reese's Peanut Butter cups, though that would have been a good guess since I have a stash hidden in the freezer.  It isn't  Twitter, though one could make an argument that I have a Twitter issue.  It isn't coffee, though I do have a slight headache if I haven't had a cup by nine in the morning.  My addiction will shock and repulse you.  My addiction is....fantasy football.  Who knew?

If you know me, you know I'm not much of a sports gal.  I am, however, a little competitive.  When my son decided our family needed a fantasy team, I had to join.  I started reading blogs, following the Bleacher Report, checking my ESPN updates, and created a secret Twitter fantasy football list.

I must admit to enjoying talking smack as well.  Let's say I talk much more than my team wins of late.  Team Naughty or Rice (Ray Rice inspired) started out winning, but things went south pretty quickly.  Injuries.  Politics.  Running back issues.  I changed the name to Cruzin' on Back (Victor Cruz inspired as my wide receivers are the only hope I have each week), but we still were having a hard time keeping a 500 record.

This week is the BIG GAME.  My son and I are playing against one another.  I'm pretty sure the rest of the family will be glad when it is over.  He's got quarterback issues that I'm hoping will be in my favor.  Of course, I have running back issues.  I was up at 6 a.m. checking blogs to find the latest rising stars to add to my roster.  I came home tonight to do some more research.

Yes, it's an addiction.  I'm not sure if it's a need to win or just something new to learn, but it is taking way too much of my time.  Thankfully the season will end eventually, and I can get back to life as usual.  I thought that would be how it would go.  Then my son decided we needed a family fantasy basketball league.  Help!!!!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Celebrating Possibility

Today I join Ruth Ayres as she hosts this week's celebrations at Ruth Ayres Writes.  Stop by to read her post and follow the links to other celebrations.

"Life isn't about finding yourself, it's about creating yourself."                  -George Bernard Shaw
Finally taking a minute for lunch I check the clock on my phone.  Cassie should be ending her college visit about now and heading to the next one.  "How are the visits going?" I inquire in a text message.  My phone rings almost as soon as I press the send button.

"I found my school," she relays quickly.

I can hear the excitement in her voice.  She has been on several college visits and few have ended without questions or hesitations.  She's found schools she likes, but I haven't really felt she loves any of them.  Some are too small.  Some are too expensive.  Some she's not sure she can get into.  Some she's not sure she will fit in with the people who attend.  Today I hear the click in her voice.  I know it feels right to her.

"They have my program," she explains.  "The size of the campus is perfect.  It's big, but everything is easy to get to.  The dorm rooms are small, but they are nice."  She rattles through a list of things she likes about this school.

I listen.  Enjoying the sound of her enthusiasm and feeling the relief of knowing she is pleased with this decision.  "When does the visit at the next school begin?" I ask.

"I'm not going," she replies, "I've found the place I want to be.  I just wish it wasn't so long until I start."

The application is submitted.  Her school has forwarded her information.  Now we wait to hear a definite answer on her application.  So many opportunities are ahead.  Today I celebrate POSSIBILITY as Cassie stands at the beginning of her journey.

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