Category Archives: happiness

#dSavannahDefects – J is for…


… journey So, basically the dealio with me getting behind (as I alluded to in yesterday’s post) in my personal blog writing and my visiting of fellow #AtoZChallenge blogs and reading them and commenting (snarkily, in many cases) and tweeting them is… (and I’ll try to make this long story short)… I went on a little journey. Last week was Spring Break for my hubs’ niece & nephew (and yes, I claim them as mine, too), and we promised to go with them (and their mom, hubs’ sis) to the Georgia Coast (Beach time!). Well, hubs and I were supposed to leave on Sunday, but I felt like death warmed over, so we didn’t go. I didn’t feel any better on Monday, so hubs went … Continue reading

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R is for…


…Roadtrips! My darling hubs has what is affectionately known as “itchy feet”. That means he likes to go traveling around. And of course, I go with him. (Usually.) It was especially fun to go roadtripping when we lived in Arkansas. We already lived 12 miles outside the closest town, so it was easy to go a-wandering and discover some new place within a couple hours’ drive. And it’s amazing what a little change of perspective can do for your soul. For instance, last year after the death of my dear one (detailed in “G is for Grief” for #AtoZChallenge2014), hubs took me down to Macon, Georgia. And we had no idea til we got there, but that weekend happened to be the Cherry Blossom Festival, … Continue reading

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What I’ll do on my summer vacation

One of the first shots I took with my nice camera in 2009. Queen Anne

I know, I know… you’re groaning at the silly reference to first-day-of-school assignments given across the world. Or is that a myth? Do teachers still require that essay? I know I certainly don’t, but then I’m teaching college students, and many of them don’t have a summer vacation because they are taking classes. Also, I teach graphic design, and asking them to illustrate what they did using an entirely foreign program might be a tad evil on my part. (Eviler than I usually am, that is. *cackles*) Anywho, where was I going with this? Oh yeah, what I plan to do on my summer break, which includes but is not limited to: Sleeping. Okay, that sounds silly, but I need to rest. I’m worn out. … Continue reading

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#AtoZchallenge2014 ~ Reflections


dSavannah note: I have been working on this post for what seems like weeks. Okay, when I consult the calendar, I guess it has been weeks… Since before the end of the challenge on April 30 and when I posted The Questions with my erstwhile partner, Chad Clark. As I mentioned in one of my posts, I’m a teacher. End of school year arrived, with the resultant craziness. And it also meant I needed to grade my students’ Final Projects. Plus, as usually happens, lots of other stuff descended at the same time. Which meant this post got pushed off til… well… now. And I even missed the deadline to post this on the #AtoZchallenge2014 site. *shrugs* What can you do?¬† So, without further, ahem, … Continue reading

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Z is for…


Z is for Zee End The letter Z is for many things, but in my world (at least today), it stands for three things in particular. Of course, it doesn’t really stand for “Zee End”… just the end of this blogging challenge, the end of April, the end of cheering on my challenge partner, Chad Clark, who in addition to his usual writing, did this challenge with me and wrote stories about 26 monsters, most of which (whom?) I’d never even heard of. So I learned a lot. (I’ll save my ramblings on the challenge for the “Reflections” post, which is to be published on May 5. And in a couple days, I’ll publish Chad’s answers to The Questions, so you can learn more about … Continue reading

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T is for…


T is for Things, Various Again, typically I start each blog with a list of things I’m not talking about, but today I’m just gonna yammer on about several different topics, in no particular order. I am tired. Not of or because of this blogging challenge; just because of life in general. Mother Nature has been waxing so schitzo lately, I don’t know what she’s up to. Today? Sunny. Yesterday? Cold and windy and rainy. Day before that? Warm and sunny. Day before that? Cold and windy. I’m a little barometer, so changes like this tend to make me ill, or more specifically, give me a migraine. Nothing like a dagger-through-the-skull pounding headache to take the wind out of your sails. (Yes, that’s a clich√©… … Continue reading

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R is for…


R is for AUURRRRGGGHH. Just kidding. It’s not for rain either, this ceaseless, ceaseless rain, along with this ceaseless, ceaseless winter that won’t quite turn into spring. And it’s not for rant; obviously I took care of (most of) that with my “P” is for Pet Peeves post. And it’s not for resorcin, the last item listed in the 1921 Collier’s New Encyclopedia volume referenced in my “Q” post. (If you’re wondering, resorcin is a “colorless, crystalline compound prepared on a large scale by the action of sulphuric acid on benzene, and by the treatment of the resulting compound with caustic soda. It yields a fine purple-red coloring matter and several other dyes used in dyeing and calico printing, is a powerful disinfectant and deodorizer, … Continue reading

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