Friday, March 21, 2014

SOLSC #21: What I Give Up for Slicing

    Today I join my fellow bloggers in
"serving up a slice" to the March SOLSC
   sponsored by Two Writing Teachers.
It's the time of year when my friends are giving up things for Lent.  I realize that I give up a few things in order to slice daily in March.  At the top of the list is sleep, followed by a few stolen moments to read for pleasure right before I fall asleep.  By the time I've sliced and left a few comments, I crash into bed with no energy whatsoever to read, even for a few minutes.  My plan is to slice at night for the next day's post (west coast slicers are feeling the pinch of this year's  9 p.m. deadline ), but then life intervenes.  Last night I worked on grades until everything started blurring.   So now it's Friday evening, and I must compose this post with the exhaustion that arrived at 3:48 this afternoon when I posted my last grades and comments for second trimester.

But I digress from my purpose - to share what I give up for slicing.  Newspapers are my final sacrifice laid on the slicing altar.  I know, most of you gave up newspapers years ago, but I still love a bit of time with the paper each day.  My husband reads the news on his i-Pad, so the papers are just for me.  It's not unusual for me to get behind a bit, even without slicing.  However, this week, I hadn't even stopped to take the paper out of the plastic sleeve.  I dropped each day's news on the front rug and planned a great picture of the newspaper pile to accompany this slice.  When I went downstairs this morning, I discovered that my pile of papers was gone.  Yesterday was trash day, and I'm sure my husband thought he was being helpful (not) when he put them in the recycling.  He knows I love to read the newspaper even if it's old.  However, one part of me is glad, if only he hadn't gotten rid of Sunday's paper.  There are some parts of it that I read religiously (travel, NYT magazine, book review), but not this week.  I think I better head downstairs now to stash Friday's paper in a safe place (no time to read it before an evening commitment)!


  1. I too still read the paper each day. Two on Sunday. Good point about what we give up to write! The payoffs are immense.

  2. I hear you, but I catch the news now on TV and online. My daughter brings me the NYT review, although I guess I could read it online too. Maybe it will be better now that the grades are behind you, Ramona!

  3. I'm a west coastie too - I've missed the deadline a few times. I usually slice in the morning but it's been crazy lately. I feel like SOL is what I "take on" for Lent. But writing this consistently does impact my home relationships - "what are you doing?" seems to be answered more often than not with one word: "blogging."

  4. A balance must be struck during this month. Too bad you had a helper (?) this week. Usually my husband says, "I hate this month." I hope I've been able to balance time writing and commenting with living better. Next year, no grades, right?

  5. I love the paper too, but quit getting the weekday paper, because it comes too late and I just don't have time to read it. I really miss it though!

  6. Interesting. What do we give up to slice? I suppose I really am a little guilty of not doing some things I should because of slicing. I might not get a load of laundry done. I might convince my husband to cook dinner. I might not stay as late at school. It is a balance.