5,4,3,2,1 #SOL22

One of my Saturday morning rituals, after a few sips of coffee and the caffeine begins to sink in, is to think. Sitting quietly on the couch, a bird or two beginning to make their presence known, I think about the week past, my goals for the weekend, and then shifting gears to the week ahead. I enjoy this soft start to the day, now in the dark, but soon with the first rays of dawn’s light.

This morning, I captured these thoughts in my notebook, as usual. But several fellow Slicers have inspired me to share them in the 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 format, such as my writing buddy Leigh Anne at A Day in the Life and Elisabeth at The Dirigible Plum.

5 things that made me smile — having parents join us in-person during Library and Mystery Reader times again, eating with my grade-level colleagues in the faculty room for the first time in two years, crocus in bloom in my garden, joyful dancing in PE class (kids and teachers, myself included!), and a text from my sister telling me our mother’s latest cancer scans show that the chemo is working.

4 words to describe my week — long, exhausting, rewarding, and joyful.

3 plans for the weekend — make headway in The Transcendentalists and Their World by Robert Gross, relax during today’s hair appointment, and explore a new-to-us Mass Audubon sanctuary’s trails before we become slaves to spring yard work in a few short weeks.

2 things I learned this week — that you never know what might be behind a student’s behavior and that frogs don’t lay their eggs according to your curriculum schedule!

1 goal for the weekend — write as many Slice comments as I can!

Thanks for wondering and wandering a bit with me today. And many thanks to the crew at Two Writing Teachers, and the extended SOL community, for giving us the time, space, and encouragement to live the writerly life here every Tuesday throughout the year and daily during the month of March.


12 thoughts on “5,4,3,2,1 #SOL22

  1. Yay for your mom! Every positive is a step forward. I had to laugh at the frog eggs. How dare those frogs not lay eggs according to your plans! Hope your weekend is a great one!

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  2. This is a great format and I’m so glad you had 5 hefty things to smile about! The news about your mom is such a positive. I’ll keep you and her in my thoughts. Enjoy your weekend!

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  3. This is a wonderful format to write with, Christie. I am glad that you shared this and it is quite commendable that you will write as many comments as you can. I wish we were nearby to chat but touching base with you at your blog is a nice treat.


  4. Such a good format for organizing reflections and capturing little moments! I had to really think about the things that had made me smile this week. I set a number goal for how many comments I would write this weekend and only got about 1/3 of the way there yesterday so I have a lot to write today! (And maybe tomorrow… I just might make up a three-day weekend for the commenting challenge!)


  5. I love this reflecting ritual you have and then this fun structure for writing about it. Oh the frogs! My preschooler is learning about frogs and we’ve heard a lot about them this week!


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