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Slice of Life Story Challenge: March 6

Today is the first day of a new week. Wait! Does the new week start on Sunday or Monday? This is a long-debated issue — right up there with “Which comes first? The chicken or the egg?” I’ve been thinking about debates (for school) and how we frame them so that we can be seen as “correct” in the end. I remind students to “prove it” (cite evidence) and “make them agree with you” (persuasive techniques). (I realize I have not done that here, but since it’s Sunday, it’s still my day off, so I’m not research writing. HA!)

Monday is the first day of the week. Those who work Monday through Friday are apt to say that Monday is the first day (of the work week) and plan their schedules with Monday being the first day in their planners. According to https://www.timeanddate.com/calendar/days/monday.html, Monday is considered the first day of the week on many European calendars, adding the fact that Monday means “moon”. There’s also the idea that “Blue Monday” is the day employees (reluctantly) return to work after the weekend.

Those who may use the same source as I did above might say that Sunday is the first day of the week because, in many cultures, Monday means “second day.” Many U.S. calendars still use the Gregorian approach, and Sunday remains the first day of the week.

I find myself starting the week with Monday because that’s when I reset – I start the week after a weekend off of work. It makes sense to me. I’m also a fan of the “Monday, Monday” song by the Mamas and Papas, where Mondays are “so good to me,” but also “cannot be trusted.” It seems that “manifest destiny” relates to Mondays being known as the “bad day” of the week, and hence, “Let’s get it over with.”

Which day starts YOUR week?


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Slice of Life Story Challenge: March 5

Well, it’s March 5 and I’ve already missed a day. That’s okay; I needed Friday night to unwind and watch Netflix with my husband. I brought home vege pizza with extra cheese from Starlite Pizza (the best local pizza). We found Viking: Valhalla and stayed up late, but it was a relaxing night.

Today it’s warmer than it’s been in a long time and it’s sunny! We plan to hang out at home and maybe go to Menard’s and “save big money” on items for the kitchen and bathroom remodels. I love that peaceful feeling of days off. I hope you find some time to kick back and take it easy, too.

Happy Weekend!


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Slice of Life Story Challenge: March 3

Fifty Minutes Left

Fifty minutes left –

What format can I use now?

A haiku is best.

Ordinary days are fine, but it’s hard to say how productive one has been with mundane tasks, even though completed. “How was your day?” It was fine. I’m waiting for the weekend to celebrate time off and date night with my husband.

Fifty minutes left. What can I still do?


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Slice of Life Story Challenge: March 2

“March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.” According to https://www.almanac.com/march-weather-forecast, this saying’s origins date back to 1670, but the weather is the opposite here this year. Mild, mid-40s and 50s, and not sunny, but not too cloudy, either. I hope that this March will guide a decent spring into the area. We need it!


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Slice of Life Story Challenge: March 1

It’s time for Two Writing Teachers’ March Slice of Life Story Challenge, and I’m trying it again after being gone for (has it really been) three years! Wow, time flies!

It’s a typical Tuesday here: I ran to the grocery store on the way home to buy some Fat Tuesday treats. Wait! Stores – three grocery stores – the third store had a few boxes of savory sweets called Pączkis (a Polish filled donut). Yes! I’m on the way home to relax and enjoy dinner and fattening food.

Look at all that sugar!

Wait! As I walk through the back door, I hear Ashley yelling from the basement. Bloody nose! Come and see! (Uh, no thanks.) But, of course, I’m the mom so I run downstairs to see what’s up. Fifteen minutes later, the bleeding stopped and we got back to normal. I’m really not hungry now, but I cannot leave those Fat Tuesday treats now that I went to three stores to find them!

Yeah, typical Tuesday. Happy March, everyone! Thanks for letting me back in, friends! I’m excited to write in this space again.