NaBloPoMo prompt for March 4 – How is your writing voice like you? How does your writing voice differ from you?
Hmmmm…that’s a hard one. I think I do write as I would speak. The words that come out on the page are the words in my head, and often are taken from conversations I’ve already had with regard to whatever I’m writing about. The commas, the pauses are just as they would be if I were saying the words out loud.
Where do I differ from my writing voice? I think I’m a lot more honest in my writing. I use this blog as a way to not only document what’s going on with our family on a near-daily basis, but to also process whatever I may be dealing with. It’s my outlet, and probably more of a journal/diary. Often, I find myself turning my conscious brain off and just letting the words flow (outside of typos). Sometimes, I don’t even know what I’ve written until I go back and read it. In that case, my writing voice is more the true me, my true thoughts and feelings than I would probably allow the outside world to see.
And now for our regularly scheduled programming….
How’s running going lately? Pretty well. My short runs are getting longer, although I have yet to go over 7 miles since Surf City. I have a 15K on March 23rd, and then the OC Half on May 10th. I’ve been spending a lot of time on a running store site, supplementing my Spring running gear. I have been studiously working on my breathing while running, getting some negative splits down, and watching my gait. A couple of weeks ago, I developed some left heel pain, which has been somewhat nagging, although it doesn’t seem to hurt while I’m running. Random. I have been getting in three runs a week, which has been the goal for a couple of years. I’m owning the whole “I’m a runner” thing, even following running blogs.
As for Little Man – we seem to be doing either really well, or are really in the tank. He’s way up, or he’s freaking out. He has great days and then he has awful days at school. The new SAI is on top of things, emailing me at least weekly to let me know how he’s doing, how often he’s going to see her, what’s happening when he is in her classroom. I think we may have figured out his post-lunch trigger. It seems the anxiety over upcoming PE time is what’s freaking him out. The SAI is getting the adaptive PE instructor involved, trying to get him engaged and lower his anxiety. Let’s face it though – outside activity is so not his gig. Team and class physical activities stress him out. This is why he’s no longer playing recreational baseball or soccer. It just got to be too much for him, too much to put on a coach, too much worry he was going to be injured playing with kids who are his age or younger but who are entirely more athletic and who outweigh him by 20+ pounds. Anyhow, we are scheduling a meeting of his team to check in, adjust goals if needed, and discuss other interventions/accommodations. I’m worried. I’m always worried. When I dropped him off this morning, he stood outside the car door, repeating his typical morning script, and then as I was starting to pull away from the curb, he blew me a kiss. He had the saddest look on his face, his huge blue eyes saying what he could not. I still have my days I would haul him back in the car and not put him through those 6.5 hours 5 days a week. Last night, I had book club, and it ran a bit longer than normal. I didn’t see the text from the husband until I was sitting on our driveway getting out of the car. Little Man was upset, not wanting to go to sleep because I wasn’t home yet. He did not settle until I was inside the house and had gone in to tuck him in, tell him everything was okay, and kiss him goodnight. I reminded him that Momma always comes back, but he just doesn’t do well when I am not home at bedtime. Sigh.
How’s your week going? Doing anything particular to celebrate Fat Tuesday? Are you giving anything up for Lent, and if so, what?