Monthly Archives: December 2011

Fin . . . for now

So last New Year’s day, I posted that I planned to complete a post a week for the year. This post marks the completion of that goal.

2011 . . . what to say?

My son had his first birthday, my daughter her fifth. I earned a new title and managed to get through an entire semester without getting into trouble at work. After seemingly endless reading (30 monographs in 2011 alone), I am now qualified to teach history at the college level. My husband and I celebrated our sixth wedding anniversary (and will celebrate our seventh a few days into 2012).

Aside from the blog, I have been writing a great deal more, something that had been neglected for other obligations. The results of this creative upswing are still pending, but I am hopeful to have some good news to share with you in the new year.

Which brings me to 2012 . . .

What would you, readers, like to see on Generation Cake next year? More of the same? Less of one thing? I am toying with ideas for what to do and would love your input. Continue with post a week? Add more pictures and videos? More writings on pop culture? Literature? Politics? My kids? Eco stuff? My pups? Or just whatever randomness comes into my head? Please leave comments below (or on my FB page) about what you’d like to see for 2012.

Thanks to all of you for reading this year. Hopefully next year will have even more wonderful things in store.

XO

A

 

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A Merry Little Christmas

Last week marked the end of my working semester–grad school classes I’m taking, undergrad classes I’m teaching–done. It was an exhausting but rewarding period; unfortunately, it has left me sans motivation for major Christmas.

I suppose that’s not entirely true–I am enjoying singing with my daughter (no matter how off-key she is), watching favorite Christmas movies, baking, and just relaxing with my family. Where I lack motivation is gifting. I have no desire to shop.

I think this actually started back around Thanksgiving when I saw people at our local Best Buy camping out for Black Friday. That people would elect to spend the holidays in a tent in front of a chain store instead of with friends and family just to save on a material item baffled me. Then we had reports of people pepper spraying other shoppers and near riots for waffle makers. This did not fuel my shopping urge.

At Liliana’s school, we were asked to send one small item like a pencil or eraser for stocking stuffers for her class, along with treats for the Christmas party. I sent some fun bouncy balls and homemade Pumpkin cookies. Other mothers did personalized buckets full of toys, games, and candy, giant cupcakes and candy canes. Our bouncy balls looked lame. But it only made me more adverse to shopping and going over the top.

It didn’t help that with the semester ending so late, I was writing, studying, and grading until last Friday. By then I needed a few days to recharge, which I did on a brief family trip. Now would be the time for shopping. But I just can’t seem to get moving toward the car.

Don’t get me wrong–I am full of Christmas spirit. And I have a few small gifts for friends and family. I just can’t seem to convince myself that we need more than that–any of us. The best gift I am getting is that my husband has the whole week off and will be with us throughout the holiday weekend. That’s more than I need.

My favorite Christmas song of all time is “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” (the Judy Garland version). And that’s what I think we’re having this year. A merry little Christmas where we are all together.

I am very blessed this Christmas and I think one of the best blessings is that I am in a warm house with my husband, children, and parents with cookie dough ready to bake and no demand or desire to go anywhere anytime soon.

Whatever your Christmas wishes, dear readers, I hope you are as happy this year as I am.

XO

A

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Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?

I’m a strong believer in fate. Perhaps that’s why I enjoy studying literature–there is something poetically inevitable about life, for good or bad. While I only rely strictly on fate in matters of shopping–if they have the item I want in the size and color I want when it goes on sale then it is meant to be–I feel that there is some aspect of it in every part of life. That being said, we can certainly help fate along by pitching in. After all, fate can’t do everything (except, fingers crossed, on this amazing green sweater I want).

There are a number of things in my life right now that are possible–things I don’t want to go into detail about until I am more certain. But they are exciting ‘what-ifs’ that are dancing before me. For some of these things, this week requires I do my part before turning them over to fate. So if you have a moment, and you can spare some, send some prayers, fairy dust, Christmas magic, and/or good vibrations my way. I will only use them for good.

Until next week.

XO

A

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Shared Wisdom–Guest Post

If you get a chance, stop by Soul Speak to read a revision of one of my previous posts. Thanks so much to Jodi Chapman for posting my work!

Shared Wisdom

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Notes from the Buried

I am coming to you from under a pile of research projects, essays, and discussion boards layered with grad history reviews and final exams. Under all those papers and books? That’s my tiny voice and waving hand.

I have hit the point in the semester where I am measuring my days in words read and written–how many can one person get through in a single day and still maintain quality? I’ll give you hint: never enough.

So then I wonder, why did I do this to myself? Why did I take two graduate course? Why did I assign essays instead of just multiple choice? Why?

I could give you some profound discourse on my dedication to my students to challenge them. I could ramble about my need to better myself through the pursuit of knowledge.I could even justify that I do all this to be great, instead of just good, at my job.

But just between us, I’ll tell you the real reason.

I’m batsh*t crazy.

XO

A

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PSA

For several weeks I have been drafting a piece about my feelings on not just gay marriage (which I have addressed before), but some issues of tolerance that I find crucial. However, no matter what I write, it will never been as powerful as what this young man has to say.

I am extremely proud to say that a large number of my friends shared this on Facebook. And just to put things in perspective, the young man above has parents whose marriage is not legally recognized. The parents of the child below are considered married in the eyes of God and the United States.

Just something to think about.

XO

A

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