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What I did today

At Stake Conference (a church function) we were counseled several times to keep a history of our lives. Gone are the days of dear diary for me. My first diaries were of little interest, they usually consisted of what I had for lunch or phrases like “Nothing happened today.”

How can one have a day where nothing happens?

In my teenage years, journal entries became vividly more exciting, but I intend on burning those before my daughter ever finds them.

So in the spirit of dear diary, I am going to the list version of what I did yesterday.

  • Worked eight hours at ebay
  • Did dishes
  • Did one load of laundry (tried to do two, but dropped a battery down the lint removal thing and spent an hour with a magnetized pole to try to remove battery–battery is still in there)
  • Put videos away at the store since Scott has an apparent aversion to this task.
  • Gave Murky and Bing haircuts (absolutely necessary since they were looking like orphans)
  • Spent two hours on yardwork.
  • prepared dinner.
  • vacuumed
  • swept floors and had to play taskmaster as Murky and Bing mopped the dining room and kitchen floors (this would have been easier–and faster–to do myself, but then they lose the satisfaction of a job well done and don’t get the lesson on the value of work–or something like that)
  • ate dinner/played the what-was-my-favorite-part-of-the-day game with Scott and the kids (which sometimes gets pretty silly)
  • Put kids to bed. Scott usually handles this part since he is such a good daddy.  So for me this consisted of shouting out “Brush your teeth!” and “Say your Prayers!” as I settle into my computer chair to write.
  • Edited forty pages of The Hazzardous Universe.
  • Edited fifteen pages in another manuscript for someone else.
  • Arranged the spreadsheet for the catering at the LDStorymaker conference to ensure that everyone is getting the meal they desire. Cussed at the fact that I lost the spreadsheet and had to enlist Scott’s help to find it on my hard drive.
  • Said my own prayers (It’s glaringly apparent I need all the help I can get)
  • Went to bed.

So you see . . . I cannot dear-diary my life, because no one really wants the internal monologue as I go through my daily chores(aside from the fact that it would contain an abundance of cussing). The list is irritating enough (I’m still miffed over the battery thing).

 I do keep a journal for each of kids. Sort of letters to them as they grow and expand in their lives. I started it with the hope that when Rae became a teenager–too cool to listen to the mother of her present, she might be willing to listen to the mother of her past. I decided not to play favorites and started letters to the boys as well. I love my letters to them. For me, that is REAL writing time. Hopefully that will count as journal keeping for me.

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5 Responses
  1. hi julie,
    that is awesome the journals/letters you are writing to your kids. i made little journals for both of my girls when they were little and wrote to them about when i met daddy, married daddy, about their pregnancies during it, their early days, and then i included passages about the word for word hilarious things they said when they were little. they loved it how i read parts of these to them when they were little. they get their books when they are of age. this might be encouraging for you. my 17 y/o this year pulled out her book, asked me to read some parts to her, we giggled and giggled, then she asked if she could borrow it because she wanted to read it that night in her room. awhhh! she’s a painful attitude teen most of the time, so yes, you bet i will eat up and occasional neat moment like this. so keep doing what you are doing. they do OR WILL appreciate it eventually, i am sure of it. good job, kathleen xo

  2. TJ Hirst says:

    Hi, hope you don’t mind me commenting, but I have a long history with journal writing. I have learned that it is like the seasons of weather and life, it needs to change as we do, in subject and intensity and place. Let me explain. I have always felt a pressing need to write, and I think journal writing is a good, informal way to document my thoughts. I also wrote similar letters to my children like you describe and also weekly journal writing in which I focused on topics in m life and wrote to figure them out. This was how I approached the last ten to twelve years of journal writing. But I have just discovered I need a new way to write and a new way to document my life and my families life. At the beginning of the year, I began closing the day in the same suggested way that Elder Eyring related in his Oct 2007 General Conference talk, O Remember, Remember. Wow, that was inspired. I spend about 10 minutes at the end of each day and write just a few words about how I have seen the hand of God reaching out to touch us or our children that day. I am able to see the inspirational things that have been going on without me even seeing it before. It has helped my teen daughter, too, to not wallow in her hormonal changes . It has also made for some good writing material; I share some of my answers on Thursday in my blog and think there is a larger story in some of them that I hope to get out.

  3. Kevin Wasden says:

    Julie,

    I love the idea of keeping a journal for your kids. That will mean a lot to them.

    kw

  4. Shanna says:

    I don’t know . . . I think your internal monologue might be quite interesting!

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