Sunday, March 1, 2009

giving (up)

I'm brushing myself off after the recent fall from grace daily posting and joining back up with NaBloPoMo [which I do not know how to say aloud without sounding like I've lost my mind]. March's theme is "Giving (Up)" which is conveniently vague; here is my first attempt to make sense of it.

How I'm Giving:
  • Kisses & hugs to my babes
  • Back scratches to my man (that is not supposed to sound dirty, I'm just trying to be honest - I am not a good giver of back rubs)
  • Monthly donations to Make-A-Wish, Share, our local animal shelter, the library, and OPB
  • Time, energy, and WintOgreen mints to students
  • Outgrown clothes & books to kids' friends

What I'm Giving Up:

  • Finishing books that fail to move me
  • Popcorn at the movies [the big bucket, I mean] [but not at the Living Room Theater]
  • Shoes that hurt my feet
  • Socks with holes in the toes
  • Eating in the car
  • Late nights (starting tomorrow)

Tell me what you give, and give up.

12 comments:

Fantastic Forrest said...

Good things to give, good things to give up.

Can I just follow your lead?

Lisa Wheeler Milton said...

I gave up our long church commute. It feels good, most days.

It's too early for me to think of anything vaguely witty.

Danielle said...

I will give:
* Time and energy to the kids- laughing and playing.
* Time with my husband.
* Time to myself to go to the gym so I can achieve my weight loss goal.

I will give up:
* Coke - and damn I love coke - as in the drink not the drug.
* Negative thoughts.
* comfy clothes that make me look frumpy.

Good ideas you got here!! :)

Jen on the Edge said...

I will give myself the luxury of a daily walk or some sort of exercise.

I will give up daily mocha frappuccinos.

LarryG said...

Gives:
*a blessing to someone every day
*talk time to two kids at home
*available for school events
*a jog a day to self (skip a day about once a week.)

Gives up:
*any argument with teen :)
*change i have been sorting to give to a cause
*busyness for a minimum of 10 minutes a day in quietness

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

I'm trying to give up just a wee bit of my controlling nature and the corollary is I'm trying to give a bit more freedom to my almost 16 year old son.

Janet said...

I'm giving up some of my books :-) Gotta make some room!

Cheri @ Blog This Mom! said...

I am giving up sugar (again), this time for Lent. And then for good (again).

I give whatever I can whenever the spirit moves me.

Lisa said...

I will give....oh boy.
Patience. I will count to five before reacting.
Lots of things. We are getting ready to move and we will be donating much.

I will give up....(I'm following your lead here)
Too little sleep.
Repeating complaints instead of just doing something about the issue.

San Diego Momma said...

I need to come back.

Right now, I must give myself a mental break :)

brandy101 said...

your giving up list? I am on=board with you on ALL of them.

Coincidentally, I *just* resloved to purge my sock drawer of evil hole-y or otherwise ill-fitting socks! I can afford new socks!

I also gave up movie popcorn but its b/c I kept getting terrible heart palpitations after eating it. Turns out the flavoring has lots of MSG which amped up my ticker.

We are also doing planned giving! Monthly to the food pantry in Chicago sponsored by our church; and then a few times a year to certain other organizations. I wrote an article for a church brochure, and one section was all about giving *first fruits.* Well i was prooud of the copy I wrote but realized how hypocritical I was for not following my own advice. So, for example, for lent, our family discussed over dinner how much we want to set aside to give to the food pantry later this month. We all agreed and are looking forward to giving $ away :)

dkuroiwa said...

I am giving...
more positive words to my sons, even though they make me crazy at times.
myself to the count of 8 before I speak when people make stupid comments to me
more smiles...I feel better when I do that.
away old kids' clothes to the orphanage my friend just adopted a little boy from.

I am giving up...
snacking while driving.
getting frustrated with the men in this house.
(or try to anyway) waiting until the last possible moment to get ready to leave in the morning...I really don't like rushing around.

You, my dear, are a great role-model!!

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