Tense for a Reason

July 29, 2007

Still Here

Filed under: Blogathon, Me Me Me — Tense @ 4:53 pm

I survived the Blogathon!  Granted, I’m not feeling all that spiffy today (the day after — doesn’t that sound ominous?), but with a good night’s sleep, I’m sure that will change.

I just wanted to extend a super heart-felt thank you to everyone who dropped by, whether once or many times, to cheer me on throughout the Blogathon.  It would have been much more difficult to do without your support.

To all who sponsored me, I can’t say thank you enough.  You’re the reason I did this in the first place, knowing that your generosity for deserving children was the reward for my sleepless night of posting.

And to the “chat room girls,” a great big hug — I doubt that I would have made it without y’all.  You kept me laughing, and cheered me on when I struggled.  I only hope I did the same for you.

Much love and kudos to everyone who had a role in this year’s Blogathon.  There is no doubt in my mind that it was a huge success.



Why? (Final Post #49)

Filed under: Blogathon, Smiles — Tense @ 7:59 am

before - India after - India

THAT’S why.

Good night.

Post #46

Filed under: Blogathon — Tense @ 6:30 am

Yeah, so I’ve run out of ideas for titles. Sue me.


Do you know what that is? It’s the sun coming up.  Wanna know the last time I saw this (other than going to work)?  When my Littleone was drinking from a bottle!  And willingly, the last time I saw the sunrise was in college.

Now, ask me if I’m happy to see it today.

The State of My Union (Post #45)

Filed under: Blogathon, Me Me Me — Tense @ 5:59 am

Cats have slept the entire time I’ve been awake, so now they’re running and jumping all over the place, trying to kill one another.

Geek is technically still up — he’s sitting upright on the love seat, but his eyes are closed, and his mouth is open. No snores yet.

I am hanging on by a nearly invisible thread. I keep getting up to pee, blow my nose, stretch, shake out my legs, un-numb my butt… But none of it seems to be working for me. And what’s worse – the stupid Stickam chat room won’t let me back in to talk live with my friends who are going through the same struggle that I am.

I’m wondering if I’m going to make these last 2 hours…

The Hour Approaches… (Post #42)

Filed under: Blogathon, Me Me Me — Tense @ 4:30 am

Lynda asked, “What are you going to do after the Blog-o-thon?”

Since this is all that’s on my mind right now, let me tell you exactly what I’m going to do after the ‘Thon… I’m going to throw these clothes that I’ve been wearing for 22 hours in the hamper, slip on my nightie, and sleep until about 1 o’clock.  At that time, I’m going to get up, shower, brush my teeth, and moisturize.  I figure that about the time I get finished with all of that, my mother-in-law will be calling us to say that she’s bringing our daughter home.  Then I will attempt to fend off sleep the rest of the afternoon and evening; I will also try to not be snappish with my daughter, but I imagine that once we put the Littleone to bed, Geek and I will fall into ours just a few minutes later. (Yes, he’s sitting right here beside me… Hasn’t pooped out on me once, despite my telling him that he didn’t have to stay up with me.  But I’m secretly glad he has.)

What else?  …Can’t think of one damned thing.

Struggling (Post #38)

Filed under: Blogathon, Me Me Me — Tense @ 2:30 am

Somehow I am managing to continue to make posts, although I’m not quite sure how I’m doing it.  Quite frankly, what I’m really thinking is something along these lines: huminahuminabbbbbbrrrrrrrppppptttthhhhhppp

Thank goodness for the writers of Casablanca; I can steal a line that makes more sense than I do, even without a proper context: “You’ll regret it.  Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but soon, and for the rest of your life…. It doesn’t take much to see that the problems of three people don’t amount to much in this crazy world.”  Guess I could apply that to how I’d feel if I were to give up now and go to sleep.  But my bed sure did whisper sweet nothings in my ear when I passed by it a few moments ago…

The Witching Hour (Post #33)

Filed under: Blogathon — Tense @ 12:00 am

I have made it to midnight… only 16 more posts to write after this one!  Woo-hoo!  Believe it or not, I’m not all that sleepy right now.  I am bone weary — my butt is kinda sore from sitting, and my back hurts, and my head is beginning to hurt — but I’m not really tired.  Don’t get me wrong, if I could get into my bed right now, I would be asleep within an hour, but I’m doing better than I thought I would at this point.  However, I’m kind of worried about what 2 o’clock might bring.

I’m also surprised at how much I’ve been able to write about today… I’m not saying it’s quality writing.  Hell, for the most part, it’s a bunch of crap.  But I’ve done it, and that’s all that matters.  Just 8 more hours.

My grandmother used to say that nothing good happens after midnight; I sure hope she’s wrong.

July 28, 2007

My Geek Is Not Annoying Me (Post #29)

Filed under: Blogathon, Geek — Tense @ 10:00 pm

I told Geek I wanted to write something a little more real for this post and asked his advice about what that should be… He said, “I’m not annoying you, am I?  I guess I could start poking you, or you could just make it up that I am.”  I don’t think I have the energy or the presence of mind to make something up at this point.  So, I will just say that my Geek is not annoying me, although that is subject to change as the night progresses.

As a matter of fact, he has been very helpful throughout this whole thing so far.  He set it up so that our daughter is spending the night with her grandma — out of my hair so I can do this and do it right.  He kept her busy while I was stressing and getting started this morning.  He went to the grocery store and got the fruit I requested for late night snackage, and he got lunch and dinner too.  Not only that, he did the dishes and bathed the dog, all while I’ve kept my happy (okay, maybe not so much as sore anymore) ass on this couch and blogged and chatted and surfed.  I’m sure that I could do this all by myself, but I can tell you that I’m very glad I don’t have to.

My Geek is not annoying me at all.  He is being a super-duper cool helper dude.

A Little More Than Halfway There (Post #26)

Filed under: Blogathon — Tense @ 8:30 pm

With that last post, I (and my Blogathoning buddies) have made it to the halfway point.  I’ve got to say it feels good.  Not that I’m tired right now, that’s not the problem.  But it’s funny how being tied down to one place really gets to a body after awhile.  Now, it’s very likely that I would not have gone anywhere at all today even if I weren’t doing this 24-hour charity thing, but the point is that I can’t — can’t go anywhere outside of this house or even inside this house for more than a few minutes at a time before I have to start writing my next post.  I’m stuck here, and it’s so weird how that messes with my mind!

Anyway, I’ve heard that things often start getting silly after the halfway mark… I guess that remains to be seen.  I know we’ve already had some crazy conversations in the chat room some of us have set up, so I don’t know how much sillier it can get.

I’ve been trying to take some time in between posts to support other participants in this Blogathon too; I think that will be the deciding factor in whether or not many of us will make it through.  I have been amazed at the very different blogs out there!  I guess in my everyday blog surfing, I generally stick with people whose sensibilities and tastes are similar to my own, so it’s been kind of enlightening to see all that’s out there.  The blogs are as numerous and as different as people are.  I guess that sounds kind of lame (well, duh, Tense), but I’m stunned, in a good way!  If you’re so inclined, click on the “Blogathon blogs” link in my sidebar, and check them out.  I tell ya’, it’s shocking!

Tougher Than I Thought (Post #20)

Filed under: Blogathon, English Teacher Stuff — Tense @ 5:30 pm

So the hardest thing about this Blogathon so far has been the short amount of time which I have to write a post. (I’m sure that later I’ll change my tune and say that staying awake is the hardest part.)  See, it usually takes me about an hour to write a post (if it’s really long, it will take more time), and then I edit my own writing for probably 30 minutes afterward.  I am my own worst critic.  I walk away from my posts and re-read them when I come back.  Then I make any changes I feel are necessary.  Then I go surf blogs, and come back and usually make more changes.  …It sometimes takes me 5 times of going away and coming back before I get my post the way I want it.  This Blogathon isn’t giving me the time to do that.

Maybe this is a good thing, though.  I’ve read and heard published writers say that you should just write, forget about editing and grammar and punctuation (the horrors!) until you’re finished saying what you have to say, and then go back and fix all that stuff.  I’ve never been able to do it.  English teacher isn’t just a job title for me; it’s part of who I am.  And the use of good grammar is part of my character; it’s ingrained in my being!  (Okay, I think I’ve made my point.)  Anyway, perhaps this having to make quickie posts will be good for me in that way.  I’m getting good training on quenching my overwhelming desire to edit.

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