Welcome to Thoughty Thursday! This is the day of the week when y’all get to be privy to whatever thoughts are kicking around in my brain. I started Crossfit this week (after several years of lackadaisical exercise) so it’s hard to form any thought but “OUCH” today.
Still, I’m no sissy. I can write a blog, even with screaming muscles. You’re just going to have to do a larger ratio of the thinking for me today.
You’re reading this post because I am a compulsive joiner. (NO, this blog’s not about SEX…)
p.s. I made that all red and boldy just to see if you were paying attention.
I’m talking about joining challenges, groups, memes and the Letter Game that’s flying around the blogosphere. When you’re done reading this post, if you’re feeling inspired, ask me for a letter and I’ll give you one.
You see, about a month ago Myndi Shafer began banging the bongos with Big “B.” My pal, Kathy Owen followed with a ribald rendition of the letter R.
Still, I managed to resist their siren call.
Next up was Natalie Hartford, jamming with Joyous J and Marcia Richards loving up on Lusty L. I so adored Marcia’s list (it included everything from Lust to Liberty) that I caved to “the joiner call” and asked her to assign me a letter.
As you see from the title of this post, I shall be tittilating y’all with Tender “T” today. Ten terrific “T” words, just for you.
[Okay, I’ll stop with the alliteration. I could go on like this all day.]
Trust is the foundation of everything. Wouldn’t you agree? It isn’t an emotion that comes super easily to me. I’m slow in my trust, but very loyal to the people I’ve made a trust investment in. Personal integrity matters.
True love has to follow trust on this list. It just does. (Even though the words, “true love,” make me laugh my face off because of The Princess Bride. Twue Lub…) Seriously, we write stories and dream about true love because it’s eternally the best game in town.
All my life, I’ve been touched by teaching. There are the teachers who lit up my mind and the students who gave me the gift of watching them learn. When teaching is done right, there is a reciprocal magic to it that’s nearly incandescent.
For some people it’s a haircut, for others it’s a snappy outfit. For me, the key to pretty is all about the toes. I can’t say mine are all that cute, but when they’re dressed up they make me feel cute.
Without Twitter there would be no More Cowbell because I’d never have met any of my online writing community. Without Elizabeth Craig to point the way (she was my first friend on Twitter) and Kristen Lamb to lead me down the blogging path…Well, I don’t even like to think about it!
I am here in this exact space because of Twitter. There are other factors, of course, but Twitter is the engine that helped power my social media train.
Speaking of boldly going where I’ve never gone before… I love travel in all it’s forms. I’ve been blessed to train all over the United States, in Singapore and in London and to meet amazing people in my journeys.
Despite all that, my farthest treks have been courtesy of the internet. I’ve learned more about diverse cultures and met more friends from other countries via blogging than I did during any of my business trips. The world is a better place because of social media.
After reading that last paragraph and hanging out here with me, you probably know exactly why I teach software classes. I freaking love technology! I love the way it saves people time (yes, it really does if you have a good teacher) and I adore the way it brings people together.
To me, technology and people will be forever intertwined.
Speaking of which…I loved Texas before last May when I went to the DFW Writer’s Conference. I have family there and I dig their “Don’t Mess with Texas” attitude. However, since the DFW conference, I love Texas even more because like 20 of my online pals live there. As the locals would say: Yee-haw!!!
Tomatoes make me think of my garden. I hang out there quite a bit. Plus, I just laid in my winter garden, which has all my East Coast pals mad with jealousy. I figure it’s the trade off for putting up with some of those very “special” California residents — I get a garden that produces year-round.
My Tiny Taurus
Last, but never least, we have Baby Girl who was born on Mother’s Day a few years ago. She’s becoming a “big girl” way faster than I am comfortable with and she lights up my world every day.
Plus, she helps me garden…can’t you tell?
Isn’t this fun? Would you like your OWN letter?? Just ask me down in the comments!
What is your favorite “T” word (and why)? Same question for the ten words I listed here. Are you a compulsive joiner? What’s the craziest thing you ever joined? Enquiring minds LOVE to know these things here at More Cowbell!