I can’t write today because…

the credit card company called and told me that someone is using my credit card (to buy from UberEats, of all things – clearly they do not have any clue about how to disguise their usage) and now I have to get a new one and I won’t have it for 7 days and even though I don’t think I use my credit card a lot I actually do and this is going to be a problem.

I have to fight with both of my children to get them to learn their math facts. This will take at least an hour for approximately 10 minutes of practice. Each

the batteries in the wireless keyboard are running low and I don’t know if any of the other batteries are charged and it’s too much trouble to go check.

I promised myself I wouldn’t write until I was done grading and I’m not going to be done grading until I die, which is going to make it really hard to write.

the cats are asking to be fed. Again.

and speaking of cat food, we are running out and someone needs to go buy new and you just know that’s going to be me.

I’m driving the swim team carpool.

I’m pretty sure that my writing posture is giving me carpal tunnel so I probably need to take the day off.

I’m not supposed to go on the computer before bedtime and bedtime is definitely near.

I’m on vacation and too many things have happened for me to choose just one to write about.

I told my family about my blog and now I can’t write about them so my source of inspiration is gone.

I’m just too tired.

(I’ve been keeping this list since the beginning of this challenge. Not gonna lie – I was hoping to save it for later in the month, but we’re on vacation and I am exhausted – go figure. So, here it is. And hopefully tomorrow I can process intense family time and great fun in a way that makes sense.)


slice-of-life_individualSlice of Life, Day 16, March 2018

Thanks to Two Writing Teachers for this wonderful month of inspiration.




12 thoughts on “I can’t write today because…

  1. When I taught third grade I always started our poetry unit with a list poem about what we couldn’t write a poem. The kids were always pretty excited in the end that Our list turned into the very thing we thought we couldn’t do. The same thing happened here. Your list turned into a slice.


  2. One of the favorite topics for my students to write about is how they can’t think of anything to write. Your list is a good look into your busy life.


  3. I love this list because it reflects the real struggles we face! There is always laundry, chauffeuring, shopping to be done. I’m amazed when I get to the end of March and manage to have all thirty-one Slices entered!


  4. This is brilliant! I enjoyed reading this so much. I’m struggling to find something to write about today, and your listy poemy thing made me feel so very much better. (Though I still don’t have anything I want to write about….)

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  5. I love this. My favorite line is, “I promised myself I wouldn’t write until I was done grading and I’m not going to be done grading until I die, which is going to make it really hard to write.” Indeed. I feel that way all the time, but in reality, I’ve done a crazy thing and prioritized slicing over grading this month. Now I’m heading into conference week, and I’m way less prepared than usual. I pride myself in the creativity I show when I am avoiding difficult tasks. I am a highly effective procrastinator (and excuse maker). If only there were some kind of prize for that.

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  6. The way this flows just works so beautifully. It describes so often how I’ve felt during this challenge, but like humbleswede, I’m actually prioritizing my life and my need to write over grading, for once in my life. I just love how this bit of poetry/prose encapsulates the feeling when all of the little things somehow take over in our lives. Great piece! Thank you.

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      1. Why not? Your first one was so wonderful. I could see a book full of a compilation of lists such as yours. Go with it! 🙂

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