Seize the Tuesday [8] – Seize it, but do it quietly

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Seize the Tuesday is a book blogger meme created by myself and the Let’s Get Lost Buddies Street Team, to share stories about how we’ve seized the Tuesday, with a special focus on the particular book we’re reading. We’ll share our posts online with the hashtag: #LetsAllGetLost. The idea is to share little ways in which you may have embraced Bree’s motto of seizing the Tuesday. To relate it to books, you can talk about what book you’re reading, and how you stole some moments from the day to enjoy reading. It doesn’t have to be about reading, but we all know that a well-read day is a day seized. The idea is not just to help spread the word on LGL, but also to remind people to live fully, even/especially if that means spending a part of your day reading.

Sometimes it’s the little moments. The quiet ones. The ones when you’re by yourself on the couch with a cup of coffee and a book. At least for me.

That’s how I seized my Tuesday yesterday. I usually wake up pretty early (6 a.m. or so). The house is quiet and everyone else is either still asleep or left for work. I use this opportunity to read practically every morning. I get a cup of coffee and my book, make sure I have socks on (my feet get cold and since I’m going to settle in, I don’t want to get back up for socks), and curl up on the couch. Sometimes I get to read for an hour, sometimes for 15 minutes, but no matter how long, that’s my time. For me. I don’t have to worry about work or writing or anything. I can hear the birds chirping, the wind whistling through the trees, and my heart beating. It’s wonderful.

Quiet Tuesday seized. How did you seize the Tuesday?

Seize the Tuesday [6] – Learning a new skill

seizethetuesdaybanner_zpsf766e20aSeize the Tuesday is a book blogger meme created by myself and the Let’s Get Lost Buddies Street Team, to share stories about how we’ve seized the Tuesday, with a special focus on the particular book we’re reading. We’ll share our posts online with the hashtag: #LetsAllGetLost. The idea is to share little ways in which you may have embraced Bree’s motto of seizing the Tuesday. To relate it to books, you can talk about what book you’re reading, and how you stole some moments from the day to enjoy reading. It doesn’t have to be about reading, but we all know that a well-read day is a day seized. The idea is not just to help spread the word on LGL, but also to remind people to live fully, even/especially if that means spending a part of your day reading.

When I started this year, I made a list of things to do this year. One of the things on the list was “Learn a new skill”. This could have been anything – sewing, coding, playing guitar, etc. But my favorite (and the one I wanted to learn the most) was archery. I have always wanted to learn how to shoot a bow, and of course, this want was fueled in recent years by things like The Hunger Games, Arrow, The Lord of the Rings…aka the abundance of archers in the media. So when my brother’s girlfriend said she was going to buy a new bow, I asked if she’d teach me. Today she bought it and today I began learning archery! Yay!

It’s kind of difficult to draw the bow/pull the string/whatever you want to call it (which is only more difficult due to my arthritis), but I’ve always had pretty good aim so that part wasn’t too hard. I had a lot of fun, and I think that’s mostly the point. Here’s me shooting and my first bag full of arrows. I hit the bullseye! [Sorry for the seriously crappy picture of the target]

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So today, I get to mark something off my to-do list for the year, and that’s awesome. Tuesday seized.

Seize the Tuesday [1]

seizethetuesdaybanner_zpsf766e20aSeize the Tuesday is a book blogger meme created by Adi Alsaid and the Let’s Get Lost Buddies Street Team, to share stories about how we’ve seized the Tuesday, with a special focus on the particular book we’re reading. We’ll share our posts online with the hashtag: #LetsAllGetLostThe idea is to share little ways in which you may have embraced Bree’s motto of seizing the Tuesday. To relate it to books, you can talk about what book you’re reading, and how you stole some moments from the day to enjoy reading. It doesn’t have to be about reading, but we all know that a well-read day is a day seized. The idea is not just to help spread the word on LGL, but also to remind people to live fully, even/especially if that means spending a part of your day reading.


So if you couldn’t tell from my blog picture, I don’t have any hair. None. There’s nothing there. No, I don’t have cancer. No, I’m not dying. No, I’m not going through chemo.

I have alopecia. Basically, something inside me thinks that my hair is a disease and makes it fall out. I don’t have any other symptoms…other than the no hair thing. It’s not life threatening. I just don’t have hair.

Today, at the library where I work, I had a really great conversation about it with someone. Usually, as you could probably imagine, people assume that I have cancer. They ask me what stage I have or if I’m going through chemo or what type of cancer I have, blah blah blah. I have NO problem with people asking me why I don’t have hair (there’s nothing wrong with being curious), but I really am not a fan of people assuming. In addition to assuming, some people can be really mean. I’m used to all of this though.

What I’m still not used to is the people who are nice, genuinely curious without being intrusive about it. That’s what happened today. I had a lovely woman come in and say, “Can I ask you something without you getting offended?” I, of course, knew exactly what she was going to ask and said, “You want to know why I don’t have hair?” She said yes, and I proceeded to tell her. What followed was a conversation about her husband shaving his head a few years ago and the amount of people assuming he had cancer. She said she knew right away that I didn’t because I don’t look sick. I was like, “YES! Exactly. Thank you.” We laughed, connected, had a nice chat, and then she left.

What might seem like a simple exchange to some of you was one of the best conversations I’ve had recently. I haven’t felt that comfortable, confident, and happy about a conversation about my head in a while. This lady, her husband, and I had a genuine connection over something that I can’t usually connect with other people about.

Seize the Tuesday, indeed.