Friday, May 3, 2013

Reflections on Insanity

"The patient's not breathing!" 
"Keep bagging! I'm almost done.  I've only got five minutes to post M before Midnight."
"Start CPR!"
"I've already done C.  P and R? Not sure what they'll be yet."
"Here's the patient's X-ray."
"X-ray?  I was thinking maybe Xanadu--the Rush version, Not ONJ"

May 1 has come, the challenge has been met, the patient saved, and congratulatory tankards of ale all around...or in my case, mugs of of double espresso. 
This was my second year to participate in the A to Z Challenge. Last year I did a theme--some nerdy professional thing. This year I had a theme--Random Variety.  A fancy way of saying I had no clue.  It was actually more fun this way.  I did manage to post all the days on time.  Whew!  Even with all those pesky sick kids demanding attention--what's with all this illness anyway?   However, as with last year I didn't get  to visit as many blogs as I'd hoped.  I don't know how to remedy this problem, unless I can in some way alter the time-space continuum.  But, I did learn more about comic books and Star Trek than I ever thought my brain could hold.
In one month I talked about Garden Gnomes, wrote some poems, discovered a deadly muse and  the Plague (which almost killed Sean Bean).  Told a story about a Ninja, Reviewed a Reading, Big Fish, and Travis.  I interviewed a baby twice, looked at serial killers and their victims.  After visiting Wahoo it got a little Queer, but in the end I realized Y I like Z the best of all letters.
I won an award along the way, but what really counts is all who participated and finished are winners in need of medication and a vacation.

So, on another note:  I found this other Challenge.  It's VikLit's Writing Blog. Basically each Friday you post celebrating little things you accomplished that week.  Such as I breathed air or I didn't strangle my boss. (those might be considered big.  I love air and my boss, by the way)

Three Celebrations for me:
  • Finishing A to Z Challenge
  • Exercising two freedoms:  speech and voting.
  • Making my bed every day (trust me, it's an accomplishment!)
Celebrating anything this week? 


  1. Came over from the Celebrate the Small Things blog hop. I did A to Z too (my firsts time), and it was fun. No theme for me. :)

  2. Congratulations on the completion of the Challenge,
    also a great reflection post.


  3. Congrats on the A to Z and thank you for joining in Celebrating! Making your bed every day IS a celebration ;) Hee. And I enjoyed your comment 'not strangling your boss' HEE.

  4. Glad to see you survived A-Z! I've taken it on a few times in the past, very challenging!

  5. Hey, Bethie. Glad to have encountered you in this Challenge. We made it!

  6. Great reflection post. I 'll have to check back on your posts and read those baby interviews! Congratulations on completing the challenge!

  7. Congratulations on making it through the alphabet in April.

    An A to Z Co-Host
    Tossing It Out

  8. Great beginning to your post...very funny! Random variety is what I did my first year - this is my third. For me, having a theme worked better, and my two themes from the last two years even tie together. I'm Swedish, so I taught Swedish and talked about my childhood, and then talked about my first year as an immigrant this year. Had a great time.
    What you said about not enough time to visit, I've been hearing that in MOST reflections. No worries, go check out the A-Z Blog tomorrow. We have a solution for you!
    Tina @ Life is Good
    Co-host, April 2013 A-Z Challenge Blog
    @TinaLifeisGood, #atozchallenge

  9. Now that was a good reflection post, I particularly liked what you learned about and how you put it, funny and clever. yes enjoyed that, thanks.
    maggie at expat brazil

  10. Random Variety sounds like a good way of saying you didn't have a clue. Sometimes variety is best!

  11. Hi Bethie .. loved the way you connected with the blog themes you visited - great to weave those words together ..

    Thankfully the road trip is left up for us to continue on our journey ..

    April is an interesting and challenging month, but always enlightening and successful .. delighted you made it through for the 2nd year ...

    Cheers Hilary