Friday, March 1, 2013

#1 of 31 Welcome to Coffee With Chloe

Finally. March 1st. I have loved the Slice of Life Challenge since I joined it two years ago. While once in awhile I stress about what I'm going to write about, but when I get in the groove, little things just pop up for me to write about all the time. Writing every day takes some practice. It takes some thinking. It takes some time. But slicing is truly my favorite writing to do.

I'm Deb, by the way. And I write Coffee With Chloe, a little blog where I can stretch my writer's wings. I don't have a particular theme for my blog, I write about whatever is in my head. Somedays I write about my classroom, sometimes about the grandkids or friends, sometimes about my time at the lake.




Hi. I'm Chloe. She writes about me a lot too. 'Cause I'm cute and funny and make her laugh a lot. I hate March. She sits at the dang computer all the time. She laughs and cries over people she doesn't even know! And I'm sitting right here being all cute and cuddly. 





Yep, that's Chloe. She's our almost three-year-old Goldendoodle. (She's a Diva)  Once in awhile, I let Chloe write a post. She has an unusual perspective on things---she kind of thinks she's the center of the universe. Chloe doesn't realize that writing is an outlet for me, and it doesn't always have to be about her.




We don't go for enough walks, we don't play fetch and we don't spend enough time in the yard. It's as bad as riding in the car to the lake. It's getting nice outside. I can feel spring in the air and all she wants to do is sit at the computer.







I love to write and have been writing since I was in grade school. I started because of the book Harriet, the Spy.  When I started this blog two years ago, it was because I was missing writing. My journals and writer's notebooks just weren't enough. I began teaching Creative Writing in my high school about that time, so I often write with my students, trying out the different ways of writing that I show them. The blog is a way to play around with writing.






Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. Hurry up and finish already so we can go for a walk. It's nice outside right now and I've been alone all day.  I need a little Chloe and Mom time. And that dang squirrel is in our yard and I need to get ahold of him! Come On!





Well, I guess I'd better go. Hope to see you back tomorrow. Maybe I'll lock Chloe out in the yard while I write tomorrow's post.

The Slice of Life Challenge has started over at Two Writing Teachers.
Come on over and join us!


29 comments:

  1. Chloe is adorable. We are deciding whether to get a golden doodle puppy and your post makes me want to convince my husband. Chloe's perspective brought a smile to my face. Thanks for the inspiration that I can complete this challenge with some thinking, time and practice.

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    1. Kristen, I wholeheartedly recommend getting a goldendoodle. They are wonderful dogs--incredibly smart, loving, GREAT with kids. We have six grandkids and she is wonderful with all of them---she loves the two year olds, they are right at kissing height!

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    2. A friend has a chocolate doodle (Sadie) and she is a riot! We got a Shih Tzu puppy maybe a month before they brought Sadie home. The two are fast friends but such a contrast in terms of size--we call Sadie a bear. Definitely a love-bear though. Your golden doodle looks just as kind and happy!

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  2. I love that your high school still has creative writing as a course! So many don't. I also love writing from the perspective of Chloe. Too cute! Thanks for the welcome and the smile. Say hi to Chloe and throw her a ball for me.

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    1. Melanie, I actually have three sections a year of creative writing. You'll hear more about it, I'm sure. I love to write about the classes!

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  3. Two of you make a good team. I hope that you will have fun playing both outside and with writing on this blog.

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  4. You're so fun to read! Thanks for bringing a ray of sunshine to my day. Happy slicing!

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  5. What a fun introduction! I love the line "where I can stretch my writer's wings." I thought, that's what I try to do too, but I could never put words to my thinking. Thanks for those words. Chloe, be patient, Deb has such smart things to say to all the readers out in cyberworld.

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  6. I'm so glad to come across your blog. (Thanks for adding me to your Slicer list) I love your voice through yours and Chloe's words. I hope to learn and improve my writing from writer's like you.

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  7. Ah, Chloe, Max has the same problems that you do. I'm sure that Mom will give you the necessary attention and love. Deb, love reading your posts - they're entertaining, informative and filled with your joy of teaching. Thanks to you and Chloe for a re-introduction.

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  8. Wish I had a Chloe! It's good to be back with writing friends--another reason to write!! Lovely post.

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  9. Love Chloe. I'm missing my dog so much, but am happily occupied with the baby! Some day I will have a new furry friend to keep me company while I write.

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  10. I loved your back and forth - what fun to hear both your voices today, our first March slicing day!

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  11. Tell Chloe to be less of an attention monger. You should bring her to school for show and tell. the kids would LOVE her!

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  12. You can feel the love of writing in this post, and it's such a nice lighthearted start that you are making me feel like maybe I can do this again. :)

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    1. Mardie, you can so do this again! You need to do this again--I love to read you!

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  13. I like how you say little things pop up- I feel like once I started getting into the habit of writing, it'll be easier for me to really see the world around me!

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  14. Yeah! Another year with you and Chloe. I can't wait to see what adventures unfold for you too. That and I must say that I love your posts about your students. They almost always bring me to tears. Happy slicing!

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  15. Great beginning! Love the play between you and Chloe. Can't wait for more!

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  16. This post is awesome--tell Chloe she rocked it. :) Love the dual voice thing!

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  17. haha, I love the picture of Chloe at the couch with the laptop, Deb! Too cute! The back-and-forth of this post is so entertaining. I'm looking forward to hearing more from Chloe this month!

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  18. I was hoping that we might hear from Chloe! My favorite lines are ones that I'll share with my students this month -" Writing every day takes some practice. It takes some thinking. It takes some time."

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  19. Ha! I love your introduction! What a great idea for the first slice . . . wish I would have thought of that. Humph . . . maybe tomorrow. Or next year. We'll see.

    So glad to be sharing another month of writing together!

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    1. I'm with you Michelle. Totally stealing. :)

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  20. Hello again, Chloe. I like this post from both of you. I think you should be more patient, because I never want Deb to quit writing. Maybe we've never met in person, but she's still an important part of my life. ;)
    Ruth

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  21. Deb and Chloe, great to hear from both of you, in your unique voices. It's going to be good seeing what kinds of things we come up with again, & maybe lots of walks with Chloe!

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  22. Ahh, it is so good to be back to the daily blog conversation with you two! Chloe, I hope you realize how many of us who have never met you or your mother (but might someday soon) care about you. Besides, your mother will surely be charmed by those golden locks and the hint of spring in the air--I have a feeling walks will become increasingly present in your life.

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  23. Love the pic of Chloe behind your computer. Her cute face is just too much. I always enjoy the voice(s) you bring to your writing. :)

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  24. Deb, I don't always comment, but I do enjoy reading your slices each time. I marvel at the voice you bring into your writing, your introduction is an invitation to to be connected. I love Chloe. She brings out a voice I often am thinking when swamped with the to-do list.

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