Back At It

Here we go again…the Slice of Life.  It has been two years since I last did the Slice of Life.  There are some mixed emotions about starting this again.  On one hand, it is just another thing to add to my laundry list of things to do.  I now have gone from one kid to two.  Benton was the focus of many of my previous blogs because he was such a central part of my life at that time.  Now Finley has entered the picture, and in a large way.  We will tackle that aspect of my life soon. On the other hand, writing is pretty therapeutic.   It is a controlled venting session or bragging session.  Writing is actually pretty fun.  I think I can do this.

For now, I am focusing on just getting back to writing in general.  I struggle with thinking that I have to now find the time to do this daily for the next 30 days.  I think about how now I have to get myself planned for the next day.  I have to get dinner cooked and cleaned up every night.  I have to help with baths (lets actually be real, my amazing wife does that part), but I do it every once in a while.  I have that play time that I crave with my kids, or that cuddle time while watching a movie.  Do I really want to add having to write this every night?  Can I think of thirty more topics to write about?  Can I really commit to this?  It’s thirty days, of course I can.

(Oh wait, I can’t indent on this.  I find that weird, but also normal I guess since most of my students forget that simple step when they write).  Anyways, back to the emotions of writing.  I actually really do enjoy writing.  I am not sure if I am any good at it, but I do enjoy it on occasion.  I loved writing in the last Slice of Life. I mean I loved it when I actually came up with something worth while to write about.  I guess that would be why I actually enjoyed it.  I get to talk about some things that I think about all the time, but never get to write about.  Or talk about for that matter.  It lets me vent, or talk about some of the cool things that have happened in my life.  It lets me brag about what I consider two of the best kids in the world, as well as the best wife in the world.  It allows me to bring up subjects that I think about a lot, but may not have the platform to actually talk about.

As I have sat here thinking about this, I now have written seven topics in my notes of subjects to write about.  This is just day one.  I easily can think of 22 more.  Our lives our filled with stories.  I just need to pick out the ones that I feel would be the most entertaining.  That is one of my goals throughout this slice of life.  To choose topics like Seinfeld did.  Real life things that we all go through, yet all have an opinion about.  I hope that some of you will relate to me in my posts this time.  Hopefully you will have been in the same situation, or can at least relate because your life has similarities. If not, hopefully you will be entertained by my life.

I think that I am glad to be back.  I think this may be good for me.  I hope that you enjoy what I have to say.  How was day one for you?


  1. alexpapp · March 1, 2018

    I can completely connect to these mixed feelings about writing. Writing is a bit like exercise in that way. I know it will be good for me, yet I’m always hesitant to get started. Thanks for reminding me that there is no shortage of things to write about, I just need to set my mind to it.

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  2. Cassie King · March 1, 2018

    I love your idea of keeping notes to write about. I’ve went through 31 topics in my mind and I’m sure they are all lost now. Maybe I can find someone to write them down for me…

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    • mcteaguem · March 1, 2018

      I am sure that I will be doing it all for you soon enough. We may just need a payment plan of some sort.


  3. savvyteacher76 · March 1, 2018

    I haven’t even thought of the fact that I will need to think of what to write about for the next 30 days. I put so much energy and thoughts into this very first day of writing that the next 30 days never even came to mind. Yikes…now that day 1 is done, I shall go home and obsess about the rest of the month. But I guess being around 21 kids 5 days a week and raising a teenage daughter, I should have plenty of stories, right?

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    • mcteaguem · March 1, 2018

      I did that last year too. I wrote a bunch of ideas so I would have them when I couldn’t think of anything. There usually wasn’t a day that went by that I didn’t think of at least two ideas. I think I ended up having at least a few ideas leftover. Good luck!!


  4. Wondering and Wandering · March 1, 2018

    Welcome back! It is one more thing, for sure. And not only writing, but reading and commenting. But so worth the sacrifices in the end. 1 day down, 30 to go. We got this! 🙂

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  5. Dana Murphy · March 2, 2018

    Wait, you cook and clean up dinner?


  6. Dana Murphy · March 2, 2018

    Seriously though, I’m so glad you’re doing this again this year! You have a talent for writing, and the more you do it, the better it gets. Plus, you will know more about writing to teach writing. I mean, just this: “Our lives our filled with stories. I just need to pick out the ones that I feel would be the most entertaining.” That’s a lesson in itself! Welcome back – can’t wait to read your stories this month!


  7. mcteaguem · March 2, 2018

    I am teaching math and science remember. You are reading and writing.


  8. hansonberries · March 2, 2018

    Go Cubs! Your logo brought me here! Glad it did. I hope to read more of your slices and enjoy a little of Seinfeld through your posts! Thanks for the reminder that ideas are not that far out of reach! This is my fourth year and I still mentally struggle with ideas, but they always seem to come!


  9. raynorrand · March 2, 2018

    Thanks for the thoughts! March is really the perfect month, isn’t it. If it was April you would have to juggle in daily Cubs games as well, wouldn’t you?


    • mcteaguem · March 3, 2018

      That time is coming quickly! But I can’t wait!


  10. A Girl in Pursuit... · March 2, 2018

    Mark! I am so happy you’re blogging again! Can’t wait to read your blog each day! When all else fails, we can just blog about our love of Oreos!


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