Friday, December 16, 2011

Deja Vu Blogfest

Today's The Deja Vu blogfest, which means I shall post sooner than later! I'm supposed to go back through my archives and re-post a forgotten tidbit that is awesome.

Hmmm...I don't even have much of an archive, but this is hard! There's the first post where I set up my rules so I could enjoy blogging, the post about my family, and my not-very-informative post about em-dashes and otters.

Finally I settled on one that didn't insult semi-colons or talk about hobbits.  I chose it because I am currently finding the charts very useful in motivating my three-year-old (and myself) to do those ever-friendly chores.  There's something satisfying about checking off a to-do list--or putting a tire on your very own Might Machine Chore Chart.'s the original post:

Chore charts

I spent a few hours this week putting together chore charts.  I'd like to say it's because I'm finally becoming responsible and adult-like, but actually it's because I like an excuse to paint.  If our house stays a little neater...well, that's just awesome bonus sauce.  There's one circle on each chart for every day of the week, and they're attached with Velcro so we can add/detach them.  Good idea?  We'll see.

Anyway.  Pictures.

Here's my husband's.  He ordered a pizza, with ONLY pepperoni (although in real life he eats lots of toppings--I think he was being sweet and keeping it simple for me):

And here's my three-year-old's.  He didn't care about difficulty level (or Mommy's lack of interest in construction vehicles), but his was still fun to paint:

Mine...well, all the initials on the spines of the books correspond with real authors.  Ooh!  And there's a raven!  I like ravens...

The initials are G.C., T.P., M.R., R.D., E.B.W., W.S., and E.S.  Make your guesses in the comments (if you dare...)


  1. Nice to find your blog and read below of your submitting process. I enjoy reading how other authors go about their journeys to publication!

  2. Those charts are amazing! You're so creative.

    Thanks so much for joining the Blogfest!

  3. What a cute idea, and I love yours! :)

  4. You are really creative...and a fine painter! And if I were to have my own's be a pizza as well.

    Thank you for taking part today and making our blogfest so special! :)

  5. Great idea. I hope it works for you. Finding a positive incentive to get the kids to do chores has been a struggle for us with all six of ours. Now the younger ones do them, but you have to watch them because they take short-cuts (not putting things where they belong, shoving things under the bed, etc.). As I say to my wife, in 10 years, when the youngest goes to college, we'll have this parenting thing figured out. :)

  6. Heather: Thanks! I love reading about the journey of other writers, too!

    Lydia: Thanks for hosting, and for the compliments! At least I didn't have to come up with the subjects of each chart. :)

    Krispy: The idea is the coolest part--it involves Velcro, which, as you know, makes an awesome sound whenever you put things on and take things off...

    DL: Cool guys go for pizza. Thanks for the compliments, and for hosting the blogfest--it's a great idea!

    Colin: I hope we get this parenting thing figured out by then, but I have my doubts! Three-year-olds are easier to motivate than the older ones, though ("look! gum!"), so we'll see how the future goes. :)

  7. Those are really original. And you painted them? Good job!

  8. Those are pretty cool chore charts! I'm glad you reposted this because I really enjoyed it. I'll have to tell my daughters about your chore charts. I think they might want to copy you!

  9. Wow! Those are really fun and unique :) I love them! (I seriously think you should start a business selling these)

    Great post. Count me in as a new follower. Hope you can drop by my blog

  10. Those are the coolest! Did you really create those yourself? I am so impressed! I agree with Kristy re: marketing/selling them! I'd buy! Nice to meet you through this blogfest!

  11. I think those are the coolest charts I've ever seen. Totally impressed!

    I'm a new follower from the DejaVu Blogfest. Nice to meet you!

  12. Those are all so cool! I think I like the construction one best, though, of course, I'm partial to books. Then again, I love pizza, too. Thanks for sharing. I'm a new follower via the blogfest. Nice to meet you!!

  13. Hi from the blogfest!
    Those are super cute and creative :)

  14. Thanks, Alex!

    Lyn: Tell them to copy away! I'd be happy to give blueprints/info, if they want it.

    Kristy: Thank you, too! These would be a fun thing to sell...if I had any skill with business. :)

    Sarah: Nice to meet you, too! I would totally make some for you, if I ever learn stuff about marketing and such (whee?).

    Margo: As long as they're cool enough for a three-year-old to set the table, they're cool enough to make me happy. Thanks for stopping by!

    Nancy: I love books best, too, but I never use rulers, so the construction vehicles came out cleaner. I have trouble with tires, though. Nice to meet you, too!

    Coleen: Thank you!

    I shall have to check out other people's blogs now. This blogfest is fun!

  15. Hi, Brenda! Checkin' in from the déjá vu blogfest. :) I love this idea! So cute. Hope it has worked out well for your kiddos. Have a great week!