Posts Tagged: begin in the middle

Welcome to the Middle of the Week

It’s Wednesday, only 3 days until HAND PIE SATURDAY! In case you missed the announcement on Facebook, Ed and I are going to attempt to make homemade hand pies. I’ve been thinking about hand pies a lot, not just for a few days, but for a while now. What could be better than a flaky, delicious morsel of a pie that you can hold in your hand!? I admit, it’s an odd thing to be fixated on. I can’t even tell you why I thought of hand pies in the first place, only that once I started, I couldn’t stop. Last week, a friend very kindly brought me some hand pies from a bakery in her hometown. They were really yummy, but I won’t be satisfied until I make some myself.

Neither Ed nor I have ever made hand pies – or any pie – from scratch, so this will be interesting. We are each going to pick a savory and sweet flavor. Currently, Ed is leaning toward a samosa-like filling for his savory pies, based on the suggestion of our friend, Lindsay. He’s thinking lemon for his sweet flavor. I think I may go simple on my savory, something like ham, cheese, and caramelized onions. I’m leaning toward strawberry-rhubarb for the sweet pies, at my cousin, Jenny’s, suggestion. I have a pastry recipe all ready to go. It’s supposedly fool-proof. We’ll see about that!

I don’t expect perfectly formed, golden crusted hand pies our first time out of the gate. Ed, on the other hand, dreams big. He’s already making plans for the shop we’ll open once we’ve mastered the art of the hand pie! Stay tuned. Results and pictures to follow!

When Opportunity and Inspiration Knock, You May As Well Answer

Writers write. Writers write every day. I’m not sure if that’s a quote or just something I heard or read somewhere that’s stuck with me throughout the years. Lately, I say those words to myself at least once a day – usually when I SHOULD be writing.

Writing, and the dream of writing “for real” someday, is my first adventure with Begin in the Middle. In fact, it’s the inspiration behind Begin in the Middle. Recent events have taught me that opportunity sometimes finds you rather than the other way round.

Lesson One: Opportunity Isn’t Always Expected – Or Even Logical

I’m about to say something I imagine is rarely said in a positive way – my Facebook posts changed my life.

A couple of months ago, a friend called to say that the company she works for, The Greensheet, was looking for guest bloggers. She went on to say that she had given a colleague my name and number. What?!!! I had never written anything for public viewing… except those Facebook posts. It turns out that this particular friend finds my Facebook posts amusing. Who knew? I, myself, don’t think they’re all that amusing. At least, I’m not trying to be amusing when I write them. Hmmm….. I wonder if that’s a bad thing.

Lesson Two: Take the Chance

Although I like to think I’m an optimistic person, realistically, I’m probably not. I never thought anything would come out of my friend’s initial suggestion to her employer. I certainly wasn’t going to bring it up again. Still, when I was invited to lunch to discuss actually writing as a guest blogger, I didn’t say no. A week or so later, I was meeting with The Greensheet’s head writer, Taran Goecke, discussing foster dogs, families, my Facebook posts (embarrassing) and life. I left with my first assignment, writing a story about my experience fostering dogs and how it changed me. It was one of those moments in life when I stepped completely outside of my comfort zone. I’m not sure why I didn’t say what I was actually thinking, “You really don’t want me to write for you. I’m sure anything I write will be total crap and I don’t want to embarrass myself or The Greensheet.” It would have been much more like me than what I actually did. I pretended to be a confident person and I took the chance.

Lesson Three: Accept the Gift

My first story, Falling in Love with Foster Dogs, for The Greensheet’s Paws and Claws pet blog, was published a little over a week later. I’m proud of that story. It did well for The Greensheet, but, more importantly, I LOVED WRITING IT! Don’t get me wrong; it wasn’t easy. I agonized over every word. I wrote, edited and re-edited. I was more than a little sick to my stomach when I finally hit the send button submitting the story. Still, I knew I wanted to keep writing. Discovering joy in writing, something I’d never dreamed of doing, was an epiphany and a gift.

This is the good parts version. I’ve left out details, but this is, basically, how Begin in the Middle was born. I could have taken my pats on the back for that one story and never written again, but that’s the old me. Honestly, that’s probably the REAL me. I’ve decided I like pretending to be confident so much that I think I’ll keep it up for a while.

 By the way….

You may be wondering what to expect from future posts. The truth is – I have no idea! That’s a pretty big deal for a semi-control freak like me. Writing made me realize there are quite a few things I’d like to take a shot at and there’s no time like the present. I have a lot of projects and ideas running around in my head. Here are just a couple:

*I promised Ed that if I got a Kitchen Aid stand mixer last Christmas, I would become the WORLD’S GREATEST BAKER. I got the stand mixer. Sadly, I am not yet the world’s greatest baker.

*We have a 56 year old home that’s begging for some DIY. I’m not sure it’s begging me to do it, but that’s another story!

And so it begins…

Why begin in the middle? Why not? It’s as good a place to start as any.

You will not learn to build a perfect bookcase, or anything else for that matter, by reading our posts. We are a couple of average people, with no special skills, learning the way most people learn, by trial and error. Begin in the Middle is an experiment in learning, exploring, and, hopefully, growing.

Welcome to our mid-life crisis! We hope you find it entertaining.