Thursday, March 21, 2013

Theme Reveal Day! What's Your A-Z Challenge Theme?


I feel like I'm at the play-off game, or the championship game even, and they've got the inflatable tunnel set up, the smoke going, the crowd roaring, the beer flowing, the fans waving and the game is about to start. I LOVE FOOTBALL. My kids don't understand why they have to turn off their XBOX NOW so that I can watch that “stupid hoopla introduction run down the tunnel stuff” instead of them finishing a level. Well, it's because I WANT TO SEE IT.

Today feels almost like that. We're getting so close to the start of the biggest blogging event of the year, and today, we're sorta announcing the players' positions. We know the players, since we do have that ever growing list, but we don't quite know what they've got planned.

THAT'S WHY IT'S REVEAL YOUR THEME DAY! It's the awesome idea of Mina Lobo, one of the members of "Team Damyanti", and co-hosted by David Macaulay.  Of course, since I am Miss Hop-on-the-Nearest-Blog-Hop Train, here I am, already aboard.


My theme for the 2013 A to Z Challenge is “Adventures in America” : these are the continuing sagas of a Swedish immigrant during her first year as an American. She boldly went where she'd never gone before...please come along on her journey.

Each day I'll have a story from my first year in America (Summer 1974-1975) and most likely some embarrassing picture. The Nutritionist (my mother for you new folks) is also the Momarazzi, and there is plenty of documentation of my life...

As I started writing these, I started thinking about how I would have felt moving my kids across the world in the middle of their childhood...so I might add some “if I were my mother” stuff in as well...that should keep her and The Swede reading!

As a special lead in to the series, The Swede, my Dad, will be writing three prequel posts to introduce himself and my mom and tell their love story, giving the set-up for why we're a trans-Atlantic family, and why we even moved here in the first place. Don't miss 3/27, 3/28, and 3/29 when he's my guest author.

~Tina

34 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Should be another grand adventure, Tina!
I'm going to go back to my XBox now...

Brian Miller said...

oh this will be a rather fun journey...how old were you when you came to america?

will be interesting to see things with fresh eyes like that...

Jeremy [Retro-Z] said...

i cannot believe i missed this, my theme is a weird one that will be just plan weird, which means i have no clue... so for me that is going to be just weird.

Dani said...

I can't wait! I had some much fun learning words last year.

Adriana Dascalu said...

This should be fun! I always enjoy your stories! Can't wait what you'll bring back from this trip down to memory lane!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Plenty of blasts from the past, I'm sure.

LuAnn Braley said...

Sounds like it will be a great read! Cool points for your Dad jumping on board as well. :O)

C.M.Brown said...

Sounds like a great way to share and reflect upon you past!

shelly said...

Sounds great! I'll be reading.

Hugs and chocolate,
Shelly

Fida Islaih said...

I can't wait for this series! (:

Dana said...

Can't wait! Sounds amazing. ☺

JoJo said...

That sounds AWESOME!!!!!!! And hey, since you mentioned football openings, while I read your post I could hear the Monday Night Football music in my head (not the Hank Williams' 'are you ready for some football' but the actual MNF theme).

Charity Bradford said...

How wonderful! A month of personal history. I always find this kind of thing fascinating.

Al Diaz said...

It sounds like a great adventure full with interesting experiences. Can't imagine going from one place to the other with kids.

loverofwords said...

Perfect! My parents, although had many stories to tell after escaping the Russian Revolution, did not choose to share them. They died when I was in my early 20's. Your kids will know all your stories. I am looking forward to meeting your dad.

Lisa said...

I love the phrase Momarazzi! I'm so guilty of that!

Can't wait to read all the prequels, especially the love story!

writebackwards said...

I love reading about people's adventures in new lands! Good luck!

Jamie Dement (LadyJai)
http://writebackwards.we3dements.com

Jaimie said...

This sounds amazing! What a great way to tell your family story. You could totally turn this into a book!

Jaimie
Living in the Light
A to Z Ambassador

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Tina .. going to love these - and more importantly meeting your Dad - as your guest ...

Such fun - I'm so looking forward to it .. nope not quite yet - I need more time ...... cheers Hil

Tracy Bermeo (A2Z Mommy) said...

Tina, once again you have a great theme for the challenge. I'm so looking forward to your posts and the prequel- how great that your parents are participating. I'm not sure mine would do the same. Happy A to Z!
A2Z Mommy And What’s In between

Andrea said...

This is going to be so interesting and fun!

Marcie said...

Can't wait the Swede's story :) It's going to be an interesting adventure!

Jo said...

Different age group, but 1975 is when we first came to Canada. It will be fun to read your first impressions ads a kid and to meet your dad.

I don't have a theme as such, I always post a recipe so I will be doing that every day as well as writing a short piece beginning with the days letter, but they all vary terrifically. I've written most of them.

JO ON FOOD, MY TRAVELS AND A SCENT OF CHOCOLATE

Nagzilla said...

So cool! I look forward to reading it, and I love how you made this reveal day feel like the build up to the big game. Good luck on A to Z!

Hi from Nagzilla bloghopping A to Z

Mina Lobo said...

Dig this combo of travelogue and memoir! PS: I'm actually on Team Damyanti, but would've been very happy to work with any of you groovy A to Z co-hosts. :-D

Robin said...

That sounds fun. I bet you have some great stories!

klahanie said...

Hey Tina,

My son loves his X-Box. To the point he screams at online folks who are evidently not as good as him in the team he gets stuck in.

Good luck with your Adventures in America. Nice tie in with your family.

Thanks for making note that the biggest blogging event of the year is my alternative postings to the alphabet challenge :)

Seriously, I do wish you well with this and I know you embrace the ethos of the positive interaction those involved can truly share.

Keep smiling, Tina :)

Your friend,

Gary

elizabethwatgibson said...

Cool idea. It will be great to here your adventure story and your dad's thoughts.

Silvia Villalobos said...

Oh, my, I love the promise of your theme. Sounds interesting. I don't have a theme, but am going to stay within topics I blog about, so a no-yes theme. Goodness, can I be anymore confusing? :) Can't wait to get started, Tina.

Jocelyn Rish said...

What a wonderful way to revisit your past. It can be a jumping off point for writing your memoir. :-) Best of luck!

Printed Portal said...

Sounds like a great theme - I will look forward to it.

Rhonda said...

We are doing somewhat similar although probably very different themes. I am a new follower.

Rhonda
Laugh-Quotes.com

Stephanie Pawley said...

This is a great idea and I can't wait to read them! This actually gives me an idea about a theme for one of my blogs!

Gillian Hefer said...

This is going to be an awesome challenge. All the best with it.