#WeekendCoffeeShare – Vacation Time!

Join us for some coffee time!Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)!
Grab a cup of coffee and share with us! What’s been going on in your life? What are your weekend plans? Is there a topic you’ve just been ruminating on that you want to talk about?
All are welcome! Just add your link to the Linky-List, and be sure to visit others and join in their conversations! The link will be open from Friday August 17 th at 7am (Pacific Time) until Monday August 21 st at 7pm (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!

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This weekend I invite you to join me by the lakeside. THIS is the view… isn’t it lovely? 20160821_071120I adore this place, it is a magical place for me. My favorite place in the world – Waldo Lake. I grew up coming here every summer for up to two weeks of camping.

This year I’ll “just” be up here for a week. A week out of cell-phone range, away from electronics (other than the camera on my phone!), this year I’m not even bringing my e-book reader. Physical books, spiral notebooks and pens… I figure my fiction writing has still been stalling out a bit so I might as well just go back to my roots. My earliest stories found most of there inspiration here, so hopefully it will help with this restart.

The trip this time around is going to be a little different – I’m introducing two new friends to the magic that is Waldo. It’s already become a favorite for another friend of mine, and her family, so they’ll also be joining me. And this year, after many years away, I’ve managed to convince my mom to join us for a few days.

So, I head down on Saturday with my dad and step-mom. Sunday my friends all show up (three adults, two kids!). Dad leaves Tuesday, Mom comes up Wednesday, we all leave Friday. It will be interesting to have so many people, and so much coming-and-going. We’re going to be getting two campsites (hopefully we can get the two we want, next to one another and near the beach!)

While I’ll certainly be hanging out with the kids, and the adults, a fair amount, I also plan to carve out some ME time. One of my absolute favorite things to do is sit on the rocks out on one of the peninsula’s and relax with my feet in the water.  Last time I was up the water level was low enough that I was actually able to wade to one of the islands… I don’t know what it will look like, but I have a feeling that might be the case again.

I’m also looking forward to swimming. A LOT. My entire body is still angry at me for staying in bed for the better part of a month back in April, and my legs (especially) are not pleased with this whole “surgery recovery” thing. My right ankle (surgery foot) is particularly finicky, and I can’t wait to spend some time moving around in the lovely low-impact environment of the water. It will be SO good. And there is nothing quite like swimming at the lake.

I’m also looking forward to the campfire! Smore’s!  At this point the site we’re going to is still on the list of campgrounds where campfires are allowed, hopefully it will remain that way!

Next week’s coffee share will be a “filler” page – like I had set up for a few of the surgery weeks back in April, since I’ll be still computer-less at the normal Coffee start time! But, I promise a great many pictures when I return!

Do you have a special place that you try to travel to on a regular basis?

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#WeekendCoffeeShare : Time to Refuel and Refresh.

Join us for some coffee time!

Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)!
Grab a cup of coffee and share with us! What’s been going on in your life? What are your weekend plans? Is there a topic you’ve just been ruminating on that you want to talk about?
All are welcome! Just add your link to the Linky-List, and be sure to visit others and join in their conversations! The link will be open from Friday August 3rd at 7am (Pacific Time) until Monday August 6th at 7pm (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!
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Last weekend I had such a great time on Saturday, dying yarn! I’d never done it before, so it was a complete learning experience for me. Blue Moon Fiber Arts apparently does an event like this annually, and it was so cool for them to open up their barn for us to all visit and try our hands at it! I’m pretty pleased with how my colors turned out, though a bit more muted than I had expected. One of the members of my “stitch-and-bitch” group did a really amazing job at his, the colors came really vibrant!

My yarn drying!

This weekend is, blissfully, clear. For the past few weeks I’ve been doing substitute childcare at a church on Sunday mornings, so my weekends have and at least one thing every day. But I’ve also had so many other things happening that it is really nice to be looking ahead to a completely open weekend!

There are some minimal errands that need to be done – preparing for my week-long camping trip that starts next Saturday, for instance! I’m really looking forward to that, but I’ll tell you more about it next weekend.

Aside from the errands, I just have a little list of things I need to do, and a few things I want to do. Mostly, though, it will be relaxing time. Reading some books, doing a bit of writing, playing with some yarn… giving myself the time to recharge so I can step into the next week.

It’s interesting to think about what helps different people do in order to recoup. There’s the basics, of course: sleeping, eating good food. But beyond that… how do I re-invigorate my creative self? What can I do in order to get my brain to engage with things outside of the day-to-day? I’ve come up with some basic things that work for me, often in the form of reading and writing, but I am curious about others.

What do you do when you need to get a little refueling?

#WeekendCoffeeShare – Planning for a New Year, or sorts.

Join us for some coffee time!Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)!
Grab a cup of coffee and share with us! What’s been going on in your life? What are your weekend plans? Is there a topic you’ve just been ruminating on that you want to talk about?
All are welcome! Just add your link to the Linky-List, and be sure to visit others and join in their conversations! The link will be open from Friday August 3rd at 7am (Pacific Time) until Monday August 6th at 7pm (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!
(I’m testing out the new Inlinkz format…. Please be patient if there is an error here, I’ll do my best to keep an eye on it and replace it if needed. If you can’t post in the link then drop a link in the comments!)

If you are unable to post your site into the link-up for any reason feel free to drop it into the comments and I will do my best to add you to the linkup!

As promised – last weekend consisted of SLEEPING. Lots, and lots of sleeping.

It really helped, and was a good reminder that I need to keep an eye on my activities better. I need to start saying “no” to things (even though it already feels like I’m saying No to so many things), allowing myself the time to sit and relax.

Before my surgeries in April I undertook some massive cleaning and organizing efforts – and they went pretty well, but the extended recovery time and challenge I’ve been facing since then has led to new piles of STUFF everywhere. I already had a few boxes/bags of things I wanted to garage sale, and I’m going to go through and add more to these piles this weekend. I WANT to sell them, there’s a bunch and I could do a decent garage sale with it, but at the same time I just want it gone. Part of me is thinking about just putting some of it up on my local buy-nothing group to give away for free, and part is thinking of just donating it somewhere to be done with it. But… it would be nice to see if I could bring in a little bit of money from it all first. However, I am nowhere near able to run a garage sale this summer (I don’t think) so the idea of storing it all for a year….

Maybe I could put something together for September. Something to think about.

Came across this the other day… it may or may not be me when I start attempting to sort my books…

I’m trying to set myself some goals for August. Even though my life doesn’t exactly follow the academic year (I do work in higher-education, but it’s year-round work so the shift between “school year” and “summer” is a somewhat mild one), I still see the fall as a sort of New Year. Even more than the the one that comes January 1st, if I’m being honest. Moving into the fall has the feeling of a pronounced shift for me, and I want to be intentional this year about moving into it.

August, being the month that leads into “the fall” (at least in my head) is a month for preparations. So, here are some of my goals:

  • Continue to heal. I’m going to keep doing the physical therapy, keep testing out shoes to see if my swollen foot has shrunk enough to fit, keep pushing myself to walk just a little bit more. By September I’d like to be up to the point of resuming some of my normal walking, and be even closer to my normal range-of-motion. I think I can do it.
  • Continue to put steps into place for my health. This involves carving out some time for certain activities, and being intentional about planning for meals during the week, things like that.
  • Get organized. Get my room all cleaned up and sorted, finally figure out what’s up with the wonky-internet connection I keep having, store away those clothes that I’m just not wearing (or put them into the “get rid of” box), maybe even put some books into the “get rid of” box. Maybe.
  • Get my Little Free Library built. I have some of the pieces, I have some of the plans, I just need to make it all come together into the THING IT IS SUPPOSED TO BE. And there are pretty small amount of weekends that my building-experts are around so, I’ve got to plan with them (or, maybe put it off till September. If that’s what has to happen, then that’s what has to happen, but I’d like to get it built, and the books I’m going to put in it would like it to be built too!).
  • Do some blog work.  Before I know it September will be here – and with it comes Banned Books Week.  While I may have fallen behind on some (okay, most) of my reading goals this year, I fully intend to do something for Banned Books Week again, and that means I’ve got to get reading – and writing!
  • Take time to sit and just be. Start writing in my journal again… at some point I fell into this idea that I actually had to be SAYING something in my journal, instead of using it as a place to just sort ideas and free-form on whatever thoughts might come my way. And that led me to a lot of time NOT writing. So, I need to start writing again, sorting and free-thinking while I get my mind organized.

That’s a pretty good list, wouldn’t you say? To help it all along, I’m going to be gone for an entire week this month – camping at Waldo Lake again! It will be spectacular to be out there on (and in) that water. It’s a magical place for me, so I am looking forward to it.

This weekend, though, it’s organizing and cleaning.

Oh, and dying yarn. I signed up to participate in a yarn-dying event on Saturday – so that will be fun!

What are you up to this weekend?

 

Insecure Writers Support Group: Slump

wp-1462383471325.jpgThis is my monthly post as part of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group, a great group of supportive writers, helping one another through our writing ups-and-downs.

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Yikes!

August has snuck up on me. Completely.

I think my writing is suffering from some of the same issues that a lot of other pieces of my life are – I’ve been trying to cobble together the energy to make progress and find focus. I’ve spent the month just sort of stuck.

And that’s really all I have to contribute this month. I do have hopes that I’ll be able to make some more progress in August – push myself to edit a bit, or write something new. I want, at the very least, to start doing some journaling. Things have been so off kilter and out of sorts that I feel like i need to get some grounding under me before I reach too far.

#WeekendCoffeeShare : Whirlwind Weekend, now, rest.

Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)!

Grab a cup of coffee and share with us! What’s been going on in your life? What are your weekend plans? Is there a topic you’ve just been ruminating on that you want to talk about?

All are welcome! Just add your link to the Linky-List, and be sure to visit others and join in their conversations! The link will be open from Friday July 27th at 7am (Pacific Time) until Monday July 30th at 7pm (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!

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Oof!

Last weekend was pretty crazy! Friday nights venture to find doughnuts ended up being an entire food outing – venturing from one place to another following the cravings of my friend. Altogether a fun time, though it was a fair amount later a night than I had expected!

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Rolled Ice Cream – made right before our eyes!
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The Ice Cream, ready to eat!

Saturday morning I met up with a friend for breakfast, another friend for lunch, and then to the theater to see a staging of CHESS with other friends (followed by a late dinner).

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The stage, ready for CHESS to start.

Going going going.

Sunday I crashed. Slept for large portions of the day, but also did some necessary cooking.

This week has mostly consisted of trying to keep myself awake through work, lots of early bedtimes. I’ve been taking care of my mom’s dog, so my schedule has been out of whack and I’ve not really been up to doing much other than the basics of work and sleep.

This weekend is a continuation of the week, really. I need to recover some sleep, get some down time. Hopefully I can manage to keep the weekend stay that way!
What have you been up to this week? What is coming this weekend?

#WeekendCoffeeShare : Time to reflect, and a busy day!

Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)!
Grab a cup of coffee and share with us! What’s been going on in your life? What are your weekend plans? Is there a topic you’ve just been ruminating on that you want to talk about?
All are welcome! Just add your link to the Linky-List, and be sure to visit others and join in their conversations! The link will be open from Friday July 20th at 7am (Pacific Time) until Monday July 23rd at 7pm (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!

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Hey! Pull up a chair and join me for a bit. As we pretend to sit around the table enjoying some coffee (or beverage of your choice) I’m also going to offer you some of these delicious baked goods I am pretending I made this week. I’ve been on a bit of a binge watching baking shows, and feeling inspired to do some baking again. It’s been a long time, but unfortunately it’s going to be far too warm this weekend to be working extensively in the kitchen, and my energy is still not quite up to actually doing baking experimentation. So in the meantime, let’s pretend that this is a gluten-free mini-berry tart (like this one I made years ago), and perhaps a gluten-free toaster-pastry  as well. Hmm, yes, that would be quite yummy.

Since I’m not going to be up for baking this weekend, what am I going to be doing? This weekend is actually turning out to be rather full. A friend of mine is going to be in town for a conference, so I’m hoping to connect with her briefly for some coffee or a meal. I’m planning on getting brunch, or lunch and drinks, with another friend, and then Saturday night I’m going to see a local theater production of Chess. I’ve enjoyed some of the songs from that for a few decades now, so it’ll be fun to actually see a production!

And that’s just Saturday.

Sunday I am working in the morning, teaching a class at church for the month, and then hopefully spending some time chatting with my bestie. I also need to put aside some time for some writing, and to do some cleaning and food-prep for the week. One of the things that I really want to do is spend some time dedicated to really exploring what topic I want to start getting myself started in researching. I’ve got a few things to think about and reflect on as far as writing goes and what projects I want to focus on, and I’m going to dedicate a bit of time to intentional reflection on that.

What are you up to this weekend? Any good plans?

Join us for some coffee time!Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)!
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Would you like some iced coffee? Because it’s HOT right now, and so very much not the right time for anything warm.

If we were having coffee I’d tell you how last weekend went. I didn’t end up getting anything for the Little Free Library. Saw a lot of things that would potentially work, but nothing that stood out as JUST RIGHT. I’m going to keep looking this weekend, I really want to make this happen before the summer is up.

Originally I was just going to be looking for the Little Library materials with one friend. But ended up being surprised by another friend who tagged along in the search. It was pretty fun to have her along as well, but it also turned it into a day of activity. I actually ended up not joining them all for dinner as well, I was just too worn out.

I’ve been feeling like I’ve been running on fumes a lot lately. I just can’t get quite enough sleep, and it compounds into just straight up exhaustion.

This weekend I’m going to try and fight that some. It’s supposed to be super-hot on Sunday, and I’m teaching at church that morning, but after that I’m hoping to just sleep. A Lot.

Saturday I want to get a few errands run, but then have cleaning and writing that need to happen.

My writing has been going slowly. I have changed my goal for Camp NaNo this month, and am doing a combination of edits and freewrite. I realized its it’s been a long time since I did any actual fiction writing, and it has been nice to get back to it. The ideas aren’t flowing as freely as they once did, but it’s a good start.

One of the things I’ve been toying with in my writing world is to start looking at more non-fiction writing. I feel like one of the strengths I always had when I was in school was writing about things in a way that was accessible to others. While I love being in academia, I’m not a big fan of highly academicized writing (academicized is totally a word too – how cool!). The problem is that I have a passing interest in SO MANY things, but my fear of “getting something wrong” means I want to research the hell out of something before I start writing about it. And then I get caught in the research trap and never quite make it to the writing stage.

So, that’s something I have to break. It’s been a while since I sat down and actively put energy into researching and learning about something, and while I love it I also have a little bit of a challenge getting myself started. So that’s step one I suppose.
Well, no, step one is finding the topic I want to explore. THEN I can start doing the exploring.
What have you been up to this week? Any great plans for the weekend?

 

A bit of this, a bit of that, the meandering thoughts of a dreamer.

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