#WeekendCoffeeShare : Weekend now?

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?

Join us for some coffee time!

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This has been A WEEK. Really, the week of busy started last Thursday, when we had the majority of our staff out either on vacation or sick. Most of the staff hasn’t fully recovered, we’ve continued with partial coverage throughout the week (and a busy week at that). Thursday my co-worker who has helped me keep things running this week got the crud that’s making the rounds and so was out. Since last weekend was pretty full of activity it barely registers to me that I had a weekend, so I am VERY MUCH looking forward to this weekend! I have almost all of Saturday to rest and relax — I think some napping may well be in order, but also some putting away laundry and reading.

I didn’t end up getting to do any reading for the Readathon last weekend. The tea I was helping run took up most of the day and I was just too worn out after it to do much of anything. So, I must make up for it this weekend! Not only do I have a growing list of books I need to read for a project I’m working on, but also all of the library books I had on hold have come through so I need to get reading if I want to get through them before they have to be returned! AND I have an ARC copy of a book to read and be ready to review when it comes out in May… much reading required!

And I want to complete the shawl I’d started working on. It’s taking me quite some time to get it warped on the loom (that’s stringing the threads that go the long-way on the shawl), because it’s a smaller yarn than I’ve worked with before, and I had to restring it once, and have to add more… my goal is to have it ready to actually start weaving by the end of the weekend. Because the actual weaving part is relaxing and I can totally do it after work (though I can’t weave-and-read… unfortunately).

What are you up to this weekend? Anything exciting? How has your week been?

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#WeekendCoffeeshare: Another bridal shower?!

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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This week has been pretty wild – a lot of work crammed into a little week… so I’m just worn out at this point. But the coming weekend doesn’t really hold a bunch of rest for me. Saturday I’m helping my mom host a tea, and on Sunday I have another bridal shower to attend.

Last weekend’s was a lot of fun, good friends, yummy cider, and a really cool setting. This weekend’s will be different, I know less of the people there and it’s going to be in someone’s home. I’m looking forward to it though, it will be cool to see the bride-to-be — a gal I used to babysit!

I’m also hoping to do some reading this weekend… Dewey’s 24-hour Readathon kicks off at 5 am my time Saturday morning. I won’t be aiming for the full 24-hours, but hope to participate at least some in the social media parts of it, and really hope I manage to get some reading done. I want to make a dent in my To-Be-Read piles!

Spring is starting to really start up out here, and I love the warmer weather. It’s rainy, but I also kinda love that too.

That’s about it for me today, short and sweet… I’m going to go take a nap now!

What are you up to this week?

#WeekendCoffeeShare: Bridal Shower and New Baby

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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Last week’s painting turned out pretty well, I think. We used a technique of laying contact paper on the canvas and painting over it, to create a nice circular frame. It was fun to peel that contact paper off!

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This week has just been another week, though I’m excited about a new writing project I’m starting to explore. It’s non-fiction, so I’ve been exploring some different possible resources and doing some brainstorming to help focus my idea a bit. I don’t want to go too much into what I’ll be writing just yet, it’s still in too early a stage, but I’m super-excited and find my one idea leading to more ideas, which is always a good sign!

This week I also became on Aunt (again!) when my sister gave birth to another little one. The little family seems very happy and I’m excited to hear how big sister (not quite 2 years old yet) does with her new little sister.

This weekend I am going to a bridal shower for a friend of mine who is getting married in a few months – it’s going to be a tea-party at one of the McMennamin sites, and I’m looking forward to it! It’s a good crew of people going, and it’ll be fun to have another excuse to wear the fascinator I bought for a Fancy Tea Party a few years ago.

Sunday, as usual, is reserved for sleeping. Work is keeping pretty busy with some contract testing we do, so I’ve got to make sure to recharge a bit so I can make it through a busy-busy week!

What are you up to this weekend?

#WeekendCoffeeShare : Finals are DONE!

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 March 22nd at 7am (Pacific Time) until Monday March 25th at 7pm (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!

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I work at an academic testing office, and this week was finals week — so it was BUSY. Finals to us is kind of like the Christmas Season is to retail workers, fast paced, a lot of repeating ourselves, and working with people who are sometimes emotional, often stressed and anxious.

I admit, I’m writing this before the week is done, but I’m going to take a leap and say that I survived.  Phew! So now I spend the weekend relaxing and recovering. Friday night I’m going with some friends to another paint-night. I’ll share the pictures next week (and on Instagram in the meantime). I’m super-excited about this painting, the picture reminds me of the lake I camp at every weekend, so I’m going to “go rogue” a little bit in my painting of it and MAKE it the lake. There’s a distinctive island in the middle that I should be able to emulate in the painting. Hopefully it will turn out well! Unlike the last one I made (which is still sitting on my bookshelf waiting to be hung) I actually know where I can hang this one.

Saturday I’m going to my local coffee shop for a “Stitch-and-Bitch” gathering. Though a few of our regulars aren’t able to make it, there are others who can so I’m looking forward to spending some time with them and doing some crafting. I hope to finish a shawl I’ve been working on for a while — especially since I’ve decided to weave the baby-blanket I’m working on (and my loom is just a little too big to make a good coffee-shop project…). I did finish the shawl I had been working on though, and I’m super-proud of how it turned out, I’m looking forward to getting more projects done on the loom, I’m really enjoying it and it’s so relaxing!

The weather here has taken a turn to the warm, so I’ve been enjoying the spring weather (and the actual start of spring!  Hello spring!)

What are you up to this weekend?

#weekendcoffeeshare : Time for some 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 March 15th at 7am (Pacific Time) until Monday March 18th at 7pm (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!

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This weekend I need to sleep. Yup.

That’s pretty much what I have planned, thankfully. My body is letting me know that I’ve pushed it too much, I am exhausted and just in need of a few days of solid sleep and rest.

I feel like I say that A LOT – but it’s part of my reality. I do try to not dwell on it, but honestly I’ve been thinking about it a fair amount lately in part due to a few conversations I’ve had around my symptoms. (Note: I am not looking for any advice on what to do to fix this, I am working with doctors on that and have been dealing with this issue for over a decade).

Primarily, questions from friends about how I can sleep all day. Honestly, it’s hard for me to remember that LITERALLY sleeping all day is not a part of most people’s lives. I’m not talking “lay around in bed and read and watch movies,” I mean straight up sleeping. Last weekend I was awake from only about 3 hours on Sunday. Yes, I mean 3 hours total of awake-time between approximately 8pm Saturday night and 6am Monday morning. Without any sort of sleep aid.

So when people ask “How can you sleep all day?” I have to pause, because my question is “How could I not?” I don’t set out wanting to sleep like that, I would much rather be putting my day to use doing something I enjoy, something productive, or something fun. But if I keep pushing that sleeping time off what happens is my eyes start refusing to stay open. No amount of caffeination or sugar will help to keep me going and I will fall asleep. I can technically keep going, a shell of myself working through the motions of what a “awake human-type person” does, but my brain is much, my emotions are raw, and I am fighting every step to keep from falling asleep.

I get small bursts of this sometimes during particularly challenging weeks — where I will nod off on the bus on my way into work (even if I am standing), and on my way home. Those days where it takes every ounce of my energy to make it through a work-day and I can think of nothing I want… need… more than to curl up in bed and get some rest.

Some of this, I know, is because my body is constantly attacking itself. I have been diagnosed with undifferentiated connective tissue disease – which is an autoimmune disease. At a very basic level it means that my body is constantly attacking itself, trying to fix something that isn’t wrong. So, you know how when you are getting sick you need sleep to heal? My body thinks I’m healing ALL THE TIME. I have increased inflammation and pain because it’s targeting things to heal, and it’s just exhausting. So, yes, sometimes I just need to sleep.

And this weekend, this weekend I’ll be doing just that.

What do you have planned?

#WeekendCoffeeShare – A little late, busy weekend!

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 a little different this week, from Sunday March 10th at 7am (Pacific Time) until Tuesday March 12th at 7am (Pacific Time)!

This weekend was the Rose City Yarn Crawl – a four day event where a bunch of Local Yarn Shops open their doors and offer up prizes, special deals, and host various Trunk Shows. This was my second year participating, and it was a great time – I went with a group of friends, and we included a few shops that weren’t participating in the crawl.
I recently added weaving to my list of crafts so was looking for some things for that.

I’m exhausted – it’s been three days of running all over town and being around crowds of people, so I’m going to leave you with some pictures. I’d love to hear about what your weekend has been like!

Close up of warp threads on a loom.
New project on the loom!

Me and the crew on our first day out!

Some of the yarn!

This year they gave out pins at each shop to add to our totes bags!

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

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