All posts by eclecticalli

I am finding my way on the meandering, twisting path of life, constantly surprised by what’s around the next bend. Working to embrace and face the challenges inherent with following your dreams, and writing the journey. A writer and dreamer, historian and theologian, academic and fantasy-world-creator, genealogist and gluten-free baker, crafter and reader, poet and life-long learner, constantly questioning and occasionally irreverent. Eclectic Alli is my personal blog, with reflections on writing, life, theology, history, or whatever may catch my thoughts. Disparate Threads is a fantasy-fiction serial-blog, I am trying to break out of the traditional book-format mold of storytelling, taking advantage of the blog format to build a world. Everything on Disparate Threads is considered "Draft," and I WANT reader responses and input! Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook and Instagram round out my online presence, and I try to do little bits different with each of them.

Weekend Coffee Share: Treading Water

It’s been some time since we’ve had coffee – life’s been all over the place for me and, I have to admit, I haven’t had a whole lot of extra energy. I’m hoping to be coming up on some answers to some of the health challenges that I have going on right now, but, in the meantime, I’m trying to just listen to myself and get the rest I seem to need when I can.

But that means so many of the projects I’ve had on deck are still just sitting on deck. One of these days I’ll be able to get back into the swing of things – for the time being, I’m just happy that you all come back to visit when we have a chance to have coffee.

The weather has taken a turn to warm (or downright hot if the predictions for the coming week are correct), so I’ve been trying to enjoy a little bit of the sun. It’s nice to be able to toss the window open and get fresh air — my goal for Saturday was to get some good work done around my room, along with some cooking and planning — this summer I intend to find a way to build both a catio and a little-library! However, my reality Saturday ended up just a little cleaning and work – and a nap and a visit with a friend. So that was good, still. Now it’s Sunday and I hope I can get a bit more work done, plus meal prep for the week.

What have you been up to lately? What are planning on for this week?  Have you ever had those times when your energy just vanishes and you’re not able to keep up with anything beyond the bare necessities?




Weekend Coffee Share is a weekly chance to check in with our blogging community.  Hop around the internet and enjoy the hospitality of this great community with a casual chat. Started by Part-Time Monster, and now hosted by Nerd In The Brain this is a lovely community and a fun weekly check-in. Check out the link-up, and feel free to join in the fun!

Reading Without Walls

I know, I know, I don’t really need to add another reading challenge to my list. And, yet….

The Powell’s Reading Without Walls challenge just seemed perfect (and I can even write about one of the books I already had on tap to read for something else)! 

The Reading Without Walls challenge is very basic, and I would highly encourage you all to give it a go! Powell’s has even compiled a list of young reader options.

There are three chalenges:

  1. Read a book about a character who doesn’t live or look like you.
  2. Read a book about a topic you don’t know much about.
  3. Read a book in a format you don’t normally read for fun. This might be a graphic novel, a book in verse, etc.

What books can you think of to read in these categories?

Weekend Coffee Share: Sushi, Sunshine, Relaxing Time!

This weekend I’d invite you to enjoy some iced beverages with me. It may not still be warm enough for such things, but I’m all for pretending it is after the 80+ degree weather we had earlier this week! I’ll admit, that’s a bit on the warm side for me – especially since it was also humid, ugh. I much prefer a little cooler weather. T-shirt weather, where you can still move around and do stuff without feeling like you’re about to melt.

The sudden warmth also meant some pretty cool storm systems.

My weekend was completely empty two days ago – there was absolutely nothing planned. Which was lovely in theory, but I knew that getting out and actually interacting with people would also be a good thing for me to do. Plus, one of my best friends and her family just moved into a new house, which I totally want to see! So I’ll be heading over there sometime on Saturday to help with some unpacking and to get in some good kid-play time — which I’m very excited about. There’s nothing quite as awesome as playing with kids, and these two gals are awesome, hopefully they’ll be as excited about showing me around their new house as I am about seeing it!


The rest of the weekend will be spent in glorious rest. Well, rest, and cleaning, and doing some necessary work. There is, as always, cleaning to be done. And meal prep. And Jamberry work. And laundry… always laundry.


This week I had some fun – a good friend from college (really, the closest I have to a college-roommate that I’m still friends with… we shared a wall our senior year) stopped by for a little on her way between destinations. It was fun to hang out with her for a bit (we had a brief visit at the end of last too, as she was between destinations then too).  The sad thing is that this was probably the last “between destinations” that she’ll have here for a while, so it may be some time before we get to hang out again.


But we had a grand old time together on Tuesday! We went out to a sushi place for dinner, to try out another conveyor-belt sushi location. It was very nice to discover they had an UNDER $20 all-you-can-eat deal. Seeing as how I never get out of sushi-places for under $20 it was a no-brainer and we ate ALL the sushi. It was deliciously awesome.

All You Can Eat led to a willingness to try new things!


This was followed up by a trip to Powell’s for meandering, book browsing and lots of visiting – and I managed to get out of there without buying a book! It may have been a first for me, honestly.


Overall it was a pretty good week. The coming week doesn’t have anything terribly exciting in it either – but I’m kind of looking forward to it. Hoping to get some reading going, and to do some more writing. For the first time in a long time I have a fiction-project dancing around in the back of my mind, and there is still the novel-draft that has been waiting for my editing/re-writing rounds.


How have you been? What have you been up to?

Weekend Coffee Share is a weekly chance to check in with our blogging community.  Hop around the internet and enjoy the hospitality of this great community with a casual chat. Started by Part-Time Monster, and now hosted by Nerd In The Brain this is a lovely community and a fun weekly check-in. Check out the link-up, and feel free to join in the fun!


Weekend Coffee Share: Hello Sun!

The sun is out, I’ve got a pretty balanced weekend (in terms of fun activities, free time, and planned work), and I just got paid!  It’s going to a good weekend, and I’m hopeful that the coming week will also be good.

Saturday I am meeting up with a friend for coffee, which is going to be great! We haven’t gotten the chance to hang out together in a long time, so it will be good to catch up. Ostentatiously, she’s a writing buddy – so I’m going to go with the plan that we might pretend to write (who knows, maybe I’ll get a little editing done?).

Saturday is also Dewey’s 24 hour reading challenge – so I am going to try to read some!

I really enjoy how the Readathon has turned something that is usually a solitary activity into something that can be more communal.

I also want to spend some time this weekend doing some writing about things I’ve read. We’re moving towards the hallway point for the year and I still haven’t checked in on the reading challenges I took on this year!

And, of course, I need to tackle the room… an ongoing struggle of Allison versus STUFF. I want to get rid of some of my stuff, but I also am rather fond of some of my stuff, so it’s a challenge to figure out what to keep and what to get rid of.

My day needs to get started soon, but first, how are you doing? What have you been up to? Any weekend plans?



Weekend Coffee Share is a weekly chance to check in with our blogging community.  Hop around the internet and enjoy the hospitality of this great community with a casual chat. Started by Part-Time Monster, and now hosted by Nerd In The Brain this is a lovely community and a fun weekly check-in. Check out the link-up, and feel free to join in the fun!

Weekend Coffee Share: Laying Low

If we were having coffee….

Today I would be glad that we just have coffee through the internet, otherwise I’d likely be bowing out. I am going to an event with my mom this afternoon, and might be meeting up with a friend tonight and I just need some relaxing time and time to catch up on some things that I need to do. 

I’ve been in one of those places where my energy is pretty low, so just getting through my work day is draining. Which means I still have laundry in baskets waiting to be put away from two weeks ago (well, some of it is still there, the rest is back into new baskets waiting to be washed after I dug them out of the clean pile and wore them. And my desk surfaces are all overflowing from whatever paperwork got dropped on them. I know that it will make my life much easier, and help me feel much less out of control, when I am able to get it all organized and cleaned up.  So, that’s the goal.

Yesterday was a beautiful day, a nice break from all the rain we’ve been getting. Thankfully it has been warm enough that I’ve gotten away with wearing a sandal on my non-boot foot. Just today I actually changed the boot out for a different one (the one they’d given me when this pain first appeared and we thought I maybe had broken something) because I’ve done some damage to the one they gave me most recently.  This new one is a Large (as opposed to the medium I had been wearing) and while it is annoyingly longer than my foot I think the rest of it is going to fit me better and actually help me in not moving the toes — the whole point of wearing this thing, after all, is to keep me from moving my toes!

Really not much else to say this morning, as I prepare to head out for the day. But I’d love to hear what things you’re up to!  Did you have any special celebrations last weekend?  Have you been enjoying fun weather? What are you up to?

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Weekend Coffee Share is a weekly chance to check in with our blogging community.  Hop around the internet and enjoy the hospitality of this great community with a casual chat. Started by Part-Time Monster, and now hosted by Nerd In The Brain this is a lovely community and a fun weekly check-in. Check out the link-up, and feel free to join in the fun!

Weekend Coffee Share: Vacation Weekend!

If we were having coffee I’d invite you to meet me somewhere downtown – I’m taking a mini-vacation this weekend (taking advantage of the free two-night stay in a local hotel that I won)! It’s nothing grand, hanging out downtown – but I’m looking forward to a weekend of just being somewhere different. Relaxing, hanging out with friends, and maybe getting a little writing done. It’ll be great!

Of course, I’ll be doing a bit less walking than I had initially envisioned.  For about a year I’ve been dealing with a pain in my foot.  Turns out it’s just (another) flare up of inflammation… but the podiatrist wants me to immobilize it for a time, and give it rest, to see if that helps it go down. I was in a little hard-soled-shoe for a few days, but it was hurting more in that so we’ve upgraded me to a BOOT.

But that lack of walking means, maybe, I’ll spend some time sitting and writing instead.  I still have posts I want to write about a whole array of things (books I’ve read, things I’ve done, reflections on the world right now…). I lack a good laptop at the moment, but maybe can manage some writing on my tablet and phone — or a plain old notebook which will then get typed in later.  We’ll see.

The weeks been a bit of a blur since Monday.

Oh, Monday. I did promise to catch you up on that.

I had taken Monday off in order to take Midnight Monster to the vet. He was going to get his teeth cleaned — the appointment I had postponed due to him running off on me the day before his last appointment.

At about 7:15 I started to try putting him in his crate, knowing he is not a fan of his crate and that it can take a few tries. I was supposed to be dropping him off at the vet (no more than 5 minutes away by car) between 7:30 and 8.

At 7:55 I was having no luck and he had managed to catch my cheek with his claw and give me a good little gash. My mom called the vet to let them know I was working on it and would be getting him there as soon as I could.

At 8:30 I called them again.  Still no luck, as the Monster channeled all his strength into fighting me as much as he could – clawing his way out of the “burritos” I made for him using all sorts of different blankets, running and hiding in places where it was tricky to get him out.  He’d taken to hissing at me when I approached with anything resembling a blanket or towel — even when I draped it around myself like it was part of my outfit. He’s a smart one, unfortunately.

They said I could bring him in any time before 10, but that if he was too riled up it would be hard for them to work with him so maybe we’d need to reschedule.  I thought, perhaps, if I calmed him down a little, cuddled him a little (he would still let me hold him some, as long as I didn’t go near the crate) perhaps I could get him in and he’d be okay.

9:15 I gave up, and called and rescheduled his appointment – yet again. Two hours of trying to get my cat in the carrier… exhausting.

Next time I get to try will be all the way out in July… and I’m just hoping that we’ve been able to work up to getting into the crate (yes, I’m planning on actually WORKING on it. Bundling him on occasion, putting him in the crate with the door open… doing what I can to help acclimate him to make it less stressful in the future.

A cousin of mine was in town, and I had been planning on meeting her at 9:30 downtown. I hadn’t had a chance to see her since we were kids, and thankfully she was flexible so we were able to bump the time out a bit.  Late breakfast was awesome, and it was so good to visit with her.  
Then I ran back out to the farther reaches of the metro area for a meeting with the podiatrist to figure out this foot pain… at which point I was given the shoe that is now replaced with the boot.

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At least I get to show off my toes?

By the time I got home Monday night I was WORN OUT.


May this weekend make up for some of the craziness and leave me feeling rested!

How are you doing?  What have you been up to?  Though I feel like I tried EVERYTHING with Midnight Monster, I’d love to hear what you’ve done to get your stubborn pets into their carriers.

wp-1488630845416.pngWeekend Coffee Share is a weekly chance to check in with our blogging community.  Hop around the internet and enjoy the hospitality of this great community with a casual chat. Started by Part-Time Monster, and now hosted by Nerd In The Brain this is a lovely community and a fun weekly check-in. Check out the link-up, and feel free to join in the fun!