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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.

#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?

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#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”!

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!
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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!

Insecure Writer’s Support Group: Freewrite Time

This 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.

There is also a great Facebook Community for more daily connection!  More posts from the group are tagged on Twitter at #IWSG, and be sure to check out the Twitter account and the new Instagram as well!

I’ve been doing a lot more reading than writing of late…. Reading and yarn-play. But I am starting to think about my writing again in earnest. Thinking about what kind of writing I most want to do, what medium I want to use (I’ve been really thinking about returning to pen-and-paper writing for a while, especially as I’m easing myself back into it), and what my writing goals are.  I’ve signed up for Camp NaNo in April, with the goal of writing 25k words of any sort. Just writing. It will mostly be free-write, I’m sure, but a month of spending just a little time each day free-writing, might help to spark something.

To help me get started I’ve been looking some at various free-write exercises I’ve acquired through the years. My favorite, the one I tend to go back to again and again, is to write with the start: “I remember….” I tend to write off of that until I start to run out of something to say and start the next sentence with “I remember….” Sometimes I mix it up by using “I don’t remember….” That prompt has led me to some fun and interesting stories!

What are your favorite writing prompts? Do you have a go-to-source for free-write prompts?

#WeekendCoffeeShare : Maybe this is Winter Weather Goodbye?

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 1st at 7am (Pacific Time) until Monday March 4th at 7am (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!

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!

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Hello March! What will you bring?

Last weekend’s painting adventure was pretty awesome. I’m rather proud of my finished product – not too shabby for a non-painter, huh?

This is a painting better viewed from a distance, but I really do love how the colors turned out and how some of the effects work. There are certainly some things I would do differently if I were to do it again, but I am pleased with this one!

This weekend I have a game afternoon/evening planned with some friends, and then a lot of rest. As is my usual…. Recovery Weekends has become my new norm, and while it can be hard to wrap my head around the fact that I really only get a few hours of “fun” time out of any given week, I’m doing what my body needs at this point in time. Self-care isn’t always fun. And in my case, right now, it’s a lot of sleeping.

The weather this past week has been kinda exciting. We got a decent (for us) amount of snow on Sunday night/Monday morning. Unfortunately in my local area it seemed to focus primarily where I live, not where I work. There was a good inch of snow on the ground when I left home, but when I got downtown where I work there was nothing. And while it snowed all day, tiny little flakes, none of it stuck. We had more weather on Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, enough to give us a late start for work, and to close some of the school districts. It’s interesting because there was much more snow in my neighborhood on Monday morning than there was Wednesday morning, but it was cold enough that it was icier on Wednesday.

Usually the winter weather would mostly be behind us at this point, I wonder if it really is. Spring is normally a season of rain and increasing warmth so… we’ll see what happens.

By the time we visit next weekend I’ll already have started in on the Rose City Yarn Crawl – a fun four days of visiting different Local Yarn Shops, entering prize drawings, and hanging out with my fiber-arts-friends. I participated last year for the first time and had a great time, so am looking forward to this year! About ten stores in the area are participating, but I’m hoping to take a trip out to some of the shops that aren’t participating as well — just to show them some love and explore some of the shops that I haven’t made it to yet. I’ll be sure to share more pictures next weekend, and in the meantime will certainly be updating on my Instagram!

What are you up to this week? How has your weekend been? Thanks for stopping by!

#WeekendCoffeeShare – Another 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 Friday February 22nd at 7am (Pacific Time) until Monday February 25th at 7am (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!

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!
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How are we already at the end of February? Time really does just kind of run by, doesn’t it?
This weekend I have two different game groups (both D&D, thankfully both online groups so I don’t have to go out. It’s a little more relaxing that way for me), and am going out Friday night with a friend for dinner with her family and then a paint-night. It should be fun! I really like the picture we’re supposed to be painting, Haystack Rock at sunset — if mine turns out well I’ll be sure to share it! I’m also hoping to get at least one of my crochet projects done this weekend — the shawl for the Rose City Yarn Crawl is SO CLOSE to being done, and I want time to be able to block it before we get to that weekend!
My plans last weekend to do some reflection fell apart… but I spent that time sleeping instead, which was also a much needed thing. One of the things I have been thinking about some is an article I read about the push to turn hobbies into money-making opportunities (https://www.manrepeller.com/2019/02/trap-of-turning-hobbies-into-hustles.html#disqus_thread). This is definitely something I’ve seen in play, and I wonder about my own movement in that direction on some things. It’s an interesting thing to think about, and the whole hustle-culture that’s developed.
Not a lot to say about it, just been thinking about it some.
What are you up to this weekend? What’ve you been thinking about lately?