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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!

Weekend Coffee Share: Running on fumes

If we were having coffee I’d tell you that I’m pretty much running on fumes right now. It’s been a fairly exhausting week, and I’m moving into a busy weekend too!

One of the little dogs (about 7lb) that lives in my house, Matches, had a stroke-like-event a little over a week ago. He isn’t my dog, but I’ve been lending a hand with some of his care while he’s in recovery, so it’s been an added thing to my schedule. Because he hasn’t really been able to stand (he’s getting better at that!) he needs to be held up when he goes out to go to the bathroom, which means a lot of stopping over on the humans part. My back is not pleased with me.

But the pup is improving well, so it’s all good!

This weekend I’ve got two Jamberry related events to keep me hopping. I’m running a “pamper party” for some folks at the church I grew up in – I’d offered it as an event at their auction this year and am really looking forward to spending some time taking care of our fingers and toes. It should be a fun and relaxing time.

Tomorrow will be fun, but a very different energy as I’m going to table at Cherry City Comic Con all day.  It’ll likely be exhausting, but I’m hoping it’ll also be a great time!

I have Monday …


I started to write this on Friday night… and then the weekend caught me before I could finish.  So let’s sit for some coffee now, or drinks… whatever you want to be drinking Monday night.

Saturday started out with me helping my Mom take the dog to the vet, where my brother (the dogs owner) met us. He let me know that he could get the dog, and Mom, home so I could head home after I got the coffee I planned to pick up.  It wasn’t until I got home that I realized that I didn’t have my keys with me — I’d left with Mom, she’d locked the door, I thought I’d be coming home with her so I didn’t need them….  Thankfully I had a book, and my phone, and some other things to do while sitting in the car for an hour waiting for them to come home and let me in.

The Pamper Party was lovely – we tried out the new foot soak that Jamberry just came out with and it was SO nice (and the room smelled like peppermint)! I think the ladies enjoyed their time there.  But it was kind of exhausting for me (just because it was running a party, and those can wear me down pretty fast). I had Mom along to help me out some, and her keys went missing… so, once again, I found myself locked out of the house (because, of course, I hadn’t bothered to grab MY keys on the way out the door… because I didn’t think I’d need them).

Locked out of the house, twice in one day.  Luckily my older brother lives nearby and had a key we were able to use.

I stayed up a bit to put away the things from the one party and then get myself ready for the Vendor Event on Sunday.  That went well, was a lot of fun, but it was standing on my feet for most of the day, lots of interacting with people and being out there so, once again, exhaustion.

I was very happy to be able to go to sleep Sunday night… and was looking forward to Monday.  I’d taken the day off from work, I had PLANS for the day…. and then Monday.

Yeah, I’m not ready to tell you about Monday yet… I’ll save that for next weekend 🙂

 

Insecure Writer’s Support Group: Describing Characters

Ah, the wonders of camp. The sun has been shining, the birds have been singing, and I’ve been learning about caring for an impaired animal (more about that this weekend). Unfortunately, since it’s not a real camp, but Camp NaNo, these things have been happening around my normal work schedule. And the “camp” thing I’m supposed to be doing is writing – or, in my case, editing.

Spoiler Alert – it hasn’t been happening. Editing has been at a standstill.

Some of it has been lack of time and energy, but some of it has been because I keep catching up on an issue I know I need to address.

I don’t know what me characters look like.

Okay, that’s not entirely true. I have clear pictures of a number of the characters, it’s just the main character, her immediate family and her significant other that I lack descriptions for. I have some theories as to why this is the case, but I know I have to just buckle down and figure out what they look like – otherwise it will be strange when I start describing other people. I’m just… really bad at describing people. Beyond skin color, hair color, eye color and some sort of distinguishing feature (like, if they walk with a limp, or have antlers growing out of their head or something). Describing the details of someone’s face, or things about them in a way that allows the reader to paint a picture of them is hard for me. Especially to do so in a subtle way.

I know I have to try it – just because I don’t pay much attention to character descriptions when I’m reading a story doesn’t mean it can’t be included (and, yes, I’m planning to spend some time in the next few days digging up books that I have and finding the character descriptions to read in order to see how other authors do it).

How do you go about describing characters?

 

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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.

Weekend Coffee Share: Welcome to camp!

It’s April!!

I’m hoping that we’ll start getting a few more sunny days this month — it’s been pretty rainy here, but we are starting to see a little more warmth and light (hurrah)! Spring and summer can actually be kind of rough seasons for me, but I try to look forward to them anyhow.

I’m not participating in the A to Z blogathon this year, though I have a few friends who are and I look forward to seeing what they come up with. Are you participating? Have you ever participated?

What I am going to be doing this month is Camp NaNoWriMo. My cabin-mates (for camp NaNo you can join “cabins” with other writers) are pretty awesome and I thought it would be fun to get into the mindset of camp for this month.  I have a lot of editing that needs to be done, and maybe by playing like I really am at Camp NaNo I’ll be able to convince myself to put aside the time I need to do the editing!

So, today is the start of camp.  Despite some early showers (which, let’s be honest, I totally expect when camping in the Northwest), it’s turned out to be a pretty lovely day. I prepared for the month, bought some wine to enjoy while editing, and some snacks to make meal-prep a bit simpler this month (since, let’s me honest, I have relatively limited time to do this editing in during my regular week).  I also have put together a small list of the things that I need to do in order to reach my goal of 30 hours of editing-related-work this month.

I’m not exactly sure how I’ll play up the camp theme this month, but I’ll be finding ways to visit it on Instagram at least! I’m also hoping to keep you all informed about the progress I’m making – because there is progress that I NEED to make!!

Speaking of – today’s been a bit all over the place and it has, literally, taken me all day to get this written. I’ve managed to get a sentence or two done at a time before something else called for my attention. Right now, that something is named Midnight Monster and he is quite demanding!  So I have to go play with him some and them cuddle him some.

How are you doing?  What do you have planned for this month?

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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: Getting Some Work Done

If we were having coffee I’d invite you to join me in a local coffee shop. I used to come here when it was under different ownership, and decided to stop by today and see what it was like. I like it, quieter than a lot of places nearby, and the coffee is good, so I could see it becoming a more regular place for me. Wouldn’t it be nice to get myself into a regular habit of getting up, doing a mile walk, resting and writing over coffee, and then heading home again? It’s a real possibility.

I really do need to get myself a laptop though… can’t do much editing without one!

It was a pretty busy week -though not as crazy as I’m used to weeks like this being! I managed to get some editing done a few nights this week – it felt good to get back to it but I also kept running against one of my huge bariers… I don’t have physical images in my mind of that these characters look like. To me that’s an unimportant part of the story, but I know it’s important to get some description on so I do need to figure out what they look like.

I’ve got a pretty major “to-do” list today, but my energy isn’t really behind it. I’d rather spend the day hanging out over coffee and relaxing. And, honestly, I did manage to get a decent amount of hanging out and socialness into the schedule this weekend. Which is probably why the to-do-list is feeling especially pressing this morning.

I suppose I should get on it, but I would love to hear from you about your week first!

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: Is that Sunshine?

If we were having coffee I’d tell you that I actually started to write this post a week ago, and never got past the title. It’s been a bit of a rough week – just a lot going on, a lot of thinking on my part, and a lot of trying to get myself organized and put some things into place (it feels like I’m always doing that… but I do think that each time I try it does a little something!)

Next week is a busy week at my work, so I’m trying to spend this weekend getting things all set up so that the week can be a relaxing one outside of work. I’m hoping to do some sewing – which I haven’t gotten to do in a while – and also some editing and writing. I’ve missed doing my writing, and need to push myself to write more – be it blogging or fiction, the longer I let myself go without doing it the more challenging it becomes.

I’ve spent a lot of the week (and probably will spend more of the coming week) cuddling with the Midnight Monster.  While he’s returned to his usual, crazy, self (thank goodness! He took a while to get there and I was a bit worried), he’s also been a bit more willing to cuddle than he had before. I’ve been taking full advantage of that to steal some cuddle time. He’s got a great purr and I love when I get the chance to hear it!

I’ve been excited to see the sunshine a little more – even though we’re still getting plenty of rain (at least it isn’t snow?) there has also been some bits of sun which makes me super-happy! I am not a fan of super-warm weather, but I do like when I can wander outside without getting soaked.

What have you been up to in the past few weeks?  What does the spring have in store for you? Any plans?

 

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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!

 

 

Passionate Geeks: The Animals in our Lives.

Last week I realized I’d become a bit more of a cat-lady than I had thought.  Midnight Monster took off and was gone for 6 days – 6 days where I was a pretty major mess, and went to extremes such as waking up at 3 am to wander the area near my house to see if I could find him, and going out after work, out in the cold rain searching for him.

I love that cat, he’s become an important part of my life and things felt very different without him.  So I wanted to take this week to dedicate to the animals in our lives!

I asked my friends on Facebook to share their favorite pictures of the animals in their lives. Here are just a few!

I’d love to see what animals are dear to you!

Cuffy says “I am the commander of this ship!” in his best Gene Hackman voice

The grand-kitties of Corina of Wasted Days and Wasted Nights 

Crazy Mini Monsters!

Beardy Love

Tank of the Part-Time Monster family

His Royal Highness, Tank

 

Wilbur (Willie aka Chubby McChubs)
From the Write On Sisters family “Miss Marbles, I love how she holds her own foot.”
One of Allison Maruska‘s writing buddies
Jonsey of one Portland.
And a different Jonsey of another Portland!
Molly, the Miracle Cat – one of the much-missed cats that’s been in Corina’s life.

“Sometimes OakLeah is a model” (he has his own hashtag!)
Hodge
Pip, who is still very much missed by Hodge and the family.
Carolina
Zoe, miniature poodle.
Ziggy, poodle/schnauzer mix
Before & After Chewy’s adoption.
Chewy snuggled in bes
Leo! (Who now has to share Stephanie’s Instagram feed with baby Marcella).
Rosie!

Torenne
“Busted”
“She’s looking pretty intense here but this is Madeleine, aka Maddie.”
This is Nari (on the left) and Dante (on the right) brother & sister 🙂

Mr. Noche and his favorite scratcher
Shadow
Bandit
Flower
Onyx
Lupa
Nerd In The Brains Frank
More, the loyal companion of Hannah, of Hannah Reads Books
Jubilee and her papa Blitzen
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Merlin has his own tag over at Comparative Geeks
And so does Shadow

 

And, Finally, for now… Midnight Monster Cat, the day after he came home.