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#WeekendCoffeeShare: Tea and Scones!

wordswag_15073188796611453091488.pngWeekend 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 May 18th at 7am (Pacific Time) until Monday May 21st at 7pm (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!

Last weekend I overdid it a bit. I didn’t do much- just went to my Dad’s – but I ended up standing more than I had planned, and probably more than I should have. But part of it was because I was SO excited about the fact that I’d gotten new shoes.

I went into the shoe store Saturday morning with very specific criteria: I needed a sandal that was the exact same height as the surgical boot I’m wearing, with a back-strap and adjustable straps. The theory being that I’d be able to wear the left-shoe now, while I still have the boot on the right foot. Because none of my other shoes are the right height, the tiny difference was causing a bulging disc in my back to press even more strongly against the nerve, causing tingling and pain in my good side whenever I was standing for more than a few seconds. Shoes of the proper height eliminate that issue!

And, then once I graduate to weight-bearing physical therapy and can get out of the boot I can start wearing the RIGHT sandal as well. Since my foot will probably still be swollen, that will require the adjustable straps.

I was successful in this mission, and happily stood with my equal-height shoes. But it was still standing, which still uses the muscles and bones in my feet a bit more than they’re quite ready for, so I spent a lot of Monday a bit more sore than I would have expected. However, as the week wore on things settled a bit more. I’m still far from completely healed, but it’s nice to be making progress!

I’d offer you some scones, if we were having coffee. I have some delicious Gluten-Free one’s that I can heat up. I’m planning on enjoying some super-early on Saturday morning, because I’ve decided to go ahead and join my Mom in watching the royal wedding (which is at something like 4am my time). It’ll be fun, and I can then take a nap before getting on with the other things I am doing over the weekend!

What are you up to this weekend? What does the coming week have in store for you?

 

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#WeekendCoffeeShare: Next Week -#BoutOfBooks!

wordswag_15073188796611453091488.pngWeekend 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 May 11th at 7am (Pacific Time) until Monday May 14th at 7pm (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!

If we were having coffee I’d ask for us to make it an afternoon thing. Because this was my first full week back to work, and I am pretty darn exhausted. Things went pretty well, it’s just been a long week. Because I’m still very much recovering from the surgeries, I haven’t really planned a whole lot for the weekend – purposely giving myself time to rest.

Work itself has been great this week (really, it’s the commute that’s doing me in!), I feel so fortunate to have the coworkers I do — they did an awesome job covering my duties while I was out DOUBLE the amount of time originally anticipated. Now that I’m back they’re continuing to be stellar, helping pick up some of the duties that involve being on my feet more.

(They also welcomed me back with some fun signs)

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This coming week is the next Bout of Books, which I’m planning to participate in. I’m hoping I’ll have enough energy to give a little extra focus to reading during the week. My To-Be-Read list is, as always, ridiculously long. I think I’m going to try to knock some of the younger-reader books from the list this week.

I’ve also realized I’m a fair amount behind in writing about what I have read – so I’m going to start looking at getting that organized a bit more. Lots of writing, lots of reading — but I’m being sure to allow myself the leeway to NOT do any of it if my energy doesn’t allow. If my energy all is being drained just getting through the work day I need to listen and not push myself any more than that.

What are you up to this week?


Let me give you a little more information about the Bout of Books — join us!! I’ll be sharing my experienced on Twitter (@nerissarain) and Instagram (@eclecticali)

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 14th and runs through Sunday, May 20th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 22 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

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#WeekendCoffeeShare: Back To The World….

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

If we were having coffee I’d invite you to sit outside with me and enjoy the sunshine. Spring is definitely here now, and it’s even getting kind of overly-warm some days.

I can’t believe we’re already into May. April vanished into a fog of surgery and recovery for me. Foot surgery and gallbladder removal both went smoothly, and I’m recovering well. It is hard for me to be having to stay off my foot for so long, but Monday I’ll be going back to work for the first time since the first week of April! While it will be really nice to get back to my routine and back to work, I’m anticipating that it isn’t going to be terribly easy.

I’m fortunate to have family, and co-workers, who are going to do what they can to help make the transition smooth while still facilitating my continued healing — but it’s still going to be a lot more time on my feet (and walking) than I am use to at this point. I’ll be icing the foot whenever I’m sitting down, and will figure out some way to elevate it a bit when I’m sitting as well — but there is still standing and walking required to get the job done. Thankfully the gallbladder surgery recovery will have a minimal impact on my returning to work at this point so I’ll primarily just be having to worry about the foot!

Midnight Monster has absolutely LOVED having me around to snuggle and play all month.

These past two weeks I’ve been able to start the first steps of physical therapy for the foot. I can wiggle my big toe again (okay, more like slowly move it but… that’s something, right?). Next week I upgrade to careful pushing my toe a little bit more, and then in a few weeks I’ll add weight-bearing movement!

I’m looking forward to slowly working my way up to being able to do more walking, and maybe even starting in on dancing again. While I enjoy my time being able to sit and relax, read and write and crochet, I also miss being able to be active – especially as it’s warming up out there. I’ve been reflecting a bit this past month, and realized that my foot has been holding me back from activities for about two years now, so my eagerness to get moving again has just increased. I’ll be fixing up my bike and working on building my stamina to ride that more, increasing my walking, maybe getting a membership to use the local pool….

Of course, all of that has to wait until I can, you know, walk without wearing the surgical boot.

Well, I should probably get going on some of the other things that need to be done. I had a very extended to-do list for my surgery recovery time. Thankfully I also knew that it was entirely possible that none of it would get completed, because very little of it did. I did, however, get some reading done and need to write up my mini-reviews about those books. I’ve also set some solid goals for myself for this month in regards to my writing/editing, so it’s time to get moving on that as well. As I mentioned during my IWSG post on Wednesday, the longer I let this chapter’s revisions to sit and wait, the more needlessly daunting it sounds.

I also want to make sure to get some blog-visiting done this weekend. It’s been rough for me to keep on-top of anything online this month since most of my activity has been restricted to my phone, while lying on my back. I’m looking forward to catching up with everyone!

What have you been up to lately? Do you have any plans for the coming weeks?

Insecure Writer’s Support Group: May? Already!?

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.

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!

 

 

Yikes! It’s already May!?

April kind of vanished in a mess of surgeries and recovery for me. I had intended to do some work on that infamous CHAPTER 4, which keeps hovering over me growing more and more imposing by the moment. But I honestly haven’t been in any sort of shape to tackle it this past month, so it’s just sat there.  Waiting.

And I am recognizing that it’s taken on this image of an insurmountable task in my mind – simply because I have procrastinated on it for so long. It really isn’t THAT frightening, I just need to DO it.

So this week I plan to do that. Since I’m still out of work until Monday the 7th, but I’m off of pain killers (aside from Tylenol and Advil) and able to actually sit up and work on my laptop, I might as well start the work that needs to be done. It’ll be good to start making strides into this revision again – it’s fallen way behind the schedule I originally set for myself.

But I also know that it’s unlikely to see much work over the next few weeks during the week itself. Because I’ll be jumping back into work, but my body is still healing, I anticipate that I’ll be pretty much coming home, eating dinner, and going to sleep during the week.  This means that I’ll have to make sure I set aside time each weekend to do some serious work.

I have to hold myself accountable to this work – no one else will.

Have you ever put something off so long that it starts to look like a giant monster — only to tackle it and realize it really isn’t so bad after all (because that’s what I’m hoping is going to happen here!!)

#WeekendCoffeeShare: Surgery Recovery, Take 2

wordswag_15073188796611453091488.pngWeekend 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 April 20th at 7am (Pacific Time) until Monday April 23rd at 7pm (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!


If we were having coffee I’d ask all about what you’ve been up to. What exciting adventures have you been on? What have you been doing?

I had surgery (yes, more surgery) on Wednesday to get rid of this gallbladder of mine. A few weeks ago (you may recall) I had some serious pain going on (while I was up visiting my sister, brother-in-law and niece). Worst pain I’ve ever had (worse than the broken bones), which turned out to be an inflamed gallbladder and gallstones. So, finally, this week, I got the sucker taken out.

That’s about all I’ve got right now, if this post goes up as is. This is my “just-in-case” post, in-case I’m not up to writing my normal Coffee Post this weekend, I wanted to make sure you all still had a place to gather and share what you’ve been up to. Looking forward to catching up with you all soon!

#WeekendCoffeeShare – Recovery Weekend #1

wordswag_15073188796611453091488.pngWeekend 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 April 13th at 7am (Pacific Time) until Monday April 16th at 7pm (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!


If we were having coffee I’d start by sitting back and asking you how things are going for you?
This week has been a bit of a blur – I had surgery on my foot on Monday and have been in recovery this week. They dealt with some bone spurs and cleared out a bunch of inflammation. The first 24 hours of recovery were rough, once the numbness from the surgery wore off the pain was pretty bad. But a system of pain-killers has helped to get through that, and now it’s just a low-key pain. I’m supposed to keep the foot elevated above my heart, so I’ve spent the week laying in bed with my foot up on pillows. Luckily I was prepared so I’ve been doing some reading and movie watching. A couple friends have stopped by to keep me company, which has been nice, and helped the time pass a bit.

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Midnight Monster guarding my non-surgery leg from all dangers.

There really isn’t a whole lot more happening for me. Midnight Monster has been keeping an eye on me, he’s enjoying the extra cuddling time and attention. My mom has also been spectacular – she’s been making sure I have good food, ice, and just been a great caretaker!

This weekend I have a few more friends coming over on Saturday – and I’ll be attempting actually leaving my room. When you’ve been stuck in your bed for a week the idea of even making it to the living room is very exciting.  I’m also looking forward to actually eating food at a TABLE.

Next week I’ve got more surgery, this one to get my gallbladder removed, so I anticipate another week of recovery and not-doing-much… we’ll see what happens!

 

#WeekendCoffeeShare: Weekend of Getting Ready

wordswag_15073188796611453091488.pngWeekend 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 April 6th at 7am (Pacific Time) until Monday April 9th at 7pm (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!

Well, this is the last weekend before my SURGERY WEEKS. Monday, at a time yet to be determined, I go in to have them cut open my foot and help make it feel better. I have bone-spurs, as well as perhaps some other issues going on, so they’re going to be dealing with that. The hope is this will bring me some relief so I can start moving around again. I miss the walking I used to do, and it would be AWESOME to be able to get more of that going come summer.

I’ll have a bit over a week of recovery from that, and then I go in for gallbladder removal. Again, the hope is that it will help me out in the long-run. After missing a week of work (and being in some intense pain) I really like the idea of maybe NEVER having to go through that again.

Because I have so much recovery time coming up, this weekend has been kind of set-aside as “last minute prep” weekend. I’ll be going to the grocery store and stocking up on some things, making sure that I have everything I need (I do have someone able to get things for me and help me out while I’m recovering, but I like the idea of not having to ask them to go buy me groceries and such). Also on the prep list, making sure that the cat toys are easy to get to and that I know where his laser pointer is. Because I know he’ll be wanting some good quality play time, and that’s something I’ll be able to do!

This week my co-workers gave me the sweetest “get well” basket, full of fun things for me to do, some yummy things for me to eat, and other nice things like fuzzy socks and a scented candle. It was super-sweet of them, and I’m looking forward to putting all those things to good use.

Oh! Last weekend!  I haven’t gotten to tell you all about Hamilton yet!!
The show was spectacular – I wish I could see it again! Actually, I will see it again, next time it comes through you can bet I’ll be getting myself tickets! We saw the “Phillip tour“(the two touring casts have been nicknamed the “Angelica” and “Phillip” tours (First and Second Touring Cast, respectively), and I was absolutely blown away by the talent. These performers were spectacular, I may have liked some of them better than I like the voices on the Original Broadway Cast – they made the roles their own — I was particularly fond of Jon Patrick Walker’s interpretation of King George and Nik Walker as Burr.

The set was SO COOL, the choreography was brilliant. One thing that kind of stood out to me too, which is sticking with me, was the way they handled the bows. If you’ve seen shows before, you probably are familiar with the standard curtain call process.  Actors come up on the stage, bow, and then step aside for the next actor to come forward, building up until you finally have the leads bowing at the end.  Then, as a line, they bow together.

Well, that didn’t happen with Hamilton. Instead they all end the closing song standing together in a line and all bow together.  For some reason this really struck me – I hope it was an intentional decision!

What has this week brought for you? What does the weekend hold?