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#WeekendCoffeeShare: Well, we had rain….

Join us for some coffee time!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?

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So… that storm I was talking about last week?

You know, the one that made me decide to do my regular Saturday grocery shopping trip through a delivery service?

You know, the one that caused such a rush on the stores that said delivery was canceled due to lack of staffing?

You know, the one that meant I ended up fighting my way to find a grocery cart, and spending about 10 minutes finding the things I needed, and then about 25 minutes waiting in line to pay for said items?

Yeah, that one… it didn’t get cold enough so we ended up with just a bunch of rain. And, really, not even all that much rain until the early part of this week — the weekend was just kind damp.

Needless to say, I was thoroughly disappointed. I really love snow, and would have been able to put a snow day to good use. Trying to fit pretty much everything I want to do, outside of work, into my two-day weekends means I don’t quite have enough time to get it all done.

What I did accomplish last weekend, during the non-storm, was some final organizing in my room. I’m pretty pleased with how it’s set up, and what I managed to get done. Now there is space for me to do some different projects (and even space to leave some of the pieces of projects out when I need to). Now I’m trying to make my way through the crochet project I’m behind on, and thinking about trying to start the next one. I’m doing two “mystery crotchets,” where we are given a few pieces of the pattern at a time. One of them is for the Rose City Yarn Crawl, happening the second weekend in March – so that one I need to catch up on because I REALLY want to be able to wear the completed piece during the crawl. The other one doesn’t have the same kind of deadline, but I do want to get moving on it so I can have it at least started before the second clue comes out.

I’ve been so completely out of ideas for stories, and it’s been a challenge to stir up the motivation to get started on any writing projects, so I’m letting that simmer for a while more. At this point what I’m trying to do is let go of any expectations I may be holding of myself around writing. It isn’t serving me at this moment, and I can’t keep getting caught in the I-should-guilt cycle.

I was originally going to be going to the beach this weekend, but I’m looking at rescheduling that because I think I need to have a weekend to myself. Other than two appointments Saturday morning (one of which is a massage), I’m planning to hunker down at home and do some baking, some meal-prep/planning, and some reflection and relaxation. It’s much needed right now.

What plans do you have for the weekend?

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#WeekendCoffeeShare : Looks like snow!

Join us for some coffee time!

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 8th at 7am (Pacific Time) until Monday February 11th at 7am (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!

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They’re calling for a big storm this weekend, so I’m not sure what the weekend will look like. I’m supposed to get together with a friend tonight for dinner and a game night, but if the storm comes in early then I won’t be able to go to that. I packed an overnight bag just in-case I end up stuck there for a while.

If some of the forecasts are correct we could end up with snow all week, with a little ice thrown in. Since it’s only been a few years that we have only been getting real winter weather with any regularity we just aren’t equipped for this kind of weather. There are not enough plows, the pre-treatment for the roads is hit and miss, and people just don’t know how to drive (or walk) in the snow and ice. So no matter how much snow we get it causes issues.

Hopefully I’ll have some lovely snow pictures, assuming I do get snowed in at my house I plan to so a lot of reading, more crocheting (I’m behind on a few projects), some more organizing and cleaning, and hopefully some writing. I have a bunch of half-finished reflection pieces and blog posts that I’d like to actually do something with, book reviews I want to write, and some stories that really do need some attention. Probably a bunch of sleeping will also happen because, well, it’s me.

What does your weekend hold? Have you been dealing with extreme weather where you live?

#WeekendCoffeeShare: Boxing in the Monster

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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Sorry about missing you all last weekend… Wednesday of last week I started to have a dry scratchy throat, and Thursday, Friday, and Saturday all ended up being completely devoted to sleeping. With the briefest of breaks on Saturday to wrangle Midnight Monster into his crate for his annual checkup. He’s doing well, though I have to figure out a way to get him to run around even more, and I emerged with a minimum of injuries. He DESPISES being put into any sort of box (in a very non-cat-like manner he refuses to even sit in completely empty, open-topped, cardboard boxes), so we have to plan and prep for the trauma of getting him into a crate for his vet visits. Once he’s there he’s the sweetest loaf of a cat, just sits there being his handsome self (something he rarely does at home, though, to be fair, I also didn’t try to attack his belly like I do when we’re at home). When they take him out of the room for his blood-work and shots he always comes back all cuddled up to the tech.

Sunday I was actually able to keep my eyes open for most of the day, spent some time in the morning visiting with my besty, got some groceries, and did my weekly game session that night (online).

The week has been interesting, because I’m definitely still recovering from this ick. So I had moments of feeling a lot better, but moments of feeling pretty worn down. A mini roller coaster of health, and I was just hanging on for the ride. I’m hoping that I will be able to get a little bit of rest in this weekend, but there are a handful of things I’ve got going so I’ll be working around those.

The biggest one is that Friday Night my high school is opening up for alumni to come wander around and visit. They’re going to be tearing down the building and building a new one in its place. The new school will be spectacular, and really this is a long-overdue move, but the building that is there now holds a special place for many of us alumni. I graduated from there in 1999, during a time of transition for the school. My senior year was marred by the beginning stretches of growing pains, but I still love the school that had been, and admire all I see from the school that is there now. It was a small arts school, and some of the friends I made there remain among my closest. It will be fun to see people again, to wander those halls and get some pictures of the mark that was left by my generation of students.

What do you have planned for the weekend?

The Monster-Loaf.
By the time we got home he forgave me, thankfully.

#WeekendCoffeeShare – sorry, sleeping.

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 January 25th at 7am (Pacific Time) until Monday January 28th at 7am (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!

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Welcome to the weekend! Last weekend was spectacular, as predicted, and I managed to stay fairly awake through it all! Well, until Monday. Monday was the day I slept. ALL DAY.
… And now I’m sick and didn’t get a chance to finish writing this post so… tell me about your weekend plans.

#WeekendCoffeeShare : Birthday Weekend shenanigans!

Join us for some coffee time!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?

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Thanks for joining me this weekend! I’m doing all of my birthday celebrations this weekend, so it’s going to be a busy one! I’ve got a couple of different outings with friends planned -hopefully in such a way that I’ll get some quality time with them all. One of the things I sometimes struggle with is that when you have a larger group of people together – even if it’s a group of friends I’ve known forever – I tend to go quieter and not really get the chance to visit with any of them. I listen to some spectacular conversations, certainly, but feel more like an observer than a participant a lot of the time. So this year I’m managing to keep the groups small, and many of them one-on-ones, which means a lot more outings, but more quality time! I’m looking forward to it, and I’m also looking forward to Monday, when I get to spend as much of the day sleeping as I’d like.

Between the meals with friends, art-and-wine-auction, escape room, and concert I’m hoping to also find a little time to continue making progress in my room. Christmas decorations have come down, but there’s a lot of sorting that still needs to be completed. I want to dig through my closet and get rid of a bunch of things, and also want to sort through my books. I’m not planning to get rid of many of those (been seeing a lot about the Marie Kondo method, and have some reflections to share about the books bit of it at some point – perhaps I’ll get some writing on that done at one of the coffee shop stops this weekend), but I want to finish cataloging what I have in LibraryThing and would love to figure out a way to actually have ALL my books in the main part of my room (rather than having some of them tucked away on a shelf in the closet). Getting them set up, though, might require some different shelving, which I can’t quite do at the moment. Really, I am dealing with too much furniture and too many things in too small a space. But I don’t really want to part with any of the furniture (I actually use it all), so… have to do some thinking/reconfiguring.

As always, I have more plans for the weekend than I have time!

What are you up to this weekend? Any plans?

#WeekendCoffeeShare : Weekend of Game

Join us for some coffee time!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 January 11th at 7am (Pacific Time) until Monday January 14th at 7am (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!

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This past week seemed like it lasted FOREVER. I think it may be because I didn’t get my “normal” day of rest last weekend – often I need to take one full day each weekend to just sleep, the joys of chronic illness – so I’ve been extra tired, which makes time seem to move strangely.

I’m hoping to get a little more rest this weekend, though I have some things going on so it isn’t going to be a full day of just sleep, sadly. I am looking forward to what I’ve got scheduled, however – a friend is having a bit of a celebration-day at her house, drinks, food, visiting, and then a D&D game session to top off the night. It should be a good time (though I do still need to create my character… I could play a pre-made one, but I like creating my own so have to get on that!) That’s where the most of my Saturday is going to be spent.

Sunday I’ll sleep in, maybe Skype a bit with my bestie, and then have my standing game group that afternoon. Monday it’s back to work… but next week is my birthday week, so I’m looking forward to that.

I’ve been doing a lot of reading so far this year – or, rather, a lot of listening. Audiobooks seem to be the thing that works for me right now, so I’ve been cruising through a bunch of them. Thanks to a friend of mine, I’ve fallen in love with the works of Katherine Marsh. First I zoomed through “Nowhere Boy,” then “The Door By The Staircase.” I need to see about another of her books, because I really love her style.

What should I read next?  Not, of course, that I have any lack of books to read – my To-Be-Read pile is a monster that keeps growing – but I’m always interested to hear what others suggest!

#WeekendCoffeeShare : New Year… same me…

Join us for some coffee time!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?

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Welcome to 2019 everyone! How was your New Year’s Eve/New Year’s Day?

Stepping into the new year is always an interesting thing. In so many ways it’s just another day, an arbitrary division of our time. I think the reason it doesn’t hold a huge amount of power for me is because I have so many other times that feel like a “start of a new year.” Much of my life has been connected to the academic calendar – so fall, and the start of the new school year, feels like a new beginning. Now my work also involved paying some attention to a fiscal year that changes over July 1st – yet another new beginning (with fresh stat sheets and all that. Also, because I work within a term system, I get a fresh start every winter and spring in addition to the summer/fall – when we pass finals week and move into a new term after a break. Personally I always think of my birthday as another “fresh start” kind of day — and since my birthday is in January (the 16th, to be precise) it’s awfully close to New Year.

With so many Fresh Start opportunities it seems like I should be better at giving myself the room to breath and create plans for changes I want to see. But I am pretty abysmal at it – I do plenty of thinking about thinking about things… but when it comes to actually putting aside everything else and sitting down to sort out what I want to do, the things I want to change, I fall apart. I think it’s that same piece of me that was always bad at keeping a journal. I wanted to keep a journal when I was a kid, but never really succeeded with any consistency. I know that writing things down does help me sort my thoughts and helps me figure things out – occasionally the pen does meet the page to transform thoughts into deeper understanding and ideas, but it can take quite a while for me to get there.

I’m pretty sure I’m rambling at this point, so I’ll spare you more of that. I hope you’re having a good time this week, and had a great New Year’s Eve!