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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.

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 🙂


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?


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?



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: Waiting

UPDATE: Saturday Night, 8pm…. Midnight got caught in the trap I set for him and is now home and safe!  So, my imagined coffee share later in this post can be real 🙂
Honestly I don’t even know how to write my coffee share post this morning. I like framing it like we’re sitting down and chatting, but my hope is that the situation is different soon than it is right now. As I write this it’s about 4 am Saturday morning and I am sitting on the ground of my front porch. Waiting and hoping. And it is not the first early morning watch I’ve kept this week..

 But, let me tell you the coffee time I’d like having.

I’d like to say:

If we were having coffee I’d have a Midnight Monster Cat curled up on my legs. He had an adventure this week, but finally decided to come home this morning and now is safe and sound. Last Sunday we tried to go out in a new harness for some fresh air – but he did crazy cat acrobatics, slipped his harness and darted.

I spend the week searching and waiting and hoping. It was a rough week, I kept hoping he’d just come home and he kept not appearing.

I walked the neighborhood a few times,.I searched in yards and distributed flyers. I put his litter box and bed outside as I could (in breaks.from the rain) and I waited.and I worried.

And friends lent support, helped me search, said prayers, gave advice and shared stories of their own pet returns.

It’s been a rough week, and I haven’t slept much.

But Thursday there were two sightings. Both in, or right next to, my yard. Friday morning I put out food for him and it was eaten something between 4:30 and 5:30 am.

So Saturday morning I went out and waited. Quietly sitting and listening and watching.

And now, as we sit together for coffee I hope I am able to say that he has come home.

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 – February 4 2017

We had another ice day this week – Friday turned out not at all like I had planned.  For a while the weather had been predicting that we would have ice on Friday, but then it started to look like things would warm up and we wouldn’t see too much. However, I woke up Friday morning to find ice hanging from the leaves outside my window.  Work was delayed for a few hours and I spent that time resting and getting a few things taken care of (bills…yay…). and headed out to work about two hours before I had to be there. Since I commute by bus and train, and I had no idea if those would be running on time or what my connections would look like I wanted to give myself some extra time – plus my commute normally takes an hour to an hour-and-a-half.  I ended up waiting for the first bus for about 20 minutes.  In the cold rain.

In retrospect I probably should have looked at the schedule for when the bus was supposed to pass by and then at least use that as a guide for when I went to catch the bus.  However, I’m kind of glad I didn’t – because I would have likely made the decision to catch the earlier one which would have put me even further away when the next part of the day happened.

I had on the bus for about two minutes – less than a mile down the road – when I got a text message that work was going to be closed for the rest of the day. So I got off at the next stop, hit the store, and then went to wait for the next bus that would take me back home.

So… I’d already been out, I’d had coffee, and breakfast, and an early lunch. I’d been walking, and moving about and should have probably found the energy to sit down and do some work.  Writing, Jamberry work, blogging, editing, SOMETHING.

And I tried. I really did. I wrote the rewrites of two whole sentences. I created a word document for a project I’m hoping to start on.  I recorded a little video (five minutes, which I’ll probably have to re-do because I’ve changed a few things) for a Jamberry “Party In A Box” that I’m sending out on Monday. It took me about an hour to get all that done because I kept distracting myself with other things. So I decided to call it a wash. I wasn’t going to get any work done on those projects originally, anyhow, today because I would have been at work so….

I spent the rest of the day curled up in bed, with Midnight Monster sleeping on me, as I binge-watched Netflix. It was awesome.

A surprise evening trip to Ikea with a friend resulted in finally getting an actual desk chair for myself (been meaning to get one – my entire body will thank me for better posture here) and a stop by 7-11 to get Slushies (because, random cravings are fun!  I think we all need at least one friend in our lives who will hear you say “You know, I kinda want a Slushie” and will help you procure one).

The weekend is looking pretty busy for me.  Saturday at least.  Today I get to take Midnight Monster to his annual vet-check-up. It’s been about a year, and I’m hoping that he’ll behave himself as far as letting me get him in (and out) of his crate.  Last year it was a bit of an ordeal.  Then Saturday night I’m attending an auction fundraiser that got rescheduled from mid-January due to weather.  Looking forward to it – it should be a fun time!!

Sunday is going to be spent writing and working – I hope I’ll have gathered up enough of my energy to make some real progress by then.

What have you been up to this week?  Any fun or interesting weekend plans?