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If We Were Having Coffee (7)

Today I’m fitting coffee in, just barely.  Long and crazy week feeding into short and busy weekend….

Honestly, I hardly remember the start of the week anymore.  I know that it was kind of rough, that I’ve been tired, and a lot of little annoyances have happened at work (mostly dealing with people asking questions that they would know the answers to if they stopped being lazy and actually looked at the information they were provided).  Yeah.. challenging.  Every day I’ve wished was Friday.

I had a friend over Monday night which was fun, we had a good visit and some much needed laughter.

I haven’t been making much progress on my writing… I’ve been exhausted when I get home and it’s been challenging to focus.  I had some real solid goals set for this weekend but… the weekend is looking like it isn’t going to have a whole lot of time in it.

But this was Banned Book Week — and that was kind of cool.  The first event of “The Season,” I did my best to promote what posts I could, to read and respond where I could, and have compiled a Pinterest Board with a bunch of the posts.  I’m starting to get a feel for how this whole “Season” thing will work and am rather pleased with it (and still looking for other events to put on the schedule!  Do you have any ideas?)

What’s on the docket this weekend?  Well, this morning was getting up and out of the house earlier than normal (6:38 bus instead of 6:50) so that I could proctor for the GRE subject tests… fun times let me tell you.  Though, I do prefer being on the proctoring side than the taking side of these.  It’s just a few hours of sitting in a room watching people take tests….

Soon I’ll be off to my Mom’s to clear some space in the room that holds some of my stuff (and on occasion me) for storage purposes.  I haven’t seen them in a while, so it’ll be nice to catch up with Mom, my Grandma and one of my brothers — even if it is a brief visit.  Because my plan is to be back home again before bedtime, so that I can hopefully get one good-nights-sleep in this weekend.  Sunday morning will be writing time… Since next week marks the week where I run out of my buffer both here and on Disparate Threads.  Then I have my regular Game Group Sunday night.

Next week is the start of the year, student’s return to campus… so it’s sure to be a busy time.   Next weekend, though — I promise you, next weekend I can linger longer, because I plan to schedule ABSOLUTELY NOTHING next weekend.  It will be much needed.

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If We Were Having Coffee (6)

Coffee time.  I’m a bit bedraggled this morning, don’t mind the blurry eyes and yawning.  Last night I made some frustrating discoveries, but nothing can be done about them until Monday.  Monday lunch-break on the phone trying to iron things out is not what I want to do, and though I can’t do anything about it until Monday, I wasn’t able to sleep well last night.  Well, once I got to sleep… decided to push through some editing first, and got to remember how much I love one of the upcoming characters in Disparate Threads.  I know parents aren’t supposed to have favorite children, but are authors allowed to have favorite characters… because I certainly do.

It wasn’t really a bad week, other than a few “eyebrow-raised” moments at some people who passed through the office.  The school year is starting up soon, so we are seeing a lot of lost people looking for admissions or advising.  How they find their way to our office when the people who are supposed to be there can’t seem to ever discover where we are is beyond me.

Outside of work, I decided to host a social “Season” on the blogs — you should take a look at it and host an event!  The more people who participate, the more fun it will be!

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If We Were Having Coffee (5)

Have I mentioned how much I enjoy this feature?
Hmm..it’s supposed to be a beautiful day here today, so let’s grab our coffee outside.  Enjoy the sun before it gets too hot today, and before it starts spending its days tucked behind the clouds.

I’m actually looking forward to a somewhat laid-back week and weekend coming up.  Today I feel kind of like I’ve been running a marathon, it seems like there’s just been so much happening.

This week I spent much of my time wrangling HTML, fonts, and wording.  At work I’m working on a manual about my job, and also helping revamp our webpage so… lots of word-crafting, and playing with HTML to get pages how I want them.  On top of that, I’ve been coming home and finding myself wrangling more layout and HTML over on Disparate Threads – I have a vision for how I want things to work, and realized that I have enough content now that I can start creating the bones for that vision… and hopefully Continue reading If We Were Having Coffee (5)

If We Were Having Coffee… #4

Come on in, today I don’t have the energy for a coffee shop.  I didn’t get shopping so …  I know there’s some sugar and maybe some milk if you want it.  But, coffee, there is most certainly coffee.  Me, though, I suppose I should probably refrain.  Friday I ended up having so much coffee that I probably should detox if I want any hope of it helping me on Monday morning.

How has your week and weekend been?  What have I been up to?  Well….

It was a strange week for me — Monday was a holiday, and then Friday I had to go in for Jury Duty so, it was kind of a three-day week for me.  Yet, I managed to do some web-redesigning, manual-writing, and training in some new parts of the job — a short but highly productive week!

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Claw machine!

Thursday night I met up with a friend I always have a good time with.  We planned on dinner and drinks, and — after a long visit over dinner and drinks — we decided to try the claw-machine in the entry of the restaurant.  It was so much fun — a lot of fun… and we decided we wanted more.  So I consulted with my local video-arcade expert (okay, really he’s the go-to for pinball machine locations, but I figured that would be a good start — and is it strange to  be able to respond to “I wonder if there is somewhere we could play more games like that at this hour” with “I’ve got a guy for that, let me make a call.”)

We ended up somewhere that we could play nickel games and claw machines for a  trying to get tickets and prizes… and stayed there for a while burning our way through the time with laughter and fun.  At some moments I’m pretty sure I reverted to a five-year-old (I know I did when I was picking my prizes!)  It was spectacular.

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Editing on the netbook screen was a challenge… three windows, tiny-print…but I made it work!

Friday morning I ended up getting excused from Jury Duty pretty early on, so put the rest of that day writing… well, editing, honestly.  I also exploring the downtown of the town I grew up in, an area I had really not spent much time in.  However, I kept going back to the coffee shop.. and having more coffee…. so… much… coffee…  But, Callie has been wrangled!  I am quite nearly done editing her sections and then I can let her take a break for a while while I move on to the others, so it may have been worth the coffee overload!

An amazing rainbow in a fountain -- I loved spotting this treasure!
An amazing rainbow in a fountain — I loved spotting this treasure!

I topped off the evening with a lovely visit with Mom and Grandma, enjoying talking with them both till way later than any of us probably should have been awake.

Saturday… oh Saturday.  Saturday was the reason I didn’t head back to where I’ve been staying, because on Saturday I was needed for some work at my Mom’s.  Up early, with a friend coming over to help unload a POD of stuff.   According to the pedometer on my phone I did over 3500 steps between 8 and noon, as the heat climbed to 90. (I ended the day with 5,495, pretty good for me.. but man are my feet going to hate me in the morning).

Unloading was kind of crazy, playing box-and-furniture-Tetris to get things into their other temporary storage locations.  But it was really nice to 1) be able to sustain the energy to help (and to have a friend, and my brother, who took on some of the lifting and moving when I needed to take it a little slower and deal with the box-jenga details.) and 2) to be so productive!  What a way to kick-start my day.

Kind of wanted to take a nap after that, but I had a scheduled afternoon theology-book group to go to (we’re slowly starting into Bonhoeffer’s  The Cost of Discipleshipthis was our first meeting).  It ended up easing into a 6-hour catch-up and theology and general life conversation with a friend I have known since we were very little but haven’t gotten to hang out with a whole lot since we were probably in Elementary school.

It was a weekend were I was being reminded of why I love theology and theological discussion — and of some of the  challenges I face in doing such.  Sometimes there aren’t words to quite explain what I want to say (a truly frustrating problem when “words” are your craft), and often times words have so many meanings that you have to dig beyond the words to understand what you are all actually speaking about.  It’s a challenge… and I love it.

If We Were Having Coffee…#3

Today let’s meet at one of my favorite coffee shops, I have a few and I don’t make it to any of them as often as I’d like.  I’ll settle back with my fru-fru latte… because it feels like a flavored latte kind of day.

How’s your week been?  Any fun plans for this holiday weekend (if it is a holiday weekend for you)?  I am just going to write, and chat online with some friends… it will be awesome.

It’s been a strange week, ups and downs.  Some of it is not worth going into, passing frustrations and the like.  But it started out fun, and ended with many reminders of the really amazing friends I have — some of whom are going through some tough times.  Prayers, or good thoughts, or whatever your own method of sending positive energy into the world and to people in need, would be most welcome.

So, the week started out with one of those moments that I imagine, someday, I might be able to wrangle into a plot premise.  Seriously, if you look over my life I have all these snippets that could serve as great fodder for chick-lit, or rom-com… Continue reading If We Were Having Coffee…#3

If We Were Having Coffee… #2

Hey, good to see you!  I’m just going to sit here and sip my coffee for a while… it’s one of those days, you know?

This weekend a lot of us are having coffee together, hosted by Gene’O.  It’s been lovely to read everyone else’s check-in, now to share a bit of my own.

If we were having coffee I’d probably be tempted to let you do most of the talking today.  For some reason I’m having trouble kick-starting my brain this morning.  I would share that I had one of those late-night-reading-nights last night, finishing up Shannon A Thompson‘s, Take me Tomorrow.  It was really good (hence, not being able to go to sleep until I finished it), and — if that was the kind of book you enjoy — I’d highly recommend it.

It’s been a long week, I’d say, though not with any real challenges — just another week where I’ve had trouble getting going on the things I need to be going on.  This afternoon I plan to do a lot of editing, and a bunch of writing.  And cleaning, oh the cleaning to be done….

I’d probably let you know that I’m missing my Maine home.  I do love it here in Oregon, but there were things about living where I did in Maine that I miss so much, and that’s been hitting me a bit hard lately.  I’m trying not to dwell on it, but, some days Continue reading If We Were Having Coffee… #2