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Weekend Coffee Share – Out and About Again

If we were having coffee I’d tell you that I had fully intended to write this post on Friday. I’d taken the day off from work, you see, to have a day to take care of some odds and ends. One of those things was to finally get myself some spinach tortillini in alfredo sauce from Spaghetti Factory. I have been craving that stuff for a few years (along with their bread…yummmm), and practically dreaming of it in the last 6 months or so. However, being Gluten-Sensitive, Tortellini and bread are not generally on my eating list. I had to make sure that I was having it on a day when I could afford to be pretty well useless for the rest of the day if I needed (wheat gives me a ridiculous brain fog). Well, Friday was the day – it just fell into place that it was a possibility for me to enjoy some Spaghetti Factory for lunch. It was just as awesome as I remembered, delicious and amazing. So worth it. Then we got out to the car. And it wouldn’t start. Thank goodness my mom (who had been my lunch date) has AAA! They got us started, but we’ve got some battery corrosion to attend to. I finished off the evening with meeting up wiht a friend and her family for some Frozen Hot Chocolate to celebrate the end of the first week of school for the girls. So much fun, but MAN was I tired by the time I got home. Today I woke up early (well, the normal time for me to wake up to go to work – which is not my normal wake up time on the weekends) and hopped in the car with some other ladies to drive up past Seattle for a Jamberry meeting. There are some big changes happening in the company, and it was nice to get a little more information on some of that – and it’s always nice to get to sit with other consultants and spend some time talking the business! Now, as I write this, I am actually babysitting my 3 month old niece so my sister and brother-in-law can have some grown-up time. They put her to sleep before they left but, as kids do, she woke up shortly after they left. But, let me tell you, that girl was TIRED. I think perhaps she had decided that Auntie Al needed to get more cardio in her day …. Well, as is the way with infants – the little one decided to wake up as I was writing, so I spent the rest of the time keeping her entertained 🙂 Now on my way home, enjoying a lovely train ride along the Sound – Ieven managed to get a seat with a table — never had one of these before, it’s awesome! Such beautiful scenery so, yes – lets pretend that we are sitting together at this table, enjoying the scenery together! How has your weekend been?

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Weekend Coffee Share: Long Weekend

If we were having coffee I’d be pretty tired. I’m trying a new medication, and have been fighting a cold all week (started out with a killer sinus headache last Sunday), and am just kind of ready to sleep. And I plan to do a fair amount of that this long weekend, well, sleep and visit with family and friends. And some grocery shopping and such. Because, well, life.

I’d tell you that I’ve been having fun playing with Midnight Monster – he’s been extra cuddly this week (I think he knows I need it) and that’s been really sweet. He also likes the re-arranging I did in our living space last weekend (before the headache hit), gives him far more space to romp around in!

We’ve also had a stray-cat visitor for a while now. They hang out near the window, and taunt Midnight Monster from the fence. He’s fun to observe, and a total bad ass.

And once again I didn’t finish writing this before the weekend started, so now I’m going to post it have finished so at least I get some coffee share with you all! What have you been up to this weekend?

Weekend Coffee Share: Relaxation, some…

Glad you could join me for coffee again!  This weekend I’m back home, enjoying some relaxation time — and a little cleaning and Jamberry work, of course.  My goal is to also get a little writing time in as well, though part of my challenge is figuring out what I want to write.  I haven’t exactly had a lot of inspiration lately — unless I start venturing into the realm of non-fiction. It might happen….

Last weekend was awesome. I am completely in love with my niece – she is adorable and sweet. 2 months old and she’s just starting to engage with the world around her. It was a lot of fun to get to “play” with her, coo over her a bit, and help rock her to sleep.  It was also wonderful to get to catch up with my sister — the two of us haven’t had the chance to really visit and hang out together in a long time.

I’m starting to get excited about next weekend now, I have next Monday off so that I can see the solar eclipse.  While where I live is only going to be a partial eclipse (like, 90%+) I am actually going down to stay with a friend in the path of totality. I’ve been working on this plan for over a year – and am excited that I’ll get to see this pretty awesome event and get to spend some quality time with my friend and her family. We’re just hoping that the Oregon weather cooperates to give us a clear-enough sky to really appreciate it!  Also hoping that the drive down (the day before the eclipse) and the drive home (the same day as the eclipse) go smoothly. There is so much that could go wrong with so many people flooding that area….

I started writing this Friday morning, and now it’s Saturday and I’ve been doing a lot of napping, and also a lot of looking at the news coming out of Charlottesville.  The news is disheartening, frightening, and another one of those cold shocks of reality – and I’m finding it hard to write about much else at the moment. It’s also causing me to reflect some on the ways in which my illness (which is still being figured out and treatments are still being worked on) is limiting the level of involvement that I am able to have in taking any sort of action and being any sort of a voice against this.  It’s a lot to process, and I’m tossing it around in my mind – but don’t really want to ramble my way through it at you right now so that’s all I’m going to say for now.

I hope that you are having a good weekend, staying safe and getting some relaxation in. Take care of yourself out there.

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Weekend Coffee Share: Mini-Vacation Family Time!

Coffee this week will be in a new setting. I’m going up to the Seattle area for the weekend, meeting my almost-2-month-old niece!! I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am to be heading up there, getting to spend some quality time with the little family.

That’s really ALL I have on my schedule for the weekend. The goal has been to treat this as a vacation. I’m stopping in Seattle proper to have lunch with my cousin (and meet her little one, who is about a year old now) before continuing on to my sisters place. Then the weekend with my sister, brother-in-law and niece where I will have nothing to do but lend a hand as needed, hang out, and visit.

It’s going to be fabulous.

While it’s the end of the summer for many people, to me it feels like the begining of my vacation time. At my work things don’t pick up until October, and August and September tend to be our slowest months, so it’s a good time for vacations and days off. I’ve got this trip this weekend, a day off for the eclipse in a few weeks, and then a few days in September – just because.

There are a few more things I wanted to get taken care of before I get officially started on my vacation (taking a Bolt Bus up to Seattle so have the trip to get things done) so I’m going to start moving on those — but wanted to just say hi!

I’ll be sharing pictures from my trip on Instagram, otherwise, I’ll see you guys back here next weekend. Still trying to think of what other posts I might want to do this month, but I’m at least going to be doing my Coffee Shares!

Hope you all have a good weekend!!

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Weekend Coffee Share: In which I attempt to return… again…

I can’t tell you how many half-finished Weekend Coffee Share posts I have sitting around. Seriously, it’s been too long. I feel like I need to give this blog a good summer-cleaning. There are is no way I don’t have cobwebs gathering around the corners.

So, let’s try this. Let’s start up again nice and slow, with a casual coffee chat. Now hosted, once again, by Part Time Monster (after a lovely interlude at Nerd In the Brain‘s). Since it’s so nice here, let’s settle on the front patio – the garden that my brother spends a lot of time playing in is blooming quite nicely.

Before I launch into my saga, I’d love to hear what you’re up to. How have things been going for you over these past… months? Has it been months? Are you having a good summer? Any exciting plans for the time that remains of it?

I’m really looking forward to next weekend – I’ll be going to visit my niece for the first time! She’s about 7 weeks old now, and just adorable. I can’t wait to get to hang out with her and my sister and brother-in-law for the weekend! There are some other fun things happening with the remainder of the summer, but I’ll tell you all about those as they get closer.

So, where have I been? Right here, for the most part. I did spend some time in Salt Lake City for a Jamberry conference (which was pretty fun). But otherwise I’ve just been here. Going to work, coming home, trying to stay awake long enough to do a little Jamberry work. Come the weekends it varies just a little, more Jamberry work, a bit of socializing, more sleeping. Repeat.

My health has been all over the place, and it’s been taking a fair amount of my energy. Some of it has just been that whatever is going on with me takes my energy. I’m tired ALL the time. And some of it is that I am trying new medications, going to visit doctors, and things like that, which also take what energy I do have. I’m excited that we may be making progress on figuring out what’s going on with me, but in the meantime it’s kind of exhausting.

I am hoping to get back into the swing of things though. I miss writing, and need to push myself to get more of it done. I’ve been thinking about it, had snippets of little project idea’s here and there, but I haven’t made any of them happen yet. Some of it, I know, is that I’ve been so tired and busy elsewhere that writing has taken a back-seat to all else. I need to change that. Even fifteen minutes here and there would make a difference. I may even start carrying a notebook again – see if doing some handwritten stuff helps get things going again. I’ll have more about all of that later this week, because I fully intend to get back on the Insecure Writer’s Support Group train again. It’s been far too many months since I participated in that.

While I’m easing myself back in that’s going to be enough. I’m going to try to do SOMETHING for the Coffee Share, and IWSG posts again. And then, hopefully, that will help lead me to more. I’ve done a little reading, and there are certainly posts I want to write about that. I had grand plans for Banned Book Week in September, and would love to keep up with that event.

Enough out of me for now – I’ve got a baby blanket I need to finish crocheting! Hope you have a great weekend.

Weekend Coffee Share: In which I return…

At least for a time! We’ll see if I manage to keep up the modest writing goals I’m setting for myself this week.

Hi!  

Join me for some coffee.  It’s been a while, I’ve just been having a hard time keeping up with everything on my plate.

I’ll be honest, in large part it’s been because of my own energy. I have some health issues going on that have been draining. Trying to figure out what’s been up with my health has meant trying out some new medications to see what my bodies response is to it. It’s been nice to have doctors willing to be working with me to figure it out, since symptoms have been increasing over the last year I really feel like figuring out what’s going on is hitting a really important point.

Part of that has also been being kinder to myself. Reminding myself that I have the energy I have, and it’s okay to decide that certain things are more important to spend my energy on than others. It’s been hard, because some of those things that I have decided it’s not worth my energy right now are things I really want to do. Like working on my novel. 

It just takes a lot of energy and focus to write. Particularly at the stage I’m in now with it, where I have to do a bit more background work and figure out some particular details to make the rewrites worthwhile. The focus and attention that kind of work needs is exhausting. Don’t get me wrong, I love to do it – I have these moments know where I feel actual longing for those nights and weekends I used to have where I would completely lose myself in the inner-workings of a story. Emerging from my computer only for the occasional meal, or more coffee or wine. It’s this feeling like no other when you are so embedded in a story that it begins to take over your dreams, and you find yourself playing scenes in your head during the day.

But I haven’t had the energy to even get started on it. I have had to decide how much I’m willing to wear myself down – and what it takes for writing keeps landing just on the other edge of the line of reasonable. 

I’ve had moments of more energy, started to have some dreams and visions of what I could do with this blog if I were able to dedicate my focus on it more. I’ve had ideas and insights (here and there) about the novel, and would like to get back to it. My hope is that by the end of the summer I’ll have gotten myself to a place where all of that is possible.

I’m likely rambling (more than a bit) here. How about something more solid?  This weekend is kind of exciting, it’s punctuated by a retirement party for my mom. After 20+ years working as a Director of Religious Education she’s moving into retirement and the church is throwing a party for her. It’ll be fun to be there with her for her day – I grew up in that church, and have been back on and off through adulthood, so I anticipate a number of familiar faces and perhaps some from the past.

 What are you up to this weekend?  Any plans?

This week marks another one of those busy weeks for me at work, though the “busy” weeks have been considerably less stressful than they used to be. And the week after that… well, I’ll tell you all about that NEXT weekend 🙂

Weekend Coffee Share: Sushi, Sunshine, Relaxing Time!

This weekend I’d invite you to enjoy some iced beverages with me. It may not still be warm enough for such things, but I’m all for pretending it is after the 80+ degree weather we had earlier this week! I’ll admit, that’s a bit on the warm side for me – especially since it was also humid, ugh. I much prefer a little cooler weather. T-shirt weather, where you can still move around and do stuff without feeling like you’re about to melt.

The sudden warmth also meant some pretty cool storm systems.

My weekend was completely empty two days ago – there was absolutely nothing planned. Which was lovely in theory, but I knew that getting out and actually interacting with people would also be a good thing for me to do. Plus, one of my best friends and her family just moved into a new house, which I totally want to see! So I’ll be heading over there sometime on Saturday to help with some unpacking and to get in some good kid-play time — which I’m very excited about. There’s nothing quite as awesome as playing with kids, and these two gals are awesome, hopefully they’ll be as excited about showing me around their new house as I am about seeing it!


The rest of the weekend will be spent in glorious rest. Well, rest, and cleaning, and doing some necessary work. There is, as always, cleaning to be done. And meal prep. And Jamberry work. And laundry… always laundry.


This week I had some fun – a good friend from college (really, the closest I have to a college-roommate that I’m still friends with… we shared a wall our senior year) stopped by for a little on her way between destinations. It was fun to hang out with her for a bit (we had a brief visit at the end of last too, as she was between destinations then too).  The sad thing is that this was probably the last “between destinations” that she’ll have here for a while, so it may be some time before we get to hang out again.


But we had a grand old time together on Tuesday! We went out to a sushi place for dinner, to try out another conveyor-belt sushi location. It was very nice to discover they had an UNDER $20 all-you-can-eat deal. Seeing as how I never get out of sushi-places for under $20 it was a no-brainer and we ate ALL the sushi. It was deliciously awesome.

All You Can Eat led to a willingness to try new things!


This was followed up by a trip to Powell’s for meandering, book browsing and lots of visiting – and I managed to get out of there without buying a book! It may have been a first for me, honestly.


Overall it was a pretty good week. The coming week doesn’t have anything terribly exciting in it either – but I’m kind of looking forward to it. Hoping to get some reading going, and to do some more writing. For the first time in a long time I have a fiction-project dancing around in the back of my mind, and there is still the novel-draft that has been waiting for my editing/re-writing rounds.


How have you been? What have you been up to?

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!