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#WeekendCoffeeShare: Quick Updates

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Hey everyone –
I’m just not feeling much like writing today. Again. I’m just in a bit of a slump, and working my way through it. So,going to try bullet point updates today:

-My healing is coming along. Energy is still low, but the foot is healing up and I’ve been able to manage a few hours in regular shoes a few days this week. I don’t quite have my normal range of motion yet, but there’s minimal pain and most of what’s getting in my way is the swelling.

-I’m going to see the National Touring Company of Les Miserables on Friday night. I love the musical, and I adore the story, so am looking forward to seeing this production of it. I’ve seen two other stagings, both smaller theater companies, and can’t wait to see what the National Tour looks like!

-Saturday I get to go to a wedding of one of my good friends, which I’m really looking forward to. It’s going to be a lot of fun, one of those weddings that is somewhat low-key and really feels like a community coming together to celebrate the union of two families.

-I am completely overwhelmed and frustrated by what’s happening in my country. It’s been very challenging to find what to do, what to say, and how to continue to fight against the horrible things happening here. I’ve been wanting to write a post, but every time I sit down to do so I find myself at a complete loss of words. Meaning I have a document with links to articles, ideas, commentary, but no words of my own. It’s one more thing in the ceaseless onslaught. The resistance fatigue is real.

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#WeekendCoffeeShare: Not really up to being social.

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 June 15th at 7am (Pacific Time) until Monday June 18th at 7pm (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!

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If we were having coffee I’d tell you that I actually don’t feel much up for coffee today. Or anything.

I don’t mean to be antisocial; I am just worn out. I’m an introvert and this past week has been a busy one at work. All these people, all this interaction, every day. All day.
It’s not only been exhausting from the perspective of too many people, but also in terms of energy expenditure. Are you familiar with the Spoon Theory? It’s a good base concept for explaining what it’s like to have energy issues. Imagine that you are given a limited number of spoons to use each day, and each action requires a different amount of spoons. You have to approach each activity with a thought as to how much it’ll cost you so that you have enough spoons to make it through.

Of course it’s more complicated than that. Each day doesn’t start with the same number of spoons. The spoons required to complete an activity may vary from moment to moment. Sometimes you can save spoons, sometimes you get a complete refresh after sleeping, sometimes you don’t.

This week has been a week where I can tell I’m running on a deficit for much of the week.

My body is clearly still recovering from surgery – the scars are less angry looking, residual pain is far less, and I’m getting more and more range of motion in my toe – I know it is using a good amount of energy to make these things happen.

I am also being reminded that I pretty much spent a month expending very little energy, I wasn’t walking anywhere, I wasn’t interacting with many people. I was pretty much sleeping, reading, and watching TV. So there’s a general stamina I’m having to rebuild, just being out in the world and going through the normal parts of the day.

This week at work was, as I said, a busy one. Even when I’m in good health it’s one of the three weeks out of the year that can be pretty overwhelming.

So I spent much of the week either working or sleeping. And that sleep didn’t completely rejuvenate my energy stores.

So now I just want to do nothing. Sleep in, relax, and try to get some recovery so I can make it through the next week and start into summer mode. I do have some social things planned this weekend – a game-night with friends and getting together with my Dad. But other than that, it’ll be reading, sleeping, and playing with the Midnight Monster.

Midnight Monster
Midnight Monster: Master Napper, and General Troublemaker

#WeekendCoffeeShare: The Best Laid Plans…

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)!
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If we were having coffee I’d invite you to join me in the park. Any park. I’ve been able to start moving more, bending my toe and all that, so it’s nice to spend some time outside in the sun. I’m not usually much of a sun person, but after spending the bulk of April only seeing the walls of my bedroom, and then much of May either in my (windowless) office or sleeping, I am trying to make an effort to get out and enjoy the fresh air when I get the chance.

One of the interesting things about writing this post to go up every Friday at 7 am (my time) is that I’m predicting what the weekend will hold. I almost feel like I need another post on Monday evenings recapping what actually occurred. But I suppose that’s what the next weeks post is for.

Last weekend, for instance, my plans got changed a fair amount. I still played some video-games with my besty, but the potluck I’d been planning to attend got canceled and my Dad called to invite me out for a wine tasting. He and my step-mom are going to be moving north sometime this month (they’ll be closer to the grandbaby), so I’m trying to take advantage of every opportunity I can get to hang out with them while they’re nearby – so of course I joined them. First we stopped at a farm-stand for some fresh Hood Strawberries, they’re so juicy and yummy! Then we went to Oak Knoll to do a tasting. Since they used to have a wine membership there the drinks were all pretty familiar, but just as yummy as I recalled.

Sunday I was going to write, but instead I spent the day (the WHOLE DAY) playing that video-game with my friend. We’ve been playing Terraria, and are having a lot of fun in it, exploring and discovering new places. Living 3,000 miles away is hard. We talk most weekends and have been working on a number of stories together, but sometimes we want to hang out but don’t have the brain-power for story writing and want to be DOING something. Terraria has given us something that serves that purpose quite nicely!

Clearly. Since we spent much of Sunday in the game.

This weekend I have a few plans – kicking it off by having dinner with a friend and then getting a massage. I’m hoping to participate in “Knit (and crochet!) in Public” Day on Saturday, though we’ll see how my energy is holding. Sunday I’ve got a job in the morning, but the day is otherwise pretty open – I’m hoping that I’ll be able to stay awake for it and perhaps even getting some work done, rather than vanishing into sleep or game-haze (at least, vanishing completely… a little bit of either – or both – of those would be quite lovely).

On a completely different note – I had a bit of a breakthrough this week on my writing. At least, I hope it’s a breakthrough and not a false lead. After my Insecure Writer’s Group post on Wednesday I’d been giving some thought to the feedback I’ve gotten so far on the first couple chapters of my story — and my own thoughts about what was there. My story is starting too slowly, it’s taking too long to capture the audience and I’m introducing things in the wrong order. While the MC’s family is important to her, for instance, and has some key roles in the story, it’s not vital that the reader’s meet them first. So I’m going to shuffle things up a bit.

I love the flow of my opening scene – but I can keep that flow even if the scene isn’t at the start, and a few of the things that happen between my current story-start and what will become my story-start can be handled differently or rolled into mere mentions in other scenes. I think this will streamline everything a bit more and help launch me into the real meat of the story. I’m excited to carve out the time this weekend to work on that, to see what I can do to breath new life into the tale.

What are you working on this weekend? What are your plans? How has your week been?

#WeekendCoffeeShare: Theatrics, Games and Potlucks!

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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This week I’d be very excited to tell you all about the progress I’ve been making! I can wiggle my toe a bit more, bend it better, and even flex it some with gravity. I mean, I can just barely lift my heel off the floor, and most of that is being managed by the ball of my foot and my other toes – not the area that had surgery – but… still. It’s very exciting for me! Bit by bit I know I’m getting better. The foot is still super-swollen, and it will be for a few months still, but I’m hopeful that I’ll be able to wear regular sandals in time to do some walking and light hiking this summer!

June is really the start of summer for me. Work enters into our summer-time schedules part-way through the month and everything shifts a little. Working on a college campus means that we enter into summer sessions; less people on the campus and the sun shining means my lunch breaks are pretty awesome. I’ve got a few things scheduled in the month too — next weekend is Knit (or Crochet) in Public Day, the weekend after that I have a game night at a friends, then the NEXT weekend I’m going to see the National Tour of Les Miserables and going to a friends wedding.

This weekend, though, this Saturday I’ve got a few online commitments (Skyping with my bestie, and then my weekly game-gathering with friends), a potluck (in place of the art auction, which got postponed another few months – more time for more art creation!) and then a day of rest on Sunday. I’ll be kicking it all off by going to see one of my favorite elementary-schoolers in a play on Friday night – it’ll be a lot of fun!

Sunday I’m hoping to get more writing done. I keep saying that, and one of these days it will actually happen. I’ve made a few little steps, tiny bits of writing here and there, but I need to carve out a few hours of time and make myself sit down and write. My plan is to do that some on Sunday – sleep in a little bit, make myself a good breakfast, brew up some coffee, and then sit down to write for a while. Once I write for the set time, then I can do something fun for a bit (before doing the cooking that needs to be done, because there are meals that need to be prepared)!

Hopefully I’ll get some good rest over the weekend as well… and some reading – because I am seriously behind on my reading.
What have you been up to this week? What’s your weekend looking like?

#WeekendCoffeeShare: Three Day Weekend!

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)!
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Last weekend I ended up waking up early (2 am!) in order to watch the Royal Wedding. I figured I COULD, and that it would be fun. My mom was planning on getting up for it, so why not keep her company? I pinned on the fascinator I’d bought for a friend’s fancy-hat-tea-party and lounged in the family room in my pajamas, enjoying the AMAZING spread that my mom had prepared. There was tea, an orange fizzy-drink, scones, a savories course, and a sweets course!

I not only had fun enjoying the event with Mom, I was pretty impressed with some aspects of the wedding too. I had wanted to tune in for a few things: the fun hats, the cute kids, and pretty dresses. I hadn’t been expecting the awesome music, or the stellar sermon (well, more a homily) delivered by Rev. Curry. If you haven’t seen this, I encourage you to at least read it (this is the transcript of the sermon, but for the full impact I really encourage watching the video as sermons like this are meant to be watched and heard whenever possible).

Also on Saturday (later in the day) I went out to a friends to create some artwork for an auction they’re holding next weekend. The premise is that everyone starts with a board – an identical piece of material – and then they do whatever they want from there. I was dropping off a few that my friends and I had made, and picked up another one to work on. So this weekend I’m hoping to get some art made! My first board was a combination of a little painting and some crochet work, this one I’m going to approach with some collage! Depending on how it turns out I might share some pictures with you all next weekend.

For my surgery-recovery update — I’m doing great! The muscles in my toe are getting stronger, and this weekend I’ll be testing out some weight-bearing PT to see if I might be able to start walking without the boot soon! It’s very exciting… I’m ready to start getting back closer to my normal life and schedule soon.

What have you been up to? What’s happening in your life these days? Any plans for this three-day-weekend (if you have one!)?

#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?

 

#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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