Category Archives: If We Were Having Coffee…

#WeekendCoffeeShare: Holiday Weekends

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 December 29th at 7am (Pacific Time) until Monday January 1st at 7pm (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!

If we were having coffee I’d invite you to join me by the cozy fire again – it’s a good time of year for that. We had some cool weather over Christmas weekend, what they were expecting to be just a little bit of ice turned into a bit of an event, including some snow! Not a lot but enough to mess with some people’s plans for Christmas Day (and to give me a little bit of a delayed start the day after Christmas). Only the 6th time since 1884 that there’s been measurable snowfall in downtown Portland on Christmas. And, while I’m not in downtown Portland, I’m close enough that I use their statistics happily!

Because of the weather it turned out to be just Mom and I all day for Christmas. Very laid back and relaxed, just the kind of holiday I needed at this point.

It also means I get a mini-Christmas part-two Friday night with those who couldn’t make it on Christmas itself. I’m very excited to see what my brother thinks of the present I got him!

This weekend brings another holiday, of course – New Years Eve. For a long time I really didn’t do much for this one, half the time I was asleep by the time we hit midnight. But last year I decided to check out “Loud at the Library,” an event that seemed like fun — and it was a lot of fun, so I got tickets to go again. There’s dancing, food, drinks, activities, a raffle… all sorts of great stuff! I’m taking my mom along this year (since none of my friends are generally up to that sort of thing at this point in their lives), and it’ll be cool to have someone along with me.

And then it’s a new year. I can’t believe we’re already stepping into 2018! I have been thinking about my plans and goals for the year. There are some things surrounding my health which are a bit up in the air still, but I’m talking to doctors this month to hopefully take some steps towards figuring out a bit of that all. I’ve been setting to work filling in calendars, and trying to figure out the best way to keep myself accountable for the goals I’m setting. Hopefully I can make some real progress on my writing, do more reading, and work on these health issues more (those are my big three goals).

How was your Christmas? Do you have New Years Eve plans? Are you a New Year’s Resolution or goals kind of person? If so, what are you trying to do in the coming year?

Happy New Year everyone!

 

Advertisements

#WeekendCoffeeShare: Christmas Time!

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 December 22nd at 7am (Pacific Time) until Monday December 25th at 7pm (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!



Happy Holidays!
If we were having coffee this week I’d invite you to join me for a homemade latte (or drip coffee if you’d like, or tea). I have been playing around with making eggnog lattes, and would be happy to make you one. If you’re an eggnog fan. It does seem like people either LOVE it or HATE it. I fall into the LOVE it category.
Most of my family celebrates Christmas in one form or another, so if you’re joining me today you’ll get to take in some of the festive decorations. One of the perks of living with my mom is that I get to benefit from her holiday decorating — and Christmas is one of those holidays that she does a pretty good job with.

Over the years things have accumulated and evolved — this year we have the Santa Room (it started out as a little Santa Tree, but eventually there were too many to keep contained to a small tree), a window of snowmen and snowflakes, and the regular Christmas tree. Not to mention lights outside. It’s overall pretty festive, which I appreciate!

20171214_212011(0)
The Santa Hearth!

This year, since my large family is no longer centrally located, the celebrations are somewhat subdued. I’m going to my Dad’s one day for a meal with him and my step-mom. Christmas even I’m actually doing some childcare in the morning, and then might go to a late service that night with my mom — it will depend on how my energy is and if I feel like dragging myself out of the house at that hour. I do love church services during the holidays though, the music and magic of the season really appeals to me.

Christmas day is pretty low key. Mom and I will do some present exchanging, and then my brother and his boyfriend will join us for more present exchanges and dinner. I have to go back to work on Tuesday, so I’m planning on spending Monday evening doing not-much and just relaxing.

Do you celebrate a holiday in the winter? If so, which? And how do you celebrate?

#WeekendCoffeeShare: Fancy Tea Party!

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

Oh man, this week… this week was Loooong. Just because there really wasn’t a whole lot going on at work – and that made it hard for me to sustain energy throughout the day.

Last weekend I did find the yarn I’ll be using for my Mystery Crochet! Check it out!!

Next step, I’m going to attempt a gauge swatch. But, that’s going to wait until after the Christmas Presents are all completed. I’ll try to keep you all updated as I go along – and I’ll also be posting the update pics on Instagram.

Friday brings with it our staff holiday party – just a few hours at the end of the day for some gift-exchanges. It’s been fun to see people bringing in presents for their Secret Santa’s – this year we put them all under the little tree I brought in. Nicely festive little set-up.

And I’m excited about this weekend! Saturday brings with it a fancy-hat tea party! I’m super-excited because I got myself a nice dress and a fascinator to wear. It will all be very fancy. We’ll drink tea and…probably other stuff. I don’t know – while fancy hats are a must, I can’t imagine the crowd being super refined. It’ll be a lot of fun!

I’ve been working on Christmas Presents – nearly done with everything that needs to be done… good thing, too, since Christmas is coming up FAST. It’s kind of strange, because I’m not taking any extra time off around it this year it’ll just be a three day weekend. With one of those days taken up with some family stuff. I’m actually taking this Monday off as well for an appointment and such, and it seems like it may be more holiday-like a weekend for me. We’ll see.

It’s been a strange Christmas season this year. The weather has finally started turning cold, and the lights are nice, but I haven’t really felt much in the spirit. I got out my Christmas Cards (for once) and have been listening to Christmas music on the radio but… it just feels different this year, for some reason. Can’t quite put my finger on it. *Shrug*
What have you been up to this week? Any great holiday plans coming up? Happy Hanukkah for those who celebrate it!

#WeekendCoffeeShare: Busy Week, Sleepy Weekend

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

If we were having coffee I’d invite you to join me at a little coffee shop downtown. I’m meeting up with a friend soon, so why not start with an appetizer-round with you? Appetizer coffee is totally a thing, right?

Anyhow, I’m out here because today I am going to go yarn shopping! This spring I’m going to be participating in the Rose City Yarn Crawl with some friends, and have gotten the Mystery Crochet-Along for the event. So today we go in search of the yarn to make this project with. I’m hoping my friends will help me because, while I’ve been crocheting blankets and scarves for a while now, I’ve never paid a whole lot of attention to things like yarn weight, or color contrast.

We’re also going to be getting sushi – because… sushi. It’ll be a new place I’ve never been (being all the way on the other side of town from me and all) so I’m hoping that it’s got some good selection!

Other than that my weekend is, thankfully, pretty open. I am SO behind in wrapping presents, making presents, and getting my space in order. Need to put some real time and energy into my room — because I am not a fan of living in the whirlwind mess I’ve been ignoring lately. I’m also thinking of doing some rearranging — not sure what exactly I’ll do but, playing with thoughts.

Really, though, I’ll probably end up spending my free time this weekend sleeping. It was a busy week at work, and I’ve been dealing with a cold for most of it, so my energy is completely depleted. Which usually means that I just end up sleeping for most of the weekend to try and recharge a bit.

What are you up to this weekend?

#WeekendCoffeeShare: Stuffs. And Things!

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 December 1st at 7am (Pacific Time) until Monday December 4th at 7pm (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!


If we were having coffee I’d be full of Auntie-pride. I get to spend time with my sister, brother-in-law, and niece this weekend! They’re making their first trip down – it will be interesting to hear how the little one (nearly 6 months old) manages with the long drive.
This is also going to be the first time I get to see my niece interact with other members of my family (aside from her parents) – I’m looking forward to that!
I’m also going to be celebrating the end of National Novel Writing month by attending a “Thank Goodness It’s Over” party (Yay! We Survived!) It’ll be fun to see some of my fellow Wrimo’s and see how the month went for them. I was super surprised as how well the month went for me – hoping to have a bit of a reflection on it up sometime in the coming weeks.
This weekend is also going to bring some present-work (have to get my Secret Santa present for work finished!) and hopefully some cleaning… because my room has been a bit neglected and needs some love!

And I’m running late with my coffee share so, off I dash! How are you today? What are you up to?

Oh! And! Hey!  I had a short story published!!  Check it out – I’m super excited… I’ll be writing more about it later but — here’s the link!  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077T72711

#WeekendCoffeeShare – Thanksgiving Weekend

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 November 24th at 7am (Pacific Time) until Monday November 27th at 7am (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”

 

It’s Thanksgiving Weekend here – so I’m laying low today. Really, I kind of laid-low yesterday too, we just had a few people over for Thanksgiving and it was a nice and simple evening. I felt pretty relaxed the whole time, which was nice!

Today I’m planning on just resting a bunch, writing a bunch, and maybe doing some cleaning and Christmas decorating. I particularly want to get my lights un-buried and put up – that’s the part of the holiday decorations I really like to have up as early as I can.  The extra light and sparkle that they bring really helps when it’s so darn dark all the time.  Because of my schedule it’s dark when I leave for work, and dark when I leave work for home.  And my office doesn’t have windows, so it can seem like the entire day is just dark if I don’t make an effort to get out during my lunch break.  So the holiday lights add a nice touch of light to things.

The writing has been going really well.  I reached my goal of 50,000 words – but am still going. Because I switched stories midway through NaNo I’m now reaching the dreaded Half-Way Point in my new story.  It’s that point where it can be hard to keep writing.  In my case I think the challenge comes from needing to push through to some particular scenes and plot points – but not being entirely sure how to maneuver myself there.  I have a few thousand words of scenes that will be deleted in rewrites because they are wrong.  I wrote them, but as soon as they were down I knew that it was the wrong way to get to the scene I wanted.   So I’ve backtracked (kept the word count though – because that’s how NaNo works) and am trying to write my way to that scene another way

Having to re-approach the scene has also forced me to ask the question of why it’s important. I know that it’s a scene I want to have in the story, but I am now trying to figure out what I want to be the ultimate outcome of it — what is the purpose of having it in the story?  Why not reveal the information that it shows a different way?  I’m pushing that question on myself because I feel like it might help me understand something more about the direction of the story.  When a scene comes to me so strongly that I find myself shaping parts of the story around it I want to know WHY.

Time to get going!  Have a lot of thinking and writing to do!

How has your week been?  What’s your weekend like?  If you’re someone who celebrates Thanksgiving how did it go?

#WeekendCoffeeShare : Another Weekend of Writing

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 November 17th at 7am (Pacific Time) until Monday November 27th at 7pm (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!

Welcome to the weekend before Thanksgiving (at least here in the United States)!
I’m going to be spending the weekend… well… writing. I scrapped the story I’d been working on – maybe at some point the actual story (and the character) will come to me. But for the time being it needs a rest. I pushed probably a good 10,000+ more words on it than I really should have. So I’ve jumped to another story, one that just came into my head when I sat down with the resolve to try something different. I don’t know where this story will be going either, but I already feel like I know the character better (with only a few hundred words on the page as I write this), and I like the story more. So, that’s a good sign.

I’m also hoping to get some work done on a few Christmas Presents that I need to get pulled together. I’m excited that I’m getting to make a Christmas Stocking for my new niece. You see, when we were little my mom handmade stockings for each of us before our first Christmas, and those stockings are the ones we still use (though many have had to be repaired, or have the fronts sewn onto new stockings to reinforce them).

So as we started to approach my niece’s first Christmas I asked my sister if I could make a stocking for her, and was given the okay to do so. I’ve picked out the shapes for the front, have most of the fabric, and have begun the sewing. Since large parts of the project are done by hand it’s going to take me a while — and I keep forgetting to work on it when I have my hands free. So, that’s going to get some attention this weekend.

Otherwise, it’s going to a few write-ins that are being hosted by the local libraries, and writing, writing, writing.

I’m also hoping to make it around to other Coffee-Share posts this week, I wasn’t able to last weekend and wish I could have.

What are you up to this weekend? Anything exciting going on?