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#WeekendCoffeeShare: Wait… Friday?

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 September 28th at 7am (Pacific Time) until Monday October 1st at 7pm (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!

If you are unable to post your site into the link-up for any reason feel free to drop it into the comments and I will do my best to add you to the linkup!

Where did this week go? Seriously. Is it hiding somewhere? I mean, I know I need to clean my room but I don’t think an entire WEEK could actually hide in it….

For a blur of a week, not a whole lot has happened on a personal level. I’ve been trying to keep up with Banned Book’s Week posts (and here, and now, I once again resolve to be far more ahead of the game for next Banned Book’s Week. They release the list in April, I should be able to get a few decent blog posts done between then and September. I really should).

This weekend I’m going to do a lot of laying low, more cleaning, grocery shopping, laundry… But first, Friday night.

Friday night a crew of friends and I are continuing our Friday Food Fun Night adventures. Sometimes we go out, sometimes we stay in (and conduct food experiments, in the name of SCIENCE!) This week we are going out – one of my friends loves mole, and hasn’t been able to find a good place locally. So we’re going to try remedying that for her by exploring some local mole places.

I am realizing that I haven’t actually had much mole – I tried a little of hers once when we were out but that’s it, so I’m going to be trying some and deciding if I’ll participate in the mole-adventure or if I’ll pick my own menu item to explore… we’ll find out Friday, and pictures will be shared on my Instagram.

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#WeekendCoffeeShare: Time to Relax?

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 September 21st at 7am (Pacific Time) until Monday September 24th at 7pm (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!


If you are unable to post your site into the link-up for any reason feel free to drop it into the comments and I will do my best to add you to the linkup!

Hello again!

This weekend I am determined to leave the house as little as I possibly can get away with. I need to rest. My room is in dire need of attention. My cat has determined that he’s been downright neglected.

Last weekend was fun, but it was very busy and I came back with a bit of a cold. My niece is 15 months old now, and quite the vocal, mobile little gal! My older brother was up visiting as well, and now that my dad and step-mom live about a short drive from my sister

So some rest will be much welcome… and it’s starting to get a bit colder here so I need to dig through my clothes and find more fall/winter outfits in there. Or, rather, the long-sleeve things I wear over my summer clothes to turn them into fall/winter outfits.

There is that whole MEAL PLANNING thing I need to do as well, and the meal prep to go with it. This week has been a little bit of buying meals out and a lot of trying to make meals out of whatever I happen to have on hand. It’s been working okay, but it is really time to get myself some new food and plan out a few meals.

I also want to do some work on my blog because this week is Banned Book Week! I do love Banned Book Week – and will be posting things throughout the week here – including some activities and invitations for you all to join in! Be sure to visit — starting on Sunday I’ll even have a Banned Book Week Linkup available for people to share what they’re writing (and to find other Banned Book Week posts!) One of the things I wanted to do was read more of the books that have been banned or challenged… and two of them just made it off of the wait-list from the library for me (I do love seeing the challenged books with long waitlists!) so we’ll see if I can get through them!
And I wonder why even my “relaxing” weekends end up feeling busy….
What are you up to this weekend?

 

#WeekendCoffeeShare : Off again!

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 September 14th at 7am (Pacific Time) until Monday September 17th at 7pm (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!

If you are unable to post your site into the link-up for any reason feel free to drop it into the comments and I will do my best to add you to the linkup!

Welcome! This weekend let’s have coffee on the train, while the Pacific-Northwest countryside speeds by.

Yup, I’m off again. After this weekend I won’t be traveling anywhere for a good long while – a couple of months at least – but this trip I’m very excited about. It’s my dad’s birthday on Sunday, so I’m going to go spend the weekend up with him and my step-mom at their new place. I’ll also get to visit my sister, brother-in-law, and niece while I’m there, which I’m really excited about! My niece is just over a year old now, and the last time I got to see her was early in the year – so she’s grown and developed a lot of new skills since them! I’m not entirely sure what all we’ll be doing, but I know that lots of book-reading and running around will be involved.

I’ll be putting some of my train-time to use doing some writing. I’m still hoping to get my short story completed for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group anthology competition — last week I got some decent writing done on it, now I have to just piece the bits together and make a cohesive story from them. I’m also going to get to work on what needs to be done for Banned Book Week – it’s coming up fast. And, as always, I started out the year with GRAND plans, and now am finding myself facing the week with only minimum prep work done. But that’s okay – I have been collecting links as I encountered them about books being challenged, and am excited about some of the resources that the ALA (American Library Association) has put out this year. I hope you’ll join me the last week of this month to explore some of the banned books. The theme this year: Banning Books Silences Stories, Speak Out!

This past week has been pretty mellow. I got home on Saturday, after braving the heat to explore the Pueblo Grande museum in Phoenix (it was very cool and I highly recommend it, though maybe not when it’s 100+ degrees out and you’re carrying your heavy airport carry-on on your back). Home it was in the 60s/70s, and raining. I love it. Sunday mostly involved sleeping, and then it’s been back to work for me. There’s been very little time outside of work to do much of anything – I’ve mostly needed to sleep, my body is trying to fight off a little bit of a cold I think.

What have you been up to this week? Any plans for the weekend?

 

#WeekendCoffeeShare: Into the desert!

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 August 31st at 7am (Pacific Time) until Monday September 3rd at 7pm (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!

If you are unable to post your site into the link-up for any reason feel free to drop it into the comments and I will do my best to add you to the linkup!

I am making this post from my phone -if there are issues with layout or the link let me know and I’ll try to fix it as soon as I can!


I would recommend an iced beverage this weekend. It’s really HOT here, and while I recall someone telling me once that drinking warm beverages when it’s hot helps to raise your core temprature so it doesn’t feel so hot I’m not sure I really buy it. Iced coffee it is for me, or maybe some cold brew.

I’m in Scottsdale Arizona right now for a work conference with the National College Testing Association (NCTA), which has been an interesting experience. It’s my first real interaction with people outside of my office that are part of the testing world, and I’m not used to being in a group of people who so easiy toss around some of the acronyms that I use on a near-daily basis.

It’s also very interesting to get to know some of these other testing professionals — this is certainly not the career path I set out for, and I’m not sure it’s where I ultimately will stay, but for now it’s hard to argue the fact that Testing is where I’m currently at — this October will be 5 years since I started working in my office and that is the longest I’ve been at one work location. There have technically been 4 different positions in that time, but even so – I’ve been in the particular job I’m in for 3 years now.

Putting the work thougths aside, it’s also been pretty cool to be at this location. The resort/hotel that is hosting us is FANCY. Certainly the fanciest place I’ve ever stayed, and it’s fun to get a little feel for this kind of thing. Usually my hotel stays are of the “what is the cheapest I can get” variety. This place has multiple pools, live music every night, and a guy from a local wildlife rescue center that wanders the halls with a different bird of prey each day!

So far I’ve met a red-tailed hawk (Choco) and a Great Horned Owl (Maggie). And gotten selfies with them!

I also have certainly put the pool to use – which unfortunately resulted in a little bit of injury for me — I put a little too much power into a handstand jump under water and my face met the bottom of the pool. Nothing too bad, I’ll have a little bruising and a tiny bit of raw skin, but apparently I got some impressive height? It was fun… and I’m being careful with the sunscreen and avoiding swimming during the sunlight hours so have managed to not get a burn yet — hopefully by the time I leave on Saturday I will have been able to keep that true.

Me, my pool injury, and Maggie, the great horned owl.

Thursday night I am going to hit up the local artwalk – it will be fun to see a little bit of the local area, and maybe sneak away into the more historic stuff as well. Saturday, before my flight, I’ll be visiting a museum too — I’m glad I’ll be able to fit in a few local things as well. I always get a bit frustrated with myself when I go to a conference and don’t take the time to see any of the area. This resort is nice in that it does have some nice walking paths, and so I can see some of the cacti and other plants that grow in the area, but it’s still a very cultivated experience.

Sunday I will sleep. Probably while being yowled at and sat upon by a cat. He was rather upset at me when I got home from my camping trip last week — he really didn’t want me to leave again so soon. He will be VERY upset when I pack up a bag again on Thursday and head north to visit family in the Seattle area – but that will be a short trip at least.

What are you up to this weekend? How has your week been? Any plans for the coming week?

#WeekendCoffeeShare: Preparing to Leave Town, again!

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 August 31st at 7am (Pacific Time) until Monday September 3rd at 7pm (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!

If you are unable to post your site into the link-up for any reason feel free to drop it into the comments and I will do my best to add you to the linkup!

If we were having coffee I’d invite you to join me in the front yard, where I’m hoping to be building my Little Free Library this weekend. At the very least I want to get the ground prepared – I need to level out some space, clear out a few plants, and perhaps construct a little path. The actual building depends on the help from a friend, so it depends on what her weekend ends up looking like!

I’m very excited about this library, and need to start digging through my book collection and decide what books I’m willing to part with in order to get it started. That’ll be a tough decision to make, but a fun project none-the-less.

I have Monday off from work, so have some writing plans as well – Insecure Writer’s Support Group is running a short-story contest so I’m hoping to try my hand at a story for it. A YA romance, with the theme of “masquerade,” I spent a bit of time yesterday coming up with an idea. The romance part needs a bit more fleshing out, but then I can start writing. My goal is to have a first draft done by Monday night so I can start the editing process. I’ll talk more about this for Wednesday’s IWSG post, but my hope with this short is to get myself launched in writing again. I got a little inspiration while I was camping and I need to get back into good habits in order to make progress.

I also need to pack because, yes, I’m heading out of town again. Flying on a plane this time, the first time I’ve been on one in about 4 years… have to admit I am NOT looking forward to it. I used to enjoy flying, but it’s become such a process in more recent years. Packing everything into a carry-on (including liquids) so that I don’t have to pay for baggage, and then hoping that I can find space in the overhead compartments where everyone is trying to cram their bags is a headache. Squeezing myself into the cramped seats, where the armrests will dig into my sides, is causing me a bit of dread — I’ve put on weight since last time I flew, and I can’t imagine they’ll have become MORE comfortable because of it. But I did manage to get window seats, so I look forward to watching the country out the window, and I’m trying to remind myself that its a much shorter flight than the ones I usually take.

This time the trip is for work, I’ll be attending a conference in Arizona. I’ve never really spent much time in that state – really only a little time at the train station when I was passing through a while back. Not that I’ll have the chance to see the area much, the conference will keep me inside the hotel (in the A/C which I will be SO thankful for), but maybe I’ll see a little bit between when my flight gets in and when the conference starts? Maybe?

I’m still trying to adjust back to the world of electronics (and running water) after my camping trip last week. In some ways it seems like it was ages ago, work has been busy enough to make the days go by pretty quickly and I’ve been working on different projects when I get home so a fair amount has gotten accomplished in a short period of time.

One of the projects I did was to create a personalized dress-making bust out of duct-tape, and then altered a dress that was just a little bit too big to fit properly. It was SO MUCH easier to figure out taking in the bust when I wasn’t trying to pin it on myself, then take it off and stitch, and then put it back on for the next step. I still need to take up the straps a little bit, but the rest of the alteration makes a huge difference in how the dress fits!

I also did all those necessary post-camping things: airing out the tents, loads of laundry, giving the cat a ton of attention in hopes that he would hate me when I abandon him again. Some cleaning happened… not as much as I’d like though, another thing I’m hoping to get accomplished this weekend.

How are you doing? What have you been up to lately? Any plans for this long weekend (if you get it as a long weekend!)?

 

#WeekendCoffeeShare – Still on Vacay!

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

If you are unable to post your site into the link-up for any reason feel free to drop it into the comments and I will do my best to add you to the linkup!

 

I’m still up at Waldo Lake, away from all electronics, right now.  So join me for one last coffee here before it’s time to pack up camp!  I promise to share MANY pictures soon!

#WeekendCoffeeShare – Vacation Time!

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 August 17 th at 7am (Pacific Time) until Monday August 21 st at 7pm (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!

If you are unable to post your site into the link-up for any reason feel free to drop it into the comments and I will do my best to add you to the linkup!

This weekend I invite you to join me by the lakeside. THIS is the view… isn’t it lovely? 20160821_071120I adore this place, it is a magical place for me. My favorite place in the world – Waldo Lake. I grew up coming here every summer for up to two weeks of camping.

This year I’ll “just” be up here for a week. A week out of cell-phone range, away from electronics (other than the camera on my phone!), this year I’m not even bringing my e-book reader. Physical books, spiral notebooks and pens… I figure my fiction writing has still been stalling out a bit so I might as well just go back to my roots. My earliest stories found most of there inspiration here, so hopefully it will help with this restart.

The trip this time around is going to be a little different – I’m introducing two new friends to the magic that is Waldo. It’s already become a favorite for another friend of mine, and her family, so they’ll also be joining me. And this year, after many years away, I’ve managed to convince my mom to join us for a few days.

So, I head down on Saturday with my dad and step-mom. Sunday my friends all show up (three adults, two kids!). Dad leaves Tuesday, Mom comes up Wednesday, we all leave Friday. It will be interesting to have so many people, and so much coming-and-going. We’re going to be getting two campsites (hopefully we can get the two we want, next to one another and near the beach!)

While I’ll certainly be hanging out with the kids, and the adults, a fair amount, I also plan to carve out some ME time. One of my absolute favorite things to do is sit on the rocks out on one of the peninsula’s and relax with my feet in the water.  Last time I was up the water level was low enough that I was actually able to wade to one of the islands… I don’t know what it will look like, but I have a feeling that might be the case again.

I’m also looking forward to swimming. A LOT. My entire body is still angry at me for staying in bed for the better part of a month back in April, and my legs (especially) are not pleased with this whole “surgery recovery” thing. My right ankle (surgery foot) is particularly finicky, and I can’t wait to spend some time moving around in the lovely low-impact environment of the water. It will be SO good. And there is nothing quite like swimming at the lake.

I’m also looking forward to the campfire! Smore’s!  At this point the site we’re going to is still on the list of campgrounds where campfires are allowed, hopefully it will remain that way!

Next week’s coffee share will be a “filler” page – like I had set up for a few of the surgery weeks back in April, since I’ll be still computer-less at the normal Coffee start time! But, I promise a great many pictures when I return!

Do you have a special place that you try to travel to on a regular basis?