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#WeekendCoffeeShare – More Spring Cleaning

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 March 23rd at 7am (Pacific Time) until Monday March 26th at 7pm (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!

Hi! It’s nice to share some coffee with you again. Last weekend was a lot of fun, until it wasn’t. In the ongoing saga of “what kind of health issue can I come up with next,” my body decided to rebel against me starting Sunday night. I ended up staying home sick from work on Monday, but luckily started feeling better by the end of the day and was able to get back to work on Tuesday. It was a busy time at work this week, so I’m very happy to be at another weekend.

I’m meeting up with some folks in my stitch-and-bitch group Saturday afternoon for a bit, and then the rest of the weekend I’ll be relaxing! There is still a little cleaning and organizing that needs to be done, and I’m still hoping to get into Chapter 4 on my novel… it’s been sitting around for a long time waiting for me to revamp it and I really want to make progress on it, I just need to sit down and focus on it a little bit in order to sort out what needs to be done.

I finished a crochet project this past week! Following patterns is something pretty new to me, and this was another pattern project – but one I completed without any help! No pictures here because it’s a gift that hasn’t been given yet, but I love how it turned out. Now I’m working on finishing up some projects I had around before I launch into new ones. Which means I have a shawl, blanket, and scarf to finish up.

One of the things I’m also hoping to accomplish this weekend is get digging into some of the under-bed storage I have of miscellaneous “craft things.” Sort through them, perhaps put aside some to sell and some to give away, and generally make them more accessible so that I can actually use them. All part of my larger “organize, sort, and get rid of stuff” campaign I’m fighting against my room. I also want to figure out how to get more of my books visible… realized I have a few shelves that are still double-stacked with books, and that’s just ridiculous. I can’t even see what I have! So… making space for them, and also putting together some piles of books to read and then give away (thankfully I have some young’uns in my life who are starting to hit the right reading levels to enjoy some of the books I have)!

My life is in a bit of a spring cleaning mode. I’m organizing everything I can, trying to root out things I don’t really use, and committing to use those things I can’t quite part with. A large part of my motivation is that I’ll be stuck in my room for the better part of April due to surgeries. First there’s the surgery on my foot to hopefully deal with the pain I’ve been dealing with there (for over a year). Then, while still in recovery from that, I’ll be having my gallbladder removed so I hopefully don’t have to deal with the pain and inconvenience that caused me. Two weeks of really not doing much of anything, followed by at least a week where I’m anticipating I won’t be up to much after I get home from work.

That’s pretty much me these days.  I do have some exciting things coming up at the end of next week — but I’ll tell you all about that over coffee next time!

 

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#WeekendCoffeeShare – ALL THE MEATS, and paperwork frustration

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 March 16th at 7am (Pacific Time) until Monday March 19th at 7pm (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!

Welcome!

How are you doing today? I hope you’re doing well. Let’s enjoy some nice coffee while relaxing inside. It’s been a rainy week, after a seriously amazing sunny weekend last weekend. I have to admit, I kind of like the rain – especially when I can enjoy it from the warmth and dryness of my house!

This weekend – this weekend I am hitting up Fogo De Chao with a friend of mine! I’m so looking forward to it — yes, it’ll be a bit of an indulge (or, more than a bit) but with the deal they have going for Portland Restaurant Month I just can’t resist! I look forward to a Saturday night spent laying around doing not much as my body digests all that amazing meat (and cheese bread… oh, the cheese bread).

I also plan to continue my work on getting my room in order. I figure that I’ll be spending the better part of April in it, so it might as well be NICE for me then. I have two surgeries coming up starting the second week of April – It’s still nearly a month away but it definitely looms large in my mind at the moment. Between now and then I have to bring order to a much-neglected room, figure out what kind of foods I want to have on hand, make sure I have projects of various types readily available, create lists of things I could watch and listen to depending on my level of functionality, and make sure the books I want to read are close at hand.

It’s a lot of work — and a lot of fun to think and plan. It’s not really a vacation, but for two weeks I’ll be pretty much house-bound, so I want to make the spaces as good as I can for myself.

I’ve also been dealing with the DRAINING act of trying to get Family Medical Leave paperwork together. Filling out forms and chasing down the Release of Information Department for my healthcare provider (who, as it happens is open for only 15 minutes before my work day starts, closed during my lunch break, and closed before I get out of work. Also they appear to have about two people answering the phones, because every SINGLE time I try to call them on a 15-minute break I spend my entire time on hold). Somehow they have managed to not get my paperwork returned to my place of work EVEN THOUGH THEY CLAIM IT’S BEEN COMPLETED FOR A MONTH. The second set of paperwork I submitted they haven’t received yet so… I’ll be swapping lunches with people and checking in right when they open until it gets handled. Not a fun way to spend my pre-work time, or my lunch-time, and it’s just frustrating.

Enough of that, though. This weekend holds some fun and I’m looking forward to that. I’m going to try to focus on that – on all the yummy food I’ll be eating and just how ridiculously full I’ll be after our meal.

How are you doing today? How has your week been? Anything exciting in the works?

#WeekendCoffeeShare – Recovering from Yarn.

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 March 9th at 7am (Pacific Time) until Monday March 12th at 7pm (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!


Well, it’s been QUITE the busy few weeks. I’m sorry, again, for the delayed posts the past few weeks. Time just keeps running away from me!

If we were having coffee I’d start out by telling you all about the Yarn Crawl. It was a lot of fun – I spent three days traveling around to different yarn stores all over the Metro Area with two of my friends (with another friend joining us for one day, and meeting up with a few other friends on occasion). Most of the shops were new to me, so it was fun to see what kind of things each one had – and I acquired a fair amount of yarn. I had gone in with a few patterns in mind that I want to try, and managed to get almost all the yarn I needed for those (I still need a little more for a blanket I want to make, but I got what I need to start it, and I’ve got time on that one!). Now the challenge will be to actually get myself moving on making those patterns. I’m still pretty much a beginner when it comes to crocheting, and don’t have the best track record for actually getting everything done that I plan to do, but this year I am determined to get a lot more projects done.
This weekend I hope to play catch-up a bit. There is some cleaning that desperately needs my attention. And I really need to get moving on outlining and figuring out how to properly set up Chapter 4 of my Novel .

Had a bunch of doctor talks – looks like I’ll be able to line up Gallbladder surgery to coincide with my recovery from foot surgery. Which, though it means I won’t likely get as much done during that second week of foot surgery recovery as I would have liked, it’s less time away from work. Which is helpful on MANY levels.

TW: Food and Diet-talk
Also this weekend, some serious meal-planning work. In the face of some of my health-issues I worked with a dietitian, so am now looking at how to make it so I have the right kind of food around to eat. It wasn’t like he had anything ground-breaking to say, but it was a nice reminder and I have a new app to use to try tracking what I eat so I can see things like the breakdown of fats and calories and so forth. In the past I’ve tried food tracking before, and usually fall apart somewhere after the first week — so I’m hoping the fact that I have another appointment with him in two weeks will help keep me on track.
I don’t talk much about my weight on here – it’s not something I particularly like to talk about, and I know it can be triggering and challenging for a lot of people. But it’s been an important part of my week so, here I go.

I put on a fair amount this past year, and now I got diagnosed with “fatty liver.” So it’s time to really make some changes. Not just because of the weight, or the impact it’s had on my health, but also because I don’t really like how I feel in my own skin right now. I’d adjusted to being heavier than I’m “supposed” to be, but suddenly the clothes I wore before don’t fit right and I just don’t like how it feels. So I want to change that. I liked this dietitians approach (“We’ll make sure you don’t have to stop eating cheese,” and “There are no bad foods,” kind of stuff). So I’m hopeful.

 

What does your weekend hold?  What has your week been like?

#WeekendCoffeeShare: Sorry for the Delay, again.

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 March 2 at 7am (Pacific Time) until Monday March 5th at 7pm (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!

Hey!  Thanks for joining me for coffee — I’m so sorry to be late again this week! This time, thankfully, it was because of something fun – not health reasons.

This is the weekend of the Rose City Yarn Crawl! Since Thursday I’ve been wandering around the town with some friends, visiting a variety of yarn shops.  There are Trunk Shows by different local dyers, all sorts of fun yarn to see, and the opportunity to win a bunch of prizes!  I’m stocking up on yarn, getting most of what I need for the projects I hope to complete in the coming year. It’s been pretty cool — and for me this is my first visit to most of these shops.

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Midnight Monster checking out some of my purchases.

There have also been pretty fun stops to different food places. Saturday we visit the remaining three stores, and then Sunday may end up being a day of rest.

Next week will be interesting, I have a couple of doctor appointments to find out what some of the next steps are for my health issues, I’m not sure how everything is going to get scheduled, or how things like my diet will need to change going forward. I’m glad, though, that the pain is pretty much entirely gone and I’m starting to return back to my normal levels of activity and energy.

Been a long day, and I need to get some things sorted before I head to bed for the night, so it’s going to be another short visit, but thanks for stopping by!

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

 

#WeekendCoffeeShare: Unexpected Week

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 when this post goes up until Monday February 26th at 7pm (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!

If we were having coffee I’d first apologize for being late here.  This week… oh this week….

So, last I talked to you I was planning to see to a show, and then go visit my sister, brother-in-law, and niece. The show was spectacular – our seats were pretty inexpensive because they were partially obstructed, which means there were some pieces of the stage we couldn’t see, and the acoustics where we were weren’t the best – but I had so much fun with the show!  It was awesome to get together with this group of friends, and then to watch the show together.

The next morning I was up bright and early to catch a train to go up north. It was so much fun to see them, but all of us were a bit low on energy.  By the time I started home on Monday morning I had a pretty severe pain below my rib — which made the trip home really challenging.

I got home, and pretty much went straight to Urgent Care.

At Urgent Care I ended up having a Vasovagal Syncope episode. It was super scary – I was alone in the doctors office, and — you see that list of symptoms on the linked page? I had them ALL. And had no idea what was happening.

Luckily the doctor came in, helped to ease the symptoms and kept me from passing out. We realized I hadn’t really eaten since breakfast, and hadn’t had very much to drink. So they decided that I needed some more hydration — which led to desperate attempts to get an IV into my rolling veins… I have the bruises on the back of my hand still.

Finally, a few hours later, full of water, they sent me home. Saying that the rib pain I’d gone in with was probably something muscular and would go away with some rest.

Two days later, no relief, so I went to my doctor. We’re now investigating the possibility of something related to my gallbladder. I’ve been out of work all week, and unable to do much beyond laying in bed. A little moving around has been possible, but only a little.

And that, my friends, has been my week.  And is going to be my weekend. Seriously, I’m just going to do my best to lay-low, hope that the pain subsides enough for me to manage through at least a partial day of work on Monday. I had an ultrasound today, but haven’t heard on the results on that so we’ll see what they have to say on Monday.

How are you doing? What has your week been like?  What do you have planned for the coming days?

#WeekendCoffeeShare: Another Sicky 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 February 16th at 7am (Pacific Time) until Monday February 19th at 7pm (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!

So, you know how I had those plans about what I was going to get done last weekend?
Yeah, they all got thrown out the window. I ended up pretty much sleeping straight through not only Saturday and Sunday, but Monday and Tuesday as well. Some sort of virus had been working its way into my system, and it finally took hold. On top of just being tired and out of it, I was also VERY dizzy starting on Sunday. On Tuesday the doctor gave me some meds to help with the dizziness and accompanying nausea so I could get back to work on Wednesday.

And that… that was pretty much my weekend. The week before it consisted of “getting through.” I was tired, knew I was getting sick, but kept pushing to just get through the work week.

So, I do want to take a second to apologize for not making any rounds to other blogs this weekend. Or even responding to comments. Each week I’m trying to make it to at least a few blogs of other Coffee Share participants (and I hope you all are doing the same!), but this weekend I had trouble even reading… or watching TV… so reading and responding with any coherence was not happening!

I’m still not fully recovered. Been taking the medication the doctor gave me, and hydrating and caffeinating. I haven’t quite been able to shake this tired feeling, but I’ll keep pushing through – because I don’t have a whole lot of choice. I really can’t afford to take more sick days right now, and honestly I don’t think MORE sleep is going to help me feel more rested. This thing just has to run its course.

This weekend isn’t going to be so restful. I’ve been looking forward to it for months, though, so I know I’ll have a good time, even if I am a bit sleepy.

Friday night I’m going to go see A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder with three friends. I’ve enjoyed the music from this show for a while, and was happy when it was on the list of shows coming through this season. We’ll be meeting up after myself and another friend get off of work, going out to dinner together, and then on to the show.

Then, Saturday morning, I’m up early to catch a train to visit my sister’s family. I haven’t gotten to see my niece since around Thanksgiving, and the pictures and videos tell me that she’s grown quite a bit since then — they do that when they’re so little! It’ll be fun to play with her, and of course to visit with my sister and brother-in-law.

I took Monday off, so I’ll be with them Saturday afternoon, all day Sunday, and Monday morning. Then it’s the train back home so I can get back to work on Tuesday.

My hope is that I’ll be able to recoup enough that I can spend my couple-hour train-trip on either side of this visit to do some much-needed editing work. NOTHING I had planned to do last weekend got done, and I need to get moving on things if I’m going to keep up my minimum of one chapter a month.
So, that’s me. How are you doing this week? What does your weekend hold?

 

#WeekendCoffeeShare: Lots of Lotsness

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 February 9h at 7am (Pacific Time) until Monday February 12th at 7pm (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!

If we were having coffee I would invite you to join me in our living room – there are nice comfy couches there, and I really just feel like putting up my feet (and one of the comfy chairs is perfect for that).

It’s been one heck of a week – by Wednesday I was convinced it must actually be Friday. There is just so much going on that I feel like I’ve been running nonstop.

Last weekend, while busy, was pretty nice. Saturday I took Midnight Monster to the vet. This was a bit of a challenge…. He’s never been fond of his crate – and last year when he ran away, and subsequently had to be caught in a humane trap, then taken to the emergency vet, then his regular vet, and then I attempted to take him for the teeth cleaning that we’d had to reschedule when he ran away… well, that all made him even less fond of this crate-thing. So I’d been trying to get him more comfortable with it, putting his food in there and letting him eat it. But he’s a cat that apparently likes wide-open spaces (he’s not even fond of sitting in regular boxes), so he is just NOT A FAN of the crate.

Instead of fighting him and trying to get him into the crate in our main room I relocated it, and him, to a small hallway that has no places to hide. Basically I cornered the poor guy (while he was pitifully meowing at the doorway) and wrapped him up in one of our blankets and dropped him in his crate. I think he was so in shock that I’d actually gotten him in that he was silent for the entire car ride to the vet (not a very long ride) and didn’t utter a sound until we got home.

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The adorable Midnight Monster trying to “help” me with my crochet project.

He’s fine though, check-up went well, even if they did say he should lose some weight (he’s a big, muscular, cat and he does probably have an extra little bit, but he’s not food motivated at all – often has food left over in his bowl even though I’m giving the suggested amount for the size he’s supposed to be, and he certainly gets plenty of run-and-play-and-jump-and-pounce play in. So I’m not concerned). And now I will hopefully not have to struggle with him and the crate for another year.

 

 

After that fun morning I went to my Dad’s for lunch. Recently the Interactive Museum of Gaming and Puzzlery moved near him.

I’d been to visit them a few times in their old location and really enjoyed it, so wanted to check out their new space. It’s a nice little space – though I missed the experience of walking through their big open storage space and looking at all the old games that were stacked on the shelves. We just looked around a little, looked at some of the games that they have available to play, and then walked back to his place where my stepmom had pizza and hard-cider waiting.

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Our Ticket To Ride game, along with my crochet project — I’ve been carrying that things around with me EVERYWHERE.

It had been a while since we’d played a game together so we dug out Ticket To Ride and played a round. Dad got what was possibly his highest score EVER in the game, I got a very sad little score, and Katrina came in nicely in the middle. The cool thing was that we all managed to complete our routes – only positive points for this group, no one got anything subtracted!

 

Sunday morning I was doing some nursery-care coverage at a church, but then I went over to one of my best friend’s houses, where I mostly just hung out. You know, those friends that are kind of just like family so there is no pressure on anyone to have to do anything? I was pretty tired by the time I got there, so I mostly sat at the kitchen table chatting and playing games with little miss 5, visiting with the 9 year old (who did my hair, as anticipated, but she wasn’t feeling up to doing a braid-crown so we just played around with some other braid arrangements). My friend and I hit up the yarn store to get a present for a friend (and I bought myself a fun little something too!), and it was just a nice change of pace and fun time hanging out.

Then we were on to a Harry Potter Birthday Party for another friend! She went all out with decorations, activities, and it was a really fun time. Many of us had already been sorted, but there were sorting-cupcakes for us to enjoy, and we all got to pick a wand. Beer-pong inspired Quiddich, and it all occurred behind Platform 9 ¾ As it rightfully should.

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Beer-Pong inspired Quiddich

But, boy, was it a busy weekend. I woke up Monday morning feeling like it must be the end of the week – and then because of doctors appointments and illness we were down a few staff members Monday afternoon and Tuesday, which made my days a bit busier than originally anticipated. Tuesday was also full of social-funness, as I met up with a group of friends for sushi during lunch-break (it’s becoming a birthday tradition for us!).

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Yummy burger is yummy!

Then met up with another friend after work for dinner (McMennamin’s is celebrating burger month with different burger options throughout the month, and the burger that day was: the Take Me To The Moon Burger (white cheddar, Red Eye bacon jam, Terminator mayo, lettuce, tomato, red onion and pickles). They also have Gluten-Free buns, so I was able to enjoy the burger in all its awesomeness, which made me really happy.

But it was a LOT of lotsness for those days, so by Wednesday I was exhausted. I was supposed to meet up with my stitch-and-bitch group to work on the third clue of the Mystery Crochet, but I went home and to sleep instead. But I am excited about the latest clue – just because I’m getting closer to being done. And I’ve been managing to follow the pattern pretty well (it’s the first time I’ve really attempted to follow a pattern)… even to the point that I can join in when some of my fellow crocheters are complaining about how needlessly wordy some of the steps are (because it is a LOT of words that aren’t needed). I’m enjoying what the result is though – it’s pretty!

This weekend is going to be much more low-key (as is needed). I’ve got my Sunday night game-group, and Saturday I’m going to skype with my bestie, and meet up with my writing buddy for coffee. So this weekend has some very specific goals.

I’m going to sleep. I’m going to clean a little. I’m going to FINISH EDITING CHAPTER 4, because that’s been sitting on my to-do-list for far too long. I’m going to finish the audio-book I’ve been listening to, finish the graphic novel I’ve been reading, and catch up on the Les Miserables read-along that I’ve been woefully neglectful of. Then I’m going to write up my reviews for the books I’ve finished so I can get together a post for my reading updates.

I’m also playing around with a couple of ideas for things I’d like to write for the blog (or host on the blog) so I’m going to see about getting started on some of those.
Hopefully there will be time for all of that to happen! Fingers crossed!!

How was your week? What do you have coming up this weekend?