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If We Were Having Coffee – Vacation Return!

Today’s post is a part of the Weekend Coffee Share, graciously hosted by Part Time Monster every weekend. A time for us to come together, share a cup of coffee (or our beverage of choice) to share some of what is going on in our lives.  It’s a lovely check-in!


If we were having coffee I’d have so much I wanted to tell you, but I might have some trouble finding just the right words.  I just got back from a very wonderful camping trip at Waldo Lake.  Honestly my brain is a bit scattered at the moment, so probably I’d just show you some pictures for now.  With the promise to tell you much much much more soon.  I’ve been having fun with Nerd In The Brain’s Go Play Challenges – so will have some more posts soon!

For now, a few highlights:

Our campsite!
Our campsite!
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I was so happy to be there! Out on the lake, my favorite place in the world (it’s been nine years since I was able to make it out there).
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Night One sunset – I love the sunsets at Waldo Lake.
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The water level was very low – which meant I was able to wade out to this island – I spent a lot of time on this little island, writing, reading, and generally just relaxing.
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We took a day trip to Crater Lake – there are still fires in the area, this was a boundary burn – intentionally set to create a boundary for the fires in the area.
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We took a day trip to Crater Lake! Somehow I hadn’t managed to make it here before, even with living in Oregon for most of my life.
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Looking back at the shore from “my” island – it really became my favorite place for this visit, I always had it completely to myself!

 

I need to sort through my pictures, write some more things about all I did, and then I’ll post those!

How was your week?

 

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If We Were Having Coffee… This Week – an Update!

Today’s post is a part of the Weekend Coffee Share, graciously hosted by Part Time Monster every weekend. A time for us to come together, share a cup of coffee (or our beverage of choice) to share some of what is going on in our lives.  It’s a lovely check-in!


If we were having coffee I would tell you all about the trip up to Seattle that I just took to visit my sister. We had a nice walk in the morning, but then spent most of the time just hanging out visiting.
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It’s been awesome to just get the chance to visit!

If we were having coffee I’d tell you that Monday I am heading out to my Favorite Place In The Whole Wide World (I’ve written about it before).  This means that I’m not going to have internet access for the WHOLE WEEK!

Not to worry (if you were worried, were you worried?) I’ve got the week’s posts all lined up, and hopefully things should run smoothly in my absence (Thanks to Diana for helping with that!) I won’t be responding to comments until I come back, but look forward to our next coffee when I can tell you all about it!

If We Were Having Coffee… Brief Visit

weekendcoffeeshare (1)Today’s post is a part of the Weekend Coffee Share, graciously hosted by Part Time Monster every weekend. A time for us to come together, share a cup of coffee (or our beverage of choice) to share some of what is going on in our lives.  It’s a lovely check-in!


If we were having coffee I’d be excited to tell you that I got to meet Corina of Wasted Day and Wasted Nights! We got together last night for dinner and then a venture into the Portland Underground (more about that to come at another time!)

Otherwise it’s been a pretty normal week – work’s been a bit slower which has allowed me some time for a few projects, but I haven’t managed to get as much editing done as I need. That’s going to change soon though — I am determined.

This week enters my countdown to vacation!  I have exciting plans starting next Friday and am really looking forward to the chance to get away from my normal routine for a while.

If we were having coffee I wouldn’t be able to chat for long — I’m having a group of friends over tonight for a play reading and need to do some cleaning and food prep for it.  But I’ve got some time to hear about your week – how have things been for you?

If We Were Having Coffee… Bagels on Fire!

Today’s post is a part of the Weekend Coffee Share, graciously hosted by Part Time Monster every weekend. A time for us to come together, share a cup of coffee (or our beverage of choice) to share some of what is going on in our lives.  It’s a lovely check-in!


If we were having coffee I’d tell you a little about what I learned yesterday:

  1. Sometimes a bagel doesn’t fit into a toaster because it is a bagel and they can be oddly shaped.
  2. Sometimes, however, the bagel does not fit because there is actually a little heel of another type of bread down in the toaster that someone else forgot about.
  3. If there are small flames coming out of the toaster and someone else is around my first response is to calmly ask, “What do you do for a toaster fire?”
  4. Unplugging the toaster is always a good place to start.
  5. Putting a pizza pan over the top of the toaster will not cut off the air circulation enough to put out the flames.
  6. Blowing out the flames, though, can help do what the pizza pan could not.
  7. The colors of hot fire are really pretty and I kind of wish I could have captured them to look at more closely (I did not).

Thankfully the only casualty was half a bagel and that heel of bread, the toaster fared fine, as did the half a bagel that was NOT in the burning-side.

That was the big excitement of the week – what a way to start out my Friday…. Luckily the rest of the day went smoothly.

I’d tell you I’ve slowed down on my edits, but am still trudging along.  I’m liking the changes I’m making, and part of the reason I’m going so slowly is because I’m really trying to think about what needs to be done, how to do it well and then doing it. Yup, this is the revision where no gaps are allowed, where the story makes sense and flows properly.  Then I can give it to those first readers for their first impressions.

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

 

If We Were Having Coffee… planning

Today’s post is a part of the Weekend Coffee Share, graciously hosted by Part Time Monster every weekend. A time for us to come together, share a cup of coffee (or our beverage of choice) to share some of what is going on in our lives.  It’s a lovely check-in!


If we were having coffee I’d tell you it was a pretty uneventful week.  Work has been busy, and I haven’t had a lot of energy in the evenings.  I need to buckle down on the editing, managed a little bit but am thinking that I may need to give myself a bit more time on this.  It’s my first time doing this kind of work on a novel and I’m learning an awful lot about my own process and think (hope) that the next one will be able to go smoother.

My plans for the weekend are very heavy on the editing — with a few other events scattered about.  Hopefully I’ll get back into the groove and make some real progress.

This weekend I also will be working on some blog-plotting.  I have some ideas brewing about, been doing a bit of plotting, planning and idea bouncing with people.  What I need to put some real time and thought into is just what I want to really focus on.  I have limited energy and need to manage it carefully – with work taking more of it, and wanting to make more progress on the novel I have to pay attention to what I’m working on.  Which means some planning — figuring out which projects will keep for a while, which ones can be knocked out more quickly, and setting things into motion.

That’s about all I’ve got today.  Lots of thoughts swirling around in my head, but if we were having coffee I’d calm them to hear what you’ve got going on these days.  Tell me, I’d love to hear.

 

If We Were Having Coffee… Mountains, Animals, and Theater!

Today’s post is a part of the Weekend Coffee Share, graciously hosted by Part Time Monster every weekend. A time for us to come together, share a cup of coffee (or our beverage of choice) to share some of what is going on in our lives.  It’s a lovely check-in!


If we were having coffee I might look a bit worn down. Ridiculously happy, but worn down.

It’s been quite the week! I had an out-of-town friend visiting and we spent Monday up at Mt. Hood!  My mom went with us, which was nice — my friend went for a hike and Mom and I had some time to visit which is something we don’t get to do very often, despite living under the same roof!  It was strange to see the Mountain with so little snow… very sad.

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Mount Hood. I see this mountain in the distance a lot during any given week, but I haven’t gotten up to it in a very long time.

In addition to visiting time I managed some writing time!  It was nice and cool up there, and the views were stunning.

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Mom captured this picture of me working while looking up at the Mountain
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Until it got too bright this was another one of my writing spots — looking away from the mountain.

The rest of the week went in a blur — work was busy busy busy.

But Saturday.. Saturday was the day I was looking forward to.  Back ages ago a friend of mine and I bought tickets to go see Wicked when the Broadway Tour came to town and this was the weekend to see it!

We made a day of it, which was fun.  First came breakfast out with her, her husband, and her two awesome daughters (I love doing things with her family! They are such an awesome little group of people.  One of her daughters has guest posted for me, and they helped me out with one of my reading challenges for Nerd In The Brain‘s Summer Reading Program!)

Then we were off to the zoo!  Well, my friend and I went to the zoo — the girls changed their mind so her husband took them for a day of activity.  I had been wanting to go to the zoo for a while, and it hadn’t happened with any of my out-of-town guests so I was very pleased to get the chance to wander around.  I know that some people have issue with Zoos… but I really enjoy them.

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I think this was the first time I saw this guy away from the lower viewing window!
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This picture looks a bit like a painting to me… This bird was having a fun time posing for me.

We saw Lions! And Tigers (well, sort of, he was trying to hide out) and Bears! And giraffes, and penguins, and elephants, and otters and much more.

And then, the main event!

20150808_133325I have wanted to see Wicked forever… I know the music well.  I read the books that it’s inspired by, and I just love it.

I was very pleased with the show – it was beautifully sung and acted, the scenery was awesome!

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The mechanical dragon above the map of Oz. From our seats we could see the guys up in the scaffolding who helped make the dragon move!

I generally love going to the theater but for some reason this show was one I REALLY wanted to see and I felt like a kid waiting for a big celebration — bouncing in my seat, grinning through the entire show (and mouthing many of the words).  It was so much fun!  And the story… the story they tell is just wonderful.  I love turning the Wizard of Oz story on its ear, looking at a different way of telling it.

Where I come from we believe all sorts of things that aren’t true. It’s called history.                              -The Wizard

My Storyteller brain and my historian brain just gobble it up…. I say as though those two parts of myself were separate at all…

I’ve about run out of steam so that’s all I’d have to say for now… how about you?  What have you been up to this week?

 

 

 

If We Were Having Coffee… Vacation and the Coast!

Today’s post is a part of the Weekend Coffee Share, graciously hosted by Part Time Monster every weekend. A time for us to come together, share a cup of coffee (or our beverage of choice) to share some of what is going on in our lives.  It’s a lovely check-in!


If we were having coffee I’d tell you that my friend is visiting from Maine!  It’s been a great visit so far, and we have the weekend ahead of us still.  Today we’re going to spend some time downtown, Powell’s is high on the list.

Yesterday we tried to beat the heat (it’s hitting the 100’s here in the Portland Metro Area, which is just not okay) by going to the coast.  It was a perfect day and I had so much fun.  For the first time in a long time I played a game that I loved when I was younger — chase the waves.  The goal is to reach the edge of the waves reach before it does. If you wade out enough before picking the wave to run from you get soaked in the race.  I just did one round but it was so fun!

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Racing the wave! With the bag I won from Nerd In The Brain Summer Reading Program! It’s such an amazing beach-bag!

We walked quite a ways then sat and wrote for a while before heading to Mo’s for lunch.  Then we drove down the coast a bit, stopping to take a little hike to another great beach.  I love the coast so much, the salt air, the sounds and smell, it is one of my favorite places to be.

Check out the pictures… just a few that I took.

I’m looking forward to the rest of the visit.  We’re sticking around town for the weekend, but Monday a trip to Mount Hood is in the plans!  I’ll be posting pictures on Instagram throughout, I’m sure 🙂

I know that there was other things going on but… the beach.  A day enjoying good company and relaxing by the water had wiped most everything else from my mind.

Late edit!  I just remembered the other thing I wanted to mention here!  Monday I am guest posting over at Part Time Monster!  I’m very excited about my “Monday Monster” post – I hope you’ll all come over to check it out!