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If We Were Having Coffee…. A to Z Madness!

coffee2If we were having coffee I’d offer to make you an espresso with the new beans I just got.  Honey-processed — they make excellent coffee!  Or, you know, I can make some drip coffee, or some tea, or maybe some cocoa?  Take your pick.

I’d probably be a bit bleary eyed, despite being on my second or third cup.  I’ve been training in my new job this week, and it’s been a bit more exhausting than I expected.  I also decided to go out both Monday night (for some writing time) and Tuesday night (for a movie), which was not a good idea.  I need to get more sleep… and despite the fact that the new job allows me to sleep in a bit longer, I seem to be more exhausted.  Think I’m fighting a bit of a bug as well, yes, that’s it…

I’d tell you I had fun with the Taliana event — which will finish up tomorrow morning.  It was really fun to collaborate with friends and fellow bloggers on so many of the posts, though I think in the future I wont be running an event for her in the spring like this… it’s too hard with A to Z (though, getting her story to fit for A, B, C, and D was fun!)

I’m looking forward to the rest of the month, with my guest-posters (including my super-special ones! They’re all special, but I’m particularly excited that the authors of “J,” “S,” and “U” agreed to participate!)

I can’t even remember what else I was going to say.  There was likely more, and I seem to recall early in the week really looking forward to our coffee time together to tell you something, but I can’t remember what that was anymore… so I’d instead settle back and ask you how your week has been?


 

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 tim

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If We Were Having Coffee – What a week!

If we were having coffee I would probably look a bit worn down.  It was a very stressful week at work.  Finals Week always is busy, but this time we were understaffed and saw record-breaking levels of students.  It made for non-stop work, and I pretty much came home from work and went right to bed every night.

If we were having coffee I would tell you that I’m really excited about how my plans for the A to Z challenge are coming together — my big theme-reveal will be coming out on Monday and I’m excited about that.  I’ve been doing some real plotting and planning, and am super-excited about how things are coming together.

If we were having coffee I’d admit that I’m feeling a bit behind on my writing.  This week of not even writing during my lunch-breaks really threw me off my game — I’m glad I decided not to write during those breaks I needed the time to read and relax completely.

I did do a little writing one morning while I was waiting for the bus (which may well take the prize for the most unusual place I’ve written, standing on the sidewalk before 7am the sun not even completely risen, scribbling in a notebook before the bus arrives.  It was completely unrelated to any of the other writing projects I have going on right now, so I just wrote the scene that had come to my mind and a few points about the story so that when I do get back to it I will hopefully still remember what I was thinking for it.

I feel like there was something more I wanted to share today, but my brain is a fuzzy-mess and I’m having trouble remembering just what it was.  So, if we were having coffee, I would  settle back with my mocha (it feels like a mocha day), and ask how your week has been.


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 time.

If We Were Having Coffee… Busy Times

Let's just imagine this reading nook is a bit bigger!
Let’s just imagine this reading nook is a bit bigger!

If we were having coffee I’d invite you to join me in the little coffee/reading nook I have.  It’s rainy out, after over a week of beautiful weather — the perfect day to settle back and rest in the warmth of a cozy corner.  The real corner is quite small — but we can pretend it big enough for us to settle in for a time for a short coffee chat.

How have you been doing this week?  Anything going on that you want to chat about? How is the weather?  Seriously, I’m intrigued by the way the weather is changing places — today is a more typical Oregon rainy day, but this week has been beautifully warm and sunny — which is so unusual.

If we were having coffee I’d tell you that this past week was a bit of a challenge.  I don’t really want to get into the details of why, it was just the kind of week that called for some venting time with friends after work.  I was so happy to have friends who were willing to do just that.  One of the things I love about where I’m living now is that I have friends nearby who are able to get out with me sometimes — for coffee, or drinks, or those moments when you just need some deep-fried greasy food — to vent together, laugh, and commiserate.

If we were having coffee I’d tell you how excited I am about the blogging events coming up.  Taliana’s next adventure is already shaping up to be a lot of fun — I’m really enjoying the chance to do some collaborative writing with a few friends and some bloggers I’ve met this year and hoping that some new participants will join in the fun.

I’m also preparing for the A to Z Blogging Challenge.  I participated in one of the Tweet-Chats this week, and made some new great connections.  So now, I’m looking forward to my very-first guest posts — and to be hosting a guest poster on this site as well!  More about that all will be coming soon!

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that this coming week is going to be a challenge for me.  I am already planning to step back a bit for social media, maybe only checking in on things during my commute. Finals week is the busiest time in my office, and it could be pretty hectic this term, so I’m anticipating needing to make sure that I am relaxing on my breaks and when I get home.  Including a lot of sleep so that I’m not tempted to over-caffeinate. Self-care and all that.

Now, on to writing.  This weekend I’m aiming to get a lot of work done on my different projects — though I am already getting a bit of a slow start…. Best get to it!  Hope you have a good/productive weekend!


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 time

If We Were Having Coffee… Sleepy Weekend.

I’d invite you to join me for the beverage of your choice out in the absolutely amazing weather we’re having.  It’s nearly 70 degree’s outside, sunny and beautiful.  But I’m sleepy today, and my room is cold.  I keep reminding myself that I’ll be happy it’s so cool come summer, but today I would love it to be warm like it is outside.

I’d tell you I’m still trying to figure out balancing work, life, and my writing.  I feel like it’s going slower than it should, but… of course… I keep adding things to the list, it’s just what I do.  I’ll be hosting another Taliana event soon (the official announcement will go up at the end of the week).  I’m participating in the A to Z challenge in April, so am trying to get ahead on that, keeping up on Disparate Threads, and also working on the novel editing.  It’s a lot.

Friday night I went to a new place to hang out with some friends.  Unfortunately by Friday night I was pretty worn out from a long work week, so I only could stay for a while.  But it was great to get to spend a bit of time with friends.

20150307_144647This weekend I got to go to a wine tasting with my dad and step-mom.  They are members of a wine club and get to go to special quarterly wine-tastings for “pick-up day.”  I love going with them, and today was amazing.  We enjoyed a bunch of wine samples and I picked up a few bottles of my favorite ones.

How has your weekend been?  Any plans for the rest of it?


 

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 time!

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Celebrate, Coffee, and Trouble!

If were having coffee….
Today I want to celebrate…

The week completely got away from me.  Which is why this Celebrate Post is coming late, and honestly why the Coffee Post is coming early.  I have plans with the weekend.  They involve writing, writing, and more writing — combined with some social stuffs.  And I know how easily I can slip into spending much of my Saturday putting together my weekend coffee post, so I thought I would preempt that particular procrastination method by inviting you to have coffee with me today.

Coffee on the run, snagged during one of my work breaks.  I’d tell you that it’s been a tough week, with a return of the Invader Ants Army of Doom (yes, that is their new name, I shall henceforth refer to them as IAAD).  They are disorganized, and mostly just a small nuisance.  I’m pulling out the poison tomorrow morning before I head out for a writing-morning at one of my favorite coffee shops but for now I am taking them out one-by-one.

I got some good visiting time with family and friends in this week, which has been nice, but writing time has been severely limited.  I still have managed some – but am going to have to begin to really start putting my nose to the grindstone if I want to get back to the levels of productivity I had before winter hit.  I do feel like I’m coming out of hibernation — a little more energy, and have been interested in reading again (for about a month I haven’t even really wanted to read anything).  It feels good to be coming through that.

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Budding trees spotted during my morning commute!

In honor of Celebrate the Small Things Friday, that is one of the things I celebrate — I know that some are still many who are buried (quite literally) in snow.  But here in the Portland Oregon Metro Area there are unmistakable signs of spring.  The other day I was able to sit outside for my lunch-break and write — what a difference that made to my lunch-break productivity!

I’d take a pause in our coffee, and our appreciation of the sunshine (yeah, yeah, so today is actually a rainy and cold day here, but let’s pretend), to express sadness at the death of Leonard Nimoy.  I am surprised at how the death of a celebrity (one I grew up watching on TV) has stirred up the other losses I felt this year.  I don’t want to dwell on that, not right now, but it will get more reflection.   Instead, lets celebrate the gifts we have been given by all those who have passed this year.

I also would call your attention to the fact that there is a new book out today!  Lori MacLaughlin‘s Lady, Thy Name Is Trouble came out today!  Cover for "Lady, Thy Name is Trouble" by Lori L. MacLaughlinI had the privileged of getting an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) of this book and my review will be posting next week.  But for now, I wanted to share with you all the cover (I really love this cover, it’s perfect for the book)!  I’ll share much more about the book and the author on Thursday!

Breaks done, time for me to hurry back to work!  I’d love to hear your celebrations, reflections, check ins… what have you.  How has your week been?  Any plans for the weekend?  What are you reading these days?

 


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 time!

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Today is also  Celebrate the Small Things Friday.  Hosted by Lexa Cain, L.G. Keltner of Writing Off the Edge, and Katie of The Cyborg Mom, Celebrate the Small Things is a time when we all take a moment to celebrate something good from our week.  It can be small, it can be big, just something to look back on the week and celebrate!

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If We Were Having Coffee #29. Magic, Kindness, and #1000Speak.

If we were having coffee I would want to tell you all about the show I saw last night!  It had been a rough week at work, and I’ve been fighting a cold again, so spent most of the week either working, traveling to and from work, or sleeping.

We also went to the dinner that they offered before the show - it felt very fancy to eat in the First Balcony lobby.
We also went to the dinner that they offered before the show – it felt very fancy to eat in the First Balcony lobby.

Last night, though, I went with a friend and her daughter to see Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, touring Broadway Cast.  It was the first time, probably since middle school (so… over 20 years) that I’ve gone to see a musical that I was not familiar with.  Don’t ask me how I had missed it, but somehow I didn’t know any of the music.

The show was amazing.  I enjoyed the music, and the way the story was told.  It was really fun to watch with a first-grader (wearing her princess tiara!)  Then there was the magic.

I have always been interested in the behind-the-scenes of theater, dabbled in it here and there.  Usually I can pretty quickly figure out the effects that are used (at least understand how they’re done), and sometimes anticipate them.  But Cinderella’s costume changes were unlike anything I’d seen before.  Standing right on the stage, no smoke, no misdirection, her dress turned from rags to a ball-gown.   And they repeated this trick twice (though the second time there was a little misdirection going on).  Now on reflection I can figure out bits and pieces, or at least speculate on how it was done, but in the moment… In the moment it was magical.  Have you ever had that kind of experience, where the magic of something from when you were a child appears again when you are older?

I also found it fun that there was a clear theme of kindness and compassion weaving through the show.  Coming on the same day as the #1000Speak campaign to flood the internet with talk of compassion and kindness seemed especially fitting.  10409230_10204463022069137_1863086623340445880_n

Yesterday was also fun, seeing all the posts about compassion, all the activity and action.  It was awesome, and so many of the posts prompted good thought and reflection.  If you haven’t already, I would encourage you to go check out the posts.

How has your week?  Any plans this weekend?


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If We Were Having Coffee #28

If we were having coffee I’d invite you to join me outside the shop, at one of those tables with an umbrella.  Especially if you’re one of my friends from one of those places where the snow seems to be never-ending and the cold all-pervasive.  It isn’t exactly summer here, but it’s unseasonably warm, and there are definite patches of blue-sky.

I’d want to hear all about your week, how have things been going? Have you done or are you doing anything for Valentines day?  It’s never been a huge holiday for me, at least not in my adult life.

I’d planned to tell you some about my week, it was a kind of hellish week, but I’m at the point where I am able to laugh at some of it — simply because of the ridiculousness of it.  But instead my mind has been on a big change that’s happening.  It may sound silly, but…. today two trees are coming down in my front yard.  They are maple trees, that need to come down — their roots pull up the sidewalks, and the foundation, and I seem to recall other reasons being given as well.

They’re just trees.  And we have so many more trees… but these tree’s are special to me.  I learned to climb trees in these trees.  I climbed these trees to prove the point that I could do anything I wanted in a skirt (I’ve always loved wearing skirts).

They have always been there, and I have always loved them.  For years my window looked out on them.  There have been many important trees in my life, and these two…these were the first ones.  I know it’s silly to be so attached, but it is my reality.  So today I’m sort of saying goodbye, and it is hitting me harder than I had expected.  Have you ever had an experience like that?

My climbing tree.
This tree, and the one behind it, are coming out. This is the one I loved to climb. There was a branch that had to be removed ages ago which I could grab onto to pull myself up the V of the tree, and then make my way up a little higher, if I wanted.
Looking up through the branches

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