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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!



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.

Tree in Bloom
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!


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!

Celebrate the Small Things

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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If We Were Having Coffee #27

If we were having coffee I’d tell you that I’ve been having some strange dreams lately.  Angry dreams that leave me feeling unsettled.  I’m going to blame it on the fact that I’ve had to spend the better part of the week dealing with ants that have been getting into my room, my brand new room.  Stupid ants.

I hate angry dreams, especially ones that are very real.  I get this whole run of emotions in my sleep and it’s just exhausting.

I’ve also been fighting a cold, which is leaving me very foggy headed.  It makes focusing on anything pretty challenging.  So coffee today is going to be a bit short, I need to go back to bed to keep on the road of recovery.

What else… I ended up signing up for the A to Z blogging challenge in April. I have an idea for a general theme for the month, and am looking forward to it.  I also am working on my plans for the next party that Taliana will be hosting, which will be the week at the end of March and start of April.  I’ll have more information about it soon.

I’ve also been working a bit on Disparate Threads, started updating again, and have a few scenes in the wings.  It’s been good to get back to it (slow moving though I may be), and I’ve been working on my novel.  The thing I’ve been stumbling over is describing people — I have always been terrible at it and it keeps tripping me up.  I’m trying to write character sketches for each of the primary characters in the story and their physical descriptions are challenging me.  Wish I could figure out why, or, more importantly, how to get past that so I can get some descriptions going.  I have them in my mind, I know what many of them look like, but describing things like skin tone, face structure, body builds… those just are challenging for me.

Time for a nap soon, but first, what have you been up to this week?

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If We Were Having Coffee #26

Today I want to be on the coast.  Let’s imagine ourselves there (unless you’re actually on the beach, then I envy you), sitting and listening to the waves in the distance.  We can’t actually see the water from where we sit, but we can hear it, crashing and rolling away.  Just beyond these beautiful windswept trees.  Knowing it is there, while I sip coffee with you, is enough.

I was in just such a place yesterday (sans coffee).  It was nice to be able to sit for a time, step outside of everything and simply sit and be.  It had been a frantic week, and I needed that reminder that it was okay to sit in quiet sometimes.  Not just needed, but necessary.

Maybe because of all that is going on around me these days, or because of where I am in my life just now, I’ve been finding myself reflecting on theology lately.  I’ve been thinking, particularly, about how complicated it can be to dig through the language that holds us at a distance.  Words are a complicated and challenging thing, and we all carry baggage around certain words which can make it hard to communicate.  And, too often, people are unwilling (or unable) to dig beyond their baggage in order to pick apart the meanings that the words hold.  I’ve been thinking about this particularly around theology and theological concepts, but really it’s a matter that comes to play in many aspects of life.

I’m not sure that I’m articulating what I’m trying to say very well.  I’ll readily admit that my brain is a little fried after a very busy week at work, with evenings full of moving, unpacking, and trying to get settled into my new space.

So I turn my frazzled brain to you, what would you like to talk about on this beautiful February day?

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If We Were Having Coffee #24

Welcome! I’m so glad to have you join me for coffee — I have to admit, I’m a bit worn out.  I’ve been moving this weekend, and it’s exhausting! Friends have helped, and I’m now in the midst of unpacking and trying to figure out the right spaces for everything.

It’s been a strange week.  The news of two different deaths had a bit of an impact one.  Jaysinh Birje-Patil (we all just called him Birje) was one of my professors when I was in college.  I didn’t have a lot of classes with him, but he taught a class about the Holocaust and the Language of Genocide that I remember well.  I’d been interested in Holocaust studies for a long time, and it was the first time that I was introduced to more theory, books outside of the personal stories.  Some of the texts that he had me look at in that class still hold a place on my shelf over a decade later.

The other was Marcus Borg, a theologian whose work really helped me develop a deeper understanding of the ways that one could be Christian.  I got to go hear him speak once, and was so impressed by him.  His book “The God We Never Knew,” factored into the paper I wrote exploring my understanding of the concept of God — especially in his explanation of panentheism (not to be confused with pantheism) as an understanding that “…God is more than everything, even as God is present everywhere.  God is all around us and within us, and we are within God.” (The God We Never Knew. HarperOne, Kindle Edition, 2009. Page 32).  He also spoke about mystical experiences in a way that resonated with me.

If you were the type to engage in theological conversations, I’d probably continue on.  I’d ask your thoughts, I’d pull out my Kindle and the books I have by him and we could delve into a deeper conversation on some of the things he had to say.

But I know some people have absolutely no interest in such conversations so, if we were having coffee I’d ease to talking about something else.

I’d also want to share that I’ve decided to turn Taliana’s Blog-Party’s into a regular feature.  I even put together a page about it! I’d ask if you were interested in participating in April, since I have some ideas already and would love to do more collaborative work with it.

It’ll be time for me to get back to setting things up soon, but I’ve got time to hear some about what you’ve been up to this week.  Are you looking forward to anything in the week to come?

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