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If We Were Having Coffee… Reading and Blog Award!

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 that I’m pretty exhausted.  The week went well,  but it was busy and wore me out.  Thankfully, this isn’t my first run at a week like this so I knew that I’d be worn out.  I was prepared!

I got a lot of awesome writing work done last weekend, and told myself that I don’t have to write any more until Monday — I gave myself the week (and this weekend) off!  I did do some re-reading of the first half of the novel I’m working on, making notes of things that need to be adjusted, cut, expanded or explained.  But mostly I read A Dirty Job (For the Lazy Lambs Book Club) and listened to music, and zoned out (and complained a bit on twitter about the ridiculously long commutes.. not sure what was up with traffic and the transit system this week but, wow).

This weekend I’m going to read more!  I have a wine-tasting outing Saturday morning, and then it’s going to be time for my to run my last-minute readathon 🙂  Not sure if anyone will be reading with me — being so last minute and all — but I’ll be reading and rambling away even if it’s just me!  I’m looking forward to putting my book-nook to use again this weekend!

My weekend reading plans... I know I wont get through ALL of them but... I'm gonna try!
My weekend reading plans… I know I won’t get through ALL of them but… I’m gonna try!

If we were having coffee I’d tell you that I was really pleased with how Passionate Geeks is going!  I had my first guest poster this month, and am really pleased with the growing interest in the series.

I’d also tell you I’m excited for the upcoming Taliana event: A garden party in July!

If we were having coffee I’d tell you that Lori MacLaughlin, of Writing, Reading and the Pursuit of Dreams nominated me for the Creative Blogger award!

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Thanks Lori!!

The rules for this award:

  1.  Thank and post the link of the person who nominated you.
  2. Share 5 facts about yourself to your readers.
  3. Nominate 15-20 blogs and notify them.
  4. Pass on the rules.

I tend to not nominate people, so if you want, consider yourself nominated!  I really enjoyed the answers that people shared for my last blog award!

If we were having coffee I would share five facts….

  1. One of my favorite pieces of artwork is a silly coloring page a friend drew for the kids we worked with, colored by another friend.
  2. I recently rediscovered Rock Paper Cynics “A Defense of Teddy Bears” which now hangs on the wall behind my desk… I find such truth in it.
  3. I have a lamp named Pie, a space heater named Turtle, and once had a refrigerator named Roberto[Edited ’cause someone with a better memory than me corrected me 🙂  ]
  4. I have an extremely hard time describing people, it’s a huge challenge in my writing.
  5. The only time I have ever ridden on a snowmobile was during a blizzard.

What are five

 

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If We Were Having Coffee… Melting and Writing

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 offer it to you iced.  With apologies that I haven’t had the chance to make my coffee-ice-cubes yet.  This 90 degree weather is throwing me for a loop – I am not a fan of the heat. It makes me melt.

I’m hoping to be pretty productive this weekend, using the heat as an excuse to just sit at my computer and write all day.  If I don’t end up sleeping most of the weekend… that’s a distinct possibility as well — I’ve been so tired lately and the next week at work is one of our busy ones, so I need to be well rested going into it.

I’d tell you that I am excited about the start of Passionate Geeks this week!  I’ve had a lot of people express interest in contributing to it and I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone has to say!

I’m looking forward to the summer (assuming the weather stays in control).  While my work schedule really doesn’t really change, I like to pretend that things are a little slower… and I am taking some time off here and there for various visits, which will be nice.

If we were having coffee I’d tell you that I’m continuing on the novel… slow but steady progress.  I just signed up to participate in Camp NaNoWriMo in July.  My goal is to have the compiled draft of the novel done by the end of June, so that I can spend July editing the entire story — making final determinations on some of the things that are still noted as “need a name” or “I probably should figure out the government structure,” clean up language, deal with character inconsistencies, figure out some messy point-of-view issues, and other such things.  The goal is to send it to its very first reader (a very dear, trusted friend who will be honest, but kind… and perhaps a little snarky/silly) before the summer is up.  I’m both excited and nervous at the idea of putting this story out there, hoping that it is good enough.  Good enough for people to want to read.  Good enough to capture the attention of an agent.  Good enough to be published.

You know, I’d settle even with “good enough for people to want to read.”  I know I have a long road ahead of me still, but it is starting to feel amazing and daunting.  Real.

What have you been up to?

If We Were Having Coffee… Sleep Studies and Projects

If we were having coffee I would invite you to join me in my FINALLY organized space.  We’ll have to pretend it’s bigger though, because it really is just one small room… I have a little sitting space, but it’s more a reading nook that a space for more than one person to sit  –I am playing with ways to change this layout, I’d love to be able to actually have people over for coffee, but for now hanging out at my place would kind of like hanging out in a friends dorm-room back in college days.  But, I have coffee!

After showing off the organization (look, see how all my books are about to be organized?  And I have two desks, one for the computer and one to spread out on!) I’d want to tell you all about how tired I am.

Seriously, I think last night was one of my worst nights for sleeping in a very long time.  I was doing an at-home sleep-study, so had this machine strapped to myself, with cords and wires all over the place.  Have you ever done a sleep study?  It was so hard to get comfortable with that thing on – and I kept waking up because something was on my face (reassured myself it was simply the things that were supposed to be there and was able to go back to sleep).  When I finally woke up around 5:30 and saw that the machine (theoretically) had gathered all the information it needed, I took it off and settled in for a few more hours of dozing.  But tired, so tired.

Despite the one night inconvenience (and the ridiculous co-pay) I’m really excited about this.  I’ve been struggling with some serious energy issues for almost a decade now.  I don’t talk about it much here, and I have managed it pretty well, but it is hard to have to so carefully watch everything I do, to plan ahead so much for the week so I can do all my cooking on the weekend, things like that.  I’ve managed it, and found some things that help a lot (like not eating wheat, that’s a huge help), but without insurance for most of those 10 years I haven’t been able to do a LOT of work to figure out what’s wrong, and what I was able to do cost me an awful lot of money.

So it’s exciting to have insurance. To be working with a doctor who is helping to explore all sorts of possibilities.  Ruling out (or in) sleep apnea is the step we’re on now and it’s really neat to imagine that perhaps I’ll be able to wake up not feeling exhausted.  I have a pretty strong feeling that, if I do have sleep apnea it isn’t going to solve all the problems, but, just like stopping eating wheat made a large difference, it does an amazing amount of good to be able to chip even a little bit away from the problem.

Thanks for letting me vent and ramble a bit about that – it’s been one of the things looming in my life lately, and certainly shaping how today is (because, damn, that machine is uncomfortable to sleep in!  Ugh, if I need a CPAP I know I’ll adjust to it but…. Ugh…).

It’s been a slow week for writing – though I am making some progress on projects!  I’m looking forward to the first guest-post for Passionate Geeks, which will hopefully be going up the second Wednesday in June!  Depending on things that first post may have to be mine, with the guest post in July, but we’re hoping it’s going to be ready to go up for June!  I have loved the conversations I’ve had with people around this project, and how many of you are excited about it!  Even if only half of those who have expressed interest end up writing posts, it is going to be Legendary! (Yes… I just started re-watching How I Met Your Mother, if you want to put the proper enunciation on that…).

And I feel like I’ve been talking forever… I’ll have more updates later, about the novel, about work, about life, but for now it’s your turn.  If we were having coffee, what would you want to share?


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 We’re Having Coffee… Long Weekend!

If we were having coffee I would be tired. So tired. You see it’s been a long week, with lots going on. Friday was a LOOONG day… and I plan to spend the weekend recovering, resting and writing.
I’d invite you to join me in the ongoing saga of “Allison’s Adventures in Coffee.”  This week I bought a new toy from my favorite coffee cart (Ole Latte!).  I feel like my ability to make (and appreciate) coffee has grown in the past years.  I got a single-cup coffee maker ages ago and it served me decently well for a long time, but this Christmas I got to up the ante with home-brewed coffee when I received an espresso machine as a present.  It works great for weekend coffee, or when I am making my coffee for my morning commute.  But, there was still this issue of finishing my coffee before I got to work and it only being 8 am.  Clearly, I needed more coffee.

And so… I present you the newest attempt at solving this problem!

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Drip-Drop! Which, yes, is now it’s name.  I brought it home for the weekend so I can learn how to make it work best, but the plan is that Drip-Drop (Drippy, for short) will live at work.  Along with a small tea-pot (have to figure out which one still, I think something may have to be purchased), thus increasing my ability for a mid-morning coffee without having to go down to the cart to buy one pre-made.  They’ll still provide the coffee grounds, of course, but hopefully this will help in my plans of cutting back my coffee-spending!

That’s my news this week… I am very excited about Drippy, and the possibility of fresh-brewed coffee RIGHT AT MY DESK!

I would probably also mention how excited I am about Passionate Geeks.  I registered a hashtag for it and everything (#PassionateGeeks)!  So far I’ve had a lot of people express interest in writing for it, and am hoping that the interest does translate into actual writing.  It’s so nice to have found something that other people seem to be as excited about as I am!

And, now that I’ve got some of this coffee in me and am starting to wake up, I’d tell you I’ve been reading for the #LazyLambs Book Club.  We’re reading “A Dirty Job” by Christopher Moore this round (plan is to be done by June 27th if anyone wants to join in!) It’s a fun read and I’m really enjoying some of the characters so far.

I’d also tell you that I’m making good progress on Bria Lana – my novel.  It’s really rough still, and I’m having to do a fair amount of writing in this revision.  It’s part of an ongoing process of learning about my own writing style, what works, what doesn’t.  It’s pretty cool to be figuring it out!

How about you?  How are you doing?  How has your week 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 – Party Day!

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Our Breakfast view. Mom had fun watching the young geese running around the hill being herded by the adults.

If we were having coffee, it would probably actually be coffee or wine, this evening.  That’s because my morning was taken over by other activities.  As I mentioned in my Celebrate Post, this weekend is my Mom’s birthday.   Since she has to spend her ACTUAL birthday in a work meeting, I took her out this morning.  We had breakfast at her favorite place, then over to coffee at one of my favorite places, then Mani-Pedis.   We live in the same house, but it’s rare that we actually get to spend a lot of time just hanging out and visiting.  It was such a lovely time!

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Over tea and coffee we were able to watch another body of water. The Heron was having fun fishing and flying about.

 

No sooner had I gotten home than my Dad called and invited me to join him and my step-mom for a wine tasting.  Of course, I had to take them up on that!  So, now I’m home and ready to write!

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The view from the vineyard. I love the cloud-skies that we’ve been having lately.

 

If we were having drinks, I’d tell you that I’m making some decisions with my writing.  Realizing some things about how I write means I have to alter what I’m doing if I actually want to be productive.  I haven’t completely committed to them yet, though I can’t quite figure out what is holding me back from doing so.  Actually, that’s not true, I do have an idea on that… Just still haven’t worked myself through it completely.  I”ll get there.

I’d tell you that I’m a bit nervous about the upcoming weeks at work.  We have a few special things going on, and then it is Finals Week, which is always a crazy time.  But then… then we have summer!  I still work, but the work-load is a bit lighter, and I’m able to take a little time off.  And this year I have out of town guests coming!  One of my cousin’s is visiting with her family, and then I have a friend coming out for a little while too.  I’m also planning some outings and hoping to coordinate a camping trip too.  It will be good, and I hope I’m able to take a few days to simply write. So much writing….

I’d also tell you how very excited I am about the Passionate Geeks project I’m doing.  I hope that the earlier response will translate into actual participation and activity!

How are you doing?  What’s going on in your head 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.

If We Were Having Coffee: Writing and Social Times!

If we were having coffee today I’d hope that we could enjoy it outside, but somewhere in the shade.

It’s been an up and down week… one of those weeks where I can’t quite believe it’s just been one week.  I took Monday off from work because of an early-morning doctors appointment.  Which meant I got the rare opportunity to do a bunch of writing during the day (it was highly productive!) and got together with TWO different friends.  Lunch with one, and then milkshakes with another (and her girls!  Including one of my absolute favorite six-year-olds!)

Monday was a beautiful day to enjoy a milkshake and some outside time!
Monday was a beautiful day to enjoy a milkshake and some outside time!

It was a beautiful wonderful day.  The rest of the week was kind of unremarkable, at least, compared to Thursday.  Thursday was lovely until lunch-break.  Lunch was delightful, I got a lot of writing done.  But I got back from lunch just after the alarm in the building finished going off… the rest of the day was spent dealing with the fall-out of the evacuation and some other issues that arose towards the end of the day.  Then the commute….  Between traffic being backed up because of a presidential visit and police activity that stopped the trains from traveling from downtown to westside my normally 1 to 1.5 hour commute ended up last 2 hours and 45 minutes.  UGH.

Friday was somewhat better… it was beautiful outside, and I enjoyed a lunch-break of good writing and then drinks and dessert out with a friend later in the evening.

This weekend is going to see more writing (and more great weather!)  It’s nice to be getting so much writing done (and also getting so much social time). May the coming week bring more productivity!

Enjoying the sun and a coffee from my favorite cart for lunch on Friday.
Enjoying the sun and a coffee from my favorite cart for lunch on Friday.

I’m looking forward to some  projects that are coming up, collaborations and behind the scenes plotting is happening!  It’s going to be a great summer in the blogosphere, and outside it as well 🙂


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

If we were having coffee I’d probably look a bit ragged…. again?  Yeah, I don’t think I’m actually getting sleep when I sleep these days.  There’s just so much on my plate… this weekend I’m working on trying to clear that up a bit.

We’d have to grab coffee somewhere, since I’m too overwhelmed to think about making it.  I would want to hear all about your week, how things are going for you.  I’d try to tell you about what has been happening in my life, but I think it would end up coming out as a list:

  • I’ve been having some good stuff happening at work.  Settling into my new job, and think I”m doing well at it.  I’m also starting to help in training the person who took my old position, which is sometimes a challenge.  In a lot of ways I crafted that position into what it is, so to try and teach someone else how to do it involves a lot of stepping back, letting go, giving my best advice and then letting them make it their own.
    One of the things I’m really proud of work-wise this week is that we met with an individual who uses Screen-Reading technology to look at the webpages that I’ve really had a key part in creating.  He said we’d done a very good job, with just a few tweaks (that didn’t really get too much in the way with the accessibility of the page, just to make it smoother).  I love that we have been able to create a page that is accessible.
  • I successfully completed that A to Z Blogging Challenge! I’ll be writing a reflection on it later this weekend (probably going up on Monday), but was very pleased with how it went.  I plan to keep visiting some of the other A to Z blogs (including checking out the blogs of everyone who commented here) in the months to come.
  • I’ve been trying to get a lot of writing done, though it’s been coming in bits and spurts.  I’m hoping that this weekend I’ll be able to square away some things and make real progress.
  • Later today I’ll be doing my first Lazy Lambs Book Club post!  I’m excited about this new project and hope more people will join us.  You can check out the very first post (with more information) over on Things Matter.  Mine will be coming later today (I hope!)
  • I have a few projects in the works.  Things I hope to put into place, guest posts that I’m working on, and it’s all exciting… but means a lot of work.  I’ve also been working away at Bria Lana (the novel) as well… Finding the time is hard… it’s so hard to find time.

And… that’s my rambling check-in for the moment.  Time for some grocery-shopping, and then… then I can write all this stuff that needs to get written!


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.