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#WeekendCoffeeShare: Boxing in the Monster

Weekend 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 Friday January 25th at 7am (Pacific Time) until Monday January 28th at 7am (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!



If you are unable to post your site into the link-up for any reason feel free to drop it into the comments and I will do my best to add you to the linkup!

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Sorry about missing you all last weekend… Wednesday of last week I started to have a dry scratchy throat, and Thursday, Friday, and Saturday all ended up being completely devoted to sleeping. With the briefest of breaks on Saturday to wrangle Midnight Monster into his crate for his annual checkup. He’s doing well, though I have to figure out a way to get him to run around even more, and I emerged with a minimum of injuries. He DESPISES being put into any sort of box (in a very non-cat-like manner he refuses to even sit in completely empty, open-topped, cardboard boxes), so we have to plan and prep for the trauma of getting him into a crate for his vet visits. Once he’s there he’s the sweetest loaf of a cat, just sits there being his handsome self (something he rarely does at home, though, to be fair, I also didn’t try to attack his belly like I do when we’re at home). When they take him out of the room for his blood-work and shots he always comes back all cuddled up to the tech.

Sunday I was actually able to keep my eyes open for most of the day, spent some time in the morning visiting with my besty, got some groceries, and did my weekly game session that night (online).

The week has been interesting, because I’m definitely still recovering from this ick. So I had moments of feeling a lot better, but moments of feeling pretty worn down. A mini roller coaster of health, and I was just hanging on for the ride. I’m hoping that I will be able to get a little bit of rest in this weekend, but there are a handful of things I’ve got going so I’ll be working around those.

The biggest one is that Friday Night my high school is opening up for alumni to come wander around and visit. They’re going to be tearing down the building and building a new one in its place. The new school will be spectacular, and really this is a long-overdue move, but the building that is there now holds a special place for many of us alumni. I graduated from there in 1999, during a time of transition for the school. My senior year was marred by the beginning stretches of growing pains, but I still love the school that had been, and admire all I see from the school that is there now. It was a small arts school, and some of the friends I made there remain among my closest. It will be fun to see people again, to wander those halls and get some pictures of the mark that was left by my generation of students.

What do you have planned for the weekend?

The Monster-Loaf.
By the time we got home he forgave me, thankfully.
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#WeekendCoffeeShare – sorry, sleeping.

Weekend 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 Friday January 25th at 7am (Pacific Time) until Monday January 28th at 7am (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!

If you are unable to post your site into the link-up for any reason feel free to drop it into the comments and I will do my best to add you to the linkup!

Welcome to the weekend! Last weekend was spectacular, as predicted, and I managed to stay fairly awake through it all! Well, until Monday. Monday was the day I slept. ALL DAY.
… And now I’m sick and didn’t get a chance to finish writing this post so… tell me about your weekend plans.

#WeekendCoffeeShare : Birthday Weekend shenanigans!

Join us for some coffee time!Weekend 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 Friday January 11th at 7am (Pacific Time) until Monday January 14th at 7am (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!


If you are unable to post your site into the link-up for any reason feel free to drop it into the comments and I will do my best to add you to the linkup!

Thanks for joining me this weekend! I’m doing all of my birthday celebrations this weekend, so it’s going to be a busy one! I’ve got a couple of different outings with friends planned -hopefully in such a way that I’ll get some quality time with them all. One of the things I sometimes struggle with is that when you have a larger group of people together – even if it’s a group of friends I’ve known forever – I tend to go quieter and not really get the chance to visit with any of them. I listen to some spectacular conversations, certainly, but feel more like an observer than a participant a lot of the time. So this year I’m managing to keep the groups small, and many of them one-on-ones, which means a lot more outings, but more quality time! I’m looking forward to it, and I’m also looking forward to Monday, when I get to spend as much of the day sleeping as I’d like.

Between the meals with friends, art-and-wine-auction, escape room, and concert I’m hoping to also find a little time to continue making progress in my room. Christmas decorations have come down, but there’s a lot of sorting that still needs to be completed. I want to dig through my closet and get rid of a bunch of things, and also want to sort through my books. I’m not planning to get rid of many of those (been seeing a lot about the Marie Kondo method, and have some reflections to share about the books bit of it at some point – perhaps I’ll get some writing on that done at one of the coffee shop stops this weekend), but I want to finish cataloging what I have in LibraryThing and would love to figure out a way to actually have ALL my books in the main part of my room (rather than having some of them tucked away on a shelf in the closet). Getting them set up, though, might require some different shelving, which I can’t quite do at the moment. Really, I am dealing with too much furniture and too many things in too small a space. But I don’t really want to part with any of the furniture (I actually use it all), so… have to do some thinking/reconfiguring.

As always, I have more plans for the weekend than I have time!

What are you up to this weekend? Any plans?

#WeekendCoffeeShare : Weekend of Game

Join us for some coffee time!Weekend 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 Friday January 11th at 7am (Pacific Time) until Monday January 14th at 7am (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!

If you are unable to post your site into the link-up for any reason feel free to drop it into the comments and I will do my best to add you to the linkup!

This past week seemed like it lasted FOREVER. I think it may be because I didn’t get my “normal” day of rest last weekend – often I need to take one full day each weekend to just sleep, the joys of chronic illness – so I’ve been extra tired, which makes time seem to move strangely.

I’m hoping to get a little more rest this weekend, though I have some things going on so it isn’t going to be a full day of just sleep, sadly. I am looking forward to what I’ve got scheduled, however – a friend is having a bit of a celebration-day at her house, drinks, food, visiting, and then a D&D game session to top off the night. It should be a good time (though I do still need to create my character… I could play a pre-made one, but I like creating my own so have to get on that!) That’s where the most of my Saturday is going to be spent.

Sunday I’ll sleep in, maybe Skype a bit with my bestie, and then have my standing game group that afternoon. Monday it’s back to work… but next week is my birthday week, so I’m looking forward to that.

I’ve been doing a lot of reading so far this year – or, rather, a lot of listening. Audiobooks seem to be the thing that works for me right now, so I’ve been cruising through a bunch of them. Thanks to a friend of mine, I’ve fallen in love with the works of Katherine Marsh. First I zoomed through “Nowhere Boy,” then “The Door By The Staircase.” I need to see about another of her books, because I really love her style.

What should I read next?  Not, of course, that I have any lack of books to read – my To-Be-Read pile is a monster that keeps growing – but I’m always interested to hear what others suggest!

#WeekendCoffeeShare : New Year… same me…

Join us for some coffee time!Weekend 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 Friday January 4th at 7am (Pacific Time) until Monday January 7th at 7am (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!

If you are unable to post your site into the link-up for any reason feel free to drop it into the comments and I will do my best to add you to the linkup!

Welcome to 2019 everyone! How was your New Year’s Eve/New Year’s Day?

Stepping into the new year is always an interesting thing. In so many ways it’s just another day, an arbitrary division of our time. I think the reason it doesn’t hold a huge amount of power for me is because I have so many other times that feel like a “start of a new year.” Much of my life has been connected to the academic calendar – so fall, and the start of the new school year, feels like a new beginning. Now my work also involved paying some attention to a fiscal year that changes over July 1st – yet another new beginning (with fresh stat sheets and all that. Also, because I work within a term system, I get a fresh start every winter and spring in addition to the summer/fall – when we pass finals week and move into a new term after a break. Personally I always think of my birthday as another “fresh start” kind of day — and since my birthday is in January (the 16th, to be precise) it’s awfully close to New Year.

With so many Fresh Start opportunities it seems like I should be better at giving myself the room to breath and create plans for changes I want to see. But I am pretty abysmal at it – I do plenty of thinking about thinking about things… but when it comes to actually putting aside everything else and sitting down to sort out what I want to do, the things I want to change, I fall apart. I think it’s that same piece of me that was always bad at keeping a journal. I wanted to keep a journal when I was a kid, but never really succeeded with any consistency. I know that writing things down does help me sort my thoughts and helps me figure things out – occasionally the pen does meet the page to transform thoughts into deeper understanding and ideas, but it can take quite a while for me to get there.

I’m pretty sure I’m rambling at this point, so I’ll spare you more of that. I hope you’re having a good time this week, and had a great New Year’s Eve!

#WeekendCoffeeShare : Christmas Time!

Join us for some coffee time!Weekend 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 Friday December 21st at 7am (Pacific Time) until Monday December 24th at 7am (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!

If you are unable to post your site into the link-up for any reason feel free to drop it into the comments and I will do my best to add you to the linkup!

This weekend is looking pretty nice for me – I have a four-day weekend because my office decided that we’d close on Christmas Eve, and we’re closed for Christmas Day. I’m certainly looking to some resting time in there, and a little bit of hanging out with friends — but mostly just relaxing. I’m going to spend some time curled up in bed with the Monster cat, reading a few of the books that have been stacking up. And then there will be writing. I need to get back into good habits with my writing — it’s easy to let it just fall to the side, but I do miss it.

Christmas itself will be a pretty relaxed day. Mom and I will be exchanging a few presents, and then two of my brothers and their significant others will be coming over for dinner. I do wish I had the day after Christmas off to relax a bit more, but it will be back to work for me. 
I really don’t have much more to say at this point. I think my brain has already made its way to vacation, and is thinking of little more than sleep and relaxation.
What do you have happening this weekend? Any plans for the coming week?


#Weekendcoffeeshare : Hello again, weekend.

Join us for some coffee time!Weekend 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 Friday December 14th at 7am (Pacific Time) until Monday December 17th at 7am (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!

If you are unable to post your site into the link-up for any reason feel free to drop it into the comments and I will do my best to add you to the linkup!

So, what’s happening for you this weekend?
I have a couple of errands to run, but then plan to relax for most of the weekend. There really isn’t much going on! At least, it doesn’t seem like there is….
One of the things that’s probably going to happen this weekend is that I’ll finish my first listen-through of the Harry Potter series. I read them all ages ago (the last few in the years that they came out), but hadn’t revisited the series. A co-worker of mine suggested I listen to the audio-book, and so I decided to give it a go, and have been quite enjoying it! There are things I had forgotten about, and details that stand out a bit differently to me now. And, of course, hearing them one after another is quite a different experience than waiting a year between books!
Aside from that, there are Cards to complete and get out. I have found that I don’t like writing a holiday letter – most of the people I’m sending cards to are people I’m actually in touch with during the year, so they already know what’s going on in my life. I also don’t like just sending a card with my signature and little else – there seems little point in that. This year I am allowing myself to just write small notes – a few lines – to everyone, but it means that getting cards together to send can take a bit longer than it might otherwise. I’m hoping to finish with those this weekend though. And there is a present or two I need to finish making as well.
The other thing I really need to take some time for is reflecting and thinking a bit on the tarot reading I had done. I’d never really had one done before, so when one of my friends put out an offer to do one I thought it would be an interesting thing to try. Now I want to look through what she wrote me about it and see what resonates, and think about what my next steps are. (She’s offering a deal right now, if anyone is interested!)
What are you up to this weekend?