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#WeekendCoffeeShare: A bit of this, a bit of that

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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 March 30th at 7am (Pacific Time) until Monday April 2nd at 7pm (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!

If we were having coffee….

Well, the thing is, I put this coffee-post up Friday morning, which means I just get to jump up and down with excitement about my weekend plans this week — you’ll have to wait for next week to hear all about how it goes.

Why am I jumping with excitement? I’M GOING TO SEE HAMILTON TONIGHT! Friday night tickets, I got them months ago, and am super-excited to see this. I love the music, and am going with a handful of my die-hard Hamilton-fan friends. Should be a great time.

Seriously, what else is there?

Last weekend turned out well. I did a lot of organizing and cleaning, making some real progress in cutting down the amount of STUFF I have. I also met up with my Stitch-n-Bitch group at one of the local coffee shops, I’m going to turn it into a monthly thing. The group has an online presence, and there is a gathering weekly – but it’s on a day of the week that’s a bit of a challenge for me, and it’s across the river (and over the hills) so… basically on the other side of town. This monthly meeting is on my side of town, and on a weekend-day so it’s a bit easier for me to manage.

I’m currently working on another shawl, which I am quite pleased with, and a blanket. At some point I’ll actually get around to sharing pictures of some of the projects I’ve done, and what I’m working on…. Oh! If you’re a fellow crafter and happen to be on Ravelry, hit me up – I’m Eclectic Ali over there.

On the writing front I haven’t made any progress this month. I’ve got a whole slew of excuses, but that’s all they are – excuses. I need to get myself in gear and get back at it – if I have a stall-out every time I hit a challenging revision chapter I’m never going to get far! One of the struggles I’m facing is that I’ve never quite had to do an edit like this. I don’t want to completely rewrite the conversation, but I do need to revise it a fair amount – and that’s a struggle. I’m going to talk more about that on Wednesday so I’ll leave it at that for now.

I did finally decide to go ahead and join up for Camp NaNoWriMo for April. I wasn’t going to, originally, because of the surgeries I have scheduled. I have no idea what the month will end up looking like as far as my ability to actually accomplish anything. But ultimately I decided I could set the goal of 4 hours of editing for the month, join up with one of my writing crews for a Cabin, and see what I can get done. I imagine, if I am writing, I’ll be over on Twitter (@Nerissarain) and tweeting under #CabinInTheWords – if anyone wants to join!

How are things going for you these days? What have you been up to lately? Any exciting plans this weekend?

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#WeekendCoffeeShare – More Spring Cleaning

wordswag_15073188796611453091488.pngWeekend 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 March 23rd at 7am (Pacific Time) until Monday March 26th at 7pm (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!

Hi! It’s nice to share some coffee with you again. Last weekend was a lot of fun, until it wasn’t. In the ongoing saga of “what kind of health issue can I come up with next,” my body decided to rebel against me starting Sunday night. I ended up staying home sick from work on Monday, but luckily started feeling better by the end of the day and was able to get back to work on Tuesday. It was a busy time at work this week, so I’m very happy to be at another weekend.

I’m meeting up with some folks in my stitch-and-bitch group Saturday afternoon for a bit, and then the rest of the weekend I’ll be relaxing! There is still a little cleaning and organizing that needs to be done, and I’m still hoping to get into Chapter 4 on my novel… it’s been sitting around for a long time waiting for me to revamp it and I really want to make progress on it, I just need to sit down and focus on it a little bit in order to sort out what needs to be done.

I finished a crochet project this past week! Following patterns is something pretty new to me, and this was another pattern project – but one I completed without any help! No pictures here because it’s a gift that hasn’t been given yet, but I love how it turned out. Now I’m working on finishing up some projects I had around before I launch into new ones. Which means I have a shawl, blanket, and scarf to finish up.

One of the things I’m also hoping to accomplish this weekend is get digging into some of the under-bed storage I have of miscellaneous “craft things.” Sort through them, perhaps put aside some to sell and some to give away, and generally make them more accessible so that I can actually use them. All part of my larger “organize, sort, and get rid of stuff” campaign I’m fighting against my room. I also want to figure out how to get more of my books visible… realized I have a few shelves that are still double-stacked with books, and that’s just ridiculous. I can’t even see what I have! So… making space for them, and also putting together some piles of books to read and then give away (thankfully I have some young’uns in my life who are starting to hit the right reading levels to enjoy some of the books I have)!

My life is in a bit of a spring cleaning mode. I’m organizing everything I can, trying to root out things I don’t really use, and committing to use those things I can’t quite part with. A large part of my motivation is that I’ll be stuck in my room for the better part of April due to surgeries. First there’s the surgery on my foot to hopefully deal with the pain I’ve been dealing with there (for over a year). Then, while still in recovery from that, I’ll be having my gallbladder removed so I hopefully don’t have to deal with the pain and inconvenience that caused me. Two weeks of really not doing much of anything, followed by at least a week where I’m anticipating I won’t be up to much after I get home from work.

That’s pretty much me these days.  I do have some exciting things coming up at the end of next week — but I’ll tell you all about that over coffee next time!

 

#WeekendCoffeeShare – ALL THE MEATS, and paperwork frustration

wordswag_15073188796611453091488.pngWeekend 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 March 16th at 7am (Pacific Time) until Monday March 19th at 7pm (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!

Welcome!

How are you doing today? I hope you’re doing well. Let’s enjoy some nice coffee while relaxing inside. It’s been a rainy week, after a seriously amazing sunny weekend last weekend. I have to admit, I kind of like the rain – especially when I can enjoy it from the warmth and dryness of my house!

This weekend – this weekend I am hitting up Fogo De Chao with a friend of mine! I’m so looking forward to it — yes, it’ll be a bit of an indulge (or, more than a bit) but with the deal they have going for Portland Restaurant Month I just can’t resist! I look forward to a Saturday night spent laying around doing not much as my body digests all that amazing meat (and cheese bread… oh, the cheese bread).

I also plan to continue my work on getting my room in order. I figure that I’ll be spending the better part of April in it, so it might as well be NICE for me then. I have two surgeries coming up starting the second week of April – It’s still nearly a month away but it definitely looms large in my mind at the moment. Between now and then I have to bring order to a much-neglected room, figure out what kind of foods I want to have on hand, make sure I have projects of various types readily available, create lists of things I could watch and listen to depending on my level of functionality, and make sure the books I want to read are close at hand.

It’s a lot of work — and a lot of fun to think and plan. It’s not really a vacation, but for two weeks I’ll be pretty much house-bound, so I want to make the spaces as good as I can for myself.

I’ve also been dealing with the DRAINING act of trying to get Family Medical Leave paperwork together. Filling out forms and chasing down the Release of Information Department for my healthcare provider (who, as it happens is open for only 15 minutes before my work day starts, closed during my lunch break, and closed before I get out of work. Also they appear to have about two people answering the phones, because every SINGLE time I try to call them on a 15-minute break I spend my entire time on hold). Somehow they have managed to not get my paperwork returned to my place of work EVEN THOUGH THEY CLAIM IT’S BEEN COMPLETED FOR A MONTH. The second set of paperwork I submitted they haven’t received yet so… I’ll be swapping lunches with people and checking in right when they open until it gets handled. Not a fun way to spend my pre-work time, or my lunch-time, and it’s just frustrating.

Enough of that, though. This weekend holds some fun and I’m looking forward to that. I’m going to try to focus on that – on all the yummy food I’ll be eating and just how ridiculously full I’ll be after our meal.

How are you doing today? How has your week been? Anything exciting in the works?

#WeekendCoffeeShare – Recovering from Yarn.

wordswag_15073188796611453091488.pngWeekend 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 March 9th at 7am (Pacific Time) until Monday March 12th at 7pm (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!


Well, it’s been QUITE the busy few weeks. I’m sorry, again, for the delayed posts the past few weeks. Time just keeps running away from me!

If we were having coffee I’d start out by telling you all about the Yarn Crawl. It was a lot of fun – I spent three days traveling around to different yarn stores all over the Metro Area with two of my friends (with another friend joining us for one day, and meeting up with a few other friends on occasion). Most of the shops were new to me, so it was fun to see what kind of things each one had – and I acquired a fair amount of yarn. I had gone in with a few patterns in mind that I want to try, and managed to get almost all the yarn I needed for those (I still need a little more for a blanket I want to make, but I got what I need to start it, and I’ve got time on that one!). Now the challenge will be to actually get myself moving on making those patterns. I’m still pretty much a beginner when it comes to crocheting, and don’t have the best track record for actually getting everything done that I plan to do, but this year I am determined to get a lot more projects done.
This weekend I hope to play catch-up a bit. There is some cleaning that desperately needs my attention. And I really need to get moving on outlining and figuring out how to properly set up Chapter 4 of my Novel .

Had a bunch of doctor talks – looks like I’ll be able to line up Gallbladder surgery to coincide with my recovery from foot surgery. Which, though it means I won’t likely get as much done during that second week of foot surgery recovery as I would have liked, it’s less time away from work. Which is helpful on MANY levels.

TW: Food and Diet-talk
Also this weekend, some serious meal-planning work. In the face of some of my health-issues I worked with a dietitian, so am now looking at how to make it so I have the right kind of food around to eat. It wasn’t like he had anything ground-breaking to say, but it was a nice reminder and I have a new app to use to try tracking what I eat so I can see things like the breakdown of fats and calories and so forth. In the past I’ve tried food tracking before, and usually fall apart somewhere after the first week — so I’m hoping the fact that I have another appointment with him in two weeks will help keep me on track.
I don’t talk much about my weight on here – it’s not something I particularly like to talk about, and I know it can be triggering and challenging for a lot of people. But it’s been an important part of my week so, here I go.

I put on a fair amount this past year, and now I got diagnosed with “fatty liver.” So it’s time to really make some changes. Not just because of the weight, or the impact it’s had on my health, but also because I don’t really like how I feel in my own skin right now. I’d adjusted to being heavier than I’m “supposed” to be, but suddenly the clothes I wore before don’t fit right and I just don’t like how it feels. So I want to change that. I liked this dietitians approach (“We’ll make sure you don’t have to stop eating cheese,” and “There are no bad foods,” kind of stuff). So I’m hopeful.

 

What does your weekend hold?  What has your week been like?

Insecure Writer’s Support Group: February was a Bust

wp-1462383471325.jpgThis is my monthly post as part of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group, a great group of supportive writers, helping one another through our writing ups-and-downs.

There is also a great Facebook Community for more daily connection!  More posts from the group are tagged on Twitter at #IWSG.

 

February was a bust.

I had intended to complete another chapter of my novel – but it seemed that my health was conspiring against me in that regard.

I struggled over Chapter 4 as it was. And the weekends, normally my best shot at getting sustained work done, ended up going quite differently than I planned. There was one weekend in the month where I was fighting something, and slept the entire weekend. But I did manage some work during lunch-breaks I stared down the chapter, trying to find my way to a proper rewrite.

It wasn’t until I was on the train on my way up to visit my sister over President’s Day Weekend that I realized one of the reasons I was having such a struggle. The chapter needs to be completely restructured. It has all the information I need to get across, the conversations are great, but it’s in the wrong order.

I need to pull apart the chapter, map it out, outline things, and put it back together.

But over that weekend I suffered from some severe Gallstone pain and was out of commission for a week. No story outlining happened

So now I approach March with the intention, again, to get Chapter Four revised. It isn’t as though this month is any less busy, but I know that if I allow myself to put it off another month it’ll be even harder for me to jump back in.

I love the question for this month – “How do you celebrate when you achieve a writing goal/finish a short?” – because it is something good to reflect on just now. As I plod my way through to this goal of having a complete revision of my novel by the end of the year I need to have ways to celebrate the smaller milestones (like completed chapters).  But, what? Due to the health stuff I’m trying to move away from food-based celebratory things, but what else can I do that I enjoy, that doesn’t cost a lot of money?
It’s a tough thing to figure out.

#WeekendCoffeeShare: Sorry for the Delay, again.

wordswag_15073188796611453091488.pngWeekend 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 March 2 at 7am (Pacific Time) until Monday March 5th at 7pm (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!

Hey!  Thanks for joining me for coffee — I’m so sorry to be late again this week! This time, thankfully, it was because of something fun – not health reasons.

This is the weekend of the Rose City Yarn Crawl! Since Thursday I’ve been wandering around the town with some friends, visiting a variety of yarn shops.  There are Trunk Shows by different local dyers, all sorts of fun yarn to see, and the opportunity to win a bunch of prizes!  I’m stocking up on yarn, getting most of what I need for the projects I hope to complete in the coming year. It’s been pretty cool — and for me this is my first visit to most of these shops.

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Midnight Monster checking out some of my purchases.

There have also been pretty fun stops to different food places. Saturday we visit the remaining three stores, and then Sunday may end up being a day of rest.

Next week will be interesting, I have a couple of doctor appointments to find out what some of the next steps are for my health issues, I’m not sure how everything is going to get scheduled, or how things like my diet will need to change going forward. I’m glad, though, that the pain is pretty much entirely gone and I’m starting to return back to my normal levels of activity and energy.

Been a long day, and I need to get some things sorted before I head to bed for the night, so it’s going to be another short visit, but thanks for stopping by!

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

 

#WeekendCoffeeShare: Unexpected Week

wordswag_15073188796611453091488.pngWeekend 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 when this post goes up until Monday February 26th at 7pm (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!

If we were having coffee I’d first apologize for being late here.  This week… oh this week….

So, last I talked to you I was planning to see to a show, and then go visit my sister, brother-in-law, and niece. The show was spectacular – our seats were pretty inexpensive because they were partially obstructed, which means there were some pieces of the stage we couldn’t see, and the acoustics where we were weren’t the best – but I had so much fun with the show!  It was awesome to get together with this group of friends, and then to watch the show together.

The next morning I was up bright and early to catch a train to go up north. It was so much fun to see them, but all of us were a bit low on energy.  By the time I started home on Monday morning I had a pretty severe pain below my rib — which made the trip home really challenging.

I got home, and pretty much went straight to Urgent Care.

At Urgent Care I ended up having a Vasovagal Syncope episode. It was super scary – I was alone in the doctors office, and — you see that list of symptoms on the linked page? I had them ALL. And had no idea what was happening.

Luckily the doctor came in, helped to ease the symptoms and kept me from passing out. We realized I hadn’t really eaten since breakfast, and hadn’t had very much to drink. So they decided that I needed some more hydration — which led to desperate attempts to get an IV into my rolling veins… I have the bruises on the back of my hand still.

Finally, a few hours later, full of water, they sent me home. Saying that the rib pain I’d gone in with was probably something muscular and would go away with some rest.

Two days later, no relief, so I went to my doctor. We’re now investigating the possibility of something related to my gallbladder. I’ve been out of work all week, and unable to do much beyond laying in bed. A little moving around has been possible, but only a little.

And that, my friends, has been my week.  And is going to be my weekend. Seriously, I’m just going to do my best to lay-low, hope that the pain subsides enough for me to manage through at least a partial day of work on Monday. I had an ultrasound today, but haven’t heard on the results on that so we’ll see what they have to say on Monday.

How are you doing? What has your week been like?  What do you have planned for the coming days?