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#WeekendCoffeeShare: Stuffs. And Things!

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 December 1st at 7am (Pacific Time) until Monday December 4th at 7pm (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!


If we were having coffee I’d be full of Auntie-pride. I get to spend time with my sister, brother-in-law, and niece this weekend! They’re making their first trip down – it will be interesting to hear how the little one (nearly 6 months old) manages with the long drive.
This is also going to be the first time I get to see my niece interact with other members of my family (aside from her parents) – I’m looking forward to that!
I’m also going to be celebrating the end of National Novel Writing month by attending a “Thank Goodness It’s Over” party (Yay! We Survived!) It’ll be fun to see some of my fellow Wrimo’s and see how the month went for them. I was super surprised as how well the month went for me – hoping to have a bit of a reflection on it up sometime in the coming weeks.
This weekend is also going to bring some present-work (have to get my Secret Santa present for work finished!) and hopefully some cleaning… because my room has been a bit neglected and needs some love!

And I’m running late with my coffee share so, off I dash! How are you today? What are you up to?

Oh! And! Hey!  I had a short story published!!  Check it out – I’m super excited… I’ll be writing more about it later but — here’s the link!  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077T72711

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#WeekendCoffeeShare – Thanksgiving Weekend

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 November 24th at 7am (Pacific Time) until Monday November 27th at 7am (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”

 

It’s Thanksgiving Weekend here – so I’m laying low today. Really, I kind of laid-low yesterday too, we just had a few people over for Thanksgiving and it was a nice and simple evening. I felt pretty relaxed the whole time, which was nice!

Today I’m planning on just resting a bunch, writing a bunch, and maybe doing some cleaning and Christmas decorating. I particularly want to get my lights un-buried and put up – that’s the part of the holiday decorations I really like to have up as early as I can.  The extra light and sparkle that they bring really helps when it’s so darn dark all the time.  Because of my schedule it’s dark when I leave for work, and dark when I leave work for home.  And my office doesn’t have windows, so it can seem like the entire day is just dark if I don’t make an effort to get out during my lunch break.  So the holiday lights add a nice touch of light to things.

The writing has been going really well.  I reached my goal of 50,000 words – but am still going. Because I switched stories midway through NaNo I’m now reaching the dreaded Half-Way Point in my new story.  It’s that point where it can be hard to keep writing.  In my case I think the challenge comes from needing to push through to some particular scenes and plot points – but not being entirely sure how to maneuver myself there.  I have a few thousand words of scenes that will be deleted in rewrites because they are wrong.  I wrote them, but as soon as they were down I knew that it was the wrong way to get to the scene I wanted.   So I’ve backtracked (kept the word count though – because that’s how NaNo works) and am trying to write my way to that scene another way

Having to re-approach the scene has also forced me to ask the question of why it’s important. I know that it’s a scene I want to have in the story, but I am now trying to figure out what I want to be the ultimate outcome of it — what is the purpose of having it in the story?  Why not reveal the information that it shows a different way?  I’m pushing that question on myself because I feel like it might help me understand something more about the direction of the story.  When a scene comes to me so strongly that I find myself shaping parts of the story around it I want to know WHY.

Time to get going!  Have a lot of thinking and writing to do!

How has your week been?  What’s your weekend like?  If you’re someone who celebrates Thanksgiving how did it go?

#WeekendCoffeeShare: Halloween Weekend!

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 October 27 at 7am (Pacific Time) through October 30th at 7pm (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!

Hi!
Thanks for joining me for coffee again this weekend. It’s been a strange week for me on the health front, but I am starting to feel like I’m turning a corner. Some of it, I’m sure, coincides with finishing a round of medicine I’d been on (which I’ll be talking to my doctor about NOT going on again, if there are other options, because the side effects were kind of rough for me), but I think my system may also be, finally, getting rid of whatever low-lying-ick it’s been fighting. As of now I’m excited at the prospect of having a weekend where I might actually have the energy to do something!

Which is good, because I have a few things that I need to do this weekend. There’s some Jamberry work (which I’ve kinda been neglecting lately), and there’s some reading to be done (I added at least three books to my TBR pile over the past few days), and there are some blog-posts to write (including about some of the books I’ve been reading). There’s cleaning (always… always cleaning…), and some cooking (because I have got to stop buying lunches, I really have to prepare), and some cat-cuddle-time (because, always).

And there’s Halloween to consider. I love Halloween, normally, but this year had been feeling a little lackluster about it. Then one of my coworkers started talking about her costume, and we decided to get a few of us to coordinate costumes. It may only be three of us, but I won’t be the only one wearing a costume that day, and it’ll be fun to be semi-coordinated (I’m going to be Dorothy, we’ve got a lion, a tornado, maybe a scarecrow, and MAYBE a witch). I just have to pull a few details together for my costume, but still need to take the time to do that — and I’m considering setting things up a little differently at my house in hopes of getting Trick-or-Treaters, so need to look at my decorations and such.
Late that night I’ll be heading out to a Midnight Write-In to kick off NaNoWriMo. Looking forward to it — took the next day off from work so I can get into the fun of late-night writing… it’s been a long time!

I’d tell you about the GF Expo last week. I was, unfortunately, not feeling very well, which means making it through the booths once was about all I could manage. Usually I would go through once, and then make my way back to selected booths to make purchases. Which means I missed out on some good prices, but still got some decent swag. Not as much as last year though. Next year I’ll take a look at the list of vendors to decide if I’m going to go — there were a few people I was surprised were missing.

Though I did discover a GF Bakery near me that I’m excited about (and bought SO MANY baked goods from… scrumptious!)

As for the reading marathon… well.. I did read a good bunch of the rest of that afternoon. Finished up two books and started in on a third – and discovered that a book I had turned into a single-book was actually part of a series! Yay for fellow readers sharing their knowledge to my confuzzelation!

How are you doing today? What kind of things are you up to this weekend? Any Halloween plans?

#WeekendCoffeeShare: Gluten-Free Goodies and READING!

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 October 20th at 7am (Pacific Time) through October 23rd at 7pm (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!

Welcome friends!

I’ll invite you to join me for coffee this week over some delicious Gluten-Free baked goods. Really, they have to be delicious — I’m not a fan of that cardboard/healthy-tasting Gluten-Free nonsense. I make spectacular cinnamon rolls! If I have to eat Gluten-Free I want to at least get to enjoy it!

Why the GF goodies this week? Because I’m excited about my weekend plans! Saturday I’ll spend a portion of the morning at a Gluten-Free Festival! This is the third year I’ll be attending, it looks like there may be a few new vendors this year and I’m looking forward to seeing what products might be coming out and tasting all the samples.

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Look at all the swag from last year!

Last year I was pretty inspired, so I’m hoping to come home afterwards and get some food prep and cooking done. I definitely need to do some – my prepared lunch options are quickly dwindling, and I don’t usually have the energy to do much food-work during the week.

I might share that I’ve been dealing the past few weeks with a pain flare-up that I think is finally getting under control. It’s strange for me to adjust to the fact that random instances of pain are just to be expected, but I’m thankful for a rheumatologist who is happy to work with me and communicates well via email. This latest thing was a stiffness, followed by joint pain, in my dominant hand pointer finger.

Let me tell you, I hadn’t realized just how much I use that finger in every-day-work until it hurt to bend it or have pressure on the knuckles! I’ve been doing a lot of writing – and with NaNo coming up in a few weeks will be doing even more typing — so it’s nice that things are starting to subside. Would hate to be unable to participate this year due to pain! And, sure, I could dictate the thing but… I just don’t think the same when I’m narrating something as I do when I’m writing it. I learned that a few years back when my roommate kindly typed up a paper for me when I was working on my Master’s Degree and my tendinitis was flaring up something fierce.

Fun side-effect of that time — he now probably recalls more about that paper than I do.

This weekend is also Dewey’s 24-hour ReadAThon! So between the gluten-free-browsing and the potential cooking, I’m also going to be READING! Clearly, I won’t be going for the full 24-hours, but I have a little stack of books that I dug out of my piles to read through. I need to start cutting down on my collection, so these ones seem good ones to read in hopes of maybe then being able to part with them.

Or, you know, maybe I’ll bury myself in Allison Maruska’s Seventh Seed — her new book that’ll be launching on the 24th! I got an Advanced Reader Copy and am super-excited to get through it!
Wow, when I started sharing I hadn’t realized how much I’m fitting into this weekend! Best get moving on it — what are you up to this weekend?

#TakeAStand Against Domestic Violence – Stories

The stories about Intimate Partner Violence are hard to hear. But it’s important that the stories get told, that people listen, really listen, to the tales these people have to tell. Listen and honor their experience, and help to give them a chance to share their voices – as they feel safe to do.

Like many things, the more we keep it quite, the more we shuffle it off as “something we don’t talk about,” the worse it can become.  Despite the age-old adage, Ignoring something does not make it go away.

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Here are just a few articles that share some individuals experiences with Domestic Violence.
“Why Didn’t You Just Leave?” Six Domestic Violence Survivors Explain Why It’s Never That Simple.

The Most Dangerous Time: Five Women Tell Their Stories of Leaving an Abusive Relationship.

Stories from The National Domestic Violence Hotline

Survivor Stories from Fight Against Domestic Violence

 

#WeekendCoffeeShare: Rainy Days!

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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!

I’m so happy you joined me for coffee again this weekend! Today I’m inviting you to sit with me near the roaring fire, enjoying the warm beverage of your choice. It’s finally cooling down and raining here, so we’re firing up the fireplace and enjoying that delightful wood-smoke smell. The good one, not the one that we kept smelling this summer that meant that everything was on fire.

It’s raining outside now, and I love it. I wasn’t so happy to be commuting in the rain, the bus ride is a bit less pleasant when everyone is soaking wet, but I adore it when I can enjoy the weather from the warm and dry confines of my house.

There really hasn’t been a lot going on this week, just working away and doing some other work on the side. I have started to think some about the story I’m going to write for NaNoWriMo – just bits and pieces of ideas. I’m trying, really hard, to not commit myself to any specifics for the story. My own writing experience – particularly when I’m trying to just get back into the flow of things – is that the more restrictions and expectations I put on myself the more stifled I’m likely to feel.  So all ideas get jotted down in a word document for me to reference if I find myself stuck or in need of some refreshed ideas.

My upcoming weekend is going to be pretty chill. I’m getting together with my Dad and Step-Mom for breakfast on Saturday, and have my standing Game Group Sunday night — but beyond that I’m hoping to get some cleaning, organizing (and maybe even getting rid of things) done.  I REALLY want to make some progress on a few piles that have been sitting on desks in my room since last winter!

What are you up to this weekend?