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#WeekendCoffeeShare : Finals are DONE!

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 March 22nd at 7am (Pacific Time) until Monday March 25th at 7pm (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!

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I work at an academic testing office, and this week was finals week — so it was BUSY. Finals to us is kind of like the Christmas Season is to retail workers, fast paced, a lot of repeating ourselves, and working with people who are sometimes emotional, often stressed and anxious.

I admit, I’m writing this before the week is done, but I’m going to take a leap and say that I survived.  Phew! So now I spend the weekend relaxing and recovering. Friday night I’m going with some friends to another paint-night. I’ll share the pictures next week (and on Instagram in the meantime). I’m super-excited about this painting, the picture reminds me of the lake I camp at every weekend, so I’m going to “go rogue” a little bit in my painting of it and MAKE it the lake. There’s a distinctive island in the middle that I should be able to emulate in the painting. Hopefully it will turn out well! Unlike the last one I made (which is still sitting on my bookshelf waiting to be hung) I actually know where I can hang this one.

Saturday I’m going to my local coffee shop for a “Stitch-and-Bitch” gathering. Though a few of our regulars aren’t able to make it, there are others who can so I’m looking forward to spending some time with them and doing some crafting. I hope to finish a shawl I’ve been working on for a while — especially since I’ve decided to weave the baby-blanket I’m working on (and my loom is just a little too big to make a good coffee-shop project…). I did finish the shawl I had been working on though, and I’m super-proud of how it turned out, I’m looking forward to getting more projects done on the loom, I’m really enjoying it and it’s so relaxing!

The weather here has taken a turn to the warm, so I’ve been enjoying the spring weather (and the actual start of spring!  Hello spring!)

What are you up to this weekend?

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#weekendcoffeeshare : Time for some rest

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 March 15th at 7am (Pacific Time) until Monday March 18th at 7pm (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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This weekend I need to sleep. Yup.

That’s pretty much what I have planned, thankfully. My body is letting me know that I’ve pushed it too much, I am exhausted and just in need of a few days of solid sleep and rest.

I feel like I say that A LOT – but it’s part of my reality. I do try to not dwell on it, but honestly I’ve been thinking about it a fair amount lately in part due to a few conversations I’ve had around my symptoms. (Note: I am not looking for any advice on what to do to fix this, I am working with doctors on that and have been dealing with this issue for over a decade).

Primarily, questions from friends about how I can sleep all day. Honestly, it’s hard for me to remember that LITERALLY sleeping all day is not a part of most people’s lives. I’m not talking “lay around in bed and read and watch movies,” I mean straight up sleeping. Last weekend I was awake from only about 3 hours on Sunday. Yes, I mean 3 hours total of awake-time between approximately 8pm Saturday night and 6am Monday morning. Without any sort of sleep aid.

So when people ask “How can you sleep all day?” I have to pause, because my question is “How could I not?” I don’t set out wanting to sleep like that, I would much rather be putting my day to use doing something I enjoy, something productive, or something fun. But if I keep pushing that sleeping time off what happens is my eyes start refusing to stay open. No amount of caffeination or sugar will help to keep me going and I will fall asleep. I can technically keep going, a shell of myself working through the motions of what a “awake human-type person” does, but my brain is much, my emotions are raw, and I am fighting every step to keep from falling asleep.

I get small bursts of this sometimes during particularly challenging weeks — where I will nod off on the bus on my way into work (even if I am standing), and on my way home. Those days where it takes every ounce of my energy to make it through a work-day and I can think of nothing I want… need… more than to curl up in bed and get some rest.

Some of this, I know, is because my body is constantly attacking itself. I have been diagnosed with undifferentiated connective tissue disease – which is an autoimmune disease. At a very basic level it means that my body is constantly attacking itself, trying to fix something that isn’t wrong. So, you know how when you are getting sick you need sleep to heal? My body thinks I’m healing ALL THE TIME. I have increased inflammation and pain because it’s targeting things to heal, and it’s just exhausting. So, yes, sometimes I just need to sleep.

And this weekend, this weekend I’ll be doing just that.

What do you have planned?

#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.

Insecure Writer’s Support Group: Hello 2019!

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This 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, and be sure to check out the Twitter account and the new Instagram as well!

Welcome to the new year. 2019… and once again it’s time for me to create some writing goals.

This year I really, REALLY, want to get back to my writing. If I were to look back at my 2018 IWSG posts I’m sure most of them would be along the lines of “I’m not writing… why am I not writing?” I don’t want to repeat that theme in 2019.

So I’m doing some intentional work through the first week of this month, setting aside time to sit down and make note of what kinds of things I want to write. What do I hope to accomplish with my writing? What can I do to make that happen? What is getting in my way?

I figure by doing some real brainstorming and reflection I can get myself to a place where I can find a direction to start moving. I’m hopeful that it will work, and that by next month’s check-in I’ll be able to report that I have been, actually, writing.

As for the IWSG Day Question… I actually really hate it when people ask me to tell them about what I’m writing. I am not very good at summarizing my stories and when they’re in progress I don’t always know what’s coming next. So when someone asks me to tell them about what I’m writing I end up stuttering about a lot, and what I tell them usually sounds pretty unoriginal and blah. Which then makes me start to question what I’m writing, being over-critical and generally entering a downward spiral of anxiety and doubt.

My favorite question… I’m not really sure. Maybe when they ask me what I like best about writing, or an open ended question that lets me start to delve into some about my process (or processes).

#WeekendCoffeeShare : Hello 2019!

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 28th at 7am (Pacific Time) until Monday December 31st 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!

And here we are, at the end of 2018. I’m really not ready for the year to be completed already, it’s so strange to think that it’s nearly 2019. It still just sounds so… so futuristic.

My New Years Eve plan is very simple, going to just hang out at home with some snacks and maybe some wine. Read, relax, and probably go to bed early. I do have the first off, and honestly will probably end up sleeping through much of it. Because that’s what I do with most of my time off these days. That’s one of the things that I’m hoping will improve in the coming year… I am hoping to have more energy so that I can get more done.

It is time to start taking stock of the goals I set for the past year, and what I want to do in the coming year. My reading challenges (well, really most challenges I tried to do) fell apart on me… so I’m approaching the coming year with less expectations on myself, but also trying to come up with strategies that will allow me to be more productive, read more, write more, and feel like I’ve accomplished more during the year.

I still have time to still meet my bare-minimum goal of reading 75 books, thank you picture books and graphic novels… I should be able to close that 10 book gap. Next year… next year I will make it even longer into the year before my reading falls to the wayside. I love books, I love reading, yet I keep putting the books down and watching tv-shows and movies instead. I think it’s just because it’s a more passive thing for my brain, and I have been too worn out most days by the time I get home.

I keep forgetting that this weekend I have a Holiday Party with my Stitch-and-Bitch group. It’s a group that I primarily interact with online, since I can’t often make it to the weekly get-together’s (and I haven’t had the energy to do the Saturday ones I was hosting for a while on my side of time… lack of energy is seriously the theme for 2018). We’re going to do a gift swap, and a potluck, on Saturday. I’m going to take the blanket I am making as a wedding present for friends of mine — I’d originally planned to have it done by Christmas (they got married this summer), but now I’m just hoping to have it by their first anniversary. I really love the project, but it’s tricky, and no longer very mobile.  

These friends are big Harry Potter fans, and their wedding was HP themed. So I’m making them a throw-blanket that features a simplified version of the Hogwarts crest in the middle, and then color blocks behind it representing the colors of their houses (and the houses of their two children). Two Hufflepuffs, a Slytherin, and a Gryffindor.  I’m using “corner-to-corner” crochet, a technique I’d never used before, but which is pretty spectacular — it just takes a lot more time because there’s counting and color changing involved. Once I get the crest done the rest of it would work up pretty quickly!

Keep an eye out in the coming week for my post with all sorts of goals and plans for the coming year. If I set myself up with some solid structure, perhaps I can get done those things I want to accomplish in my free time….

What are you up to this weekend? How was your holiday?