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Weekend Coffee Share: Treading Water

It’s been some time since we’ve had coffee – life’s been all over the place for me and, I have to admit, I haven’t had a whole lot of extra energy. I’m hoping to be coming up on some answers to some of the health challenges that I have going on right now, but, in the meantime, I’m trying to just listen to myself and get the rest I seem to need when I can.

But that means so many of the projects I’ve had on deck are still just sitting on deck. One of these days I’ll be able to get back into the swing of things – for the time being, I’m just happy that you all come back to visit when we have a chance to have coffee.

The weather has taken a turn to warm (or downright hot if the predictions for the coming week are correct), so I’ve been trying to enjoy a little bit of the sun. It’s nice to be able to toss the window open and get fresh air — my goal for Saturday was to get some good work done around my room, along with some cooking and planning — this summer I intend to find a way to build both a catio and a little-library! However, my reality Saturday ended up just a little cleaning and work – and a nap and a visit with a friend. So that was good, still. Now it’s Sunday and I hope I can get a bit more work done, plus meal prep for the week.

What have you been up to lately? What are planning on for this week?  Have you ever had those times when your energy just vanishes and you’re not able to keep up with anything beyond the bare necessities?

Weekend Coffee Share is a weekly chance to check in with our blogging community.  Hop around the internet and enjoy the hospitality of this great community with a casual chat. Started by Part-Time Monster, and now hosted by Nerd In The Brain this is a lovely community and a fun weekly check-in. Check out the link-up, and feel free to join in the fun!

Weekend Coffee Share: Laying Low

If we were having coffee….

Today I would be glad that we just have coffee through the internet, otherwise I’d likely be bowing out. I am going to an event with my mom this afternoon, and might be meeting up with a friend tonight and I just need some relaxing time and time to catch up on some things that I need to do. 

I’ve been in one of those places where my energy is pretty low, so just getting through my work day is draining. Which means I still have laundry in baskets waiting to be put away from two weeks ago (well, some of it is still there, the rest is back into new baskets waiting to be washed after I dug them out of the clean pile and wore them. And my desk surfaces are all overflowing from whatever paperwork got dropped on them. I know that it will make my life much easier, and help me feel much less out of control, when I am able to get it all organized and cleaned up.  So, that’s the goal.

Yesterday was a beautiful day, a nice break from all the rain we’ve been getting. Thankfully it has been warm enough that I’ve gotten away with wearing a sandal on my non-boot foot. Just today I actually changed the boot out for a different one (the one they’d given me when this pain first appeared and we thought I maybe had broken something) because I’ve done some damage to the one they gave me most recently.  This new one is a Large (as opposed to the medium I had been wearing) and while it is annoyingly longer than my foot I think the rest of it is going to fit me better and actually help me in not moving the toes — the whole point of wearing this thing, after all, is to keep me from moving my toes!

Really not much else to say this morning, as I prepare to head out for the day. But I’d love to hear what things you’re up to!  Did you have any special celebrations last weekend?  Have you been enjoying fun weather? What are you up to?


Weekend Coffee Share is a weekly chance to check in with our blogging community.  Hop around the internet and enjoy the hospitality of this great community with a casual chat. Started by Part-Time Monster, and now hosted by Nerd In The Brain this is a lovely community and a fun weekly check-in. Check out the link-up, and feel free to join in the fun!

Weekend Coffee Share: Vacation Weekend!

If we were having coffee I’d invite you to meet me somewhere downtown – I’m taking a mini-vacation this weekend (taking advantage of the free two-night stay in a local hotel that I won)! It’s nothing grand, hanging out downtown – but I’m looking forward to a weekend of just being somewhere different. Relaxing, hanging out with friends, and maybe getting a little writing done. It’ll be great!

Of course, I’ll be doing a bit less walking than I had initially envisioned.  For about a year I’ve been dealing with a pain in my foot.  Turns out it’s just (another) flare up of inflammation… but the podiatrist wants me to immobilize it for a time, and give it rest, to see if that helps it go down. I was in a little hard-soled-shoe for a few days, but it was hurting more in that so we’ve upgraded me to a BOOT.

But that lack of walking means, maybe, I’ll spend some time sitting and writing instead.  I still have posts I want to write about a whole array of things (books I’ve read, things I’ve done, reflections on the world right now…). I lack a good laptop at the moment, but maybe can manage some writing on my tablet and phone — or a plain old notebook which will then get typed in later.  We’ll see.

The weeks been a bit of a blur since Monday.

Oh, Monday. I did promise to catch you up on that.

I had taken Monday off in order to take Midnight Monster to the vet. He was going to get his teeth cleaned — the appointment I had postponed due to him running off on me the day before his last appointment.

At about 7:15 I started to try putting him in his crate, knowing he is not a fan of his crate and that it can take a few tries. I was supposed to be dropping him off at the vet (no more than 5 minutes away by car) between 7:30 and 8.

At 7:55 I was having no luck and he had managed to catch my cheek with his claw and give me a good little gash. My mom called the vet to let them know I was working on it and would be getting him there as soon as I could.

At 8:30 I called them again.  Still no luck, as the Monster channeled all his strength into fighting me as much as he could – clawing his way out of the “burritos” I made for him using all sorts of different blankets, running and hiding in places where it was tricky to get him out.  He’d taken to hissing at me when I approached with anything resembling a blanket or towel — even when I draped it around myself like it was part of my outfit. He’s a smart one, unfortunately.

They said I could bring him in any time before 10, but that if he was too riled up it would be hard for them to work with him so maybe we’d need to reschedule.  I thought, perhaps, if I calmed him down a little, cuddled him a little (he would still let me hold him some, as long as I didn’t go near the crate) perhaps I could get him in and he’d be okay.

9:15 I gave up, and called and rescheduled his appointment – yet again. Two hours of trying to get my cat in the carrier… exhausting.

Next time I get to try will be all the way out in July… and I’m just hoping that we’ve been able to work up to getting into the crate (yes, I’m planning on actually WORKING on it. Bundling him on occasion, putting him in the crate with the door open… doing what I can to help acclimate him to make it less stressful in the future.

A cousin of mine was in town, and I had been planning on meeting her at 9:30 downtown. I hadn’t had a chance to see her since we were kids, and thankfully she was flexible so we were able to bump the time out a bit.  Late breakfast was awesome, and it was so good to visit with her.  
Then I ran back out to the farther reaches of the metro area for a meeting with the podiatrist to figure out this foot pain… at which point I was given the shoe that is now replaced with the boot.

At least I get to show off my toes?

By the time I got home Monday night I was WORN OUT.

May this weekend make up for some of the craziness and leave me feeling rested!

How are you doing?  What have you been up to?  Though I feel like I tried EVERYTHING with Midnight Monster, I’d love to hear what you’ve done to get your stubborn pets into their carriers.

wp-1488630845416.pngWeekend Coffee Share is a weekly chance to check in with our blogging community.  Hop around the internet and enjoy the hospitality of this great community with a casual chat. Started by Part-Time Monster, and now hosted by Nerd In The Brain this is a lovely community and a fun weekly check-in. Check out the link-up, and feel free to join in the fun!

Weekend Coffee Share: Running on fumes

If we were having coffee I’d tell you that I’m pretty much running on fumes right now. It’s been a fairly exhausting week, and I’m moving into a busy weekend too!

One of the little dogs (about 7lb) that lives in my house, Matches, had a stroke-like-event a little over a week ago. He isn’t my dog, but I’ve been lending a hand with some of his care while he’s in recovery, so it’s been an added thing to my schedule. Because he hasn’t really been able to stand (he’s getting better at that!) he needs to be held up when he goes out to go to the bathroom, which means a lot of stopping over on the humans part. My back is not pleased with me.

But the pup is improving well, so it’s all good!

This weekend I’ve got two Jamberry related events to keep me hopping. I’m running a “pamper party” for some folks at the church I grew up in – I’d offered it as an event at their auction this year and am really looking forward to spending some time taking care of our fingers and toes. It should be a fun and relaxing time.

Tomorrow will be fun, but a very different energy as I’m going to table at Cherry City Comic Con all day.  It’ll likely be exhausting, but I’m hoping it’ll also be a great time!

I have Monday …

I started to write this on Friday night… and then the weekend caught me before I could finish.  So let’s sit for some coffee now, or drinks… whatever you want to be drinking Monday night.

Saturday started out with me helping my Mom take the dog to the vet, where my brother (the dogs owner) met us. He let me know that he could get the dog, and Mom, home so I could head home after I got the coffee I planned to pick up.  It wasn’t until I got home that I realized that I didn’t have my keys with me — I’d left with Mom, she’d locked the door, I thought I’d be coming home with her so I didn’t need them….  Thankfully I had a book, and my phone, and some other things to do while sitting in the car for an hour waiting for them to come home and let me in.

The Pamper Party was lovely – we tried out the new foot soak that Jamberry just came out with and it was SO nice (and the room smelled like peppermint)! I think the ladies enjoyed their time there.  But it was kind of exhausting for me (just because it was running a party, and those can wear me down pretty fast). I had Mom along to help me out some, and her keys went missing… so, once again, I found myself locked out of the house (because, of course, I hadn’t bothered to grab MY keys on the way out the door… because I didn’t think I’d need them).

Locked out of the house, twice in one day.  Luckily my older brother lives nearby and had a key we were able to use.

I stayed up a bit to put away the things from the one party and then get myself ready for the Vendor Event on Sunday.  That went well, was a lot of fun, but it was standing on my feet for most of the day, lots of interacting with people and being out there so, once again, exhaustion.

I was very happy to be able to go to sleep Sunday night… and was looking forward to Monday.  I’d taken the day off from work, I had PLANS for the day…. and then Monday.

Yeah, I’m not ready to tell you about Monday yet… I’ll save that for next weekend 🙂


Insecure Writer’s Support Group: Describing Characters

Ah, the wonders of camp. The sun has been shining, the birds have been singing, and I’ve been learning about caring for an impaired animal (more about that this weekend). Unfortunately, since it’s not a real camp, but Camp NaNo, these things have been happening around my normal work schedule. And the “camp” thing I’m supposed to be doing is writing – or, in my case, editing.

Spoiler Alert – it hasn’t been happening. Editing has been at a standstill.

Some of it has been lack of time and energy, but some of it has been because I keep catching up on an issue I know I need to address.

I don’t know what me characters look like.

Okay, that’s not entirely true. I have clear pictures of a number of the characters, it’s just the main character, her immediate family and her significant other that I lack descriptions for. I have some theories as to why this is the case, but I know I have to just buckle down and figure out what they look like – otherwise it will be strange when I start describing other people. I’m just… really bad at describing people. Beyond skin color, hair color, eye color and some sort of distinguishing feature (like, if they walk with a limp, or have antlers growing out of their head or something). Describing the details of someone’s face, or things about them in a way that allows the reader to paint a picture of them is hard for me. Especially to do so in a subtle way.

I know I have to try it – just because I don’t pay much attention to character descriptions when I’m reading a story doesn’t mean it can’t be included (and, yes, I’m planning to spend some time in the next few days digging up books that I have and finding the character descriptions to read in order to see how other authors do it).

How do you go about describing characters?



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.

Weekend Coffee Share: Welcome to camp!

It’s April!!

I’m hoping that we’ll start getting a few more sunny days this month — it’s been pretty rainy here, but we are starting to see a little more warmth and light (hurrah)! Spring and summer can actually be kind of rough seasons for me, but I try to look forward to them anyhow.

I’m not participating in the A to Z blogathon this year, though I have a few friends who are and I look forward to seeing what they come up with. Are you participating? Have you ever participated?

What I am going to be doing this month is Camp NaNoWriMo. My cabin-mates (for camp NaNo you can join “cabins” with other writers) are pretty awesome and I thought it would be fun to get into the mindset of camp for this month.  I have a lot of editing that needs to be done, and maybe by playing like I really am at Camp NaNo I’ll be able to convince myself to put aside the time I need to do the editing!

So, today is the start of camp.  Despite some early showers (which, let’s be honest, I totally expect when camping in the Northwest), it’s turned out to be a pretty lovely day. I prepared for the month, bought some wine to enjoy while editing, and some snacks to make meal-prep a bit simpler this month (since, let’s me honest, I have relatively limited time to do this editing in during my regular week).  I also have put together a small list of the things that I need to do in order to reach my goal of 30 hours of editing-related-work this month.

I’m not exactly sure how I’ll play up the camp theme this month, but I’ll be finding ways to visit it on Instagram at least! I’m also hoping to keep you all informed about the progress I’m making – because there is progress that I NEED to make!!

Speaking of – today’s been a bit all over the place and it has, literally, taken me all day to get this written. I’ve managed to get a sentence or two done at a time before something else called for my attention. Right now, that something is named Midnight Monster and he is quite demanding!  So I have to go play with him some and them cuddle him some.

How are you doing?  What do you have planned for this month?


Weekend Coffee Share is a weekly chance to check in with our blogging community.  Hop around the internet and enjoy the hospitality of this great community with a casual chat. Started by Part-Time Monster, and now hosted by Nerd In The Brain this is a lovely community and a fun weekly check-in. Check out the link-up, and feel free to join in the fun!