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#WeekendCoffeeShare: The Library was Loud, and this weekend will be quiet!

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 January 5th at 7am (Pacific Time) until Monday January 8th at 7pm (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!

Welcome to the New Year!

I kicked off 2018 standing in the library – it’s the second year in a row that I’ve attended Loud In The Library, and I quite enjoyed it. Though, next year I may try something different — it looks like our local game museum did a thing for New Years Eve this year and if they repeat it next year I might try that.

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I took Mom with me this year to Loud at the Library!

Other than the Library-based start, it’s been a pretty quiet year so far. I didn’t intend to start the year out with so much sleep, but it seems to be what my body wanted – I actually slept pretty much all day on the 1st. I woke up to eat, and went back to sleep. I wasn’t feeling sick, just tired.

Since I also spent a decent portion of the Christmas Holiday weekend sleeping I think it’s time to break that trend. I need sleep, sure, but I should be recharged by now. So this weekend I have other plans. And I’m going to make myself stick to them.

Saturday is nice and empty. But I’m going to force myself to get out of bed in the morning (I’ll sleep in a little, of course!) make breakfast and coffee, get dressed, and then sit down to do some writing/editing. I haven’t figured exactly how long I’ll make myself work – at least an hour, but if it starts to flow well then I’ll obviously give myself some more time to work on it. Then my afternoon is open to do whatever I want – working on one of my crochet projects, or reading being the two most likely candidates.

Sunday is busy-busy. Planning to Skype with a friend in the morning, and then going to a Russian Christmas celebration in the afternoon (hosted by a friend every year, it’s a nice open-house gathering with some good food and nice conversation), followed by my weekly game group (which has been on hiatus for the past two weeks) in the evening.
After three weeks in a row with three-day weekends, it’s kind of strange to realize that my weekend this time around is only two days long. I’m hoping that I can manage to be productive with them…. Especially since the following weekend is going to be my BIRTHDAY WEEKEND – which I really have no major plans for, but who knows what will come.

How was your week?  What does your coming weekend look like?

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An update to The House on Mango Street Banning

One of the most popular blog posts that I have is my Banned Book Week post about The House on Mango Street.

So I wanted to take a quick moment to post an update when I stumbled across an article this morning that is relevant to that post.

One of the challenges for the book was Arizona House Bill 2281, which banned Mexican American Studies – which a judge has now said is unconstitutional.

Part of the ruling states: “not for a legitimate educational purpose, but for an invidious discriminatory racial purpose and a politically partisan purpose.”

 

 

 

#WeekendCoffeeShare: Christmas Time!

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



Happy Holidays!
If we were having coffee this week I’d invite you to join me for a homemade latte (or drip coffee if you’d like, or tea). I have been playing around with making eggnog lattes, and would be happy to make you one. If you’re an eggnog fan. It does seem like people either LOVE it or HATE it. I fall into the LOVE it category.
Most of my family celebrates Christmas in one form or another, so if you’re joining me today you’ll get to take in some of the festive decorations. One of the perks of living with my mom is that I get to benefit from her holiday decorating — and Christmas is one of those holidays that she does a pretty good job with.

Over the years things have accumulated and evolved — this year we have the Santa Room (it started out as a little Santa Tree, but eventually there were too many to keep contained to a small tree), a window of snowmen and snowflakes, and the regular Christmas tree. Not to mention lights outside. It’s overall pretty festive, which I appreciate!

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The Santa Hearth!

This year, since my large family is no longer centrally located, the celebrations are somewhat subdued. I’m going to my Dad’s one day for a meal with him and my step-mom. Christmas even I’m actually doing some childcare in the morning, and then might go to a late service that night with my mom — it will depend on how my energy is and if I feel like dragging myself out of the house at that hour. I do love church services during the holidays though, the music and magic of the season really appeals to me.

Christmas day is pretty low key. Mom and I will do some present exchanging, and then my brother and his boyfriend will join us for more present exchanges and dinner. I have to go back to work on Tuesday, so I’m planning on spending Monday evening doing not-much and just relaxing.

Do you celebrate a holiday in the winter? If so, which? And how do you celebrate?

#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

#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?