Hello dear readers and happy Sunday! Thank you for stopping by for a bit of coffee and catching up. It’s going to be another hot one here in Colorado—I can already feel it—so if you don’t mind, we’ll be having cold brew again.
The heat has been almost unbearable this summer. I can’t even remember when I last had a cup of hot coffee. In the morning it’s cool enough but you know the heat is coming, so you want to stay cool as long as possible, and it doesn’t cool off again until well after bedtime. Hot coffee just sounds awful in these conditions.
A lot has been awful in the conditions, to be honest. Lately, I have been feeling more tired than usual and much of my evenings are taken up with napping. I think it is the heat causing this, but I worry about depression. Every so often I fall into a hole and stop eating and start sleeping much more. Well, during the day anyway. At night I am struggling to stay asleep for more than a couple of hours at a time. *sigh*
I’m sure once summer starts to wind down a bit more I will be back to my old self, hopefully.
If we were having coffee, I would start by apologizing for missing our last coffee date. In case you missed the announcement post, I am an auntie again! The Monday before last I got the news that my little brother and his girlfriend were heading to the hospital, she was in labor for sure this time. So my girlfriend and I met the rest of my family and the baby’s mother’s family there thinking we were going to holding little Mari within the next few hours. It turns out we were way off.
We got to the hospital around 6 PM, and Mari didn’t enter the world until almost noon the next day. I stayed at the hospital with my family the entire night, each of us only taking a short cat nap the whole time.
When the baby finally arrived, we took a little time to see her and then we each headed home. We expected the new parents would be heading home with the baby within a day or two; we were wrong about that too. Mariana was jaundice and would have to stay at the hospital for the next five days before she was well enough to leave.
But everything turned out ok. The baby is fine, and as soon as I am done here I am going to start getting ready to visit her :)
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that this past week at work was a stressful one. It was time for our annual bidding for routes and hours, and I was freaking out a bit because none of the schedules up for bid worked for me.
For my new followers, I work for the transportation department of a school district here in Colorado. I am a bus assistant. I ride the school bus with our special needs students and make sure they stay safe and have a pleasant ride. I’ve been doing this job for over ten years and in that time a lot has changed as the district has grown.
Working on a school bus means I work a split shift, usually a run in the morning and a run in the afternoon, but more and more they need people to work around lunch time, and that just doesn’t work for me. During that time I work in the training depatment—helping teach new employees and remind seasoned employees how to keep kids safe—or I work on my writing. The routes that were up for bid left me a lot less free time than I’ve had in the past.
Luckily I was able to find a solution. Our district has contracted out the transportation of some of our students who need a little more attention to a company that hires people to drive their personal vehicles. So, now instead of riding with a lot of students on a school bus, I’ll be riding with one student in a car.
It might turn out to be a lot better than what I was doing and the hours are perfect :)
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I’ve started a few new projects this week.
The first is making an art journal by hand and posting one spread on Instagram at least once a week. I used cardboard from a big USPS shipping box and paper from old magazines and newspapers, some pink pages from a notebook I never use, some tissue paper, graph paper, and white and brown craft paper.
This is the best DIY project for me. I am an extreme paper hoarder, and this gives me a reason to use the beautiful magazines and interesting newspaper I have lying around, it forces me to make something with my hands, and it helps me get over my “blank page” syndrome. I have a ton of sketchbooks laying around, but the perfect white paper scares me. Working with “imperfect” paper creates an environment where I am not afraid to be “messy”.
I found an easy peasy tutorial on how to make a little #sketchbook/#artjournal out of cardboard and scrap paper (http://tangledribbonssketchbooks.tumblr.com) and finally got around to making my own. I used magazine pages, white and brown craft paper, tissue paper, newspaper, and some random pink paper I had lying around. My goal is to post at least one page a week :) #artistsofinstagram
If we were having coffee, I would tell you I’ve also started reading Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. I have fallen behind on my reading goals again. I have been trying to read a book that I just don’t like *cough* Catch-22 *cough* and it’s been slow going. I know I should probably just quit, but I have already invested so much time that, and I feel like it’s personal now.
I will not let this book defeat me!
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I have also started a blogging workshop called Blog Like a Mag. I found out about it through one of Part-time Monster‘s coffee post a few weeks ago and at first, I didn’t pay it a lot of attention. I thought it was a paid course, and I wasn’t about to pay for a blogging workshop.
But then I went back and looked again and realized it was completely free!
The course consists of a four-hour instruction video and a 75-page workbook broken down into ten sections. I’ve been watching the video and taking notes for about half an hour a day in the mornings and working on the homework in the evenings. I’m only through section three, and I already have a ton of ideas.
So, look for changes, slowly but surely, in the look and feel of this space in the near future. The writing will be the same, I will be the same, but the look might become a little more professional and cohesive.
If we were having coffee, I would say that I had probably taken up enough of your time with my ramblings. It’s just that I haven’t chatted with you in a while and—I’ll admit—I get pretty excited about theses little coffee dates we have. It’s so nice to be able to tell you everything I have been up to and how I have been feeling. Thank you so much for listening.
I must be off now. I have housework to do, and I have to get myself ready and presentable for a visit with the family. I do hope you had a good week, and I would love if you stopped by the comments section and either let me know what you’ve been up to or link me to your own coffee share if you wrote one.
Until next time :)
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