If We Were Having Coffee // Work Options and Work Lies

Hello, hello, dear readers! Thank you for stopping by for a bit of hot coffee and conversation. Yes, this week we’ll have hot coffee instead of the cold brew I’ve been forcing on you all summer. This morning we have cooler temperatures, clouds, and even some fog. Perfect conditions for a hot cup of coffee, don’t you think?

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If we were having coffee I would tell you that my first week of my new route went well, I guess. So, for any new followers this week, I work for the transportation department of a school district here in Colorado. I ride a school bus with the Special Needs kids to make sure they stay safe and appropriate and have a fun ride. I’ve done this for the past ten years or so of my life and for the most part it’s all been—or felt—pretty much the same.

This year it’s very different. I am riding with a driver who we have contracted a route out to; I’m working with only one student instead of 5 or 9, and I am transporting to a school I have never done before. The hours are perfect; the student needs special attention, but it’s nothing I can’t handle. The only problem so far is that the driver is awful!

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If we were having coffee, I would tell you that the driver can’t drive and worse than that she preaches to me. I can ignore the driving but the preaching, ugh!

She asked me if I had a boyfriend or husband.  I took in her foreign accent and the fact that she was listening to Christian rock and decided she wasn’t someone I should come out to. So I lied. I told her I was single.

(For those new readers this week, I have been in a relationship with the most amazing woman ever for almost 14 years now.)

I shouldn’t have lied, but sometimes it feels easier than hearing someone tell me they believe I’m going to hell. Then the driver, instead of dropping it and leaving me alone, starts telling me I need to go to church and pray that God brings me a good husband. It might be funny if it weren’t so insulting. *sigh* It’s going to be a long year.

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If we were having coffee, I would tell you that, speaking of work, I all of a sudden am very popular. All of a sudden everyone wants me working for them. All of a sudden, when I am working on trying to be a writer and leave this job, all of a sudden, they all appreciate me and want me to do more. If I sound a little bitter, it’s because I am very bitter, and I’m trying to hold back.

When I am not on my route, I am working in our training department. I help teach new employees how to keep kids safe, and I help make sure existing employee remember how to keep kids safe. I’ve been doing this for a very long time, and I like to think I am good at it. My bosses tell me I am good at it, but they don’t always treat me like I am.

But now an office position has become available. Actually, two have become available, but one is more work for the same amount of pay while the other is more work for more pay, so only the latter is being considered.

Except that, I want to quit my job one day and the hours I bid and the work I am doing now allow me to focus on writing and working on my novel. I have a plan for this year and all of a sudden they want me. Now I am unsure of my plan. What if I fail as a writer? I’ll have wished I had taken this opportunity. Maybe?

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If we were having coffee, I would quickly mention that I have decided to take a little driving class. I have a very intense fear of driving—cars are bombs on wheels!—and so I have never been able to get my driver’s license. I have made progress with my girlfriend teaching me, but I have hit a wall. It’s too easy for me to get out of driving with her and it’s too hard for me to be disciplined and do it when I have no consequences for not doing it.

So, I am paying good money for a certified instructor to teach me for a while. This accomplishes two things. One, it will build my confidence. I am being taught by someone who knows how to teach people, and I am getting to practice in a place that is safe for me to make mistakes in. And two, it is setting up deadlines and consequences. If set up an appointment and I don’t go to my lesson, I pay a fee. If I never do any of my lessons I have to pay again.

I am calling tomorrow to set up my first appointment.

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If we were having coffee, I would tell you that on the writing front I am going to try writing for a few Medium outlets that pay real money. I expect to get a lot of rejection, but I figure I need to get on with getting rejected as soon as possible so I can get on with getting accepted as soon as possible.

I would also tell you that I have very nearly finished my Blog Like a Magazine course, and I am going to start sprucing things up around here this week. I’m working on some images for the sidebar, I’m pulling some of my favorite posts for a feature at the top, and I may even get a real logo!

Stay tuned and wish me luck :)

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If we were having coffee, I would tell you that as much as I am enjoying our visit, I have to get going. I have a bit of a headache, and I should lay down before it turns into a full-blown migraine.

I hope you all had a wonderful week, and I hope your weekend has been a relaxing one too. Please, drop by the comments and let me know what you’ve been up to. If you wrote a chatty coffee post of your own let me know that too :)

Until next time :)

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Currently // July 2016

I’m late; I’m late! At the end of every month, I like to share with you all that is going on with me, all the changes I have made, and what I am looking forward to, but I am late! Oh well, better late than never.

This is what I am currently:

Writing a bunch of new blog posts inspired by everything I am learning in the #BlogLikeAMag workshop. I plan to keep writing about my story in the hopes that you can relate and maybe learn something too, but I want to write in a way that if more useful to you, my dear readers.

Planning the next steps in my journey to finally quit my day job. Freelance writing maybe? A collection of poems maybe?

Making some art in my new handmade art journal! I got the idea from the Tumblr Tangled Ribbon Sketchbooks and if you want to do something creative and a little bit messy I encourage you to make one of your own. I will be posting a new spread to my Instagram every week if you want to follow along.

Thinking about how scary and exciting the future looks. I am finally going to get over my driving phobia, my girlfriend may be taking her first steps in a big career change, and one day I might work from home while taking care of our kids. Whoa!

Reading Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck because I am still stalling on finishing Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, still. I will finish it one day!

Watching Stranger Things! I mean I already binge-watched all eight episodes of this beautiful sci-fi love letter to all that was good in the 80s, but yeah, I’m gonna watch it again.

Feeling my anxiety levels rising. Yeah, I am starting to think everyone around me is right, and I should see a doctor about these panic attacks and my inability to enjoy a good night’s sleep. *sigh*

Needing to start exercising. I’m not getting any younger and every day I feel more and more out of shape. I have to start thinking about my long term health. I have to start thinking about my heart and my joints and all the ways I am causing a future failure by neglecting my body today.

Loving the newest addition to our family, my baby niece Mari. She is so little, and cute, and quiet, and I just can’t get enough of her!

Hating that before I knew it my summer was over. I work for a school district, and it’s that time of year when the kids are coming back to school. So, today I started back working regular hours. Today I said goodbye to my summer freedom for another ten months.

Hoping that this school year will be a good one. I’ve struggled these past few years to find a balance between this job and my passion. I’ve also struggled to maintain my patience and not let the things the kids say and do get to me. This year I will do better.

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If We Were Having Coffee // Pokémon and Messy Art

Hello dear readers! Thank you so much for stopping by for a bit of strong brew and some catching up. If I had my way, we would be having our coffee and conversation in a nice coffee shop where I could people watch, but there is cleaning and laundry to do so for now we are stuck inside. I hope you don’t mind.

This past week felt long and my weekend has been a busy one.

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If we were having coffee, I would have to start by mentioning my weird love of (read: addiction to) the latest craze, Pokémon GO.

I hope some of you can relate because as a 30+ woman I have been getting some very strange looks from friends and family about it. I can’t help it, though, the game is fun and interesting. Plus, it motivates me to get up and get out of the house. Almost every day last week I spent about an hour outdoors, I never do that unless forced to because of a family function or activity.

I enjoyed it so much I even went out and bought real walking/running shoes. I needed them anyway, ever since the cats I used to own peed in the old pair, which is one of the reasons why I used to own them., and this stupid game gave me a reason to get them finally. I am out having fun, taking the dog on hour long walks and enjoying watching

I know it’s weird, but I am out having fun, taking the dog on hour-long walks, and enjoying watching other people in my neighborhood doing the same.

So yeah, I don’t really care if my friends and family think I am a weirdo, but I do wish I had someone to talk to about it.

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If we were having coffee, I would tell you that besides Pokémon GO I am also obsessed with a new project I’ve decided to start. I am making a new art journal for myself.

I’ve tried the art journalling thing before with a notebook I bought from the store, filled with very neat and very clean and very white pages that I couldn’t bring myself to make unneat, unclean, or unwhite, so I stopped.

You see, I am a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to notebooks. I currently carry around three notebooks with three different purposes because I cannot bear the idea of messing up one by mixing these purposes into one.

This system works, but it leaves no room for being artistic and messy. Enter the Tumblr Tangled Ribbons Sketchbooks, the best art journal blog I have ever come across. Jennie makes her own sketchbooks out of recycled and random scrap paper and offers a tutorial so that you can do the same. I was so inspired by her work I went out and bought a few supplies to put together my own this week.

Fun fact about me: I am a paper hoarder. I have a lot of newspapers, magazines, envelopes, and bits of interesting paper lying around. I am excited to put all of it to good use. I’ll be starting with pages of all types and colors, pages that won’t look so perfect. Pages I’ll want to make better :)

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If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I got a few new graphic novels to add to my growing collection. I picked up Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur Vol. 1, about a girl genius and a big red dinosaur; it looks adorable.

I also got Paper Girls Vol. 1 which I had never heard of before but picked up simply because it was by Brain k. Vaughan (who writes the amazing Saga graphic novels) and the artwork which consists of mostly pastel shades of pink, purple, and blue.

I’m supposed to be reading Catch-22, and I will finish the damn thing, right after I read these.

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If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I am super excited that this blog is very close to hitting 2,800 followers. I am honored that so many of you have felt me and my little blog worth following. Thank you all so much, ever single one of you. When I first started blogging I didn’t know where it would take me, I still don’t, but I definitely did not expect to have 50 followers, let alone 2800 of you and counting. Thank you so much!

I also want to apologize to you too. Many of you have left some very kind words in the comments section, and I have been awful about replying to you.

If you can forgive me, I promise to do better.

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If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I have so much more to say, but unfortunately I have to get going. My girlfriend’s sister and nephews are in town, and we are spending the day visiting with them before the head back to California.

I hope you had a good week. Please, drop a note in the comments and let me know how you have been and what you have been up to, and if you wrote a chatty coffee post of your own make sure you leave a link and I’ll check it out while I am out and about.

Until next time :)

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If We Were Having Coffee // A Self-Esteem Boost and a Very Special Birthday Celebration

Hello dear readers, thank you for stopping by for some strong coffee and a friendly chat. It’s been a long week since we last spoke and I can’t wait to catch you up. If you don’t mind, I think we might have some iced coffee today. The weather is expected to be warm, and I’d like to get ahead of it with a cool drink. Next week we may have some cold brew if I can manage to make some.

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If we were having coffee, I would tell you that my new work schedule is amazing. When school was in my hours were 6:30 AM to 9:20 AM and 1:30 PM to 4:40 PM. The biggest drawback to my job is that damn split schedule. It makes it hard to do much in your off time. Now my schedule is 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM, straight thru. These hours are so much better! It means I get to sleep in a little bit, and I get off of work in enough time to enjoy a bit of the day. I also have way more flexibility in days I can take off, which means a weekend trip is coming up very soon :)

The workload is easier too. I make my own schedule, and as long as I am doing some work every day my boss tends to leave me alone. There will be some weeks where I will be busier, and the hours will be longer but for now, it’s easy-peasy.

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If we were having coffee, I would ask you if you remember last week I mentioned a bit of good news that I couldn’t share with you then but promised to share with you now? Welp, the news was, I won my very first writing contest!

I still can’t believe I won. I honestly thought I did a shit job and that no one would like it at all. The Friday before the announced the winner I was mentally preparing myself for the letdown. I told myself that it didn’t even matter and that I would just forget the whole thing. I wasn’t even going to check in to see who did win. I was going to forget I ever even tried. And then I got an email saying I won. It was surreal.

Because of that win, I am experiencing a self-esteem high, and I figure I should take advantage of that before the critic in me start reminding me that I have no talent and have no idea what I am doing. So, I have been working every day since on my zine ideas, I am carrying around notecards to start working on a novel, and I put together a newsletter where I can share my thoughts, my process, and bits and pieces of things that inspire and motivate me.

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If we were having coffee, I would tell you that right now, life is good but a bit overwhelming too. My lady and I are swinging wildly between being happy and content with our lives and feeling stressed and worried by all that needs to be done and fixed. The house is the biggest source of stress, followed closely by our need for a new/second car.

When we bought this house some four or five years ago, it needed a lot of work. We thought we could handle it, but we had bitten off more than we could chew. We got overwhelmed and instead of trying harder we did what we always do, we ignored most of it. That is until this past spring when I may or may not have had a mini mental breakdown. We decided we need a plan. We need to focus on one step at a time and not on the big huge overwhelming picture.

The car thing will be taken care of soon. We are saving but for those of you who don’t know I have a huge fear of driving and the idea of having my own car is filling me with anxiety. More on that at a later time. For now, it just sucks we can’t make any other big purchases (for home improvement purposes) until we get a car. And we can’t get a car for a few months more. Sigh…being an adult is the worst.

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If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I have to cut our visit short this weekend. Tomorrow marks my grandmother’s (my father’s mother) 70th birthday, and we are planning a big family celebration today. I don’t see or speak to my grandmother as often as I should, I don’t think anyone every does, but she is very important to me. Because of her, my mother was able to keep me instead of giving me up for adoption because her own parents had kicked her out, and I have always been her favorite.

I am her first born grandchild, and she has always said: “first come, first served.” She is the one who taught me what unconditional love meant. No matter how much I messed up, or what life choices I have made, she has always treated me the same. I love her, and I can’t wait to celebrate her life with her today.

 

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If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I hope you are having a fabulous weekend and that your upcoming week will be productive and worry free. If you have a moment be sure to drop by the comments and let me know what you’ve been up to, and if you wrote a chatty coffee post of your own make sure to leave a link and I’ll stop by the next free moment I have.

Until next time :)

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If We Were Having Coffee // A Week Before Summer Starts

Hello dear readers, and thank you for stopping by for some strong coffee and some conversation. I could use a bit of both. Even though the weather is just gorgeous today I would like to stay indoors.The sun is a bit harsh but here in the kitchen the cross breeze through the open windows feels perfect.

Summer is definitely on the way. This past week we got over 80° and I was very grateful to be working in one of our air-conditioned busses at work. I’m back to sleeping with the windows open at night and very soon it will be time to start seriously thinking about shorts and swim suit shopping.

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If we were having coffee I would tell you that this weekend has been a pretty good one so far. We spent Friday night drinking at home and catching up on shows we missed over the weekend. Anymore that is our favorite way to spend a Friday night. Yesterday we ventured out and spent a bunch of money. We bought stuff to make these DIY hanging herb planters, which we made today and we went book shopping and picked up The Color Purple by Alice Walker, and Of Mice and Men and East of Eden by John Steinbeck.

I finally went clothes shopping too. I hate clothes shopping. I damn near had a panic attack in the Vans store trying to get shoes. Most of what I’ve gotten lately has been ordered online because I freak out in stores now. Yay, anxiety!

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If we were having coffee I would tell you that I am very excited for the last week of school. The kids on my bus have been acting worse than ever lately and I am ready to be done with the stress. I think they are too. The end of the year is hard on kids, especially the kind I have on my bus. I mainly have children with emotional and behavioral disorders and the end of the year means change. It means school dances they either can’t of won’t attend, field trips they either can’t or won’t attend, and a summer away from their friends and school staff they pretend to hate. I will miss them in a way and I do hope they have a great summer break.

I am a little stressed about what I will be doing next year. We bid our routes and hours by seniority and while I am pretty high up there are still quite a few people above me. There is a particular driver I like to work with and I prefer middle schoolers and older kids. I was thinking about taking a break from middle school for a year and working elementary but I am afraid the driver I like won’t go for that.

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If we were having coffee I would tell you that I have a little favor to ask you. I have entered a writing contest and I was wondering if you might check out my entry and if you like it hit the “Recommend” heart for me. Pretty please? There are a few prizes up for grabs and I hope to win.

The prompt was “What is the best writing advice you have ever received?” I wrote about my favorite quote from George Eliot and how it affected me. Even if you don’t like it so much I would appreciate your feedback. Thanks a bunch!

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If we were having coffee I would tell you that I have so much more to tell you but I have to get going. I am visiting with family this evening and we are about to watch Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I have enjoyed chatting with you and I do hope you had a good week as well.

If you have a moment I’d love if you dropped a note in the comments and let me know what you’ve been up to. If you wrote a coffee chat post of your own you can leave the link and I’ll give it a read.

Good luck in the week in the week ahead :)

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If We Were Having Coffee // Increased Anxiety and Some Simple Pleasures

Hello, dear reader and thanks for seeing me today for a cup of strong hot coffee. I haven’t had a cup all week. I’ve switched to coffee on Sundays only—I have matcha the rest of the week—which makes it something rare and special and all the more delicious.

If we were having coffee I would tell you that we are looking at scattered showers today so it might be best to stay indoors. If you don’t mind I might be doing a bit of housework too. I slept in much later than I meant to and we are seeing family in a couple of hours so laundry and house cleaning will be rushed. I hate having to rush.

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If we were having coffee I would tell you that this past week, and the one before it, to be honest, I felt exhausted. I haven’t been sleeping well at all. There are many reasons for that but the biggest is that I think I am having real anxiety problems. I will start to go to sleep and my mind decided that is a good time to start worrying about what I am going to do is someone close to me dies or if my girlfriend ever decides to leave me. It’s frustrating and exhausting.

Right now it isn’t too bad. I actually just moved the room around a bit and made things more comfortable and that helped me sleep better, but it still happened a few times. But because it isn’t every night I think a dose a melatonin might do the trick for now. I am worried this may keep getting worse, though, and I’ll be forced to seek medical attention for it.

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If we were having coffee I would tell you that I have been counting down the days and it’s less than two weeks now until summer vacation! I did like the kids I had had this year but man, they really tried my patience. Middle schoolers are hard to work with day in and day out. They are funny and I like that they are in between being teenagers that don’t care about you and little kids who cry about everything.

They are also highly defiant and very inappropriate. They repeat everything they see in shows and online, things their parents think they are old enough to see but they aren’t old enough to understand. This year my kids watched Vine videos all day and acted out what they saw. It can be strange to be discussing Disney movies one minute and trying to stop them all from singing the “Sausage Song” the next. Ughhhhh.

I’ll miss these kids but I’ll be glad to be doing something else for awhile.

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If we were having coffee I would tell you that normally Sundays aren’t at all my favorite day of the week, but that has changed. Sunday night are Game of Thrones nights and I am loving the new season so far. I don’t want to give too much away but I really believe that this is the kind of show where everything that happens matters. There are no filler scenes or episodes. You have to always be paying attention.

I have theories about what is coming and I am anxious to find out whether I am right or not. I also fear that characters I care about will die, or that more atrocities will be committed. This show keeps you in a very stressful state all the time but in a good way.

 

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If we were having coffee I would tell you that I have been back on track with my reading goals since the A to Z Challenge is over. I finished Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut shortly after and have since read The Stranger by Albert Camus and am most of the way through The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. I loved Slaughterhouse-Five, not so much The Stranger or Catcher in the Rye. I know they are both classics but that doesn’t mean they are for everyone.

I am not sure what I want to read next. I am torn between reading something I already own but haven’t finished, like Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, or going book shopping. Obviously, the mature adult decision is to read what I have but we all know book shopping is the best thing ever!

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If we were having coffee I would tell you that this past week was all about simple pleasures. I’ve started winding down 30 minutes before bed with a shower, a cup of tea, and a  book. My girlfriend started learning Spanish too and we’ve begun practicing together. A coworker and friend made a bean pie the was amazing! And Whole Foods has 6 macaroons for $10 and I can’t get enough.

It’s these little things, and more besides, that are making life wonderful. Every day I wonder what little thing I might find and love in the next 24 hours and that makes even the most mundane days an adventure. I look forward to seeing what happens next week.

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If we were having coffee I would tell you that this has been grand but I really have to get going. I wish we had more time but the house is a mess, I need to clean myself up, and I have more writing to do. I hope you had a wonderful week. I hope this coming week will be even better.

If you have a moment drop a note in the comments, please? I’d love to hear what you’ve been up to.

Hasta la próxima :)

If We Were Having Coffee // Goodbye April, You Were Kind of a Downer

Hello, hello, dear readers and thank you for stopping by for a chat and a strong cup of coffee. I’m a bit disappointed in the weather today. It’s a bit snowy and cold, still, and I still can’t put away my winter wear. It’s the first day of may for God sakes, where is the sun? Where is the warmth? Colorful colorado is once again looking pretty drab. Sigh….

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If we were having coffee I would tell you that the highlight of my week was last Monday night. We had one of our movie date nights at the Alamo to see a movie I only recently discovered. It’s called In the Mood for Love and it’s about two neighbors who become close after they realize their spouses are having an affair. Despite their developing feelings, they agree not to stoop to the same level and to keep things platonic. It’s a beautiful movie and I highly recommend you see it if you haven’t.

It’s a beautiful movie and I highly recommend you see it if you haven’t.

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If we were having coffee I would tell you that overall the week felt very long and I felt very out of sorts during it. I wanted to be alone during a lot of it. I spent a lot of time with my headphones in trying to remove myself from social situations. That isn’t to say I didn’t have any fun, I did, but not the way I usually do.

I wasn’t in the mood for blogging at all and most of my posts went up late at night because I could get my brain to do what I wanted it to do all day. I am hoping the coming weeks will see an improvement.

The whole month was like that. I felt unmotivated and anxious through more than half of it. I am blaming the weather and a lack of sleep. In addition to my inability to get to sleep before 10 or 11 at night, I have also developed a new tendency to wake up multiple times during the night for no reason at all. I may have to give this melatonin everyone keeps pushing on me a try. I only have a few more weeks before my work schedule gets a little easier and I can stay up all I want.

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If we were having coffee I would tell you that the big Blogging A to Z Challenge is over and I’m not quite sure how I feel about it. I am proud of myself for finishing on time, even though there were many days I had to publish two posts because I had fallen behind, including the last day. I made it though and I did something I had never done before. I’m happy it’s over but I miss it a little too. I feel like going back to my usual blogging schedule will just be boring now.

I may be rethinking what I write and how often I write. I want to mix fact based writing and essays with feeling based writing, like fiction and poetry. I just haven’t quite figured out the formula. Stay tuned for a few tweaks and changes around here while I work it out.

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If we were having coffee I would tell you that I actually have to keep our visit short today. I am currently getting ready to attend by little brother’s girlfriend’s baby shower. They are having a huge one, at least 50 people have said they are going, there may be many more who actually show up. They are all young, my brother isn’t even 21 yet so the attendees are mostly their young friends. I imagine I will be spending most of the time with my mother and sisters.

With so many people going gift shopping was very stressful. I feel like everything I got someone else probably got too. I bought an “Auntie loves you” shirt, one of those vibrating toys, lavender baby soap, diapers, wipes, the book Goodnight Moon, and a parenting journal where you write every day about how you were less than a perfect parent. My girlfriend also crocheted borders on a few blankets we bought and also made some rattles.

She worked hard on them so I hope the expecting parents like them.

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If we were having coffee I would thank you again for stopping by, some good conversation was just what I needed. I hope you had a good week and I encourage you to make the best of the rest of the weekend. Monday is coming up fast you know.

Please drop a note in the comments letting me know how you are and what you’ve been up to, I’d love to hear from you :)

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If We Were Having Coffee // I Did My Best, That Has to be Good Enough

Hello, hello dear readers, and happy Sunday. I hope your weekend is going as well as mine. I was able to get out of the house and have some fun and now I am doing my best to get as much prepared for the week as I can. This week won’t be as bad as the last and if I take some time to start it off right, I might even be able to redeem myself of the awful job I did this week.

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If we were having coffee I would start by apologizing to you for being the worst blog host this week. You see, I work a split shift job and I spend most of the middle of my day doing blog type things. Here and there though I am called on to work a bunch of extra hours usually for a whole week straight. This week was one of those weeks and because I was also doing my very best to keep up with the A to Z Challenge I devoted what time I had to write and there was none left for reading and commenting.

I am so sorry and this week I promise to catch up with everyone’s very sweet comments and return the favor to all my fellow bloggers. I also have to catch up on the challenge too. I am currently only behind by one letter but I am lacking some ideas for U thru Z. I am determined to finish, though! I can do this!

Plus, if I understand things correctly, the big A to Z Challenge participants blogroll should be up for awhile afterward and I can take some time then to visit new blogs and make new blogging friends. Basically, my point is, just be patient with me, please.

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If we were having coffee I would tell you that I had a great time at brunch with my girlfriend, my cousin, and my sisters. It was to celebrate my birthday and it was supposed to be much bigger but it seems everyone is busy in April so it was just us.

We went to my favorite place, Punch Bowl Social, which is basically a restaurant, bowling alley, a and bar built into an old warehouse. It’s my favorite place to go and eat hipster food and drink hipster drinks all while feeling cooler than all the people who aren’t there.

I am disappointed that a few of the other ladies I invited couldn’t come but am glad the most important ones were. I may try to set something up again in a few months, I’d love to get all my favorite girls together for more good food and drinks and conversation.

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If we were having coffee I would tell that while I don’t much mention pop culture items here on these posts I am super excited for two television events this weekend. Last night Beyonce, who I have only become a big fan of in the last year or so, released her album in the form of

Last night Beyonce, who I have only become a big fan of in the last year or so, released her album in the form of an HBO special called Lemonade. It was visually stunning and the music was pretty good too. It was very emotional, detailing her marital problems, and touching on subjects of womanhood and blackness. I honestly loved it and while I once considered Beyonce to be a nothing but an entertainer, is a true artist. Seriously, it’s pretty amazing.

The other is the return of Game of Thrones tonight. Woot woot! My girlfriend and I have set up a nice dinner, drink, and dessert for this event. We are huge fans of the show and have been anxiously awaiting its return. I am hoping Jon Snow is still alive since he is my favorite and I hope to see lots more Daenerys Targaryen because she is incredibly badass and beautiful. I’ll probably be on Twitter tonight, live tweeting my excitement if you’re interested.

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If we were having coffee I would tell you that that I have been feeling “that summer feeling” lately. Summertime has always been my favorite of the year and it is the time when my girlfriend and I feel the most us. It is sleeping with the windows open and cuddling in the morning breeze. It is the most restful naps on the couch in the midday heat. It is venturing out in the warm evening air and finding patios to drink on and friends to laugh with. It is laying awake at night and watching the lightning and listening to the rain.

Our relationship was made in the summer and we make it again every year. The closer we get to it the more my spirits rise nd the more all I can think of is her. *sigh*

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If we were having coffee I would tell you that I am starting to get anxious about the housework and writing I have left to do and I think I had better head out. I’ve enjoyed our chat and I hope very much you have forgiven me for being a bit busy this week. I’d love to hear how you are doing so please, drop a note in the comments and let me know what you’ve been up to.

See you next week :)

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Currently // March 2016

Writing my Blogging A to Z Challenge posts. I have A thru F fleshed out and mostly ready to go as of this writing. I am so freaking nervous about this guys :/

Planning my summer goals. Yeah, I know I have a long way to go but after April i will need to really buckle down and do some real writing if I want to make any money off of these words.

Making an effort to draw more. I have been trying to do a few doodles from little drawing tutorials or photos I find on Pinterest. I’ve done three so far, and they kind of suck. You can see them on my Instagram if you’re interested.

Thinking about all the scary things I want to do in the future. Quitting my job? Starting my own business? Having kids??? Whaaaaaat?

Reading, or more like suffering through, The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays by Albert Camus. It is a big change from all the fiction I’d been reading these past few months and it is taking some getting used to.

Watching The Family on ABC. It’s about the return of a politician’s son who had gone missing over a decade earlier. The kid returns traumatized and the man wrongly accused of his murder is released from prison and drama ensues. Plus,this kid might not be who he says he is.

Feeling like I have no idea what I am doing. Like being out in the ocean and trying to swim to land. I have no idea if I am going in the right direction or how far I need to swim. Hell, I could just be swimming in circles for all I know.

Needing everyone to stop making plans to leave! My sister and her husband are looking to head south to Texas with my niece and nephew, and my mom is planning on heading to Missouri with the rest of the family. Pretty soon I will be the only one left in Colorado and, well, that really sucks.

Loving my new clipfolio I picked up from Target to keep all my little writing notes in and these bank pouches I ordered from Amazon to hold all my sharpies, pens, and pencils.

Hating all this snow we have been having lately. I need warm temps, sunshine, and blue skies already!

Hoping everyone shows up for the birthday brunch in a couple of weeks. I want to get all the important women in my life together for bloody Mary’s, mimosas, and some damn good food, but I’ll be super disappointed if any of them can’t make it. Keep your fingers crossed for me.

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The inspiration for this post comes from Andrea at Create.Share.Love.

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If We Were Having Coffee // Springtime Extremes and Happy Reading

Hello dear readers, and happy Easter Sunday to you all. Thank you for making time for coffee and conversation with me on this holiday, I promise not to keep you long. I admit this holiday isn’t one I celebrate much, being an atheist and all, but I enjoy seeing my family and watching my niece and nephew enjoy their gifts is fun. I hope yours was a good one too, whether you are religious or not, it is a pretty big deal in this country.

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If we were having coffee I would tell you that it is definitely Springtime here in Colorado. By that I mean the weather swings wildly from one extreme to another and last week was a perfect example. We started out with beautiful weather, our temps were in the 70s and we had beautiful blue skies on both Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday we woke to blizzard warnings and snow that shut down the whole city, which is a pretty big deal for us. The part of town I am in is reported to have gotten 25 inches of snow.By Thursday things had cleared up and the snow was being

The part of town I am in is reported to have gotten 25 inches of snow. Which makes sense considering I was sore for two days after shoveling the walk.

By Thursday things had cleared up and the snow was beginning to melt but we got more of the white stuff yesterday and we may get more by Wednesday. Hopefully, in the next few weeks, things will start getting more stable around here.

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If we were having coffee I would tell you that  I have been trying to write a tiny bit of fiction every day and I am proud to say I have actually done pretty good. I am not writing full stories here, just bits and pieces, small scenes I plan to use in my Blogging A to Z Challenge. I also have a bunch of little ideas, many stolen from prompts I found all over the internet, that I can mix and match into new stories.

I haven’ written a lot of fiction, not seriously anyway, before this and I have to say it is a very interesting experience. Something pops into my head from I don’t know where and I really do just follow it along until I come to the end. It might not be the end of the story but it is the end of what the creative part of myself is willing to give. I frantically write it all down and hope that I will still like it when it comes time to type it.

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If we were having coffee I would tell you that I did a little book shopping this afternoon and I picked up some really good ones. I got Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut, The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, and The Stranger by Albert Camus. I am currently reading The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus but it’s short and I expect to be done well before the end of the week. I was looking through the books I was supposed to be reading next and none of them felt right, so I got new ones.

So far this year I have read seven books which is more than I did all of last year. I am really proud of myself and I am very much enjoying the journey each author is taking me on.

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If we were having coffee I would have just realized how late it is and I would apologize for keeping you so late. Thank you so much again for stopping by and listening to me ramble for so long. I appreciate you. I hope you had a good weekend and a happy easter. I’d love to hear how you have been too. Please, drop by the comments section and tell me a bit about what you have been up to.

Goodnight dear reader, and good luck in the coming week.

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