Weekend Coffee Share. Oh, the Reality!

Welcome to my Weekend Coffee Share, which shall be very brief. Coffee Shares are hosted by Allison at Eclectic Alli.   The reality for me today  is, my weekend is going to be full of paperwork: studying, grading, and writing an assignment for my gifted curriculum course. In between, I am getting ideas for my work in progress and my author social media. And when ideas come, one must do something with them or they may be lost forever. I suppose that will make my weekend sentence sitting at the computer a little more bearable. I must entertain the ideas. 🙂

At any rate, in the interest of brevity, I just want to tell you what I would be doing if this weekend was actually a time of free time for me. To help you and me imagine this, I’ve posted accompanying images. Some mine, some interner finds. Here goes:

* taking my dog to the dog park. Though I do get to take him to the pet store for his training session today, that’s my one fun adventure, because it’s right back to work afterwards.

 My Bixby.

* having lunch with a friend

* perhaps I’d be visiting a nice ocean spot a little further south. My skin is looking Pasty lately. 😦

 St. Augustine Beach

* taking a weekend yoga class. I’ve never done this, as they start quite early.

* going to see a movie. I’m always behind on the latest movies, and that is why I love Netflix!

No, I haven’t seen Bohemian Rhapsody yet. 😦 (This is not my photo, but I found it online)…  I actually was ready to go one day, but my sciatica was acting up.  Ugh!  The last movie I saw was The Mule, and it was my son’s pick.  Well, I did enjoy it, too.

* going to sing karaoke with my boyfriend. We haven’t done that in a while. But we are planning a getaway for later in the year…

Ah, so I can dream while I work, of a freer time. Have a great week, and keep dreaming, for it is what keeps us sane.

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Weekend Coffee Share. Get it together, girl! #balance

Welcome to my Weekend Coffee Share, hosted by Allison at Eclectic Ali . I’ll admit, sometimes I can feel myself getting too perfectionistic and being too hard on myself, feeling like nothing I do is enough. At times, I feel like I have to have a little talk with myself, trying to calm myself down. It has been a stressful week. Suffice it to say, teaching is not an easy job. That may not be the only issue. Maybe it was just difficult to transition from Winter break self-care to reanimating my driven self in order to be a quality teacher, yet feeling I have little time now to do anything about my writing goals. Still, I’m always reminded that balance is so important.

I almost took a picture of the scowl on my face on day this week, because I partly was just mad at myself for letting my perfectionism force me to work late and miss my yoga class.  I was also mad at my job for requiring so much of me.  With my writing, I can go at my own pace, but let me be honest, it is not what pays the bills right now.  I suppose I needed an attitude adjustment, and I am not completely sure what got me off balance.  I need to be mindful of this in the future.

Since I missed yoga on my favorite Zen yoga night, I had to lay out the mat at home, so therefore, yoga had to include some dog play.  That is perfectly alright!  He always makes me smile!  We took him to his fourth week of dog training today, which is always fun, and we see lots of other dogs in the Petsmart store where he trains.  He loves that part, too!

What goes in our brains is also very important, and it can’t always be work, work, work. I’m listening to this classic on Audible, while I’m also reading a YA Fantasy book on Kindle. I always have reading goals and plans, and sometimes I participate in review groups ( no time for those right now). I feel badly if I don’t have time to read, and I suspect my brain got lazy over WInter break with lots of Netflix time.  I did read, just not at a fast pace.  Anyway, listening to Dorian Gray is nice while taking a bath.  The language is very descriptive and flowery, somewhat advanced if not archaic, and the narrator’s voice is relaxing.  Reading this in book form would take me a while.  I must add, it got really intriguing in Chapter fifteen and sixteen today!  Hey, it got my mind off of work, even though I did do an hour’s worth of work this morning.  I didn’t finish, but an hour was all they were getting this morning.  This is MY weekend!

Having said all that, I felt like my job was taking oved my life this week, but here I am, writing on my blog! It makes me feel more like myself; it makes me feel unstoppable, and by the way, that was my word for this year: unstoppable. Even though I’ve added a lot of goals to take me to another level at my job, I am going to be unstoppable and keep on writing, enjoying my life, and meeting those goals. I may adjust the pace, but I shall never stop!  Have a great week, my friends.  I am planning on more balance and self-care this coming week.  🙂

Weekend Coffee Share. New Year, new dog?

Welcome to my Weekend Coffee Share, hosted by Allison at eclecticali.wordpress.com.  My irreplaceable dog, Bixby, ponders my morning coffee.

Well, of course I still have the same dog, my Bixby, but this week was a time for many new things, so maybe it’s just new year, new experiences? Specifically, new experiences for Bixby. Although, we are still in dog training mode. This is week 3.

 New year, New ‘do.

It has been a relaxing week, my last week of Winter Break, and I was broke enough to curtail any true vacation activities.  Still, I was going stir crazy, and the dog has been good all week.  I think his training is benefitting him greatly.  I also have bought him a sturdy, new leash that causes less stress on my wrist.  So, I felt adventurous.

This all made a New Year’s Day visit to the beach perfect.  Well, that and the almost 80 degree weather.  Jacksonville, Fl is unpredictable like that.  Whatever weather we get in January, we are never surprised.  🙂  Bixby’s never been to the beach before.  There were lots of people there, But I’d have to say, overall, he was well-behaved.  He was thoroughly distracted by all the people and the smells, but he did not once get defensive with anyone.  No one really came up to him, though.  Many people complimented him, foxy as he is.  After a brief walk, we went to Starbucks and he got his first puppucino.  As you can see, he was to busy to ham it up for the camera.  🙂  That was the greatest day this week.

I’ve also been purging papers today and getting papers together for doing my taxes and pondering my writing plan for this year.  I’m pretty sure I will push the publication of my next book to 2020.  It’s just where I am in life right now with my job and the publication budget.  I am short on time and money, so stretching it out would be a good call, and that may give me more time to promote Detours in Time and Undercurrents in Time.  The paperwork and planning is not exactly the fun stuff, but we did take Bixby to dog-training today and that is fun, if you ask me.  Everything has it’s time and place.

I did write a flash fiction this week for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers, which opens a lot of possibilities and may inspire a new character!  Visit it here: Wrapped up in Silence. #Flashfiction #FFfAW

Here are some fun things I was reminded of when looking at my 2018 finances:

Celtic Fest

St. Augustine Beach for Kenny’s birthday

Publication of Undercurrents in Time and a blog tour

The Pixies Concert

Visiting Rhode Island with my son

I am also pondering taking a vacation at some point this coming year, probably not over the summer but at another time to visiting an interesting yearly cultural event.  You may likely hear upcoming details as I get myself pepped up as well as my travel partner.  🙂

Thanks for stopping by to share a coffee, tea, or some other beverage of choice.  Have a great week!

Ambivert/Dog-Lover Achieves Rest and Relaxation. #Weekend Coffee Share.

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Welcome to my Weekend Coffee Share, hosted by Allison at Eclectic Ali. I hope you all had a Merry Christmas or happy holiday, whichever holiday it is that you celebrate.

I’m listening to The Driving Song by Widespread Panic. Their music just flows for me. I listen to one of their albums in my car a lot, and one song seems to flow into the other, yet each one telling its own individual story. Some of the songs are very visual, and I can just picture stories based on them. I find their music relaxing especially when I’m driving, because driving can be kind of stressful for me and traffic gives me anxiety. But their songs make me feel like I’m on the open road, on a clear, sunny day, traveling aimlessly. Right now is a good time for me to listen, since I won’t be able to travel anywhere for a few months.  Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XleAMV-W5C4

It being Winter Break for me, I have been getting a good amount of relaxation. I’ve caught up on my Netflix shows, even watched the choose- your-adventure Netflix episode / movie (Bandersnatch) yesterday. Wow, what a mind-bender. Quite intriguing. As a creator of fiction, it really appealed to me. I also finished season 3 of Travelers and have gotten some reading in. Heck, I even made it to yoga twice this week. Yeah, I’m a little sore due to that, but only because I am not used to it.  We’ll see how next week goes. 🙂

Since I’m saving money after the Christmas bills I just paid, today is sort of a hang- around-the- house day. I left for an hour for a church rehearsal of a skit we’ll be doing tomorrow, then I came back home.  My canine companion is glad to hang out with me me and loves having the company at home. We did give him a Merry Christmas present by taking him to the dog park on Christmas Day, and let me tell you, there were lots of interesting dogs and dog owners there on that day. I love the park we go to, and the people who go there are always so nice. I can’t say much for my dog’s behavior, though. Not as polite as I’d like. He’s only on week 2 of dog obedience class, so I guess we’ll give it time.

Doesn’t this face look innocent to you?  I love that little ruffian.

On the writing scene, I have re-edited my sci-fi book, Seeing Through Samson’s Eyes and have put it on a site to distribute to Barnes & Noble, apple, and Kobo. It is still available on Amazon as well. I actually enjoy going through to re-edit and polish it, because it is a story I enjoyed writing, and I like to revisiting those characters. Check it out at https://www.books2read.com/u/b5rd51  or you can get Amazon information on any of my books at https://www.amazon.com/Pamela-Schloesser-Canepa/e/B01E0KV716

I’ve come up with a few more ideas for Malachi, a character from my book Undercurrents in Time and I wrote a few of them down. I bought a little notebook to get organized as far as my chapter concepts. But I feel like I have not written very much for it. I have crossed the 20,000 word threshold though. I just plan to give myself time on this one and meanwhile ideas are coming to me for other books. Maybe that’s what right now is about, because my arm and shoulder have been sore lately, and I know sometimes I just need to take a break. I use ice now and then, but it’s hard to type at that point. So I will just plan and let the ideas speak to me. Maybe right now I’ll just give myself time to listen.

As far as writing, I don’t think I have been as attentive to my blog as of late. However, I did join in a blogger’s challenge that I discovered on Beaton’s blog, Becoming the Muse. It was called The Best of 2018. I wrote about some of my better experiences of this year. I would love it if you gave one of my posts a visit.  You can find one of them here:  Best of the Year 12/12-17 or here: Best of the Year, 12/18-12/24

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I have had a wonderful holiday with my family, and this has been a peaceful, prosperous year in which I have met a few of my goals.  I wish you all the happiest New Year possible.  Thank you for dropping by and sharing a cup of cheer with me!

Best of the Year, Dec. 25, 2018. #2018BOTY

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Thank you to Beaton at becomingthemuse.wordpress.com for the image and for making me aware of this awesome bloggers’ challenge!

What Christmas looks like: Family, friends, love.

 

A gift from someone who really gets me!

And seeing my loved ones smile.

All this, along with the love and antics of our little fur baby just make my heart sing!

Merry Christmas/ Happy Holiday to you and yours!

#WeekendCoffeeShare. The Season is Upon Us!

Welcome to my Weekend Coffee Share, hosted by Allison at eclecticali.wordpress.com. I feel like I’m neglecting my blog lately, I’ve been so busy. Yesterday, I volunteered as a teacher sponsor with kids in our National Junior Honor Society. I have to say, their youthful bounce and jump right in attitudes kind of warmed my own holiday spirit and the hearts of many patrons.  I only needed one cup of java to get me through the day.  It seems the spirit of youth was in the air and influenced even my energy!

At one point, a Salvation Army rep came by and fixed our sign. It’s supposed to go at the top of the stand. Oops! At any rate, it was a day well-spent with several interludes of Jingle Bells and a few other songs!  I think the kids did a great job and learned more about what it’s like to set a goal and raise money for a good cause.

Work has kept me quite busy as well. I’m a teacher, so I guess that’s just what is expected. I do find time now and then to work on my current work-in-progress, which is now just a little above 15,000 words. I am proud of that, as I have brought it up just in the last 3 weeks. I’m also part of a read/review group, and they have an Online Holiday Popup Book Shop until 12/16. Please visit the link and browse, because if you buy a book from their online shop, which links you to Amazon by the way, you just have to follow their instructions in order to be entered for an Amazon gift card. We all could use one of those! While you’re there, visit the author reading room to see authors reading excerpts from their books. I even have a video of myself reading a portion of my sci-fi novel,  Detours in Time.  Go to this site and navigate through the links at the top of the page.  Enjoy!  https://booksbudzpopup.wordpress.com

On a side note, damp weather does interesting things to my hair!  Thank you for reading, and have a great week!

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#Weekend Coffee Share. Dogiversary!

Welcome to my Weekend Coffee Share, hosted by Allison at eclecticali.wordpress.com!

I hope you don’t mind being sniffed! My dog is very curious around new people. Don’t worry about setting your coffee down; he has never tried to get into my cup and seems to understand the need to sit around and take one’s time with a cup of java.

Life has been busy like usual, but I had some time with old friends Thursday at dinner, and then Friday was a day off from work, so I had lunch with some old friends who have now retired, and we did a little shopping. It was a slightly indulgent day, but the best part was the laughter! I really enjoyed myself.

When I got home, my dog came running to the door to see me, as always.  He manages to always make me feel loved and missed.  Tomorrow, it will have been four years since we adopted this furry bundle of fun and days later, were allowed to bring him home!

It was Nov. 11, 2014.  Work was super-stressful for me.  My son was going through some personal trouble and had dropped out of college for the first time.  He was not working and seemed depressed most days.  I was feeling inadequate as a mom.  I’d write poems now and then to express my feelings, but nothing longer than that.  I had stories inside of me but didn’t know which story I could share with the world, or how.  My hand and arm would get sore from typing I did at work; I wasn’t sure I’d ever write the way I wanted to.  I’d thought of having a dog before, but the thought of having another mouth to feed and a living thing that needed attention just seemed like nothing but another responsibility. Still, my son was alone at home during the day, and people with dogs looked so happy and active.

So, Mom and I talked about it a lot.  She went with my son and found the sweetest dog in the puppy room.  He wasn’t a puppy, but rather three years old, and just too small for the big dog area.  Mom came home and said she was in love.  If we got a dog, she really wanted Bixby.  So, having a day off on Veteran’s Day and with Jacksonville Humane Society running an adoption special, I took my son up there to see this dog.  Mom was at work.  Guess what?  She was right.  He was special, and such a sweet dog.  The sign said “pomeranian mix.”  It was mostly in his tail.  🙂  He was skinny with a choppy haircut. The worker lifted him out of the cage; he seemed scared.  We got into a visiting room, and he sniffed like crazy, then peed on the floor.  I started the paperwork.  He let me hold him briefly, then got up to pee on the floor again.

Bixby21110141504-01 Upon meeting: Skinny, curious, and a little hopeful but unsure.  

I’d have to wait two days, because he was on a stray hold.  I requested the neutering, and they’d give him any other shots, etc.  I hated leaving there without a dog, but going back was exciting!  I’d already bought a leash, but learned it was not a good leash, so they gave me a plain, cloth leash.  I paid at the checkout, and my son held the dog.  He was an excited and scared canine.  “Get me out of here!”  “Wait, where are we going?  Is it better there?”  And then there was a defensive pit behind the cashwrap next to the cashier who barked back and forth with my dog and even lunged a little.  It had been abused and her hair was following out, due to stress, the cashier said.  I don’t think it would have fared well out with all the other barking dogs.  Poor girl.  We held on tightly to our new dog.  Finally, we were leaving, and I had to let him down to walk, but it was awkward with him on a leash.  Maybe he wasn’t used to one.

We came home and surprised my mother.  (The three of us live together).  “Oh, Mom, I have to show you something.” The dog, sniffing around like crazy.  My mom was so ecstatic when she saw him.  He was sickly for a few days, maybe due to the switch of dog food or the neutering procedure, but we gelled as a family.  I took to walking him and being awakened at sunrise by the dog to take him out to water his favorite lamp post.  The fresh air was good; seeing sunrise was wonderful.  Walking him at night was good exercise.  I really enjoyed this.  There are three of us here, so I usually only walk him once a day now.  It seems I was able to handle the responsibility; I just needed to make room in my life and in my heart for this.  I think it made my heart bigger.

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My son did not take to the dog ecstatically; it was just another responsibility.  A few times, he asked why I wanted a dog.  I told him it was fun, and it was.  Our first time at the dog park months later was the cutest thing. Bixby loved it, but my son just took a long walk.  Now, years later, he plays with the dog more, and if asked, he will walk him.  He smiles when playing with the dog and when hold the leash if we go to the trails to walk.  It obviously has enriched his life as well.  The dog will be in my mom’s room at bedtime, and sometime in the middle of the night, he seems to end up on my bed.  I tell people he loves us equally.  He has two mamas to spoil him, and my son to play rough with, as well as my boyfriend who loves to play chase with him but also will stroke his belly.  Bixby will stay still at least an hour for a good belly rub.

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Since getting the dog, I have added several other things to my life, such as service to my church and writing and self-publishing.  I think getting Bixby was just the start of it, helping me to say “Yes, I can do this” and to make time for wonderful things that are rounding out my life and who I am as a person.

So, this ends my dog-centered Weekend Coffee Share.  My Cold brew Con Leche was delicious.  I hope you have enjoyed your choice of java as well.  My dog is currently at the front window, guarding me from whoever had just walked by.  You’ve got to appreciate their efforts to love us, calm us, and protect us.

 

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Bixby is the star of my short book, From Lost to Loved, a Stray Dog’s Tale.  I tried to imagine why such a great dog would ever be a stray.  It makes a great gift in paperback for doglovers young or old (Age 8 to 98+), and has a happy ending.  If you want to read it first on your own, it is in Kindle for free for a limited time.  Find your Kindle copy or order a paperback at: https://www.amazon.com/Lost-Loved-Stray-Dogs-Tale-ebook/dp/B073XTV2JF

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A wonderful experience of combining two things I really love!  Have a great week!