#WeekendCoffeeShare: In Which I Am Behind on Literally Everything

If we were having coffee, I would first apologize for being late…Oops! Generally, I am an on-time sort of person, but today I only had about a million things to do before getting the coffee share going. I definitely meant to work on all of this yesterday, but yesterday turned out to be a Bad Writing Day. I think we all have those days…When the words just won’t show up, no matter how long you look at the blinking cursor or the empty page, and nothing seems to happen quite the way you want it.

Aside from the Bad Writing Day this week, though, the week was a really good one. I finished teaching my summer class, and there are only the final essays to grade in the coming week. Sam was able to work from home this week, so we were able to spend quite a lot of time together, which was far scarcer with his last job.

And on Wednesday night, I was able to attend a book-event for Roxane Gay’s Hunger with my dearest friend, something I’ve been looking forward to for a few months now. She’s one of my favorite current feminist writers, and it was really fantastic to be able to listen to her talk about her writing, pop culture, and her own personal story. She was first interviewed by a local writer on-stage, and afterward the audience was given a chance to ask questions. I had a hundred questions, of course, but I was much too anxious to stand and ask any of them. The questions from other attendees were wonderful though, and led to fun tangents about Lena Dunham, Batman, and avocados (cue collective gasps of horror when Roxane Gay mentioned they were her favorite food, then laughter when the room full of people realized how many other people had the same pearl-clutching reaction to this in a night that included frank conversation about body image, rape, and misogyny.)

I’d read the book before attending, mostly because I saw a copy in the library and couldn’t resist picking it up before attending the event. But now have my own personalized copy of Hunger, and it’s pretty much my favorite possession at this moment.

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If we were having coffee, I would try to fill you in on the months that we haven’t talked as much as we once did. The break from grinding out the coffee share each week was a good one, and it was good for me to step away for a little while. I’ve been able to redirect my attention, which had been waning, and now I feel really great about diving back into the community. But of course lots has happened since February!

I would tell you that I chopped quite a lot of my hair off and re-added my pink streak a few weeks ago. I cut about 8 inches of hair, and it was amazing how much lighter I felt—both literally and metaphorically. I have tended to hide behind my hair for quite a long time, and now it’s far too short to hide me. The pink has faded, and the cut is a bit shaggy (oy, short hair takes so much maintenance), so I need to take myself back to the salon. But I think I’m keeping this cut for a while.

In the months that we haven’t talked regularly, I’ve also been super-delighted to welcome a new wee addition to our family, a new little niece. She’s a beautiful little creature, and we’ve been over a few times to visit since she was born. Little Jedi doesn’t particularly like to hold her (she’s wiggly, mom!), but he loves to sit next to her and chatter and to just watch her. The kiddo hasn’t been around a lot of babies, but he does quite love them. I, of course, find all of this amusing and adorable.

We’ve also taken the kiddos to lots of things–well maybe not Baby Fett yet, though I have high hopes that she and her parents will be joining us for things in the future–but Little Jedi and my dearest friends’ kiddos have spent a lot of time hanging out together. We took them to Star Wars Day at the aquarium and free comic book day at our local shop, and they were together so much during Little Jedi’s part of the summer here that they just “switched” houses from day-to-day at one point. It’s difficult to express just how wonderful it is to live in the same city as my childhood friend, to have our children hang out together the way we once did.

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If we were having coffee, I would ask how your week has been and what you might get up to in the coming week. I’d remind you to add your link below and to use the #weekendcoffeeshare tag on Facebook, Twitter, and WordPress so we can all find each other! ❤

 

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Comments

  1. says

    Thanks for hosting again, Diana. The book event sounds fabulous. I had a couple of NO Writing days, so I think that is worse than Bad Writing..these things just happen. I am going to look for Hunger as an audio book since I am becoming tooo lame to do my own reading, or else I am Alexa dependent or something. I bought an Audible subscription and have been slurping down the audio books left and right…addictive good clean fun.

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  2. says

    Good to see you here. I’m glad the break was good for you.

    I’ve been having a lot of trouble writing. My mind doesn’t want to shut off long enough to write more than a few comments any place. You know what’s going on. It’s difficult to write about because of all of the unknowns that I have absolutely no control over. Hopefully I will have some answers this week when I see the surgeon on Monday. Wish me luck!

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  3. says

    Nice to see you back hosting the Coffee Share! I think we all get those Bad Writing Days – I hope your past it – but am glad the rest of your week went well.

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  4. says

    What a cute baby!
    It’s the winter school holidays here in NZ and we’ve done not much at all because we’ve all been sick and the weather has been wretched (though everyone got snow and all we got was tons of rain and a crazy wind for two days). My wife wasn’t hit by the coughing bug as much as some of us. My teenage daughter’s best friend came over last Sunday for a sleepover. She left on Wednesday around 5pm and came back on Friday around the same time… the two teenagers have been sleeping in mattresses in the lounge and it’s been fun.
    My classes for Semester 2 have changed unexpectedly (I have another week’s holiday).
    I’ve been so busy being sick with the cough and the headache that I haven’t written or knitted anything in days. I need to finish a little cardigan for my friend’s baby or he’ll be too big to wear it even though he was prem… 😕

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  5. says

    It’s so good to see you again! =D

    I missed you last week because I was busy becoming the mom of a teenager for the second time! Which bears a little on my post, but that’s another story.

    I love all the good in your life. Bad Writing Day or not, you’ve done a lot to fill the well. I’m guessing that will eventually translate to the writing.

    Your reading sounds wonderful. And be prepared to gasp, because avocados are my favorite, too.

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