Weekend Coffee Share

Join me for a cup of coffee and a conversation!

Happy Sunday to you all! I am so glad to be back home after 4 days of being out of the state this week. I am also thrilled you have joined me for coffee today. We have a lot to catch up on and I cannot wait to hear from you.

I am going to have a pumpkin latte today — it is the season for it! I always think it has too many calories but it is a special seasonal item and I feel it is part of the celebration of the time of year. What would you like today?

If we were having coffee I would tell you I flew to Atlanta for an education conference on Tuesday. For air travel it was on the smooth side. I haven’t ridden in a plane for over 5 years. The automation has changed in the airport — let me tell you. You now can tag your own checked baggage and an attendant just double checks it. It actually was quite fast and efficient. Southwest Airlines has always done a nice job with customer service in my experience. I just always wonder about how many people lost their jobs when they put another kiosk in the airport for self service.

How do you feel about flying?

If we were having coffee I would tell you I had great food in Atlanta. The restaurant in the hotel was excellent and we had lunch there a couple times. A memorable place we went was Sweet Georgia’s Juke Joint. I had crab cakes and catfish fingers here and fantastic mac and cheese. There was live music which was great but really loud.

If we were having coffee I would tell you I had sweet tea only on Friday. I could not leave Georgia without having it at least once though!

I would love to hear about favorite food you had while you have traveled.

If we were having coffee I would tell you I learned a lot from the conference. There is a lot to process and I am still synthesizing how I am going to present some of the information. The approach to education for the organization that hosted the conference is student centered. The belief is that talk is instrumental for the learning to happen as well. A lot of this approach is how I have taught for years, so I felt like I found my place without knowing I was looking for it. To be in the presence of others educators that truly believe ALL students can learn was energizing in the most wonderful way.

If we were having coffee I would tell you I made several connections to my own writing to the concepts presented at my sessions. I attended a double session on writing by the wonderful ladies who are part of the Vermont Writing Collaborative but the real connections were in a session about feedback. I am working on a specific article about this that will be coming out this week.

If we were having coffee I would tell you I still wrote every day. My sleep schedule craziness continued while I was away so I took advantage of the early morning wake up and wrote. I was still able to write and publish a couple pieces in spite of being separated from my regular routine.

If we were having coffee I would tell you it was awesome to have my husband and kids pick me up from the airport. It was great to see them after time apart and my littlest one spied my bag off the carousel first and even rolled it to the car!

If we were having coffee I would tell you we celebrated my oldest’s 17th birthday this weekend with final soccer games with drama, special birthday dinner, cake, and a new game of balloon volleyball!

I cannot wait to hear about your week!

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Weekend Coffee Share – Hunter Moon

A cup of coffee and a conversation!

The weather finally cooled off in the middle of a rain storm! Here is hoping it stays that way. The fuzzy warm red blanket is on the bed now. It is a great time of year. It was also a full moon last night called Hunter’s Moon! I cannot say I am hunting anything except words for the page.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I made apple slices this weekend from the fruit we picked at the orchard last weekend. They are like flat apple pie with icing and delicious. The house smelled so good when they were baking.

If we were having coffee I would tell you this week was full. There were a couple days at work that got rearranged and not by me. I always handle it better when I am the one changing it but I have to roll with it.

If we were having coffee I would tell you I had a great day Tuesday at a training sponsored by the Indiana Department of Education. It was a day full of math rich tasks and was super fun. I spent the day with a teacher I am working with this year and we were able to chat in a more personal way. We laughed and had a nice lunch too.

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Weekend Coffee Share – First Sunday in October Time

Welcome to October! I am so excited the temperatures have finally cooled. It was still HOT at the beginning of the week and I hope that phase of Mother Nature’s tantrum is complete.

I am having my normal dark black coffee but am thinking I may have some pumpkin spice added in there! Hot apple cider is an option for you as well.

If we were having coffee I would tell you I participated in an online writing class this week. I was able to do some study with flash fiction and get some great feedback from the instructor and the other writers. I enjoy having more prompts in my data bank. Reading the other writing was amazing as always. There is much to learn from reading other’s writing to the same prompt.

If we were having coffee I would tell you I taught my own class on writing on Monday to fellow teachers. I based most of it on a Cornelius Minor workshop I went to this summer. I told everyone it was going to be more of a conversation about writing and interactive. I had some anxiety about teaching it on Sunday and decided to let that go. People had signed up for the class on purpose-they weren’t being forced. I wanted to make it sure the time was not boring and that they were able to walk away with some writing ideas to use with their students. We laughed, we wrote, and we were able to talk about writing. It was a quality 2 hours.

If we were having coffee I would tell you my Artist’s Way call on Sunday went well but I had to cut it short. I always enjoy these people . There is a normal crew that joins on Monday though and I missed their faces! Always valuable time spent.

If we were having coffee I would tell you the family played virtual reality on Friday night and it was super fun. There is music and you have light sabers where you strike blue and red boxes to the beat of the song. There are various levels. My favorite song is Radioactive by Imagine Dragons.

If we were having coffee I would tell you I have been revising but I have been unable to locate my notes from my novel. I believe they might be in my office at work…we will see on Monday. I thought I knew where they were at home. I was wrong. I have my first chapter ready to go to send Monday to my critique group so we will see what they say next weekend.

If we were having coffee I would tell you I wrote every day and revised bits and pieces of the novel. I have some submission pieces I am getting ready to send out next week as well. I also have been participating in OCTPOWRIMO which is poetry writing month. There is a wonderful website that is sharing prompts and a place to network with poets. I have posted several poems on Medium this week you can read here.

Doorway ConversationA Poemmedium.com

Spoiled MemoryA poemmedium.com

Thick LinesA poemmedium.com

I have always been a poet and have been enjoying writing them. It feels like breathing to me. I have been doodling as well for Inktober which has been funny and an exercise in imperfection! I have been posted them on Instagram which is out of my comfort zone.

If we were having coffee I would tell you I have been doing my 100 day goal of yoga every day. I have done it and feel stronger. It is just a few poses every morning but it feels good to be back.There are 100 Days LeftWhat Will You Do With Them?medium.com

If we were having coffee I would tell you have I come back to classical music this week. I played the violin for years and love classical music, especially harp music so have been listening to it in the mornings. It has been good for my creativity and writing!

What have you been doing to take care of yourself this week? I would love to hear in the responses.

You can read this here at Medium.

Weekend Coffee Share

It has been a fast week! I almost forgot it was Sunday time rolling back around. I think today I will have caramel syrup in my cup. I feel like having some sweet. What would you like to drink today?

If we were having coffee, I would tell you this week was full of meetings at work. There were after school meetings and lots of conversations with teachers about planning and ILearn our state mandated test. I did a lot of running around between the 3 buildings I go between as well.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I am excited Storyaday is starting next weekend. I do this challenge twice a year. In May and September I write a story a day. My online writing group came out of this challenge and I speak with at least one of the Superstars daily.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I took a writing class for 2 days. It pushed me out of my comfort zone a little. I had a hard time with the prompts which surprised me. They should have been within my wheelhouse. The prompts came later in the day and I was forced to write later in the evening after thinking about the prompt which is not my ideal time. I do have two new prompts to work with moving forward though. I will for sure use them again. It was fun to play. I did get two drafts done plus a third partial because of the class.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you the idea of making space has been on my mind. There is space for community and interaction. I am the type of person who is quite solitary but I can build up ideas to a point where I want to share. Most of the time this is through writing, but sometimes I need people. I need to carve out space for things that energize me which I have not done well with since school started back.

Making space for writing, reading, and exercise is important as well. Honestly, sometimes just taking a moment of stillness too. I have so many priorities!

I am part of several communities but the interaction is not always at the level I crave at the moment. The 2 day class didn’t allow for the type of interaction among writers as a longer one allows so connections were not really formed sadly. I still haven’t quite figured out how to do that either which is part of the problem. Medium is a community as well and I interact with other writers through their pieces. I have my AW group also.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I got into a flash fiction class for the end of September which I am excited about.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I picked up some great books at the library this week including The Little Swedish Kitchen! If anything it will inspire a story. I also picked up There, There have you read it? I keep hearing wondering comments about it.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you …this is your prompt! Finish the sentence for me. What have you been thinking about?

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Weekend Coffee Share

Thank you for joining me for coffee today on this hot hot summer day! I am so glad you are here with me and it is to be a day full of sunshine.

I am having my regular strong black coffee. What would you like today? I have some iced tea if you like, or do you want something stronger today?

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Birthday Weekend Coffee Share

I am excited you have joined me for coffee today. It is Father’s day in the US and my birthday. I think we will have some birthday cupcakes this morning to celebrate but no singing.

I am having a Butter Brew coffee with a shot of espresso for the occasion. What would you like today?

If we were having coffee, I would tell you this week has been full of ups and downs.

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#WeekendCoffeeShare #Sunday June 9

I am so glad you are joining me for coffee today! This post is inspired by Eclectic Alli. My summer has officially started and I am feeling amazing! Let’s take our coffee and go for a little walk and then we can sit under the trees as the time stretches on.

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#WeekendCoffeeShare #Sunday June 2

I am so glad you are joining me for coffee today! Today feels special today because it is my second day of summer vacation. This does not mean that I am out of work completely. There are some workshops and training I will be going to but I do not have to drive into work every day. To be home is glorious. I appreciate this schedule change. It usually takes me a week to recalibrate myself but I do not think I will have that issue this year.

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