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Weekend Coffee Share: And so it begins…

Good evening (or good morning… depending on your POV)! This week, if we were sharing details of our personal lives over coffee, mine would be decidedly decaf!

I’m writing to you while all curled up and ready for bed. It’s after midnight and the #JustAddTea Twitter party will be going down in less than 11 hours… and I haven’t slept yet…

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Weekend Coffee Share: Is it really over?

This weekend, if we were sharing coffee, it would be the blonde roast that was a gift from my student, and we’d be curled up in our PJ’s. A kind of slumber party version of the Weekend Coffee Share. And a short post at that.

Not much has happened over the last couple of weeks.

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That Friday Feeling: The Beauty of a BuJo

Over Lughnasadh, I mentioned that I’ve found a way to balance my “real life” with my “spiritual life” using a Bullet Journal. My “real life” includes all those little tasks that are boring but necessary… like chores and a job, whereas my “spiritual life” is what I used to call all the little things I’m drawn to, including my creativity and my desire to help people.

The last few years, I’ve learned that those “real life” tasks are often in the category of “executive functioning skills,” and that is one of those areas where some people on the spectrum (myself included) struggle.

So what exactly are “Executive Functioning Skills?” And how can a bullet journal help?

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Merry Lughnasadh: Face the Sun

Welcome to my favorite time of the year! I’m not quite sure why this holiday is my favorite. I looked back at a few of my previous Lughnasadh posts and it seems that it has a lot to do with what it represents: Lugh the Long-Armed.

And while I do appreciate his story, I don’t know if that’s why I like this time of year so much.

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#WeekendCoffeeShare: Summer’s flying!

Welcome! Pull up a chair, grab you a cup of whatever caffeinated beverage you’re craving, and let’s chat a while.

This week, my “coffee” is actually a tea. During the earlier camp Nano, I joined a tea swap, and now I have a ton of interesting flavors to try out. I’ll be taking some of them with me when I go on “vacation” next week.

It’s really more of a “stay-cation,” but it will get me out of the house nonetheless.

But that’s not what we’re here to discuss. We’re here to review this past week and then talk about things to come!

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Boy Update: Communication is _______.

There are oh so many ways to fill in that blank! Communication is key. Communication is imperative. Communication is a lost art form. Communication is complicated. Communication is broken…

When you’re not exactly sure how to communicate between your own mind and heart, and then you have to figure out how to talk to people, it’s probably a little bit of all of those.

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Book Review: Cinnamon and Gunpowder

Cinnamon and Gunpowder: A NovelCinnamon and Gunpowder: A Novel by Eli Brown

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book took considerably longer than I expected to finish. Not because it wasn’t good (it most definitely is a good book), but because of the complexity in it. In brief, this a traditional pirate story told from a non-traditional perspective. We follow the experiences of one Owen Wedgwood, chef, from the point of his capture by the Mad Hannah Mabbott, a red-headed sea wench of a pirate who has only two goals: vengeance and to capture the Brass Fox, an equally as notorious pirate.

Through Wedgwood’s eyes, we learn about the duplicitous nature of not the pirate world, but the world of the Pendleton Trading Company, run by one Lord Ramsey, the late former employer of the protagonist. Wedgwood must cook for the pirate queen Mabbott once a week or else die in whatever horrible way only pirate minds can think up.

As the story progresses, Owen’s views on what is right and what is righteous began to shift to match his shifting loyalties as his relationship with Mad Mabbott and the rest of the crew change from captor and captive to companions and more.

It is an excellent read and has a great lesson about not judging simply based on the reputations heard from others, but it was more difficult than I had anticipated.

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