If We Were Having Coffee Before the Egg Hunt

Weekend Coffee

This post is part of a link-up hosted by Part Time Monster.

Good morning friends. Pull up a chair, grab your favorite mug, and pour some coffee. Would you like some cream or sugar? I’m already on my second cup for this morning. I have a feeling I’ll need it today. The kids have an Easter egg hunt today, and we’re doing Easter baskets this morning. I know Easter isn’t for another week, but I would like them to enjoy the fun Easter separate from the religious Easter, and then we can celebrate religious aspects of Easter next week.

The boys had Spring Break this week. It seems like most of St. Louis had break the week before, and it was nice to be able to go places without big crowds. We went to the Children’s Museum one day, and the History museum another. We enjoyed some good weather and grumbled about snow. It was a good week.

Because of Spring Break, I didn’t get much other stuff done. My professional development project has sat this week, waiting for me to do more planning. I don’t have any more word about the grant, which makes planning more difficult. I did get some writing done, and I hadn’t done much writing recently so that was a nice change.

It’s time to get ready for the egg hunt already. I hope you have a great week. Thanks for stopping by!



If we were sharing coffee before Church …

Weekend Coffee

This post is part of a link-up hosted by Part Time Monster.


Good morning friends. I hope you’ll forgive my coffee post being a little late this weekend. Yesterday was a crazy day and I didn’t have any time to sit down to my computer!

Where are my manners? Pull up a chair, grab your favorite mug, and pour some coffee. Would you like some cream or sugar?

This week has been very busy. I am excited because my board decided to go ahead with the teacher training for ADHD. We still don’t know the status of the grant, but I think we can pull it off even without the grant. It may have to be for the wealthier school districts, though, because if we don’t have grant money we won’t be able to offer scholarships.

I presented about ADHD and CHADD to a Social Work class this week. My slide show did not come up, unfortunately, but the talk went OK anyway.

As I said, Saturday was a crazy day. We went to Lego KidsFest downtown, and the kids got to spend hours playing with gazillions of Legos. There was even a huge pile of Lego bricks that they could climb on! (I had the cruel thought of making them go barefoot on it so they could learn the value of cleaning up their toys … but I digress.) We took the Metrolink train, so they got the fun of riding the train as well.

Then yesterday evening I had book club. We read The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, and it was very good. I still haven’t finished it, but I look forward to the ending–they say there’s a twist. And I got the newest Sarah Addison Allen book from the library, I can’t wait to dig into that one!

I decided not to do the A to Z challenge. As much as I want to, it is just adding too much to my plate right now. I will enjoy reading others’ posts.

I’m getting long winded here and I have to teach Sunday School this morning, so I’d better wind up. I hope you enjoyed the coffee. I enjoyed my time with you!

If we were having coffee on a rainy Saturday …

Weekend CoffeeIf we were having coffee, your kids (if you have them) would be in my living room playing Legos or making Shamrocks with my boys. We would be drinking a cup of coffee out of my drip coffee maker, you out of a plain black mug and me out of my favorite Texas wildflowers mug. We would be sitting at my dining room table, laughing or crying about what has happened in your life over the past week.

We would certainly be commiserating about the police shootings this past week. I tend to keep a close ear on Twitter about the Ferguson protests, and I know people weren’t happy about the circumstances of the Ferguson city manager and police chief. Both will get their full pay and health insurance for the next year. Honestly, I can’t see them voluntarily resigning to much less than that, but there is a view of them on the streets that they are criminals and should be in jail, not receiving payments. I honestly don’t think protesters will be happy with what happens in the real world … but then, the protesters are trying to change the world as it exists.

In my own way, I am trying to change that. My CHADD organization is trying to bring a teacher training seminar about ADHD, and we want to make it available to teachers in low-income, mostly black schools. I know it may not sound like something that will help. There are many things these schools need more. But I hope that, with better understanding of the disorder, there will be fewer student discipline incidents for things that are really outside the student’s control, and that teachers will be able to address problems other ways. And it is a small way that I can make a difference.

As for the grant my organization has, there may be a chance we can keep the grant. I am waiting to hear a final answer on that.

I have decided to try the A to Z blogging challenge. I will do it on my other blog, Fiction as Life, and Cecilia will discuss her favorite thing, baking. We’re halfway through March already, and since I know I can’t do one post every day for the month, I’d better get started now.

This post is part of a coffee share linkup hosted by Part Time Monster.

If We Were Having Coffee on March 6

Weekend Coffee

If we were having coffee …

If we were having coffee, I’d probably start spouting to you about my week before you even had a chance to sit down and have your first sip.

There are up weeks, and there are down weeks. One positive for this week is that I got medicine for my sinus infection and it is starting to clear up. Thank heaven for new antibiotics, because I’m allergic to most of the older ones. But I’m eating a lot more yogurt this week.

The week ended on a very sour note. I run an organization–well, a local branch of a large organization. We received a grant in December, and were in the process of figuring out what to do with it. The grant money fell into our laps, and all of a sudden we need to do something BIG.

Only … because of circumstances beyond our control, the board decided to return the grant money. Sorry I’m being vague about the details; I’m not sure how much I get to share. The big deal for me is that we don’t keep the money, and so we have to give up on our big project before it is even started.

If we were having coffee …

We would, of course, have to talk about the DOJ report. The one that talks about racism in Ferguson. We may be placing bets on whether Ferguson will settle with the Department of Justice. Frankly, I can’t see Ferguson accepting even the smallest settlement offer from the DOJ. I think the mayor’s press conference after the report came out was to say “this is what little we’ve done, and we’re not gonna do anything more.” I am aghast at how callous officials are about the report allegations. All they seem to care about is that Michael Brown’s hands weren’t in the air.

OK I’ll get off my little soapbox. I wish I had time to read the full report, but my hands are full. Cassatt has recovered from his ear infection and is now eating enormous quantities of food. The brothers are playing together this morning, for the most part.

We are finally getting some warm weather and I look forward to enjoying it this weekend.

I hope your week goes well. I didn’t get to read most coffee share posts last week, but I plan to visit this week. I look forward to having coffee with you!

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