If we were having coffee, I would tell you that the week has been a bit of a roller-coaster. We’d perch on the couch with the pup snuggled nearby, and I’d probably still be in my pajamas. (We are big proponents of pajamas around here, especially on Saturdays.)
We’ll make sure to stay away from the kitchen. Of course, I generally avoid the kitchen as much as possible, but this is More Serious Than Usual. There’s a little grey mouse in there (probably more than one little grey mouse), but I’m trying To Avoid Thinking About It until the exterminator can come in on Monday.
I’m trying to avoid thinking about that, too, to be honest, because even if I don’t want the creature living in the cupboard, it makes me sad to hurt the poor things. When it comes down to it, I’m terribly soft-hearted. Even as a child, I wanted a houseful of animals and would’ve brought home All the Strays if my parents had allowed it. I probably would now, too, if I could!
But Tank is really the only creature that we have the resources for right now. We got a not-so-gentle reminder of that over the last few weeks. The poor pup managed to get a staph infection, so he was on medication and spent a few days in a cone. This week brought a check-up to make sure the infection was gone. Luckily, he’s a healthy pup now, but it was also time for his annual shots and preventative meds. Ow, my pocketbook.
And, bonus! Tank is a *terrible* car dog. He jumps around as much as he is able and whines constantly and stress sheds. And he’s only 35 pounds, but he’s incredibly strong, so taking him anywhere is An Event. Before we could go anywhere, though, I had to buy a new tire, which wasn’t at all something I had planned to do. Ow, my pocketbook again.
The week wasn’t without perks, though. I had several really productive meetings about nonprofit and photography work, and Sam has several new clients he’s meeting with. He and I got to experience our first real week of working from home together. It’s going to take some getting accustomed to, but I don’t think anything could suit us better, especially in a city like this. I feel really lucky, and there are a lot of good things on the horizon.
In the coming week, Little Jedi will be here some and with his grandparents some, as this is his last full week of summer vacation. Sam and I both have busy schedules with our various business projects next week, but we get to work alongside one another. But for today, it’s pajamas and perching on the couch.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that there have also been some changes and decisions made about the blog this week. I started the process of refocusing and revising Part-Time Monster a few weeks ago with a new theme, and I’ve continued working on the design and features.
This week, I said goodbye to the Thursday 13, a series I started several months ago. Old posts will be archived, of course, and you’ll still see an occasional list post here from me, but the weekly feature run is at an end. The posts had begun to feel a bit too much like work to write, and they blurred the focus of the blog a bit. I revised the about page, too—-
Part-Time Monster is going back to its roots. We’re about books, girls and monsters here. Monster Mondays (check out our awesome new index page), Top Ten Tuesdays, and Wordless Wednesdays will remain as-is. Thursdays will now be devoted, as often as possible, to pop culture commentary. I’ve missed writing posts like this one about Finnick O’Dair, and this frees me up to produce more of that content.
I’ve also decided that from now on, I’ll be using Friday for posts about feminist issues. When there are Feminist Friday discussions going on (for more info on those, see the new index!), that post will be reblogged with an encouragement to join the conversation. During the off-weeks, there will be feminist posts here on Fridays.
Weekend coffee shares remain, of course. The community that is building around them is incredible, and I’m working on some new ideas for coffee share participants. In the meantime, I should stop writing what might be The Longest Coffee Share Post I’ve Written and go visit some of you lovelies.
So link up your coffee share posts below, and don’t forget to use the #weekendcoffeeshare tag on Facebook and Twitter!