#WeekendCoffeeShare: The Longest Week

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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.

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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!

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  1. I hope everything went alright with that mouse of yours. I am a softie too.
    I didn’t manage to join you guys for coffee on Saturday, I was at a wedding. Which I guess is a valid excuse.
    Have a great week!

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  2. Oh, goodness…good luck with the mouse! I’m with you–I wouldn’t want it living in my cupboard, either…but at the same time, I wouldn’t want to hurt it!

    Glad you were productive this week despite the stress and looking forward to seeing more changes on your blog!

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  3. Ah, pajamas! The comfort clothing of choice in my house too. I can usually be found in them shortly after I get home from work. Why dirty another outfit just for a couple hours of wear? I am my exterminator. I don’t like it. It’s a nasty job and I HATE having to do it, but living in the midwest I can expect mice and their entire families to venture into the house, totally uninvited, as soon as the weather turns crisp and the farmers harvest the crops that are so close to me. YUCK!! I hate having them scurry along the counter in the kitchen, leaving their little droppings as they go. Then everything they touch and probably everything they don’t come close to gets washed and sterilized. It is a battle between them and me and I plan to win. 🙂

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  4. Eek! A mouse! I hope the exterminator takes care of it easily. It makes me wonder if perhaps there’s an evolutionary reason for being soft-hearted to animals … why do we really care about other species? Something new to ponder …

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    1. I don’t know—-I know we often find things cute that resemble babies in a head/body ratio and facial features ratio. And I suppose some of us are just made softer than others. I know lots of folks who wouldn’t bat an eye at killing a mouse.

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  5. I will be keeping an eye open for all the changes. I’m liking what I see, though. I hope your Pajama Saturday is kept low key for you. I hate it when I have a lazy day in mind and things change on me!

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  6. It takes a lot of work to make over a blog. And it is so easy to get sidetracked off of one’s main aims. I admire your commitment to get back on track. I, too have been doing some of that this year. Currently, I join this lovely Coffee Share whenever possible. And back near the 1st of the year, I started my own little series, I Saw It on Facebook, where I share a graphic I saw on Facebook and elaborate on why it amused me, fits me, or upset me. Comments I have seen all over social media lately regarding Christians, God and the Bible got me started on a new series entitled Misconceptions.
    Unlike you, my life is much to fluid for me to want to tie myself down to certain posts on certain days, although I do admire the discipline. This Weekend Coffee Share is my exception to that. My other posts, I try to do weekly or at least every ten days. #WeekendCoffeeShare @ Life & Faith in Caneyhead

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    1. Thank you!

      I’m really enjoying writing for the blog, and I try to post daily. Sundays are my only exceptions, but that is still time I see as devoted to the weekend coffee share. It helps me to have a few weekly features, but I want to write some more in-depth things again, too.

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  7. Glad Tank is doing better. I’ve had little mice visitors, and while I don’t like them invading my space, I too feel guilty when they have to be disposed of. My favourite was when the trap caught a particularly small, cute one by the leg – he was otherwise unhurt and I managed to get him outside and release him into the wild of my neighbour’s garden – far enough that he wouldn’t think of returning to our place!

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    1. Yeah, I feel bad for having to hurt anything, really, especially if it’s small and furry and mostly defenseless. We’ve unfortunately got to find our deceased mouse friend now so that we can get the smell out of the house! What a weekend!

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  8. Glad the pup is doing okay!!
    Mouse…. yeah.. I’d have my feet pulled up on the couch and be a bit more alert than usual…free roaming mice scare me… I can totally understand that “not wanting to hurt them” thing but… when they’re in my living space I get freaked out. If someone else wants to catch them and remove them for me without causing harm I’m very grateful.

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    1. Yeah, we’ve unfortunately got to find the now-deceased mouse, and so the day has turned into quite an adventure. We’re still waiting for the exterminator to come on Monday.

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  9. So happy to hear that your pup is doing well! And that work things are working out. 😀 Perhaps your mouse visitor will just pack up his little mouse bags and move along of his own accord? (I do hate it when we have to deal with mice here…they’re so darn cute! If only they’d stop with all of that pesky disease carrying. *sigh*)

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