#WeekendCoffeeShare: Topsy-Turvy

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If we were having coffee, I would tell you that it’s been a topsy-turvy week. There are changes going on around here again, just when I thought we were beginning to settle in. At the beginning of the week, Sam went for a job interview for a freelance position, but he was offered a really good full-time position with the company instead—and he decided to take it. We’re quite happy about the new opportunity that he has, but I’m going to miss the time we spent working from home together! On Monday, he goes back to work again.

Monday is also Little Jedi’s first day of school this year, so we’ve been getting ready for that, as well. We discovered that his uniforms don’t quite fit anymore, which meant that we had to order uniforms this week. We’re also going to go get a new backpack this weekend. His school doesn’t require kindergarten or first graders to buy school supplies, but they do need backpacks, and Little Jedi’s Justice League backpack from last year is broken, unfortunately. But if a backpack and uniforms are all I need to get before school starts, I suppose that’s not so bad at all.

And since it was their last week at home before returning to work and school, we bought Little Jedi a new video game, and he and Sam have been playing video games for a large part of the week. I’ve been working on using new social media tools and learning ways to more efficiently manage things, and I’ve been thinking about new projects that I’m working on. I managed, for instance, to curate a huge list of monster related theory books that I want to read, and I got the Twitter and Facebook pages for the photography business on more regular updating schedules.

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If we were having coffee, I would tell you that the House Bug has bitten us. Sam and I aren’t looking at buying in the terrifically near future, but we’ll likely be purchasing a home within the next few years. We’re talking about what areas of the city we’d eventually like to live in and what are must-haves are, and it’s all terribly exciting and frightening. It doesn’t feel that far away.

And life is like that lately. It moves so fast. It doesn’t seem that long ago that I’d just moved to NOLA, and now I’m contemplating buying a home here. In some ways, school feels light years away, but in others, it’s difficult to believe that it’s already August and I’ve already been out of academics for 8 months. Earlier this week, I found old photos of Gene’O and I on a family trip in 2007. So very much has changed for me in the last 8 years that it feels like more than a decade since those photos were taken. Today, I was looking at photos of a very wee Jedi in the NICU, the bittersweetness of those moments so fresh but so long ago. I suppose this sort of thing intensifies as one gets older.

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If we were having coffee, I would tell you that this week, Robin will be posting for Monster Monday, and I’m really excited to have her back again at Part-Time Monster. Top Ten Tuesday and Wordless Wednesday will feature here as usual. And since the Feminist Friday Discussions are currently on hiatus, you can expect a feminist post here on Friday.

And on Wednesday, look for me on Sourcerer talking about Rat Queens! In the meantime, I’m off to pick up the Little Jedi from his grandparents and spend the day getting him ready for school. I’ll be around in the evening and on Sunday to share coffee posts.

Link up your coffee posts below, and don’t forget to use the #weekendcoffeeshare tag on Facebook and Twitter!

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      1. Most schools in the Minneapolis area–where I’m from–don’t start until after Labor Day, so starting this early is so weird for me. I guess it is about that time, though. Since I graduated from college in May, school starting isn’t on my radar at all!

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        1. I’m not really sure why we start so early, unless it’s the amount of school holidays that the kiddos get. Little Jedi gets out a week for fall break and a week for Thanksgiving break, and they have a few 3-day weekends.

          And it’s funny—school wouldn’t be much on my radar anymore, since I left grad school last December, but Little Jedi is in 1st grade.

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  1. Hi Diana! How exciting that he got that job and you are thinking of buying a house. Big changes can be scary and exciting at the same time, huh? I love this link up and look forward to joining in and meeting new people each week, thanks!

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    1. Yes indeed! It seems like things around here have been changing on a pretty constant basis, but I suppose that’s just part of getting older.

      Glad you’re enjoying the link-up, and that you joined us! 🙂

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    1. Lots of good things, but we’re also incredibly busy! Perhaps at some point life will slow down a bit.

      And yes—I did a little bit of working on the link-up to hopefully make it more user-friendly! 🙂

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    1. The kindergarten classes at Little Jedi’s school start on Wednesday, but the other students start on Monday. It does seem like the summer was ended so quickly this year—though it’s still hot enough!

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  2. We’ve got another 4 weekends until school starts once more here. My little girl is starting school and I’m partly looking forward to the extra time but partly dreading it. The looking at old photos thing is always a strange one for me, I can remember things very clearly and yet when I look at old photos everything seems so dated and old fashioned, then I remember that the photos are at least 20 years old. (I fear this feeling will only get worse.) Congratulations to Sam on his new job.

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    1. Most schools here have already gone back, actually, but Little Jedi’s school returns later than they do. I’ll miss him in the daytime, but I’ll get a lot more done while he’s at school than when he’s at home!

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        1. Yeah, I will miss Little Jedi being around the house, especially since my husband is also going back to a full-time office job tomorrow. The house will be quiet.

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  3. Anderson starts kindergarten in for weeks. They already sent us the list of supplies and all have begun purchased, double. He needs one set to take to school and another for home use. We’ll see how I do with him going to school all day, every day. I’m already having withdrawals thinking about how I won’t be seeing him add much. 😦

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    1. Yeah, my parents went through a similar thing with Little Jedi when I moved to NOLA and put him in pre-k; before that, he’d been staying with my mom while I was in classes at university. It’s an adjustment on all sides, to be sure, but it’ll be a fun new part of your relationship, too. 😀

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  4. Good luck to little Jedi for the upcoming school year and good luck and congrats to Sam on his new job. I have the house bug too. I probably won’t be buying anything right away either, but it’s fun to look at what’s out there and make a wish list.

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    1. Thanks!

      We’re making our wishlist, too, and talking about what we’re willing to compromise on and what we’re not. Might as well start having those conversations now instead of in the midst of the buying process!

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  5. Li’l D starts first grade in a week. We did have to buy him school supplies, which I built up so much in my brain that I could barely believe how mundane all the individual moments seemed. (All the same, I’m glad I reserved that experience for myself, despite Grandma’s offer to carry that weight! 😉 )

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    1. 🙂 Yeah, I miss the search for school supplies in a way. Little Jedi’s kindergarten class was like that, too—few supplies required. There are plenty of years yet to buy supplies, but something about those first years seems different.

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  6. Ah, back to school – the whole concept of uniforms is so strange to me! We didn’t have them in my school, but the start of the school year did always mean trip for some new “back to school” clothes (pretty much the new clothes for the year) and school supplies.
    I love that you’ve been putting together a list of monster theory books — definitely going to have to procrastinate some by looking at those 🙂

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    1. It’s new to me, too. I went to a school that didn’t (and I think still doesn’t) require uniforms. But it seems standard for the schools here in NOLA to require a uniform. Even Little Jedi’s pre-k required that he wear a uniform.

      And oh gosh, the monster theory! There are so many of them, and I want to read them all!

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  7. I can still remember that uniforms always fitted well with room for growth the last day of term before the summer holiday but always without fail a week of fortnight before the start of a new term they all look as if they were wearing someone else’s clothes!! Then the mad rush to get the three of them kitted out!
    Also I hope you find your forever home and that you will all be very happy in it!!

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    1. Gosh, it seems like that’s exactly what happened! lol Like they were a snug but good fit at the end of the school year, and he must’ve grown an inch taller since then!

      We’ve got a while to go before we actually buy, but I think that beginning a convo about it now and looking at what the market is like will help us when we reach the point of buying a home in a couple of years. 🙂

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  8. I’ve been absent from coffee share for the last month, so maybe it’s not new, but the “new” #WeekendCoffeeShare logo at the top of this post is so cute! I LOVE IT!

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  9. My girls love getting ready to go back to school! We make a day of shopping and have a real girly weekend! The site is looking great, by the way, and I’m looking forward to Robin’s post on Monday. Have a fantastic weekend 😀

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    1. Little Jedi is excited, but only moderately so. Of course, without new school supplies and with new uniforms instead of fun clothes, the best parts of back to school shopping are gone. But he did enjoy the new backpack and lunchbox bit! 🙂

      Glad you’re liking the new layout—I’ve got another page I want to build with blogathons I’ve participated in and guest posts I’ve done, but I think that I’m mostly done with the redesign.

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