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If we were having coffee, we might walk a few blocks over to a little cafe near our new house. Or, depending on how sore I am, I might be awfully lazy and drive over. You’d certainly be welcome to come inside our house for a cuppa or two–we have at least found and unpacked the coffee maker and coffee mugs–but if you were to do that, you might be handed a box or two to unpack.

We managed to make the move on Thursday, though we didn’t finish packing the last of our things until that very morning! The move turned out to be quite the adventure, as our front door had to be temporarily removed in order for our very large purple couch to make it into the new apartment and we accidentally put furniture in front of all the bedroom outlets and then had to reconfigure. Oops! But honestly, there’s always some kind of hiccup in the moving process, and if those are the worst that we ended up with then I suppose it’s really not so bad. Nothing seems to be broken or to have been left behind, and the strong storm front that came through New Orleans yesterday wasn’t here until nighttime when the moving was over and we’d already settled in for the evening.

We were all hopelessly tired and sore yesterday, and our poor pup seems also to have been exhausted after the move. Poor fellow! He did have a difficult day on Thursday. We kept him in the bathroom while we were moving things so that he wouldn’t run outdoors, and that made him pretty unhappy. And then he had to be loaded into the car to make the trip across the bridge to the new house, which also made him unhappy—because unlike most other dogs I’ve had, Tank does *not* like to go for car rides. Also, storms are pretty much his least favorite thing (aside from car rides, of course), so the nighttime made the poor creature unhappy, too. He spent most of yesterday following me around and curling up right next to me (or in my lap) whenever I sat down.

I think that when Tank settles in, though, he’ll be as happy as the rest of us are with the move. Our place is a lot smaller, but it is much nicer and in a much nicer neighborhood than our other house. We also have a back yard, which is a nice change—our old house only had a small spot that was bricked over with no greenery except the moss that grew on the bricks–and there’s a little balcony just off of the master bedroom.

We’ve managed to get Little Jedi’s room and the kitchen unpacked and mostly finished, but we’ve still got a lot of work to do in our master bedroom, my office area, and the living room. Those are the plan for today, although perhaps all three might be more than we can do. One thing at a time, I suppose.

And with that, my friends, I’ll have to leave you for now. Sincerest apologies for comments I haven’t replied to and posts I didn’t get to read and also posts I didn’t get to write. We’re almost settled in, and then it’ll be time for me to do some house-keeping around the Monster. ❤

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Link up your posts below, just please follow our few little rules!
1. Posts should be framed as a chat over coffee or some other beverage.
2. Posts should be current (written within the week).
3. Links go on the link-up, not in the comments section.
4. Comment and share each others’ posts using #weekendcoffeeshare on Facebook and Twitter!

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If we were having coffee, I might suggest that we have it outside the house, perhaps at a cafe a few blocks away instead of home. It’s not necessarily that I don’t want you in my house, you see—but my house is full of boxes and disarray, meaning that finding enough coffee cups for everyone might be a challenge.

For those of you keeping track, that means that last weekend’s possibly-new-house is now our definitely-new-house. We’ve got movers scheduled to show up at 8:30 Thursday morning, and so I’ve been packing since we found out the news last Sunday. It’s hard to believe that all of this is happened so quickly–when we move in, it will only have been two weeks since we began our search for a new place–and yet it feels as though the week and a half since that first look at our new place has been a much longer span of time.

It feels a bit like we’re on fast-forward right now, but I know that things will begin to slow down in just a few weeks after we make the move and Little Jedi’s school ends for the summer. He’ll be gone two weeks each month this summer, and while I will miss him oh so much, I am already making plans for making use of my time when he’s gone. I’m now within walking distance of a lot of new places to sit down and write, and there are lots of things in store for the Monster once I’m able to do so.

So stick with me, lovelies. Posts until the end of May will be limited to weekend coffee shares and Monster Mondays. In June, though…In June we’re going to have some fun. 🙂 I’ll be making some updates to the coffee share as well as returning to pop culture blogging and more frequent posting.

For now, alas, I’ll have to cut this short. I’ve still got dishes to pack today and a piece of furniture or two to move out today!

And miles to go before I sleep.

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And since this is already far longer than I’d intended it to be, I’m going to stop chatting now! Link up your posts below, just please follow our few little rules!
1. Posts should be framed as a chat over coffee or some other beverage.
2. Posts should be current (written within the week).
3. Links go on the link-up, not in the comments section.
4. Comment and share each others’ posts using #weekendcoffeeshare on Facebook and Twitter!

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If we were having coffee, it’d have to go on the go today. It’s Free Comic Book Day, and a dear friend is in town, so we’re going to our favorite local comic shop for a free comic book (and maybe a few not-free-comic-books) and then out and about, possibly for Mediterranean food at a cool spot near the shop. If you’re lucky enough to catch us at home, you can say hello to the pups, as there’s not one but two of them running around this weekend–our terrier/border collie mix, Tank, and my friend’s yorkie-pom, Flynn. Little Jedi is also running around here this weekend–he loves when Flynn comes for a visit, of course, and the prospect of new comics has him bouncing around like a basketball.

It’s nice to feel so much excitement and brightness in the house today, though, because the week has been a difficult one, with lots of challenges and things to think about. Sam has been working late most all week because there are auditors at his office who are trying to finish up their work, and he’s a financial analyst at the company. It was frustrating for all of us, as there were a few nights he wasn’t home until after 11:00, by which time Little Jedi had to go to bed without seeing him. I’ve also been helping out a friend with getting her kids back and forth to school this week because her wife is ill and unable to help, and so the afternoons were pretty well occupied with kiddos this week. As if that weren’t enough going on, this week was GiveNOLA, a 24-hour day of online giving that is tied into Give Local Ameria, and our nonprofit was participating. It should’ve been a lovely day if a busy one, but it turned into a bit of a nightmare when the site went down for about 12 hours of the campaign because of overloaded servers. I was handling our social media for the day mostly by myself—and because it’s one of only two major fundraisers we do in a year, the day is a pretty important one. Our local office did an admirable job of handling the situation, but it was still a difficult day, with a lower turn-out than expected because of the technical issues and then overloaded phone lines.

So I’m planning to enjoy my day and to try forgetting what a stressful week this has been. Mind you, the forgetting won’t be easy. Because even if all of those things were set aside, there’s still a major development happening: we’re probably moving in the next few weeks. We’re staying in New Orleans, but we’ll probably move across the Crescent City Connection (the bridge that crosses the MS River). Little Jedi’s school on the opposite side of the bridge from where we live, and so is the warehouse for the nonprofit I work for (where I end up doing quite a bit of my work), and rent is lower on average. This is a change we’ve been tossing around for a while, but we’ve recently decided that it’s probably time to make the change. We’re waiting on an answer from a place that we really like, an answer that we will theoretically have by the end of the weekend. If we don’t get the place, we’ll have to make a decision about continuing to look or just renewing our lease here. Eeeep!

All of this has meant, of course, that I haven’t had much time for blogging this week, or even time for reading blogs. Alas that I didn’t make it around to visiting coffee posts last week (though I tried to share as many as possible on Twitter and hit the Facebook tag, too), and the A to Z Challenge Reflection post that should’ve doubled for Monster Monday is still sitting, unfinished, in my drafts. But I have had time to do some planning! I’m working on some new things for the weekend coffee share that I’m planning to unveil at the beginning of June (though that might get pushed back a bit if we move in the next few weeks!

And since this is already far longer than I’d intended it to be, I’m going to stop chatting now! Link up your posts below, just please follow our few little rules!
1. Posts should be framed as a chat over coffee or some other beverage.
2. Posts should be current (written within the week).
3. Links go on the link-up, not in the comments section.
4. Comment and share each others’ posts using #weekendcoffeeshare on Facebook and Twitter!

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