Weekend Coffee Share

It’s time once again for Weekend Coffee Share.

If we were having coffee, I’d ask for your suggestions on what books I should bring on vacation.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that this weekend is a sports lover’s dream! It started Friday night with the two semifinal games of the women’s Final Four college basketball championship tournament. The second of those games produced one of the most spectacular results in women’s college basketball history: Mississippi State knocked off #1 University of Connecticut (UConn), which was shooting for its fifth consecutive national championship. The win by Mississipi State ended UConn’s 111-game winning streak. We’re UConn fans, but that game was one of the best I’ve ever seen. Right now, I’m typing this at the halftime break of the championship game. I’m pulling for Mississippi State to beat South Carolina, but SC is up 10 at the half.

The men’s Final Four is also going on this weekend, with the two semifinal games yesterday. In the first, home-state darling Gonzaga (out of Spokane, WA), won the opportunity to play for the championship. We were hoping for an all-Northwest final, but Oregon lost its semifinal to North Carolina by one point. Gonzaga plays NC for the title tomorrow night.

And it’s also time to … Play ball! Yes, it’s opening weekend for BASEBALL. Right after the women’s basketball game, ESPN will carry the Cubs vs. Cardinals game. If you’ve forgotten or don’t follow baseball, last fall the Cubs won the World Series for the first time in 108 years. We lived in St. Louis for 42 years, and the Cubs and the Cardinals are serious archrivals, so I’m looking forward to this game. Our new hometown team, the Seattle Mariners, open up on the road (at Houston) tomorrow.

If we were having coffee, I’d ask what’s going on in your life right now.

I hope everyone has a great week!

© 2017 by Mary Daniels Brown

Weekend Coffee Share

It’s time once again for Weekend Coffee Share.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I have to hurry up and write this because I must get back to March Madness coverage. Yes, it’s the men’s college basketball championship tournament that gets about 98% of the press. I was glad to see Gonzaga (of Spokane, WA, my home state) win their game yesterday for their first trip to the Final Four. I was also glad to see the Oregon Ducks (#3 seed) defeat the Kansas Jayhawks (#1 seed) as another West Coast representative in the Final Four.

But I’m also big on the women’s tournament. My husband and I both grew up in Connecticut, and although neither of us attended the University of Connecticut (UConn), we do follow the women’s basketball team. They have been quite a dynasty for the last many years and are looking for another national title this year. They won their game yesterday and will play Oregon tomorrow night; the winner will go to the Women’s Final Four in Dallas next weekend. Right now I’m hurrying to watch the match-up between Baylor and Mississippi State.

I’d also tell you how much I am enjoying reading other peoples’ Weekend Coffee Share entries. I’m new to this particular weekly challenge, and I discovered a lot of new blogs by participating.

And I’d also tell you that I can’t believe we are already about to begin the final week of March. I’ll be happy to see spring arrive a bit more definitively here. We’ve had a lot of rain, which is usual here in the Pacific Northwest, and I’m ready for a few more hours of sun to allow me to get outdoors and look at everything that’s starting to bloom. And in the middle of April we leave for a one-month ocean cruise. Although all the big areas of preparation are taken care of, I still have several little things (like getting a new pair of slacks hemmed) that I need to tend to. (And yes, I do realize how lucky I am to have such things to worry about.)

And now I’m going to publish this post so that I can spend some time perusing other peoples’ entries before the next game starts. I hope everyone has a great week!

© 2017 by Mary Daniels Brown

Weekend Coffee Share

It’s time once again for Weekend Coffee Share.

If we were having coffee, I’d say, “Oh look, I slept an hour later than I thought I did.” And then I’d remember that we hadn’t yet changed the clocks for daylight savings time. I’d realize that when I checked Facebook on my phone and saw everybody’s complaints about daylight savings time.

I understand why people hate that one night when the time change occurs, because they lose an hour of sleep that night. But most people were complaining about daylight savings time in general, and this I don’t agree with. I’m a night owl. I’d much rather have that extra hour of daylight in the evening, when I’m awake and active, than in the morning, when I’m asleep. Just call me contrary.

I’d also tell you that after the coldest February and early March in a long time, we are finally back into our normal temperature range for this time of year. We had been in the high 30s to very low 40s F., but now were back in the mid to upper 50s, which is much better. And I don’t envy my family and friends back in New England, where I grew up. They are supposed to have another big snow storm overnight Monday/Tuesday.

Finally, I’d tell you that I don’t have much else to tell you, and that’s a good thing. One of the best aspects of retirement is that each day is pretty much the same as the previous day. With the exception of the occasional routine doctor’s appointment or social event, anything out of the ordinary would probably be bad, so I’m happy when my days are uneventful.

And now I’d like to know: How have things been going for you? Well, I hope. Until next week …

© 2017 by Mary Daniels Brown

Weekend Coffee Share

It’s time once again for Weekend Coffee Share.

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If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that for the first time in quite a long time, I feel caught up with the various projects I’ve set up to find meaning in my life. I’ve finished my previous reading undertakings and am ready to take on this month’s reading plan (short stories). I’ve kept up with the 52-Week Writing Challenge on Medium and am tossing around several new ideas for personal essays as future entries, and I’ve lost three pounds. It’s amazing how satisfying little victories feel.

I’d also tell you that my husband and I continue to enjoy watching foreign TV series. We recently got through the French police/crime series Spiral; seasons 1–4 are available on Netflix, 1–5 on Hulu. It was eye-opening to see how much the French justice system differs from ours here in the U.S. Now we’re watching The Tunnel, a story about a murder victim found straddling the English/French border in the Eurotunnel. Since half the body was on each side, the English and the French have to cooperate in the investigation. According to the ending credits on each episode, this series was based on a similar one from Sweden, The Bridge, so that will be the next one we’ll look for. We’ve had Amazon Prime and Netflix subscriptions for several years, but thanks to our daughter we now also have a Hulu subscription (Christmas gift), just in case we couldn’t find enough to watch on the other two.

And I’d tell you that my husband and I have decided to take over one of the garden plots available here in our retirement community to grow herbs this summer. We might also plant a few tomato plants, as there’s really nothing quite like a fresh, vine-ripened tomato. I grew tomatoes along the fence in our suburban back yard for many years and even canned quarts and quarts of them for winter use. I don’t plan on canning ever again, however.

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Finally, I’d ask you what’s happening in your life. What little victories have you experienced lately? Or do you need a couple of hugs or some moral support? I’d be happy if you’d let me know in the comments.

And I hope to see you back here for next week’s Weekend Coffee Share.

© 2017 by Mary Daniels Brown

Weekend Coffee Share

It’s time once again for Weekend Coffee Share.

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If we were having coffee, I’d tell you how delighted I was last week to connect with so many of you on my maiden excursion into Weekend Coffee Share! Thanks to everyone who welcomed me and responded to my post. I was hoping to open up some interaction with other bloggers, and you didn’t disappoint me.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I was also delighted to discover that many of you are writers. You helped me gather up enough courage to announce that I, too, am a writer and have chosen 2017 as the year I concentrate seriously on that work. At the beginning of the year I joined The Writing Cooperative on Medium so that I could participate in their 52-Week Writing Challenge. I’m a Virgo, which means I’d good at keeping my word, so committing to write an entry a week for the challenge has helped me. My work is here. If any of you would care to take a look, I’d appreciate it.

If we were having coffee, I’d say thanks once again for listening. I’m still working on developing my writer’s voice, and the Weekend Coffee Share is another exercise I’m using for that purpose.

And I’d also say that I hope everyone has a good week until next weekend!

© 2017 by Mary Daniels Brown

Weekend Coffee Share

In the past I’ve read other bloggers who participate in the Weekend Coffee Share. I often thought I’d like to participate but never did the actual work to figure out how to do it. But when Nerd in the Brain, who also hosts Three Things Thursday, announced that she would be taking on the mantle of hosting Weekend Coffee Share, I knew it was my time to jump in.

Here, then, is my first submission for Weekend Coffee Share.

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If we were having coffee, I’d tell you how discouraged I am over the current situation in the U.S. Every new headline is another cause for worry. A lot of what’s going on would be funny … if it weren’t so serious. And I fear many citizens are not taking all of this seriously enough. What’s happening now is not just something we can trust will work itself out. I am truly frightened by what I’m seeing. Read this article “We have at most a year to defend American democracy, perhaps less“ to see why. Thank you, and now I’ll try to stop obsessing over this.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you about all the television I’m watching to distract me from obsessing. The AMC drama Humans returned Monday night for its second season. The focus of the new season seems to be on the question of what constitutes consciousness and what happens if/when androids can achieve consciousness. Heady thoughts for someone interested in the intersection of psychology and literature. And tonight the second season of Showtime’s Billions begins. This show pits a wealthy tech billionaire (played by Damien Lewis) against a U.S. attorney (played by Paul Giamatti) determined to bring him down. Billions is a fluffy but enjoyable self-indulgence for me. And while I’m on the subject of Showtime, it’s too bad the network undertook to eke out yet another season for Homeland, which has long since outgrown its premise and now has no idea what it is. In the last two or three months we’ve watched a number of foreign series on Netflix: Dicte (about a Danish journalist), Case (a police procedural set in Iceland), and The Break (a police procedural set in Belgium) that provided insight into other cultures. Currently we are caught up in the reign of Queen Victoria on PBS’s Masterpiece Theatre.

If we were having coffee, I’d ask about what’s happening in your world. And I’d tell you I look forward to next week.

© 2017 by Mary Daniels Brown