#WeekendCoffeeShare: The One Where Life Is Pleasantly Chaotic



Good morning, beautiful blog friends! I’m so glad you could join me for coffee! You’ll definitely want to take off your coat since the weather here has lost its ever-lovin’ mind. (We’re staring down an 80 degree day…in February!) This week has been a super-mega-crazy busy one, so I’m afraid the dinosaurs and I have only had time to pick up some snacks from the store, so grab a muffin or some fruit (or both!) and snuggle in for a chat.


Before we get to babbling, the dinosaurs want to extend a sincere apology for, again, not having anything ready to share with you. You see, the busier my life is, the busier their lives are…they like to think that they serve as a sort of personal assistant and that my life would come crumbling down around me if they failed to be by my side. They double-super-pinkie-swear promise to have their mess together next week. 😉


Okay, is everyone cozy and comfortable and enjoying their refreshments? Great! Let’s babble! 🙂



Edit: My apologies for not having this post up at 8:00! It was actually all scheduled up, but then this happened:

Has anyone ever seen this “Missed Schedule” message before? I have no idea what caused it…or how to prevent it in the future. Yikes! Next week, I promise not to wait so long before checking on things! 🙂



I’m sure you’re all wondering what came of the threat of violence at Grace’s school and how the school was handling the situation. Well, I’m not going to leave you hanging, but, unfortunately, the school sort of is. The most important bit of information is, of course, that no one was physically harmed…there was no shooting or violence. Sadly, the school continues to fail to communicate. Since the after-the-fact message they sent on the “scheduled” day of the threat, they’ve not uttered another word. We have zero information about how the situation was handled or if there will be any policy changes…or anything. It’s as if the whole ugly situation never happened. They’re hiding behind a “we don’t share information about incidents involving single students” excuse…and totally ignoring the fact that this particular “single student” could be a threat to every other student on campus. I know it’s a complex issue with lots and lots of factors and perspectives, but as a parent peeking in on the matter, I heartily disagree with the lack of communication. Fortunately, though I’m usually a pretty quiet and introverted person out here in the “real world,” I do know how to get loud. I’ll let you know what, if anything, develops.



Let’s move to more cheery things, shall we?


This week. Oh goodness, this week. I’ve spent most of the week running around like the proverbial recently beheaded chicken. There’s been Grace wrangling (my term for driving her hither and yon for this, that, and the other), Performing Arts Committee meetings (we’re planning another big dinner theater for the Spring musical), shelter kitty tending, talent show attending (fantastic!), oil changing, and blah, blah, blah, blahdy blah blurgh.


And because I apparently possess very little sense, I’ve added seven more events to the calendar in just the last few days. But who can say no to a Sleeping Beauty ballet with family or a Wuthering Heights ballet with a BFF or a fundraising breakfast for the Arts Council or Grace’s very most favorite band playing in a city just three hours away only two days after her birthday or a full moon hike at our favorite park or…  As you can see, I’m absolutely helpless in these matters. 😉


I mean how could I miss this:


Picture from charlotteballet.org


Oh, did I mention that my wonderful mother-in-law and cousin-in-law (Is a “cousin-in-law even a thing?) are coming to visit in a couple of weeks? Or that I’m now the co-chair for the next dinner theater event? Or that I’m almost done planning every detail of John’s birthday? Or that the dinner theater event happens to fall directly on John’s birthday? (Fortunately, he thinks a nice meal of meat pies and a fabulous production of Sweeney Todd sounds like a fine way to spend his birthday evening.)


Shew! Long story short? I’m on the verge of overwhelmed. But the truth of the matter is that I sort of love having a crazy schedule. I enjoy the planning and coordinating and organizing. I love constantly adding new experiences to life. And I like to think that I’m setting a good example for Grace…a “get out there and do life in a way that pleases you” example.


The bad news? Geez, has my blog ever suffered this week! Other than Three Things Thursday (which I hope you’ll all consider participating in) and this post that you’re reading right now, there has been a serious case of blog neglect. Granted, part of that was due to the fact that I managed to blow up parts of my blog this week…again. I was trying to change one little thing and managed to wreck up the entire front page. No worries! I looked at it as an opportunity to make some changes I had been considering anyway. 🙂 I do hope to get back to regular blogging next week. I have so many things to share with you!


But, for now, I’m going to shut my face because I want to hear all about what you’ve been up to! Do you like to keep a crazed and hectic schedule or do you prefer calm and quiet? (I actually like a mixture of both…I truly am an introvert who needs quite a bit of “quiet and alone” time each day.) Do you have exciting plans coming up in the next few weeks? Tell me all about what’s going on with you. 😀



As today is no exception to my busy schedule (dropping Grace off with her mom, hiking and lunch with John, and the Starlight Firelight Festival), I’ll be in and out of the Coffee Share today, but I do look forward to reading your posts and comments!


And now it’s time for you to show me (and the rest of the Coffee Share crew) yours!



And until we chat again, I hope you have an amazing week full of love and hugs and giggles and learning and fun! ♥




  • trentpmcd February 25, 2017 at 11:20 am

    I hope you and John are having the meat pies before watching the fabulous production of Sweeney Todd. I’m sure you’ll be saying things like “a little bit of priest” as you take bites…

    Sounds like you have a hectically busy schedule. I hope you wrote in some time to breath!

    Have a great week!

    • Nerd in the Brain February 26, 2017 at 8:35 am

      Hehehe…yes, we are doing the dinner bit before the show. 🙂 The Performing Arts Committee just thought it would be a tragic error if we didn’t serve meat pies at the event…I mean, how could we miss such an awesome opportunity? 😀 (We’ll also be serving up several other traditional English dishes. Thank goodness for catering!)

      Life is definitely hectic right now (and will be until the end of June), but I do include breathing time. There’s really, really a reason that I get up almost three hours before anyone else in my family every day. 😉

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  • Robin February 25, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    I am feeling on the verge of overwhelmed just reading about your busy life and schedule! lol! I’m more of the quiet, slow type. Busy tends to make me forget where I left myself and my spirit is always rushing to catch up with me.

    It’s warm here today, too, and the 80’s are a possibility. That means a day of gardening. I’m taking a bit of a break from it now, but should get back out there soon.

    Have a great week!

    • Nerd in the Brain February 26, 2017 at 8:39 am

      Hehe! Sorry to overwhelm by proxy. 😉 I don’t really mind the busy schedule as long as it’s well-planned and organized…if people start doing a lot of plan changing or “spontaneous” additions to the schedule, I get anxious and freaked out. I do give my brain some time every morning and every night to catch up with itself…that helps. 🙂

      I hope you enjoyed your gardening! Happy week to you!

  • shanjeniah February 25, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    There’s a reason that both my blog and website are named Lovely Chaos! =) Like you, I’m an extroverted introvert – I’m good to spend about 50% of my time with others, but the rest is for me and the people who live in my head (some of them have green blood and pointed ears, which you might think would make them reserved, but one of them is so bossy and demanding, she’s literally woken me up in the middle of the night to make sure I was getting her story right!)

    OK, now that you know what kind of nerd I am…

    While not generally as hectic as your schedule, I’ve been known to have some crazy-hectic weeks. Coincidentally, my daughter (12.5) and I were just talking about the fact that the New York City Ballet comes to a local venue near us each summer, and she finally would like to go! Also, and I almost still have to pinch myself about this one – HAMILTON is coming on tour in a year and a half or so. Someone may have to gag me for that so I don’t annoy everyone else in the audience with my compulsive singing of all the phenomenal Hamiltunes (I’ll give you cousin-in-law if I can keep the Hamiltunes)!

    And you might want to view my post when you’ve got a few minutes to linger, because my son and I did something fun last weekend, and I’ve included a video you might enjoy. =)

    When things get crazy, remember – breathing is good. =D

    • Nerd in the Brain February 26, 2017 at 8:48 am

      Oh, I am so envious! I’d love to see Allegiance! I’m so glad y’all had such a great day with it. 😀

      I’m also glad that your daughter is ready for the ballet. We took Grace for the first time when she was 8, and it was a little too soon. (She didn’t misbehave or anything…she was just a bit restless.) We took her again when she was 12, and she’s been in love with the ballet ever since. Now she gets all giddy and excited whenever we get tickets. 🙂 My husband also loves the ballet, so it’s a great family outing for us.

      I am so totally okay with Hamiltunes…I think you should patent that or trademark it or something. 😉

      Extroverted introverts unite! 😀

  • Betty Louise February 25, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    When I press like I get a strange page. I was late getting my blog out . I again had problems with my Kindle keyboard. I found ways to get around it. The prep has more rights than the victim. I am trying to work around my handicap but having not much help.
    You life sounfs very busy. It is nice you can be there to help your children. Have fun with all your activities. Think Positive!Hugs!

    • Nerd in the Brain February 27, 2017 at 7:47 am

      Hmmm…I’m not sure what the strange page is when you click like. I’ll have to look into that.

      I hope you got everything with your keyboard sorted out…and that you get any help that you want/need. (Let me know if there’s anything I can do!)

      I hope you have a great week! Hugs right back at ya!

  • Pamela Morse February 25, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    Wow, I envy you all those great performances. The Sweeny Todd will be spectacular….what a funny play. It is too bad the school issue drags on without full transparency form them…wish you luck with that. Thanks for hosting…i don’t think anyone will call you tardy.

    • Nerd in the Brain February 26, 2017 at 8:55 am

      I love Sweeney Todd, so I’m super looking forward to being around for all of the performances. 😀

      I’m still trying to decide what the best course of action is for dealing with the school…without doing anything that’s going to make Grace’s life difficult for the next 2.5 years. 😉

      (And I’m so glad that no one seems upset about the tardy thing…I freaked out a wee bit when I saw the post hadn’t gone up as scheduled, but now I know to keep a closer eye on things.)

  • pamelascanepa February 25, 2017 at 5:39 pm

    Ballet and dinner theater, that sounds fabulous! Sometimes it’s good to be busy!

    • Nerd in the Brain February 26, 2017 at 8:56 am

      Agreed! Busy can be so entertaining! 😀

      Have a great week!

  • Lisa February 26, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    I definitely prefer calm and quiet. In fact, just reading about your schedule sent my heart rate up! I have generalized anxiety disorder though so I tend to keep a very strict schedule that looks pretty much the same day in and day out. If I didn’t I would worry constantly about having enough time or if I was forgetting things. I still like to try new things it’s just that they have to be scheduled out well in advance so I can prepare emotionally. It sounds awful and boring I know but it really does work for me and I am happy. Now I am off to check the local performing arts calendar because your post put me in the mood for a little theater. Thanks so much for the coffee 🙂

    • Nerd in the Brain February 27, 2017 at 7:06 am

      I don’t think it sounds awful or boring at all! Calm and quiet and scheduled is quite nice, I think. 🙂 I hope you found something fantastic on the performing arts calendar. 😀

      Have a wonderful week!

  • Dale February 26, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    I was concerned yesterday as I could not find the link up and, though subscribed, did not get the email… realised in my settings I had it at “no email notifications” WTF? Anyway. All fixed now so I shall not have to worry!
    Bummer on the school thing but I guess for now, best to move forward whilst keeping watch…
    As for busy, I like bits and spurts. There have to be completely lazy pyjama days inserted here and there!
    But oh, how I love plays, ballets, etc. Hoping to eventually find a nice gent who enjoys them as well 😉

    • Nerd in the Brain February 27, 2017 at 7:12 am

      I’m so glad you figured out why you weren’t getting the emails. 🙂

      As for lazy days, I’m planning to sort of have one tomorrow. My husband normally works from home, but he has to go in tomorrow for some meetings, and Grace will, of course, be at school, so…I’m gonna be a sluggy slob for a big part of the day. 😀 (Bring on the ice cream for lunch!)

      As for a ballet-and-play-lovin’ fella, I hope you find just what you’re looking for. 🙂

      Have a great week!

      • Dale February 27, 2017 at 10:14 am

        Me too!!
        Ah yes…lazy days (even if sort of) are a necessity once in a while.
        Eventually, I hope!
        Have a great week yourself!

  • Gabe Burkhardt February 26, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    This is my first time sharing here since the coffee share moved over, but I couldn’t resist. On many levels I can relate with an overwhelming schedule that seems to fill of its own accord. Blogging has somehow transitioned from a fun part-time hobby to a full-time gig. No complaints (or not too many 😉 ) because the connections and new relationships being formed makes it all worth while.

    I think I’m going to need to borrow some of your multi-tasking, people wrangling, introvert-that-knows-how-to-get-loud skills to make it through the next week.

    Until then, thanks so much for the quick cuppa, and looking forward to catching up with you next week too!

    • Nerd in the Brain February 27, 2017 at 7:25 am

      I’m so glad you stopped by! I totally understand how blogging can grow and evolve in a person’s life…once upon a time, blogging was this nifty thing I did for funsies…now I find myself spending large chunks of my days pondering and planning and tinkering. I think the nearly-infinite potential to try new things (new methods, new themes, new topics, etc.) keeps me intrigued. 🙂

      You are welcome to big ol’ servings of people wrangling skills, multi-tasking (though, honestly, I don’t do that one very well), and rowdy introvert know-how…take what you need. 🙂

      I hope you have a fantastic week! 😀

  • Corina February 26, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    The school’s failure to communicate, or should I say continued failure to communicate would really bother me, too. I think I would already have had the PTO in on some kind of demand that they address the parents. I think maybe an invitation to the administration to address the next PTO meeting, or perhaps an emergency meeting, is in order. I really hope they can put on their big girl panties and speak up/out.

    • Nerd in the Brain February 27, 2017 at 7:33 am

      I’m very curious (and concerned) to see how everything turns out. I think the school might think it has all blown over. In reality, there is still quite a lot of rumbling going on among parents…rumbling that I think it going to turn into roaring before it’s all over. Our PTSO seems to be staying out of it on an official level (which I sort of understand since we’re a very small group…parents don’t seem to be big on joining the PTSO in high school around here…and hold very little sway over anything at the school), but that’s okay. I’ve been dealing directly with the superintendent’s office. Maybe that will be more effective? I sure hope so.

      I hope your week is a good one…and I hope that something magical happens with your daughter’s situation. <3

  • bornagainlioness February 26, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    Your plans sound so exciting!
    I tend to roll in cycles…major introvert here and I need plenty of time alone to function (not that I get a lot with 2 under 3’s) but sometimes I’ll have all my event ducks lined up in a row for a few weeks and sometimes we’ll have days or weeks of no things, or only spontaneous short journeys. I’d love to be a bit more consistently organised with family event planning. I guess/hope it all comes together as the girls get a little older.

    • Nerd in the Brain February 27, 2017 at 7:38 am

      I find that things are the same way here….a crazy, covered-up-with-plans schedule for a couple of months, and then a couple of months of not-much-at-all. (Of course, Summer tends to be a bit slower because there are no school events.) I don’t why, but it seems that events and performances and things come in waves…especially around the holidays and when the weather starts to get nice. At one point, I was thinking about implementing a “one major event per month” rule, but then I figured that could just lead to us missing things we’d really like to do, so I’m sticking with the chaos for now. 😀

      I hope you have a wonderful week!

  • Elizabeth February 27, 2017 at 12:06 am

    I’d have been overwhelmed about 3 times by now! I don’t know how you manage all that! I’m sorry to hear that your school is still not giving much information, although the FERPA rules are pretty strict about sharing information about students, and since most everyone seems to know who the student is, that might inhibit them from sharing certain things. It sucks, but there may be a reason for it. Good luck with it all! I can’t wait for next weekend to see what’s going on.


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