#WeekendCoffeeShare: The One with Fun, Worry, & Cute Animals



Good morning, blog friends! Let the dinosaurs pour you a cup of fresh, delicious, dino-brewed coffee. Of course, you should ignore any grumblings you hear from them….you see, they wanted to try something new this weekend, but the whole plan hinged on having fresh lavender. Well, their silly human (who only had one job here) totally failed to bring home any lavender at all! Needless to say, they’re a little miffed. What they don’t seem to accept is that I really, really tried to find lavender. Very few places around here sell it, and the ones that do are selling plants with no (or very few) buds and blooms on them, so they wouldn’t have served dino coffee-making purposes. Because no one wants a pack of disappointed dinosaurs roaming the house, the hunt shall continue! *sigh*


So, yes, ignore their complaints and have a seat! You’ll definitely want to take off your jacket or sweater…several 80-degree days have warmed the house up nicely. Are you all cozy? Good! Now, let’s babble. 🙂



This has been an exceptionally pleasant week around here…mostly because of lots of fun stuff and quiet time. We went on a fantastic full moon hike on Wednesday (though the moon didn’t make an appearance until we were on our way home) and just a regular ol’ during-the-afternoon hike on Thursday. Yesterday, I spent the day with a friend/PTSO president planning and scheming and shopping for the school’s Volunteer Appreciation Dinner…much was accomplished there (even if we did feel a bit scattered and disorganized). As soon as I got home from that, it was back in the car for dinner and a trip back to the park for an evening of campfires and stories and s’mores. 🙂


And then we have today. Today is probably the height of “but I wanna do all the things” for this week. After I finish having coffee with you, I need to fly into ninja scheduling mode…because somehow I need to get to the Farmers’ Market (neeeeed to…and they’re only open on Saturdays at this time of year), drive to my local yarn shop (which is actually not super-local) to help them celebrate their 12th anniversary (and by “help,” I mean slobber over yarn, hope to catch a good sale, and enjoy the live music), and make it home in time to go out to lunch with John before we head back to the park for a GPS Easter Egg Hunt. Needless to say, I have a busy, busy morning and afternoon ahead!


But that’s enough about my crazy day! What are you going to be up to today…and this weekend? Anything fun or new or relaxing? Have you had any nifty adventures since last weekend? Tell me all about it!



Amongst all of this babble about GPS Easter Egg Hunts and Full Moon Hikes, I would probably tell you that I’m worried. I’m worried about bombs flying. I’m worried about UPS drivers running over dogs and leaving a short little “I killed your dog – sorry” type of note. I’m worried about this state of mine trying to revoke marriage equality. (I’m worried about why this state of mine spends so much time worrying about who people love…and where people should pee.) I’m worried that female genital mutilation happens at all…and sickened that it was going on here in the U.S. I’m worried that just about every single organization that brings art and culture and information to the masses could potentially lose funding. I’m just worried. The world feels heavy right now, and I worry.


And what do I do when I worry? Well, I look at pictures of adorable animals who have very little caring for the nonsense and folly of us human types, so I’ve been spending time adding pictures to my Animal Cuteness board on Pinterest. (Fear not…I also use my worry to drive more productive action…but we can’t be in productive action mode all of the time…sometimes we just need to look at the cute animals, no?)


So, if you’re also worried, have a peek at this for a moment:



Yeah, that’s a little bit better. 🙂 (I mean, frogs “hugging” while using a flower for an umbrella? That’s good stuff.)


Now it’s your turn…what has you worried? What do you do to keep the worry at bay? Do you prefer to act or dodge…or a mixture of both? Let me know in the comments (comments that I will actually respond to this week…though it may be much later in the day)!



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! ♥




  • teraisatucker April 15, 2017 at 8:33 am

    Tell your dino friends to come talk to me if they don’t believe you tried really hard to find lavender yesterday… I’ll set ‘me straight! 😉

    As for what’s on the schedule today… hopefully getting the rest of the tray ceiling down in the dining room so we can move forward with this renovation (I like your plans better!). And stress coping comes in the form of backyard therapy… sitting outside watching critter cuteness while listening to the sounds of nature… works EVERY time 😊

    • teraisatucker April 15, 2017 at 8:34 am

      Set ’em straight… not ‘me 😜 Stupid autocorrect 😖

    • Nerd in the Brain April 16, 2017 at 8:37 am

      I’ll let the dinos know that I have a witness! 🙂

      I hope your tray ceiling removal was successful…and that the backyard therapy was lengthy and enjoyable! 😀

      • teraisatucker April 16, 2017 at 9:38 am

        Backyard therapy was heavenly! Unfortunately, the tray ceiling is holding on for dear life… it doesn’t want to budge 🙁😜 But, we did manage to install a ceiling fan in Kayden’s room… score!

  • Laurie Graves April 15, 2017 at 9:31 am

    I’m worried, too, and have been since the last election. Like you, I turn to cute animals for solace. And nature. And getting together with friends. Then, if that doesn’t help, I’ll watch several episodes of “The Walking Dead” and think, “See, it could be worse, We could be in the middle of a zombie apocalypse.”

    • Nerd in the Brain April 16, 2017 at 8:39 am

      Hehe! Yes, we always have the zombie apocalypse standard to measure by. 😀

      Nature and friends usually do the trick for me, too. Throw in a little Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and I can usually get just about anything off my mind. 😉

      I hope your week is fantastic…and zombie free!

      • Laurie Graves April 16, 2017 at 1:12 pm

        Thanks so much! No zombies in the yard. Only on television 😉

      • Laurie Graves April 17, 2017 at 9:37 am

        Zombies every night via a “Walking Dead” binge on Netflix. 😉

  • Pamela Morse April 15, 2017 at 10:00 am

    I am worried that the baby bullies of the US and North Korea are setting up the toy soldiers…scary enough without anything else …but as mentioned, there is so much more. I agree that sometimes the remedy is escape for a moment. Yesterday I was all over the Otter GIF Party on twitter for the same reason you have these cutie pie animals. Thanks for the coffee!

    • Nerd in the Brain April 16, 2017 at 8:42 am

      My soul just died a bit at the thought that I missed an Otter GIF Party! Oh my goodness, I do love otters…and hedgehogs…so much, in fact, that I think some new Pinterest boards may be in order. 😉

      Here’s to having lots of ferocity when we fight…and lots of animal pictures when we need to take a break from fighting. 😀

      I hope your week is wonderful!

  • bettylouise31 April 15, 2017 at 10:58 am

    I worry about what I s happening in the world. I don’t think it matters rather you died from has I r a bomb. I think back on the end of World War Two when we dropped the atomic bomb on two cities in Japan to end the war. I pray this last night scare people to realize what was means. Other happenings sadden me as some feel you must look like them and believe like them in order to live.

    • Nerd in the Brain April 16, 2017 at 8:44 am

      I agree with you 100%…it is so sad that some people violently dislike anyone “different.” Maybe, maybe, maybe someday we’ll all be able to play nice together.

      I hope your week is fabulous and not full of worry!

  • Colline April 15, 2017 at 11:16 am

    You sound like you are going to have a super busy day!
    I like your solution to the worry we all have somewhere in our consciousness. Those cute animals can help anybody forget for a while.

    • Nerd in the Brain April 16, 2017 at 8:46 am

      It was a super busy day…and an amazing one! We had so much fun on the GPS Easter Egg Hunt. (And I got some delicious local honey at the Farmers’ Market, so win!)

      I’m pretty sure cute animals are the answer to just about everything. 😀

      I hope your week is 100% fabulous!

      • Colline April 16, 2017 at 9:44 am

        Thank you. And yours as well.

  • Dale April 15, 2017 at 11:37 am

    It is Easter Weekend… kinda equals busy no matter how you do or don’t celebrate! Too bad it’s too early over here in Montreal because I have a very large lavender bush and I would gladly give you some… Why is it we cannot find that herb or spice when we want it but when it’s not on our list, is found in abundance?
    There is much to worry about and I try not to focus on that – which was really difficult when my traveling partner felt the need to turn on the blasted TV during vacation…

    • Nerd in the Brain April 16, 2017 at 8:52 am

      You are so right! I’ve been looking everywhere for lavender with no success, but if I wanted some sage, I could fill my whole house with the stuff. It’s everywhere! I think I’m going to end up growing my own lavender…I’ve read that it’s actually not too hard to grow in pots indoors.

      Ugh to the TV thing. Yuck. I hope you were able to recover from the assault on your brain! (I actually love TV, but I prefer to do things Netflix style…no advertising and no sensationalist news stories.) 🙂

      I hope you have a wonderful week full of fluffy, adorable animals! 😀

      • Dale April 16, 2017 at 8:59 am

        Same here. I never watch the news…

  • Elizabeth April 15, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    Thank you for the pictures of cute animals; those were much needed! My worries are almost always financial in nature. While I’m a teacher, I’m a teacher who’s re-learning how to function since I’ve had poorly learned coping mechanisms that don’t really work and my anxiety has been through the roof! The result is that I keep missing work and then they take money out of my check because I’m over my allotted absences. Then I get more anxious because I can’t get caught up on my bills at all! And the cycle repeats. I’m doing better at not missing, but I’m still not getting whole checks yet, and since I was in a rental car for so long, I’m behind on everything. But, the rest of my life is pretty fantastic. I definitely have a job next year, whether it’s at my current school or one near the Boy, and I have a date tonight with said Boy. We’re going to a Bollywood thing at an outdoor theatre. Fun times! Though your moonlight hike sounds like more fun! See you next weekend!

    • Nerd in the Brain April 16, 2017 at 8:55 am

      Oh goodness, yes, financial worries can take it out of a person. 🙁 I hope things get caught up and stable for you soon! It’s great that you have lots of positives to focus on, too. 🙂

      The Bollywood things sounds amazing! I hope you had a fantastic time there…and a fantastic week ahead!

      • Elizabeth April 16, 2017 at 10:40 am

        It didn’t turn out quite like I’d planned, but it was a wonderful time nonetheless. Hope your week is phenomenal!

  • Corina April 15, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    I actually worried myself sick so now I am very careful how much time I spend watching news and reading it. Now I try to spend more time loving the grand kids. I actually drove to Seattle yesterday to see Mati who is 11 months. I will drive home tonight to supreme Easter with the other kids!

    • Nerd in the Brain April 16, 2017 at 9:00 am

      I think being careful with how much news we take in is so important. It’s definitely essential that we know what’s going on, but being barraged with the same negative stories over and over again just doesn’t do anything good for us. I’ve had to teach myself to stop reading the comments on news stories…I used to get myself so worked up over the things people would say, but it was doing nothing good for me or the world for me to get angry at some chump commenting on an NPR Facebook post, so I’ve forced myself to step away from the comments.

      I hope you had a good trip back from Seattle. Enjoy your Easter with those adorable little ones! 😀

  • shanjeniah April 15, 2017 at 10:52 pm

    I practice joy. I try to make people happy, and to be a force for good and positivity. No, it won’t stop the bombs from falling or people from treating fellow humans as punching bags because their insides are packed in a wrapper of another color….

    But it won’t make it worse, either.

    Sometimes, I speak out. Have to.

    And I look at adorable animals, and hang out with people who bring me joy.

    Sending some your way, too!

    • Nerd in the Brain April 16, 2017 at 9:02 am

      Yes! Adding kindness and joy to the world is so important, in my opinion. I’m with you…it might not solve the world’s problems, but it’s certainly not going to hurt anything…and it might solve one person in the world’s problems, and that’s something.

      I hope you have a week full of joy and cute animals! 😀

      • shanjeniah April 18, 2017 at 5:32 pm

        Right back atcha!

        At the least, adding joy and kindness makes me feel less powerless and more fulfilled – and that seems like a good way to be prepared for the actions I can take.

        Slices of an Unschooling Life
        Indie Writer, Mom-in-Chief, and Joyful Learning Facilitator
        Shan Jeniah’s Lovely Chaos

  • thecoffeebeanbrain April 15, 2017 at 11:32 pm

    Love the animal pictures! Certainly gave a smile to my heart and took my worries out, which is mostly about the future and the things I’ve been going through with my emotions lately. But overall I just choose to be happy and do more of what makes me happy. Thank you for this post! Happy Easter Sunday!

    • Nerd in the Brain April 16, 2017 at 9:12 am

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the animal pictures! Choosing happiness (for those of us who are able to make that choice, of course…I totally understand that some brain differences make that an impossibility) is a thing I wish more people would do. If we cultivate happiness in our own lives, we tend to spend a whole lot less time being nasty and mean to ourselves and other people. I think part of the problem might be that a lot of people don’t know what really makes them
      happy…because really, really often it’s not the things that society tells us should make us happy…or we know what makes us happy, but we get all jumbled up and confused by the conflicting messages from our own culture and families and whatnot. Happiness can be a tricky business. 😉

      Happy Easter to you, and I hope you have a magical week!

      • thecoffeebeanbrain April 17, 2017 at 8:38 am

        Thank you fellow Brain! Lol. Yes, happiness is always a choice, its in the little things, the things in between and even the big things. People, things and situations around us change but happiness is always a choice. 🙂

  • Tena Carr April 16, 2017 at 9:34 am

    I find that petting my Meekah (Maine Coone) can be quite relaxing when stress fills the air… She’s lying in her favorite chair next to me as I blog and all. One quick question – wasn’t there a linky thing or something that’s usually in your Weekend Coffee Share?? I looked through the post but couldn’t find (or maybe it’s me imagining it from before). Hope you had a wonderful weekend and the week ahead is a great one.

    • Nerd in the Brain April 16, 2017 at 9:49 am

      Cats do make great blog buddies…and stress relievers! 🙂

      If you look in the post for the picture of a coffee bean heart that says “Add Your Link Here,” that’s where you can add your link to the linkup. 🙂 If you have any trouble with it, let me know.

      I hope your week is amazing!

      • Tena Carr April 16, 2017 at 9:31 pm

        Ohhhh, duhhh,Found it…. Right in front of my eyes 😀

  • The Snail of Happiness April 16, 2017 at 11:58 am

    mad men with bombs… just what the world needs… I’m distracting myself with some embroidery (something I haven’t done for years) for the craftivism exhibition that I’m helping to curate

    • Nerd in the Brain April 16, 2017 at 1:08 pm

      Crafting does provide the loveliest of distractions, doesn’t it? Maybe that’s why I have about 100 projects piled up waiting for my attention…perhaps I’m trying to divert and distract myself. 🙂 I love the idea of craftivism. I should definitely be doing more of that! I hope you share lots and lots of pictures from your exhibition.

      • The Snail of Happiness April 16, 2017 at 1:10 pm

        If you’d like to contribute a picture or some words to our exhibition, do feel free. One or two things have come by email already 😉

  • kaycreate April 17, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    I’m right there with you on worries about bombs. It’s the kind of worry that can get overwhelming quickly; I definitely have to ingest my political news in doses, because otherwise it becomes really not great for my mental health. Luckily, there are always reminders of wonderful things like my family and art! I feel like living in the present is super important with world news being rather depressing; taking in the little things is so necessary!

    • Nerd in the Brain April 20, 2017 at 7:51 am

      Yes to the little things! Focusing on the huge mountain of happy little things certainly helps. 🙂


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