Weekend Coffee Share: The Last Moments of Summer

Good morning,

If we were having coffee, we would be at Starbucks right now. Thought it would be nice to have a change of pace. I usually get a frappuccino whenever I’m here. 

I’m still a little beat after yesterday. Actually, the past week. Kind of a last hurrah before Zoe starts school this week. We entertained some of the neighborhood kids. And one of our friends’ daughters visited Zoe and spent the night for a couple of days. Tuesday, we took a trip to downtown Atlanta to visit the Children’s Museum and Centennial Olympic Park, where she and Jaxon played in the fountain. Yesterday, we had a neighborhood yard sale. Didn’t make any money. It’s not like people didn’t know, but it was last minute.

Work is work. Walmart has been kind of stressful. Not only because it’s the back-to-school season, which is the precursor to the holiday season, but we’re having inventory. That’s always a stressful time. For the managers at least. I’m grateful I’m not in that position, but it seems like they pass the stress to us lowly associates. Doesn’t seem right, but what can you do?

I am reconsidering my second job. Delivering pizzas has been a nice change of pace, but it’s not working out as I hoped. The pay has not been contributing to increase the income. But part of that is because of the payments I’m making on some of my bills. Right now, I’m making payments on my new car every two weeks. I have to keep it up for a couple more months. And I’m not getting the full forty hours at Walmart anymore because they’ve changed the operating hours in my department. So I’m looking for another part-time job. My wife suggested Lyft. It would be no different than what I’m doing at Pizza Hut, except there’s no food involved. And I would have more flexibility. I can set my own hours. At least that’s what I’ve been hearing. I’m going to look more into it. 

My writing has been wonderous. I set a challenge to write every day this week. Saturday, I almost broke the streak. Not that it would be a bad thing, but I wanted to prove to myself that it was possible. I may take a small break from it once the first of the month rolls around. Between the posts on my blog, writing in my journal, and the short story project, I’m a bit tuckered out. Speaking of the short story project, it doesn’t look like I’ll make that goal. The science fiction story took almost two weeks to complete. But to be fair, I had trouble writing a story I liked. I went from a military operation to a tree in a space colony and back to the military thing. The third attempt was the charm as I brought back a character from my first foray into writing. Gave him a real name and added a ton of new characters. 

I wrote three stories this month. The most since I don’t know when. Granted, they’re first drafts, but still, I’m proud of myself. When writing them, I hadn’t thought about editing them, but I’ve changed my mind. I’ll read over the stories and pick which one to edit and rewrite first. In the meantime, the Flash Fiction Hive is starting a new month of challenges in a couple of days. So I’m looking forward to it. And hopefully, I’ll be able to add more stories to my blog. And maybe not have the whole “Happily Ever After” thing go on. 

Well, it’s time to wrap things up here. Have to get to work. Glad you guys could meet me here. Please let me know in the comments how you’re week has been and what you’re looking forward to as the start of the school year closes in. 

Until next time, take careā€¦