#WeekendCoffeeShare -May 28, 2017

Welcome to another Weekend Coffee Share hosted, as usual, by the amazing Emily over at Nerd In The Brain (and created by the awesome Diane over at Part-Time Monster Blog) … I really wanted a word that that was a simile to wonderful or awesome that started with an “E”, but that wasn’t  to be.

Anyway,  come join me for a cuppa.  Today I’m trying the new International Delight One Touch Latte.  Either I didn’t put enough coffee in the cup or didn’t do enough of the foam (I did hold the button down for the full 7 seconds though) – Thinking I need practice with this thing πŸ˜‰πŸ˜

Before I go any further, let me just wish everyone a safe and wonderful Memorial Day.  To me the importance of this “Holiday” is remembering those who sacrificed all (meaning their lives) that we may have the freedoms and ability to celebrate and such that we do.  

A friend of mine on twitter shared this and messaged it to me so I could share it…  It shows the different holidays relatedto the armed forces and all and what they mean:

While we’re out celebrating with family & friends, and barbecuing and all, let’s  remember those who never made it home, never made it “out of their uniform”.

OK, so on to less gloom and doom type of stuff…  

I was at our local Fry’s Food Store the other day and came across these…

I mean what will they (Oreo) come up with next.

Ohhhh Ohhh Ohhh…. Have I shared that I’m going in this coming week to start volunteering with our local police πŸ˜€- well more like training but it’s OVT (On the Volunteer) type training I guess you could call it.  The same day as I do that,  I am also going in (to a different department) to do a ridealong during swing shift (which goes till midight).  I tried a mids shift (which is basically graveyard) once and let me tell you that took it out of me not to mention, being a Sunday night, it was slowwwww.  If I am ever able to work it out to try mids again, I think I’ll maybe try something like a Saturday night —  That’s “IF”…At my age, grave shifts (when I’m not use to being up all night) isn’t so easy a feat as it was when I was say in my 20’s.

So that’s basically what’s been going on around here in my neck of the woods.  How about in yours?  Come share your week (last/next/both, your choice).

If you’ve got a weekend coffee to share, share it via the link attached to the image below (burrowed from Emily)


#WeekendCoffeeShare – April 30, 2017

Welcome 😊.  Come take a seat and join me for a cup of coffee.  I’m seated in my usual “comfy chair”.  The one that’s big enough for me to sit sideways and use the armrest as a mini desk of sorts.

For those that joined me last week, you will, perhaps, recall, that I was scheduled to go on a ridealong with the local fire department.  I’ve submitted a little write-up I did to the community relations manager (think I’m using the right title) as a courtesy to be sure I’m being accurate in my depiction and not saying anything I shouldn’t be.  I have mind to do a second write-up but haven’t quite decided which angle I want to focus on.  Once these write-ups are done, and have been “approved”, I’ll be posting them to my Public Safety Tidbits blog.

I can tell you that, as expected, it was interesting fun and educational. There wasn’t quite as much “start of shift” stuff going on as there was on my last ridealong – which was considered a “Monday” shift (which has nothing to do with the actual day of the week).  There are things that are done every single shift but some things are done on a “Monday”.  Don’t ask me to explain in any detail as I’m sure I don’t completely understand all of it and, besides,  I don’t want to take up our coffeetime going on about my ridealong.  For those of you who wish to read about it, I’ll have something posted up (once approved) over on my Public Safety Tidbits blog.

Besides the recent ridealong, what else can I tell you…. Let’s see – ohhh,  I got the final approval for being a volunteer with our local police department and went in the other day to fill out & sign more paperwork, get my volunteer shirt,  and all that jazz…  I’ve got stuff to read through regarding being a volunteer and should be starting the required training shortly.

In other news (speaking of law enforcement & police stuff), I put in my requests for ridealongs with another local PD (I may have mentioned that before, I don’t remember) as well as the local Sheriff’s Department…  So now,  I am just awaiting news to see when I’ll be scheduled…  I would highly recomment that, if your local police department or sheriff’s office offers such ridealongs, you sign up and request to do such. You will, of course, need to go through a background check before being allowed to do so.  I think that, taken in the right light, these ridealongs can be quite educational and offer insight into what these guys do.  Mind you, as a civilian ridealong, you aren’t necessarily going to see the heavy duty stuff as most departments aren’t going to be keen on putting civilians into danger if it can be avoided…  Often times, there can be just as much learned during the “quiet times” of the shift by asking questions and listening to what the officer you are riding with has to say.  I believe most officers, as long as you aren’t asking them things that they are prohibited from talking about, are willing to talk to people and to educate.

Can’t really think of much else to talk about on my end.  What all has been going on with all of you?  Did you have a good weekend?  I hope so… Would love to hear about it.  Join the Weekend Coffee Share hosted by Nerd in the Brain for this fun coffee get together.

Before I go, here’s a picture I snapped yesterday when I had gotten up in the middle of the night to take care of some stuff (including putting drops in my husband’s eyes)…

For now, it is time for me to rinse out my coffee cup and see what all needs doing.  Wishes for a wonderful and joy-filled week for you all.  Laters

#WeekendCoffeeShare – Sunday April 23, 2017

Sorry I missed sharing coffee with y’all.  I seem to be having technical difficulty when It comes to some of emails (at least those I’ve saved in other folders).  The emails are there but the body is blank (or, in some cases, shows “no sender” when I know there is one).  One of the email not properly displaying is the Three Things Thursday hosted by Nerd in the Brain, though I can go on my computer and it shows up fine so it’s apparently something to do with my phone, which I was going to try and do along with the Weekend Coffee Share (also hosted by Nerd in the Brain)…  Sorry, I’m talking in circles I’m sure.

Well, like I said, coffee is gone but if you’re still up for a bit of a chat before I’ve got to get started on other thing I’m open.  I could make up another cup of coffee for you though I’m done with mine or the day.  There’s also some plain, unsweetened tea, water, andhot tea if you prefer.

I do, also, have some powerade which I’m saving for tomorrow when I go on another ridealong with one of the local fire departments here…Count 1 for Three Things Thursday (though that’s happening on a Monday πŸ˜‰).  I plan on making up a batch cookies (well bars) later today to take with me.

Yesterday, I went to an open house event at the Mountain Vista Fire Department.  I’ll be posting a little bit on that over on my Public Safety Tidbits blog (after I get everything together and do some editing).  I will tell you that due to showing up early, I got a front row seat to LifeNet landing – I was getting dust from my ears later than afternoon when I got home. 

Just wish the video I tried to take of the landing had actually gotten taken (I say tried because I was holding my phone towards the landing helicopter while I had my body and (most importantly) face turned the other direction to protect against the flying dirt, gravel,and debris….  I will say that it was unexpected and EXCITING!!  I almost got a video when they were leaving later (this time from inside the station bay area, with the doors closed), except that I apparently ran out of storage space so the video quit before they took off 😞😠.  Just wasn’t my day for getting the good stuff on video.

The other cool thing was getting to meet the lady in charge of doing all the Social Media posting for Mountain Vista Fire… She actually had actually approached me, recognizing me from the all sharing of their stuff I do πŸ˜€.  That and finding out what channels to take to see about a ridealong with that department – something to take care of sometime Monday.

While we’re onthe subject of Public Safety type stuff, let’s switch from fire πŸš’ to policeπŸš“ for a moment…Looks as if the CRO is due back on Monday (he was on leave for a brief period of time) and I should be hearing something back, shortly, regarding the status of my fingerprinting and getting on board as a volunteer.  So, yeah, exciting times coming up 😁.

So let’s see, Three Things Thursday:

  1. Open House at Mountain Vista Fire Department, including front row seat for the landing of LifeNet.
  2. Ridealong tomorrow with one Fire Department AND 
  3. Info on channels for ridealong with another Fire Department.
  4. Looking forward to hearing something back re fingerprints and volunteer status (including training and another board(?) meeting).

It’s about time I go ahead and do my morning stretching and exercising (that I should have done hours ago) and then decide where to go from there.

Wishing you all a wonder, blessed, and safe week and I’ll see y’all next time.

#WeekendCoffeeShare – Just Be a Second While I Fix Coffee

Would you believe it?!?  I made coffee only to realize I forgot the most important aspect – The actual coffee…  So it’ll be just a moment while I make more.  Same thing happened to me just the other day, made coffee but forgot to put the actual coffee in.

OK I’m back with coffee, actual coffee this time – LOL. Mmmmm, gooood, come join me for a cup.  There’s also tea (Ginger Peach, Morrocan Mint, and a couple other flavors) if you prefer, but we’ll need to boil up some water for you.

So how was everyone’s weekend?  Hope it was a good one.   We are in the middle of Pesach and I wish all who  are  celebrating a very Happy Pesach….  And to those who celebrate Easter, a very Happy Easter.

We went to a formal seder at the congregation we go to (or try to go to) and then we had another informal one at our house, with family.

I had promised, well not so much promised but said, that I was going to see about writing up something about the ridealong I had gone on with the local police.  I haven’t really had a chance to formulate anything and to be honest there wasn’t much to write about being that it was on a Sunday night so most everyone was home asleep or at least behaving themselves.  I also want to be careful what and how I write so as to not break any agreements to uphold privacy, etc and so forth.  The last ride I went on was a lot of easier to write on as more had happened and I was able to put together a generic look at the evening without giving anything away – You can read that here if you wish:  A Tale of Two Stupids (and no one of those is definitely NOT referring to the police but two stupid (or at least head-shaking) things I saw that day.  I promise I’ll get something up on the more recent ridealong coming up shortly.  It will be over on my Public Safety Tidbits blog plus you’ll want to stay tuned over there as there may also be something written up regarding another Fire Department ridealong – this will depend on what happens and what I learn (again I have to be careful as to uphold privacy and to be sure I am being accurate in my information).

The Weekend Coffee Share is hosted each week by Nerd In The Brain

I’m about to make myself up another cup of coffee (hopefully this time I remember to add the coffee 😝).  See you all again next week.  In the mean time, have a wonderful, blessed, and safe week.                                

#WeekendCoffeeShare – Sunday, November 06, 2016.

Here we are, once again, time for our weekly coffee share (hosted by Diana of PartTime Monster blog).  Come, sit, join me for a cup – coffee, tea, …  So, tell me, How was your past week? What all have you been up to?  {Blehhhh, just got a taste of coffee grounds.  Ok back to our regularly scheduled program}.

I mentioned last week about my upcoming ride with the local FD.  It was a fun & interesting experience.  We actually went out on a several runs – Nope, sorry, really can’t tell you much more than that.  One interesting thing to note was the atmosphere in the station when the tones went off.  Best way I can think to describe was like a focused yet calm movement of crew to the trucks.  It was such that even me, with my short stature and out-of-shape bodyπŸ˜†, was able to jump on board the engine with no rushing or difficulty whatsoever.  The most interesting was getting caught in the bathroom one time when the tones went off (yup, that really happened), and I still was on the engine for the call.  

Ironically, my original plan (after taking some “practice runs” getting on the engine, and talking to the captain) was to ride with rescue since both rescue & engine go out on most all medical calls and then ride engine for the calls where it was just them being toned out.   Things didn’t go as planned there.  First tone out – I don’t hear nature of call and didn’t here rescue toned out till I was already on the engine, Second tone out – Rescue wasn’t in quarters, I forget what happened the third time but about the third time I decided ‘to heck with it, I’ll just keep going with the engine’.  Thinking about it later it was actually better that I road engine as my seat on rescue would have been rear facing which is more difficult for me when it comes to my ears and the potential of getting carsick when I cannot see the road.

I am working on a short blog of my experience but will need to have it approved before going live.  If I do, it will be posted to my Public Safety Tidbits blog (I’ll post a little announcement here).

Let’s see what else was there this week?!?  Last sunday me and another Mary Kay colleague (and good friend) did a table at “Ride for Retts” – got a few leads; Monday, my husband had a doctor appointment with his new NP (the old one left the practice several weeks ago); Tuesday, I tried to listen in on a webinar about NREMT apps in the classroom but ended up with family stuff impeding my ability to do so; Friday, my husband went in for fasting labs.  While I was in the waiting room I got a call from the doctors office for me about something I had mentioned via the  “patient portal”.  Several minutes in, me and the caller realize that we’re both in the waiting room area – me in the actual waiting room, the caller behind the receptionist/check-in desk…..  too funny πŸ˜‚.  

So, that was my week.  I think my second cup of coffee is ready and I have a pampering session to prepare for this morning (among other things to do).  Have a great week y’all, and I’ll see you next week.