Wake Me Up When September Ends

Weekend Coffee Share Word Art

One of my favorite blogging features has been to participate in Diana’s Weekend Coffee Share*. I got away from it for a very long time, and I love the idea of a weekly, chatty catch-up post. I was in the habit of posting on Thursdays and Fridays, but found myself stretched too thin. Posting on Fridays and Sundays now that windsurfing season is over is more realistic.

So what has been going on with me? The summer of 2017 was quite interesting. I won’t go into the details, but in two posts I shared my successes and struggles. I joined a blogging group called A Sentence a Day, and for June and July, journaled my daily thoughts that were subsequently compiled into blog posts for those months.

In A Sentence a Day: June in Review, I shared my issues with anxiety, which were somewhat outweighed by a variety of successes. For July, A Sentence a Day: Getting through July, I shared a huge mix of emotions while dealing with my puppy’s serious illness, again, tempered with fun and other successes.

As for the rest of the summer, August and September, just when you think things are under control… BAM! A break to my right hand and a potential job change. You better get some more coffee!

Book Delay

I had planned to take a two-month semi-blogging break (in conjunction with my broken hand) and to write more on my No Excuses Fitness Book.

Unfortunately, I underestimated both my school prep time and the surprising level of pain and low-energy I experienced those past weeks. In other words, I found some excuses not to write!

With a lot of thought and reasoning, sadly, I felt it was time to put the book aside rather than rush through it. I’m delaying my launch date until January 2019. This gives me time to write quality content while engaging in more research. The nice thing about self-publishing is, I’m the publisher and I get to change the date of the book release! What a concept!

Lots of Readers

Having been blogging consistently for three years, with over 600 posts, I am always delighted and surprised when older posts get new readers, or people visit my blog when I haven’t posted for a few days. That is always a gift and a testament to the value of social media and the amazing community of bloggers who share each other’s works.

For someone who only wrote one blog post one of those weeks, I got a huge amount of page views due to a fun ping-back from my newly-married buddy, Gary at Skipah’s Realm who referenced me as one of his California girl-buddies. It is sure great to see his life change over the last few months and to see him happy.

My fashionista gal pal in Denver, Jodie, featured me and my lack of fashion sense as it relates to leisure in the form of hiking and water sports in two separate posts. I shared her post Summer Beach and Pool Fashion on my blog and Summer Outdoor Style for Hiking.

Please take a few moments and visit their blogs as you get your coffee cups refilled.

In August my hubby and I celebrated our 4th wedding anniversary. With my hand pain and his busy work schedule, we ended up just having a quiet meal at one of our favorite restaurants. Last year we windsurfed all day…what a fun way to spend that anniversary!

Eclipsed by Back-to-School

By now, the solar eclipse is but a memory caught hopefully with photos. In my neck of the woods in Northern California, we saw the partial eclipse. I easily could have made the trip to Portland with my daughter, but the timing was all wrong with school prep looming. I’m making plans for 2024 when the next total eclipse can be seen in Texas.

Speaking of school, classes were off to a great start the last week of August. I thought parking would be horrendous with my two favorite faculty lots under construction. Fall semester is when I teach three classes, so I’m on campus three days a week. By the fourth week, campus traffic calmed down and now I don’t mind walking from the lots further away.

September continues to be a busy month with not one, but two, blogging conferences to attend in Sacramento. I know many folks will be back from their blogging breaks, too! Stay tuned for a wrap-up post of those conferences.

A sunflower a day, take the sadness away.

Bring On Autumn

This beautiful image shows one of my favorite flowers, the sunflower, which always turns toward the sun. To me this symbolizes hope and positivity as we lift our own faces to the sun in gratitude for a new day and a new beginning.

After years of intense summers and this one now in the books, I would like to share this song, Wake Me Up When September Ends by Green Day. Once September ends, Autumn makes its presence known and I am more than ready for the peacefulness and the anticipation of the holidays to spend time with our families. This is linked to Hughes Views and News feature 51 Weeks: 51 Songs.


I guess summer is over, although we had some scorching hot days this month. Onward to Autumn, and pumpkin-spice flavored coffees! Stay tuned for my next weekend coffee share post.

*Post update: I urged readers to check out Weekend Coffee Share, but I just discovered her site is by invitation only, I turned off links to the feature for now. 

Thanks so much for reading. How did your week go?

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40 thoughts on “Wake Me Up When September Ends

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  3. Hi Terri, I can’t believe that summer has ended. We had temps in the 90s last week so it didn’t feel like it. I’m glad that you are given nag yourself grace and more time to write your next book. I know for you it means later, not never! Enjoy your classes and your fall!

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  5. I feel like a butthead that I haven’t been able to keep up with your site :(. Although hearing you got some traffic from me, makes me wish I linked you more. New motto: Talk about California more!

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  6. What a busy summer, Terri. You still seemed to have packed a lot in, despite the broken bone in your hand. I admire you for what you’ve done regarding the publication date for your book. It’s not easy putting off what we have a passion for, but you’re doing the right thing.

    I hope Brodie is now fighting fit after the scare in July. I’m sure the pups are giving you plenty of pleasure. And, many congratulations on your 4th wedding anniversary.

    Shame about the weekend coffee share coming to an end, but maybe something else will start up where we can share all our news? I always look forward to hearing what’s been going on in your life.

    Thanks so much for linking back to my musical feature. Never heard your song choice before, but loved the song and the voice that was singing it.

    Thanks for the coffee. ☕️

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  7. Talk about being a busy girl! You are rocking it Terri. Glad to hear you’re not going to rush your book, nobody is over your shoulder. I know how we put self-imposed deadlines on ourselves, but sometimes we need to move things around. So sorry about your hand, double sucks for someone like you with such an active outdoor life. So relax girl, take more photos and enjoy autumn. 🙂 x

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  8. You had a very busy summer, Terri. I hope you hand has healed OK and that you started the school year with energy and anticipation. I am curious about the job change… It is nice you can postpone the deadline for your book, especially when you self-publish, or, in my case, when you just keep getting excuses not to finish that first draft. 🙂

    It is still September, but autumn has already started in the mountains of Colorado! The leaves have turned yellow and it snowed yesterday and today… I’m not kidding. Just when I thought I would never need my winter coat anymore. 🙂 Have a wonderful autumn!

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  9. I’ve had a roller coaster summer, too, Terri, but luckily no broken bones. I announced my intention to retire, then felt it wasn’t the right time to fully leave the work force. I put in a pitch to job share with another nurse, and it was accepted but prolonged my full time work by a month. During the last two weeks there were job cuts due to budget issues and my part time gig survived the cuts, but I feel so bad about the people whose positions were cut – survival guilt. Today is my first day of the new schedule and I’m happy to be writing this comment instead of getting ready for work. I’ll be working Thursday and Friday and having 5 days off each week. I can’t believe it yet! We are having a heat wave in Maine right now, too, for which I am grateful since it is a mini-bonus summer before cooler temps roll in. Nice having coffee with you this morning!

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    1. Ah, thanks Molly, and such good news about your job and being able to work part-time. I think most Boomers prefer that lifestyle. We get more 90s this week but the nights are very cool (for us 59 degrees means putting on shoes instead of flip flops!) Glad you enjoyed the coffee!

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  10. Hi Terri! I am glad that you felt comfortable giving yourself permission to put off your book for a bit. Sometimes we put artificial deadlines on ourselves and let them stress us out… only to realize later that those deadlines can be changed. You’ve had a lot on your plate and hurting your hand didn’t help matters. I’m sorry that the Coffee Shares series is ending… but there’s no reason you can’t continue the tradition on your blog – I love having coffee with you!

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  11. leannelc

    Well you’ve certainly been busy! I know what you mean about wanting Summer to end – we’re just comingout of Winter in Australia and it’s having a last fandango atm – I’m very tired of cold, wet days. Roll on Spring! Loved your round-up – I’m doing my first of these types of posts at the end of September – I thought I’d do a monthly one and see how I go!

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  12. Hi Terri what a rollercoaster Summer you have had and I do hope your hand is on the mend now. It is great to have old posts resurface isn’t it. Take care and thank you for sharing with us at #overthemoon link party. Have a great week!

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  13. Broken bones and pain can sure bubble you. I am slowly recovering from my broken hip. I got up on book reviews on my blog. Today I will write book reviews. I haven’t written a coffee share for awhile. I don’t get Diane blog as I am not sure what I will do when I have time again.

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  14. Donna

    Hi, Terri – I greatly admire your positive attitude even while candidly sharing life’s ups and downs. I look forward to reading your thoughts about your recent blogging conferences. Even more so, I look forward to catching up in person this November!

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