If we were having coffee, I’d get there early to have a little writing time by myself because coffeeshops are my favorite place to write.
If we were having coffee, first things first, I’d share my latest cat photos. Chances are good that, if we’re having coffee, you’re also the kind of person who has too many pet photos on her phone. We will need to set aside a few minutes before we start seriously catching up just to admire pet photos.
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that this week is my spring break, but shhh, it’s a secret. I’m going to get up and “go to work” on Tuesday and Thursday, only I’m really going to my favorite coffeeshop with my notebook and my favorite pens and a new book on writing.
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that sleep in middle age is a tricky thing. I’ve always been a delicate sleeper, but now I never know if I’m going to wake up at 1:45 or 3:45 or 5:45. (But I do know it will probably be a :45.) I’d probably ask you if you have any tips for getting better sleep.
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I’m worried we have finally watched all the TV shows that are worth watching. We have watched so many bad ones lately, I have begun to worry that there are only bad shows left. I don’t know what it says about me that we’re watching Rosewood right now and I think it’s pretty decent. (I think it says that our last show was really, REALLY bad.) I’ll probably ask you for recommendations, but don’t be surprised when we have literally seen it all.
If we were having coffee, I’d ask what you’re reading. And then my mind would go blank when you ask me the same question. I would remember to tell you that I just made it all the way to the end of a 450-page novel that I didn’t care for and had no reason to read. Every day as I read a few more pages, I wondered if I should abandon it, but soldiered on. I have no idea why.
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that my reading life in March is never robust. My morning reading time is spent reading slices instead of books, and my number of books finished drops. Probably I’d also acknowledge that I would have plenty of time to read if I could just break my phone and social media addiction. I might lament that my attention span, never good in the first place, is now in tatters, altered beyond recognition. Then I’d probably pick up my phone to see if I have any messages.
If we were having coffee, we’d definitely talk about the weather. You can’t live in South Dakota without having a lot to say about the weather. Yesterday a friend was driving to Rapid City and reported that the temperature dropped 25 degrees in 45 miles. Sounds like South Dakota!
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that even though I don’t enjoy the physical or mental work of trying to declutter, organize, and clean my house, I am loving the results. All those cleaning experts were right: the secret is having less stuff to have to put away and clean around!
If we were having coffee, I’d ask you how your classes are going. Chances are, if we’re having coffee, you’re a teacher too. Hopefully our conversation about teaching would remind me that grades are due today, and I’d probably have to end our visit a little early so that I could rush to my computer and calculate them.
Thanks for joining me for coffee! Sorry I had to run!
Weekend Coffee Share is an idea I’m borrowing from Tammy’s Reading/Writing Life. If you need writing inspiration, just poke around her blog for a few minutes. I guarantee you’ll find something to write about! Thanks, Tammy, for the inspiration.
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