A Cup of Coffee and A Conversation: Slice of Life 9/31 #sol20

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.






34 responses to “A Cup of Coffee and A Conversation: Slice of Life 9/31 #sol20”

  1. Anita Ferreri Avatar
    Anita Ferreri

    This is a great format for a slice as it tells SO much about you while remaining interesting – like a good conversation. I think students could relate to this format and I know my grad students will!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      It’s such a generative format! I’m always surprised by what I think of when I start a sentence with “If we were having coffee.”

  2. carwilc Avatar

    I love this slice! So creative! I wish we really were having coffee. When are you coming to Denver again?

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I wish we were having coffee too! I haven’t been to Denver in forever, but you can bet when I get back down there, I’m going to try to schedule a get-together with you!

  3. arjeha Avatar

    This is a great format. It is kind of like a “get to know me” piece without just spouting facts. If we were having coffee there would certainly be lots of cat photos to share.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Hahaha, we might not get to anything else!!

  4. aggiekesler Avatar

    This is such a great slice to share a bit about yourself. I found myself nodding in agreement to many of your statements. The ones that most closely resemble me are the reading life drop in March, no good TV shows to watch anymore, and the writing in coffee shops one. Great slice!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      It’s always so fun to discover these shared experiences and interests.

  5. livinglife816287820 Avatar

    Would have loved to join you for coffee and discuss all those things, what a pity we’re so far apart…. I do agree about most of the stuff on TV these days being rubbish!!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      At least we can have virtual coffee through slicing!

  6. Ramona Avatar

    I remember when i first started having trouble sleeping! My best advice is a sleep mask. I keep mine on the nightstand where I can reach for it without even turning on a light. There’s something about the absolute darkness it provides that I love. Somehow it helps to quiet my racing thoughts that trouble my middle of the night wakefulness.Two friends in my virtual book club are waiting on me to finish our latest read. Not sure when that will happen. i love coffee shops for writing too! But trying to stay away from them and other public places for now. Think of me while you’re there!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I haven’t tried a sleep mask! That’s a great idea. I do find that white noise helps. I have a white noise machine and sometimes use the app on my phone to listen to ocean waves. It’s challenging to find time to read books in March! Too many slices to read (and write!).

  7. Susan Kennedy Avatar
    Susan Kennedy

    Great slice and a wonderful mentor text.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Thanks, Susan! Whenever I do one of these “coffee shares,” I’m always surprised by what I end up writing about.

  8. mrsday75 Avatar

    If we were having coffee, I’d share pictures of Chloe and the grandkids. I’d commiserate about the weather and we could compare notes on Iowa/SD weather this winter! Love this slice!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      We’d have so much to talk about! And I’d love to see all those photos of Chloe and the grandkids!

  9. Trina Avatar

    If we were having coffee, I would ask you what you were reading AND what your next writing plans are! I’d love to connect with you again!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Oh my goodness, we’d have so much to talk about!! Hopefully we can get that coffee in real life sometime.

  10. hsatlas Avatar

    This is so great! I love the format, and I’d love to have coffee with you. South Dakota is too far from NY but I’d love to share cat photos. (I have way too many on my phone!) Thanks for sharing such a wonderful post! I hope to use this prompt some day soon.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I hope you’ll try this prompt! Let me know how it goes. I think it’s a super fun one. And I’d love to see ALL those cat photos. I have a very high tolerance for scrolling through other people’s cat photos!

  11. Leigh Anne Eck Avatar

    If we were having coffee, I would ask you what pens you like and what book on writing you are reading.

    If we were having coffee, I would tell you about this new sleep lotion that I have been using.

    If we were having coffee, I would tell you my reading life stinks right now, too.

    If we were having coffee, I would tell you how tired I am of the rainy days.

    If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I don’t like coffee! 🙂

    1. loudenclearblog Avatar

      Same! I’d have tea 🙂

    2. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Love that final line! Too funny! We would have so much to talk about if we were having coffee. Also, please send some of those rainy days my way. It’s always sunny in South Dakota, so I’d happily trade!

  12. Amanda Potts Avatar

    I love this format. If we were having coffee, I’d be having tea – with milk. And I’d show you the latest pictures of Tippy and Hera, push to find out what that book you read was, and recommend Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries or Schitt’s Creek if you haven’t already seen them. ❤️

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I haven’t seen either of those shows yet! We’ll definitely try them. And I would enjoy looking at every one of those cat pictures! (The book was Alif the Unseen.)

  13. loudenclearblog Avatar

    I love this And I want to have coffee with you! And trust me, I have some serious pet pics to share!!! Lovely piece!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Yes! I love pet pix! I’m here for ALL of them!

  14. Shaye Miller Avatar

    I love this post so much, Elisabeth! Sadly, it also reminds me that it’s been way too long since we’ve gone out for coffee in real life. I giggled just tonight, remembering the time you opened a tab for us at Bean Broker and we were all excited about how “grown up” that sounded. But then we walked right out the door without paying it (of course remembering at the last moment to run back in…). LOL I regret all the “maybe next month” thoughts I’ve had over the last year, instead of just making it happen, again. Miss you, friend! ❤

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Oh my goodness, I can’t believe how long it’s been. I have all of those “maybe next month” thoughts too. I don’t know how so much time slips away. I miss you too!

  15. BeReal81 Avatar

    I LOVE this slice. What a great format and conversation with all of us even though we were not there. And I can tell from your photo that we love the same pens =)
    Thank you very much for the great thought and sharing on this slice.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I’ve got to have my Precise V5s for my writer’s notebook and InkJoys for everything else! Glad to find another fan of the Precise V5s! (Their only downside is that they are seriously bad plane travel pens–something about the pressure causes them to sometimes leak. Not good!)

      1. BeReal81 Avatar

        Mine are the InkJoys!

  16. TammyB Avatar

    I am so glad you liked the format!
    Wonderful post!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Thank you! Your blog is such a wonderful source of inspiration.

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