If We Were Having Coffee #WeekendCoffeeShare

If we were having coffee, I’d invite you to join me at my new coffee shop. I have been longing for a local independent coffee shop where I can become a regular, where I can bring my notebook once or twice a week and eavesdrop on snippets of conversations and people watch and write. I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve been inside a coffee shop over the last two years. There was nothing about this week that said it’s any safer than the last 104 weeks, but I still decided it was time to explore nearby coffee shops to find “my” spot. I liked the very first one I visited–plenty of comfortable seating, not even a ten-minute drive from my house and–bonus!–it opens at 6 a.m.

If we were having coffee, I’d ask if you’re celebrating National Poetry Month by reading or writing poetry. I’d love to hear about your poetry project, and I’d tell you all about mine.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that today is the last day of my spring break and I’m focusing on being present and enjoying today rather than fretting about going back to work tomorrow. I have a new slow cooker recipe to try, and I’m going to go for a walk when the day is at its warmest. I’m going to read one of the many books I’ve started and write a couple of letters. Since it’s chilly today, I also expect to have my devoted lap cats appear whenever I sit down.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I recently wrapped up a monthlong blogging challenge, and even though I’m glad to have my mornings back for reading, writing in my notebook, and writing letters, I also kind of miss the challenge. I made an intentional decision not to blog daily in April for my daily poetry project, but I struggled all day yesterday (the first day in 32 days I haven’t posted) not to write a blog post. I caught myself composing in my head several times.

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If we were having coffee, I’d ask about your reading life. I have stacks and stacks (really, shelves and shelves) of unread books waiting to be read, but I’m still always looking for recommendations. I’d tell you that this week I checked off another category on Book Riot’s Read Harder 2022 Challenge: “Read a book recommended by a friend with different reading tastes.” I chose a romance novel a penpal raved about on Twitter, and you know what? It was pretty good.

What would you share if we were having coffee?


Thanks to Tammy at Tammy’s Reading Life for introducing me to the Weekend Coffee Share and providing the format for my post. Natalie the Explorer hosts the weekly link-up, so be sure to visit her blog and check out what other people are sharing this week.






24 responses to “If We Were Having Coffee #WeekendCoffeeShare”

  1. carwilc Avatar

    This feels a little like a poem, even if you say it isn’t. Enjoy the last day of Spring Break. It’s mine too!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      That’s all thanks to Tammy and her repeating structure! I certainly have enjoyed spring break. Hope yours has been restful as well.

  2. Astrid Avatar

    I am so happy you found “your” coffee shop. Yeah, I get you about it not really being any safer to go out and about than it’s been over the past two years, but life has to somehow get back to some semblance of normal.

    I’m not honestly doing anything for National Poetry Month. I forgot it even was National Poetry month, actually. I am, however, participating in the #AtoZChallenge, a month-long blogging challenge, this month.

    I also am hoping to get back to some more reading, as I am finally able to read on my iPhone again thanks to a much-needed iOS update. Glad you ticked off another box of the Read Harder challenge. I’ve honestly never read any romance novels, although I have a couple on my digital bookshelf.

    Have a nice week ahead.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      So glad you’re able to read on your phone again and have found a way to make reading work for you. What genres are your favorites? I am intrigued by the #AtoZChallenge, but it seems quite daunting!

      1. Astrid Avatar

        Thanks for your reply. I read quite a varied selection of books, but mostly young adult novels. I do try to read more adult-oriented novels of late, but then mostly stick to quite easy-to-read material like mysteries.

  3. Scribble and Scran Avatar

    6am coffee shop sounds ideal! My favourite places don’t open until after 8:30, which when I’m trying to be an early bird is no good!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Many of the ones here also open at 8, and that’s too late for me if I’m trying to get out and have solitary writing time before anyone in my family is up!

  4. TammyB Avatar

    I am missing the TWT challenge as well. I hope many people will post on Tuesdays for a while.
    This line of yours: ” I’m focusing on being present and enjoying today rather than fretting about going back to work tomorrow. ”
    I am trying the same. I am not sure it will work but I will do my best. I will also take a walk here when it gets a bit warmer. It finally is not raining today. I am so glad you enjoy the coffee share post! I always love reading yours.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      It helped me to hear from some colleagues who were dreading Monday in a big way. I want to do whatever I need to do to avoid having that be my brain on Sundays. I hope you have some dry weather and can get out for a walk.

  5. Trish Avatar

    I can absolutely relate to what you say about that feeling that something is missing when you don’t blog each morning. I, too, am experiencing that. If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I’m loving that I have to prepare a short presentation for colleagues this month, so I’m spending a lot of time with Dictionary for a Better World Poems, Quotes, and Anecdotes by Irene Latham and Charles Waters. It’s such a terrific resource and as inspiring now as it was when I used it last year with my online students. Thanks for a post I could connect with! Enjoy nature and haiku…

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      It’s so strange that I also find it somehow easier to blog every day than once or twice a week. I love that book too–and realize now I haven’t shared it with students. I think they’d like it too.

  6. karpenglish Avatar

    Yay! You found a new coffee place! Enjoy those last moments of spring break. If your students are anything like mine were last week, the week AFTER your spring break will be a doozy.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Yesterday, our first day back, was definitely a doozy! I think all the teachers were exhausted by the end of the day.

      1. karpenglish Avatar

        Whew! It could have gone either way- the kids were calmer because they had a break, or the kids were a lot worse. The middle schoolers at my school seem to have veered over to “feral” during vacation. They’ve been a bit better this week, at least. 9 1/2 weeks left to go!

  7. Natasha Avatar

    If we were having coffee I’d tell you how much I enjoy learning from you. I’d want to compare our TBR lists and I’d tell you about how many of your links I clicked on to explore new challenges. I’m glad you found a good new coffee shop. It’s such a treat to have one you like close by!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I’d love to compare TBR lists! Not that I need more books to read but somehow I always want more options!

  8. Melis Avatar

    Oh goodness, yes, finding a good coffee shop you can relax in (and feel *safe in) is such a thing! I’m so glad you found one you like (and that’s open so early!

    I, too, write blog posts in my head before it goes, officially, to actual words on (virtual) paper 🙂

    I hope you had a lovely end to your Spring Break and and enjoy a wonderful week ahead!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      It’s such a treat to have a place I like so nearby. Glad I’m not the only one who writes posts in my mind (many of which don’t end up written at all–except for briefly in my mind!).

  9. Natalie Avatar

    Welcome, Elisabeth, to my weekly Weekend Coffee Share linkup. I’m the host. The coffee and the cats look lovely. Thank you for your coffee share. I hope you stop by my blog to say hello and consider joining us again next weekend.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Thanks for the warm welcome! What a lovely community this is!

  10. Julie Avatar

    I don’t normally read romance novels. This month, I’ve been reading graphic novels, it’s a challenge hosted by my library. It has definitely gotten me out of my reading funk since a lot of reading is either non-fiction or really dark.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Graphic novels are one of my favorite ways to break a reading slump. What have you read that you really enjoyed? Recently I loved Shing Yin Khor’s The Legend of Auntie Po and I’m just about to start Robin Ha’s Almost American Girl.

      1. Julie Avatar

        I just finished reading “Sapiens” by Yuval Noah Harari. I also read “The Best We Could Do” by Thi Bui — it’s about the Vietnam War and the effects of intergenerational trauma. And I read “Persepolis” by Marjane Satrapi — I’ve seen the movie years ago. I’ll add these on my to-reads.

  11. Ramona Avatar

    Love this post, especially the pic of your devoted lap cats. I admire your willingness to keep writing. I’ve never completed a 100 day project, although I’ve started one a few times. Just wondering – was the new slow cooker recipe a win?

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