If we were having coffee today we’d probably meet at my place. You’d be greeted by organised chaos in the living room, as that’s where my desk lives, and all my study materials and writing notebooks are spread out on it.
I’d ask you to hang up your coat, but you can leave your shoes on. I’m really not picky about that. Make yourself at home on the sofa, I’ll be just a minute – the kettle’s just boiled, perfect timing as usual!
You’d have a choice of strong filter coffee (a Guatemalan blend I’m quite fond of), Instant Coffee (which I got so used to on my travels that proper coffee tasted weird at first) and about 15 different teas ranging from Yorkshire Tea and Twinings Afternoon Tea to Maracuja, Apple and Camomile.
If it’s your first visit to my flat, you’ll probably want to touch the wallpaper behind the couch. Don’t worry, everybody does. So just know that yes, it is the wallpaper from BBC Sherlock’s 221b Baker Street; yes, it is flocked and feels velvety; and yes, there is more reason behind me choosing it than just “I like the show.” And so far, all of my friends who have seen it, commented that the wallpaper combined with the furniture, light blue walls elsewhere and decorations throughout the room are very much me indeed.
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that my grandparents are doing better. You might have read that I had to look after my gran while my granddad was in hospital. He’s back home and they’re both bickering like the old married couple they are.
I’d tell you about the Blog Blitz Team and that I was singled out for a Blitz Day on Thursday. It really made my day to see so many encouraging comments on my blog! I have not been blogging on here for long, only started Study. Read. Write. on 30th September 2014, so this encouragement from the blogging community for a blog that’s become my passion is amazing.
Then I’d tell you about how I found a project called 1,000 Voices Speak For Compassion on #WeekendCoffeeShare initiator Part Time Monster‘s website and decided to add my voice, along with several others having coffee today by the looks of it.
The idea behind this is that on February 20, 1,000 people will blog about compassion and flood the internet with love. We’ll use the hashtag #1000Speak. My request to join has just been approved. I’m voice # 774.
I’d tell you about my studies, and that I think I’ve finally come up with a decent study plan and a few tricks to keep me organised and focused. How I was preparing notes and study material until 5.20am this morning because I’m a nightowl and I was on a roll and didn’t want to stop with the job half done.
This would be my cue to get another cup of coffee.
I’d tell you that I’ve essentially made cover pages for my modules, assignments and required reading while playing around with my old version of QuarkXpress. Modules have a green border, assignments are magenta and the required reading has a colourful paisley pattern because I’m a girl, it’s my binder and why the hell not? Everyone needs a bit of whimsy in their lives.
I spent most of today downloading and organising my files and materials and I’m almost done, just need to print a few things now. I’ll make sure to show the finished folder to you once I’m done, there’ll be a link on this blog.
I’d also tell you that I had to call my university, Horizons University in Paris, in order to discuss a module and managed to get an extension out of it. Though that’s probably not as impressive as having had to speak French on the phone in order to get through to my Student Premier. It’s been a long time (a year next weekend) since I had to speak French at all and I’ve only made a French phone call once before.
I’d make you listen to something that’s cheered me up enormously. As a travel journalist, I am (or at least used to be) a frequent flyer. I got BBC 4’s radio play Cabin Pressure on CD for Christmas and some of the scenes had me in stitches. My favourite scene has to be “Passenger Derby.”
I’m absolutely convinced I have been on several flights on which the crew played this particular game with us to entertain themselves.
Here’s another one I love. Not sure whether I’d like a Captain’s announcement like this is real-life though.
It’s a brilliant little radio comedy, though probably not best suited for those afraid of flying…
Other than work and study prep, my week has consisted of blogging and The X-Files, so unless you’ve got time to really get into Mulder’s alien theories and government conspiracy theories with me, you should probably leave now. Chances are we’d end up watching episodes from season 1 as I am currently reviewing it.
Anyway, that’s my second cup of coffee done. I think I’ll switch to a proper “Builder’s Tea”, Yorkshire with milk and two sugars, and then get comfy and watch X-Files, while my printer is busy working away on my university files.
Still want more coffee? Well, I’m fresh out, but maybe one of the other Weekend Coffee Sharers still has some left!
It’s been great to see you and catch up with you! Hope you stop by again soon!