Hello my lovelies, glad you can join me for this week’s Weekend Coffee Share.
If we were having coffee today, I’d warn you that this is a very short coffee break. It’s going to be instant coffee, I’m afraid, but I’d also offer a bowl of cereal to those who’d like one.
It’s been a hectic week for me, and it’s not over yet.
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I still have at least one university assignment and five modules to get through until Sunday night. I lost Monday and Tuesday to working late, and yesterday I couldn’t concentrate on anything long enough to actually finish a module as I was feeling a bit under the weather. And now that I caught up on sleep I feel like I wasted the entire morning and have to make up for it.
Luckily most of my family is not around this weekend, so hopefully I won’t get interrupted for once. Dad’s away on a weekend trip, and my sister is flying to London tomorrow. That leaves mum. I should be able to write and study well into the early hours tonight. I’ve already said that once I finish one of my university courses, I’ll take a weekend to do absolutely nothing in order to recharge and relax.
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that from next week onwards, I’ll be teaching English again. Giving extra tuition is how I made my pocket money in school, and I’ve been asked to help someone with their grammar and pronunciation. Back in the day I even taught a couple. He was German, she was from the Philippines, and they didn’t share a language. So I taught him English and her German and somehow it worked. They’ve been married for years now and have a kid together. I like giving extra tuition, I just learned on my Gap Year that I’m not cut out to teach in schools. And I’ve tried. I’ve taught kindergarden/daycare in Ghana, primary and secondary school in South Africa and high school/college on the Galápagos Islands, Ecuador and I prefer to teach one to one or small groups.
I’m still looking for ideas for a case worthy of Sherlock Holmes. As I mentioned on Wednesday, I’ve been asked to submit a short story for a new Sherlock Holmes anthology! I’m really excited about this opportunity; I just need to find a spin for my story.
If we were having coffee today, I’d also tell you how gutted I am to learn of Sir Terry Pratchett’s death. I first really got to love his books when I was 16 and living in New Zealand as an exchange student for a year. My host parents didn’t read much, but Pratchett’s books filled their bookshelves. So eventually, I read my way through them. Pratchett had a rare form of early onset Alzheimer’s, so that he continued to write books almost to the very end is remarkable.
And then there was this T-shirt he wore to conventions:
I will miss his worlds, words and wit.
If we were having coffee, then this would be the point at which I’d offer you another cuppa, though I really have to get to my desk. Feel free to stay and look around though, as long as you don’t mess up the chaos on my desk. It’s chronologically sorted, you see, and the articles, journals, and stationery items I need today are on top.
Until then: Wake up and smell the coffee!
Same time, next week?