If We Were Having Coffee… On April 11

Hello my lovelies, and welcome to this week’s Weekend Coffee Share!

It’s great to see so many of you again (and some of you for the first time). It’s been a very hectic week for me and I still have loads to do, but for now I need a coffee break and a bit of sanity, so thank you for keeping me company!

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that next to being awarded the Liebster award last week, Study. Read. Write has this week been nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award by the lovely Cherise at Mommies Write Too! You should check her out, she’s really good! Before last week, I’d never even heard of blog awards and now I have two and it still amazes me to no end that you guys seem to like this little corner of the web! I’ll post a bit more about the One Lovely Blog award when I have a bit of time to breathe, but for now, know that I am thrilled to have received this award and that it makes me all kinds of happy to know that this motley collection of posts is considered “lovely”!

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If we were having coffee today, we’d probably just grab a quick one on the go from a café in town while we walk around for our chat. I’ve just finished visiting my gran, who was in hospital until yesterday and is now in short-term care within walking distance from my house. However, just as all this finally got sorted, my granddad was taken to hospital this morning, so the emergency saga continues.

I’ve been called to keep gran company and break the news to her, and to sit with her till she calms down again. It’s just that I didn’t have any answers for her about granddad’s condition (he drank too little) and this is the one weekend I had told everyone not to disturb me as I have a ten-page university paper due on Thursday and this is the only time I actually get to study this week.

I know I should feel bad for rushing around and worrying about my grade, but I already had to get an extension on this paper and Thursday is the final deadline, that’s when the course is over. My sister just finished her Bachelor thesis last weekend and she was left alone. Granted there was no emergency then, but as much as I love my grandparents, this was the one weekend on which I couldn’t really interrupt my studies as we were crazy busy with work this week and I didn’t get anything done study-wise except an exam that was due yesterday.

But, now that I had this interruption, I might as well have a coffee and update here, so that’s also out of the way. It’s going to be an all-nighter for me tonight and I’m actually considering taking a day off next week to finish on time.

If we were having coffee this week, I’d tell you the A to Z Challenge is going really well! Yes, yes, I know I just told you I barely had time to study, but that’s also due to quite a few problems I ran into with my university. They’d updated the website, deleted one of my courses including all assignments and grades, updated it with a different course and then took quite a long time to reverse everything and make my material accessible again. I also had to wait for a professor to get back to me as I had questions relating to the assignment that’s due on Thursday and had to get those sorted before I started. So I wrote up a few A to Z posts and I’m up-to-date.

In case you’ve missed them, I have so far blogged about:
Auckland (New Zealand), Alice Springs (Australia), Budapest (Hungary), Cape Coast (Ghana), Dublin (Ireland), Edinburgh (Scotland), Fox Glacier (New Zealand), Genoa (Nevada, USA), Havana (Cuba), Isla Isabela (Galápagos, Ecuador) and Jordans (England). And yes, most of the photography is my own (I don’t get to show my photo skills that often these days).

If we were having coffee than I’d also tell you that the second round of ROW80 started this week, and that my goals are mostly deadlines for my various M.A. modules. And be warned, tomorrow’s ROW80 update will be short and sweet.

But I’ve been rambling on. How are you? Are you doing the A to Z Challenge? Or are you a ROWer? How’s everything going? How do you keep sane in this crazy world? I gotta tell ya, Josh Radnor’s Song of the Day playlist helps me a lot!

Anyway, this is me. I’m afraid that 10-page paper isn’t going to write itself. But I’m glad we had a chance to talk and I’ll be around to the other Weekend Coffee Sharers when I’ve got a minute (or once the paper is done, whatever comes first). You should go ’round and say hi, though. I’m sure they’ve got coffee at the ready!

Same time, next week?

Having a cuppa at Alex in Solingen, Germany. Photo: Cornelia Kaufmann
Having a cuppa at Alex in Solingen, Germany. Photo: Cornelia Kaufmann
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13 thoughts on “If We Were Having Coffee… On April 11”

  1. I’ll probably do ROW at some point, but not right now. I’ve got all the school things too, but I’m planning some cool blog things for the summer and beyond. A-Z has got my thinking cap on!

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  2. I’m sorry to hear about your grandparents. Hope everything works out for the best.

    oh! It does sound like you need to take a day or two off for your studies. That is what leave is for. 🙂 Don’t worry about the 10 pager, being a blogger I guess writing is second nature to you. The key is not to stress, have an extra coffee and just get going. Good luck.

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  3. Wow! 1st I hope your grandparents are okay. 2nd I hope you get your paper done and done well. So take that day off and then when its completed take another day for you. you are so busy!. I am struggling with just the A to Z. My brain ain’t what it use to be! Thanks for the coffee.

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  4. I hope your school work gets done. It never fails that emergencies happen when you can least afford them, monetarily or time-wise! I’m having trouble keeping up with blog reading this week and the coming week will probably be at least equally tough. I’m having surgery on Thursday then will be in the hospital for a few days so who knows what will happen! I hope your week improves!

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  5. Sending lots of healthy thoughts to your grandparents, and a healthy does of energy to you!

    I’m also doing A-Z, with an American travel theme, from the early days of marriage, before we procreated…so far we’ve had Alligators and Agave (Everglades, Grand Canyon), Bison and Black Sand Basin (Yellowstone), Chicago, Diving Here and There (Florida springs, Key Largo, and Oregon coast), Everglades and Eagles (side trip to Yellowstone), Firehole and Fumaroles (Yellowstone), Grand Canyon, Havasu Falls (also Grand Canyon), In the Dark (Lava tubes in California’s Lave Beds National Monument, and a Florida cavern dive), and Joshua Trees (for the national park in California).

    Wow, now I’m a little tired!

    I’m coming back a little later to go to Galapogos with you, because I’ve always wanted to go there.

    For now, I’m off to finish my ROW80 sponsor visits and my sponsor post, my final Sunday post, and then plotting one novella and drafting another.

    But first, one final sip together. =)

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  6. So sorry about your Granddad, and I hope that your Grandma is doing well coping. You definitely have a full plate, but you seem to be handling it all in stride. Thank you for the coffee, sorry I’m visiting so late in the day. Enjoy the rest of your weekend 🙂

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  7. Sorry to hear about your Grandparents, I hope they are recovering well and getting the care they need. I hope the 10 page essay goes well, I always think that if you’ve worked hard and studied hard all year round then the information for essays and exams is in your head somewhere. Its just a case of coaxing it out ;). You can do it!

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