If We Were Having Coffee… On April 25

Hello, my lovelies!

I’m glad to see you for our Weekend Coffee Share, as initiated by the lovely Part Time Monster.

If we were having coffee today we’d meet at the ice cream parlour in town, despite the rain. We’ve had nice weather for the past week but it’s been raining all morning so far. Still, I need to get out a little and I fancy an ice cream with my coffee. Would you join me?

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that my A to Z Challenge is going well. This week’s posts were about Quorn (Australia), Rotorua (New Zealand), my hometown Solingen (Germany), Tafi-Atome (Ghana), Uluru (Australia) and Victoria Falls (Zambia/Zimbabwe).

If we were having coffee today, I’d also tell you that while my studies are going well, I didn’t get as much done this week as I had hoped. A lot of things came up and I barely had a chance to sit down and concentrate on study material. I did, however, pass that assignment I was talking about last week with a B and got an overall A- for the course MA501 Psychology of Communication. So that’s done and dusted now.

As I already said in my ROW80 update on Wednesday, I passed my Global Health & Humanitarianism supplement course from the University of Manchester with 96.7 % and gained a Verified Certificate for it, and I passed the Australian Literature course from The University of Western Australia with Distinction (100%).

But the family saga continues, and it’s really affecting me. I’ve told everyone I need to study. That should be known by now. Today, I am having the audacity to meet my best friend for a cuppa – I haven’t seen him since Christmas. And later on tonight, I’m going to a Rock ‘n’ Roll Reading benefiting the Cow Club here in my hometown. A friend of mine is reading from her book and (punk)rock unplugged plus literature is one of my favourite combinations. I’ve had the ticket for a while. Now I’m being given the silent treatment for not having time to help move my grandparents back to their house from short-term care. My mum  rang the door-bell, I told her I didn’t have time (because it won’t just be settling them in, it would take hours) and she actually slammed my door shut. And a minute later she rang again, asking for the spare bed cover I had laying around, so she could cut it up and spread it over my grandparent’s bed…

I don’t go out much. My social life is nearly non-existent these days, it’s all work and study and my friends are often busy as well. Today is the one day I have made plans (plus, you know, I really need to study this weekend), and I’m made to feel guilty for wanting to finish my studies and have a little bit of a life. The last time I was “out out” was for a friend#s birthday – one and a half months ago.

That constant nagging and guilt-tripping is really getting me down, though. I soaked up the sun last week and found an hour per day to read outside in the sunshine, but I’ve needed those little breathers for my sanity’s sake. It just seems all that good the sun did me is being undermined yet again.

If we were having coffee I’d ask you whether you did anything for World Book Day on Thursday. I geeked out a little and spent weeks compiling a list of 40 literary / reading references on BBC’s Doctor Who. Check out my post “The Doctor Who makes reading cool.” I also wrote a little about My Bookshelf Tag.

If we were having coffee today, then I’d have to excuse myself in a minute to get ready to meet my friend. Check out the other Weekend Coffee Sharers for another cuppa – just don’t forget to take your umbrella. It’s still raining outside!

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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7 thoughts on “If We Were Having Coffee… On April 25”

  1. I hope you went out and enjoyed your time with your friend. Family can be the best but can also be the most unforgiving and least understanding. Right now you’re the best judge of what you need to do and how to best spend your time.

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  2. Yes, I did, we had a nice little catch-up, it’s been far too long but he lives in a different town, so we take whatever chance we get to see each other. I also went to the rock ‘n’ roll reading – it was only 3 hours but loads of fun, I’m compiling a review right now. I will, however, have to go past my grandparents’ house tomorrow at some point. Just for a quick hello, though.

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  3. You can only do what you can do. Don’t let others try to make you feel bad about relaxing with friends. Hope the visit with your grandparents goes well tomorrow. Don’t let people use the dreaded ‘should’ word it leads to horrid judgmental things.
    Thanks for the cuppa and have a good week.

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  4. What a week! Hope you were able to get some much-needed relaxation when you met for a cuppa and went to the show. It can be difficult to admit it, but we need that time. I didn’t give myself nearly enough of it when I was first in school, and that was a mistake.

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  5. You had quite the busy week, but I’m glad you’re sticking to making time for yourself. It can be difficult, especially when it comes to family obligations and all that mixed in. We need that alone time to revive ourselves and just unwind. Thanks for the coffee!

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  6. Stopping by from the #atozchallenge 2015! Don’t forget our after party. The Reflections Linky List will open on Monday May 4th.
    Great post. I’m following you on your listed social media sites. I hope things are going better for you.
    J @JLenniDorner

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