Hello my lovelies!
Welcome to this week’s Weekend Coffee Share. How are you?
If we were having coffee today, it’d have to be a very quick one. My uni deadline is looming and it’s the reason I have gone quiet yet again.
If we were having coffee, we’d meet in town for a quick cuppa, as I need to get out for a while. I’ve been cooped up for too long with too little to show for it. It’s pissing it down yet again, but if you can brave the weather, I could do with the company.
I’ve had a rough week. The weather is really playing havoc with me, going from hot and sunny to cold and rainy and overcast. For parts of the week it was summer, and then the temperatures were the same as they were in February. I’ve lacked concentration for a while now, though it had improved over my holidays. My good mood sadly got shot down in flames yet again and I’ve been struggling to find the motivation to do anything at all for the last few days. My SAD is usually only a problem in winter, but with winter weather in summer, I think I need to get my therapy light out again. And see my GP, because I’ve got the suspicion this is not “just” SAD anymore.
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you how grateful I am for my friends. While some are still here in Germany, others are all over the world. When I told them how I felt, they cheered me up – on from the UK and the other all the way from China! My uni course currently deals with emotional challenges and psychology of communication and it’s really opening my eyes. I consider myself quite empathic, yet, I’ve found, that for a long time I have tried to gain the attention and affection of narcissists and that needs to stop as there can’t be the proper emotional exchange I need.
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you I’ve contemplated getting another Midori. I love my Midori Traveler’s Notebook so much, but I found that I’d do better to have one for my planner and general notes, and one for my creativity. So I’ve been looking into planners, but found them quite expensive. I also wasn’t sure whether to buy Midori again or one of the many copycats. So I asked questions in the Midori group on Facebook. “Where did you get yours?” “Who has smooth leather?” “What size did you go for?” and “Is X-Vendor worth the expense?”
A friend I went to school with in New Zealand 12 years ago saw my questions and asked what I was after. I explained I wanted a planner that would hold plenty of notebooks so I could keep them all together and had been looking at a few choices but couldn’t make up my mind. And then she offered her used one to me, as she said she had plenty. It’s the size I wanted and by sought-after vendor ChicSparrow, so I asked her how much she wanted for it. And she said: “Nothing. It’s yours!” And if that wasn’t generous enough, she said she’d put together a nice little kiwiana package for me with treats I’ve not had in 12 years!
My week had been really dark, and then a friend like her comes along and makes me smile genuinely for the first time in days! I am beyond grateful!
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you about The Beaux’ Stratagem. The play is currently being performed at the National Theatre in London, and on Thursday evening, the performance was broadcast live to cinemas worldwide thanks to NTlive. I think NTlive is the best thing that’s happened to theatre, as it opens up plays to audiences who couldn’t have gone to see it otherwise. You get the theatre experience without the travel expense of going to London for a night. The Beaux’ Stratagem was a really good show, witty, funny, fast-paced. My review will follow!
If we were having coffee, I’d quickly tell you about September 1. Because a new year started at Hogwarts, and it was James Sirius Potter’s first day. He got sorted into Gryffindor, by the way, to nobody’s big surprise. So a new generation of Potters and Weasleys is now at Hogwarts. J.K. Rowling tweeted that those at King’s Cross should wave him off to school for her. And images appeared showing the Hogwarts Express on departure boards (though for some reason it was running 30 minutes late). It’s hard to believe that the golden trio would be all grown up by now. I feel like I’ve grown up with them, and in many ways I have. So I got carried away about it being James’ first day and I told my mum about it. Her only response: “It’s just a book.” I’ve given up arguing – some of us need books and all the worlds they introduce us to. Some never feel the magic. But those who don’t have no right to tell those who do that living in a book is wrong. Hogwarts, Middle-Earth, Baker Street, Narnia – all those places have at times felt more like home than my actual home. And they continue to do so. So no, it’s not “just a book.”
Anyway, my quick coffee turned longer than anticipated. I need to get back to my studies. It will be quiet on this blog for at least another week. After that, I’m hoping to restore a sense of normality.
I’m sure the other Weekend Coffee Sharers would also love to see your lovely face. There’s plenty of coffee left to go around.
Thank you for having coffee with me. Same time, next week?