If We Were Having Coffee… On November 1

Hello my lovelies!

How are you? It’s so good to see you and be among people again! You’ll have noticed that this is the first time I am a day late in joining the Weekend Coffee Share. That’s because I had a major deadline yesterday at midnight, and I made it with about 30 mins to spare. For the last two weeks I’ve locked myself away in my flat and worked on my assignments.

I’ve probably had way too much coffee (in fact I know I have) over the last week especially, but I’ve become really good at brewing a nice strong cuppa, so you’re welcome to some! It’s crisp but nice out, all blue skies, autumn colours, no clouds, but cold. If you don’t mind, I’ll get the cushions out one last time and we can sit outside on the armchairs on my patio with warm blankets wrapped around us and steaming cups of coffee (or tea or hot chocolate, whatever you prefer) in our hands.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I spent most of last week awake. When I went to bed last night around 2am I had not slept since 10am on Thursday. While I work well under pressure, this was really cutting it close. Then again, I haven’t struggled like this before. I could barely concentrate, got distracted by the smallest things, just couldn’t get my thoughts to paper. It was hell. But it’s over and that’s what counts. Only 2 1/2 courses to go until I start my thesis. I think I’ll write more in a separate post.

Except for uni stuff, I don’t really have that much to talk about this week. Halloween is not as big here as it is in other parts of the world, so there haven’t been any trick or treaters around. We usually only dress up for Karneval and on 11th November for the start of carnival season.

My little sister turned 25 yesterday, and we all went ou for brunch. Can’t believe that she’s 25 already! Two of my friends had their birthdays yesterday as well, but they live too far away these days to attend any parties. Some of those parties in the past were Halloween parties and we dressed up – though we leave the candy collection until St. Martin’s day on November 11 when we go from door to door with little lanterns and sing St.Martin songs in exchange for candy. At the last proper Halloween party I attended I met my ex – and what a nightmare that turned out to be.

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you I am still waiting for my DVDs to arrive to start Yoga. I’ve ordered a few more things I’ll need, like a yoga mat, so hopefully I can really start this by next week or so. At the moment I just get funny looks when I tell people I want to try yoga, especially for weight loss. The things is, though, that programmes I have been forced on have failed me time and time again. But what I initiated myself and did because I wanted to, has worked, at least until I got surrounded by previous triggers and temptations again. This yoga is what I want to do for myself. I don’t really care what everyone else thinks.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that NaNoWriMo starts today. Are you participating? Good thing I’m a pantser when it comes to writing, as I have had zero time to prep for it.

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that for the moment I’ve run out of things to tell you. My life was fairly restricted for the last two weeks. The other Weekend Coffee Sharers would love to see you as well!

Thank your for having coffee with me. 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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8 thoughts on “If We Were Having Coffee… On November 1”

    1. It’s the first time. I’ll be doing DDP Yoga, as it’s yoga with dynamic resistance and was put together by DDP especially for exercising with pain issues and has been proven really effective for weight loss too. From what I’ve seen it’s the perfect combination for me, as I don’t usually have time to work out AND do something else, so this is two things at once. There’s less meditating here, but I’m sure I can end it with a few mins of meditation.

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  1. I’m glad you finished your paper before the deadline. Whew! I know how you’ve been up round the clock lately!

    Birthdays…they come pretty fast! My youngest daughter is 25. I can’t believe that! At least I have the grandkids with all the eagerness that children have. There will be a lot more party celebrations to come!

    I hope you get your DVDs soon! I can’t believe it is taking so long!

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  2. Good for you, getting that paper finished on time. That’s always such a feeling of relief when one has a strict deadline. Let me know how the home Yoga is — I’ve been interested for quite some time, but I still mainly walk/jog on our basement treadmill and do my own stretches afterwards. It’s funny about Halloween in the U.S.–when I was young, it was exclusively a children’s night. Now the entire family is involved, and young adults plan elaborate costumes and throw big parties or go on pub crawls. Religious folk complain about the evil overtones, but I always found it was fun to be out in the neighborhood seeing other families — something that doesn’t happen very often here due to busy lives. Of course this year we’re in a new house and I missed the trick-or-treaters entirely since I was picking Mr. M up from the airport after his long long flights back from Europe. I don’t think I missed much, though–the neighbor across the street said only one group came to her door, likely because we are in a new neighborhood and at the very end of a street instead of in the middle where the houses are more plentiful. Happy belated birthday to your sister! Thank you for the coffee!

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  3. Hi Conny,
    I feel for you with the long, sleepless nights doing uni work. I remember back to second year and doing psychology essays and I think I had 3 hours sleep in two days. Surprised I didn’t end up under a bus.
    For better or worse, I seem to run my life as a bit of a panster. This seems to be a recent development but I have come to appreciate that freedom. It also comes with having kids and their activities tend to take over and I don’t know where I’ll be. This has taken me behind just being their taxi driver to getting involved and I even took up the violin myself.
    I’m not doing Nano as it’s a really bad time of year for me. We’re heading into Summer and I don’t really want to be tied to the computer this time of year.
    I came across a good quote re planner or panster and posted it here. Thought you might like it. https://beyondtheflow.wordpress.com/2015/11/02/nanowrimo-planners-or-pansters/
    Thanks for the coffee and I hope you have a great week xx Rowena

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