If We Were Having Coffee – I’m Having a Pretty Good Summer So Far

If we were having coffee I would tell you that I am loving my summer so far. Despite the intense heat, my allergies, and the crazy amount of mosquito bites I’ve gotten, this is definitely my favorite season of the year. This past week in particular was both a really, really good one, but also a bit of a bad one too.

If we were having coffee I would tell you that the bad was mainly because of my job. My boss has decided that some of us should rotate working at other locations and this past week was my turn. I absolutely hated it. The main problem was there wasn’t really any work for me to do there. This doesn’t sound bad except I wasn’t allowed to work on personal projects either, including this blog. That means I was very, very bored for much of the time.

Of course I did sneak some writing in and worked on organizing my drafts and outlining more posts. I also got through a bunch of articles I had saved for tips, inspiration, and ideas. I still have a bunch more to get through but it was progress. I also set up Evernote to try to organize my thoughts better and downloaded the a new to-do app to remind myself of what writing needs to be done when.

If we were having coffee I would tell you that this upcoming year at work is going to be one where I focus more on me and my time then on work. I have already told my boss I am going to stop doing extra duties and I am going to work less hours. Thankfully, he is understanding.

I am working on getting a plan together before summer is over so that I can start making some money on the side and maybe, possible, hopefully, one day leave my day job. I want write a little book of essays, and maybe a book of advice for girls (inspired by my little sister), and start up my own Zine. I also have an idea for a cute, little web comic I’d like to put together.

If we were having coffee I would tell you that the other reason this past week was a bit bad is because my swamp cooler is still out of commission. Every day my house feels like the inside of an oven. We are getting through it the best we can by using fans and blocking out our windows but there is only so much we can do. The heat gets in eventually and sits in the house until about 6 or 7 o’ clock at night when the cooler breeze begins to come in.

Luckily I found a place online that sells replacement parts for the model of swamp cooler I have and they arrived just this weekend. Now I just have to fix the damn thing and we should be good for the rest of the summer. I just hope it really will be as easy as I think it will, but if I’ve learned anything at all since owning a home it’s that no repair ever goes as fast or as easily as you think it will.

If we were having coffee I would tell you that this was also a really good week too. My girlfriend was off from work again and did a lot of work on the front yard. There is still a lot to do but she has made more progress than I ever could have and I am so proud of her. We will continue to work on it in the evenings this week and hopefully soon I will have a brand new, beautiful yard.

And we will be one step closer to being able to finally sell, or rent out, this place.

We have decided that as exciting as owning a single family home is, it is too much work and this is too much space. We want to find us a cute town home or condo instead. Something smaller that requires less work on our part and something in a better part of town would be really nice.

If we were having coffee I would tell you that we have also gotten to go out and let loose with our amazing friends more. One thing I love about this city is the summertime night life. The evenings are cool but still warm enough to be outside without a jacket. Every Friday and Saturday night here there is an exodus from the outer suburbs into the heart of Denver city where the bars line the streets and you can walk from one to another.

You meet new people every weekend and everyone is so friendly. It feels like the whole city is enjoying on big party together. There are rarely any big fights or problems, we all love our city and we all just want to have a good time.

Our friends have just been amazing. They’ve us new places and opened their homes to us. We have gotten to know them all well and it finally feels like I am among those lucky people who can say I have my own group of friends. People who enjoy my company and look forward to having me around. They have also offered to help us with house work, weeding planning, and just about anything else we need.

We are truly grateful to have them.

If we were having coffee I would tell you that I am very much hoping this coming week will be even better than the last. I’ll be back working at my usual location with all my friends. Plus we have my nephews birthday to look forward to on the 4th of July as well as the fireworks. I’m going to try to get some time by a pool in too. Then spending more time enjoying good drinks and good friends downtown.

If we were having coffee I would tell you that I am feeling good and I hope you are too. I hope your summer so far has been a good one and I hope it continues to be. I would tell you that, as always, I appreciate you stopping by, I enjoy our little coffee chats very much.

Until next time :)

Original image by Suzette – http://www.suzette.nu from Arnhem, Netherlands (Cologne/Keulen Summer ’09) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons


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