If We Were Having Coffee // Hello Spring!

Hello dear readers and thank you again for stopping by for a chat and a cup of fresh, hot coffee. It is the first day of Spring here in the Northern Hemisphere and I hope that wherever you are you can feel it in the air.

Here in colorful Colorado, we are looking at highs in the 50s for today but the week is going to be a bit of a rollercoaster they say. We’ll have temps in the 70s for a couple of days and then possibly some snow. That is how Spring is for us, one minute warm and beautiful, the next wet heavy snows that clog up the commute and melt by the next morning.

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If we were having coffee I would tell you that I am feeling my age and slowly recovering from a night out with friends. The other queer couple I mentioned last week invited us out to see a play one of them was staring in. It was a hilarious story titled An Evening with Mr. Johnson, in which a man argues with his penis (played by another actor) about the life choices that have been made by the appendage and have had detrimental effects on the man’s love life. It was really good!

Afterward, there were drinks and we all got a little carried away. That means this morning I feel tired and I am thanking my lucky stars the headache and the queasy stomach are already feeling better. The coffee is helping!

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If we were having coffee I would tell you that this week was a busy one and this next week will be too. They have been hiring more and more people trying to address the driver shortage which means I have to train more and more. I was able to get overtime out of it and I expect I will again by Friday, which will help make up for the money I won’t be making when I choose to take the entirety of Spring Break off.

I am going to try to set up a to-do list and a schedule for that week so that I do not get distracted. The goal is to go through my notes and set up themes and pull together ideas for my Zine. I have post-its, pocket notebooks, and legal pads of notes to sift through and I imagine 90% of it will be useless but maybe I can, at least, narrow the focus and get an idea of the direction I want to head.

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If we were having coffee I would tell you that am very disappointed to have fallen behind on my reading goals this month. It happened for many reasons, the chief of which is that I have just been very busy. I am working more, trying to keep up with my posts here, and making better efforts to be more sociable online, not to mention learning a bit of a math, coding, and Spanish every day. Reading had to be put on the back burner for awhile but I am hoping to find a good half hour in another part of the day to get it done again.

The second reason I have slowed down is because I do not like the current book I am reading. Mary Shelley’s classic, Frankenstein, has proven to be one of my least favorite books ever and I am only just over halfway through. I honestly don’t understand the appeal at all. It is just pages and pages of a privileged man whining about something that turned out to be entirely his own fault.I am reading the monster’s account now and it is only slightly better

Some people say you should not finish books that you do not like and part of me really wants to heed that advice but the other half says that this is a classic and it must be so for a reason so I have to finish it and gain what knowledge I can from the damned thing.

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If we were having coffee I would tell you that staying a non-smoker this week was very hard. Now that the weather is nicer and I am hanging out with friends again I miss the outdoor conversations that were made easier with alcohol and cigarettes. The two go together so well and I am almost sad to have one and not the other.

Cigarettes meant finding new friends and bonding wherever you were. Cigarettes meant not being left behind when other smokers take their breaks. Cigarettes also meant not feeling bad that your friends either have to apologize for leaving you behind, or suffer the beginnings of withdrawal to stay with you because you cannot trust yourself to be out there without asking for just one drag, and then another, and another, until you’ve smoked one and might as well buy a pack…

Today I am 116 days smoke-free.

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If we were having coffee I would tell you that I hate to rush off but I want to get out of doors and enjoy a little sunshine while I can. I really hope you had a wonderful week and I hope you will tell me all about it in the comments. So go, witness the beginning of spring and enjoy the rest of the weekend while you can, Monday starts very soon.

See you next week :)

One of the air plants I bought last week, I've never seen one shaped like this before. Pretty cool :)

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20 thoughts on “If We Were Having Coffee // Hello Spring!”

  1. Aw, I’m sorry to hear that you don’t like Frankenstein! It’s funny how some books just do not have the appeal we thought they would.

    Congrats on being smoke free so long! I’ve got about a year and half under my belt at this point. Some days it’s still difficult, but in general I don’t even think about it anymore.

    That play sounds irreverent and hilarious–I’ll have to look it up!

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    1. Wow! A year and a half! That is really good. I think about it less than when I first quit but the emotional aspect is hard to get over. Now I have to face life’s difficulties without the comfort of nicotine *sigh*

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    1. I cannot do audio books at all! For some weird reason I can’t retain any information that is spoken to me. If forced to I have to write things down as another person talks, or else it goes right back out of my head.

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  2. Awwww, that play definitely sounds like a good laugh, need to check it out! And I’m sorry your not enjoying Frankenstein. I haven’t read it yet myself, but I have a copy of it on my bookshelf waiting to be read. Congrats you’ve been smoke free for so long. I’ve heard it’s hard to quit so I’m happy that you’ve resisted temptation for so long. Hopefully as you continue it’ll be easier. I feel like Spring has really kicked off here, pollen coming with it. So I’m just hoping for some rain to clear it all away.

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    1. I’ll keep up with Frankenstein for now but if you do read it let me know what you think of it, please. The not smoking thing will get easier I am sure, it is immensely better than it was when I first quit. Missing it now is purely an emotional attachment.

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  3. I try to finish a book once I start but I don’t always achieve the goal. Congratulations on the smoke free days. That must be incredibly hard.

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  4. Air plants fascinate me. The one you show is unusual. I am findi g orchids a good. Bloom for over 30 days and the foliage make a nice green plant when not in bloom. Congratulations on staying with you no cigarettes for 116 days that is not easy to do with peer pressure around you.

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  5. Keep up the great work with those fresh lungs. Maybe you could start biking this spring and really test them out. I like the audio book idea or setting it aside and starting a different book. Have a fantastic spring break.

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  6. I like this idea! That play sounds hilarious and sounds like you enjoyed it ;) although i hope you do feel better! If it makes you feel better about the reading, i had a new years resolution last year to read a book a month…. I read 1 book. This year i started a book and have not finished it yet. It is what it is- lol! Hoping to read more this summer when i lay by the lake very often :)

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