If We Were Having Coffee // Saying Hello, Saying Goodbye, Saying Happy 4th of July

Hello dear reader! Thank you for stopping by to chat with me. I know I had to keep our visit short last week, but now that I am back home and enjoying the long weekend I have more time to spend with you.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that lately, I have been drinking way too much coffee, thanks to this cold brew recipe, and if you didn’t mind, I might switch it up and have a nice big cup of matcha and soy milk, with a bit of coconut oil added. It’s not for everyone so I understand if you will be sticking with the brew.

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If we were having coffee, I would tell you that our little vacation was a big success! We didn’t go very far, just a few hours out-of-town to Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Even so, we didn’t care; we were just happy to be away from work and spend time just the two of us, in our own little bubble, without worry or care.

We swam in the hot springs, not as much as we wanted to, though. We went on a two-hour horseback riding trip, which left us very sore the next day. We ate some delicious food at a few cute little restaurants and drank more than we should have too. And we enjoyed the big hotel bed and the strange historical decor. All in all, it was a wonderful trip, and I can’t wait to get away again, which actually might be as soon as this coming weekend.

For the past three summers we have gone up to Winter Park with a few friends for a night or three but this time, we might want to bring our pup, Lola. We’re a little worried she’s not going to like it. She’s skittish and not very good off leash, but I figure the only way for her to learn is for us all to try. Wish us luck.

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If we were having coffee, I would tell you that those other more important things are my sister, her husband, and their kids, my amazing niece and nephew, are finally leaving to live in Texas this coming weekend. I can’t tell you how sad I am about it.

Like anytime bad things happen that I can’t do anything about, my feelings are sort of shutting down. I know somewhere inside I am devastated. I know after they are gone, maybe a day later, maybe a month, it will hit me, and I will have a good cry about it. For now, I am just sad, bummed, disappointed.

Part of me still hopes it won’t happen I guess.

We’ll be seeing them tomorrow since my nephew’s birthday is on the 4th of July—And he hates fireworks, can you believe it?—then we’ll see them again on Wednesday for an advance screening of The Secret Life of Pets I got tickets to, and then again Thursday evening to say goodbye.

If we were having coffee I would move on; I don’t want to ruin our chat by bringing the mood down. We’ll talk more about it next week.

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If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I have been trying to get back to spending more time doing analog things rather than digital things. Lately, if it’s not something I can do on my phone or my laptop, I haven’t been doing it. I haven’t been reading, I haven’t been journaling, I haven’t been drawing, I haven’t been doing anything with my hands. I am very disappointed in myself.

I have resolved to start taking notes and writing down ideas by hand—which was easy since Evernote, my old app of choice for note taking has added new restrictions for the free version, ugh—and to start scheduling my reading time for my lunch break and just before bed. As for drawing, that will have to be a month-long project rather than a daily since I just can’t try to change too much at once.

I also want to make more blackout poems and start writing and editing on paper before typing. I want my brain to retain the ability to focus on detail and to be bored for long periods of time. They say that is where new ideas happen.

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If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I just realize what time it is and since I still need to get my nephew a birthday present I had better get going. First stop, the God awful Disney store. I hope my nephew knows I love him very much, enough to go into that chaotic and overpriced hell to get him something Finding Dory themed. *sigh*

I do hope you had a good week and before you go I’d love it if you stopped by the comments section and caught me up on everything you’ve been up to. If you wrote your own chatty coffee post, I’d like to know that too. Leave a link and I’ll check it out.

Have a safe and happy 4th of July for my fellow American readers, everyone else, enjoy what is left of the weekend, Monday is only a few short hours away.

Until next time :)

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3 thoughts on “If We Were Having Coffee // Saying Hello, Saying Goodbye, Saying Happy 4th of July”

  1. I am trying the cold brew coffee method this week! I was curious what that green foamy stuff was in your cup LOL. I always enjoy your coffee chats – you’re such a talented writer and I really do feel like we’re old friends having coffee and catching up. Sorry to hear about your sister and her family moving away to Texas. I hope you enjoy your family on this 4th of July holiday! Cheers!

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    1. Oh thank you for the kind words. These coffee shares are my favorite posts to write so I try a little harder with them lol That wasn’t a picture of my cup lol but mine did look similar. It’s matcha, or ground green leaves, supposed to be super healthy and contains caffeine as well. I drink it most days and usually have coffee on Sundays but since I discovered how easy it was to make cold brew things have flipped. Thanks for stopping by :)

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  2. Personally, I’ve started the transition from coffee to tea, perhaps unnecessary, in preparation of our upcoming move to China.

    Glad the vacation was as rejuvenating as you hoped! Our summer vacation is over, and now come all the little trips to take care of moving business and say goodbyes. I’m sure your sister’s family is doing much of the same.

    I had my husband switch our Netflix account to get only DVDs from his queue for a while, so that I can do more reading. Of course, that only works if I turn the TV completely off! Good luck with your transition!
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