If We Were Having Coffee // Summer is Over and I am Sad Now

Hello, hello, dear readers!

Thank you for stopping by for a little coffee and conversation. Please excuse my tired look and I apologize if I seem a little preoccupied. This weekend we’re celebrating my lovely lady’s 30th birthday, and I’m doing my best to make it a special one. We aren’t doing anything crazy, this weekend, but we’ve been shopping, staying up, drinking and eating good food, just the two of us.

We’ll be with her family this evening. We’re having dinner and drinks, and there’ll be gifts and desserts, of course.We’ll have a proper celebration with all of our friends as soon as we have some time to plan one.

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If we were having coffee, I would tell you that, for a short week, it felt like a really long week.  I had taken Monday and Tuesday off, which I enjoyed very much but going back in the middle of the week left me feeling out of the loop and I struggled to find my footing. When I am there, day after day, with all my coworkers, nothing seems to change. Sometimes I get the feeling that if I weren’t there, it wouldn’t matter at all.

I miss a couple of days, though, and when I get back everything seems changed, and everyone needed me for something.

They don’t know it yet but I’ll be taking another couple of days off at the end of this month. The school my route runs out of is off for a week then, and I figure I could stand to take a day or two off when they won’t really need me anyway. I love my job, but I want to take every opportunity I can to spend a few days here and there writing instead.

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If we were having coffee, I would tell that I finished reading The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath last week, and I realized at the end that I had read the book before! Somehow I forgot the whole first half, but there were parts of the end that are a bit graphic, and they stuck out in my memory. I can’t say I particularly liked the book. It isn’t bad, and I do understand that it had a few things to say about women and mental health, but it just didn’t feel exciting.

Now I am reading All My Sons by Arthur Miller. It’s one of the books I won in the Macrolit giveaway last month. It’s a play. I’ve never read a play before, I mean they tried to make me in school, but it’s so hard for me to comprehend what is happening when they are describing it on a stage. I didn’t think I would like this at all.

I stuck with it, though, and eventually, my brain got the hang of how it’s written, and I kinda like it now. I’m almost done, and I’m thinking about trying another drama out soon. I also want to pick up a good collection of poems, but I haven’t settled on a poet to start out with yet.

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If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I am very sad to see summer go. It seems like each summer is a little shorter than the last. I consider that to be one of life’s great tragedies.

My mood takes a sharp downward turn about this time of year. I starting seeing some yellow leaves here and there, the night’s get colder and colder, and deep down in my soul, I feel winter marching, unstoppable, toward us. A lot of people like fall, I see it as a sign of the awful season to come.

It doesn’t help that here in Colorado fall doesn’t seem to last very log at all. We move almost immediately from warm summer to very cold and very long winter. Ugh, winter. I hate being cold, I hate the snow, I hate how drab and dead everything looks too. Winter is so damn depressing!

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If we were having coffee, I would apologize for being a Debbie Downer. I am looking forward to one thing, my favorite holiday of them all Halloween! I can’t wait to watch scary movies, attend costume parties, and eat all the candy corn I can get my hands on.

We haven’t settled on our couples costume yet, but I’ll start scouring Pinterest for inspiration soon. Last year we went as Seymour and Audrey from Little Shop of Horrors and the year before we were a lion and lion tamer, and we’ve been Alice and the White Rabbit too. I would like to go as Red Riding Hood and the Wolf, something like this but with more wolf fur on the wolf.

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If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I had better get going. There is so much to do around the house, and I have a piece of writing I’m trying to submit to Femsplain, which has to be done by tomorrow.

Thanks again for stopping by, though, I really do enjoy these chats. I’d love if you dropped a note in the comments letting me know how you are and what you’ve been up to.

Oh, and have a fun and safe Labor Day celebration tomorrow!

Until next time :)

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Hello! My name is Lisa. I find the human condition fascinating and I often write stuff about that. I blog at zenandpi.com but you can also find me on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram, and if you like what I do, consider signing up for my newsletter. Thanks :)

7 thoughts on “If We Were Having Coffee // Summer is Over and I am Sad Now”

  1. Oh Lisa, I feel the same way about winter, and can relate to being in the snowy mountains.
    Love the costume ideas. We do a family theme. Last year, the boys were the presidents from Mount Rushmore. I was Betsy Ross. This year, it’s Greek Gods. As soon as I’m done painting rooms, I’m going to have to start sewing for the 6 of us. I want to be Athena. This week, I painted my hallway and the rest of the living room daffodil yellow. It’s already made me feel better about winter coming. My marathon is less than a month away. I’ve been trying to mentally and physically prepare for it.

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  2. Taking time off is absolutely necessary to break up the monotony of life. Good for you planning to take more days. I took the whole week off to spend it with my children. We went crabbing, to an amusement, and an animal park. It was a great week! I hope you all have a great time staying up, drinking and eating food. That’s sounds like my kind of night! I need to start reading again….life gets in the way! Perhaps now that my children are going to bed on time I’ll do that in my me time.

    I enjoyed having coffee with you! Have a wonderful Labor Day and week ahead!

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  3. Excellent costume ideas. Halloween is my partner’s favorite holiday too, and since I’m dating an archaeologist I think we should be Indiana Jones and… someone. I can’t think of a good pair for that one. Not an easily recognizable one anyway.

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  4. Happy (belated) Birthday to your Lovely Lady!

    I am feeling a bit of a work slupm…not because I don’t like my job, just because it’s still new (3 1/2 months in) and I’m exhausted with all the learning and the ever-growing to-do list. I’m curious, what *do you do?

    I’m also sad to see summer go. The season is shifting quickly and I’m not quite ready yet…though I *am looking forward to cozy days curled up on the couch with some hot tea and some crochet instead of pulling weeds and wrangling fruits, veggies, and animals ;-)

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