If We Were Having Coffee…..

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you the first week of the new year was a decent one, for me at least. It’s nice to not have to start off by hitting the ground running for a change. I wish this week was as smooth for the rest of the world. Here is hoping week two of 2015 is more peaceful on the international level.

If we were having coffee, it would probably be out of cardboard cups at a coffee shop and you wouldn’t get to see my awesome Jack Skellington mug in person. Good thing I took a picture with my phone! Adding my favourite geek characters into my day makes it more enjoyable!

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My Jack mug!!

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that my manuscript was finally accepted for publication! That sounds like good news and it is always good to add another first authorship to my CV, but it is also a big headache. The peer-reviewers want me to make some significant changes before they publish. This is the norm and wouldn’t be such a big deal if it were a current study. It’s an older study though and not related to what I am working on right now. When I wrote the paper, I read all the associated literature and knew our data inside out. I submitted the paper and went on to other things (sick leave and our current studies). Now, I am in a completely different head space! I’m going to have to change gears and re-read all the literature as well as go over all the data again before I can even attempt to make the changes they are asking of me. Ugh. I suppose I should just put my head down and keep my eye on the prize. First authorship. First authorship!

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that it’s wedding season over here again! The reason I say “again” is because I still feel like mine just ended. It was in June of 2013. My little sister got engaged Christmas Day and is planning her big day for this September! I’m thrilled to say she has asked me to be the Maid of Honour! It’s been about two weeks since the engagement and most of it is planned already! No, it’s not magic, lol. During my own wedding process, I hooked up my sister, a then photography student, with my wedding photographer. They worked together for over a year, so now my sister has so much wedding experience (and valuable connections to wedding vendors) that she knows exactly what she wants. We are all so thankful for this because she lives in Thunder Bay and wants to have the wedding here in Montreal. I imagine long distance wedding planning can be difficult!

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that Ewok (my cat) was in full-blown psycho kitty mode this morning. Thankfully, she has tuckered herself out and is now in her usual post-psycho position belly-up on the floor. She was darting all over the apartment with her ears flat against her head making those little tribble coo sounds. I keep telling her, being called “Ewok” she can’t go around making tribble noises. It’s not right. You can’t have a Star Wars cat making Star Trek sounds. She blatantly ignored me though.

ewok belly up

This pic is from a little while ago. She is looking a lot smaller now since we gave her a bit of a hair cut.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you I’ve signed up for a few online art workshops; Journal52, The 2015 Art Project and The Documented Life Project – The Journal. I’m a little nervous about sharing my work, but I think it’ll be fun to meet some new people and maybe grow as an artist.

What’s on your mind? What would you say if we were having coffee?

(This conversational coffee post is part of a weekend link-up hosted by Part-Time Monster. Join in the fun!)

17 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. mbarkersimpson
    Jan 10, 2015 @ 13:31:07

    I’d offer my congratulations on your first authorship, admire the photograph of your awesome mug, and hope that the nice gentle pace of your week continues. Have a great weekend šŸ™‚


  2. The Chaos Realm
    Jan 10, 2015 @ 13:32:02

    …love the mug…!


  3. NotAPunkRocker
    Jan 10, 2015 @ 13:55:38

    I want that mug!

    Congrats on the publication šŸ™‚

    Ewok is beyond cute!


    • somberscribbler
      Jan 10, 2015 @ 14:14:02


      The mug is epic! I was thrilled to get it for Xmas. I always go into the Disney Stores looking for Jack stuff, but they don’t seem to have any Nightmare stuff anymore šŸ˜¦


  4. Diana
    Jan 10, 2015 @ 14:34:00

    That mug! That kitty! That publication! Sounds like a pretty good week and a good day for coffee. šŸ™‚


  5. Conny Kaufmann
    Jan 10, 2015 @ 16:48:16

    What a lovely Weekend Coffee Share! Love your kitty’s name, that’s awesome! And congrats on the publication contract, although I do not envy you for the amount of work you have to put into it again now!

    See you next week!


    • somberscribbler
      Jan 10, 2015 @ 17:11:43

      Thanks šŸ™‚ As a fellow grad student, I’m sure you understand the pain that comes with editing manuscripts..eek! lol


      • Conny Kaufmann
        Jan 10, 2015 @ 17:14:08

        I’m doing an M.A., not a MSc, so we don’t usually got published that often. But from a journalist’s point of view you have my condolences! Nothing worse than a total rewrite at the 11th hour!

  6. trentpmcd
    Jan 10, 2015 @ 17:02:46

    I love the Jack Mug! When I post form Cape Cod I feature an Edward Gorey mug. Congrats on the publication. I hate to say it, but Ewok not only makes tribble noises but looks a little tribble- like.


    • somberscribbler
      Jan 10, 2015 @ 17:10:14


      Haha, you are right! She is definitely tribble-like at her fluffiest. The first time I saw her, she was standing on her hind legs batting a bigger cat away. I thought she looked just like a Ewok. I guess sci-fi fans will just have to get over it, she likes Star Wars and Star Trek!


  7. 20/20 Hines Sight
    Jan 10, 2015 @ 19:03:20

    Congrats on the publication. Love the Jack mug and have to agree with Trent, Ewok looks like a tribble. So adorable.


  8. Norm 2.0
    Jan 11, 2015 @ 11:50:12

    Great Mug and congrats on the manuscript publication šŸ™‚


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  10. Carrie Lynn
    Jan 12, 2015 @ 09:36:32

    If we were having coffee, I’d give you a warm hug and excitedly tell you that we are classmates at The 2015 Art Project and at DLP- The Journal!!!! Yipeeee! and would encourage you to share you art and help you swat that inner art critic of yours šŸ™‚ I use the same name in both groups, you can fb pm me with yours šŸ™‚


  11. Carrie Lynn
    Jan 12, 2015 @ 09:37:34

    and before i forget, congratulations of the publication, being maid of honor and i love your mug! and im scared of your kitty heehee


    • somberscribbler
      Jan 12, 2015 @ 10:41:02

      I am so very excited to meet a classmate! I’m a complete novice. I bought my first tube of gesso yesterday, eek! I’m using the same name in the FB groups as well, we’ll find each other!
      Thanks for the congrats šŸ™‚
      Scared of my kitty? hehe. You must not be a cat person? Ewok is more stuffed animal than cat really. She goes totally limp when you pick her up and is all “love me, love me!” lol


      • Carrie Lynn
        Jan 12, 2015 @ 11:16:51

        Will shoot you a pm at fb. Do check your “other” inbox just to be sure šŸ™‚ Furry friends scares me, I have asthma that’s why. Videos from you tube will greatly help your art journaling, they did mine šŸ™‚

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