If We Were Having Coffee…..

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If we were having coffee, I’d tell you this blog just turned a year old! I’m glad WordPress reminds me of these things. I knew it was sometime around now.

If we were having coffee, I’d want you to tell me all about your week. I hope it was a good one with lots accomplished and time for fun. I’m going to need to take a few sips of coffee to warm up my voice before I attempt to speak. Yesterday was the annual university conference where all the various vision research projects get presented. I had a poster to present on one of the studies I am working on. I got to show pictures of the retina and there was a 3D virtual environment involved in the testing procedure. It is definitely one of the cooler research projects I have presented. This is probably why the poster was drawing such big crowds. The talk I gave for the poster was only 5 minutes long, but I had to speak loudly so the crowd could hear me and I had to repeat it nonstop for almost two hours. Now, my voice is all crackly and keeps coming and going.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that despite the success of the poster and its award nomination, I’m still feeling rather low. I came home from the conference yesterday and just went straight to bed. I don’t know, maybe it is just exhaustion that is getting me down. When Hubby got home he brought in some mail for me. It was a package from my aunt. She sent some stuff that I had left at her place along with some new paint brushes and a new stencil. Very exciting! Check out the stencil..an eye diagram! Awesome! That cheered me up a bit.

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If we were having coffee, I’d probably tell you about a friend and a colleague of mine. I am really worried about them. The colleague was supposed to fly in next week to work on that grant proposal with us but he has had to cancel on account of his heart. He has a weak heart and went to the doc thinking he had the flu. It turns out his heart isn’t sounding good, so he has had to cancel the trip and do a full workup. He is not the only one with concerning health problems though. Hubby and I had dinner with our friend Lynne last night. She is scheduled to have her surgery to have her liver metastasis removed in a week and a half. Her latest CT scan shows a new tumor. We are hoping it popped up on the portion they were going to remove anyway.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you my art class is tomorrow morning. I’m a little nervous. I hope it isn’t too clique-y. I’m also still doing the 30 Day Colouring Challenge from The Daily Marker. There is about a week left. I have been enjoying it. Here is a collection of this week’s stuff. Two of them are from colouring books. The rest I drew myself. I even used regular old crayons this week. It was fun to revisit childhood with a box of nice, sharp, new Crayolas.

If we were having coffee, I’d wish you a good weekend! Hope to see you for coffee next week!

This conversation coffee post is part of a weekly link-up hosted by Part-Time Monster

24 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. trentpmcd
    Mar 28, 2015 @ 11:38:52

    Except for your friends’ and colleagues’ health issues sounds like you had a pretty good week. Sip more coffee and rest your voice ; ) I like the drawings, as always.


  2. Carrie Lynn
    Mar 28, 2015 @ 12:32:03

    i hope you have a good weekend too. take enough vitamins and rest your voice. sending lots of positive vibes for both of your friends. they are still alive and you still get the time to enjoy their companies….that alone is such a great blessing. i lost three people i know this week, life is too short. enjoy being with your friends.


    • somberscribbler
      Mar 28, 2015 @ 13:36:36

      Three in one week is a lot. I am so sorry! How are you holding up?


      • Carrie Lynn
        Mar 29, 2015 @ 02:48:03

        Thank you for thinking of me. I only cried yesterday over coffee with Hubby. The only thing I could think of is to continue with my life with more purpose and cherish every moment. Life is really too short, we cannot do anything when our creator calls for us. Thank you for being such a supportive friend!

  3. Diana
    Mar 28, 2015 @ 12:42:46

    The art is beautiful—and so is that stencil you got in the mail!

    Sorry you were feeling a bit low. And odd how sometimes it hits like that, just when we’ve just done something great (like your presentation). It happens to me, too. It’s probably just how draining that stuff can be. Hope you’re feeling a bit better!


  4. Deb
    Mar 28, 2015 @ 12:51:11

    Thanks for the coffee! I enjoyed hearing about your week, and I totally understand your need to crawl into bed after your presentation. Sometimes just the let down after a big event is bigger than the event itself. Your drawings are always enjoyable! I wish I knew where you find the time to do them AND all the other things you do! 🙂


    Mar 28, 2015 @ 14:21:48

    I so enjoyed my coffee. My week was fabulous. Even though I woke up a little stiff in the joints (cannot be age, lol), I kepta smile on my face and laughter in my heart. I accomplished much and thankful to be able to do the volunteering I do. Got package for happy mail ready to go out Monday. Hope everyones weekend is fantastic!


  6. Norm 2.0
    Mar 28, 2015 @ 15:20:28

    Congrats on the blogaversary 🙂
    Sorry to hear the bad news about your friend and colleague.


  7. Chris
    Mar 28, 2015 @ 22:32:27

    If we were having coffee…I’d suggest you have some tea instead, to soothe your throat ;-P

    Your drawings look great! I’m terrible at anything art-related. Hope your art class is enjoyable, rewarding, and not “clique-y”. That’s quite sad about your friend and your colleague, I hope that they are okay.

    I found your blog from the A to Z signup sheet. I’m not participating this year but I’m going to visit & comment. Look forward to reading more of your posts!


  8. C J Alan
    Mar 29, 2015 @ 11:08:30

    Nice drawings and good luck with your class.
    Thanks for the coffee.


  9. NotAPunkRocker
    Mar 29, 2015 @ 13:54:24

    New crayons are awesome every time!

    That’s great to hear about the poster, but I am sorry it wore you out physically and mentally.

    Happy bloggity anniversary!


  10. Serins
    Mar 30, 2015 @ 04:16:09

    You art is beautiful. Life sometimes throws us a rough patch. I wish all your friends a speedy recovery.

    If we were having coffee I’d tell you that my blog also hit the one year mark last week. 🙂


  11. Tizzy Brown
    Mar 30, 2015 @ 13:19:52

    Happy blogversary! And well done for giving that talk-it must take a lot of guts to stand up and speak in front of people. It was nice of your Aunt to buy you those supplies. Sorry to hear about your friends’ health worries. It’s never easy when things are out of control as it feels like you can’t help, but believe me you will help them just by caring and being there for them. Fingers crossed things will turn out okay. Your artwork is lovely as always.


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