If We Were Having Coffee…..

If we were having coffee it would be at Tim Hortons this week. It has been a while and I am in the mood for something Canadian (even though Timmies is now American-owned). Have you been to Tim Hortons before? I’m pretty sure every Canadian has and maybe some Americans. There is one in Times Square NYC after all! I even stumbled across one that was part of a corner store in Ireland. I’m sure that’s a rare occurrence! I’d have a black coffee and a couple Timbits. I’m sure you’d probably have something fancier….a latte and a red velvet muffin perhaps? Someone told me no profit is made from Timbits, so they are actually getting rid of the iconic treat! Have you heard that? Is it true? It’s a little sad if it is.


If we were having coffee, I’d ask how you were feeling, what was new and how you were handling the cold. This week has been very chilly and icy! I’m thankful for four-wheel drive.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you I’ve been on edge this week. I’m not over the edge yet, so that’s good. I sorted out the corrections for the manuscript I mentioned last week. It’s going to be a bit of a grunt, but not nearly as bad as I thought. I went in to work on Wednesday to have a meeting about it and it went better than anticipated. I was expecting to be ambushed about the manuscript, my hours, my workload, sick leave and my mental health status, but I wasn’t. It seems everyone is too busy dealing with other, more pressing dramas to worry about me. It is unfortunate for them, but I am relieved.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you I saw my psychiatrist for the first time this year. It went well, I didn’t cry. 🙂 I had to explain what art journaling was to him. He liked the idea of it and thought it would help me a lot, especially the 2015 Art Project. He told me to keep up with these art journaling workshops until the local clinic can get me into group Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and one-on-one counseling.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that last night, Hubby went for an information session for teaching in the Canadian North. High school enrollment is dropping next year and it is likely that there wont be enough students for Hubby to have a teaching position come September. In fact, there is supposed to be a surplus of teachers throughout all of Ontario and Quebec. This is why Hubby will be applying to school boards in Northern Quebec and the Canadian Territories. This is kind of a scary prospect, but there is no sense in worrying now. We wont know what the real situation is until the spring.

If we were having coffee, I’d let you know about 1000 Voices Speak for Compassion. This growing group was formed in response to the tragic events that have been unfolding in the news lately. The group is made up of bloggers from all over the world who, on February 20th, will speak out against cruelty, violence and selfishness by posting about the value of compassion. I encourage you to join in. You can write a post about what compassion means to you or tell a story about how compassion has touched your life. It could even be a quote or a photo depicting the value of compassion and kindness. To learn more, visit the Facebook group or check out #1000speak on Twitter.

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That pretty much sums up the highlight reel for this week. I hope you’ve enjoyed our coffee time! 🙂 Until next week!

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

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.

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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!)

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