If We Were Having Coffee…..

If we were having coffee, I’d ask you how you felt about cats. There are two different Cat Cafes in Montreal. I haven’t been to either and I’d really like to go. Of course, none of the cafe cats could ever be a cute as my Ewok, but I think it would be a fun experience and it’s something I could check off my life list. We would go to Cafe Chat L’Heureux. It looks like this cafe lets you hold the cats, the other one doesn’t. I’d get a coffee with one of their lemon raspberry marshmallow kitty paws. What are you in the mood for this week? A cat-pucchio perhaps? Haha! I’m not kidding, that’s on the menu!

marshmallow cat paw

Here is my order! Coffee and marshmallow cat paw. This is a picture from their menu.

If we were having coffee, I’d ask you how you were and how your week went….after I finished gawking at the cute furry beasts. Sorry! I swear, you’ve got my full attention now!

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that my week went by pretty fast. I did get some bad news from my friend Lynne though. She was diagnosed with colorectal cancer last spring. By the time they found it, it was a stage IV liver metastasis. She has been on chemo all this time and handled it really well. She kept her strength and only felt sick when she was actually plugged in to the drug. The tumor in her colon is pretty much gone and the one in her liver has shrunk significantly. The next step is surgery. This is the bad news. They have to take out 70% of her liver. Removing this much means it will not regenerate and if the cancer returns, they can’t remove anymore. The surgery is also risky (8% mortality) because the excision site is right by the portal vein. If she makes it through the surgery there is a high chance of liver failure afterwards. When she asked about the colorectal surgery she also needs, they told her to forget about it. They wanted to get though the liver first. It’s really not sounding good. Lynne is a quiet and kind person. She looks after animals for a living. She doesn’t deserve this.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you I spent the first half of the week tied in knots and completely dreading going to work on Wednesday. I had a list of patients from a previous study (a few years ago) that I could use for my study. I had to go to their retina clinic and find out who was dead and who was still alive. A rather morbid task, but this is something you have to do when you work with a geriatric population. I was dreading this because I knew a rather nasty ophthalmologist was going to be on duty and he always sneers at my genetics research. Also, the last time I tried to do this, the clinic staff was just annoyed with my presence and refused to show me how to use the computer system. I anticipated the same thing this time. To my surprise, it wasn’t like that at all (probably because my supervisor came with me). Dr. Nasty didn’t say anything about my research and the clinic staff were very helpful. I got into the computer system and determined about half of my list had future appointments booked. There may be hope for my research yet.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you I am still loving the art journaling. I had brunch with a friend last weekend and we went to a scrapbook store afterwards. I bought some new stencils to try, some metallic watercolour pencil crayons, a waterproof pen and a cute little cupcake stamp. I love cupcakes. I’m hoping to have a chance to play with my new goodies later today. I’m also going to participate in “Happy Mail” with one of my art journal groups. Happy Mail is basically a trade of scraps of unique paper, stamps, stickers, charms or anything else you can journal with between artists via snail mail. Different things are available in different parts of the world. It’ll be fun to see what I can get and make some other people happy.

2015-01-23 10.59.21If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that Thursday was really zen. After getting over the shock of Lynne’s news and my work anxieties, I was able to relax a little. I spent the day at home with Ewok and got caught up on research articles and blog stuff. Ewok was really sweet. She sat with me all day drifting in and out of nap land. She got up only a few times to play, snack or drink. We have a water fountain for her to drink out of. When she was just a little thing, she was always desperate to get to the tap whenever we turned it on. So we thought getting her a tap-like water fountain would be a good idea. She’s a little weirdo with it though! Before she drinks from it, she swipes her slipper paw through the stream of water. It’s like she is testing the temperature or something. Even weirder, she sticks her head right under the falling stream of water! I thought cats weren’t supposed to like getting wet. Ewok hated the two times she got a bath, but she gets her head soaking wet! I often pick her up and kiss her on the head between her ears. Sometimes when I do this, it’s like kissing a puddle. Silly kitty.

2015-01-23 10.57.20If we were having coffee, I’d thank you for joining me and tell you I think it’s time we go. There is so much to do on a weekend. I’d probably grab a souvenir to take home to little Ewok and we would bid adieu to our new feline friends as we head out.

2014-09-04 09.25.35(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.

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!)

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