If we were having coffee (17/11/2018)

Hello there! Come on in! 

How about a nice hot cup of tea? Or some hot chocolate? Or some water? Do you want to join us for our late lunch? Or do you just want to have some fruit (kakis, pomegranates)? 

Don’t look at me like that! I know, I have been a bad coffee sharer lately, I didn’t have the time or energy to visit many blogs the last time I participated. And for some time now my 30 to 31 challenge has been a bit dormant. But what can I say? Life gets in the way (kids, work…). 

I hope that you don’t mind me coughing. 

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I have been quite sick for 3 weeks now. My sense of smell came back 3 or 4 days ago, it’s super strange not to smell anything for quite some time. You’ll probably be a bit worried by now. I went to the doctors on Monday, the wait was very long as I have to book my appointment online. Turns out I have bronchitis, I am now on antibiotics so I shouldn’t be all that contagious anymore.

If we were having coffee, I’d look up from my cup of tea and tell you that I’ve had a bike accident. I am ok. Just a few bruises, but it’s been quite a shock. On Wednesday on the way to one of my lessons on a very quiet street (as I try to pick the safest roads) on the middle of a crossing I was hit from behind by a taxi. I had one foot on the ground as I was waiting for two cars coming from the right to continue. Suddenly my bike jumped up beneath me and I was on the ground, I managed to keep my head up. I was quite shaken. What disturbs me the most is that I heard nothing as the taxi was a very silent electric or hybrid car.

If we were having coffee, we’d probably chat a bit more about road safety, and cold but I would try to move the conversation into a more joyous mode. 

If we were having coffee, Id ask you following question: Are you celebrating Thanksgiving in the coming week? We are and I don’t think that I’ll be posting much here, but my Instagram (stories) will be full of food pictures. I lived in Pennsylvania for 3 years and we took the tradition with us to Europe. Now, since 2004 it has been a great way for my family to get together once a year without having to worry about presents, or having to chose who to celebrate with this year (no one celebrates Thanksgiving so the risk of having to choose between parents and inlaws doesn’t really exist). I am really looking forward to it, we’ll be so many people and my best friend will be introducing her baby (I met her twice so far) to my cousins, grandpa, my aunts and uncles. I guess the fact that my dad was making Panforte di Sienna this morning when we visited, helps. 

Now, if we were having coffee, I’d incite you to go for a nice walk. Today, the weather is definitely beautiful! I’d also tell you to go and read a few other coffee posts (the “host” post can be found here). The bloggers participating come from all walks of life and all corners of the planet (waving to Rowena who participates from Australia). 

Oh, and can I interest you in being part of this year’s advent calendar? As I have been sick and busy I haven’t had the time to do a lot of promotion. And maybe I did put my post up a bit to early. 

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If we were having coffee (on the 20th of October 2018)

If we were having coffee today, then I would tell you that it has been forever since I last did a coffee share post. I don’t know how long it has been, but let’s not dwell on that. You can find all old coffee share posts in the category Weekend Coffee Share and all new ones (erm future ones as this is the first one) in the category If we were having Coffee.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you how happy I am to have you join me today. I’d tell you that I still don’t drink coffee and that we will thus be having tea or water, or that we can have a coffee in a nearby café (but I am frugal…). As the weather is nice (global warming alert) we can find a nice place outside, and if it’s cold there are often blankets and heaters to keep us warm.

If we were having coffee or some other beverage, then I’d ask you how you are. So, how are you doing? I hope that you are happy, that you and your loved ones are in good health, that you have a good life balance. What are your projects, aspirations? What have you been up to lately (if you also do coffee shares then I’ll try to find some time to join you and read up)?

I suppose that you’ll have a lot of questions for me, especially seen my absence from coffee shares and blogging in general. I love blogging, the creativity and exchanges that come with it are so great, but sometimes a break just happens. After my birthday I decided to take things into hand and I am now posting once a week for my 30 to 31 challenge. This week, I suddenly found the time, energy and inspiration to write. That was on Monday. On Monday, I was home alone, I didn’t have to work and spending some time with myself just for myself seems to have rebalanced my energies.

I posted something in German. I know that most of my regular readers don’t really read in German, but I am a German teacher and my blog is also a way for students to find me (they actually do). Lately, many of my students have been asking for audio and video material to use in their own time. I am blessed that I currently have motivated students (that isn’t always the case). As I don’t want to post a simple list, I figured to start a series on my blog where I share some useful resources.  Continue reading “If we were having coffee (on the 20th of October 2018)”