Sunday Feature: If We Were Having Coffee . . .

Unsplash by Justin Leibow
Unsplash by Justin Leibow

I’d tell you that it’s been an awfully busy week. Little Jedi started school this week, and so did I. We both started on Wednesday. After getting Little Jedi and Sam off to school and work, I made the drive to Hattiesburg. I met with my comps director, and my exam date is tentatively set for the first weekend in October. I met the new class, who seem all bright eyes and smiles and nerves. As is usual, I heart the tittering giggles when I said the word “bitch.” Half of my students were in a college class for their first time, and most of the others hadn’t been in many more than that. And the online classes started, too, with their inevitable hiccups on logging in and loading videos and information. And I managed to fall down, just outside my classroom, to slide and skin my knee so badly that it’s still skinned, but at least my students were all in the classroom and didn’t see it, so there’s that. I sneezed during the first lecture I was trying to record and had a laugh about it before re-recording my lecture. And Little Jedi’s school, instead of taking him to the after-school program (which he was signed up for and which is supposed to be their precedent for late pick-ups at any rate), brought him to the office to call me when I didn’t pick him up at school’s end. Despite my new number being on a trillion forms, they tried to use my old one, and poor Little Jedi got a bit freaked out by the whole experience. An honest mix-up on everyone’s part, but very confusing for poor Little Jedi, who knew he was supposed to stay after school and didn’t need to be terrified by all the office hoopla. And all of that was just Wednesday.

Thursday and Friday I didn’t have to make the commute to Hattiesburg, since I’m only teaching Monday/Wednesday now, but I had tons of work to do. I spent the days reading and working through things for my courses. And then yesterday just turned into a lost cause. I ignored phone calls and texts, turned on the Roku, and binged on the last half of the third season ofΒ Once Upon a Time that I’d missed. Mind you, I did do the teeniest bit of work, just the teeniest bit. The big bits were left for today.

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I’d tell you that last night I watchedΒ Only Lovers Left Alive and I’m still entranced. It was a bit longer than was strictly necessary, I think, but Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston were absolutely phenomenal. I’ll have more to say about that on a later day, I think.

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I’d tell you that I’m awfully ready for Halloween. In my doing-nothing-but-just-what-I-want time yesterday, I spent a lot of time on Pinterest looking at ideas for Halloween decorations and costumes. This year, for the first time in I don’t know how long, Halloween falls on a Friday that Little Jedi will visit his dad, so Sam and I are tentatively planning some grown up Halloween fun here in NOLA, where any day is a good day for costumes but Halloween and Mardi Gras rule them all.

I don’t go to bars all that often anymore (mostly because I don’t drink much anymore), and neither does Sam, but this seems like an exception to the rule. And, given when my comps will fall, it’s likely that I’ll either need to celebrate or commiserate right around Halloween, so either excuse sounds like a good reason to put on a costume and get lost in a sea of people pretending.

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And I’d ask what you want to talk about over coffee today. πŸ™‚

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  1. Well you and the little Jedi have been through the mill a tad but you have both survived! I hope it all get easier from here on in. Halloween? surely that is two months away…OMG it will be the C word next!!

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    1. haha…Yes indeed! And Halloween is 2 months away, but it’s a big deal here, like any holiday involving costumes, parties, and booze. New Orleans loves a party! Time to start thinking through costume ideas and assembling pieces. And oh, I can’t wait for Christmastime, either. πŸ˜€

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    1. Thank you! Things went much more smoothly yesterday, and so far today is off to a smooth start, so maybe we’re in a routine now. The knee is mostly better–just a small scrape left. πŸ™‚

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    1. I’m so glad you love it, and I’m so glad you found it…I’m loving looking through your blog, as I’m a highly sensitive person raising a highly sensitive boy. πŸ™‚

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      1. Really? Well I hope you’re enjoying our stories! There are some amazing groups you can also join if you’d like to hear other moms’ stories and worries as well as share yours. I’ve included links to my favorites at the end of my post titled “Just Last Year”. I’m so glad we met!

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        1. Me too! And I have been enjoying the stories, very much. I’ve only even recently heard of highly sensitive personalities, but I immediately recognized myself and my son in the explanations of what it’s like.

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  2. Wow, that’s a hella week. The Halloween thing sounds fabulous, and I had no idea you were actually videoing lectures.

    Almost done with these. You’re my next-to-last stop unless I have later comments when I go back to officially call it a day. This thing has been a blast. I definitely want to do more of them, but not too many. It’s been like A to Z in August, only without having to write a post every day and actually having time to comment properly. We’ve had two of our best days ever on my new blog, and on a weekend. We need to re-think our scheduling strategy (not now, obviously, but before January). I’ve had so many good weekend days this summer, I’m almost inclined to drop Thursdays in favor of Saturdays for one of the high-quality features) and cut the weekend photos back to Sundays only.

    I won’t use your red coffee image again. I was in a bind for coffee art. I actually have a new Getty stock image for future posts, but I couldn’t find it in my files when I was posting these and didn’t have time to look. here’s a thing, though. Zemanta gave me related content from other bloggers we’ve never heard of who use that image.

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    1. If other people have videoed lectures already, they’re bogarting them. I don’t think it’s quite enough just to put up some Powerpoints, especially for freshman comp, so I’m recording a 20-30 minute lecture each week for them.

      And I’m definitely ready for Halloween. It should be great fun to be in NOLA on a Halloween weekend, when it actually falls on the weekend. It’ll also be, at least it’s supposed to be, not long after comps, so it’ll be a welcome distraction.

      I’m not worried on the image—that’s an Unsplash photo that I use, and eventually I’m going to get some better coffee art, but for now that one works. πŸ™‚ Also yes re: weekends. I’ve been trying to tell you that for months now. πŸ˜›

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    1. Thank you, and thanks for stopping by! This is shaping up to be a better week thus far, so we’ll see. Last week honestly wasn’t too bad, it was just stressful—but c’est la vie!

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    1. Yeah, the first week can be a doozy for everyone involved. I love working on this calendar, but it does make the break-neck pace of the first few weeks difficult.

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  3. I love your ‘If we were having coffee’ posts. Having just written my first, I know they’re not easy to write–at least for me. It has to be personal but not too personal. I think you strike just the right balance. I certainly love them. Thank you for this one and hope things lighten up for you!

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    1. Thank you so much, Taylor Grace! I tend to just sit and let flow what flows, with a little idea of what topics I want to hit and that’s all. Very stream-of-consciousness. I think that’s what I like about the format so much.

      Things are lightening up a bit, but I’m afraid they’ll stay this busy until mid-October or so!

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