I’ve been struggling with blogging lately, and in fact wrote two blog posts that I decided to scrap before I settled on using this “coffee date” format for today’s post. I loved this format the last time ’round, and I’m excited to use it again!
If we were on a coffee date, I’d order something that wasn’t coffee. Probably a chai or a tea latte. I know, I know! But I’ve never been a coffee drinker, and am not sure if I’ll ever become one. Not only do I not like the taste, but it makes me SO sleepy. Even mochas have that effect on me. Weird, right?
If we were on a coffee date, I’d say, “Speaking of mochas, have I told you that I decided to give up chocolate during Lent?” I’m not Catholic, but I think it’s good for the soul to give up a vice every now and then, and chocolate definitely falls in that category for me. The only other time I’ve given up chocolate successfully was at age 11. I dreamed about chocolate the first week (!) but stayed strong and by the time Easter came around, I didn’t even want any (!). Let’s see what happens this time around.
If we were on a coffee date, I’d tell you about the amazing vacation that I took last month. I visited my family and traveled to Hong Kong, Taipei, and Shanghai. I had the time of my life. It was the longest vacation I’ve had since I was in school, and in fact it even got extended by three days thanks to the blizzard that pummeled DC!
If we were on a coffee date, I’d mention that I finally got on the Spotify bandwagon. I even have a paid subscription and everything! The ability to listen to music offline was a lifesaver for my January travels, and I love that I can listen to my favorite Chinese music artists. Like, that last factor alone is enough for me to happily fork over the money for my subscription. Maybe I’ll finally listen to music when it gets released, rather than years later…
If we were on a coffee date, I’d talk about how I stepped foot in a gym for the first time in forever (possibly ever?) yesterday. I want to make an effort to get healthier and take better care of myself this year, and a coworker introduced me to a gym near our workplace. I’m still mulling over a gym membership, but I’m pretty sure I’m not going to be able to come up with any excuses in this ideal situation. I’m gonna have to suck up my fear of gyms and just go.
If we were on a coffee date, I’d slip in the fact that today would’ve been my dad’s birthday. I’d feel awkward bringing it up, and you’d probably feel awkward hearing it, but every year I feel like if I don’t acknowledge it, no one will, and I can’t bear that so I always mention it at least once each year on the actual day.
If we were on a coffee date, I’d confess that I’m having more than a little trouble finding my writing mojo ever since coming back from vacation. Creatively speaking, I feel stuck. I plan on trying to find inspiration during this upcoming long weekend (and if that goes well, think of all the ~new content~ I’ll have for this space 😉 ), but that I’m skeptical if it my inspiration will ever come back. It will, though. At some point. Right? Right???
If we were on a coffee date, I’d sing the praises of You Need a Budget. I’ve been using it for the last few months, but this month is the one where I feel it all coming together and actually making a noticeable difference to my finances. Breaking that paycheck to paycheck cycle, yeah!
If we were on a coffee date, I’d laugh about how I struggled with writing a two page paper for a professional development writing exercise thing. Man, what happened to my ability to crank out papers in no time? I can write all sorts of press materials on a tight deadline, but research stuff? Nope, not anymore, it turns out. Good thing I don’t have any immediate grad school plans on the horizon…
If we were on a coffee date, I’d ask what shows you recommend on Amazon Instant Video and Netflix. I’ve barely paid attention to either in the last six weeks, but this upcoming weekend is a long weekend in the US and it’s meant to be COLD, so my only plans involve staying warm indoors and being lazy with either a good book, movie, or TV show!
If we were on a coffee date, I’d exclaim, “Enough about me! Now, what’s new with you?”