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As June draws to close, I am feeling some pressure to not allow another month (hello, April) to pass without posting. If you were to check out my blog archives, you’d see that my publishing calendar has become anemic; the momentum I rode last fall when I created “186 Days: An Intermission” has taken a turn and is now powering the creation of another blog (more on that in another post).
I’ve started several posts for this blog but can’t seem to finish one with enough confidence to publish it. (My friend, Pamela, on the other hand, has whooshed in from obscurity and insecurity to fabulous, consistent twice-a-week posts on her niche blog, agiftforthriftblog.wordpress.com. Check her out!)
So I’ve resurrected a format from last fall: an update post in the form of a “virtual coffee date,” you know, like catching up with a friend over a hot drink. (Or a cold drink since it is, of course, the end of June and all.)
If we were having coffee right now, I’d offer you a slice of lemon cake. And a bottle of kombucha. And a slice of whole wheat bread. And I’d push a few dog treats on you, too. (I spent the morning in the kitchen.)
If we were having coffee right now, I’d be drinking ice water with a slice of lemon. If it were after 5pm, I’d go for the hard stuff and sip a diet peach Snapple.
If we were having coffee right now, I’d rave about Canva, my new favorite graphic design platform that allows anyone–even users like me with a serious lack of aesthetic sense–to create professional-looking infographics, social media posts, marketing materials, resumes, advertisements, invitations, and blog graphics (some of which I’ve used on this blog) for free! Canva for the win!
If we were having coffee right now, I would lament the unsavory effects of aging I’ve been feeling over the last couple years but point out that the upside of my deteriorating vision is this lively pair of new specs:
If we were having coffee right now, I’d recount the experience I had last week with a big old turtle on the side of the road near my house. With a shell at least a foot in diameter, he was on the shoulder but gunning to cross the road when I stopped to move him across to safety like I had seen in this PETA video just the week before. Only when I started to pick him up, he put me on the back foot by huffing and resisting me so aggressively that I lost my nerve and left him where I found him. Driving away with a pounding heart and feelings of guilt and regret, I reassured myself that he’d be fine; he was big enough for any driver to see from far enough away to have time to turn and miss him.
A couple days later when I drove the same road, I saw him again, just inches from where I left him. But now he was crushed flat. Though the impact could not have been accidental–he was still on the shoulder, so someone obviously veered off the road to hit him–the outcome forces me to confront humanity’s unblinking self-importance and carelessness.
(Note: A few days after writing this post, another uncanny example unfolded 50 yards from my house: A cyclist was killed after being struck by a presumed-drunk driver who swerved into the bike lane and then fled the scene. Prayers for his wife and three young sons.)
If we were having coffee right now, I’d ask you how you feel about Britain’s decision to leave the EU and what you think will be the social and political implications as well as the economic repercussions on the US. (I feel sophisticated when I use phrases like “economic repercussions” and “social and political implications,” but the truth is, I am pretty foggy on what they mean and really welcome your input here.)
If we were having coffee right now, I’d take a stab at describing my husband’s steely resolve, that special emphasis and focus he somehow brings forth every time a difficult obstacle stumbles haplessly into his path (ref. this 45-second golfing video). Robert Schumacher possesses a determination that accepts only victory.
If we were having coffee right now, I’d invite you to guess who hijacked this post to promote himself.
If we were having coffee right now, what would you tell me?