*Titled as such even though I prefer tea because saying “if we were having tea” sounds so high brow for a Midwestern American, even if I am an Anglophile.
Ah, yes! Another round of If We Were Having Coffee! This is mostly a moment to vent my thanks (and frustration) over the many blessings (and woes) of the last few months. Grab some coffee, tea, or cocoa, and let’s get started…
If we were having coffee…I’d tell you how thrilled I am to not be working in retail this holiday season. Normally December marks the beginning of the never-ending cold (which would lead to the never-ending inability to speak) and constant crankiness and general overwhelming stress. And though I do have some stressors this December, it has nothing to do with customers, illnesses, tinny pop Christmas tunes butchering the ears, management, etc. I don’t know how I lived through four Christmases in retail. It’s like selling your soul.
To all of you who work retail, I am sending you good health and strength to maintain cheerfulness, and I hope you have beautiful, marvelous customers walking through the store’s doors!
If we were having coffee…I would gush about how exciting it is to feel established in the library position. I’m ordering bookmarks for my Top 10 Favorite Adult Fiction Reads in 2016 to use on the staff display, preparing the book club’s list of reads for 2017 (that amazing group chose some great books to read and discuss, and I can’t wait to get started), creating displays to set up throughout the year, and looking forward to Genre Study’s (librarian book club) mystery reads in 2017!
If we were having coffee…I’d tell you that it’s been an absolute nightmare trying to move into this apartment. Back in November, I provided the complex with all the material they needed with my application, and was told I could move in December 1. On November 30, when I still hadn’t heard from them about picking up the keys and signing the lease, I found out they needed more material from me. (Apparently they’d only just realized I’d marked “self-employed” on my application along with the library position, and that requires a lot of paperwork proving I’m a good citizen who pays taxes and doesn’t lie.) This means my move-in date has been delayed till just before Christmas. Hurray! Let’s add on some more tight schedules to the already packed holiday season!
*pours Baileys into cocoa*
If we were having coffee…I’d tell you that despite my frustration with the maybe-move, my generous and loving parents have been very supportive, and the Beau has been incredibly helpful throughout all of this. We’ve moved the boxes and furniture around in the living room to fit the tree. The Beau has indulged me with chocolates and French vanilla and caramel cocoas, watched children’s Christmas movies with me, and lets me spend my agent days at his place so I don’t fall behind on work or stare woefully at all of my packed belongings.
*adds marshmallows to the cocoa*
If we were having coffee…I’d tell you about a neat opportunity I had with choir. Normally the section leaders sing one particular service at church as a small chamber choir. They were low on altos (I’m a mezzo soprano and have a weird range) and the director specifically requested that I join for the semester and into the Christmas season. It’s been a lovely experience and a joy to sing with people who, you know, have degrees in music.
If we were having coffee…I would gush about Tara Sim’s success with Timekeeper! She’s appearing on so many “Best of” and “Top” lists, and the overwhelmingly positive response to her book is fantastic. I’m also very excited for Jared Reck’s A Short History of the Girl Next Door, and all the work going on behind the scenes right now. His cover is gorgeous and so perfect for the novel, too!
It’s not a massive update, but one I still wanted to share regardless. The holiday season can add so much stress, both good and bad, and even though things are okay on my end, you’re more than welcome to reach out and chat about yours! I do my best to find a silver lining in things, and though I’m very frustrated with the apartment situation, I know I’m surrounded by good people who will not leave me out in the cold.
If we were having coffee, what would we talk about? Let’s chat!
10 thoughts on “If We Were Having Coffee…*”
Favorite part is definitely “*pours Baileys into cocoa*” ❤ ❤ ❤
Hahaha, it’s necessary and delicious 😉
tasya @ the literary huntress
I really love all the gifs you use, it’s so christmas-y! Good luck with the move, I hope everything will go well and won’t be anymore delays! I don’t know why, but I always want to work in a retail, just to try how does it feel. I love meeting new people and retail sounds like the perfect job for it, even with all the nightmare stories that come with it 😀
Morgan @ Gone with the Words
I know I told you this on twitter but you really pick the best cozy gifs! That whipped cream! I’m with you, I’m grateful not to have a retail job this time of year. So much stress! Yayyyy library, that all sounds completely wonderful. So glad you’re loving it there and feeling part of the team. And yay for the Beau! It’s always nice for a change of scenery when you have work to do. I know the apt stuff has been hard so I’m happy knowing you have a good support system at least. TIMEKEEPER ❤ ❤ ❤ If we were having coffee, I'd be so happy bc I'd get to be visiting with you! And I'd tell you how much I'm enjoying Crooked Kingdom and being diligent about the job search, and that I've read 100 books in a year for the first time ever!! A couple novellas/comics mixed in but still. It's the most I've ever read by a large margin.
OKAY I DID NOT KNOW YOU READ 100 BOOKS OMGGGGG CONGRATULATIONS!! I can’t wait to see you in a few weeks, even if it’s only for a brief lunch/coffee! ❤
Morgan @ The Bookish Beagle
I DID, I CAN’T BELIEVE IT EITHER!!! THANK YOU!! Omg I am so excited! I will be at your beck and call, as much time as you allow me to spend with you that day ❤
Ugh that is so not fun about moving! It’s unprofessional of them to not have all their ducks in a row so you could actually move when you’re supposed to. I’m glad everyone is helping out though 🙂
Everyone was so wonderful during this turmoil, it’s true. As awful as it was in the moment, it was definitely a blessing in disguise.
Alexa S. (@alexalovesbooks)
These GIF choices are amazing! They are putting me in the holiday spirit ❤ Also, I'm really sorry to hear about the craziness of your moving. I hope things sort themselves out soon so you can properly get settled in!
Thanks! I’m hoping any spring or summer If We Were Having Coffee posts will feel like having the drinks outside in the sunshine 🙂 Thanks for the support and concern — but now that I’m out of that situation, I can see it was a blessing in disguise.