If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that you’re welcome to share it with me here, this week. The jumbled chaos of last Sunday has given way to something that almost sort-of looks like order, at least when I squint at it the right way. Yes, there’s still a lot to wrap up before this current surge is completed, and we pause and take the measure of things for a while before the next upswell of decluttering and organizing – but we’re definitely much more prepared to receive you than we were last week. Well, as soon as I get the stacks of laundry off the table, or if you don’t mind watching Liv and Maddie with my eleven year old, because that’s what’s happening in the living room, right now.
If we were having coffee, I’d ask you what you think of the brew we’re sharing. It’s Death Wish Coffee, a local grind newly “Super Bowl famous” – it won a contest for its commercial to air during the big game. My Accomplice found it this week, and paid an exorbitant amount of money for a bag. Fortunately, he and I both like it a lot, so the splurge was a treat rather than a mistake. And I haven’t yet found any stray Vikings in my cup!
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you about the adventure my daughter and I had on Wednesday. We went to the New York State Museum, which is generally quiet during the school week, especially when there was a school vacation the week before. The weather was wet and chilly, but she’s been wanting to go, and we were meeting friends with whom she was going to stay the night, so we didn’t mind getting up early and going out into the less than inspiring weather.
I’ d tell you that what we didn’t anticipate was the NYS bar exam, which was being held in the Empire State Plaza, where the museum is also located. So, rather than our typical parking lot between a cathedral and the museum proper (yes, we’re regulars at the museum!), we were directed to another lot several blocks away – which meant an unexpected hike in a cold misting rain, up the very steep Madison Avenue hill. Add that to the walking in the museum, and the solo hike back to the car (Annalise rode with our friends, who parked in the main garage), I got more of a workout than I wanted to. I’ve never taken a video there, but here’s a lovely one!
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that, on Thursday, my Accomplice and I had a bona-fide lunch date. We went to a newish local restaurant, The Ugly Rooster, which he’d been to, but which I hadn’t. It was very cute inside, spacious yet cozy, simple and homey. I would have taken pictures, but this was our first date in years, and I focused on him and the time together, instead. I had a grilled eggplant and tomato dish with a balsalmic vinaigrette glaze; it was delicious, and I’d happily order it again. My Accomplice, the chef (really, he’s a professional chef!), ordered a simple breakfast, and this was one of the few places that actually did his hash browns well done, the way he wants them.
After lunch, we met up with our friends, because Annalise was invited to stay an extra night, but had forgotten her Kindle in our car. We dropped that and a Littlest Pet Shop character that arrived in the mail, gave hugs, bought the girls each a bottle of soda, and went back home to a much quieter house and a teenaged son who was happy to have had some time home alone.
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that, while I’m grateful for the time and connection we’ve had these last two weeks, and the things we’ve gotten underway, I’ll be happy when life shifts back to the non-vacation rhythm, too. I’m getting a little taste of that right now; my Accomplice headed off to Amigo’s Cantina a few hours ago, to do some prepping for the restaurant’s reopening a few days away.
I’ll also be glad to finish up my study, which is taking considerably longer than I’d hoped, due to doing other things, and my decision to organize, declutter, and deep clean as I pull things apart. I’ve almost finished that part, though, and, once that’s accomplished, the reaaranging and reparation of furniture will go more swiftly. And, as a bonus, I’ll be able to get things situated again fairly simply, since I’ve done so much prep work ahead of time. I’ve been working from my bed for most of the last two weeks, and it’ll be nice to return to a study that’s much more functional than I left it.
If we were having coffee, I’d say that I’m about to leap into March, which will be filled with plotting and planning, and maybe even planting. One of the things I’ve been organizing is my seed collection, so I may get some things started by the end of next month. I’ll definitely by getting my Blogging From A-Z posts set up, and my April CampNaNoWriMo Kifo Island Chronicles novel, Shifting Tides, plotted. I’m trying something new this time around – The Writer’s Coloring Book, by Rachel Funk Heller.
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you I’m looking forward to a creative leap, and that the rest of today and tomorrow will be spent tying up loose ends to get set for the months of creation yet to come. And now, I’ll bid you farewell, and direct you to Part Time Monster’s Weekend Coffee Share for your next cuppa. And, of course, I wish you all a week full of the very loveliest of chaos, whatever that means for you!