If We Were Having Coffee…

Lemur Paignton Zoo

April was a funny kind of month.  The first half was spent anxiously awaiting my Mum’s wedding (which actually went beautifully, and happy tears were shed by all!), and the second half was spent winding down from all the organising and last minute panic of that big day.  I’ve been a bit quiet lately, so I thought it was as good an opportunity as any to sit down and have a nice cup of coffee…

If we were having coffee… I would admit that I got very excited recently at the news of Borderlands 3.  I am a huge fan of the franchise, and I can’t wait to play it when it comes out later this year.  In celebration of the trailer, I took the time to finish Tales from the Borderlands, as I was so excited to see that Rhys appeared in it!  He was a brilliant character in the Telltale spin-off, so I’m hoping we’ll see a fair bit of him in the new game.

If we were having coffee… I would say that frustratingly the sickness I mentioned last month hasn’t cleared itself up as easily as I thought it would.  After a slightly nerve-wracking hospital visit, and a follow-up scan, I have been told that I require an operation – a very new experience for me, and one that has me a bit worried.  Luckily, a friend had some surgery by the same consultant recently, so I know I am in safe hands.  It does mean, sadly, that I am reluctant to make too many big plans over the summer, as I don’t know when I’ll need to take those two weeks off for recovery.  I might turn my recovery into another photography project, as I’ll want something to stave off stir craziness while I’m not particularly mobile for a while.  This is pretty much the reason I have been so quiet lately – until this is sorted, my energy levels are up and down, and I’ve had to prioritise myself.

If we were having coffee… I would show you my copy of Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig, which is already fraying at the edges from its permanent home in my bag.  It is the perfect non-fiction read for on-the-go, as so much of the book is the author musing over humanity and behavioural habits of the modern world in short chapters that are easy to digest.

If we were having coffee… I would tell you that I’ve been playing a lot of VR games since Neil invested in a headset.  In particular I am completely obsessed with Beat Saber, a rhythm game where players have to slice notes with virtual lightsabers.  Not only is it a good workout, but I’m really competitive and determined to beat Neil’s highscores!  I’ve been musing over buying Fallout 4, but when I played The Forest it made me feel really nauseous to be in the headset, so I think I need a bit more practice before I spend any money on more games!

If we were having coffee… I would say I visited the zoo last weekend!  After twenty-six years in Devon I still love playing tourist, and Paignton Zoo is easily one of the best zoo experiences I have ever had.  We mooched around for the afternoon and managed to catch the elephant feeding as well, which was really cool.

If we were having coffee… I would say that my current fiction read is Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman – finally!  At work this book has been flying off the shelves since its release, and the interest in it is only just starting to die down.  I haven’t read such a hyped up piece of fiction in a long time, so I’ve started it with very, very high expectations; let’s hope it doesn’t disappoint!

What would you say if we were having coffee?

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