If We Were Having Coffee…

Exeter Cathedral

This month has been a busy one!  I’ve had friends to stay, a dozen day trips, and some much welcomed time off work.  That manic summer is coming to an end, and things will start to slow down a little now.  In fact, you could say it’s the perfect time to sit down and have a catch up over coffee…

If we were having coffee… I would tell you that I got to experience my city as a tourist when my friends came to stay.  I had lunch out in town, visited the cathedral, and got to explore some areas that I had never had the time to go to before.

If we were having coffee… I would tell you that I have been playing an awful lot of No Man’s Sky this month.  We’ve come across a few frustrating glitches, but otherwise the hours spent drifting through space and scanning new lifeforms has been a nice way of ending long, tiring days.

If we were having coffee… I would say that my hunger for owning books has returned.  I spent years predominantly borrowing from the library, or buying second hand, but I seem to be spending an awful lot of time (and money!) in Waterstones all of a sudden – I won’t own up to how many of their stamp cards I have filled up over the last few months!

If we were having coffee… I would tell you that I’ve finally been able to use my new BusyB planner, which started on 30th July.  Starting my diary again mid-year has allowed me to tweak the things that weren’t working for me before, plus it’s just fun to have a blank canvas to work with!

If we were having coffee… I would tell you that I am starting to reconsider my living arrangements.  I love where I live, but I can see life eventually taking me to a new town or city.  Just two years ago, I would have been so anxious about moving somewhere new and unknown, but I’m a lot more willing to go with the flow these days.

If we were having coffee… I would show you my book buy of the month: Am I There Yet?: The Loop-de-Loop, Zigzagging Journey to Adulthood by Mari Andrew.  A collection of illustrated essays that look at the ebb and flow of growing up.  A lot of what Mari says resonates with me, and she’s very much written the book I would have loved to have written myself!

If we were having coffee… I would tell you that my sister got her exam results this month, and did better than she had expected!  Her education has been a long, emotional journey for the whole family, and to achieve what she achieved has meant so much to all of us.

If we were having coffee… I would tell you that I’ve got a lot out of reading Sara Pascoe’s Animal.  Discussions about female sexuality are always interesting to me (as a woman), and I like that Sara does so in a conversational, chatty way.  I feel that she covers topics that a lot of other writers shy away from, like promiscuity and how to work through feeling insecure in relationships.

What have you been up to this August?

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