#WeekendCoffeeShare: If We Were Having Coffee… On September 18

Hello my lovely booklovers,

how are you? Welcome to the Weekend Coffee Share, a blog hop by the lovely Diana over at Part Time Monster. Every weekend we get together for virtual coffees and a little casual chat. How has this past week been for you?

I apologise for being so late with this Coffee Share, but I’m sure you’ll understand… Because I just submitted my Master Thesis!!

Master Thesis and a glass of red wine. As it says on the clip: Erledigt! (Done!) ©Literati Girl

Master Thesis and a glass of red wine. As it says on the clip: Erledigt! (Done!) ©Literati Girl

So instead of sharing a cuppa, you’re welcome to have a glass of fruity red wine with me to celebrate!

It’s been a long time coming, as I am sure you’re aware. Actually, today two years ago I was accepted by Horizons University onto the M.A. Cross-Cultural Communication degree. It took a few weeks to sort everything out, so I didn’t actually start classes until mid-October, but I’m filled with a sense of accomplishment that I have handed in my thesis two years to the day after being accepted.

So, suffice to say that over the past week I didn’t get anything else done. And I mean: nothing. My flat looks like a bombsite, I’m running low on dishes, and I just forgot my laundry is still in the washing machine… it’s been there all day. Whoops. I’ve pulled several all-nighters, two of which were back-to-back. No matter what the outcome of this thesis – I’m glad this is over, at least for now. I love studying, but distance learning was not for me. I’ll be writing a more detailed post later.

For now I’m looking forward to creative journaling, reading for fun, catching up on this blog – I owe you about 100 reviews – catching up on sleep and sending out applications.

Thank you for sticking with me through all this. I probably owe you more than a cup of coffee. Your encouragement has helped a lot! I don’t really have much more to say other than Tank you, so why don’t you head over to the other Weekend CoffeeSharers?

So thank you for having coffee (or wine) with me today! Same time, next week?

#WeekendCoffeeShare: If We Were Having Coffee… On September 10

Hello my lovely booklovers,

how are you? Welcome to the Weekend Coffee Share, a blog hop by the lovely Diana over at Part Time Monster. Every weekend we get together for virtual coffees and a little casual chat. How has this past week been for you?

If we were having coffee we’d meet in town, because it’s our annual city-wide flea market “Zöppkesmarkt” this weekend! I love a good flea market, and I’ve put aside a few hours today to browse around for English-language books. I’m really trying to limit myself – the last two years, I bought about 40 books each time, but most were German and I still haven’t read those. But I know a few stalls that usually have English books, so I’ll go straight there. We’ll stop for waffles at the local church (no visit to the Zöppkesmarkt is complete without their Bergische Waffeln, in my opinion), and maybe get some Bratwürste to go later on. There’ll be all sorts of knick knack and I love going through all that stuff, but this time I’m on a mission (English books), don’t have much time (got a thesis to complete), I’m trying to save money (basically, I’ve only budgeted for books) and the only thing I’d make an exception for is a retro typewriter.

(Update: Found 14 English language paperbacks for €8 total, including 8 Classic Penguin Books, the oldest from 1953. My feet hurt. Inhaling the icing sugar on your waffles is never a good idea. Town is packed, so be prepared to shuffle along in 28°C basically brushing against people every step of the way… I think I need a cold shower.)

If we were having coffee, I’d ask R U OK? Thursday was R U OK? Day in Australia, and you may have seen my post about why I fully support this campaign. Reaching out to people and asking them whether they’re ok can make all the difference.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you about a party I went to last night. One of my high school classmates turned 30 yesterday, and she had invited me to her party. I’m not sure what I expected, but somehow I didn’t expect a leisurely backyard BBQ. My friend’s husband was also in our class (although they weren’t high school sweethearts), and I hadn’t seen him since we graduated. Back then, I don’t think we’ve exchanged more than 10 words in 9 years unless we were forced to on group projects. So imagine my surprise when he gave me a proper bear hug, like so tight he kinda squished my glasses. In hindsight, he may have had a few to drink. We’ll all go for coffee soon to catch up properly. There were two other friends from school there and to be honest, if someone had told me 10 years ago that I’d spent the loveliest evening with this particular group of people I would have laughed. I liked them back then well enough, we just didn’t have anything in common to talk about, so to finally meet them and get to know them better now we’re all grown-up was very nice. My friend (the same one I went to see David Duchovny live in concert with back in May) also had the most epic playlist for those of us having grown up during the 90s. The music ranged from Vengaboys, No Angels, Tic Tac Toe, Backstreet Boys, Loona, Spice Girls and Robbie Williams to Britney with some token Bon Jovi thrown in. Needless to say, everyone there knew every song by heart! I’m sure the playlist at my 13th birthday party was similar.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that my thesis is almost done now. Just a few things to tidy up, a few things to add here and there, format and then it’s off to three friends who have kindly agreed to proof-read for me. I hope that the writing part is done by Sunday night if I can get stuff done today and work through the night to get everything done. I’m so close, I can feel it! Writing the case studies was the hard part. The rest is child’s play, I just need to tie everything together.

If we were having coffee, I’d leave you to browse the market stalls some more, while I have another waffle. I’m sure you’ll find something you like! Check out the other Weekend Coffee Sharers as well, I’m sure they’d love for you to stop by!

Thank you for having coffee with me. Same time, next week?

#WeekendCoffeeShare: If We Were Having Coffee… On September 3

Hello my lovely booklovers,

how are you? Welcome to the Weekend Coffee Share, a blog hop by the lovely Diana over at Part Time Monster. Every weekend we get together for virtual coffees and a little casual chat. How has this past week been for you?

If we were having coffee today, we’d sit outside in the sunshine. Make the most of it while it lasts. I’m afraid it would have to be an incredibly short Weekend Coffee Share today, I’m in the final phase of writing my thesis and hope to hand it in by next weekend, so I need all the time I can get. I pulled all-nighters this week, which naturally screwed up my rhythm, but then again I had a full night’s sleep because I was so exhausted I crashed. I can’t wait for this to be over, at least for a while!

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that my professor likes my writing style. She comes from an English  Literature background, and said that she could tell this wasn’t my first time writing about books. Now if I could just find the right words. I never thought that a thesis this short (15k words) but with 12 analyses of books, could be so difficult to write. I just hope I do the analysed books of Australian Literature justice with it. And I’d love to take a trip when it’s all over and handed in, but I think that any free-time should probably devoted to cleaning the flat – what can I say? Students are messy.

Anyway, feel free to stay and have a cup of joe or tea with me. Or you could make the most of the sunshine and check out the Pow Wow You, our local Youth Culture Festival which is in full swing in town. You can hear their live music from my garden. Good vibes, good tunes and summer sun. What more could you want? If that’s not your cup of tea (oh, the puns!) then check out the other Weekend Coffee Sharers. I’m sure they’d love to see you too!

Thank you for having coffee with me. Same time, next week?

 

 

#WeekendCoffeeShare: If We Were Having Coffee… On August 28

Hello my lovely booklovers,

how are you? Welcome to the Weekend Coffee Share, a blog hop by the lovely Diana over at Part Time Monster. Every weekend we get together for virtual coffees and a little casual chat. How has this past week been for you?

If we were having coffee today, we’d either sit outside in the shade of the tree, or inside with the windows closed and the air con on. Your choice. It’s around 34°C today and quite humid – I had to hold my head under cold water around noon to cool down and it didn’t do much. You’re welcome to have coffee or tea, though I can also offer you cold water and fruit juice.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you about the Actor Book Tag. I’ve just completed mine, comparing attributes of my favourite actors / TV roles with favourite characters from books. I only noticed at the end that I didn’t pick a character from a single movie – they’re all from TV shows. And some shows and books show up more than once. I guess that says a lot about the sort of shows I watch, characters I like and books I read. I didn’t tag anyone, but if you want to do it, feel free! I’d love to see your choices!

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that my thesis is coming along, though at a slower pace than I’d like. It took me ages to complete the case study I was working on this week. But now I’m sort of in the swing of things, finally, so I’m hoping the rest will be easier to do now that I found a format that works for me.

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that I got some amazing news this week! My bestie sent me a plane ticket out of the blue so I can come and visit her in the UK in October and finally meet her daughter! And then, later that same day, another very good friend (my best friend from university) asked me to be her Maid of Honour! She’d initially asked me to be her bridesmaid, but then texted me asking whether I’d mind not being bridesmaid after all. And yes, that hurt a little at first, but I figured it’s her wedding, so who am I to complain? That’s when she promoted me 😀 It’s quite hard to help plan a wedding and put together a proper hen do from a different country though, so I hope I’ll do alright by her!

I’m afraid I haven’t done much else this week. I’ve done a lot of studying outdoors to soak up the sun. How about you?

Sorry, this Weekend Coffee Share is so short. The other Weekend Coffee Sharers want to see you as well, I’m sure.

Thank you for having coffee with me!

#WeekendCoffeeShare: If We Were Having Coffee… On August 21

Hello my lovely booklovers,

how are you? Welcome to the Weekend Coffee Share, a blog hop by the lovely Diana over at Part Time Monster. Every weekend we get together for virtual coffees and a little casual chat. How has this past week been for you?

If we were having coffee today, we’d meet at the Naturfreundehaus Solingen-Theegarten, the local meeting house of the Friends of Nature in my district (Solingen-Theegarten). I’ve been a member there for the past 20-odd years, and members do run a volunteer weekend service there, offering coffee and cake to hikers and everyone else who comes by.

Today, it’s my best friend’s turn to run the shop and he asked whether I’d like to keep him company. So I said yes. It gets me out of the house, he’s great company and let me tell you, he knows his way around a kitchen. His cakes are amazing! No word of a lie!

I’d hoped we could sit outside in my favourite spot under the trees out front, looking towards the forest and fields, but alas it’s raining today.

My favourite spot at Naturfreundehaus Solingen-Theegarten ©Literati Girl

My favourite spot at Naturfreundehaus Solingen-Theegarten ©Literati Girl

If we were having coffee today, we’d enjoy Nils’ apricot cake with copious amounts of coffee. I’d probably sit there working on my M.A. thesis. I decided to take my printed-out journal articles with me and some paper, to hand-write one of my case studies. I hoped that the lack of laptop and internet would get me to work without distractions. And it did. Sort of. I managed about 1.500 words total today, despite talking to Nils and his fiancée, his family (who came by on a surprise visit) and the Naturfreunde Music Group, who nobody knew had a practice there today. Especially the singing was distracting, but I still covered a lot of ground, so I just have to type everything up now that I’m home.

Back to basics: handwriting part of my M.A. thesis today ©Literati Girl

Back to basics: handwriting part of my M.A. thesis today ©Literati Girl

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that I met up with my godfather this week after not seeing him in 8 years. He’s from my hometown but now lives in Reno, Nevada. The last time we saw each other, we spent a few days in London together in 2008, after that I was either in Britain or on holiday every time he came to visit. And last time I met his son Phillip, Phillip was 13 and more than a head shorter than me. So now, eight years later, he’s about 2 heads taller than me and an adult. While our parents spoke to each other, we had a lovely talk. I’d like to think he was glad that there was someone at that table who was fluent in English to talk to him. We talked for four hours straight, found out we have a lot more in common now than we would have thought when we were 13 / 21, and he taught me a lot about coffee as he’s training to be a barista and hoping to open his own coffee shop one day. We’ll actually meet up again next week, as my godfather is getting all his friends together again for a meal before they head back to the States. I’m really looking forward to talking to Phil again. We’ve got the same taste in coffee, books and films/TV, so we actually have a lot to talk about. I just told him that if he ever visited my home, I’d offer him tea, rather than coffee. Mainly because I don’t think my coffee can compete with that of a barista trained in latte art. He just laughed.

Ah well. Anyway, if we were having coffee today, that’d be it from me for now. I’ve got to get back to my thesis transcript. I’m sure the other Weekend Coffee Sharers would love to see you as well.

Thank you for having coffee with me. Same time, next week?