If We Were Having Coffee… 10/9/16

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Hello, old friend! (*warm hugs*) I’ve missed our coffee dates lately.

Time marches on. Welcome, autumn. I love October. This weekend has been crisp and cool, the start of sweater weather. I am excited for bonfires and campfires and the fiery change of the color of the trees. And The Walking Dead (two more weeks!!)! It is hard to believe that it is almost Halloween. And the election is scary close. As I watch the debates tonight all I can do is shake my head. What a farce.

Speaking of The Walking Dead, I watched a new sneak peak video clip of the season premiere on Facebook today. I have to admit, I have been living in denial for six months, removing myself from the discussions about who will meet their demise via Lucille. In my mind, all of my beloved friends have been safe and happy during the hiatus. When the new season premieres, I will have to face the fact that some will be lost. Watching the clip I felt the normal adrenaline rush and also felt a little sick to my stomach. The premiere is going to be so intense!

My STL Cardinals did not make the playoffs for the first time in several years. They fought hard in the end but came up short. I am still proud of them. It is unusual to not root for them in the postseason.

My trip to Seattle was amazing. I so enjoyed that city. The conference itself was good and I learned many things. Our hotel was downtown and we got to explore that area. We went to the Space Needle and the Pike Street Market. The Market was the best experience and I truly could have spent all of my time there. The atmosphere was electric, from the diversity of the food and vendors to the live music. I saw crabs bigger than my head and watched the guys throw fish. I ate a cannoli while smelling the beautiful bouquets of fresh flowers that stretched farther than I could see. I also went into a little shop that had the most beautiful glass bongs I’ve ever seen (ha ha). I visited the Gum Wall. I saw more Starbucks than I could count. And I used Uber for the first time. I feel more hip because of that!

On my flights, I broke out an actual hardcover novel like the dinosaur that I am. I read “From a Buick 8” by the incomparable Stephen King. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I saw him speak recently (on a Facebook live feed) when he was honored by the Library of Congress. My favorite author, he has certainly shaped me as a reader and also as a writer. His storytelling skills are unparalleled. It was so nice to spend a little time with him in the air.

I only have one more physical therapy session. After that I have another movement lab and then I enter the followup phase of the study. My back pain was worse during my trip and has been a bit higher than baseline ever since.

Catch me up. What would you tell me if we were having coffee?

Thanks to Part Time Monster for hosting Weekend Coffee Share. Join in by creating your own coffee share post with the tag weekendcoffeeshare and/or add to the linkup here.

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11 thoughts on “If We Were Having Coffee… 10/9/16

  1. Well hello!

    I so enjoyed having you tell us about Seattle when you got back, to me listening to people’s happy travels is almost as good as taking my own trips.

    I do feel that October is going to completely blow past us and that unnerves me a bit, but all we can do is try to slow it down by enjoying each day.

    Happy to hear you had some time to read during your flights! I’m STILL trying to finish Gone With The Wind, going on a month and a half now hahaha!

  2. Amie! I have missed you so much! Big hug back at you. I was actually going to e-mail you directly tonight if you didn’t post. I’m glad to see your blog back and have missed hearing about you.

    I LOVE Stephen King too. He’s been one of my favorites since I was too young to actually be reading his stuff and is wholly responsible for my fear of clowns (It) and aliens (Tommyknockers). This must be one of our unconscious blogger bonds?

    Physical therapy? I must need some catching up on past blogs. I spent the summer at a chiropractor, but am all done with that now. Phew. What happened?

    I haven’t been to Seattle in over 10 years, but I do love it. Did you go solo, or take the family? (Or do I need to read another post and get up to speed.)

    So glad to see you back. Hugs again!

    Johanna

    1. I become more and more convinced that we are so similar and if we knew each other IRL that we would be besties. I started reading Stephen King at a young age and devoured his books. The Stand is my all time favorite, though I’ve never met a King book I didn’t love. The Shining was the only one I had to put down and take a break from, so chilling.
      I enrolled in a clinical study for chronic low back pain, hence the physical therapy. I have had chronic pain for over a year. I have a bad back, bad joints in general. The PT is interesting and I think has been helpful.
      I went to Seattle for a genetics conference. I stayed with a friend/former coworker and did not take the kids. She is one of my best friends and these conferences give us some girl time away from husbands and kids. I LOVED Seattle.
      So good to see you here! I have been busy and feeling so bad for not being around the bloggosphere lately.

      1. I got so behind in my blog reading the past month. Your trip to Seattle sounds dreamy. I love having the occasional work trip without the family – total guilty pleasure!

        Rose Madder was the King book I never finished. It was just…to much. The Dark Tower series may be my all time favorite!

        IRL took me a minute, but I love it. I wish we knew each other IRL. I need a writing friend….

        Missed you!

      2. haha look at me using text speak like the kids. I wish we knew each other IRL too. Not that this blogging world isn’t real life because IT IS. Writing friends are the best!

  3. Your trip sounds like so much fun. I haven’t been to Seattle. I hear it’s beautiful. I have also not taken and Uber yet. I plan to do that sometime before I die, so, hopefully, I’ve got quite a bit of time to get that done.

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