If We Were Having Coffee is my favorite way to share current happenings in my life outside of my usual fangirl and bookish-ness. But don’t worry, there’s still plenty of talk about the books, TV, and podcasts I’ve been consuming lately.
If we were having coffee, I’d probably be having a cup of coffee with milk and cinnamon. I feel like I’m cheating on summer by saying that I haven’t been drinking iced coffee that much lately. 4 out of the 5 people in my house drink at least two cups of coffee everyday, so instead of making single cups using the Keurig, we usually make two or three pots a day using Dunkin Donuts’ Original Blend. My sister and I love blending cinnamon in the grinds before brewing.
If we were having coffee, I’d probably tell you that my mind feels like its in five different places at once. It’s weird to think that I feel busier being at home vs. being out in the world at school and work. I know I’ve mentioned it in a wrap-up and maybe another post, but since my If We Were Having Coffee about my college graduation, I made the decision to stay at my alma mater to attend their Master of Arts in Teaching program. I had actually been admitted into the program back in March and hadn’t made a decision about when and if I’d join the program when the world went into madness. Since one of my summer jobs went from full-time to part-time remotely, I made the decision to join the program and start taking summer courses.
Although I’ve still been eating up 3 or 4 books a week (summer time is the best reading season for me), I’ve been doing so much work and reading for school since mid-May. Two of my classes met for two weeks each every day, so now I have a slight lull in my schedule. I have a weekly elective until the end of June when the second round of classes begins. I am also doing some remote work for the organization I worked at as an undergraduate. It’s definitely a busy schedule, but I am of course grateful to know that I am able to partake in all of these things from home.
That being said, by the time 6 PM rolls around each day, I am so sick of looking at a computer or phone screen. When I was going to school remotely during the spring semester, I had read a few articles and blog posts about Zoom burnout, but didn’t really understand the phenomenon. I don’t know if it’s because my spring course load at home definitely lessened up with all of the craziness vs. the amount of work I have for grad school, work, and meetings, but I completely understand the burnout now. I’m definitely kicking myself for not getting blue-light protection on my glasses last year.
One of the perks of being home is that on my breaks, I can go for a walk around town or sit out in my backyard (or in my pool) to eat lunch and READ. I also feel sort’ve guilty because while I have been reading my normal amount, I also haven’t been in a super big writing aka blogging mood lately. Instead of writing a little bit each day like I normally do, I’ve found that I’m better off taking an hour or two at least twice a week and just banging out a few posts at a time. I really want to get back to my old ways, aka writing a review at least a few hours after I’ve finished the book and scheduling the week’s posts by Sunday night, but I’m trying not to push myself. Blogging is something that I love and while I do have obligations to read books for review, I don’t want blogging to become something that feels like a chore or job itself.
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that my go-to listens on my walk haven’t changed too much. I’ve still really been embracing podcasts – Bad on Paper is still my favorite and I’ve been loving co-host Becca’s new podcast series with Rachael King, RomCom Pods. RomCom Pods is a fictional podcast series about, you guessed it, rom-com stories! Each season will take on a new storyline. This first season will be six episodes total (currently 2 are out) about Claire, who after finding out her fiancé is cheating on her, decides to still go on their honeymoon tour of Italy. Podcasts are still my go-to walking activity – I also started listening to Here to Make Friends (a Bachelor recap podcast) – but I also sometimes listen to music. After loving Ben Platt’s Radio City special on Netflix last month, I’ve been listening to Sing to Me Instead all the time again, including the live cover of “The Joke,” and his newly released songs like “So Will I.”
If we were having coffee, I’d probably wouldn’t be able to contain myself over my excitement about my local Barnes & Noble re-opening and my library preparing for door side pick-up…even though my friend recently gifted me with her old Kindle! Yes, three months into quarantine and after getting frustrated with using an iPad for e-books, I finally gave in to using a Kindle. Obviously, I’m super happy that the bookstore is open and that my library is working on pick-up plans, but I do see myself still reading e-books (okay fine, I admit I read maybe one e-book a month because I love physical books way too much) because of limited services and availability.
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I got a new MacBook! I don’t think I’ve ever talked about my laptop issues here, but until May, I had been basically running my life with my 2013 MacBook Pro. I’ve had that laptop since I was a high school sophomore and it was finally time for us to part. For the past two years, I had to always put it on at least twenty minutes before I needed to use it. During this past February, the battery basically died in the middle of my senior capstone class. I was able to get it replaced at a store in my college town and borrow a laptop from the library for a few days, but even with the replacement battery, it wasn’t operating too well. Between work and online school for the summer, I was very fortunately gifted with a 2020 MacBook Air for my graduation and I’ve been LOVING it! I was originally going to go with the MacBook Pro because I was so used to the Pro and I wanted to try the tool bar, but after ordering the Air instead (oops) and reading the reviews, I decided to keep the Air and I am so happy with my decision. It’s super light, works really fast, and I love the Touch ID. It also came with a free year-long trial of AppleTV.
If we were having coffee, I’d probably talk about what I’m watching on TV. Unless I’m up to my eyeballs in school work, I usually take the last 1-2 hours before bed either reading or watching TV. Reality TV is still the current love of my life, between Selling Sunset S2 (Netflix), Below Deck Mediterranean (Bravo), Outdaughtered (TLC) and The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons Ever (ABC). My friends and I love watching The Bachelor together, so this is a fun way for us to connect while being separated and unable to watch the show IRL together. Since I’m fairly new to The Bachelor, I like the idea of these episodes covering one whole season of the show so I can get more familiar with Bachelor Nation faves and not-so-faves. When it comes to ‘actual’ TV, I recently finished finally watching The Morning Show (Apple TV) and started watching Shtisel S2 (Netflix). I’ve also been rewatching The Politician because S2 drops TODAY. No matter how long this season is or how long the episodes are, I can guarantee you that I’ll have this second season finished by next Friday, if not earlier.
What you been reading and watching lately? Any recommendations for me? Do you have any plans for the summer? Share in the comments!