I know I say this every week, but.... Coffee is SO necessary today and if we were really meeting for coffee I would probably order whatever was strongest... a macciatto with an added shot of espresso perhaps? What's it going to be for you?
If we were really having coffee I would tell you that this past week has been Hectic with a capital H, hence my lack of posts as some of you may or may not have noticed. Saturday morning I dropped Jurgen off at the airport since he is needed to fly to Cape Town for a conference and from that point forward I have been running on full throttle.
The whole weekend was devoted to working on a research paper which I still didn't get quite finished, so I stayed up late last night and woke up early this morning to add in all the finishing touches before work. The rest of the week will be jam packed with night classes, presentations and even a test thrown in just for the fun of it. Please. Let. This. Week. Be. Over! Haha, ok ok, maybe I'm being a little dramatic and should just still for a minute and listen to what your week has in store for you - any fun plans or is your week ahead also looking like mine and you'd just rather not talk about it? ;)
On a less stressfull note, if we were really having coffee I would tell you that our university break is coming up at the end of next week and it worked out that I almost have two weeks straight with no class :) Even more exciting, I think a trip back to this idyllic place may be in order over one of the long weekends, and truthfully, this is what has been keeping me going. Dullstroom really is the perfect place to relax and escape the hustle and bustle of the city; Jurgen and I visited this little town with some friends last year and I don't think any of us ever wanted to leave.
Here's some pictures from last year's visit:
Doesn't it look amazing!?
If we were really having coffee I would ask you if there's a particular place you go for a quiet weekend retreat.
If we were really having coffee I would probably also give you an update on my car, since last week when we met it was in with the gearbox specialists. Unfortunately, it needs a completely new transmission which spells not so happy days for my bank account. But, even though I was really upset about it last week, these things happen and I think I'm over it now and am to the point where I just want to pay to fix it so that I can have my car back and running again. I would also probably ask you car recommendations, since I may be in the market for a new one in a few months :)
Well, my macciatto is almost finished, but before we go back to work or school or wherever, we would probably talk about the horrible tragedy that happened in Japan last week and how sad and terrifying and horrible the whole thing really is. I would probably also tell you about my dear friend Katie who is living in Japan and how I am so relieved to hear that she is ok and how happy I was to be able to speak with her today. Katie and I travelled through Japan together in 2006 and her love for the country eventually led to her enrolling in a program to teach English in Japanese schools. She immediately came to mind when I heard about the earthquake, and I will continue to keep her and everyone else in Japan in my thoughts and prayers as they begin the slow and difficult process of recovery and rebuilding.
Well my coffee is finished and it looks like yours is too, but I can't wait to meet again next Tuesday!