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If we met for coffee

If we met for coffee, I’d immediately collapse into a chair in an exhausted heap (after first ordering the strongest cup of espresso possible!), because I’d need some time to recover after a tiring couple of weeks’ worth of organizing, cleaning, sorting, cleaning, catching up on long-neglected chores – oh, and did I mention cleaning?

I’d talk about how pleased I was to have finally finished tidying and organizing my home office, which is now in the best shape it’s ever been. It seemed as though there were always little odds and ends that needed to be done in there – a closet door that had come off its track, cords and cables exposed and acting as trip hazards, bits and pieces that ended up in my space but actually belonged elsewhere, and so on – but today, with the exception of a couple of cords that will be re-routed after I buy a new power bar tomorrow, it’s all about as complete as it can be. Yay me!

Life is good

I’d mention that I just started a new schedule at work, adding five extra hours to each week, and how glad I am a) to be earning some extra money and b) to still have Mondays off.

I’d ruefully share the unfortunate discovery Peter and I made a couple of weeks ago as we were organizing the basement – several spots where at least one (possibly/probably more) of the cats have been marking their territory (and, needless to say, NOT in any of their three litterboxes). I’d tell you how upset we were to have to throw away a number of items that were being kept in cardboard boxes but were now ruined, particularly a whole bunch of paper memorabilia that was waiting to be stuck into scrapbooks. No, we didn’t lose anything particularly valuable in monetary terms, but many of the things I had to toss were definitely of emotional worth to me. (Lesson learned – a stack of plastic totes were purchased for storage and every bit of cardboard was removed from the basement!)

Then, moving on to much happier things, I’d show off my fresh new haircut and gush about how much I love, love, love my wonderful stylist (and hope she never, ever retires)!

Haircut day - yay! #hair #haircut #hairstyle

And of course I’d excitedly tell you that we are counting down until my parents and sister come to Windsor for a visit – just a few days left now, and we are SO looking forward to seeing them! Luckily we have LOTS to keep us busy between now and then (remember that cleaning thing I mentioned earlier?!), so I’m sure the time will fly by and they will be here before we know it.

If we met for coffee, what would you tell me?
Please share!

NaBloPoMo October 2015

Laurel Storey, CZT – Certified Zentangle Teacher. Writer, reader, tangler, iPhoneographer, cat herder, learner of French and Italian, crocheter, needle felter, on-and-off politics junkie, 80s music trivia freak, ongoing work in progress.

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  • Cathy
    October 3, 2015

    Wow, you’re great doing all that cleaning and organizing! Any tips for a clutter bug like me? As much as I pick up stuff and try to get rid of things, new clutter seems to replace the old clutter. Sigh.

    If we were to meet for coffee, I’d tell you that I’m breathing a huge sigh of relief that things are improving after three very difficult weeks. Hopefully I can get back into some semblance of a routine but life will never be quite the same again. It never is after these big things happen. I can’t go into too much detail to protect privacy but it was a real upheaval for the family. I may write about it some day as it’s been quite the ride.

    I long to do some blogging and fiction writing again as I haven’t done much these past three weeks.

    I’m dabbling with making Zazzle products which is fun to do even though I never sell anything. Oh well! I just enjoy the creative rush of making it most of all anyhow.

    Wish we really could go for coffee. Some day we will, I’m sure of it!
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    • Laurel Regan
      October 4, 2015

      Cat, I’m so sorry that things have been difficult for you and your family over the past while. Thinking of you all and hoping things continue to improve.
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  • Kathy
    October 3, 2015

    Hi Laurel! If we met for coffee I would start by telling you that your new hair cut looks AWESOME on you. It makes you look frisky and that’s always good in my book. I’d also share I’ve had a busy, but good week and that all is basically good in my world just now. ~Kathy
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  • Sid
    October 3, 2015

    That is some amazing organisation right there, Laurel. I’ve been trying to organise my home office workspace for ages now and all I manage to do is either move the clutter from my desk onto something else or Just add more stuff there. You’ve got me convinced that I should give it a proper go now.

    As for what I’d tell you if we met for coffee, I’d probably tell you about how I’d like to forget last week because it was a nightmare from hell on the health side but I still made it through thanks to friends and family. And of course a few blogger pal. And how I went from writing zero words in 7 days to 7000 and three posts in one day.
    Looking forward to recharging my batteries this Sunday and hit next week running.
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    • Laurel Regan
      October 4, 2015

      So sorry you’ve been unwell – but glad you were able to make it through to the other side. The support of friends and family is so important, isn’t it?
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  • Rachna October 4, 2015

    Good work with the cleaning.I always find it hard to de-clutter. And organizing is another pain as well. I do love your hairstyle.
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  • Lata October 4, 2015

    Loving the hair style. Enjoy the changes after all that hectic activity. Have a nice week ahead!

  • Robyn October 4, 2015

    Laurel, I’d say, it’s wonderful to see you and your hair, it’s fabulous!!!! I’d tell you how much o enjoy your posts and how I hope mine is a joy for you. I’m sure we’d talk for hours!!!
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  • bellybytes
    October 4, 2015

    Alas! No matter how hard I try, organising my life, my cupboard, my room , my house, and cleaning up the mess and the clutter seems to be a work always in progress. What is it about clutter that seems to grow organically? But I have to admit, this is the best job ever- to tidy up things.
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  • Francene Stanley
    October 4, 2015

    If we met for coffee, I listen to your tales with eager anticipation, wishing I could clean the house, chuck out things I no longer need and look as young and beautiful as you do with your new haircut. I might mumble about how I’d cut my hair myself in the back garden, and how I wish I could bend enough to do so vigorous cleaning.

    • Laurel Regan
      October 4, 2015

      Thank you so much, Francene! I went through a phase of cutting my own hair for a time and it was pretty much a disaster, so these days I leave it to the professionals. 🙂
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  • Payal Agarwal
    October 4, 2015

    Lovely hairstyle! Would love to tell you about my new friends, and new things I’m learning. 🙂

  • Pixie October 4, 2015

    I would collapse as well! order a mocha and tell you that the gym kicked my ass today!! 😀
    My parents are visiting as well and we have been having fun!

    you look lovely in your pic! 🙂

    I organized my home work area and I feel so much better! 🙂
    I’ve gotten a lot more work done and I’ve started to be a bit more regular with the blogging as well! 🙂

  • Nisha Sanjeev
    October 4, 2015

    First thing would be to thank you. It’s you who made me take up the Gratitude posts Laurel. Hugs!

  • Eli October 5, 2015

    I think it would be fun to meet you for coffee, Laurel:-) I think it would be quite non stop talking … I think one subject would grab the other… I think about joy for life, love,writing and about the downsides of life … Think it would be very interesting to talk with you:-) And fun too
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  • Parul
    October 8, 2015

    Gosh! You got a lot of work done. I keep organizing through out but cleaning and dusting is not my cup of tea.

    If we met for coffee, I would tell you that I am travelling on Monday and I am excited to meet VT after a break of 3 weeks. This is an international travel and I am looking forward to a new country and food 🙂 So what if I will work from there? I will get a chance to experience new things and share with you all 🙂
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  • Debbie D.
    October 9, 2015

    Congrats on getting all that cleaning and organizing done. Bet it feels really good! I need to buckle down in that area. Spending way too much time online.

    That’s too bad about the cats ruining your memorabilia. Here’s hoping they will behave and use the litter box from now on. I had a few dogs sneak into the basement to mark, so now we block it off.

    Love the new hairstyle! Makes you look sassy and sexy. 🙂

    Enjoy your family visit. Happy Thanksgiving!
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