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If we met for coffee

If we met for coffee, I’d say with a sense of relief just what perfect timing it is, since I’m currently all out of my favourite dark-roast beans at home and have been relying on No Name instant (blech!) for the past couple of days to get my morning jump-start. Better than nothing, but I’m looking forward to restocking the good stuff! In the meantime, let’s chat over a cuppa.

If we met for coffee

If we met for coffee, I can promise you’d hear a whole lot about the number one thing in my plans lately – my upcoming trip to Italy (yes, Italy!) with my mom and sister. I’d tell you how I’ve been going a wee bit crazy adding a collection of trip-related goodies to my planning, preparation, and packing piles – touristy travel books, a trip journal, a map of Italy, a theft-proof purse, a new suitcase and accompanying organizers, a carry-on backpack, walking shoes, a desk calendar, and even a game of Scopa to get me in an Italian frame of mind!

Italy 2017 trip prep

Italy, here we come!

Yes, I will admit that I’m just a wee bit preoccupied with getting ready for my trip of a lifetime. 🙂

If we met for coffee, I would confess that even though I’m not an American, I’ve been feeling incredibly sad and nostalgic as I’ve read articles and watched coverage of farewells from President Obama, Vice President Biden, and their families as their terms come to an end. I would share my concerns about the days to come, and probably express frustration about the fact that in spite of being a citizen of another country, what happens in the US has the potential to affect our lives as well.

If we met for coffee, I’d then move on to happier things and tell you how much fun I’m having getting familiar with and using my new point-and-shoot camera (another of the goodies bought in preparation for my trip!). I’d enthuse about the sharpness and clarity of photos and the convenience of being able to upload them to my iPhone via wifi for editing, and would show you this pic of Oscar as an example of the lovely quality.



If we met for coffee, I’d let you know how much your friendship means to me, and how glad I am that we’ve had this time together.

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

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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  • nita
    January 14, 2017

    So nice to meet you. Enjoy your trip to Italy. I hope you share your pictures of your trip here. Thank you for having coffee with me and giving me something to blog about.

  • Nikita January 14, 2017

    It is one of the beautiful posts, I’ve read in recently. So inspiring, keep it up!

  • Kelly January 14, 2017

    If we met for coffee I would be drinking hot chocolate and maybe telling you how much I am looking forward to seeing America become great again, then I would want to hear all about your trip to Italy – have a great time.

  • Alana
    January 14, 2017

    Laurel, if we met for coffee, I would thank you, first, for keeping those in the United States in your thoughts, because we are going to need it! But most of all, my brother in law with autism is in my thoughts. Changes are ahead in his life and they may not all be for the better. But we are trying our best! Right now I need a good cup of coffee!
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  • Corinne Rodrigues
    January 14, 2017

    No wonder Italy is topmost in your thoughts, Laurel. We’re going to Goa soon – and though we’ve been there so many times before, loads of planning is happening.
    I’m so afraid I’ll cry watching Obama’s speech that I avoided it. But thoughts and prayers are with the US.
    What camera did you get? The quality is wonderful.
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    • Laurel Regan
      January 15, 2017

      Hope you enjoy your trip! My camera is a Canon PowerShot SX610 HS, and I’m really loving it. For a point-and-shoot, it actually has a lot of great options!
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  • Sunaina Sharma
    January 15, 2017

    Italy……wow…..I will look forward to your posts covering the trip…..Make the most of your trip…..! lovely click of the cat…!..the camera sure is doing a good job…….It was heart-breaking to see Obama leave, even my 8 year old son was sad….Only time will tell what happens next but I will hope for betterment, for happier sunrises and peaceful nights for each one of us on this planet….Some parts of the world are in such sorry state……
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  • Shilpa Gupte January 17, 2017

    It was wonderful hearing all about your life, Laurel! Wish you a very happy journey! May you have a whale of a time at Italy! Do share the pictures and your travel stories with us. I also loved the picture of Oscar which you clicked on your new camera. I am sure it will help you capture Italy in all its colourful glory.
    If we were having coffee, I would tell you how we in India are enjoying winter and its perks…snuggling in bed a little longer and relishing all the hot and spicy food we can lay our hands on. Well, at least I am doing it! ;P
    It sure was fun having coffee with you, Laurel.

  • Lux G.
    January 19, 2017

    If we met for coffee, I’ll order tea and enjoy your stories for sure. 🙂
    Good to visit you again!


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