If you and I were to sit down to coffee today, I’d start off by apologizing. I’m sorry I haven’t been keeping in touch lately. It’s not that I don’t like you (I do, you’re awesome noodle soup), it’s just that I’ve been busy. The good news is that I quit my full time job so I can focus on other parts of my life. So I’m all yours for the next few minutes.
Then we’d awkwardly hug it out and you’d tell me that you totally understand and start telling me how you can relate to trying to find a good work-life balance. I’d tell you that it feels really good that you get it, that you know I’m trying my best.
I’d offer to buy you a coffee, after all, that’s why we’re here! I’d order a latte because I’ve been enjoying those lately, even though I’ve been a mocha girl for as long as I’ve been willing to drink coffee. As we sip on our warm drinks, you’d ask me how the last few months of my year went. I’d hesitate before answering, not because it wasn’t amazeballs, but because I can never remember what I did even five minutes ago.
Canadian Thanksgiving seemed to come out of nowhere but we hosted a big dinner with friends as I’ve done for the past ten years. The big difference this year was that we had a million walking children so it was super fun and high energy in a whole new way.
At the end of October, we traveled to Ireland for a friend’s destination wedding. While we were in Ireland, we obviously took some time to be tourists, which I’d love to tell you more about when we have more time.
But that would remind you that you brought me a belated wedding gift (Awwww, I can’t believe how thoughtful you are – you absolutely didn’t have to get us anything).
Holy cow, how did you know that a Home Depot gift card is exactly what I wanted? Like, nothing makes me happier that getting to be outdoors, doing yard work and making my yard look beautiful, but spending money to buy all the tools makes me feel guilty. Best. Wedding. Gift. Ever. Thank you!
You’d then ask me about my annual cookie party. I’d tell you we had fewer guests than usual but we still had a lot of fun and the competition for World’s Most Creative Cookie was fierce. You should really come next year.
You’d then ask me if I’d seen any good movies lately. I rarely go to movies, but as it happens, a friend had an extra ticket to see Knives Out at Alamo Drafthouse and it was such a fun movie!
You’d then ask me about work, and I’d tell you that I still haven’t figured it out but I’m excited about the possibilities. I’m leaning toward taking some appraisal classes to see how I like that. I like the idea of getting to meet people and see their homes but then sitting down at a computer to do some research, combining a little imagination with a little math.
You’d tell me good luck and then we’d then move onto everyone’s favorite topic: Christmas presents! You tell me about your plan to surprise your family with tickets to Hawaii instead of physical things this year (oh wow, that sounds so fabulous!). And then I tell you that I’m still a scrooge and haven’t really bought many gifts but kinda wish I could go home for Christmas. Like I actually have no desire to be in Canada in December and don’t really even want to leave my house for the weeks leading up to Christmas, but I do wish I could see my aunties and meet my brand new nephew and niece.
Then I’d glance down at my watch and notice that I have spent way too much time talking about myself—yet again. I’m the worst. Can we make a date to get back together after the holidays? I promise to talk less about myself. Love you!