Weekend Coffee Share: A New Year

wordswag_15073188796611453091488.pngIf we were having coffee, I would wish you for the New Year. It is unbelievable that 2018 is already here! The year seems to have flown past. When I look at my children, the passing of time hits me. They have grown so much – not only physically but in other ways too. My eldest daughter is getting ready to leave high school and attend university. She is growing in self confidence – a confidence that is shown outwardly as she dresses in her unique way and proudly shows her half-shaven head and red-coloured hair. She aims to be an artist and a person can see this when they look at her appearance.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you to quickly step inside out of the cold. The last few days have been bitterly cold with the temperatures dropping to -33c with wind chill. The wind hurts when we walk outside. The few pedestrians on the streets walk with their heads down and the lower half of their faces covered with their scarves. Luckily I was still on break this past week and was able to stay home in our warm apartment. I went outside only when necessary, and those trips were quick.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that my husband and I went to see Shen Yun on Thursday. Our son bought us tickets to see the show for our Christmas gift. I enjoy gifts that are experiences; and this was an experience that I enjoyed. The dancing was graceful, the costumes beautiful, and the night out was a treat.

Image result for shen yunIf we were having coffee, I would tell you that my family and I have almost completed watching Game of Thrones. Each year over the Christmas season we watch a series, and this year we chose to watch this well-known HBO TV show. We love it and each day we have watched a few episodes. Yesterday we began the first episode of season 7. I will be sad when we have caught up with others followers and wait eagerly for season 8 to know what will happen in Westeros.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that tomorrow I go back to work. I have enjoyed my 2 week break but do not feel ready to go back. Part of it, I know, is that when I get back I will be faced with deadlines. So I will take a deep breath, Zumba, and continue. Thankfully, the temperatures will rise tomorrow and we will be faced with a day at -7c.

What would you tell me if we were having coffee?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

(This post is linked to Eclectic Alli and the Weekend Coffee Share)

15 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share: A New Year

    1. Sometimes I prefer the South African heat – maybe because I grew up with it. January and February are the hardest months here and we look forward to temperatures around the 0c mark.
      Hope you have a wonderful week. Stay cool!


  1. Good luck heading back to work. My break ended this Tuesday but the snow hit on Wednesday night closing down the schools for the rest of the week. We should have just had two weeks too!😊

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    1. What a bonus! The school board I work for never shuts down the schools no matter how cold it is or how much it has snowed. Luckily it will be warmer tomorrow than it has been for the past few days.

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  2. Hi Colline,
    Great to catch up again and see the Weekend Coffee Share getting back on its feet.
    Reading about how your daughter looks like an artist, makes me think of my daughter who is a dancer and also looks the part. Not all young people who are really into dancing have that really petite build, but my daughter does. She has quite a long neck, which she called her giraffe neck and didn’t really see it as an asset. Meanwhile, for me, it can be hard for people to pick up on my health and disability issues because I usually look fine.
    Good luck with the extreme cold at your end. We’re struggling with the heat here in Sydney.
    Lastly, all the best with returning to work. My husband has taken this week of and the kids are away until Wednesday, and I think we’re just going to crash out at home or not too far afield.
    Take care and best wishes,


    1. The best times are spent at home Rowena with our family. Those moments are special as the children will not always be living with us as one day they will be building their own families.
      Hope the heat did not get to be too much for you – I have heard that the Australian summers can be brutal.

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      1. Thanks for the encouragement, Colline. Now that my kids are about to turn 14 and 12, I can see how their early childhood years vanished, but still hard to think of them moving out and not being here and perhaps even experiencing a deafening silence. You get so immersed in just trying to keep a family well-oiled or just functional and making sure you don’t miss a curve ball, that the empty nest is beyond my comprehension.
        We have had some very hot days but I stayed in the air-conditioning. I went outside one day and my eye ball hurt and felt burned.


        1. I shudder to think of the time when mine will leave home. I miss them so much when they are away for a full day!
          Please stay cool – the heat outside does not sound too good for a person.


  3. Best wishes for an enthusiastic return to School Colline, with your cold weather I would imagine there would be a lot of inside adventures to create. No white New years season here Colline, temperatures of 45 today, think we might be in for a hot bush fire season coming up.
    Kind regards and best wishes.


  4. hi – best wishes to your daughter and her pursuits – and how nice you had a break when the cold had hit – and game of thrones is on my list to watch – ugh – I am so looking forward to it.


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