If we were having coffee, we’d be at my local coffee shop once more. It’s a full house for a Sunday and I had to take a table close to the counter, which is noisier than where I usually sit. I have a clear sight of the door and keep getting distracted by all the people coming in.
If I were to pick a word to describe this week, it would be quiet. My parents have been on vacation for the past week and I’ve had the house to myself. The solitude has been a much-needed break. I’ve been able to dive into my head in a way I haven’t in a long time. I’ve been writing again in a way that feels fresh and natural. And I’ve been reading! Between audiobooks from my commute and normal reading, I’ve finished about five books over the past seven days. Whew!
Not that I’ve been home much… with work and doing things with friends, I’ve kept pretty busy.
I had an enjoyable dinner with an old friend, who was visiting from the East Coast (where she’s about to start her PhD program). Yesterday afternoon, a college friend came to visit me. I’ve been trying to get her up here for years and was so glad it finally happened! We had quite the adventure! I showed her around our apple orchard and took her to the coffee shop (where I now sit). Then, we wandered around this really cool sculpture garden and hung out at my local State Park. The evening wrapped up at the vintage Drive In restaurant, with rootbeer floats and burgers–the perfect summer meal.
Over the next couple of days, my family will slowly fill the house again. My parents return from their week by the lake in the north woods this evening. Tomorrow, my younger brother comes home from his summer internship in North Carolina. It’ll be weird having everyone around again, but a nice kind of weird. Too much time alone makes me go crazy.
In the meantime, I’m going to enjoy the quiet while it lasts. I have absolutely no plans for today and tomorrow and I intend to take advantage of it. I’m hoping for long hours reading on a blanket in my back yard and at least one big hike in my local state park.
But enough about me! What have you been up to this week? What would you share over coffee?