Virtual Coffee

If we were meeting for coffee today, I would be dancing.

Because Songkran starts tomorrow! It’s the Thai New Year and the water fights are already beginning. In celebration of the coming of the rainy season, it’s tradition for people to throw, shoot, dump, or otherwise drench everyone else in water. (Note to self: wear crappy clothes and bring towels in plastic bags.) I’m totally looking forward to seeing it all. Kind of not looking forward to having random people throw buckets at me while I’m trying to ride the scooter. At least it’s super hot (like 95 degree weather with 50% humidity) so the water is welcome. I promise to take loads of pictures too! We’ll take the Nikon out in a dry bag so we can document the craziness. I’m kind of feeling like this will be a rather wetter version of Burning Man – Thai people are definitely getting ready to party!

I’m also uber excited because my cousins and an aunt are coming up to visit and I really can’t wait to see them. It’ll be good times full of fun story-swapping, communal food munching, and a good chance for me to practice my Thai. (Of course, they’ll all laugh at me, but whatevs.)

If we were meeting for coffee in real life, I’d also be very, very happy because…well, I’m missing my IRL friends a lot right now. I wish so very much I could have a whole week and spend hours upon hours with each one individually, where I could hear about everything going on with them, big and small…the things we tell when we first see our friends, and the things we say when we have more time and someone is really listening. And then I’d want to have a big dinner party at the end where we all came together and had lots of yummy food and fabulous cocktails. (Can you tell my values in life revolve around food, friends and family?)

Somehow I feel like even though, day to day, not a whole lot is happening outside me, there is a whole lot going on underneath the surface. Things I probably can’t quite get a hold on unless I put words to them or allow more time to process. If I were meeting you for coffee IRL, I think I would tell you more about what’s going on underneath the surface: the changes I see on the horizon. But we’re doing this virtually, and somehow all of that just doesn’t fit in a blog post, so I’ll leave it at that. (Because I can’t imagine you all would really want to sift through a whole long slog of hems and haws – but don’t worry! None of it is bad news!)

What about you? If you had the time and someone was really listening, and you got past the surface, what’s something going on underneath that you would share?

Join in the Virtual Coffee fun at Amy’s!


P.S. My blog is celebrating its 2nd anniversary tomorrow! Yay!

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8 thoughts on “Virtual Coffee

  1. I'm really looking forward to hearing about the Thai new year and seeing your photos – I hope your camera stays safe and dry though. It sounds like so much fun, although I don't think it would be as much fun in Scotland – brrr.

    I have similar values involving friends, family and of course food. I really could do with going past the surface at the moment but don't seem to have time to do this. I'm trying to work everything out in my own head before I pour it out to someone else. It seems I am going through a stage in not being able to work much out at all.

    But as you said, too much for a blog post and of course too much for a comment. Although I'd rather be more complicated than being able to fit everything in one post, most of the time anyway!

    Have fun tomorrow,


  2. Wow! It all sounds like so much fun! A party in the streets, a party with family, a party with friends! Plus great conversations and food! It sounds heavenly! I live vicariously through you and others who are free to move about the cabin. The captain has not yet turned off my seatbelt sign. I can't wait to see the pictures you take!

    I'm not very good at sharing what's underneath the surface. I think I just blurt it out. I'm working on my finese, but I'm still a blurter. I can hardly wait for you to share with us what is going on with you.

    Congratulations on your 2 year anniversary of your blog! I enjoy it so very much!!

  3. I can't wait to see pictures. I hope you can work everything out. I know its hard to process things sometimes when we can't talk them out loud.

  4. Happy blogoversary! How awesome — two years!

    I know what you mean about not being able to translate the inner thoughts into tangible sentences and phrases for the blog. I totally get that.

    Have fun celebrating the new year, and enjoy spending time with your family. How wonderful!

  5. I can't wait to come back and read about Songkran! It sounds like such a blast!

    Also, you don't list your email here. I wanted to reply to a comment that you left for me but can't because you stink and don't share!

    Have fun tomorrow!

  6. So excited to hear about Songkran. Sounds crazy, but fun. Oh and you may want to leave the white T-shirts at home that day…I'm just sayin'. :-)

    As for what I would REALLY say if we were having coffee today. I'd probably tell you that I'm a bundle of stress and nerves and feel some changes in the air, but I'm not sure just what it might be. Weird…probably the stupid weather or something dumb. :-)

    Anyway, have a GREAT week! And if you need to REALLY talk you have my email.

    See you next Tuesday!

  7. Songkran sounds so fun- I'm virtually throwing a cup of water at you right now! Thanks for stopping by my blog and looking at my feet (ha ha)…it is so nice to meet you! Happy blogiversary…

  8. Jade,

    I'm so excited for all the fun you are going to have. And completely jealous. I think a week long water fight would be an absolute dream for Pickle.

    If we were meeting IRL for coffee I'd invite you over to see my new patio set. It's amazing, and if you ever make your way back to California we will definitely have to have brunch on it.

    I'm eating Thai food for lunch right now and was thinking of you as I was warming it up.