Coffee Talk: Back to School and Other Stuff

Coffee Talk {living outside the stacks}

I’d like to welcome you to Coffee Talk. If you’re new here, this is where I share some of the great and not~so~great stuff that I find on the web. Topics range from news stories that leave me scratchin’ my head to DIYs that I think are absolutely clever. And, who knows, there may even be a recipe thrown in here or there just for fun.

So grab a cup of coffee {or tea or whatever floats your boat} and let’s talk…

This week has been sad but exciting: both girls moved away to college. And not just 10 minutes up the road like last year, but a full one and a half hours away. We are officially empty nesters. No popping into my office between classes. No running home for the weekends. This is it. I have to wait for holidays to see my girls like every other parent of college kids. And, yes, I cried. They’re my babies, y’all.

I found out that my history class was cancelled because I didn’t have enough students. I guess no one wants to take an American history class at 8 am. To say I was disappointed would be an understatement. I spent the whole summer totally revamping my syllabus and updating it to make room for more videos, more primary source explorations, and more Twilight Zone references. Those students don’t know what they’re missing.

My boss brought peaches to work last week and my coworker brought tomatoes to work this week. You guys, I’ve never had fruit fresh off the tree/vine before… I had no idea. Fresh fresh fruit is ah~mazing!!!! I had planned to used the peaches in a pie or something but the girls and I scarfed them all down in one sitting. And the tomatoes were eaten like apples. Now I’m thinking I need to grow a garden. Do you eat fresh fruit?

Final thought, now that my class has been cancelled I’ll be able to read more and watch my favorite TV shows when they return: The Walking Dead, anyone? I’m hoping Humans comes back too but I haven’t heard anything one way or the other.

Now it’s your turn, what has you scratching your head?

Sipping my coffee while you talk,

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}





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  • Kelly

    I’d totally take your American history’s class!! And YES to fresh fruit off the vine. I hate walking into grocery stores and not smelling the produce….By all rights it should punch you in the face as you walk in! I’m a short year and half away from being an empty nester. It’s going to take me that long to keep cutting the apron strings! Thinking of you my friend. xo

    • I miss my babies but I’m so incredibly proud of them that it kind of balances out. And they text/Facebook me all day long which helps a lot. Their running commentary on the events of the day are so funny. I wish I could share them but they’ve requested privacy so…

      I was hoping that I’d have a small class of 10 or 12, I’m guessing I need to try for later hours. My daughters told me no one wants to take an 8 AM class. LOL

  • fuschia

    Yes, yes, yes, you definitely need to get into the fresh vegetable/fruit game! I almost die waiting for fresh tomatoes every summer, and when they are in, I am at the Farmers Market EVERY Saturday morning grabbing a bag full, cause I devour them and cook with them all week long! Be sured to try Heirloom tomatoes as well, they are even more delicious, and come in such beautiful colors too. So sorry to hear about your class being cancelled! History is so important…what’s up with these kids? Oh, and I am all in with The Walking Dead, can’t wait!!!!

    • I just found out that we have a Farmers Market here so I’m gonna talk The Hubs into going with me. I’m imagining all sorts of pasta dishes and just plain old fashioned raw veggies. Yum!! Speaking of tomatoes, I just had my first tomato and mayo {Miracle Whip} sandwich and ohmyword was it good!!!!!

      I wish I could have a viewing party for the opening season of The Walking Dead. That would be all kinds of fun.

  • Melissa G

    Aww…I know you miss your girls already! I’ve never had both my kids that far away at the same time before. Hang in there, Mama!
    We used to have four peach trees in our back yard; they all died except one, and it’s half dead. Poor thing. We really need to get some new trees planted in the spring, because fresh peaches are AMAZING! I’ve got a few good apples on our baby apple tree, and a bunch of nearly useless apples on the dwarf trees. Our veggie garden is struggling this year – everyone else around here has said the same. Although my hubby did get the best crop of radishes he’s ever had, earlier this summer. We aren’t the best gardeners in the world, but we give it a go!

    • I do. I’ve had to resist the urge to text them every hour, so I only text them every couple of hours. LOL

      I couldn’t imagine having peach and apple trees in my backyard, even if they were dying/dead. Just the thought. You know, I think this must be the year for bad gardens, a few of my friends have complained about not getting the robust harvest they usually get. I would love to start a garden but lazy. But the thought of fresh veggies is so appealing…

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