Coffee Talk – Busy Days
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Welcome to Coffee Talk! If you haven’t been here before, this is my (usually) weekly post about things going on in the world, around the web, and in my life. Grab your favorite morning beverage and join in for a chat.
Just like every July, life has been pretty busy around our house this month. Last week was our county’s annual fair. My husband always takes the entire week off from work to volunteer at the event, and I go out and help some too. I used to be out there all week taking photos and helping to announce events, but I’ve never done well in heat, so the last couple years I’ve cut back the amount of work I officially do.
This weekend is the Boonville Antique Machinery Show, which my husband will be spending the weekend at. If the weather isn’t too hot, I’ll probably head out for the day on Saturday or Sunday to check out their flea market, but I leave all the hard work at this show – like plowing fields with a team of horses – to my husband.
In case you haven’t heard, Pokemon Go! by Niantic is the thing to do for geeks and gamers here is the US. It’s an augmented reality game that allows you to catch Pokemon while you’re out walking around in your real-world environment. Some players have taken to learning how to hack location on pokemon go to optimize their play, whilst others go with the flow. Some people think it’s stupid to play, but I am not one of them. I was the right age to play, when the original game came out in the 90s, and I had friends who liked the Pokemon emerald rom that floated around back in the day, so now it’s super nostalgic to me. Plus, it gets me away from my desk and off my back side to go for walks catching Pokemon.
What’s going on in your life? And what do you think about this latest gaming craze?
I too don’t do very well in heat. We’ve been having the annual heatwave, temps 41-45ºC for over a week. Only in July and August do I voluntarily get up 2 hours early! but you have to get everything possible done before 11 AM if you have any sense–shopping, housework etc. That way I can justify flopping all afternoon. I have no students in view for August so I will have a forced vacation; I intend to work on a couple of quilts. I did get most of the heavy cleaning done I had planned before the heat hit. There is Conchi’s crib cover and the half-finished Storm at Sea quilt, plus my crazy quilt too. I found a source for printer-friendly fabric but they sell it dear here in Spain, about 5 Euros a single sheet. However, the postage from the US would put me away too.
I find that drinking “tereré” (yerba maté tea made with ice water and mint) helps keep me cooler longer than just iced tea. I make “fridge tea” with regular black teabags for breakfast, and then sip on tereré through the morning, in my chiller mug. I blend it with dried mint and add panela to sweeten.
As for Pokemon, I was too old for it the first time round, so the second time–well. I do think people all over the world have been acting pretty crazy while “catching” them. One guy in Toronto apparently jumped on a train line to catch something! Good thing the train didn’t “catch” him.