If We Were Having Coffee (Memorial Day Edition)

If we were having coffee, we’d have to meet in Ashland, OR, where I’m spending Memorial Day weekend with some extended family.

If you’d never been here before, you’d soon realize that everything is Shakespeare-themed, since Ashland is home to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. It’s a small town, but OSF puts it on the map.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that the last two weeks have been a lot, with moving out and taking finals, then spending 36 hours in Michigan before flying back to Portland via Los Angeles.

I’d tell you about the intensive summer session course I took online in those two weeks. It was called sociology of sexualities, and involved pages upon pages of reading every day. It was a lot of work, but the content was interesting: how gender and sexuality are so linked, why fraternities are especially prone to being venues for sexual assault, and how sex educators often modify their discourse when teaching women of color (especially Latina women).

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you about how I started running again this week, and how I hope to make a habit of it. I used to run thrice weekly during senior year of high school and loved the endorphins and macbook prostrength that came with it, but going to college meant a much hillier environment and then snow. I’m not a fan of the treadmill, so I couldn’t motivate myself to run anymore (a pattern that I, unfortunately, will likely repeat at the end of this summer). In the meantime, however, I’m excited to reclaim my fitness. 

I’d tell you about my newest tangible acquisition: a MacBook Pro. After 5 years with the classic white MacBook, it was time for an upgrade. And it’s beautiful. I do prefer the old iCal format for my editorial calendar, but I’m getting used to this one.

And then I’d have to return to familial obligations, but not before asking what you want to chat about over coffee this week. 

This post is part of the Weekend Coffee Share linkup at Part Time Monster


19 thoughts on “If We Were Having Coffee (Memorial Day Edition)

  1. Your class sounds very interesting! I got my MA in the History of Sexuality so that would be right up my alley! I took quite a few sociology courses for electives and ended up getting into a certificate program because I had all of the credit hours anyway. One of my favorites was Social Deviance. Dang, I miss school!


    • It’s been very interesting! I take the final today and it’s a LOT of work but then it’ll all be over–a semester’s worth in two weeks, it feels like it hasn’t even happened.

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  2. Ashland is beautiful. I have stopped their many times on my drives between Portland and California. I always had up there, even if I don’t need to because it’s cheaper this side of California and because it’s the last time I will enjoy having my gas pumped for me until I return to Oregon. Enjoy your visit!


  3. I’m actually from Portland, OR myself (born and raised). Haven’t ever been to Ashland (though been through or close a time or two). Hope you enjoyed (are enjoying??) your visit with extended family.


  4. Shakespeare festivals are great and it’s cool that the town in Shakespeare themed. My college used to do a different Shakespeare during the week of finals. It was nice to be able to take a little entertainment break and destress for a couple of hours before getting back to studying.

    Love MAC. I, too, traded up from the classic white. I love these little babies. Better than a PC. And the older version of iCal is better. I still don’t particularly care for the new version and I’ve for while now. I think the Google calendar is closer to the old iCal.

    Love that you used ‘thrice’ instead of ‘three’. Pretty clever. :) Good luck with your running and hopefully you’ll keep running when you go back to school.


  5. Hi Sabina! Hope you have a great Memorial Day with your family! Your coursework on gender and sexuality sounds interesting (possibly some inspired blog posts to share your insights?)! Nice to meet you! :) Shelah


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