NaBloPoMo. And more coffee.

I am a slow writer. In academia this was mostly a detriment; my obsessiveness with getting words right did produce some decent pieces of writing, but I was always writing right up to every single deadline. In blogging, writing slowly and obsessively is definitely a hazard, as it’s really hard to build momentum and keep readers interested when writing an entry a month (which is pretty much the pace I’ve been at). So I’ve decided to take part in NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month): a post a day for a month challenge. And true to form pushing deadlines, here I am on the first day, writing just before midnight.

And since my obsessiveness extends to more than writing, I’m going to write about coffee shops again. I really want to write more about coffee in Saskatoon (my coffee roots) and Ottawa (still my coffee home), but I’m trying to make peace with Edmonton, so I will say this: there are two good coffee shops here. In a city of a million people. Just saying. (And already the bitterness is surfacing. No pun intended). And we had to drive 26 minutes to get there (so much for making peace).

But at least the coffee’s good! Today we were at Transcend in Garneau (the other good one is Credo). I love that both names have a religious tone: you know they’re serious about coffee. In fact, Transcend has a manifesto of sorts on the wall, which is always a good sign in a coffee shop (and really nowhere else). To be clear, there are two locations; the other is in a sort of industrial area and is nowhere near as cool. When we first moved here, I drove past the Garneau one and loved the old building it’s located in, but when we tried to go back on the weekend, my husband entered Transcend in the GPS and we ended up at the boring strip mall version in the industrial area. I sat in the car and cried because I missed good coffee shops in old buildings so much (and because I was hyped up on pregnancy hormones).

I’m a sucker for exposed brick, so I loved this place with its Art Deco feel the moment I walked in. It’s in the same building as the Garneau Theatre (built in 1940): in a city where everything feels like it was built in the 80s, I can’t say how much I appreciated this space. And the bathrooms are large with ample counter space for baby changing. Bonus.

But because I was hung over on Halloween candy today, I didn’t even have coffee. Jeff was a couple doors down at Garneau Hair (we had to combine tasks to justify the drive), so I just sat and drank a peppermint lavender tea with Claire and watched the all the young hip people, mostly students. (More accurately: I watched Claire guzzle my tea from a tiny white tea cup, as it turns out she loves peppermint lavender tea). It was strangely surreal to watch the baristas racing about and students lounging around drinking coffee — like watching the earlier versions of myself. And although I miss many, many things in this new place, as I sat there sharing tea with this beautiful, tiny little person, I didn’t miss my old student life or my old barista self for a moment.


5 thoughts on “NaBloPoMo. And more coffee.

  1. Snoskred November 2, 2014 / 9:49 am

    Hey there, I found you via the NaBloPoMo blogroll.

    Coffee is awesome. šŸ™‚ I love a good coffee shop.

    As part of NaBloPoMo I challenge myself try to comment on as many participating blogs as I can, and I add all participating blogs to my feed reader.

    So I’m just dropping by to let you know I’ve added your blog to my feedreader, I’m reading you loud and clear, I have a link up going at my place so my readers can find participating blogs which you are more than welcome to add your blog link to.

    Looking forward to seeing your posts, and you’ll likely see me drop by again during November.

    Happy NaBloPoMo to you!


  2. martinmilneruk November 2, 2014 / 1:17 pm

    Like everyone, you’ve moved on. However I do recognize the out of body experience that you describe before stating you would rather be in your current stage of life; student days are in the past but it is fun to treasure them in your memory.


    • bethanyguenther November 3, 2014 / 5:28 am

      I’m not saying I’ve totally moved on – I was in university for all of my twenties and a good part of my thirties, so there are days when I mope around and miss it. The last couple of years of PhD studies, I did a bit of lecturing, so I miss being more prof than student and the challenge that was. At the moment I’m writing about here, however, I didn’t miss that old life. And for the most part, I do treasure those student days!


  3. Corina November 4, 2014 / 5:41 am

    Remember that posting a photo, even without any explanation or narrative, is a post. That’s all you need for NaBloPoMo. And on days that you write more than one post, consider not publishing them all. Just publish one and save the others as drafts then when you don’t have something to post, you can use one of the drafts. Kind of like keeping merchandise in the back room until it’s needed! Good luck with NaBloPoMo. I’m doing that and NaNoWriMo and the photo 101 challenge all in the same month! I think I can. I think I can. I think I can!


    • bethanyguenther November 4, 2014 / 6:04 am

      Corina, this is such good advice! Thank you! Wow, impressed you are attempting both! You can do it šŸ™‚ Looking forward to checking out your posts…


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