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If We Were Having Coffee…

If we were having coffee I would tell you all about my new jumper. I’ve never owned a Christmas jumper before and to be honest I’ve never really had the desire to buy one. But work has a Christmas jumper day and hey ho I found myself in the Next knitwear section perusing all the holiday themed woolly garments thinking about how I really wanted the sheep one but apparently that wasn’t Christmassy enough. So instead I go the one with a reindeer and snowflakes because that said Christmas without being utterly in your face about it. I have also not taken it off since I bought it because lo and behold! I have discovered that I love jumpers! It has opened up a whole new world of snugly and that sheep jumper is now on it’s way to me and tomorrow I will be the proud owner of two Christmas jumpers! It’s like wearing a dressing gown that’s socially acceptable to have on in public places like the supermarket. What’s not to love about that.

If we were having coffee I’d also tell you that I’m fine. Really, I am. I’m sad yes and every time I think about her I can feel the ache, but  I don’t feel like anything has been taken from me. I had more time with her than I probably should have in the grand scheme of things and I’m not going to poo-poo that with tears.

If we were having coffee I’d say that Nanowrimo went out the window but the novel is still moving forward. Granted, it’s at the pace of a wounded snail but progress is progress and my skull only slightly aches from bouncing off the wall repeatedly as I tell myself over and over ‘I can do this! Just keep writing!’

If we were having coffee I’d apologies for the mass of posts one week and my utter absence the next. Consistency has never been my strongest suit and recently my juggling skills have become a little haphazard. The balls tend to go out the window and around the garden before coming back to me. I’ll get it together eventually I hope, but for now I’m going to cut myself some slack and focus on one task at a time. Let’s see how far I can get with that before diving back into everything.

If we were having coffee I’d thank you for listening. Sometimes I just need someone to ramble at.

me in a jumper

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Carol Forrester is a writer trying to be a better one. She’s currently working on a poetry collection 'It's All In The Blood'. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University, enjoys judo at least twice a week, and tries to attend poetry events around the Midlands when she can. Her flash fiction story ‘Glorious Silence’ was named as River Ram Press’ short story of the month for August 2014 and her short story ‘A Visit From The Fortune Teller’ has been showcased on the literary site Ink Pantry. Her poems ‘Sunsets’ and ‘Clear Out‘ were featured on Eyes Plus Words, and two of her poems were included in the DVerse Poets Pub Publication ‘Chiaroscuro’ which is available for purchase on amazon. More recently her poem ‘Until The Light Gets In‘ was accepted and published at The Drabble and her poem ‘Newborn’ was published by Ink Sweat & Tears. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and has hosted a number of guest bloggers on her site Writing and Works.

17 Comments

  1. Deborah the Closet Monster says

    A word a day would indeed still get you a book in the end, so I’d say you’re doing smashingly!

    (That sweater is great. I actually just got a “moostletoe” top meant to be for sleep but which I’ll be wearing outside, because why not?! It’s cute and comfy!)

  2. I kept reading to see if I would find out what you meant by jumper as I didn’t know you were British so I kept wondering if you meant what Americans call a sweater or what we call a jumper. I’m glad you posted the picture. It answered my question!

    Last year my daughter’s work party had an “ugly Christmas sweater” contest. We got one at a thrift shop and I embellished it with all manner of glitter and pom poms. It had a Christmas tree on it so I also added a kind of advent calendar on the bottom with each little felt pocket holding a treat that she could give out (candy canes, Hershey’s kisses, etc.) It was great fun to help her come up with an ugly Christmas sweater!

    I’m glad you are enjoying yours. I might just get one this year. I haven’t had one in a long, long number of years!

    • I haven’t had a jumper in a while so it surprised me how much I missed them. Making a Christmas jumper sounds like great fun, apologies, ugly sweater. 🙂

    • Definitely no way we could do that in Sydney. The Christmas jumper/sweater could put you in hospital with our current temps. Even the dogs around here end up getting shorn to relieve their heat fatigue. I haven’t heard of people having Christmas t-shirts competitions but they could be an alternative xx Rowena

      • Defiantly an alternative.
        Seeing as our summer’s been pretty miserable this year we could have probably got away with jumpers through most of it. However I do live in a house where the choice of heating is full blast or nothing at all so this time of year it becomes a matter of freeze or risk slow cooking yourself.

  3. Oh man, I love a snuggly jumper, and that is one adorable and snuggly looking jumper. The unfortunate part of it all is that New Orleans is only cool enough for a jumper about a week or two out of each year, and otherwise it’s either steamy hot or only cool enough for a light jacket. Ah well—I’m glad not to have to fight the snow, at least!

    • I suppose that’s what’s great about the British weather. It does require a versatile wardrobe.
      New Orleans is on my list of places to visit however. The boyfriend are hoping to fly out to my mum’s cousin in a few years in Texas and do some road tripping.

  4. I love your new sweater (the U.S. name for jumpers). As soon as the weather is cold enough around here I pull out my sweaters and don’t part with them till April! You are right, they are super cozy. I am jealous of your sheep jumper! That sounds cool too.

  5. Love your jumper, its been a while since I wore one properly but this might be the year I rediscover them. I do think they would be the perfect antidote to a stormy UK winter, and a rather cold office! 🙂

  6. Such a lovely and tasteful jumper. Hardly rates as a Christmas jumper. I once saw a blogpost on the 10 worst Christmas jumpers and they were really bad.
    It’s so hot here that even the dogs are stripping off and getting their annual haircuts.
    xx Rowena

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