I am sitting in a coffee shop now and I made a nice discovery this morning. One of the coffee shops where I sometimes go to work on my computer has a private room that can be reserved for just a $25 gift card purchase. I may start using it to have a place where I can focus on my writing away from the apartment. One thing's for sure... Right now I'm sitting in another coffee shop by the window and there are a bunch of gnats that keep flying around me. Last November, when I talked about misophonia to my Toastmasters' club, I described the annoyance of misophonia triggers like being dive-bombed by mosquitos and other insects, a description to which they could completely relate. Well, I feel like I'm reliving that portion of the speech because even though they don't make any noise (which wouldn't matter since I'm wearing my earbuds now), they're so fricken annoying! I smush one and three more start flying around me. Argh! Oh, and even though when I first got here, it was so pleasantly empty in the café, I wound up having to switch sides of my table because two women sat at the table next to mine and one of them in my direct line of sight above my laptop screen wouldn't stop twirling her hair. I'm just glad I got here at a time when I had my choice of where to sit. Now, I'm facing the outside so the only thing in my view is the occasional car that pulls up to the drive-through microphone/speaker.
It's so nice out today. I see lots of robins looking for worms and buds starting to peek out on the trees. Granted, it's not quite the same as cherry-blossom time back in DC, but spring is spring and I'm hopeful that it will bring about new beginnings for me this year. I'm still waiting to hear back from schools to which I applied for professorship positions. I *so* want to get my foot in the door somewhere, especially if it can help me pursue some of the misophonia research ideas that I've been developing. Please keep your fingers crossed for me! I can use all the positive mojo I can get! :-)