Coffee & a Chat – Bookstores and Dog Beds

The Prince of Barkness gets a new bed. (Ozzy)

Good snowy morning ladies and germs! What a way to round out the first month of 2021 but with a little chat over the morning’s caffeine intake.

A new realization this month: This pandemic has made me realize many things over the last almost year, and my dears, the general public made me question whether I want to be a pharmacy technician the rest of my life. After a bit of consideration, I discovered that the answer had become a solid, no. Then, Mr. C&M gave me another idea; to one day open my own bookstore.

So that’s the new life plan, in the next 5 to 10 years, open my own bookstore. Pharmacy is still fine for now but if someone is rude, I want to be able to throw them out of my own store. (I may also be falsely envisioning that book patrons are a less rude bunch, but let me have my dream.) I helped open one small business, after lots of research, I think I can do it on my own one day.

As for the rest of January, I did pretty good with keeping up on content.

I reviewed two books –

Magic Triumps by Ilona Andrews (5 stars)

Blood Heir by Ilona Andrews (5 stars)

I also reread Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban with my BFF and started another book;

I posted 3 new recipes –

Eggnog Bread

Applebutter Cookies

Soft Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies

I also received my first dose of the Covid Vaccine almost 3 weeks ago. My second dose is this Tuesday. I didn’t have too many side effects with the first dose. Just muscle soreness for 24 hours and was ravenously hungry the next day. We’ll see what the second dose has in store as we’ve heard that’s usually where you see more side effects.

This may become my new format, Coffee & a Chat’s for the end of the month to recap progress and various happenings.

How was your January??

30 thoughts on “Coffee & a Chat – Bookstores and Dog Beds

  1. How serious were you about tossing out the pharma stuff and going for a bookstore? Because if you are serious, you need to take a very long, hard and indepth look at what bookstores are going through, independent OR chain.

    Keep us posted on the vaccine. I’m very interested to get first hand reports of what people are experiencing.

    1. As grim as this person’s comment above is, I have to agree. Bookstores are not a great investment. They have to be come coffee shops, invite authors (and get them to agree) to do readings, have programming, etc. The ol’ bookshop keeper dream doesn’t exist anymore, especially with e-books. Plus, naughty a-holes are everywhere. I just had a dude yell at me (I work in a library) because I couldn’t access and print his personal tax documents. On Friday, a dude thought I was stupid because I didn’t know the zip code to HIS house.

      1. All of that just sounds like fun to be honest. I do understand that it is quite the gamble. That’s why I plan on doing lots of research first. We actually have 3 independent bookstores near where we live that have kept going despite the pandemic. If it comes down to the timeline that I’m thinking and it doesn’t seem like a feasible thing to do, I won’t. I’m not completely crazy. ๐Ÿ˜‰
        Also, I SAID DON’T RUIN MY CUSTOMERS AREN’T ASSHOLES WHEN IT COMES TO BOOKS, dream! ๐Ÿ˜›
        Sounds a lot like my patients who just assume I magically know they switched insurances the first of the year, despite their old insurance working just fine.

    2. This is a 5-10 year plan. I plan on doing lots of research before pulling the trigger on anything. I do feel like independent bookstores are slowly making a comeback. (At least around here.) It won’t be purely books either, mostly books with some fun gift stuff too.

      I will definitely let everyone know how the second dose goes!

    3. So second dose really kicked my butt for about 24 hours. I felt narcoleptic level sleepy, achy, swollen lymph nodes in my armpit, cold sweats & hot flashes (no fever somehow) and a minor headache. I felt immensely improved by the next day though. I don’t regret it. I just wish I had been able to take that day off of work. It might have been the longest day of my life lol. (side effects didn’t hit until about 12 + hours after the vaccination.)

  2. Have you seen the comedy show โ€œBlack Booksโ€? If not you must give it a go. I think itโ€™s a great idea to open a book store. You could call it Cupcakes, Machetes and Fine literature. One of the best things I ever did was start my own business. I only wish Iโ€™d done it years ago. My advice, if you want it, is start small but aim high and stand out from the crowd. Do things like offer free coffee and tea or include a Free Thursday night book review club. I think youโ€™ll do very well. Why wait five to ten years though?

    1. The wait is in order to get my husband situated with what he would like to be doing first. Plus, right now in the states is not a good time to try to start a business. I want to give myself ample time to research too. I don’t know that I want to do coffee/tea but I was thinking of fun gifts. I want it to have a little edgier feel about the place so it stands out. Funny thing, I started community college years ago with the intention of getting a degree in small business but the classes were so horribly boring that I dropped out. D: No fear though! I’m still confident that I could do it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Good luck on your book store idea, itโ€™s awesome and I hope you are able to do it.

    My January was a bit all over the place but Iโ€™m hoping everything has stabilized and I can get moving on my creative goals.

  4. One, puppy with grey muzzle STOP BEING SO CUTE. Seriously how people don’t find older dogs adorable is beyond me. Yeah puppies are cute, but adults might actually come trained and not be as destructive.

    Omg YASSS, doooo iiiit and all that fancy encouraging shit. I feel you with that “this job is fine” because I’m similar to that with mine. I’d be okay doing mine, but writing is in my blood. Granted I can do both, but I wish I had more time for the latter. I want an alternative to Amazon anyway and have been trying to use Bookshop.com which gives you indie places to buy from. Can’t do anything about eBooks/Kindles right now, but I do what I can.

    1. Isn’t he the cutest?? He doesn’t poop in the house, doesn’t chew on anything and just serves insane amounts of cute at us on a regular basis.
      Heeeeeyyyyy, perhaps one day you’ll do a book tour when you publish your book and you can do a signing at my store! Haha, that would awesome. I’ve already said the same thing to Ignited Moth about hers. ๐Ÿ˜› Might as well start marketing now lmao.

      1. Right??? Plus I have two cats and puppies are giant PITAs towards cats. Cid probably wouldn’t mind being a giant PITA himself, but Garnet would throw a princess fit. They’ve been around dogs before, little Poms who were very well behaved.

        You gotta! I really want to get back to indie bookshops. I remember reading how people were giving Barnes and Noble (obviously not indie) shit for planning to serve food at their stores, and it’s like…why? They’re evolving to keep up with the times and stay in business. If someone took me on a dinner date to a bookstore, I’d consider them a keeper like that sounds freaking lit.

      2. I somehow missed this response! So sorry! WP has not been kind to me lately.
        Barnes and Nobles is the last book chain standing, I think they can do what they need to to stay in business. I would still rather give them my money than Amazon. (As I still buy other shit on Amazon at least once a month. D: )

      3. That makes me so sad. I remember Borders and a bunch of other brick and mortar places. There used to be a bookstore in EVERY mall, and now it’s just B & N. Yep, I feel the same way. I still buy stuff from Amazon because a lot of times it’s just convenient. I’d much rather support Barnes and Nobel. Before the pandemic I’d make it a point to go there at least once a month and get a few books. I can order from them online still though.

      4. Since the pandemic hit, I’ve been in my favorite independent bookstore once. I should have spent more money on them in the last year but I did also cease a lot of spending in general. I haven’t been to B&N in over a year now. =/

      5. Yeah, I’ve been buying lots of Kindles and putting more money into freaking Bezos’ pocket. I did find Bookshop.com, which lets you find indie booksellers. I haven’t been to B&N in that long either. I should start ordering from them again.

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