Coffee date

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Coffee on the bus to work last week. 

Why hello there! How nice of you to meet me today for a cup of coffee. Dare I say you’re looking lovely today? Your kindness, humor, and panache are shining through!

I don’t have anything exciting to say today other than I’m looking forward to the weekend. I took this swim session on and it’s been a long one.

I know it can be a distraction from deployment #4 but really, I’m just not loving teaching the group lessons right now. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE most of the kids I’m working with this session. They are super great little buddies and I make sure to bring my best to the pool when I’m there, but group classes are really draining.

Yea, I’ve still got it and can do it, but I don’t know if I want to do it. Luckily, we have a 2 week close down and I can figure it out.

I think I’m going to go back to just my private lessons and filling in. I have some other things needing my focus these days.

I want to finish my house, do crafts, and spend time with special people and having to go to the pool until noon or 3pm every Saturday really cuts into that time. Yeah it’s only a few hours there and in the water, but it’s at least another hour or more travel time, mentally prepping each lesson for the different kiddos and dealing with some of the parents. (Other parents are amazing.)

My private lessons? I like that a lot more. Those kiddos are delightful, inspiring and fun. I’ve developed a sort of friendship with their parents that goes beyond the pool deck. I leave teaching those children recharged and happy. Even their not good days bring smiles to my face and we laugh.

Group lessons aren’t always the same. Some days I have to dig deep for even leaving feeling like I got anything done. My playcheck should be more happy and laughs and less “Why am I doing this again?”

Maybe I’m just tired and need a break? Find something else to inspire me? I don’t know.

Wow, this got a little heavy! I didn’t mean for that to happen, the words just sort of came out of my fingertips. I guess I had to write it out to think it out.

I am curious though. What inspires you? When you’re zapped, what brings you back to something you’ve loved previously?

One of mine is “making things” but that’s a post for a different day…

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#4

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Dark bars are our favorite photo backdrops

The Bro is off for deployment #4. Like I told his wife this morning when we were texting, I don’t want to say it gets easier each time, but in some ways it does.

It helps that (for now) he’s in a relatively safe place although given the current world political climate I’m under no delusion they wouldn’t hesitate to send him elsewhere if needed.

We deal with that if it happens.

It’s not what I’d choose for him, but I fully support his choice to stay in and do what he knows, loves in his own way, and is really good at. He’s my best friend and little brother. If I got to choose? I’d wrap him in bubble wrap, rainbows, and kindness. For those who have met him, you can guess about how well that would go over.

We don’t get to choose though, so we do what we need to do to get through and keep it together state side. Truly, one of the reasons I keep it together (mostly) (some days) is that I know it makes it harder for him to be away when we’re not okay.

I can’t tell you how many people have asked “How do you keep it together, Court? I’d be freaking out/a basket case.”  Shrug. We just do. Until we don’t. Then we lose it in a big way, take a deep breath and get our ish back together – hopefully, before he finds out.

Really? Denial and distraction. Bully Hill profits will be good for the next few quarters if you want to get stock now. (I’m only partially kidding.)

This is the fourth time we’ve faced this. The first time I learned to crochet. That’s worked out pretty well for me. The second time I ran. And ran. And ran. I was up to 5 miles when he came back and I decided that was enough of that nonsense. But I can still run if I want/need to. I think the third time we were getting ready to buy a house and started trying for a baby. That one didn’t work out so well for me, but I was teaching a lot, life was pretty decent, but it wasn’t my best time.

But now I’m getting the house sold, babies aren’t something that are particularly on my radar, and the thought of training for something running wise doesn’t excite me.

I have some amazing friends who have made wonderful suggestions to distract me such as writing essays to help other families, trying new recipes, boxing, yoga-a-day, volunteering with the local ASO, cross stitch, learn to play guitar, and a few other things that are escaping me. Oh. School.

For now, I’ve started a yoga-a-day group on facebook and if you want in I can add you. It’s a great group of supportive ladies who love me and/or the Bro and I know it won’t just be about yoga.

They are my touch stones to get me through #4. We’ll do it. Together.

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Good things 2017: Week 39-40

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The tree has angel wings.
You can’t convince me otherwise.
Hi.

It’s important to remember the things that are good in life. It reminds me how blessed I really am and also helps to ease the sting of the bad. I’m incredibly lucky, there’s more good than bad (Knockonwood!) and I want to document how thankful I am for it.

Last week hit the ground running as a crappy week and I was having trouble digging deep to find moments that stood out as being good.

Saturday was a really good day and it let some of the good things from the week before shine through.

Here’s a few of the good moments from the past couple of weeks:

  • Seeing the acorn squash coming in
  • Running into old friends
  • Hugs from my G-d kids
  • Being able to just take a sick day in the middle of the week
  • My shows being back
  • Seeing two of my best girls in the same day (yoga and dropped apple pick up)
  • Criminal Minds date!
  • Finding what I needed to see when I was literally and figuratively lost one day.
  • Getting fun pics of giant pumpkin carving
  • Gluten free chocolate chip cookie mix
  • Upstairs being done! (Minus cleaning/organizing/packing)
  • Decorating for fall with pumpkins and lights
  • Grilled cheese sammiches
  • Drinks and laughs with new friends.
  • Laughing with NotSoSweetPea about ridiculousness.
  • Dinner with Daddy-O
  • Quiet dinners (even when they’re really late) with the guy I’ve been seeing.
  • Helping out MsBix and a delightful if brief dinner with her

Good reads:

Favorite Photo:

I can’t actually share my favorite photo with you because it’s of someone else’s kiddos and I don’t do that without permission. This one is pretty good though.
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Favorite Song:

There’s some class acts in country music. This one is heavy after what happened in Vegas, but it’s a good one.

How have you been? What made you smile? Tell me about one of your successes? Read anything good this week?

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Coffee-tail date

21272491_10103010909545092_4445971595732941619_nHey there! How’s your week been? Mine has been the kind that you want to end with a drink, but I have an early morning tomorrow so I won’t. How about a cup of coffee instead?

Well, technically it’s what those young kids call “Happy Hour” at the moment but let’s be real for a minute – being on time is only sometimes my thing. (More often now than ever though!) Being able to roll with it and adapt is most often my thing though so there’s that.

If you want a cup of coffee with a little something something in it, I’m good with that. (I recommend Frangelico, Vanilla Vodka, and Chocolate Liqueur in it with some creamer and sugar. Or Kahlua, I do enjoy that here and there also.)

As summer’s come to a close, I’m finishing up the hard seltzers I spent the summer enjoying and moving to the slightly heavier hard ciders and red wines.

(If you’re curious my preference for the hard seltzers goes White Claw > SpikedSeltzer Hard Seltzer  > Truly. There are other brands, but those are the ones at my local stores.)

I like the less sweet hard ciders the most. There’s some that are hopped and they’re pretty tasty. The dry ones are usually okay by me too. I tried a Hibiscus and Ginger bottle the other night and it was good but had a very strong flavor. I think this week the Hometown Homicider (not pumpkin spice) is my favorite one. (It’s not technically gluten free though so I maybe have to pick something else next time.)

As for wines, a friend turned me on to a pinot noir by Layer Cake Wines and it’s darn good. Bully Hill (Love My Goat) is a long time great choice for my liking, but I’m down to try new wines.

I’m not opposed to a solid cocktail. I’ve  had some good ones and if the bartender is a mixologist I might ask them to surprise me (not including bananas, peaches, or kiwi flavors). I’ve had some good luck with doing so. There was an elderberry something or other with basil or mint in Buffalo that I’ll never forget (well more than I’ve forgotten about it already. The Bro’s wedding was a really long night.)

If we were having a cocktail/mocktail/beer/glass of wine/etc what would you be having?

So do you have anything planned this weekend? I’m heading to yoga in the morning and then to spend the day with the guy I’ve been seeing and his kiddos. I don’t know what we’re doing yet, but I bet it has something to do with pumpkins or apples!

Hope you have a great one. Enjoy that drink.

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Thursday Three – Things I’m finding annoying lately

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Magic red pill for my sinuses.
I don’t really know what it is, but it’s the only thing that’s been working lately.

Today has been a day already. When I got out of the shower I thought about climbing back in bed and hiding under the covers.

And my stuff? Doesn’t even include the bullpucky going on out in the world. I’ve long stopped watching the news and right now I’m only reading carefully chosen information because The Bro is gearing up for a deployment next week.

Right now my allergies are bothering me and the pressure in my sinuses, ear and jaw is borderline disorienting. That side of my face feels swollen even though the mirror says it’s not. I’ve been having weird/bad dreams again and not  sleeping well. I don’t like my lunch options today.

I know. I know, first world problems. I’m a lot luckier than many and I’m thankful for that fact.

But there’s a few other things which have really gotten my goat lately. Maybe I’m just more easily annoyed because of my going on 4 weeks of sinus/ear/jaw discomfort and trouble sleeping and whacked out dreams.

Also, I’m hungry. That never results in something good.

Who knows, but here they are:

  1. Starbucks Baristas’ attitude (except for my friend El) – Holy heck people! Do you have to be so snotty about what you call your sizes? I WANT THE ONE IN THE MIDDLE OR THE BIG ONE. I don’t care what you call it. I don’t go to Starbucks often, but now that they offer gluten free breakfast sammiches, I might like to go more. Stop being so dang pretentious. It’s not helpful or inviting. Also, don’t get me started on what you call it when you put an iced drink in the blender. I swear you change that just to mess with me.
  2. The same 3 cars I see on my work commute who don’t know where the exit is. It’s on the left. There’s a sign for it a few miles back to let you know. I’ve been seeing you at least once a week for months now. The exit hasn’t moved, I promise. Get over before you need to be there. Also, you could wave or smile at me in thanks for letting you in front of me or you know, stop trying to cut me off?
  3. Random Guys on Words with Friends who start a game just to flirt with me. Yes, it’s flattering you think I’m pretty, want to tell me, and flirt. News flash: Words with Friends isn’t a dating app. There are thousands of dating apps. Use one of them. I’ll be polite when I tell you I’m not interested, but once I do? Cut the shit. I’m playing as a semi-intellectual mini escape from life, I’m not interested in you. (I’ve since changed my pic from my fb pic to one of bugs dancing from my phone. Hopefully that helps.)

Wow! I feel a little better now. What’s been getting your goat lately?

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Just some numbers

brody bday snacksI’m not about to tell you how many miles I’ve driven this year, how many pounds I’ve lost and gained, or any sort of numbers like that. (Like hell I’m sharing that last one right now…)

What I want to talk about is birthdays.

That kind of number. And how, in an odd way, how they seem to connect us.

This past weekend I realized that my SIL whom I absolutely adore and the guy I’ve been seeing have the same birthday. So does one of my uncles. And two of the babies born into my life this year.

Yeah, I know all of their birthdays individually if you asked, I’d tell you the day, but it didn’t connect until recently.

(That’s 5 people on the same day, yo.)

It continues though:

  • My grandfather and my cousin.
  • My other grandfather and the guy I’ve been seeing’s dad.
  • My high school best friend’s sister and I.
  • My college best friend, my mentor/ best boss, and a blog love Kate.
  • Frank and DevL.
  • My g-d brother and g-d son.
  • MsBix’s and BatGirl’s grandmas.
  • Mehmere and Sue’s Nanny.
  • The Bro and Nanny’s mom.
  • 4 of my dear dear friends all share the same day.

I could go on and on, but I think you get the idea. All of these people with special connections in my heart, sharing special days.

(Incidentally, most of the time when there’s someone I don’t like? They share the same birthday as someone else I don’t like. You might think there’s a lot of people I don’t like, but there really aren’t – maybe half a dozen or so. How did they end up on the same days? There’s literally one exception to this, but I think under different circumstances, we might have actually have been friends.)

I get it that there are only so many days in the year that there has to be some sort of over lap, but there’s too much overlap for coincidence if you ask me.

What does this mean? I have no idea. I just know that most of the special people in my life are connected by birthday to another special person in my life almost without fail.

Do you have birthday overlap? Do you think I’m a little out there for thinking about this stuff? It’s okay if you do.

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Coffee Date

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The Dove chocolates make me smile.

Why hello there. How are you? What’s in your cup? Today is just plain old coffee with coconut creamer in mine. The options today were limited unless I wanted super dark, blueberry, or Vanilla Biscotti – which I didn’t, – so plain it was.

Was your week a quick one or one that dragged on and on? I think mine fell into the dragged on and on. Every day I woke up hoping it was Friday, but alas, it was not.

Not to wish life away, but sometimes it just needs to be the weekend. You know?

I spent some time Sunday and Monday working at our booth at a work event. There was some seriously good food and candy. And bonus! Ben & Jerry’s for a treat before it was time to leave. I hope I can go back next year!

But then I wasn’t feeling great Wednesday so I stayed home and just spent some time resting. And I pulled the masking tape off the steps so there that’s something productive. They look great. Every little thing I finish makes me want want to stay a little bit. But I have to go. It’s time to move on for many reasons.

So, did you see the season premieres of your favorite shows? NCIS was alright, I think I have to watch it again. Criminal Minds was pretty good. Scorpion was decent. I don’t want to ruin any of them for you if you haven’t seen them yet, but I have to comment that I’m excited Scratch won’t be plaguing the Criminal Minds team anymore! #wheelsup

It’ll be interesting to see how my shows play out. Once Upon a Time isn’t for another couple of weeks, but it seems like half the cast isn’t coming back. We’ll have to see how that plays out. I don’t think it’ll be the same without Emma, Snow, Charming etc.

Anything exciting planned this weekend? I’m working again and Sunday if it’s nice I’m going to meet up with my sister in law and niece at a color run. Not to worry. It’s a short one! Well, I have to run and refill my cup, but I hope you have a lovely Friday and great weekend.

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Reading More: The Surprise Brides series

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Gideon (The Surprise Brides) by Cynthia Woolf was  provided to me at no charge through my partnership with Netgalley.  The opinions are my own. You can see other books I’ve reviewed here.

 

Otherwise titled “Reading more: Gideon, Ethan, Jamie, and Caleb”

It was pretty much straight up slightly naughty cowboy romance but short fun reads. (Amazon rated it’s steamy level as “Sweet”, I might give it a little higher than that.)

I’m not going to review all four because they were pretty cookie cutter but we can talk about the Gideon one since I had to review it for NetGalley

From Amazon:

The Surprise Brides: One determined mama, four reluctant brothers, four mail order brides. Meet Jamie, Caleb, Gideon and Ethan.

As the local preacher, Gideon Fraser often talks about the many virtues of a good marriage, but that doesn’t mean he has the slightest inclination of claiming a bride of his own. No, he’s been burned before, by greedy women who only want the prestige and money the Fraser family name can provide. When his mother’s devious matchmaking results in his unexpected wedding, Gideon looks at the beautiful face of the woman who has sworn to be his and wants nothing to do with her. But Gideon is in danger of losing his heart until he discovers the truth. His new wife lied to him…about everything.

Ruby Haller needed a husband and fast. A treacherous man promised her the world, took her virginity, and left her without a father for her unborn child. When her father, the town minister, found out she was expecting a child, he offered her hand in marriage to the meanest man in town. Becoming a mail-order-bride appeared to be a safer choice. But instead of a rancher, she ends up the wife of a stubborn, bull-headed preacher and he’s none too pleased when he discovers her duplicity. Worse? The local town beauty, who had been courting him for years, is determined to make her life a living hell.

But Angel Springs, Colorado is a small town that can inspire big dreams. It’s nearly Christmas, and as these two hearts heal, a holiday miracle just might be within reach.

While I can’t condone Mama’s actions, they certainly kicked off a bit of an adventure for her four sons and their surprise brides.

Was this book a great book? Meh. It was, however, enjoyable, fun, a little naughty, and piqued enough of my interest I am feeling compelled to read about the other three brothers. It was a great and quick read I found rather entertaining.

Is this something you’d read? Why or why not?

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Good things 2017: Week 38

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A little performance art story at the Wildlife Festival
It was a little weird, but N and I enjoyed it for a bit.
The props were beautiful

It’s important to remember the things that are good in life. It reminds me how blessed I really am and also helps to ease the sting of the bad. I’m incredibly lucky, there’s more good than bad (Knockonwood!) and I want to document how thankful I am for it.

I think the biggest good thing from this past week was also the scariest. My friend Robbie had a very dangerous health situation but she’s okay now. Her surgery went well and she’s recovering.

So far, there aren’t any side effects, which is incredibly rare.  It’s going to be a long road to recovery, I’m just so happy she’s okay.

But things don’t have to be big things to be good. Here’s a few of the other good moments from the week:

  • Meeting my friend’s baby, catching up with her, and talking to him about his perfect baby comb-over.
  • Running into friends at an event back home. I think I might really like living there when the house sells.
  • A reasonably priced huge jar of artichoke hearts
  • Two of my little swimmers getting big fixes to their swimming
  • My first Stitch Fix. I did it wrong though and didn’t get photos for the blog.
  • Gluten free pizza.
  • People agreeing with me about Spectrum’s BS apologies. JUST FIX IT.
  • Nobody seeing me cry because I couldn’t have a glazed donut on Saturday.
  • New ideas for crochet patterns. I have no idea if it’ll work, but I’m excited to try!
  • Great feedback on some work I submitted to a client.

Good reads:

Favorite Photo:

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Very early morning drive in to the office.

Favorite Song:

Every once in awhile these guys hit me hard again. Good old 1994.

How have you been? What made you smile? Tell me about one of your successes? Read anything good this week?

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Coffee date

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Yes my hair and fingers are that long.
One of those shouldn’t be a surprise 😉

Good morning. How’s it going? Thanks for stopping by, what’s in your cup today?

Even though this weekend is supposed to be HOT (like 80s) it’s freezing in my office today (not uncommon, yet still annoying) and I want to just climb into my coffee cup.

It’s filled with caramel vanilla coffee and coconut creamer though. It sort of smells like caramel popcorn and I really like it.

What’s in yours?

How has your week been? Mine has been too long and my temper too short.  I’m a little overwhelmed with the house at the moment but I’m guessing that part’s more likely whoremones being jerks than me being actually overwhelmed.

What wasn’t though? Wednesday we got some heart skipping scary news a dear friend was in emergency brain surgery due to an aneurysm. She got through surgery and I’ve heard from her a bit. She’s a tough chick and hopefully her recovery goes well. She’s such a love and a kind soul I couldn’t imagine not having her in my life. (She’s starting to feel better, is overwhelmingly grateful to be alive and pissed that her head is shaved.)

I really appreciate everyone who offered prayers and good thoughts. I believe and I know she does too they all helped her though surgery and will continue to help in recovery.

On a happier note (hopefully) what do you have going on this weekend? Anything exciting? I’m off in a bit to meet my friends new baby and hug them both. Tomorrow, I have to teach but then I’m not sure if we’re taking the kids to a late lunch or to the wild life festival. Sunday, I have to work at a conference for my jobby-job but it shouldn’t be too terrible. (knock on wood) It might even be good for me.

I’m off. I need a refill (maybe half-calf) and to get on the road. There’s a baby who needs snuggles and a dear friend who I have to catch up with!

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