Coffee Date

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Yes celebrate.
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Thank you so much for joining me for coffee today! I get to have a regular cup and then anything else has to be decaf (including tea). I suspect there’s an ice coffee in my future from a local gas station.

What’s in your cup today?

I found a cinnamon sugar cookie k-like cup in my desk so I made that today with some coconut creamer.

So, I don’t know about where you live, but around here, County Fair season has started. This weekend I’ll be checking out the Sunshine County Fair. I love rides, some of the games, and fair food. It’s just a shame that my favorites aren’t gluten free. Man I miss funnel cakes, corn dogs, pizza cones, hot pretzels, curly fries etc. If I find something that is? All bets are off.

Yes I technically CAN make all of that at home. No, I don’t usually do it. I don’t have a deep fryer, regardless of my Amazon Prime status, I just can’t pull that trigger. I would deep fry all the things to eat! It’s just better I not have one right now.

You know what else I really love at the fair? This might surprise you…The Demolition Derby. If you’ve never been to one, it’s basically an open pit of people driving their cars into one another until only one is left moving. One might think that someone who has had a car accident such as mine years ago would shy away from such things. You’d be wrong. It’s great fun.

What is your favorite part of the fair? I’m hoping for a caramel apple and some rides that leave me feeling spatially disoriented. They’re my favorite.

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Thursday Three: Things I’ve tried recently that were actually pretty good

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Lunch when I forgot to bring it a few weeks ago. 

I know yesterday’s post was a little heavy. Sometimes life is a little heavy. Shrug – it happens, we deal, put one foot in front of another and move along as best as we can.

Part of me moving along as best as I can is getting back to what “normal” looks like for me, even if it’s a new normal.

Normal for me for a long time has meant blogging and sharing – even the random stuff. I think the random stuff is the most fun, but sharing what’s going on.

I thought today I’d share some things I’ve tried lately that I discovered are either not as bad as I thought or pretty darn good:

  1. Decaf coffee – I know I know. Decaf is for people we hate! But my doctor told me I drink too much caffeine (this might be true, I’m not going to debate the merits of this statement) and I should try to limit how much I’m drinking. Thing is, I LOVE coffee itself, so I switched to decaf after my first cup. It’s not as bad as I thought.
  2. Cottage cheese with fruit – I have no idea why, but a couple of weeks back I impulsively bought Muuna pineapple to try at lunch. Courtney had written about it and said it was delicious, but I don’t know why I just had to have it that day in the store. I’m a Greek yogurt girl! Well I bought it and I don’t regret it. I always thought cottage cheese was gross, but the small, soft curd is really pretty good. (I’ve had some tweets with the company and while I offered to taste test some, today’s mention is all on me.)
  3. Beets – I don’t know why I didn’t like these before, maybe it was how they were prepped? I don’t think either of my parents eat them so we never had them as kids. I’ve had beet greens in salads before (that’s really good, they’re sweet) but other than beets in an occasional dish, hadn’t really had them. Well, I tried them recently – I think they were roasted in olive oil – and they were really good!

I’ve always said I’m game for trying new things, but maybe I need to up that a little. What have  you tried lately that was unexpectedly really good?

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201ish hours later…

I don’t even know where to start. The last 201-ish hours (as of writing this post) seems like an entire lifetime ago. When you lose a dear friend and are holding another dear friend up and navigating grief it might be a whole lifetime. I don’t know.

I know that in the past 201-ish hours I’ve fielded thousands of texts, probably hundreds of phone calls, traded a billion used tissues for clean ones, and many more things I don’t even remember.

I’ll never forget that phone call from the neighbor, the sound of my friend crying, or the kindness the police showed us that day. I’ll never forget the view of the people on my friend’s front lawn in a show of support and love. The gratitude of that moment is a warm feeling in my heart that almost made it burst. I won’t forget my friend’s brother’s response when I had to call him to tell him what happened or how he hugged me and thanked me for being the one to do it. I won’t forget the kids’ reaction to me picking them up, but then the fun we had at the pool and the laughs and splashing or the way they conked out that night.

There’s so much about his past week that I’ll ever forget, but so much that I’ve already forgotten.

I haven’t processed much of what’s gone down yet. I suspect I’ll start once it feels “normal” and my friend is on much better footing. Just know that I’m okay. I really am.

I won’t be able to remember or thank each and every person who has shown my friend and myself such kindness in the last 201-ish hours but I’d like to thank the universe for putting them in our path and all the other ways it’s taken care of us this past week while we’ve navigated this tragic situation this far.

I don’t know if I’ll write more about this or not but if I don’t it’s not because I don’t want to, its because it’s not fully my story to tell. Comments have been turned off but you can always reach me at bakinginmybathingsuit(at)gmail(dot)com.

 

 

 

 

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Survey Says –Which 40s Leading Lady are you?

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“The iconic 40s woman that you are most like is Lana Turner! Much like Ms. Turner, you’re a natural born adventurer. You like to travel, explore new cultures, and immerse yourself in different experiences. You can quite easily feel bored if stuck in one place.”

I don’t know who this broad is, but holy hell it’s spot on. I’m always up for something new, an adventure, and being stuck is one of the worst places for me to be.

You can see yours here.

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The post I was writing deleted itself.

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Swinging

Has that happened to you before? You’re writing something and then it freezes and deletes? Ctrl Z didn’t work and I couldn’t find it in the drafts. Harumph.

I suppose that means it didn’t want to get posted.

I’m not going to try to recreate it. Honestly it probably wasn’t all that good, but it talked about my creativity being zapped by the paycheck and house stuff, a bit about the wedding weekend being super fun, and had some fun pics I’ve taken lately.

While I sort out what I want to do with this space – let it go, rebrand and relaunch, just rename, etc – I’ve been focusing on living more in the moment still and documenting less.

Sometimes it’s still worth it to stop and take the picture.

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Late evening haze in the valley

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Post wedding weekend pea picking

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Me and Momma

I’m not making any decisions about this space just yet, but I know that it doesn’t feel like it fits anymore. I’ve started moving other things to AllThingsCourtneyRyan where I’ll likely combine the crafting and this space into one place. Or maybe not. I don’t know.

What would you like to see more of if anything?

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Survey Says –What’s your calling?

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Courtney, you should actually be a CEO! You are unbelievably intelligent and quick-witted. You can solve any problem in seconds. Everyone wants to be as talented as you!.”

Oh I don’t know if I want to be the CEO though. That’s a lot of pressure. I am generally decent at problem solving…

You can see yours here.

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Hi Nanny

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I can’t believe she was drinking that that day.

This pic popped up in my On this Day on fb today. It’s from a cold rainy day at the camp about 7 or so  years ago…

Last weekend I took some time off of house stuff to go out to my family’s camp. It was my Nanny’s favorite summer place.

There were cousins to see, hugs for NotSoSweetPea before she leaves town, and kisses and cuddles for my nephew before he went back to his mother’s.

There was a lot of love to spread around and absorb from everyone. It’s how she loved it. And us.

A few of us were down by the water chatting on the dock in the hot sunshine and what not when a pale yellow butterfly flitted by us. It seemed to kiss the air around each of us girls (Sorry, J!) and then continued on its way.

As it flew off, NotSoSweetPea and I said in unison, “Hi Nanny, love you too.” Our cousins sort of looked at us oddly but shrugged and went back to their beers.

Soph said, “Totally was her.”

See, Nanny stops by to see me sometimes. Usually as a butterfly or dragonfly, but sometimes as a cloud or person. Or sale. Once it was as a very grumpy looking bird (she hated birds). NotSoSweetPea says the same thing about seeing Nanny in places. She checks in on us, seemingly when we need to see her the most.

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This wasn’t it but it looked like this.
I couldn’t get a pic of it so this is from google image.

It doesn’t surprise me that she stopped by the lake at all to see us. She loved having all of us around on holiday weekends during the summer. (Or really any time.)

What surprised me was a few days later when I saw the same type of pale yellow butterfly both on the way down to the water and later as I drove the 4 wheeler back to the house to get some more drinks and some ice pops.

She found me there too and left me feeling so very loved.

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Survey Says – Leading Personality Type

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“Your answers reveal that passion is your most dominant personality trait. You commit 100% of yourself to everything that you do. People admire the good energy you bring into their lives. You listen to your heart when making a big decision, and while some may accuse you of being too emotional, you never apologize for it.”

I don’t know about 100% but I tend to throw myself into what I’m doing. But! Why would I apologize for my feelings? Feelings aren’t inherently right or wrong, they just are. It’s what you do with them that sometimes needs an apology.

I don’t make decisions with my heart, but my gut rarely steers me wrong. I suppose this result isn’t totally wrong.

You can see yours here.

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Thursday 10 – Things I have to finish on the house…

19511188_10102879236329272_2840699550157512759_nI’m going in what feels like a thousand directions right now but is mostly just GET HOUSE STUFF DONE. (And see my bro and nephew as much as I can while they’re in town. And to fit in a brief appearance at a family party at the camp.)

I’m pleased to report that if everything goes well over the weekend I’ll have it done by Wednesday. It sort of has to be! That’s when the real estate agent is coming over to take pictures and I want the house to look good for them.

Before Wednesday morning I need to do the following: (I should note that I just got a text from my dad that he’s painting one of the doors right now.)

  • Paint both front doors and shutters
  • Find and replace ceiling tiles in downstairs bathroom
  • Clean up front landscaping/ mow lawn
  • Hang rest of doors inside (including closet doors even though I hate them)
  • Paint lower cabinets, paint cabinet doors and rehang
  • Trim and paint bathroom
  • Clear clutter!
  • Reorganize craft room.
  • Clean bedrooms (This actually might just be to shove everything in the closet for now, but hell it’ll work.)
  • Dust, clean sills, mop etc.

It sounds like a lot but I’m a pretty fast painter. I’ve had a lot of practice.

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Reading more: Brew or Die

book squareBrew or Dieby Caroline Fardig was provided to me by my partnership with NetGalley. The opinions are my own. You can see other books I’ve reviewed here.

Any time one of these Java Jive Mysteries comes up I jump at the chance to read and review them.

I love them.

From  Amazon:

Inspired by her past sleuthing successes, Juliet Langley has officially joined the ranks of Nashville’s licensed private investigators. Her best friend, Pete Bennett, doesn’t worry that her detective work might interfere with her full-time job running his coffeehouse, Java Jive. He just wishes she would spend her free time rejoining the local music scene instead of tailing cheating spouses. But when one of Java Jive’s baristas, Shane, asks Juliet to look into the suspicious death of his fiancee, Pete encourages her to plow full steam ahead. Since his fiancee died on the job, Shane suspects that her party-planning colleagues are up to something criminal-and will do anything to keep it quiet. After Juliet recruits Pete to go undercover with her at a wedding showcase, she discovers that white lace and black satin have a way of hiding big, fat secrets. If that weren’t enough to fill her plate, her latest P.I. job has her crossing paths with her ex, Detective Ryder Hamilton. They’re barely on speaking terms, but to solve the case, they might have to cooperate. No matter where Juliet goes, she’s brewing up trouble.

 

This one got a little wacky but also did away with a character I didn’t love. Juliet being a PI feels a lot like Stephanie being a bounty hunter. Such a terrible idea it works! I really like how Fardig plays with the settings in each book but keeps the coffee shop home.

Fardig has done a great job continuing to develop the characters and sub plots that weave through the different books. I don’t love what she’s done with some of them, but I see how it’s necessary to do so.

These cozy mysteries are still bubblegum for my brain but at the end of the day, it’s what I like to read right now so that’s just fine by me. I’ll keep reading this series.

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

 

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