Coffee Date

2017-09-01_10-25-47Happy Friday and September 1st. While it’s not fall just yet around here (technically) there are some trees changing, leaves are starting to fall (shh), and it felt like it was brick cold this morning when I went outside. (I think my car said 43*F!)

So what’s in your cup today? I have the usual, Chocolate donut coffee with coconut creamer. I know I should change it up, but I just don’t think about it when I’m making it. Maybe when it’s out again?

Crap! Now I want an actual chocolate donut. Or a pumpkin one. Or a cider one…GIMMIE THE DONUTS! (Ooh I’ll be out of the office today in time to go to Shery Lynns!) But I’m also trying to get my food stuff under control again. Not a diet mind you, lets just say more mindful eating.

What’s new in your world? How was your week? This week seemed to drag on and on, but it’s okay because it’s a long weekend and short week next week.

Next week I go back to the pool. Sigh. While the summer off was lovely, my bank account needs a bit of a boost. (Don’t worry, I’m fine, just looking at moving costs, holiday gifts etc.) I covered a few classes to help out and I’m actually looking forward to some of the kiddos I’ve missed. I tell you, there’s just something about them “getting it” that’s amazing.

How was your summer? It’s not done yet but we’re coming close. Me? If I had to pick something right now it would be the time spent out in the country in the garden or under the stars. If you lay still long enough, it’s dizzying to watch them overhead.

Can you see stars in the night sky where you live? Or is there too much other light?


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Good things 2017: Um, lately!

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.

At some point these posts got away from me, but that doesn’t mean I don’t take a moment to thank the Universe for the good bestowed on me. And even through the bad crap from this summer, there was a lot of good.

Some of them are little tiny things, some are bigger. I look at both as gifts to make up for the bullshit.

Here’s just some of the good things from this summer so far:

  • Bathroom being 98% done!
  • Successful Cousins Weekend
  • Summer days and nights out in the country
  • Only filling in at the pool when it suits me, but knowing I can go back whenever I want for more hours
  • Walls being done in the kitchen; cabinet doors need one more coat and to be rehung
  • Trying a new to me food at friends’ house and really liking it. (Trader Joe’s Masala with chicken and rice.)
  • Visiting with cousins at the Lake
  • A crap ton of vacation and sick time when I need to be available to friends I chose as family
  • Wine in small boxes in the freezer
  • A fun day at the fair
  • Company at said friends’ house for said dinner. I love those two. And their munchkin is no slouch either.
  • Winning at the Track
  • An over night camping trip even though it got super cold
  • Some wicked amazing storms
  • Road tripping with my bro.
  • Sweet hugs and kisses for Aunt Court (seriously, when the kiddos spontaneously hug or kiss me? So sweet!)
  • People coming together in times of tragedy
  • Lots of time with kiddos.
  • Fresh picked berries for daiquiris
  • Surviving a bee sting (there is some question about if I’m allergic to them or not.)
  • Cupcakes
  • Time in the garden
  • Once Upon a Time on Netflix
  • Being able to figure shit out on the fly

Good reads:

Favorite Photo:

There were a lot of great pics from this summer but I lost a lot of them when my phone tragically died. Also, some of the really great pics I’ve taken aren’t entirely mine to share because they’re of someone else’s kiddo…and I only share kiddo pics with permission from the adults.


Part of the fun of this picture is that the kids were so shocked I was willing to pick up the bug.
It was a very jumpy bug.

Favorite Song:

So I’m pretty much in love with most of the Luminees’s stuff right now but this one really was interesting with the video. It apparently goes with the videos for Cleopatra and Ophelia to tell a story.

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

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Survey Says! What kind of flower suits you?


Courtney, your soul blossoms in the warmth of summer just like the Sunflower! You’re a tough person and even the strongest storm cannot harm you. You are always there for your friends. That is why this flower suits you perfectly!

Find out yours here.

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Reading More: Crimes Against a Book Club

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Crimes Against a Book Club by Kathy Cooperman was provided to me at no charge through my Amazon Prime Membership.  The opinions are my own. You can see other books I’ve reviewed here.

Every month Amazon sends me an email saying to choose a free book. Mostly they don’t interest me, but I choose a free book anyway because, well, Free Books!

They haven’t been amazing so far and usually I don’t get very far into them. Crimes Against a Book Club though? Worth it.

From Amazon:

Best friends Annie and Sarah need cash—fast. Sarah, a beautiful, successful lawyer, wants nothing more than to have a baby. But balancing IVF treatments with a grueling eighty-hour workweek is no walk in the park. Meanwhile, Annie, a Harvard-grad chemist recently transplanted to Southern California, is cutting coupons to afford her young autistic son’s expensive therapy.

Desperate, the two friends come up with a brilliant plan: they’ll combine Sarah’s looks and Annie’s brains to sell a “luxury” antiaging face cream to the wealthy, fading beauties in Annie’s La Jolla book club. The scheme seems innocent enough, until Annie decides to add a special—and oh-so-illegal—ingredient that could bring their whole operation crashing to the ground.

Hilarious, intelligent, and warm, Crimes Against a Book Club is a delightful look at the lengths women will go to fend for their families and for one another.

This one took me a bit to get into, but about a few chapters in it really picked up. I loved how the characters developed, the “will she get caught?!” element, and the different story lines intertwining.

A bit of a twist at the end and a bit implausible, but a nice way to spend a few late nights when I couldn’t sleep. The ladies made for some good companions with some good laughs.

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

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Survey says! My Southern belle name is

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Daisy May: People sometimes done take you as seriously as they should. You may not be very assertive, but you are insightful, especially when it comes to how others feel. Your thoughtfulness and kindness always come through when people need it most, which makes you a valuable friend! You should have been a Daisy May.

Okay then. I don’t know how many people would agree that I’m not very assertive, but I’m hopeful the rest is true and I sure do try!

If you want to see your Southern Belle name, you can play here.

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Coffee Date


Some days after work Mother Nature offers me the perfect skies complete with friends.
Do you see the turtle?

Hey there! Fancy running into you here.

How’s it going? How have you been? That summer sun-kissed skin is a lovely look for you!

What’s in your cup? Today I have the usual of Chocolate Donut with Coconut Creamer. I know it’s getting a little boring, but I’m just not ready for the cinnamon fall coffees yet. (Note I said cinnamon, not pumpkin spice!) I’ve also paired it with some gluten free fig cookies and some of my finest liquid-gel Advil.

Living it up over here, that’s for sure.

I’m still on the fence about these fig cookies. They’re not a Fig Newton that’s for sure, but they’re not terrible. Just a little, dense? (For those of you not familiar with gluten free baked goods, they’re often a little dry or dense. I get the hiccups every time I eat a gf roll.)

Anyway, it’s close and I didn’t have to make it myself.

I’ve been trying to get the eating back under control after going hog wild when my cousins were in town and literally eating our way through the Capital District but a girl has to have a treat now and then. Have you tried any new treats lately? Do tell me about them!

Well I should get going, going to refill my cup with Decaf and be on my way for the day. I hope you have a lovely day and weekend! Anything fun planned?

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Thursday Three – Things I still want to do this summer

Thank you to everyone who reached out yesterday, to my dear jerk friend who messaged me with, “It’s about time oh strong one.”, and for all the comments, virtual hugs, and love. I told you, I have an incredible support system and am dearly loved.


From last summer’s water balloon fight.

I was driving to work today and saw that one of the trees by my work Target (as opposed to my house Target or gym Target) was already totally red. It’s a beautiful color and I’ll try to get a picture of it.

Today there was too much traffic and I was running late thanks to construction I forgot about.

It made me think how the hot summer days will soon be coming to an end (and then come back again for a week because October is weird around here) but that summer is almost over. Well, we have a solid month to go plus probably 6-8 weeks of really decent weather after that. I’m going to try to make the most of it.

Some things I’d like to do some more of before it gets too chilly

  1. Spend more time by the water. I don’t know if it’s just who I am or what, but by the water is hands down one of the best places for me to be. I think it always has been. Unwinding, recentering, just being, water works for me. It seems to work better with natural water (lakes, rivers, creeks etc) but man made is just fine.
  2. Have a water balloon fight with some of my favorite kiddos. Maybe eat too many ice pops. Make smores by the fire. Get more ice cream before it seems silly. Run around barefoot. Maybe see some more fireworks, play mini golf or drive some go carts. Basically, channel my inner kid.
  3. Enjoy this semblance of a tan I have going on before it invariably reverts back to my pasty white pallor. I think I have more of a tan now than I’ve had in years. I’ve also been outside a heck of a lot more – yard work, going to the fair, playing in the garden out in the country and chasing kiddos around. The sun has done a lot for me this summer 🙂 Sure there’s been a few burns, but that’s what the Solarcane in the fridge is for!

Panoramic view from my chair by the water

What do you want to do before fall sets in with it’s cooler temps and pumpkin spice flavored everything?

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It finally caught up to me.

2017-08-16_10-46-48It hit me about 9:200am at my desk. An overwhelming set of hot tears dripping off my face while I silently sobbed for a solid 20 min at my desk.

I had just read a text from my brother thanking me for letting him know that a mutual friend of ours mother had passed yesterday.

Just because it was expected doesn’t make it any easier other than to know she’s free of pain. I didn’t know her, but her daughter is a good friend and I’m heart broken for her.

I hate having to be the one to tell him these things. Really, what I hate is telling anyone someone they care about is gone. Or that someone they care about lost someone close. I’d rather tell him than have him not know. I think that’s worse.

There’s been a lot of loss in the last month and it caught up to me. My dear friend’s husband (who was also a dear friend), my childhood best friend’s grandmother (which brought up a lot of feelings surrounding my own grandmothers’ passings and missing them), and now this. (This doesn’t even include the people I heard about but didn’t know or wasn’t close to the person who lost someone. I feel for them, too.)

It doesn’t even include the heart ache or the anger for the terrible things going on in this country right now, but that’s a whole other post that I may or may not ever write.

Now it’s time to start dealing with the emotions and not just putting my head down and one foot in front of the other, soldiering on. I still don’t really have the time to do so, but now I don’t really have the option.

I know I’ll be okay. I have a great support system, physical labor to do, and know that I’ve gotten through stuff before. There are joys and beauty to focus on still and damn it, I see them. I just have to process the rest too.

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Coffee Date


Yes celebrate.
(recycled photo)

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


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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