Coffee Talk 01.07.18

Good morning from the frozen tundra of Pennsylvania! It is exactly 2 degrees here right now. I am so excited for the warmup coming this week, I can’t even tell you. Unfortunately it’s also coming along with a few days of rain. While I’d rather have snow this time of year, I’m not going to complain because, well, IT. IS. TWO. DEGREES. RIGHT. NOW.

Okay so now that we have the weather report out of the way.

Thanks to whomever suggested I move the tall boots that were on the floor by my “bootshelf” into my closet under the jackets and vests. Why it never occurred to me to do that, I have no idea, but they fit perfectly.

I also managed to find better stuffing for the boots that were leaning over on that top shelf, so now they’re standing at full attention, and the bootshelf and the area around it is all neat and tidy. I love it. It makes me so happy to walk into my bedroom now.

My hanging rack is slowly starting to fill up again, and I’m looking forward to taking some outfit pictures and sharing my finds with you, but so far the weather just hasn’t been conducive to outdoor photo shoots, and my house doesn’t have adequate lighting so I’m waiting. Meanwhile, I may do a try-on sesh on my Insta Story. I haven’t even tried on most of those clothes yet.

I was also waiting to lose a few pounds so things would fit better, but my Whole30 isn’t going so well. I’m going to start fresh tomorrow or Tuesday, depending on when I get to the store. The snowstorm really did me in, plus I went shopping for some recipes I wanted to make, but I couldn’t find all the ingredients I needed. It was so cold and windy that I didn’t want to brave another store, so I settled for what I had in the house. All that to say, it just wasn’t good timing so I’m going to clean out the kitchen, stock up on good stuff, and then start again.

It should be easier to get to the store this week because it will be warmer. I’m also hoping the rainy days aren’t going to be a total washout so I can get some running in. I really need those endorphins to help motivate me to eat right. It’s funny how it all works together. I’ve never done a serious diet this time of year. I always end up doing them in late summer, for some reason. It’s a lot easier to get motivated during swimsuit season, ya know? Right now, I just want to hibernate, and that leads to self-indulgence.

I’m a big believer in giving oneself some grace at times like these. It’s fine to take a breather, admit the timing wasn’t right, and start over fresh with no guilt. But at some point I may need to give myself a little tough love to get this off the ground… especially at this time of year. I’ll keep you posted.

We ended up having friends over last night (again, not exactly conducive to a strict diet!) and that was fun. We ended up playing quite a few raucous rounds of Tenzi. Have you all played it? It’s a dice game, super simple and easy to pick up and learn, and it can be enjoyed by all ages. Everyone was playing, from the 11-year-old to the 48-year-old, and we were all having a blast. We had several sets of the dice game among us so as many who wanted to play were able to play.

It’s also one of those games where players can move in and out as they wish, so there’s no pressure to play all the rounds. It’s really conducive to a large group with a range of ages. Anyway, if you’re looking for something like that, I highly recommend it. I found it at, if you’re interested.

I spent a lot of the day yesterday reading through my reader survey results. It was very interesting!

I’m not quite done yet — there are over 2,000 responses so far! I’m blown away. The results post is getting ridiculously long. I have such a hard time not responding to almost everyone like I do in my blog comments, but obviously with that many responses, I can only touch on a small fraction of them. I might do a separate post just addressing Instagram and Facebook questions, in order to divide it up a bit. It’s still open if you want to participate, and there’s an opportunity to win a $100 Nordstrom gift card at the end as a thank you.

Anyway, I was working on that for a big part of yesterday, and I’ll finish up this afternoon so I can share the results tomorrow. As a result, we never got around to taking down our Christmas tree. It’s still so lovely, I’m really not too terribly motivated to get rid of it. This is my view from the desk in my office, and I’m not mad about it.

I’m always sad to take down the tree, but once it’s put away and we’ve vacuumed up all the remnants and my living room is restored to its normal layout, I’m always pleased. I guess it makes me feel that the New Year is officially here, and I can get a fresh start with a clean slate. Maybe that’s what I need to help me get this Whole30 off the ground for good!

But I’m not going to think about that today. After all, as a wise fictional character once said, Tomorrow is another day!

Pardon me as I channel my inner Scarlet O’Hara. She’s always lurking there under the surface. I always did like a good dramatic exit.

So anyway, that’s about all I’ve got for you today. We’re headed out to church in a bit, so my immediate goal is to find my warmest clothes and layer up. Our church building never quite heats up on days like this, so it’s important to wear layers and a coat that’s comfortable enough to keep on all morning if need be.

It’s easy for me to get cranky on cold Sundays, but then I remind myself that there are people in other parts of the world risking their lives to go to church today, probably hardly noticing the weather conditions. Far be it for me to whine about being cold as I worship freely with all the comforts of this world at my disposal. That kind of puts things in perspective.

Anyway, on that note, I will bid you adieu. I need to get a move on here! I hope you have a wonderfully restful and blessed Sunday, and stay warm, wherever you are!