Coffee Talk 01.20.2019

Happy Sunday, friends! I hope you’re having a good weekend. We stayed in last night, watched the Sixers, enjoyed a spaghetti dinner, and just hung out here at home one last night before my son goes back to college today.

I did the whole shebang with garlic bread and Caesar salad (a family favorite) and a homemade chocolate cake, which unfortunately did not want to come out of the pans.

I’ve made this cake probably 100 times over the past 20 years, and I have never had trouble getting it to turn out. I don’t know what happened, but fortunately, it was just the 5 of us and no one cared. I frosted it anyway, and it still tasted good.

We take our son back to college this afternoon, and I have mixed emotions. On the one hand, it is time. He didn’t have a job while he was home for the past 5 weeks, so he had way too much time to sleep and play Fortnight. He did go out with friends a few times a week, and I’ve loved being able to see him so much, but he really needs to get back to school where he has something constructive to do. But at the same time, I’ll miss him. I was just getting used to having him around again, and I think I’m actually going to miss tripping over his giant sneakers and hearing him talking and laughing with his friends over his PS4 at 2AM, haha!

So the big snow event hitting the east coast just missed us. We were getting some beautiful fluffy flakes early last evening, and it was covering nicely and looked so pretty. Then the temperatures rose and it turned to rain, and it’s been raining ever since. I looked outside when I woke up this morning, and almost all the snow is melted.

The worst of it is, we’re going into a deep freeze this afternoon, and that could get very dangerous. Plus, it’s going to be miserably cold. I’m all for cold weather in January if it snows, but if it’s going to be an icy mess, no thank you. Just warm up and be spring already. It’s just a big, fat bummer, is what it is. Oh, well. You can’t control the weather, so there’s no use moaning and groaning about it.

The bigger issue we’re going to have is getting my son back down to college safely this afternoon. We plan to leave right after church so we can move him back into his dorm and hopefully get back home before the roads get dangerous.

So that’s the plan!

In other news, I’m pretty pleased with myself for running 3 out of the past 4 days. I logged 30 minutes on Wednesday, 20 minutes on Thursday, and I did a full 3 miles yesterday.

I’d like to get back out there this morning if I can because I definitely won’t be able to run outside for the next few days — the temperatures are supposed to be in single digits. I didn’t join the gym yet, but I may do that tomorrow. I’m waiting until I need it, but it’s definitely my backup plan.

Of course, because I took a break, my knee is acting up and feeling tight, but I know it will get better if I keep up my momentum. My trainer is always telling me that injuries happen when you are inconsistent, and I can definitely feel my body saying, What the heck!?!

I was feeling so good a few weeks ago when I was running consistently 3 or 4 days a week. My aches and pains were gone, and I’m anxious to get back to that place.

I skipped my strength training appointments this week because we couldn’t our schedules to jive, so I’m also looking forward to getting back to that this week as well. At least it shouldn’t be too terribly painful since I’ve been running. If I had let myself skip out on that too, I definitely would be in a world of hurt when I get back to lifting this week.

And if you’ll let me switch years, one more time… Following up on the spring fashion discussion, I was just about to reach out to the photographer Lindsey recommended in Tampa and start looking into plane fares and hotels in the area when I got in invitation to a conference in Scottsdale in February!

I am beside myself excited because a) I love Scottsdale; it is my happy place. I’ve been there several times, and it’s just so different from anything on the east coast. I absolutely love visiting there. I don’t think I’d want to live there because I love seasons, but I can’t imagine a better place to spend a few days in February! and b) this is the perfect opportunity to shoot spring looks in a warmer climate right before I start my spring fashions series.

I don’t know of a fashion photographer in Scottsdale, so I have to figure out that piece. And of course I’ll have to lug a ton of outfits and accessories so I can get a bunch of looks shot while I’m there, which is a hassle, but I would have to check a bag anyway, so it might as well be a big one!

More importantly, this is a good opportunity for me to network and hopefully get a much-needed refresh for my work. I used to attend conferences regularly, but I haven’t been to one in a few years, and I’ve missed that. There’s something to be said for being with people who really get what you do — especially when what you do is rather unconventional.

This virtual space can be all-consuming, and I spend most of my days by myself at a computer, so to be able to actually talk and interact with other people in the same space is always a treat. All that to say, I’m really looking forward to that!

But before that event gets here, I have a trip to Maine planned for next weekend. I know, I’m going to be quite the jet setter over the next few months! I’m just hoping the weather will cooperate, because you KNOW we will finally get the big snow I’ve been hankering for the one weekend I have travel plans. So I’m crossing my fingers that all works out.

When I went to Maine last fall to visit my grandfather, he ended up in the hospital the whole time I was there, and he wasn’t very coherent. I didn’t talk about it at the time because we didn’t know how it was going to turn out, but he rallied, and he’s back at home now and more like himself. I mean, he is 102, so he has good days and bad days, but I’m praying I get to see him on a good day.

My mom will be there too, so we’ll get to spend time together as well, and I’m looking forward to that.

So yeah, that’s the latest on my end! I hope you all are staying safe and warm, whatever the weather holds for you this weekend. Have a great Sunday!