Coffee Talk 11.01.20 🍁

And just like that, it’s November! I’m ready, y’all. I’m ready for holiday baking, fires in the fireplace, shorter days and longer nights, and most of all for election season to be behind us. Who’s with me?

Oh, and don’t forget to set your clocks back!

I was wide awake at 4:30 this morning, wondering why I couldn’t go back to sleep, and then I realized my body clock was saying it was 5:30, my usual wake-up time.

My iPhone had reset automatically during the night, so I was all out of whack. I tried to go back to sleep for another hour or two, but I finally gave up and came downstairs and made my coffee.

Most people look forward to getting another hour of sleep, but I was excited to get another hour to work. Ha!

We’ve had a nice weekend so far. The rain FINALLY moved out, and we had a pretty day yesterday. I worked most of the day, but I went out for a mid-day walk, and then Paul and I went out to dinner with friends last night, so that was fun.

We rescheduled our family pictures yet again, so those are supposed to happen this Wednesday. Crossing my fingers the stars align, the weather cooperates, and no one gets sick.

I’m still not sure what we’re all wearing. I thought I had it figured out, and then I decided I didn’t love it, so now I’m back to the drawing board. It’s David’s outfit that has me confuddled.

I wanted everyone to wear something that looks very them, so when we look back at these pictures, we recognize ourselves, ya know? Well, all he ever wears are Nike and Under Armour sweatpants and sweatshirts/t-shirts… and that clearly won’t work.

He occasionally wears a polo shirt and khakis for a dinner out or family event, or a sweater or button-down in the fall/winter. He hates jeans, although he has one pair — which, I believe he wore for our last family pictures three years ago. So we will go with khakis this time.

I’m trying to find a button-down for him that doesn’t look too plain or too loud. I bought a plaid, but I think it’s too busy and stands out from the rest of us, so I’m trying to find something else for him. Maybe a sweater would be better.

Anywho. That’s my goal for this afternoon — finalize our outfits so we’re all set for family pictures.

Yes, these are first world problems, but I always find putting outfits together for family pictures so stressful. This is a milestone year for our family in several different ways, so I was hoping to enlarge this picture and hang it in a prominent spot, and I really want to love it.

Beyond that, I’m busy planning out my content calendar for the next couple of months on the blog. This time of year is always crazy, and while 2020 has been pretty slow so far for this industry, it’s definitely amping up for holiday.

I’ve heard your call for gift guides, so Amy and I are working on those. As usual, some are sponsored, and some are based on the type of person you’re buying for. The men’s and grandparents gift guides are usually the most popular, so we’ll roll those out first.

I’m curious to hear about your holiday plans, and what type of outfit inspiration you’re looking for. I’m assuming most won’t be having or attending big parties, but I’m sure we’ll all be trying to make it special any way we can.

The current plan is to visit my parents in Virginia for Thanksgiving, as long as everything remains relatively stable, but we’ll be staying here for Christmas Day. We usually do anyway.

Sometimes we visit my parents during the week after Christmas, and that’s still a possibility, but again, so much depends on the state of the world… and Covid.

I have no idea what will happen with the Shane family Christmas gathering that we usually host on the weekend following Christmas. It’s definitely a wait-and-see game at this point.

There will certainly be no company holiday parties or anything like that. Honestly, our holiday season is never really all that busy. We don’t usually have many parties to attend, so I don’t feel like we’re going to be missing out on much.

So much is up in the air, but the most important thing is that my immediate family is all together. I’m so grateful for that.

I plan to decorate to the nines, play Christmas music all day long, keep a roaring fire in the fireplace, and bake every traditional holiday recipe I can find. We will do our best to create happy memories and make the best of it… And pray no one gets sick.

On that note, I need to sign off here and get a few things done before I go for a run.

I hope you’re all enjoying your extra hour this weekend, no matter how you decide to spend it. Have a restful and very blessed Sunday!