Coffee Talk 11.25.18

Good morning! I’m happy to say I’m writing from home this morning. We drove seven hours in the rain yesterday to get here, but thankfully the traffic wasn’t terrible. While it was steady the whole way, it never got too bad — mainly because there weren’t a ton of tractor trailers. I guess they were on vacation.

We had a really nice time in Virginia. For those just tuning in, I grew up in the Roanoke area, and my immediate family still lives down there. The kids had a great time with their younger cousins, and I got to grab dinner with my BFF from high school, which is always fun!

I’m excited to be home and start thinking about Christmas. I can’t wait to dive into decorating. I ordered candles for the windows — something I never did in our last house — but I think they will look really nice here. I had no idea how many options there are for window candles. I picked up a few boxes at CVS, but we didn’t like them so I’m returning them.

After that, I started asking around and researching, and that’s when I learned about all of the options — battery or electric, LED or incandescent, warm or cool… blah blah blah. And then there is the issue of height and weight and will they tip over, and is there a timer or a sensor, or a remote control. I-yi-yi.

So anyway, after a bunch of research, I ordered these, and they arrive today. I’m eager to see how they work for me. They weren’t cheap, but evidently you get what you pay for when it comes to these things, and I had a gift card that helped. If you have any that you love, let me know! I can return these if I don’t love them… and for that price, I need to love them.

The girls and I would like to set up our artificial tree today — we usually set up two. The artificial one is my “fancy tree” that goes in the living room, and then we always go out as a family and chop down a live tree for the family room. We’re hoping to do that next weekend, so I thought it would be fun to set up the artificial tree today, but I’ll need Paul’s help to string lights, and he may not be up for that. It is not his favorite task, by any stretch!

I also need new ribbon for that tree this year. Where do you get your ribbon? Also, if you have any tips for making it look really gorgeous, lay them on me. I have a bad habit of winding the ribbon too tight, and I really want to learn how to make it more loopy… haha! I don’t even know the proper term. I guess I’ll be perusing YouTube this afternoon!

Anyway, that’s our plan for the rest of the weekend. And somewhere in there, we need to get my son back to college. It will be weird having him gone. I was just getting used to having him around again! But it’s only a few weeks till he comes home for a month, and I’ll probably be ready to send him back after that. Ha!

I’m off to run before church. I got much-needed new running shoes when I was in Roanoke, and I’m excited to start breaking them in.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!