Coffee Talk 12.31.17

Greetings, friends. Happy New Year’s Eve!!! Please pardon my janky cuticles, but I couldn’t resist capturing my snowy view yesterday morning. My daughter gave me that mug for Christmas, so as soon as I saw snow, I grabbed it and ran outside to take that picture. (I only had to take 25 shots before getting one that I liked. Ha!)

I love snow. I also hate being cold, but this time of year, it just makes sense. When it snows in March or April, I get cranky, but in December and January? Bring. It. ON!

So I want to apologize for any trouble y’all may have had with the reader survey yesterday. I guess it wasn’t the best day for me to post a survey, seeing as how I was busy getting ready for my party and not immediately available to troubleshoot any technical issues that might arise.

I’ve never had a problem with one in the past, but it seems that this time, the one I had embedded on the blog was wonky on mobile because my ads were making it jump around. Once I figured that out, I was able to remove the embedded one and just leave you with the link to the Google Form. I hope that one worked okay. Judging from the 1500 responses so far, I guess it worked out for many of you!

Can we just pause for a minute and think about that? Over 1500 of you took time out of your holiday weekend to take my survey. I appreciate that SO much.

If you have no idea what I’m talking about, you can FIND THE SURVEY HERE. It’s still live and accepting responses for the next week.

I’ll be writing a recap post to share the results and answer some of the comments and questions, so stay tuned for that. Meanwhile, I went onto my Instagram Story early this morning to show you how to get links to my IG outfits without because I had a few people ask about that. If that’s something you wanted to know, feel free to check it out.

If you don’t know how to find Instagram Stories, they are the circles at the top of your home feed. If there is a ring around it, the person has a new Story you can watch.

Moving on . . . As I mentioned, yesterday we had our big Shane family Christmas gathering, and it was a really nice time. Everything worked out — the snow stopped before everyone was due to arrive, and I guess the snowplows did their job because everyone got here safe and sound. Food and drink was plentiful, the White Elephant gift exchange was lively, and we all got caught up on each other’s lives. It ended around 6PM, and I think I was in bed by 7:15. I know, I’m a grannie.

In my defense, I didn’t go to sleep right away. At least, I didn’t mean to. I picked up The Magnolia Story at Target on Friday as my White Elephant gift, thinking I’d have time to read it before I gave it away. Classy, right? Since it was a White Elephant gift, I figured it was okay if it wasn’t in pristine condition — not that I planned to muck it up too much, anyway.

Alas, I only made it through the first few chapters before I had to wrap it for the gift exchange. I was planning to download it to my Kindle so I could finish it, but then guess who ended up with the book at the end of the night?

My 18-year-old son.

He was thrilled, as you can imagine. Ha! Especially since he almost ended up with a Fandango gift card. Oh, well. That’s the way it goes with the White Elephant!

All that to say, I took the book upstairs to read in bed, but I think I fell asleep by 7:30. I was wiped.

So who knows what happens when you go to bed at 7:30PM? You wake up at 5AM, that’s what. In fact, it was 4:49, to be exact.

Normally that’s not a problem because I like to get up early (although not usually THAT early) but this is New Year’s Eve, and I have a party to attend tonight. Um, yeah. I’ve got a feeling I’ll be taking a lonnnnnng nap this afternoon.

Anyway, that is about it for me! I know, such an exciting life I lead.

I hope you all have a blessed Sunday, and a happy and safe New Year’s Eve!!!