Coffee Talk 08.28.16

Happy Sunday, friends! It’s been a full day. I was up at 5AM, had my coffee, puttered around a bit, and then went running. I wanted to get my run in before it got hot. It was 65 degrees at 6:30AM and absolutely gorgeous. I made great time, running just under a 10-minute mile.


After my run (and a shower, of course!) we went over to the mall to shoot an outfit before church. So I’m finally getting around to writing this post.

There’s a fantasy football draft going on my family room, so I’m escaping — the noise as well as all the munchies that I shouldn’t be indulging in. Ha!

It’s been almost three weeks since I started my clean eating diet, and I’m loving the results. Overall I’ve lost 6-7 pounds, which puts me exactly where I want to be. My clothes all fit better, and I’m fitting into a few items that I’d held onto but wasn’t able to wear yet this summer.

Last night we ordered pizza, and I went ahead and had some (gluten-free.) I almost ate leftover dinner from the day before, and then I decided don’t want to feel deprived and it’s okay to make an exception every once in a while. Otherwise, I’ve been sticking pretty close to the program, and I’m hoping to keep it up.

In other news, I’ve been obsessed this week with our decision to put our 8th grader in a cyber charter school. I think I mentioned this briefly in another blog post.

This is something we’ve considered for a long time, but I didn’t get serious about it until last week when I started thinking about the angst that always surrounds back-to-school season in our home. While my other two enjoy school, Caroline has fought going to school since her 2nd year of preschool. Some years were better than others, but all were drama-ridden, and the fall transition is always the hardest part.

Last year was her first year of middle school. Middle school is hard enough, but it was especially rough because of the early start time. (Our middle and high school kids have to be on the bus at 6:50AM.) My son deals with it fine, but she doesn’t, and I just don’t have the heart to put her through it all again. Heck, I don’t want to put ME through it all again! I think it’s time to try something else.

In Pennsylvania, we have a very well established and highly rated public cyber school system, and she’s been asking to try it. I have no idea if it will work out or not, but we’re going to give it a go.

For those who don’t know what a cyber charter school is, it’s a public school that operates under a charter from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and the kids learn from home via the internet. It’s not exactly homeschooling because I’m not teaching her, but I will definitely have to be involved.

Some cyber charter schools have scheduled class times, and others are self paced, but most are a combination. The one we chose is a combination. This is definitely going to change my daily routine, but I think I can swing it. She will have access to her teachers during the school day, and there are the live virtual classes she will participate in, so she’s not just on her own the whole time. I’m very curious to see how it goes. If it fails, at least we can say we tried.

So that’s been monopolizing my mind for the past week, and it’s been hard to focus on work. I know that once things settle down, we’ll get into a groove, but right now I’m kind of manic, trying to get it all done.

Fortunately, David and Becca start school tomorrow, and the cyber school doesn’t start until next Tuesday, so Caroline and I will have a week to get our ducks in a row without the distractions of her siblings.

I’m really eager to get going, and I’ve been frustrated by how slowly the enrollment process is going. I’ll call tomorrow and try to find out how to get the process moving. I’m sure they’re busy with school starting next week. I wish I’d started working on this sooner, but summer always seems like it’s going to be longer than it is, and I kept thinking I had more time.

Speaking of which, it’s been a good weekend, but it flew. We spent an afternoon at the pool, had a few casual get togethers with friends, completed two successful outfit photo shoots, and enjoyed some great weather (hot, but sunny, so I’ll take it!) I’m always sad to see summer go, but I’m definitely ready for September.

How about you? I hope you’ve had a relaxing weekend. Or at least a productive one. I’m all geared up for 26 Days of Fall Fashion starting Thursday! Make sure you’re subscribed so you don’t miss a thing!

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