Coffee Talk 10.02.16


Good Sunday morning! It’s another gray, drizzly day here in eastern PA. I must confess, I’m over it. I stayed inside most of the day yesterday, working and catching up on chores around the house, trying to ignore the depressing landscape beyond my windows.

Then late last night, I sat on cold metal bleachers in the spritzing rain, peering through the sea of umbrellas to try and catch a glimpse of my son playing the drums in the marching band. I was so grateful for my new trench coat and rain boots. They’re getting thoroughly broken-in this weekend!

I haven’t gone running since I got home from South Carolina, but I think I’m going to have to brave the fog and drizzle this morning and get out there for a short jog. My body feels stiff and sore from working out and not doing any cardio to loosen up those abused muscles, plus I need the emotional pick-me-up.

My moods are very much affected by the weather, and when we get days upon days of rain and gloom like this, it starts to eat away at my joy. I know that true joy is found in the Lord and not the atmospheric conditions, but the fact remains, lack of sunshine can really affect us emotionally and mentally. I know a brisk run would do me a world of good, but it’s hard to get motivated when the weather isn’t cooperating, and every day that goes by that I indulge my laziness makes it that much harder to pick it up again.

Wow, I didn’t mean to make this post all doom and gloom. I’m not even depressed yet, but I can feel it coming on. I thought by today the sun would be peeking through and giving us a glimmer of hope, but right now, nada. I know we all said we need the rain, but we’ve got enough to last us for a while, thankyouverymuch. It’s time to move on out!

Okay, so that’s enough of that. In other news, my husband took the girls to his college homecoming this weekend out in western PA. I haven’t mentioned it because I don’t like to broadcast when I’m home alone, but I guess it’s safe now since he’s coming home today. The original plan was that we all would go, and my son (who is a junior in high school) could tour the campus and get a feel for a small college atmosphere, but then we found out his high school marching band’s home cavalcade was yesterday. It’s a pretty big deal and he didn’t want to miss it, so my husband took the girls on his road trip, and I stayed home to play chaperone and chauffeur.

I can’t believe we’re talking about looking at colleges. Wasn’t he just learning to tie his shoes? It’s quite surreal. My son is more interested in big schools with alumni that root for their college football teams for life, but my husband and I are big fans of smaller colleges, so it will be interesting to see where he ends up.

The girls, on the other hand, were excited to see my husband’s alma mater, and I guess they ran into quite a few old friends. It sounds like they had a large time. I can’t wait to hear more about it when they get home, plus I’ll just be glad to have them home safe and sound.

Not to beat a dead horse, but that’s another reason I detest this weather. I worry about the roads — not just my husband driving back across the state with precious cargo in the backseat, but my son has started going out with friends, and the back roads where we live can be treacherous when wet. I sat up Friday night until he got home from a party, praying for safety.

This is a whole new stage of parenting for us, and letting go of the apron strings has been harder than I ever expected. I don’t really consider myself overprotective — a helicopter parent, I am not — but I am a bit of a worrier, and learning to let my kids spread their wings is definitely an exercise of faith.

I’m always so thankful when they get home safely, and I take comfort in the fact that I still know where they’re sleeping at night, but it won’t be long until I won’t even have that bit of reassurance. How do you mamas do it when they go off to college? I just don’t know how I’m going to handle that.

Of course, I do have almost two years left until I have to face that particular parenting challenge, so I guess I need to put it out of my mind for now and make the most of the time that’s left. I don’t want to take it for granted for a second.

If I’m going to get a run in before church, I need to wrap this up and get a move on. Before I go, I want to tell you that LOFT is running a flash 50% Off Sale Everything PLUS Free Shipping with code SHIP50!


It is for today only, so don’t wait around! I featured several items from LOFT in my 26 Days of Fall Fashion series (such as this side-tie poncho, this layered sweater, this bow neck blouse, and these sateen jeggings) so if you had your eye on any of them, now’s the time to splurge!

I’m rather annoyed, as I placed a large order yesterday when tops and pants were 40% off, and an extra 10% isn’t insignificant, but I guess I’ll end up returning a few things and it won’t be a big deal in the end. I ordered a bunch of pants, hoping to find dress pants that I like. They have some slimmer styles right now that look promising. I also snagged this striped poncho. I can’t wait to style it with my aubergine skinnies!

Okay, that’s it for me. I’ve procrastinated long enough. I need to get myself outside and get those endorphins flowing before the rain picks up again! I hope you have a blessed day, no matter what the weather conditions are like in your neck of the woods!