Coffee Talk

Good morning, friends! How’s your weekend going?

I hope those of you down in Mississippi and Louisiana are faring okay with the Hurricane/Tropical Storm Nate. Judging from the news footage, there’s some pretty bad flooding and a lot of power outages. We’re supposed to get the remnants of the storm tonight and tomorrow, which kind of stinks because the kids have the day off from school, and my younger daughter’s birthday is Tuesday. Oh, well. I can’t complain since we don’t expect it to cause any serious damage, and we really could use some rain around here.

It’s been a full weekend. We went out to dinner with friends on Friday night, and then yesterday our high school hosted our annual Cavalcade of Bands. It’s basically a big marching band competition/performance night, and we provide all the concessions and a hospitality suite that serves all of the various schools’ band directors and staff, bus drivers, etc.

My husband helped direct traffic, and I helped out in the hospitality suite. I was dreading it all week, but it turned out to be kind of fun. At least I met some of the other moms and got to speak to some of the marching band staff and committee people that I don’t see very often. For having a senior in the band, it’s kind of pathetic how few people I know. I really should do more volunteering.

My youngest is planning to join the marching band when she gets to middle school, so I’ll probably get to do this all over again in a few years. Maybe I’ll actually put myself out there a bit more the second time around.

I don’t know what it is about volunteering that makes the introvert in me rise to the surface. I’ve done my fair share over the years, mostly at elementary school parties and field trips, and I usually find it really awkward. I’m not the type of person who instinctively knows what to do to make myself useful. I’m the type who needs to be told what to do, so I kind of stand awkwardly on the sidelines waiting for someone to give me a task. I usually find it all really boring or really awkward or both.

Last night, I had a task assigned to me and someone interesting to talk to, and I’m relieved to say it was actually kind of fun. It definitely made me more likely to volunteer in the future. (And that’s probably way more than you wanted to know about my insecurities.) Ha!

So after walking those 6 miles on Friday and standing for 3 hours last night serving food, my legs and feet are beat. I wanted to run this morning, but I think I’m going to use the impending rain as an excuse to rest. We’re actually expecting thunderstorms this morning. So weird. I don’t usually let a little rain keep me from running, but I don’t want to be caught 2 miles from home in a thunderstorm so I think I’ll stay put and make myself a 2nd cup of coffee.

After church today, we’re driving down to visit the in-laws. (We never made it last week, for those paying attention.) It works out well because this week some other family members are visiting as well that we don’t get to see very often, and I get to meet my new grand-nephew. It’s a bit of a drive so it makes for a long day, but it will be nice to see everyone. I’ll definitely be ready for a lazy day at home tomorrow after this busy weekend!

I haven’t written anything for the blog this week, and I’ll be gone all day today so I need to get crackin’. I have some outfit pictures to share, and I’m also thinking of bringing back 5 Favorites (any requests for topics?) and Fight the Frump. Oh, and a fall jacket guide has been suggested (similar to the Fall/Winter Coat Guide I posted last week) so I’ll work on that too.

So that’s enough rambling for one morning, I guess! Enjoy the rest of your weekend, and those of you on the east coast, stay dry!