Coffee Talk #OldSchoolBlogging Vol. 2

coffee talk

You’d think by the age of 42, I’d know better than to get myself sunburned, but I’m sitting here tonight (Friday) and I look like a lobster and I feel like a stupid teenager who slathered herself in baby oil and sat on the beach all day.

This morning was gorgeous, sunny and about 75 degrees — perfection. So I decided to sit out on my deck after my workout and ice my foot and soak up some rays. The weather was so amazing and Facebook was so captivating that I ended up staying outside for an hour. It was okay, though. I have been getting a small amount of sun almost every day and an hour wasn’t going to be a problem.

After that, I got myself gussied up and headed over to the elementary school to help out in my daughter’s classroom for her end of the year party. I thought I’d be spending 30 minutes in the classroom, overseeing 21 2nd graders as they snacked on junk food and played a few games.

When I arrived, I was directed to the playground, where all four of the 2nd grade classes were about to converge for a 90-minute rotation through a slew of carnival games some of the room moms had organized. Awesome. Sounds like fun, right? Yeah, maybe. For the kids.

I soon realized, while standing in the blazing sun directing a game where the kids tried to throw ping pong balls into small fishbowls, that I was doomed. I was completely unprepared to be outside and I had no sunscreen with me.

I got home afterwards with an aching foot (I had worn my Dansko sandals, which were not exactly conducive to chasing ping pong balls all over a windy playground) and arms and shoulders that look like a lobster.

Did you do the math? That is 2-1/2 hours in the midday sun at the beginning of the summer. #passthealoe

I also had an interesting experience as I led some of the games. The kids kept asking if there would be prizes, or what they would get if they win. To which I had to say, “Everyone gets a prize at the end.”

They were baffled. One kid even articulated that having no winners took the fun out of it. I had to agree.

What kind of generation are we raising if our kids don’t get rewarded for winning or learn how to control their disappointment over losing? I truly fear for the next generation, and I’m not trying to be dramatic. I really wonder what the next 50 years will look like in this country. The funny thing is, every parent I know says the same thing. So WHO is making this new set of rules if we all seem to agree that our kids need to learn that it’s okay to win and sometimes we lose???

One of the parents and I were discussing this, and she pointed out that at Field Day, they no longer hand out ribbons for winning the various games. WHEN did that happen!? My son used to come home with 1st and 2nd place ribbons, and that was just a few years ago.

I suppose I shouldn’t complain if I’m not volunteering to help run these events, but I’m really fed up with this “everybody wins” crap. Cuz that’s what it is. Pure crap.

You know what they call the Tug of War now? Tug of Fun. I’m not joking. I wish I were.

But back to my foot. I thought it was doing better this week but today has been bad. I think I will have to ante up and get that PRP injection. I don’t think it’s really going to fix it though. I just have a really bad feeling that I’m going to fight with this plantar fasciitis for…. well, ever, maybe. I wish I knew the right thing to do. It seems crazy to get put out for a 50% chance of success. Then there’s the whole stem cell thing that they think I should try instead, but it’s so new. I just don’t know. What would you do???

In other news, the Target Inner Circle is no more. I’m sad. They didn’t say it, but my guess is they haven’t recovered from the big credit card fiasco during the holidays and so this program was put on the chopping block. That’s about the time that I stopped hearing from them, and then this week we got word that the entire group is being dismantled. It was really a fun gig, and I’m bummed. I enjoyed being associated with such an iconic brand. It wasn’t a paid partnership, although I did receive gift cards to facilitate some of my projects with them. But the best part of the program was the experiences they provided us. It really was an honor to be a part of it, even though it was short lived.

Last night my husband and I hired a babysitter and went out to eat at our favorite restaurant where we had the tasting menu and tried all kinds of interesting delicacies. I chronicled our courses on Instagram. Here’s a photo of us all gussied up to go out.


Tomorrow we are planning to attend a local Blues Festival. I’m looking forward to a lazy day (with a big tent, I HOPE!!) listening to music and hanging out with the family. The weather is supposed to be gorgeous again, and I could use a day to just chill. Then on Sunday after church, my daughter has a violin recital.

What are you up to this weekend?