Saturday Morning Coffee Talk


I’d say “good morning,”, but it’s been raining all night, and today is supposed to be a wash out. It’s chilly and gloomy, and pretty much a quintessential March day.

I hate March. Have I ever told you that?

I know, hate is strong word, but honestly, is there a more hideous month of the year? I think not.

On the other hand, my husband was traveling all week, and he arrived home safely sometime after midnight last night, so that alone makes it a good day.

When the kids were smaller, I didn’t mind when he traveled. I just hunkered down and did it all myself, and that was fine. We pretty much just stayed home except for preschool drop off and pick up. I could feed them, put them all to bed early, clean up, and have some time to myself in the evenings. It wasn’t so bad.

But with older kids, they have to be carted to and fro, their bedtime is the same as mine, and they make so many messes. They really should be helping me clean up, but it’s just easier to do it myself, so I do, and I just don’t get a break.

You see, my husband is usually the one who oversees cleanup and takes responsibility for the late night runs to the high school. I’m kind of spoiled that way. With older kids, there is no down time, and they require so much more mental energy. So, basically, I’ve been burning the candle at both ends all week. Put a fork in me. I. Am. Done.

I’d love to say that I’m looking forward to a relaxing weekend, but I have a ton of work stuff to catch up on that I didn’t finish this week, and I was hoping to take our spring clothes down from the attic and start changing things over. Plus, I promised to take my girls to the mall to update their summer wardrobes before we go to Arizona in a few weeks. Normally I wouldn’t mind that little outing, but did I mention that today is a total wash out? So I get to run around in the cold March rain. Good times!

Add to all that, the sugar detox isn’t going as well as I’d hoped. My strategy to be more relaxed this time is NOT working for me. Instead, it’s like two steps forward, one step back, wash, rinse repeat. But it’s not even that good. It’s more like one step forward, two steps back…

But I am DETERMINED to take the bull by the horns. I am not giving up. I have to put on a bathing suit in less than three weeks, and I don’t want to feel self-conscious the whole time, so it’s time to tighten up the reigns and git ‘er done.

I know I sound all whiny pants, and I am, but I’m not feeling depressed. My rant is over, and now I’m going to pour a 3rd cup of coffee, get showered and cleaned up, and then tackle my to-do list. If I accomplish even half of what I just wrote down, I will call the day a success.

How about you? What’s on your agenda today?

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10 thoughts on “Saturday Morning Coffee Talk

  1. Jo-Lynne, your post today really hit a cord with me. A previous boss called March “killer month” and back when I lived around DC I lived for St. Patty’s, First day of spring and March Madness. Yes, teens are REALLY difficult people!! If I lived near you I could go over and bring you a gift certificate for a cleaning service today, gift certificate for at home massage, a big bunch of spring flowers, a bottle of Meiomi (Me-O-Me!) and give each of your kids money to take themselves and a friend to the movies! Living and guiding teens is so difficult that we need a BUNCH of support from everybody nearly everyday!! But hang in there Jo…soon, very soon, the warm sunshine will return, the kids will unexpectedly make you double over in laughter, a little spring flower will appear in the yard, the bathing suit will seem less important and all your internal energy will return. My 3 wild teens grew up, finished college, all have wonderful careers and when we all get together we have a TON of fun and all miss living together, even during the CRAZY times!!! HOLD ON!…remember, anybody can be happy when all is well, but you see what you’re really made of if you can be happy when the you know what hits the fan!!! …even in crummy old March!!! LOVE YOUR BLOG…THANKS!!!!!!

    1. Aw, Jackie. Thanks. xoxoxoxo

      I actually had a facial/mani/pedi on Thursday, and my cleaning lady came the same day. That was the BEST day of the week. 🙂 Now maybe I’ll just go ahead and buy myself a bouquet of tulips and get my hubby to take the kids to the movies. 😉

  2. JoLynne, we have oh-so-much in common! I live right down I-95 from you in Maryland and we have the same weather, same travelling husband, older kids, struggle with feeling down, sugar addiction and even foot problems! I think you may be my soul sister. 🙂 All I can say is that I know how you feel and you are doing great! Put on something cute and springy regardless of the weather and go shopping. The good news is it is already spring at the mall! FYI, I rushed right out to buy the gold and white platform sandals from Nordstrom you talked about in your last post and I love them! Keep up the good work, you’ve got this!

    1. You did!!? Are they as cute in person? I’d love to try them. I’m not going to the mall with the Nordstrom today, but I might have to pick up a new top or two at White House Black Market. 😉 Thanks for the encouragement.

  3. Hi Jo-Lynne,

    Thank you for the posting today! I found your delightful blog last night. Here in the San Francisco East Bay we have sunny skies and I am spending the morning gardening. This afternoon dressing up for church and this evening a movie with friends to see a movie at the Shattuck Theatre in Berkeley. I can imagine that the extended times of cold and harsh weather get tiring and you look forward Spring! It’s just around the corner. Most of us here in sunny California are praying for rain!! Have a brilliant day!

  4. Thank you for your response! Please, join us in our prayers for rain. Sunny California needs a good long soaking. Have a lovely week. I look forward to future posts. I found your blog through Lady Of Style who I follow. No need to reply to this. I imagine you are busy. Blessings.

    1. Everyone is busy, but I am never to busy to reply to comments on my blog. I love the comments! These conversations are what make it all worth while. 🙂 Blessings to you too!

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