Saturday Morning #CoffeeTalk

pennsylvania fall

You know those days when you think you’re gonna get SO much accomplished, and then life happens and not so much gets accomplished…. that was my yesterday.

I had a whole day at home, even cancelled a lunch date with a friend so I could get a head-start on some blog-related projects (fun stuff in the works!!!), and then between the emails and everything else, I still didn’t accomplish everything I’d hoped to. Some days are just like that, I guess.

So I did what any other practical woman would do, I worked an extra hour and ordered Chinese takeout for dinner. Trust me, no one complained.

I secretly LOVE Chinese takeout. Okay, so it’s not so much a secret. I know it’s horrible for you, but it really hits the spot on a Friday night, especially accompanied by a glass of New Zealand Sauvingnon Blanc. The place we order from is family-run, and their kids answer the phone and take orders. I think it’s adorable, although I did have to say my phone number three times before he got it right last night. My kids are such bums compared to those kids. Those kids will definitely grow up with a work ethic most kids around here will never know.

Sometimes I wonder what I’m doing, letting my kids spend most of their out-of-school hours doing whatever the heck they want. And then I feel guilty those days that they’re too consumed with homework and housework and music lessons to have any “free time.” It’s a weak generation we’re raising. In most cultures, kids the ages of mine would be working alongside their parents or getting married. I tell them that every once in a while when they complain, and they look at me like I have two heads.

I write this while my littlest watches another rerun of The Suite Life. Oh, well. It’s Saturday, what can I say?

Yesterday was kind of dreary, but today looks like it’s going to be another gorgeous fall day. This seems like the longest fall in Pennsylvania history, and I mean that in a good way. It’s been beautiful for months, and the trees still have about 30% of their leaves, despite the rain we’ve had.

Yes, I’m talking about the weather. But as I look out my window at the early morning sunshine lighting up the orange and yellow trees behind my development, I can’t help but comment on it. I wish we had time to take a drive out into the country just for the fun of it, but I have a baby shower to attend this afternoon, and the kids have stuff going on this morning so I guess that’s out.

I’m excited about the baby shower, though. It’s always fun to spend time with family, and there’s nothing quite as exciting as a new mom being born.

Hope y’all have a great Saturday!

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9 Responses

  1. I have those days all the time! I think and have plans to get so much done…and then it just dons’t happen. Frustrating!
    Haha, I secretly love Chinese take-out too but really can’t even get it again. It is the one “food” I do miss and sometimes crave. Just REAL Chinese take-out!

    1. You can probably whip up something even tastier, I bet!!! It is hard, though, when you just can’t have something. I miss Greek pizza sooo bad. There is nothing like it in the gluten-free world.

  2. So true about the baby shower – I attended a surprise one last Saturday, and it was just so joyful for her to be dreaming about her new little one, and for me to buy baby things again. Amazing how quickly new baby products arrive and make me feel old and out of it

  3. That should be a whole other post…kids and work. I always swore my daughter would work once she reached 16 but with the massive amount of homework and orchestra rehearsals..she is already coming home and staying up until at least 11 pm and sometimes later. When would she work? She did get a summer job last year as a CIT at a local camp and that was perfect because they are not expected to work the entire summer. She has a friend who is in band and those kids truly get 4 weeks of summer (they practice 2 weeks in June for the 4th of July parade and then practice starts up August 1 for the fall season). So when are those kids going to work?

    Hard to figure all that out!

    1. Yep, my son is in band and it is a HUGE commitment. No time to work in the summer. Or fall. It runs our life, which I detest, but my husband is of the mindset that it’s better to keep him busy doing something productive, and I agree there. I wish it weren’t so all consuming, though.

  4. I have two teenagers and an 11 year old. My older two both work. My now 18 year old worked at a popular hamburger restaurant last year to pay for a month long school trip to India last Christmas and now coaches soccer to fund her social life. My 15 year old works 10 hours on a Sunday as a store man to pay for a month long school trip he is going on Christmas next year to Nepal. It certainly is a busy time when you factor in sporting commitments and currently major school exams. It does give them a huge sense of achievement, some financial independence and great time management skills so I am all for it!

    As for the New Zealand ‘sav’ it is my Friday night drink of choice as well! I am a bit biased though…I live in New Zealand so I am a little spoilt for choice.

  5. Love your photo. I love the fall and miss the beauty of the season but living in Tucson does have its advantages…hello 80 degrees

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