Wednesday, May 14, 2014

an iced latte and the deets


If we were on a coffee date, I'd be drinking an iced latte. It's an acquired taste -at least for me- but now that I've got it, I just can't stop. It would have vanilla in it and I'd drink it nice and slow because that's how they taste best. I might get a scone this time and then share it with you. I'm working on being kinder to myself and scones might be the answer to that. I'd buy your drink -though you'd fight me since I bought last time.

If we were on a coffee date, I'd tell you I'm wrecked by the book I'm reading. I think it's something about the heartbreak or the lies or the falling apart-ness, but it's so sad. The saddest part is it happens in real life, not just in books, and, well, it wrecks me.

If we were on a coffee date, I'd say people are dying. People I know are dying. I know there's always been death, but, now, I'm aware of it and it's finality. People are dying. So is my Popsicle. And, while it makes me sad and miss them, I'm happy for them, for the freedom, for the beauty, for the no-more-suffering.

If we were on a coffee date, I'd share about how I've fallen in love with my closet again. You know those mornings where you stand in the doorway and say, I have so much to wear! I'm having those. Oh, you don't? But you should, it's fun and adventurous and content.

If we were on a coffee date, I'd rave about this bible study series I've started. I'd tell you how I JUST CAN'T STOP THINKING ABOUT IT. And that it's the first time I've felt that way in a long time. Oh, He's good to us. I'd ask how bible study is for you. What works? What doesn't? Do you take notes, too?

If we were on a coffee date, I'd be honest about my writer's block. Or maybe it's writer's fear. I don't know what it is, but I'm refusing to type offline and struggling with a few hard posts here. I sit and try and freeze right up. It's not for lack of inspiration or ideas or words, it's this doubt that screams discouragement louder than all other thoughts. I've read places that all writer's have little devils on their shoulders screaming that it all sucks. But, gosh darn I didn't want one.

If we were on a coffee date, I'd try not to swear. I'm trying not to swear but I don't even know why. DAMN IT. I guess I feel like ladies shouldn't say "bad" words, but I sort of like that rough edge on myself because I feel like there's always so much polish. I'd ask you if you swear and if you hate it or love it or don't give a rip.

If we were on a coffee date, I'd tuck my legs under me and become engrossed because, lately, everything holds lessons and wisdom for me to glean. Friend, I'd want to hear all the things you've got for me and, well, you'd pour something out that would change me for the better. 

31 comments:

  1. I love your posts like this! And I can't wait for your bible study post on Friday!!

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  2. I'm on the same line as you with swearing. I often feel as though I shouldn't do it, but then I drink a single beer and it all just slips out and I kind of like it. I've been seeing these coffee date posts around the web, and I'm not sure where they originated, but I love reading them! I'll have to do one, soon. Looking forward to Friday!

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  3. I would love to go on a coffee date with you. And I can guarantee I would also tuck my legs under me and listen intently to every word you said and your response you everything I said.


    I read The Memory Keeper's Daughter a few years ago and remember being totally absorbed in the story and the sadness. We would probably also discuss the heartache over iced lattes. :)

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  4. This coffee date sounds like a great date! I'm excited for your bible study and cannot wait to hear more about it :)

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  5. I'd tell you that I haven't done a Bible study in a really long time, and that I maybe don't know if I ever really knew how to do one. I don't know if I should be taking notes, if that would help me to remember what I've read better.

    I don't swear that often, but I kind of like that I do on occasion — I feel like it takes that "good Christian" demeanor (you know) and says, hey, I am the same as you, and we both need loads more grace than we deserve.

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  6. let's just move to a compound together with our husbands, and they can do woodworking and drink beer together, and we can raise our babies (once you have them) and swear and drink vanilla lattes together. i think that sounds good, don't you?

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  7. Brooks @ Cotton & BootsMay 14, 2014 at 8:27 AM

    I love your rough edges. I curse too, probably too much, but it's a release no other word could manage.

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  8. theblahblahblahgerMay 14, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    I bought the Bible. Cracked it open last night and LOVED the format. Thanks for the rec!!!

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  9. I am so happy I started reading your blog. You just seem like the sweetest person. Plus, one of my 30 before 30 list items is the read the whole bible and sometimes it's hard, so having your new series has been a new inspiration for me. I've only got a little more than a year :)

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  10. I just now started liking iced coffee after I made Ree Drummond's super amazing iced coffee. Have you ever tried using sweetened condensed milk in your iced latte? It's divine!

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  11. Throw the doubts OUT! Your writing is always so incredibly beautiful and liberating…for everyone. Serious sister! I owe you an e-mail. Glad to be back in a little calmer life and here in your space.

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  12. This is awesome. So awesome. I'm so excited about your bible study. So cool. Also, super jelly of your wardrobe heaven. I need that in my life. Thanks for having a coffee date with me ;) ~Jenna

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  13. It's been far too long since I had a latte instead of black coffee, so I'd get one too! And if you're buying, I'll bring homemade scones. ;)


    Writer's fear...that rings true for me when it comes to being vulnerable. I get too wrapped up in treating sensitive issues with sensitivity and too precious about the words I'm using to just open up. That's a good way to phrase it.

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  14. TELL ME HOW TO MAKE SCONES. TELL ME YOUR SECRETS. I had a scone obsession for a while but could NOT make them consistently to save my life and oh, how I love them.


    Being too wrapped up -yes. I've let that stop me from pursuing a couple minor (yet still fun and necessary) dreams and, well, I'm going to unwrap it all and make space for them because of you. ALL YOUR FAULT.

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  15. Oh Jess thank you! :) So, so glad to have you on board!

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  16. What is it about beer that makes swearing SO MUCH EASIER? :) I just realize that its part of my rough edges and I've got to be okay with that even if some people make it clear they hate it.


    So glad to have you around on Fridays too! :)

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  17. Oh my goodness, The Memory Keeper's Daughter was SO INTENSE to read. The loops and curves and turns just blew my mind every time. Have you read The Fault in Our Stars? --DO IT. I was blown away at the beauty.


    Also, would you share a scone or two with me on our coffee date?!?

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  18. I've never met a coffee date I didn't love... Though I might be biased as one of coffee and chatting's biggest fans. :) I'm hoping the bible study series is (at least starting) to bless your sweet self girl!

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  19. Girl, I'd gush about how fickle I am when it comes to bible study. Like I just can't seem to remain consistent-consistent because when hard times hit and I'm frustrated with Him I REFUSE to read. I'd tell you that notes are how I keep my mind on track (and always have) so I take them in the columns of books, of my bible, and in a journal. Oh the journals.


    I'd say YES to reminding myself (and others) that I'm human and dealing with all that fleshy shit. :)

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  20. you name the place and i'm there. with mr. t and our dinner table. oh, and i guess hazel too.

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  21. So, almost a week later how do you feel about it?!?


    In all kinds of honesty: I still sniff the cover of mine because LEATHER.

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  22. Girl, thank you. Oh thank you for understanding how the UCK in, well, you know which word just MAKES THE PERFECT SOUND FOR WHEN I'M RAGING MAD.

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  23. First, WELCOME! :) So glad you're hear and enjoying more than just my ridiculous antics. I have yet to read the WHOLE bible because, well, it intimidates me, but we'll chip out some of that together through the series! :)

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  24. Sweetened condensed milk is my FAVORITE milk in my coffees. I don't know how Starbucks hasn't caught on to the goodness there. (I first tried a black cup of coffee with SCM in it in a restaurant and then just couldn't stop myself)

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  25. OUT. OUT. OUT. I'm being braver lately. And trying to soak up all the inspiration I can which I think is working... At least a little bit. :)


    Waiting for an email from you hot-stuff.

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  26. Oh Jenna, I'm so thankful you're going to be doing the bible study! I feel like it's going to be a beautiful blessing... Or at least I pray it is! :)


    My tip for wardrobe heaven: take three things you haven't worn in a while to hang in eyesight when you're putting laundry away. Then challenge yourself to wear them throughout the week. It's my FAVORITE way to feel like there's some new, fun pieces in there.

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  27. Making really awesome mini scones involves a champagne glass. ;) I shared my favorite base recipe (to which you can add all kinds of goodies) here: http://karinadresses.com/blog/queens-own-scones/


    I will totally accept fault if it means more opening up and making space in life for dreams! :D

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  28. That's such a great idea. Definitely trying that! ~Jenna

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  29. Love this coffee date! It's so nice to hear that you're learning so much!

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  30. I've given up on the swearing thing, myself. It's just a part of who I am. Maybe when the kiddos come along one day, I'll get it under control but until then, I'm okay with it and I'm embracing it :)

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  31. I love this photo! And you are just adorable! You can cuss around me ;)

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