Monday, July 14, 2014

let's sit and sip and share.

If we were on a coffee date, I'd order double (shot of espresso) tall, vanilla, nonfat latte. I'd tell you I stole my order from my mom and how much I love the kick in my pants that coffee gives to me. I'd say we could meet at a local shop, though we both know we'd end up in Starbucks because atmosphere and familiarity are something sweet. You'd offer to pay and I'd let you because, well, that's what friends do sometimes.

If we were on a coffee date, I'd bring scones -homemade, cinnamon-sugar, creamy and rich. I mastered them FINALLY with much thanks to Alicia who encouraged me to try, try again. Also with thanks to the diagram in this post because I had NO CLUE I needed to knead the dough so heartily (or how therapeutic kneading happens to be).

If we were on a coffee date, I'd gush about how Jason's been holding my hand daily. Usually in the early morning just before my alarm goes off or in the late of night after he puts down his book while I'm fast asleep, sometimes when we're walking down the street. I adore the knot of our fingers -a sentiment I don't usually have when it comes to PDA.

If we were on a coffee date, I'd share about our Fourth of July. I'd talk your ear off about all the ways I love that day. How I adore the parade and our place in it, how the red, white, and blue goes right to my head, how I wear patriotic duds all week because I JUST CAN'T HELP MYSELF. I'd ask about your day, I'd hope you did all the fun, all-American things, that you saw fireworks and drank sangria and swam in the pool.

If we were on a coffee date, I'd tell you I'm reading Roald Dahl like mad and laughing at Beetlejuice with Jason. My dad loved Beetlejuice and it's like spending time with him. I loved Roald as a girl as I was learning to read and it's like I'm right back there pretending Matilda is my best friend performing magic tricks while Miss Honey makes us sandwiches.

If we were on a coffee date, I'd ask you about selfies. What you think of them, how you do them, when you feel most beautiful. I'd tell you how I believe they're good for me and for my confidence and for cherishing myself. I'd say I believe all women should practice taking them -even if just once a week. I'd acknowledge they're awkward, but so is getting fitted for a bra and getting a bikini wax. In the end, all worth the weirdness involved.

If we were on a coffee date, I'd share about baking powder. That stuff expires and when it does it stops working, stops fluffing and lifting your baked goods. Have you checked yours lately? Mine was two years past the date and I hadn't a clue... The problem of the flat cookies I mentioned in my last post have magically been solved.

If we were on a coffee date, I'd pray over you on my way home. I'd thank God for His goodness in giving you me. I'd ask Him to be present, to be felt, to shower you with some love and encouragement because it feels so damn good to me.

33 comments:

  1. I know a lot of people think negatively about selfies, but I honestly think they boost my self-esteem too. On the other hand, if someone always thinks their selfies are ugly, I can see how that can really hurt their self-esteem. I guess it just depends on the individual.

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  2. I love that these coffee dates are becoming a theme with bloggers. They are simply wonderful!
    I may have to give it a try....?
    xoxo, Cassie
    www.livingoncloud9ine.blogspot.com

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  3. I'm the same way. I don't know why out of all the lovely things you shared that stood out to me, but you've got me in my kitchen now, reading labels.

    And yay for hand holding - I'm not a big hand holder, or PDA-er? but my husband is. I forget sometimes how much those little things mean to them.

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  4. One of my favorite things in life is when Nick holds my hand. The gesture is so simple, yet so grounding, uplifting and comforting.

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  5. I WANT TO HAVE REAL COFFEE WITH YOU RIGHT NOW.
    And I may even sob because I can't :(


    The hand holding is my best gesture of touch - so small but so powerful.
    Baking powder expires? Really?
    I just cannot get the selfie right - far too critical of myself!
    x

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  6. I love this post! There is nothing sweeter than your love holding your hand. That's one of the ways I feel most cherished--not by gifts or kisses or words, just him holding my hand. I had to work most of the 4th weekend, so I didn't get to enjoy it like I usually do, but I'm already planning next year's celebration! I love a good selfie--I think people trash them way too much, I rarely ever post one, but I take them when I feel beautiful, and I think that's a good thing. Oh, how I wish we could really sit down over coffee!

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  7. Ah reading Roald Dahl is definitely a flashback to my childhood. :] // itsCarmen.com ☼

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  8. On May way to have (what sounds like) the best coffee date ever with you!

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  9. I am so pro-selfie lately, my friends have been making fun of me for it. When I feel good about myself, it shows through in the photos. And sometimes, that's all I need to look at to make a bad day a little bit better. I've been trying to take more and encouraging my friends to take more too. I spent the better part of the past three years hiding from the camera... and now I'm sad that I don't have more photos of myself and my friends. They're like the lost years. I kinda sorta ish alluded to this in my post today (in a roundabout way - I was talking about sharing on Facebook... but what I've been sharing has been photos! Of me. Sometimes selfies.) Loved everything about this post - made me feel like we just caught up. I love it.

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  10. Shannon Nichole QuigleyJuly 14, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    This post is great...but my absolute favorite part is the last thing you said about praying over whoever you were just chatting with...such a beautiful thing to know friends are lifting one another up in their quiet moments!!

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  11. I always love these coffee-date post! You learn so much about a person! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  12. I want to have a coffee date with you in real life! I feel like it would do me so much good and we would get along perfectly. Even though it's only virtual, I appreciate those prayers. I feel like I've been needing them a bit extra lately.

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  13. I love everything about this post. The photo, the local coffee shop turned Starbucks, you bringing scones, all of it! xoxo

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  14. I think what I love about them is that I spend time thinking about what I like about myself before I post one. And that's good for me. :)

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  15. RIGHT?!? I made what Jason called CowPie Cookies... Because, well, flat as a cow pie. They were tasty, but calling them that really strips the whole delicious thing away because, poop.

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  16. Girl, I'm now a label reading crazy. Jason laughs at me because I just can't stop myself... If I'm going to make an amazing batch of cookies I want them to turn out fluffy and lovely, not flat because I can't read a damn label.


    Why is it that little bouts of PDA are perfect? Like, there's a JUST RIGHT amount that doesn't feel overwhelming or gross or raunchy but is (goldilocks) just right. :)

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  17. DO IT! I do it once a month as a little check in with myself to be vulnerable and honest about the little things because sometimes blogging can become focused on SUCH BIG THINGS and life isn't made up of all that. :)

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  18. Grounding.
    Uplifting.
    Comforting.


    Literally, couldn't put that any better.

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  19. I WANT ONE RIGHT NOW. WITH YOUR BABES.


    Girl, you's a beauty. A BEAUTY. period. regardless of how much you don't get it.

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  20. Girl, the 4th is my FAVORITE holiday ever. The sun, the sangria, the RED WHITE AND BLUE. I just want to skip around town in my patriotism. So, yes, you must celebrate insanely next year to make up for this one. :)


    Basically we NEED coffee together. WHY ARE WE SO FAR APART?

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  21. He has been SO MUCH FUN to get to enjoy over again. Just as good (if not better) than I remembered!

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  22. But really. REALLY. reeeeeeaaallllly.

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  23. I think we'd talk each other's ears off, chase them around like mad, then do it OVER AND OVER again. :)

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  24. Girl, you're a beauty. You're also living life up in a way this summer that's got me inspired to grab on and enjoy the ride.


    Did you get my friend request?

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  25. Prayer is something I struggle to remember. But after a good conversation, it's so simple. SO. SIMPLE. :) And then it makes me think of how others are lifting me up, thinking of me, praying over my life and, whoa, I'm flattered.

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  26. Oh girl, I'm so glad that you're getting them. It's funny how just a few words can make things feel a little bit better even if they change nothing specifically. :)

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  27. Oh welcome friend! :) So glad that you got to sit and have a little cup of joe with me. :)

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  28. Oh thank you dear friend. How do you manage so much encouragement always?

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  29. The scones are clutch... Mostly because it's been SUCH A CHORE to figure them out. Now though, now they are delicious and Jason's asking for them up the wazoo.

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  30. Girl. How are you? I miss you. I owe you an email or twelve.


    What's your favorite of his books? I have a mad girl-crush on Matilda (always have) but the BFG makes me a happy girl too.

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  31. Oh girl, I did too at first. Then I just told myself to push through and, well, I'm really enjoying looking at the pictures and liking things about myself --> mostly my hair. But that counts! :)

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  32. I totally love your selfies--I mostly take goofy ones for Snapchat. Do you use a timer app?


    Handholding is 100% the best. One of the best feelings in the world is when someone you look seeks out your hand, just to be a little closer and show a little more love. Also, I'm so glad you went for the scones! Baked goods are such a perfect vehicle for summer berries and on-the-go snacks.

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  33. Your posts always bring tears to my eyes (and I mean that in the best way possible.) You are such a special, genuine, beautiful person. I love reading through the thoughts you share with us.

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