Monday, August 18, 2014

this time it's not just coffee, it's bagels too.

If we were on a coffee date, I'd insist we go to Bruegger's Bagels because they have coconut iced coffee and I want it all the time right now but can't have it because the only shop we have is 20 minutes from our house. I'd order a cinnamon-sugar bagel with strawberry cream cheese on one half and honey walnut on the other. Yes, I'd be treating myself and I'd hope you did too.

If we were on a coffee date, I'd ask about your skin care routine. I have an intense battle with acne going on. I have for a decade now and just haven't found a routine that's working perfect for me. I'm hoping the new product I got in the mail over the weekend is going to rock my skin's world. One can hope right?

If we were on a coffee date, I'd rave about my favorite mascara: Fairy Drops. I randomly got it for the gold bottle and I love it... Especially since I tried a few different tubes for about six months and nothing can compare. I love a good old fashion beauty-off, but I'm thankful this is one that's come to an end. I'd tell you that I use primer, specifically this one, and that you should too.

If we were on a coffee date, I'd want to talk about hope. Lately, I can't help but think all about it. Where it comes from? How people maintain it? In what ways it anchors our souls? Hope, I'm fixated. I'd ask you if you're fixated on patterns and ideas that seem to be popping up consistently in your life. I'd want to know how you digest them, maintain them, think on them.

If we were on a coffee date, I'd share that I'm frustrated with how much baby talk happens at this stage in marriage and life. I realize people are excited for us to have babies -in fact, I want them so desperately some days- but it seems just as exciting to be taking time to travel and be married sans children. I know there's only so many times you can talk about work and the house, but let's skip the part where we're talking about the population (or prospective population) of my vagina please.

If we were on a coffee date, I'd tell you that running has become an addiction of sorts lately. That yes, I could sleep in, but that asphalt under my shoes, the sound of pounding along the dirt, the huffing and puffing that can be hillsides, are alluring and tempting and lovely. Maybe part of it is because of Born to Run?

If we were on a coffee date, I'd acknowledge out loud how life is so much a journey of learning. Learning how to balance, to communicate, to respond, to respect, to love, to enjoy, to all the things. It's such a journey and it's beautiful and I've always said I'm a forever student. BUT, right now, I want a little break from the learning, is that too much to ask?

If we were on a coffee date, I'd ask for a bit of encouragement. I'd be thankful, so thankful, for the way you're His mouthpiece for a girl that's not really that good at hearing Him speak. 

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If we were on a coffee date, I'd mention this posted last week (in time with the Robin Williams' post) for just about an hour before I woke to realize two posts went live at the same time. You'd give me grace, because you're awesome, and I'd tell you my ability to keep organized is so messy as of late.


  1. You had me at coconut iced coffee, clearly.

  2. Love this post! (Might copy it - if I do I'll tag you) :) As far as skin care goes, and it's not that I speak from experience, but have you ever tried coconut oil? I've heard it works wonders, if you can get past the weird thought of putting oil on your face to fight acne. As far as encouragement goes, I'm reading Deuteronomy. Love it, especially because of scriptures like, "The Lord your God has blessed you in all the work of your hands. He has watched over your journey through the vast wilderness. These forty years the Lord your God has been with you, and you have not lacked anything." - Deuteronomy 2:7. Also a bagel sounds perfect right now.

  3. Hmm let's see... I would order an everything bagel with jalapeno cream cheese, and I would surely have to try that coconut iced coffee. I'd share with you how I'm less than 2 months out from being married - so stinking excited - and so irritated that people are already asking us when we'll be having children. Hold ya horses folks! LOL! At the end of this coffee date, I'd give you the biggest hug and thank you for being such a great friend. Because that's what huggers do :)

  4. For the skincare thing, my biggest adivce is to not be too arch on your skin and live like acne does not exist. Because as soon as the acne change the way we act it becomes a problem.
    If we were at a coffee date I would ask you how you stay that creative & how you organize your writing time. And I would take a massive iced coffee because I love that :) And for the encouragement thing, I just want to say that you are a really great wrtier, blogger and person.
    Have an amazing day!!!

  5. If you and I were on a coffee date, I'd probably reach over and give you a ginormous hug and wonder how God put so much love in ya and would praise Him for letting you share it with all of us!

  6. Jason's FAVORITE thing to eat ever in the morning is an everything bagel with jalapeno cream cheese and bacon. I have to say, haven't had one myself and wouldn't be sad about it because BACON, CARBS, and CHEESE.

    Marriage. So sweet girl. You'll love it. You'll love it EVEN MORE than the wedding... Which almost seems impossible when you're all dolled up and dancing. :)

  7. Please do copy it! :) Skin care. EGH.

    I haven't tried coconut oil but have used another oil (not sure which one) to help keep my face from drying out... It helped, but finally I've given in to a dermatologist's' recommendations and am seeing some (though it's not quite as fast as I want) improvement. Slow and steady I keep telling myself. :)

    That verse has me in love. All kinds of love.

  8. Duh. And for you, I'd skip bagels and hit In N Out.

  9. Oh my gosh you need to hear the message from our church yesterday. It's about the different ways that we "worship" -worship being experiencing intimacy with Him- and I LOVED THAT IT'S OKAY THAT I DON'T HEAR HIM the same as everyone else. :)

  10. Oh Angelique you are SO kind and encouraging to me. So kind. :) What is it about iced coffee that is just hhhmmmm, hmmmm, good? :)

    I've been thinking about putting together a more in depth post about being creative and such, but haven't really found how I keep myself organized... Have you read this one?

    Somehow I think it'll help give you a peek! :)

  11. Girl. You and your sweetness. Rotting my teeth in the best of ways. :)

  12. no. what. coconut iced coffee you say? please take me with you.

  13. Ok, so they FINALLY put up the message that I was talking about here... So I didn't forget!

  14. Thanks! Now I need to find time to watch it!


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