Friday, November 14, 2014

coffee date number eight

If we were on a coffee date, we'd be sipping Costa Rican coffee fresh from our french press with homemade cinnamon-brown sugar syrup to boot. We'd be sitting at our dinner table -my new favorite perch in our home- and sipping out of over-sized mugs.

If we were on a coffee date, I'd tell you about Hue leggings. That I own them in corduroy, in leopard, in striped denim, in cotton and I just can't get enough. They go perfect with everything and they are cozy warm for fall and winter (at least here in California), so you should get some too. They have butt pockets so they're useful and aren't too booty-licious.

If we were on a coffee date, I'd ask what you're reading. This reading mission I made for myself has transformed me into a voracious reader. My shelves are still full of books To Read, but I'm never closed to what I should be looking at next. Right now I'm reading Outlander at the recommendation of Lindsay (be careful you'll fall in love with her) and, well, I'm truly, deeply enjoying it!

If we were on a coffee date, I'd confess that my writing has sort of consumed my mind. I've realized early morning and late night are my writing hours, so I'm trying to make space for my mind to be creative by keeping a journal around in those moments of genius. Thankfully, Jason is a patient man and doesn't mind the click of my keyboard while he watches The Colbert Report. Also thankfully, we celebrate my word count by watching Cops.

If we were on a coffee date, I'd recommend the Nehemiah bible study from SheReadsTruth. My mom and I got the study pack and have been going through it, but they have everything online if you'd like to do it for free. It's empowering and encouraging and just pure wonderful. It's got me contemplating my legacy, my community and my heart in working for the glory of Him. Those aren't light things, but then again, they're fun to ponder and pray over.

If we were on a coffee date, I'd share about my new love for time in the kitchen. I'd remind you that once I had thought about being a food blogger and I cooked new recipes all the time. Well, I fell off that bandwagon and into a schedule of cooking the same fifteen recipes on rotation. But then I started using Pinterest to make my weekly grocery list and Jason is loving it... And, quite frankly, I am too.

If we were on a coffee date, I'd spill about how thankful I am for my body. I don't know what's happening to me lately, but I look at all the things my body does -from running to lifting Hazel into the car to thinking up 2,000 words to read most days- and I'm feeling really, deeply thankful. And, well, I hope you feel that way too because it's easy not to feel that way especially with things like pant sizes and scales and calories to haunt us.

If we were on a coffee date, I'd thank you for your friendship. Not just because it's November, but because you're awesome and, well, you enrich my life and encourage me. Lately, encouragement has been my motivation to keep on keepin' on at this writing thing.

25 comments:

  1. I love my time in the kitchen, too! Sometimes it's just nice to cook!

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  2. HUGE LEGGINGS YES.


    And I LOVE She Reads Truth. Or I did, when I was using it. I should probably get back into that.


    Um also, I know I might be slightly missing the point , but 15 recipes is a LOT to have on a rotation. Mad props to you.

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  3. I love this. You're lovely. Real coffee dates need to happen

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  4. Can we have a real coffee date? Even if it's over skype?

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  5. If we were on a coffee date it would last into next week because I would basically hold you hostage and force to you hang out and talk and write words with me forever. And thank you for the shoutout, you are way too nice to me. About those leggings....they look really comfy, can I wear them as pants? How do leggings work in the outfit situation? I'm very tall, so I feel like it's harder for me to get away with the leggings/oversized sweater combo, but I just don't know. Please do a thoroughly detailed outfit post and solve all my problems. Kgreatthanks.

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  6. A real coffee date would be amazing. I'd love to talk about books - the ones we're writing and reading!

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  7. I CAN'T WAIT FOR US TO ACTUALLY HAVE A COFFEE-TURNED-WINE DATE.

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  8. I love that mug + this post! Isn't it funny what we start to notice + appreciate completely out of the blue? I recently was helping my guy move some furniture and we both had to stop and say - wow, our bodies are amazing. Look what they can do! It's a small moment in the big picture, but it's such a good feeling to be thankful for the bodies that help push us through our days.

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  9. I just discovered your blog and I'm so happy I did! I love posts like this! Can't wait to see what other posts you have coming up :)

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  10. I'm hoping to read Outlander for my "first book in a new series" this winter, but I'm daunted by it's huge page count! Then again, I felt the same way about A Game of Thrones and read it in about a week because I just couldn't put it down haha.

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  11. I love leggings with back pockets because I can slip my phone in there if I'm running a quick errand or don't want to lose track of it at a party!

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  12. It's so therapeutic. Or so I tell myself! :)

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  13. Girl, She Reads Truth started their Give Thanks series today... Doing it, YOU SHOULD TOO AND THEN WE CAN BE FRIENDS AND TALK ABOUT IT. Okay, that is enough yelling.


    Well, 15 recipes is like lots of repeating in my culinarily adventurous husband's life which makes me seem REALLY boring. :)

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  14. Yes please.


    Like yes for real. STAT.

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  15. I would literally be so insanely thrilled for this to happen. ON THE REALS.

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  16. YES. All the words. I thought maybe I'd get sick of them and spend the month wishing for movies. But that isn't the case at all!

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  17. YES. We need to work this out. Maybe for Christmas we can do it? Like in December, not like we have to wait all the way until Christmas.

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  18. I CANNOT WAIT TO SEE YOU IN YOUR LEGGINGS.


    And then one day we will wear them and meet in person and die at how cool we are. It's like the Sisterhood of the Matching Leggings.

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  19. My mom gave me that mug because it fits all points of our must-have coffee mug requirements: large, heavy, thick-handled, and fun. :)


    Isn't it amazing when you look at what your body actually does for you? Such a universal and amazing tool that we just don't give enough credit... Or at least I don't!

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  20. Welcome, welcome, welcome! Of course I'm thrilled about a fellow coffee date lover. :) Hope to have you stick around!

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  21. I AM SO GLAD YOU SAID SOMETHING ABOUT THIS BECAUSE I HAD MISSED THE START OF THE CHALLENGE AND NOW I CAN START.


    Outlander is a love. I think you'll be amazed at how quickly you can get into it. It's not usually my kind of reading, but I truly am enjoying it. Truly.

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  22. YES. And these ones aren't the kind that you have to worry about your butt showing through when you bend over... Just another thumbs up in my book! :)

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  23. I'd tell you they're not Hue brand, but I got my first pair of corduroy leggings with pockets & they are marvelously warm & comfy. I've bee reading "Eleanor & Park" and "Veronica Mars." I'd also tell you my Twitter feed has become more fun since I started following you.

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  24. I believe that corduroy is the new best thing in all of the land. Like, ALL OF THE LAND. I'm ridiculously obsessed with them.


    I haven't read "Eleanor and Park" yet... What do you think?


    And, goodness thank you for being so welcoming of me in your life! :)

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  25. I'm about halfway through the book & the characters can be stereotypical at times but I like them. It's been making me ponder on race, poverty, & abuse as I read, so that has been good.

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