Monday, December 15, 2014

the usual coffee date's gone hot cocoa this month


If we were on a cocoa date, we'd be dipping chocolate covered spoons into our warm, flavored cocoa. I think mine would be peppermint because I like the chocolate-mint combination. I'd suggest cinnamon rolls because they're warm and tasty and we'd fall into sugar-induced comas from all that sweet Christmas-time goodness.

If we were on a cocoa date, I'd tell you how I'm struggling to read lately. I don't know if it's because I became so attached to the manuscript over November and I'm now without it for a month, but books are just boring and hard and not interesting. I've tried switching things up, changing genres, picking smutty beach-side reads, to no avail. What gets you back into reading when you're out of it? Please, tell me.

If we were on a cocoa date, I'd confess I'm not enjoying the Advent study I got for this year, but that I am enjoying doing it with Jason and in conjunction with my mom. It's fun to share in words and to compare what we took from the lesson, but it's so surface, so easy, and just not interesting or delving into for me. This makes me think something is wrong in my heart and its posture and that scares me.

If we were on a cocoa date, I'd share all the soup recipes. Now that things are finally chilly in southern California I just can't stop cooking soup, that brothy goodness, it just tempts me every time and so, I always oblige. I'd tell you all the recipes make lots of soup, so I share it with friends, or I freeze it in mason jars and I revel in the fact that I can defrost it and eat at a later date. (I'd advise you to buy stock in french bread because that always pairs well with soup!) 

If we were on a cocoa date, I'd gush about Mockingjay and braids. That movie, oh my soul, just rocked me to the core. I don't know if it's because we saw it as the Ferguson decision came in, but the way the movie correlated so much with our nation terrified and awed me. I know, way to go there and get all morbid, but, honesty right? And so braids, all the braids in my hair these days.

If we were on a cocoa date, I'd ask where you find your inspiration. I've been more intentional in noticing what inspires me (music -specific songs a thousand times over- and art) but know that exposure to new things can be so vital. I've been sinking myself into new communities in an attempt to have life and love spoken into me and, in turn, to share in doing the same for others and, well, that's wonderful. But where, where' s your inspiration found?

If we were on a cocoa date, I'd tell you that I have woman crushes galore, but lately have found myself to have family crushes. Families that I just really, truly admire. Not families I want to copy or mimic (though I will borrow some of their awesome parenting techniques because, WHY NOT?), but families that really enjoy one another -parents and children alike. That's unique these days it seems, unique to see them doing things together, eating together, talking together, gathering and loving and sharing. Family crush, fo sho.

If we were on a cocoa date, I'd remind you that you're part of the reason I see magic in this season. Yes, He is the reason, the foundation. But you are such a light, a reminder of Him in my life and you make my life magical because you're in it and He's in you. Lots of circular reasoning there, but thank you for being you and being here with and for me.

29 comments:

  1. Maybe it's not what you want to hear, but maybe not being interested in any books right this second means that there are other things you'd rather be doing, and that can make reading feel like a chore. Maybe you should take some time to do those things instead, and you'll feel your heart tugging you back to books when it's ready.

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  2. mmm hot chocolate. i like the chocolate and mint combo too, yum.
    i love reading, and need to do it almost every day to remain sane. however, sometimes i just don't want to. and i let myself have time off, because if i push it there is no way i'm enjoying that book - even if it's my favourite book, if i don't want to read, i won't. eventually i will miss it and come back to reading, but sometimes you need a break.

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  3. Katie @ A Beautiful Little AdvDecember 15, 2014 at 7:33 AM

    It's okay to take a little break from reading, this is such an overstimulating time of year. The only advice I have on that front is to pick up one of your old favorites. And yes to family crushes, totally understand that one. People are nothing without their relationships. The way we interact with those close to us are so telling.

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  4. If you spend a lot of time in the car, you could try picking up an audiobook. When I start listening to an audiobook, I can never wait until I get back in the car to keep listening - I have to get a paper copy and start reading where I left off! The Valley of Amazement is a good one. :)

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  5. I don't know how you manage to do this, but you spoke to my soul with cocoa, soup and braids. Soul sister.

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  6. I just finished the Outlander series. Started reading them, then switched over to the audiobooks. They are like 60 hours each and I was OBSESSED. Now that I'm finished, I want to cry. :)

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  7. Whenever I get bored/uninterested with reading I always go back to something that's familiar. Usually Harry Potter, because reasons. It feels like slipping on my favorite sweatshirt. It makes me feel at home again.That's where I get my inspiration, too, when I'm lacking. Reading. Other people's words somehow help me to find my own.

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  8. What usually gets me back into reading is taking a break. I give myself permission not to read, because if I try to force myself into it, I won't enjoy it and it'll be a waste.

    Mockingjay. YES YES YES YES.

    I find inspiration in other people's words, whether written, spoken, or sung. And sometimes the Holy Spirit moves me to write, and in those cases, my fingers twitch until they can get to a pen or a keyboard.

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  9. Loved loved loved this. I also have family crushes that I want to shadow. And just learn. And soak in their love and goodness and the way they embody grace and Jesus.

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  10. I WISH we were on a cocoa date. I wish that so hard.

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  11. smut is my specialty.
    you know who to ask if you need any smut recs...

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  12. It's totally what I NEEDED to hear! :) Yesterday afternoon I got let off work early so I went home and walked Hazel and put together a puzzle. And you know? I felt like a winner! :)

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  13. I'm thinking of switching to the audio books too! I'm halfway through the first one and I enjoy it, but sometimes I wish it was being read to me with the Irish accents! :)

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  14. YES. YES YES YES. Because I can only rebraid my hair so many times over before looking like a mad woman.

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  15. YES. I've heard SO many good things about audiobooks and I've been thinking maybe it's time to give it a go. :) Did you try out Outlander yet?

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  16. GIRL. I feel like a heathen. A total heathen. And it just gets me out of the entire mood of being festive in my bible reading and, well, that's missing the point of this time of year!

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  17. YES. The way they embody grace and Jesus. And embody family -the connections and affections and, well, all of it.

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  18. hmmm, is it weird and vain that i hope i'm part of one of the families you're crushing on? because i do. also, i was reminiscing on our little collaboration from last year, and it brought out all the warm fuzzies and also the crazy realization of how much of a difference a year can make.

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  19. Not yet! I was hoping to hunker down with it over the holidays (more time to read! yay!), but then the newest Jodi Picoult came in for me at the library, so I had to postpone it for one more book. :)

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  20. This is SUCH an overstimulating time of year. I think for me, the quiet before the storm feels like this stressful kind of waiting but now that the madness is upon us, I can't wait to read and curl up and be cozy and immersed. I guess that's how things happen and, well, life. :)


    "People are nothing without their relationships." YES.

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  21. Have you tried a peppermint mocha from Starbucks? Had my first one over the weekend and OH MY.


    I put my books down and said okay, no pressure on the reading front. And then all I wanted was books, books, books. Soooo, that worked PERFECT!

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  22. I did just this -sort of. I decided to go and look at the books in our library and decide which one I've had FOREVER without reading it. Shauna Niequist's Cold Tangerines was like HI CHOOSE ME. So I did. And I'm loving it. :)

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  23. Why does it lull like that?!? Some really smart scientist needs to go and do a study so I can know.

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  24. it is not. especially because you and your two just CRUSH ME TO PIECES BECAUSE CUTENESS.


    I think about you often. And should just text you and tell you. But I don't because I'm like... Well, lame. But, warm and fuzzy is always the way I feel about thee. <3

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  25. MOCKINGJAY LITERALLY JUST TORE ME UP AND MADE ME WANT SO MUCH MORE. Which means, YES, I am counting down to the release of the second part.


    I decided to go back to a book I haven't yet read but that I've owned for a long time and Shauna Niequist's Cold Tangerines felt like the right choice and YES IT WAS. I think now that the madness of the holidays is upon us, I find myself retreating to books for some peace and quiet. :)

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  26. I NEED to get my hands on this book. Please tell me you'll be sharing your thoughts in it here... because you have impeccable choice in books, friend.

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