Tuesday, April 14, 2015

the lucky coffee date #13

If we were on a coffee date, I'd be sipping out of this unicorn mug that my mama gave me for my birthday. I'd tell you I hand wash the thing every evening so I can drink out of it the following morning. I'd also confess that I had to learn to drink out of it with the horn because sometimes it stabs me in the face on the way to my mouth.

If we were on a coffee date, I'd tell you that I've stepped back from the book. Yes, I stepped back. And I was terrified about it because I don't want to disappoint anyone or let this dream go. But I needed a breath and a break and to give myself grace. It's been nice, taking away the pressure and allowing the process to flow naturally with the way life goes. But, sometimes, I want to set up dates and numbers and intimidating goals.

If we were on a coffee date, I'd introduce you to Sylvan Esso. I have raved about the way I love NPR's Tiny Desk Concert Series, but, oh my soul, how fun it is to listen to their latest releases and fall in love. Play me H.S.K.T. all the livelong day.

If we were on a coffee date, I'd ask what you're watching on TV. Lately my favorite shows are annoying me with their angry yelling (Hi, Real Housewives) and dysfunction (Hi Teen Mom) and same old schtick without growth. I don't know if it's that I'm maturing or that I just can't stand everyone seeming so upset with each other all the time, but, tell me there are fun, not-so-scandalous options out there.

If we were on a coffee date, I'd recommend some dinner time recipes to you. Eating has been good in our house lately and I'd want you to taste what's delicious and delightful.

If we were on a coffee date, I'd confess to the ten library books I have at home. I know, why ten? Because I'm there and I love books and so I check them all out and no one bats an eye. You might ask how long it takes me to get to the library and I'd say no more than 8 minutes and you'd wonder why I have ten books if I can go to the library every day. Because I'm book-obsessed.

If we were on a coffee date, I'd want to sing and dance. I don't sing well, but that's alright because you're awesome and love me. My body itches for movement more than usual lately... I'm not exactly sure why, but I'm enjoying the desire to walk and run and move, move, move. I've been listening to Elevation Worship's Wake Up the Wonder and holy.

If we were on a coffee date, I'd go home and write you a letter. I might send it, I might not. But I'd write you one. Because I'm writing letters to everyone nowadays. Anne Lamott said in Bird by Bird that when there's writer's block, write a letter. And so I have. Not because of writer's block, but because of the joy of it, because sometimes there's messages in our hearts we are just dying to share and we don't even know it. I'd write you a letter friend.

35 comments:

  1. Boy, am I thankful for your letter. Your words make my soul shine a little brighter and a little more freely. You are my favorite. I'm book obsessed too, friend. I am currently READING 5 books. And I just can't stop it...they're all so good. I know that book of yours is going to be worth waiting for. Don't stress now...the most beautiful work comes when we just let it breathe for a little while. You've got this.

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  2. I thought I was the only one who has been getting irritated by the drama/yelling on reality TV lately. When I need a feel good show I just watch Hart of Dixie episodes on Netflix. It's cheesy but sweet. And I have a big, fat girl crush on Rachel Bilson.

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  3. That song has a great beat and is catchy!
    Also, you should see my book pile. I have a tbr bookcase that is chock full. I would say it easily has 200 books on it. The book struggle is read.

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  4. I would so totally stab myself with that coffee cup, too. :)

    I am obsessing over Asgeir's Tiny Desk session. If I wasn't a married woman... See what I mean? -> http://www.npr.org/event/music/356901185/-sgeir-tiny-desk-concert



    For T.V.? I recommend Parks & Rec, because it is funny and sweet and all the characters get perfect endings.

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  5. Hart of Dixie is a great choice! Over the top silly, but so sweet.

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  6. Oh, how I WISH we were having a coffee date this morning. I'm here to tell you that your letters showing up in my mailbox in the middle of a big pile of magazines and bills has brought so much joy to my life. I'm so grateful for all that you are! xo

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  7. I have that exact same mug....I love it!!!

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLNCI8Ls3-EYzMyuCJhf_Fw

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  8. I really enjoy these coffee date posts because I feel like I get to read more about you and your day to day, which may not be as profound as some of the more significant and thought-provoking topics you write about... but to me this is equally important and valuable to us as readers. it really does feel like we're sitting down and catching up on life. :)

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  9. I love our coffee dates! I want to REALLY have coffee with you. Today your last three all spoke to me. My parents live about a mile or less from our library and I also can't explain why I would need to check out 8 books when I could just walk there when I finished one or two.. But like you, that's what I'd do. I just started doing it with the Peace Corps library here too, though that one seems slightly more sensible, as I live 3 hours from it.
    I would sing and dance with you! And I'm not a great singer for sure, but I love to dance and I'll sure sing if I know no one's listening or no one who's listening will care about skill.
    And finally, I'd write you a letter too.

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  10. That mug is definitely worth learning to use! I have been frustrated with tv shows lately too. Books are the perfect way to escape from that. I seem to have more books than I can handle on my plate at the moment but that is the way I like it.

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  11. I am the WORST about library books. I usually come home with at least 3 more than I went for. But that's okay. Because BOOKS. I'm also loving myself some not-so-guilty-pleasure reality TV - I've been meaning to rewatch Teen Mom for the last few months. I'm on it now. ;)

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  12. Yay to Real Housewives and trashy Teen Mom. I also love me a good but trashy reality television show. Oh, if you haven't caught it yet, Botched is back tonight. Another crazy show of plastic surgeries gone wrong and getting the work fixed.

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  13. I'm with you--I've got twelve library books all stacked up on my desk. But only because my library DELIVERS TO MY DOORSTEP and how is one supposed to not overreact to that?!

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  14. Katie @ A Beautiful Little AdvApril 15, 2015 at 9:08 AM

    I hate how there aren't a lot of options for feel good, emotional dramas that aren't over saturated with action, mystery, crime, and scandal. Still mourning over the loss of Parenthood. Some of my other go to are Call the Midwife (hearty tears every episode), Hart of Dixie (silly but cute), and The Fosters (yes it's on ABC family but I love it)

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  15. That mug is all kinds of magical and I want one!


    And it's okay to take a step back from the book for awhile. We all need to take a break sometimes and re-evaluate and let ourselves breathe.

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  16. THAT MUG THOUGH. I'm proud of you for stepping away from the book for a little while. Sometimes that's what we need. ANYWAYS, I am still looking forward to reading it some day because I know it will be AWESOME.

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  17. No shame, I'm currently reading five books simultaneously, and I'm trying very hard to finish one or two of them before I start the other two I want to be reading!

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  18. I'm so glad. Dear friend, you deserve all the words in the land plus 138 more.


    BOOKS. Why? Why do they all pull us in and mess us up and get us all sad that they're going to end? I mean, yes, but no, but PLEASE. :)

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  19. GIRL, I can't handle it. And it makes me sort of sad because the hour of trash TV before Jason gets home from work just DOESN'T do anything for me and NO.


    I'm going to have to get on the Hart of Dixie train... I've been enjoying Parenthood but sometimes it makes me cry and soooo, yes not always appropriate.

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  20. OH MY SOUL THAT IS ONE OF MY FAVORITES BECAUSE ASGEIR.


    Ok, yes I've heard lots about Parks & Rec. I've been watching Parenthood (and loving it) but ALL THE FEELS and sometimes I cry so making space for that emotion is IMPORTANT. :)

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  21. Isn't she lovely with her little catchy singing? She has SUCH a personality and I just love it.


    Girl, I had to stop going to the library because SO MANY books and I JUST WANT THEM ALL.

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  22. I want a date immediately. Coffee, wine, cheese, ALL THE THINGS.


    I'm so thankful the letter made it and warmed your soul. You deserve it. Really you do.

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  23. I swear it makes my coffee taste SO MUCH better. :)

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  24. Oh thank you! :) I think it's so easy to take the day-to-day and make it boring or unimportant... And sometimes it is, but a lot of times there's important business in there too! :)

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  25. I completely understand the challenge of living far from the library... I sometimes wish I did because I'm an intense goer of that place... BUT I can say that some serious writing has happened there when I just desperately need a place to go that looks different and fresh compared to my little desk! :)

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  26. YES. I have found myself reading more... And I do love that. Maybe that's just what I needed to hear! :)

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  27. Girl, I cannot help myself. Literally, cannot. Because I see them and must have them and then, whoops.


    Teen Mom, girl I'm a die-hard fan. But for some reason this season I just see all the ways that the poor kids are being dragged to and fro and mixed into the mess of their parents and it just makes me too sad! :)

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  28. Ok, I've tried Botched a couple times and for SOME DAMN REASON cannot get into it... Maybe it's because Terry annoys me half to death? :)

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  29. NO WAY.


    Okay, I mean. NO. And YES. And HOW DOES ThiS HAPPEN?!? I just want, need, must understand this because DIVINE.

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  30. OH MY SOUL. Parenthood. Honestly, I didn't start watching it until AFTER it ended. I cry regularly watching it because WHOA. I mean, all the feels and celebrations. But, can I say? It makes me feel like being a parent is doable, and fun, and not the end of the world decisions all the time. And that makes me happy.

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  31. Girl, YES, it's the best mug ever and makes my coffee taste better too. :)


    I stepped back and breathed and that helped bring some clarity. I think it's just so challenging because I found an awesome community of other writers online and instead of remembering how we all have different paces, I've been playing the keep up game. And, well, that's no fun and exhausting.

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  32. Girl, some day (hopefully sooner) it will feel more together and not quite so naked. I've found myself so overwhelmed by the process and all the words. But then, BREATHE. :)

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  33. GIRL. How do you decide which one to read when there's so many choices? Seriously. Because I find myself at a loss. Like I fight with myself over which one to pick up and, well, then I want the other and then I'm just busy getting NO READING done! :)

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  34. Me neither- guess that just means we are growing up. I love Parenthood too. I cry every time so sometimes I have to take a little emotional break- that's why I started Hart of Dixie.

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  35. I'm very much a read-what-you're-in-the-mood-for type of person, so it's really hard for me to stick to only one book at a time. But in general I do normally try to limit myself to two or three max, because I tend to get overwhelmed if I have too many going at a time. Thankfully I'm back down to only three now. :) Also, ironically, I would probably get more reading done if I'd stop messing around on Goodreads!

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