I recently realized how much I love to read “Currently” and “Coffee Date” themed posts. They’re relatable, casual, friendly (most of the time), and invite the reader to get to know the blogger a little better. Not even necessarily as a blogger, just as a friend. They’re some of my favorite posts to read, so I wonder why I haven’t written one yet. Maybe it’s because I get so focused on articulating myself properly and hung up on making sure every blog post is “shareable”?
In any case, here we are—our very first coffee date. In case you’re wondering, I’m actually at a coffee shop as I write this. And yes, it is Starbucks because the cool local ones are in Midtown and that’s a tad too much of a hassle to “get the right setting.” I’m still not drinking coffee (Day 29 of my 30 Days to Healthy Living challenge!) so I’ve ordered an unsweetened passion fruit iced tea. Because what else would I get at a Starbucks other than coffee?
First thing’s first: I’m so unbelievably excited about traveling to Colorado next week for my cousin’s wedding! The whole family (minus my sister, who’s unfortunately not able to attend because she’s rockin’ the Windy City Theatre stage) will be in Breckenridge for the weekend, and I can’t wait to live it up in my favorite mountain town with my favorite people. One word: SNOWBOARDING! (Looking for great Breckenridge eateries and activities? Check out Olga’s blog posts about her trip over on The Siberian America!)
I’m waiting for my boots to arrive in the mail—that’s right, I said boots. Perfect timing for clearance online sales, though Jake is still convinced he can pick up a pair in April at a store… I’ll let him figure that reality out. We’ve been keeping a close eye on the upcoming Colorado weather and the mountains are expecting snow and rain while we’re there. Which is okay with me—for the most part! Keep your fingers crossed the sun will peek out for the first-look photographs and ceremony! I’m staying a day later than everyone else to spend time with my parents—it’s not often I get a chance to visit home, and it worked out perfectly to extend my trip and hang out with them without dozens of other people (as much as I love them too).
Over here in Sacramento, the big news is that my car is running better than it has since I bought it. The bad news, it cost a new engine. Yep, my six-year-old car started sounding like it had a whole bunch of metal clanging around the engine while on my way to work last week. Maybe it just needed an oil change, Jake thought out loud with optimism. Hah.
No, it turned out to be a little more serious than an oil change. The ordeal still makes me cringe. I will say this though, I appreciated the service we received from the local auto shop. So if your car breaks down on the 5 while you’re already on the phone emotionally telling Mom about all of life’s latest woes, I know a good place.
On a happier note, I’m pretty darn proud of myself for being so good about this 30 Day Challenge. But I admit: I’ve had a few hiccups and I’m quickly learning there’s a slippery slope. Jake finished his 30 Day Healthy Living program yesterday (he lost more than 20 pounds, whaaa?) and is making my homestretch painful. He even brought curly fries into the house! Got to fight it… got to fight it!
(… I still had a few curly fries. Fail.)
Random side note: If we’re getting together for coffee, I’ll probably point out that I’m once again able to wear my favorite teal jeggings after they collected dust for a year in my “Too Small” clothes bag. I promise I’m only half lying when I say I don’t mean to toot my own horn. But really, I’m loving having my old closet back.
Although this past weekend I slipped on the slippery slope. We took a mini vacation to San Francisco and spent the evening with one of my best girl friends from college. Oh my goodness, the four of us have so much fun on our couple dates! We walked to Japantown, which I’d never explored, and ate dinner at a traditional ramen house—again, a first. How am I 26 years old and never tried ramen? You know, aside from Top Ramen or Cup of Noodle. Ohh, so delicious. Since we just had to replace an engine and are going out of town next week, the group of us skipped a night out and about to opt for game night at their place. Apparently I’m not as good at Catch Phrase as I thought.
You know you’re getting older when the morning after a fun night, you’ve all enjoyed a homemade breakfast, skipped on the champagne and cleaned up by 10 a.m. We were back home with plenty of time to relax, grocery shop, prep meals, laundry, long walk with Ollie… all the usual Sunday afternoon activities.
And now it’s the beginning of a new week and time to focus on all the preparations—both work and wedding related. T-minus 8 days until I’m off to Colorado!
What’s new in your life?