Thinking Out Loud Thursday # 17- “If We Were Having Coffee…”

I am so bad at blogging right now!  At the start of the year, it felt like time was slowing to be more my pace, but now I blink and a month has passed since I posted.  Wow!  I’ve had my birthday, foster puppies, and my blog’s birthday, and I’m still woefully behind on all the posts I want to make.  I think I’ll do that “if we were having coffee together” thing (is it a tag? Someone please find help because I only pretend I know this blogger talk. 😜 ).  Well, partly that, but also part #thinkingoutloud Thursday.  It lined up that way, so I am totally taking the excuse to double up!


If we were having coffee… I would order hot cocoa, so you might be having coffee, but I…wouldn’t.  Not because I think coffee is bad; simply because I don’t like it + it makes me light-headed = why would I ever want coffee?  Answer: never.  Well, that’s not true, because I want to like coffee, and so I sometimes want it.  But I know it won’t end well. 😜 I might very well ask to smell yours, though, because I love the smell of coffee.

If we were having coffee… I would tell you that I’m sorry I haven’t been on WordPress more often, and that I apologize for any latent responses to comments, as well as my lack of blog posts.

If we were having coffee… I would say happy late blog birthday!!  Isn’t it weird that I’ve been blogging for a year?  Even though I was only somewhat regular for six months. 😕

If we were having coffee… I would tell you that I needed to redo my about page. It’s very long, and ramble-y. I would also ask you what you’re thoughts about it were, and if you thought it was too long.

If we were having coffee… I would tell you I am having trouble balancing my life and all my hobbies.  I kind of go through them systematically at random, if you know what I mean, but the blog always gets put last.  Haha, basically I’m saying one of my current challenges is organizing my time, and all the things I want/need to get done.

If we were having coffee… I would tell you I’m wrestling with my sleep.  Just when it was swinging back to normal hours, from 10-7 or something along those lines, it threw a fit and kept me laying awake until sometime after 1.  Which means I overslept the next morning, starting ye old loop again.  Which is part of the reason I am struggling with the above. 😆

If we were having coffee… I would tell you that 21 doesn’t feel any different. Except for a while there my body was refusing to sleep past a certain time in the morning (I think it was like 8:00), which was very unusual for me. I always have been able to sleep as long as I want. Somewhat unfortunately, I have that ability back now. 😐

If we were having coffee… I would tell you that I had an awesome birthday. (This might take a few paragraphs, but I’ll try to keep it brief.  The day before my birthday, we had a friend (one of few) over for a little girl time.  She found out that my birthday was the next day, and she very sweetly invited me and my sisters over to her house the next day (my birhtday) for root beer floats.  Because I’m 21 you know, so…beer. 😉


You know I’m not a fan of alcohol, so I was not about to go out drinking.  (Not saying I would if I liked alcohol better, but that’s not the point.  I would have had a martini of my aunt’s if she had been here, or rather, me there, but I’m sure I’ll have another chance.)  The root beer floats were delicious (I can’t spell that word anymore because of delish, lol!  Actually, I did get it right after I caught myself spelling it “delishious”.  Daddy would die. 😄 )


I was super mean and texted some of my California relatives this picture of me with a very vague caption that implied it was my first beer. I didn’t think they would buy it, but apparently some of them hadn’t heard me proclaiming my tastes in alcohol, and so they believed me.  I don’t prank people very often, so believing what I say would normally be the right course, so I felt awful!  I don’t think they minded as much as I did though.  It still kind of plagues my conscience.

I wasn’t celebrating that night, but it ended on a happy note, because Bunny called to wish me a happy birthday from all of them down there.  It was hilarious, and I pretended to be drunk when I was having trouble understanding her because of the connection.

I celebrated on Saturday, and although I meant to, I forgot to take a picture of my dinner.  I actually had the same thing I had last year, whole rotisserie chicken (when we buy it, we usually shred it and use it in recipes, so having it whole is special for us), croissants, and orange juice; two of my original food loves. 😋 I wanted to have the dried sweet plantain chips from TJ’s, but they were out. (If you haven’t tried them yet, they are ADDICTIVE, and they are just plantains and oil, no sweetener…they don’t need it! And I’m not the kind of girl who says that about everything.)


My dessert was a chocolate parfait bar.  We made brownies (crumbled), pudding, and fudge sauce, along with mashmallows (duh!) and pretzels or graham crackers, and everyone made their own to their taste.  The result?  ULTIMATE CHOCOLATE RICHNESS.  Yum.  I barely finished mine, even though before I tasted it, I thought I might want seconds! 😲

If we were having coffee… I would tell you I also got several fun presents!  It would take too long to tell you them all, but I got my first set of midi rings! I got this set, plus this one that is either toe or midi (un-pictured…sorry, it was on my toe this day. 😛 ).


If we were having coffee… I would tell you I am currently reading The Outlaws of Time, by N. D. Wilson.  It was another birthday present, they per-ordered it for me and I am loving it so far.


I’m currently in the middle of an action scene because I set it down when my sister thought she broke her toe on Sunday, and haven’t had a chance to read it since.  I mean, a real chance.  It’s been super hard to put down so far, and although I’m literally dying to know what happens and how the character gets out of the mess he’s in, I know it would be more painful to just read a couple pages.  So I wait…

If we were having coffee… I would tell you that I tried Zumba.  I was pretty bad at it.  To be fair, there was no instruction, but whenever everyone else in the class was going one way, I was going the other, and I felt kind of disconnected to my body in this weird way. It was like my brain couldn’t get my body to do what it wanted, which was frustrating.  It was fun, but I’m not sure I would go back.  I think I prefer more organic dancing, aka, when I can move how I want. 😂  It’s probably more dorky, but I’m not sure it would be worse than me trying to choreograph myself with everyone else.  But we’ll see.  Maybe someday I’ll feel like trying it again.🙂

If we were having coffee… I would tell you that those foster puppies were part terrier, or rather terror (no offense to any terrier owners out there; you have my deepest respect).  They were the most bizarre in the potty training department (the chihuahuas put them to shame), they persistently dug underneath the blankets, and chewed the area and tore pee-pee pads like nobody’s business.  Oh, and got poop literally e.v.e.r.y.w.h.e.r.e.  I would wake up to find poop several feet outside of the x-pen.  And I won’t mention some of the other places we found it.  It was crazy!

If we were having coffee… I would tell you about the weather we are having and how weird it is.  Yesterday was 62.  Two days before that it was in the 80s.  This back and forth has been going on since early April, maybe March?  I don’t remember for sure

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I took this screenshot, intending to post about it at the time, but I never got around to it.  The forecasts haven’t changed a whole lot since, so I figure it’s still applicable. It’s quite disconcerting to flip-flop between spring and summer.  I get all jazzed for summer, and then it drops back down to the low 60s.

If we were having coffee… I would tell you I’m already excited for the 4th of July, and feel kinda guilty about it, and am trying not to let my excitement make the time rush by.  I’m blaming the weather for part of why I’m getting pumped, because it’s literally felt like July two or three times this last month weather-wise.

If we were having coffee… I would tell you that recently I’ve been enjoying the Personality Hacker Podcast.  Total credit goes to my sister for putting me onto it.  I hope I’m not stealing her thunder, as I’m pretty sure she’s going to share it on her blog.  Hers will be waaaaay more detailed than mine.  I’m just saying that Joel and Antonia are awesome, have made things a lot easier for me to understand, and I think their mission is a good one.  Plus, I love their focus on self-improvement.  Check them out if you like personality stuff and/or podcasts!

If we were having coffee… I would tell you that recently I’ve been dancing to Andy Grammer, and listening/singing to “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” by Elton John.  Maybe it’s cheesy, but although I like the movie version, I think I like the Elton John version better.

If we were having coffee… I would tell you that Seattle Humane is finally starting construction on their new facility!  What does this mean?  It means that we are going to have to get creative about parking, and walking the dogs.  At the same time, it is exciting, because it’s been in the works for so long, and after waiting for all the practical things like money and licenses, the part where you can see the progress is starting.

I think I’ll end on that very random note.  I hope you are more caught up on what’s going on in my life; that is, if you made it this far!  Sorry it’s so long.  There at the end it kind of ended up being also partly a “currently” post, which I’ve never done one, but I’ve seen others do it, like Amanda.

What would you tell me if we were having coffee?

Any random thoughts?

Hero Tributes and 2 Days Left!!

Hey guys! I also follow Lindsay, and was going to share her post on here, but my sister beat me to it, and wrote a post on her blog that I liked so much, I decided to just reblog it! Hope you are have an amazing day (and enjoy the weather if you have anything like the weather here!)!! TTYL!❤

The Unconventional Kitchen

Hello everyone!!  I have a few things knocking around in my mind that I want to share with you, but it’ll have to be short, because I only have time to pop in really quick today. ☹

Number one, I have a question and a challenge for all of you.  Something for you to think about…who is/are your hero(s)?  Those to whom you look up, those who you couldn’t live without, those who make this world a better place, those who have saved your life, those who are always there for you, those who support you, those listening ears, warm hearts and open arms…whatever it is that left an impression on your mind and heart, who was it that left that impression?  Multiple someones?  My challenge to you is to let this person/people know the difference they made in your life: text them, send them a message via the social…

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California #1 – The Trip

Ok, so that gets an award for lamest post title, but I have like four other posts, and this one is just about the trip overall.  Warning, this (and all following California posts) is picture heavy!


Yes, I was *that* girl.  The one taking pictures of e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g.  I couldn’t help it, because whenever I see these cart things, I think of Toy Story 2.  What about you?

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Thinking Out Loud Thursday #16

Happy #thinkingoutloud Thursday everybody!!  I’m hoping to get this typed up and posted while it’s still Thursday, but if not, NBD.


1.  Every post I’ve read recently, people are talking about how time change messed with them, and I’m joining in.  Let me just start by saying that this particular time was kind of interesting because we forgot to set the clocks back Saturday night like we normally do, so while all the phones updated automatically, the rest of the clocks in the house didn’t.  So that was a nasty surprise on Sunday morning.  But do you want to know what is worse than just the time change?  Getting sick the same day as the time change.  At least, in my opinion it’s worse.  Basically Sunday night I came down with the weirdest cold-like thing, but the symptoms are mostly just being draggy and physically tired, with dizziness and light-headedness (??) thrown in.  So I guess it’s a backwards blessing because I’m basically tired all the time, and I can’t tell what’s sickness and what is time change. 😆

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Music Tag!

When I saw this post on Allison’s blog, I knew I had to do it myself.  I have a post list as long as my arm in my head (half of which are recaps of my trip to California with way too many pictures 😛), and I told her that I would do it after that.  Then I couldn’t help experimenting and seeing what my phone would come up with.  And after that I realized it wouldn’t be a bad idea to post it while working on the momentous task of editing the pictures and writing the posts. 😆  Thank goodness I’m not doing anything huge on the picture front. Mostly cropping and adjusting the color because my phone always makes things look kind of washed out.  Anyway, back to the music. 😉 <- a common refrain you will hear throughout this post. 😜

Here are the “rules”:

  • List the first 10 songs that come on shuffle (no skipping, that’s cheating).
  • Write your favorite lyric from each song (I’m also rambling about the song; what I like the song, why I have it, and other random things that come to mind. 😜 ) .
  • Tag/link back to your enemies (and maybe some friends, too).

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Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

Hey guys!  I don’t know if I ever told you, but a long time ago (almost 6 months ago 😲) I was nominated for this award right here:


I was nominated by Morgan at Wanderlust Mo, and I am so sorry it took me so long to get around to writing this post!  (Thanks again for the nomination!❤ )

Here are the rules that go with receiving this award.

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site.
  2. Put the award logo on your blog.
  3. Answer the ten questions sent to you.
  4. Make up ten new questions for your nominees to answer.
  5. Nominate ten blogs.

Here are my answers to Morgan’s questions:

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The Boys (Foster puppies)

Do you remember me mentioning (it seems like just yesterday!) that we picked up some foster puppies?  They were basically staying over the weekend, and since they weren’t here for very long, I didn’t get very many pictures; in fact, I had to make an concerted effort to get a picture of each of them!  They were pretty stinking adorable, though, and I have to share the few pictures I have.

We always name the batches of foster puppies we have, and we decided to call this duo “The Boys”.  At least for now; time may change that, we will see. 😉

To be honest, one of them was cuter than the other.  It didn’t help things that the cute one was also the little angel.  And his name fit him pretty well, too!  Meet Uno:

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Many firsts

In the past few months, I’ve had many different first time experiences.  I have enough that I thought it would make a fun post!  Of course, some things, like helping to take care of my grandma, comes without photographic proof.  😉

I have to say that a lot of these have more stories to them that will be coming in another post.  I will do my best to keep to the point here.  😉  Starting with the oldest and going to the most recent:

1.  I took my first flight! 

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I’m back!!

So, after like, what, two or three months of not posting at all, and that following a month where I only posted like one post, I am back.  I don’t know how regular I will be, but I just need to get back out there.

I really want to do a recap (or more) from my time in California, and over the last several weeks, I’ve had so many post ideas, I kind of got overwhelmed by them all!  I know I can’t remember them all, so obviously they won’t all become posts.  I am hoping that by getting back into it, it will start a snowball effect in posting.  I can dream, right?

I don’t know if those last two paragraphs make sense, but I’m giving myself some writing grace, and hoping that if it doesn’t make sense to you, you can just flush it, because it’s not that important.  😄

Onto a life update.  Now, I have to say, there is way too much for just this one post.  Here’s a couple big(ish) things that have happened since my last post:

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Thinking Out Loud Thursday #15 – Thanksgiving Edition

First of all, Happy Thanksgiving to all my American readers!  I have been trying to get a chance to write this post ever since I wrote the last one.  I didn’t know when I would have a chance to write it, so I debated about what format I should use.  Should I do it #thinkingoutloud style or Friday Favorites style?  Then I didn’t have a chance until today, and I decided that would be perfect because it’s kind of like a combination of the two!  Thinking out loud with some things I’m thankful for thrown in as well; sounds perfect to me!🙂



1.  It’s pretty much unofficially winter here… white breath and frost are the norm, and I am starting to live in my hoodie.  Although I hate the cold, part of me likes bundling up.

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