Friday, September 28, 2012

Do You Drink Alone?

While I'm on location in Cincinnati for Bloggy Con this fine Friday, I offer you a spectacular view of the Mosel River in Germany for our Coffee Chat today.  I hope you enjoy!

Wouldn't that just be an ideal place to have coffee?  I think so!

Feel free to pin these coffee pictures today or what have you because they are a bit fun!

Your coffee question today:
Who do you drink coffee with?

I usually drink with my husband that's if he happens to be home that particular morning.  There are days when I drink alone and I'm fine with that as well.  In that case, more for me right?

So what about you?  Do you drink alone?

Monday, September 24, 2012

Monday Blues

First Monday of Fall giving you the blues?  With the Autumn weather upon us in the first days of Fall, the temperature has dropped here significantly in the last week including lows in the 30s so I decided we would go somewhere warm today...

Our Coffee Chat today is brought to you by the beautiful Fountains Resort in Orlando Florida which I would like to do a full write up on being that it was such an incredible place to stay.  This wasn't even the pool we hung out at when we stayed there.  The one we swam at came complete with cabanas (and the boys to go with them) and water slides. Let's just say the kids would have been happy there all day instead of going to the parks.  I really should have planned a day just at the hotel besides just the day we arrived there. Now that you're nice and warm, here's your coffee fix.  See which one applies to you most this morning...

The coffee question of the day:  Are there certain times of the day you drink coffee or do you have a steady flow all day long?

For me this really depends on the day.  There are some days that it's on all day long and then there's others that it's only made in the morning.  Most days, there's one pot in the morning and one after dinner because that's how I roll.  How do you roll?

Enjoy your week!!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Inspirational Coffee

Welcome back to another edition of this week's Coffee ChatDid your week fly by or did the end of the week crawl? How's about we go on over to this quaint little corner of France and have ourselves an inspirational little chat, shall we?

We could enjoy these pretty delights while we chat...

Speaking of inspiration, here's some new pics that I have related to and created this week, let me know which one you relate to the most.

Inspired by the ever hilarious @LaughingAbi

Made by @akaLaverne inspired by yours truly!

So here is today's question for you:  

Are you a seasonal coffee drinker?  Do you think there is a certain season that you tend to drink more coffee than others?

I know with the fall season in bloom, everyone is going for the pumpkin spice or the salted caramel so I'm curious to see if people drink more during this or any season.

Personally, I do not consider myself a seasonal coffee drinker - I just switch my drink in the summer to a little iced number and go back to the hot stuff once the cooler weather comes rolling into town.  I'm pretty predictable when it comes to my coffee and usually fall back on my regular stand-by drinks. Sure the holidays always offer a great variety of festive drinks and more of an excuse to indulge.  Do you resist temptation or go for all the seasonal tastiness coffee has to offer?

Join me again on Monday - have a great weekend!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

10 Ways You Embarrass Yourself

You Embarrass Yourself Four Times a Day

You probably didn't realize it, but we spend all day walking around humiliated.  You're not the only one!  According to a new survey*, the average person feels embarrassed four times a day.  That's 1,460 times a year.

Here Are the Top Ten Ways

#1.) Forgetting someone's name when you're introducing them.

#2.) Tripping in public.

#3.) Getting someone's name wrong.

#4.) Getting food stains or splashes on your shirt.

#5.) Waving at someone and they don't see it.

#6.) Having food stuck in your teeth.

#7.) Thinking someone's waving at you when they're not.

#8.) Being late.

#9.) Forgetting where you parked.

#10.) Burping accidentally.

I'm almost sure I could add a few to those. I trip over flip flops and run into doorways all the time.  It's a wonder I still have either of my baby toes.  This doesn't even factor in the countless times where I embarrass myself in front of the kids which is somewhat less embarrassing...for now. Being late is no longer an embarrassment. In fact, I was embarrassed for being an hour early for a party this past weekend. Also? It's really time I replaced some shirts and started buying coffee colored clothes, you would think I would have learned this by now.

How many times do you embarrass yourself on a daily basis?

I know I'm above average on this one.

*This from my friend Michael Dean on facebook.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Chatting it up Coffee Style

I've decided to conduct a few social media experiments between now and the new year that I hope will include you! 

Some will be played out on twitter and facebook, others will be conducted here and there so be sure to follow me on all the outlets if you would like to play along.  I asked a question on facebook last week about how people take their coffee and it got a great response leading to more questions so I'm going off of that.

I'm excited to include a new series called Coffee Lovin' Mom's Coffee Chat.  

I will be asking a question every Monday and Friday (for a couple or three weeks) until I determine which day of the week is more engaging. After that it will be once a week. I will be answering the question of the day as well which will give us all a little more insight into our coffee habits good and bad. Some of the questions may not even involve coffee but most of them will lean that way. I also plan to have some interviews from coffee addicts in the future for this chat if you are interested, please let me know!

We can imagine we are having coffee here for our chat:

(Or somewhere else amazing and beautiful that will change each time)

I will also be sharing with you some coffee pictures that have been appropriate in my week.  Let me know if or how you relate to them...

Giving props to From the Compound for permission of the jar pic

So are you ready for your coffee question of the day?  

How many cups of coffee on average do you drink in a day?

I would say I average around 6.  Most days there are two pots of coffee made and there are other days where there's multiple.  It also depends on what I'm drinking, the home made brew goes a lot farther accumulating cups when I may only have one if it's take out and full of espresso. My cups are no less than 16oz - I don't do dainty when it comes to coffee or really anything for that matter, I'm not sure why it's even in my vocabulary.

Enjoy your day folks - I hope you don't have an out of coffee experience this week! I look forward to finding out about your coffee (among other) habits.  Join me again on Friday for another thought provoking question on Coffee Chat!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Just Jen in Ten

There is a blogger that I would like you to meet today who I've tweeted so many late nights she's crocheted a legwarmer or two among other warmers that could only be imagined and explained in the realm of the twitterverse (or porn industry) that wouldn't really be appropriate anywhere else.  Twitter is kinda like Vegas that way.

I met her shortly before she won the coffee whore mug I gave away last year, hopefully proudly used in the company of her family and children on a regular basis..if not, I still love her anyway and I think you will too if you don't already know her.

She's also currently in a voting war to be named Best Parenting Blog in Western Washington that if you click RIGHT HERE real quick, you can cast your vote...we'll wait for you to come back.

*Cue the Jeopardy music please...

She did not ask me to plug this little nugget for her but she deserves it so I hope you really voted, if not I can always cue the music for you again..

Okay now that that's out of the way, please welcome my Featured Guest today, blogging her way through the roller coaster that is her life:  Just Jennifer!

How long have you been blogging?

Two years 4 months

What piece of advice can you give to unseasoned bloggers?

I personally love garlic and cilantro...wait, that's not what you mean, is it?

If someone came to me and asked my advice on starting a blog, I'd first ask them why they want to blog and what they hope to gain from it. Do they have the time to do it well? Will it be purely personal, or are they interested in the idea of making a little money? Those are important things to think about as a blogger. Then I would encourage them to be authentic.

When is your favorite time of the day and why?

I like both right after dinner and after the kids go to bed. After dinner because everyone is fed and relaxing. We usually have good family time and conversation during that time. Of course after the kids go to bed is when I have my wine, watch my shows and whatnot.

Where were you last Tuesday?

It will totally depend on when you publish this, but chances are, I was sitting right here blogging, reading blogs, tweeting, checking out Facebook, making a quote graphic on Photobucket, yelling at my kids behind me, doing laundry, scooping my cat's box and/or taking a picture and sharing it to Instagram. Yes, I can do all of that at once!

Who or what brings you the most inspiration?

My husband. He is amazing.

What is your favorite movie?

Dirty Dancing. "Nobody puts Baby in a corner." Swoon! I mean, that's my favorite movie for ages now, but I love some other great movies. Love me some tear-jerker chic flicks. And epic movies. Like The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Why should people read your blog?

I blogged for a year before I discovered the blogosphere. The only people reading me were my mother and a couple of my friends. They read because they love me. I think others are reading me now because I wear my heart on my sleeve, totally not afraid to put myself out there. I'm not good at being cagey. I think I also have a unique life perspective as the wife of a chronically ill man, as well as having bad eyes. I also have cute kids and a fat cat, so there's that.

What blog post of yours is your favorite?  Check This Out

Where is the most interesting place you’ve been?

Most interesting to whom? Because what I find interesting and what you find interesting could be very different. I really don't know. I haven't been many places....ummmm...I really don't have anything to put here because everything I think to say sounds lame.

I mean, I've been some places, but nothing exotic like Europe or Egypt or Australia. So yeah, lame.

This or that:

Gloves or Mittens? No one besides toddlers wear mittens!

Air Guitar or Lip Sync? Totes lip sync

Cape or Mask? has to be a cape

Heads or Tails? Heads, because tails....ew.

Pie in the Face or Slip on a Banana peel? 
I would be more likely to slip on a banana peel.

Agreed about the banana peel Jen! I know the pie would find me too..

You can find Jen on the twitter @JenAnnHall or on facebook: Just Jennifer
She's also got some pins over on the Pinterest, you know, in case you're ever there for more than five minutes..

She also writes other places like Band Back Together and Girlfriendology.

AND? She also has a cool monthly linky that leaves a post open for a whole array of possibilities that I invite you to join in on the FIRST Tuesday of the month which always comes up fast.  She reminds me all the time and still I don't join her as often as I'd like especially since my son is in the Did You Know stage...

Check it: 

THANK YOU so much for hanging out today Jen and for your support over the last year! I hope we can have a coffee together - putting it out there for the universe to hear..

Friday, September 7, 2012

Do You Believe in Karma?

Yesterday my husband fell almost 20 feet from a tree stand he was putting up in the middle of the woods. By himself. Those last 8 words gotta say this story's gonna be good.

He was attempting to put the top strap around to secure the stand when the seat of the stand became top heavy with him on it, going backwards top first away from the tree; still connected at the strap that was at the bottom a few feet below.  He said he basically went straight down watching tree and ladder rungs, landing square on his back, bouncing his head off the ground.  After laying there he said he rolled himself to his bag (all MacGyver-like where his phone was) because he thought he might have to call someone. Starting to crawl around, he figured he could make it back to the truck so at least if he did have to call someone, they could find him by his truck outside the woods instead of in the middle of nowhere.  Then, like a man, he of course proceeds to drive home.  

He walked in the house about a quarter to two calling me to help him get his boots off because he couldn't bend over and his left ring finger was swelled up with the knuckle black and blue. He prided himself in being able to take the ring off when he got back to the truck so they wouldn't have to cut it off.  He was walking like that little toy from when we were young where you push in the bottom and the whole giraffe body kind of collapses, only he was wincing instead of smiling. I asked him immediately if he needed to go somewhere and of course he wanted to man up and soak in the tub to see if that helped first.  By the time he got out, it was close to the bus coming with the kids and being that he was still walking gimpy I told him we should just go if only to make sure nothing was going on. It looked like his finger was most likely broken if nothing else. 

I knew my friend at the bus stop would take the kids from there but knowing my sensitive kids, I couldn't leave it at 'I'm taking Dad to the emergency room, don't worry we'll be back'. I felt like if they saw him and saw with their own eyes that he looked good, they wouldn't be as worried.  The only real visible injury was his finger as long as he wasn't walking, or you know moving really.

As we walked back from the bus stop and I told them what was going on of course they were worried and asking all kinds of questions about what he hurt and how. 

"What happened? Is Dad gonna be okay? Was he at home? Is he bleeding?"
"Dad fell out of his tree stand in the woods. He is hurt and in a lot of pain."
"Did he fall straight down? What did he break? Did he land on his feet? Is he okay?"
"It's hard to say. He landed on his back. His finger is black and blue. He will be okay."
"How bad is it? Is it broke? Is his whole hand broke? Did anything else break? Will he need to get a cast? Do you think he will need a brace for his back? I have a friend at school who broke her back on a trampoline, she had to have a back brace."
"That's why I want to take him, to find out for sure."
"Will he have to stay at the hospital?"
"We will find that out after they check him out. Probably not."
"He wasn't following his own safety rules, was he mom?" 
That last one was my daughter.

Then out of the blue walking up the driveway, my son asks:

"Mom, do you believe in Karma?"

"Like bad things happening to bad people?  What is your idea of karma David?"

"Like maybe (through tears) I did something bad to make something bad happen to dad?"

"Oh sweetie," I said, putting my arm around him, "that's not how karma works...wait, what did you do that was bad? Did you do something bad?"


"Babe, this is not your fault. At all."

We went inside and after I explained to dad what the boy was thinking in his ten year old mind, he proceeded to explain how karma works on the same person that does the bad things and it can't be transferred from person to person even if he had done something bad.  So intriguing how a ten year old mind works that he is already trying to find a way to blame himself for what happened to his dad.  Mature, yet still innocently sweet - makes me wonder how he's really wired sometimes.

After about 4 hours of mostly waiting, including an exam and X-rays on the back, pelvis and hand, my husband came away with only breaking a finger which will have to be reset by an orthopedic. He still winces when he walks and will be off work a couple days but the pain meds seem to be helping.  I'd say karma worked out in his favor this time considering all the things that could have happened that I promise not to obsess over.  

He did ask me the night before to go out there with him, maybe because he could have used help that I wouldn't have even been, probably because I keep telling him he shouldn't go out there by himself. I can't say anything would have went down any different except that I would have called ambulances out to the middle of nowhere. Maybe I would have been driving the karma bus, who knows.  Makes me wonder what would have happened if I had been there. Or if it happened because I wasn't. Or if I was there to take a video, he said we could probably be rich if I was.  He has now agreed from the advice of one of his hunting buddies not to go out by himself anymore.

So tell me, what do you believe about karma?

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Coffee Confessions From the Compound

So you know when you meet that unexpected person you didn't know you were going to meet but you knew when you met them it was completely supposed to happen when it happened?  Almost like you had already met them or they were perhaps your long lost doppleganger in both snark and use of the word dude...well that's pretty much what happened the first 12 hours I spent with today's Featured Guest - Julie From the Compound.  I know by the end of that first night I was slapping her arm way too much (I blame it on the "so do I"s and "Me too"s). Our kids are even mysteriously close in age.  Then in February we did this kind of fun stuff:

Which in real life was getting our asses blown down a couple blocks in the windy city from her hotel on Dearborn Ave near the river where we shared a chatty breakfast that quickly turned into almost late that had us hailing a fast cab to our GLO event and after meal at the Hyatt where the real fun began and things were put out into the universe...why couldn't we?  I couldn't NOT share her talents, advice and gem of a coffee confession:

1.      How long have you been blogging? I started blogging in October of 2007.
2.       What piece of advice can you give to unseasoned bloggers? First of all, just keep blogging. I've gone for long periods without blogging when I've gotten busy and after not posting for so long I start to feel like I have nothing to say, but I do have something to say.  I just lost my rhythm. Don't lose your rhythm sometimes it's hard to find. Secondly, be your own voice, and realize with every experience you have and person you meet, your voice will probably change. So be fluid! Don't try to please anyone, but yourself. I try to remember  these amazing words with a little addition my me...if you MAKE SOMETHING NO ONE HATES, NO ONE LOVES IT either- TIBOR KALMAN 
3.       When is your favorite time of the day and why?  I love weekday afternoons, the house is quiet, the clocks are ticking & I'm usually just getting warmed up! I'm a night owl so later afternoons are like my early mornings...which means early mornings are like HELL! But I'm trying to retrain myself to love mornings. The sunlight in the early morning is beautiful & I WANT to make that my quiet time, but getting up early is a struggle for me.
4.       Where were you last Tuesday? I had coffee with my friend and colleague, Paul, in the morning. Then I got my hair colored- the wrong color, and after that I took the kids to Meet Your Teacher night at their elementary school. Overall not a terrible day. Luckily I don't care how I look.
5.       Who or what brings you the most inspiration? I find inspiration from 2 kinds of thinkers-grateful thinkers & global thinkers. I define global thinkers as people who think outside of themselves. People who's first thought is how will this effect others. And grateful thinkers are those people who appreciate every single that happens in their life. You know, the lemons into lemonade people.
6.       What is your favorite movie? It's a tie between Good Fellas & It's A Wonderful Life.
7.       Why should people read your blog? Because I've finally decided to pour my heart & soul into it. And I have adorable kids who are usually plastered all over.
8.       What blog post of yours is your favorite?
9.       Where is the most interesting place youve been? Auschwitz
10.   This or that: 
Gloves or Mittens?  As long as they are fingerless so I can press my shutter button.
                                                Air Guitar or Lip Sync? I actually prefer Lip Guitar.
                                                Cape or Mask? Mask.
                                                Heads or Tails? Tails...I'll pick the underdog every time!
                                                Pie in the Face or Slip on a Banana peel? 
Seriously, of course pie in the face. Hilarious & delicious!

Good Friday...well now it is.

No school today so the kid and I slept in.  That would be me and Sophia-who much like me, is a gifted sleeper.  Poor Owen has other less useful gifts, like reading at a high-school level and having a nearly photographic memory.

So when Sophia and I finally rolled out of bed at 9 o'clock, I was feeling great.  Another beautiful day filled with cloud cover, misty drizzle and cold temperatures.

(I just have to say a little something here ...who ever pissed Mother Nature off, could you please just apologize to her, I mean it's Earth Day for God's sake.  Make amends so she will stop torturing the rest of us with this weird weather.  I'm guessing it was some moron who was all like, "I don't believe in Global Warming"- but that's just a hunch I have.)

I go downstairs ready to dive into a fun day of laundry and playing Memory until I want to blow my brains out. First things first though, I go to the counter and open the egg basket cookie jar, where I keep my coffee making supplies, and guess what?  No frickin' filters....SERIOUSLY!

Well, here is one of the great things about living in The Compound, I can make my kids run to grandma's house and bat their eyes for things like eggs, milk, chicken gumbo soup, and babysitters! Since Owen had been dressed since like 5:40 this morning and was dying to do something I asked him to go, and this is the reaction I got from him.

I'm not kidding!  So I gently placed my camera in a safe spot and wrestled the gun from his puny fingers and asked him sweetly (at gun point) to go to Grandma's General Store for a coffee filter. Which he did without hesitation (at gun point).

Tah-dah!  Not just one filter, but a couple of weeks worth. Thanks Grandma Margie, and thank you Dunkin' Donuts Hazelnut for making this a Good Friday after all.

Julie can be found on Twitter @fromthecompound
and on Facebook at : From the Compound

She also displays Awe-inspiring Photography - check her out at Julie Stephenson Photography.  I think you'll find she is a master of aesthetics and catching multiple personalities in her work. Please go stalk her up all the places people liked to be stalked, I promise you won't regret it!