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!

1 comment:

Julie Stephenson said...

WOW! Thanks Amy. I hope I can live up to the hype....