Jan 23, 2014

Coffee Talk v.4

  • I eat lunch like a toddler. Yogurt, bananas, crackers, baby carrots...I'm one cut up hot dog short of being 4 years old again when it comes to lunchtime.
  • I've found that as I get older, I'm becoming more of an introvert. I feel like I need a day or two worth of warning before outings with friends. It's like I have to have time to mentally prepare myself for being in certain social situations. I'm not a fan of day-of phone calls asking if I want to do this or that. I feel like that's a weird thing to admit as a 27-year-old childless female.
  • I have a freckley face. Half the time you can't tell because I tend to hide them with makeup...but if I'm out in the sun for a while, they start popping up all over. My MeeMaw used to tell me that I was extra special because my freckles were really angel kisses. Some days I love them. Other days, I pile on the concealer.
  • My absolute favorite thing about traveling is staying in hotels. I LOVE snuggling up in plush bathrobes, using someone else's hot water, and ordering room service. Don't even get me started on those little bottles of lotion. For these reasons, we usualy don't tend to skimp on hotel accommodations when we travel. The hotel stay is half the fun!
  • I secretly have always wanted to compete on the Amazing Race. I'd love to have D compete with me as my travel buddy (because he usually is my travel buddy), but I fear that hard core competition and time constricted stressful situations in foreign countries might drive us to divorce. Competition is not a good color on me.
  • Favorite vegetable? Broccoli. Least favorite? Beets. Unless they're pickled. Then, YUM! Thanks, Germany.
  • Lately I've been looking over my 30 by 30 list and thinking about how many of the things I thought I wanted to accomplish on that list, I really don't care much about doing anymore. Writing a cookbook? Boring. Investing in the stock market? Not quite ready to play with fire yet. Go rock climbing? I must have been drunk when I thought that one up. Might be time for a list re-vamp.
  • When I get back to the states, along with taking that calligraphy course I mentioned in my last Coffee Talk post, I'd LOVE to do a winery apprenticeship. Or at least shadow a wine maker for a month or so. It's always been a dream of mine (and D's) to someday own our own winery. It's a big, huge dream…but I'm still holding out hope we can work towards making it a reality.
  • Confession: we have a hard boiled egg maker. It's the single greatest appliance in our home. We use it every week and it cost like $10. I'm hoping we can find something similar back in the states because I absolutely can't live without it.
  • I was scrolling through Pinterest last night and saw a recipe for Paleo Cocoa Puffs. I mean, really. If you want Cocoa Puffs THAT BAD, just eat the real thing (unless they'd make you die, then don't do that). Not only do they sound super annoying to make, but they look like turds. No joke. I showed them to D and he laughed uncontrollably. I love a good Paleo recipe just as much as the next gal, but don't eat homemade turds, y'all. Just don't.
  • A girl D and I went to middle school with is currently starring on The Following alongside Kevin Bacon…which means, D and I are now officially just 2 degrees from Kevin B. #whoa 
  • I could happily max out my credit card at Pottery Barn, Anthroplogie (I know, so blogger cliché, but I loved that store before I became a blogger…sue me!), Sur la Table, and Urban Outfitters. I won't do it, but if I could….oh I so would!
  • Did anyone see the newest episode of New Girl (Jess's birthday)? I cried like a baby at the end of it. How many of us wouldn't love a birthday like that?!
  • Blogger vent: I get at least 2 emails a day from random websites or freelancers asking me to accept an article written by them to post on my blog for free. FOR FREE?! What if I started emailing those same people asking if I could send them my blog content to post on their websites for free? They'd surely give me the crazy eye and send me on my way. Again, bloggers…don't compromise your blog content or sell yourself short! It's not about being money hungry or selling out…it's knowing that your time and ideas are super valuable! Know what you're worth and ask for it…or at least be able to say no when something isn't right for you or your site. Ya feel me?
  • We still don't know where we're moving yet and it's putting me a weird, funked out place. I read this article and laughed out loud because it's so my life…and then I went back to being funked out. Bummer.

So, what's new in your neck of the woods?

43 comments:

  1. I also have a dream of being on the amazing race and my brother totally wants to make a submission tape with me :) We figure we'll do it split-screen on Skype and put me in some really dodgy part of Jo'burg on webcam. It would be hilarious! If Jurgen and I were to do it together... we'd definitely get a divorce lol.

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  2. When I was trying to sell Fredrik on the idea we needed a trip this Spring the hotel was what sold him. Once I started talking about that he was like yes we need a trip because really that is half the fun like you said!

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  3. Girl, we still probably have over a year left before we find out where we're off to next and I'm already feeling the itch to find out! Partially it's just stupid winter in Germany. I'm so over it. And I feel you on the introversion thing. I love spending time with my friends, but it really is utterly exhausting--I definitely have to psych myself up for it!

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    1. I feel ya! We started looking at various bases about 2 years into living here ourselves! It's hard to sit here and wait when you're such a planner. And yes, this weather doesn't help one bit!

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  4. This is such a cute idea! Love getting to know you more. Oh my goodness, New Girl! My husband and I were watching, and I cried like a little baby. He made fun of me for the rest of the night. Glad I'm not the only one!

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  5. I just started reading your blog yesterday, and I know what you mean about being in a funk. I'm currently unemployed and looking for a job (and have been for quite a while), so it really wears on you not knowing what you're doing next or where you'll be. It's so hard to be patient, but it'll all come together in the end.

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    1. YAY! Welcome, Elizabeth!! It ABSOLUTELY wears on you. I'm so sorry to hear your job search has been a tough one. I sincerely hope something wonderful pops up for you, and fast! Thanks for the moving encouragement!

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  6. Shoot, dang, there's too much I want to comment on. Ready for some word vomit? Okay, good.

    + Come eat lunch with Julia. You guys will have a blast together, but I can't promise I'll clean goop out of your hair after.
    + I used to be an extrovert, but now I'm not so sure. I'm like an extrovert living in an introverts body these days. Thinking about going out to functions or lunches just stresses me out.
    + hotels rock my world.
    + ummm...send me the link to your hard boiled egg maker, please. I can't, for the life of me, make a darn hard boiled egg.

    k...i think that's all for now. Nice having coffee with you :)

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  7. I want that birthday...seriously. New Girl is the best. I hope you find out where you're going next soon! (and of course, I'm crossing my fingers it's DC!)

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  8. I am totally there with eating food like a toddler at lunch time, I just can never decide on a full meal so I like to keep my options open with different snacks:)

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    1. YES. Glad I'm not the only one who grazes through lunch! I can't ever decide either! I want a smorgasbord!

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  9. It's a good thing I was alone while watching New Girl because I definitely cried at the end. It was just so stinkin sweet.

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  10. I used to work in wineries and at one worked really closely with a winemaker, and I'll tell ya, that stuff is not as exciting as it sounds, but it's super rewarding to be part of a process from start to finish that produces something so tasty. It also sucks when all of your hard work is for nothing and you don't get a good crop, something happens with the juice, etc.

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    1. No way! That sounds awesome…but I totally see how it would be very ho-hum, waiting on wine to ferment and just testing things. We've done the back-breaking grape picking before (although in the states they have machines to do those things), but I'd love to see the whole process through to the end. You're right…it would be awful to get a bad crop, though! Maybe I'll pick your brain more about it soon. :)

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  11. I clicked the Jessica Stroup link and got really excited b/c it said she was from Anderson, SC. I lived and worked in/at Clemson University for 5 years so I felt like that was a good connection. Except I looked her up on Wikipedia and it said she moved to Charlotte. So close, but no cigar.

    Anyway, I feel like I've moved a bunch as an adult (only twice before high school though) so I love the buzzfeed article. Especially the one about visiting the fast food restaurants. I miss the restaurants (not always fast food) from where I move away from so so much.

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  12. I (super big, puffy heart) loved this weeks episode of New Girl! What an awesome surprise! I too adore broccoli. Roasted at 400 with EVOO, garlic and s/p. Then when it comes out of the oven sprinkle lemon zest and juice over the top! Delish!

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  13. I literally just watched New Girl before reading your post! I would have cried if I were not sitting in my school library lol I just don't like to cry in public. I thought it was the cutest thing I had ever seen lol.

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    1. Yeah crying in public is a tough one…but the episode was so cry-worthy, wasn't it?! So, so adorable.

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  14. New Girl was awesome, and then the episode of The Mindy Project immediately following it? Incredible.

    I hear you on the moving part. My husband is in the Navy and has a deployment coming up. We might be moving after deployment, but no one has told us where or even if we are moving at all. God forbid the military think in advance a little bit =\

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    1. Ooo I need to go watch the Mindy Project then!! Oh deployments…no fun. Hope you're hanging in there, girl! And I'm so with you…we only get 3 months notice of when and where we'll actually move, but I find it hard to believe they don't already know where we're going. So nerve wracking! The 'hurry up and wait' stuff does get old after a while!

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    1. Thank you, Niti! Hope you have a great weekend!

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  16. I love it! I love that you call your grandma MeeMaw - that is what my mom is called by her grandkids :) Also love that you were told that freckles were angle kisses because my mom has always told me that too! Lastly, hard boiled egg maker? genius! I found you one at Walmart! http://www.walmart.com/ip/West-Bend-Automatic-Egg-Cooker/2661959

    XO
    Sara

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  17. I love this kind of random compilation! A few thoughts from your thoughts:
    -I've always kind of wanted to compete on the Amazing Race too! (Did you know there is one currently filming?) But the more my husband and I watch the more we realize we'd never survive. Also...how much time do they really spend in an airplane/airport/on a train/traveling. Makes me wonder how truly worth it is!
    -I'm with you on the introvert thing. I like to plan my time being shared! Home is so cozy.
    -I totally laughed out loud about the chocolate turds. I couldn't agree more.

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  18. Your paleo turds comment made me laugh. I completely agree.

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  19. I love New Girl! My husband and I just started it on Netflix, so I need to catch up before watching any of the new season. And, I am all for eating healthy, but some things just aren't meant to be modified. And I do believe Cocoa Puffs are one of those things! Either eat them as is, or skip them completely! Loved this random compilation of thoughts today:)

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  20. I've also definitely become an introvert as I've gotten older! I used to wrry that I was missing out and I needed to be surrounded my friends, but now i'm happy to stay home and read a book! Definitely relate to the needing to mentally prepare!! also, feel you on the freckles - the sun brings em out!

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  21. I am sort of annoyed by your paleo cocoa puffs comment. Sure, there isn't anything particularly healthy about them and I probably wouldn't make them myself, but some people really can't tolerate wheat. So while they wouldn't die eating store bought cocoa puffs, they would feel awful after consuming them. I don't see people going around telling how ridiculous tofu is and how vegetarians should just eat meat. Or how ridiculous cronut is and how we should just eat doughnuts and croissants if we really want them.

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    1. Whooaaa nelly! So sorry you're annoyed (wasn't my intention to annoy you), but I believe you missed the lighthearted joke in the comment. And also how I said if you'd get sick eating the real thing, then definitely stick to a different version. It's all in good fun, Voriukus. I have many paleo recipes in my recipe box and use them often. It was more about what the cocoa puffs LOOK like than that they're paleo. I don't think your comparisons hold much water, either. Vegetarians are scrutinized constantly for their choices regarding meat…and no one in the world would ever mind eating a cronut. That's just insanity. Hope we can still be friends. :)

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  22. 1. Hotels are pretty much my favorite thing in the world! If I could live in a hotel, I probably would. I need a little luxury in my life so I always end up on short vacations as opposed to long ones... I'd rather spend three nights in a swanky place than five in a just OK one.
    2. I'm sorry but paleo cocoa puffs are just dumb. It's like the people who go to McDonald's and then order a diet coke. If you like the taste of diet coke, then fine, but don't be doing it to save calories when you're chowing down on a Big Mac.
    3. WAY TO GO on being two degrees away from Kevin Bacon! That's big news in my book! HELLO FOOTLOOSE!!!

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  23. This train of thought just happened while reading this one.

    Oh that’s so great about Jessica StroupMaybe I should watch The Following Kevin Bacon is aging beautifully. Good for him.  Wait! This is also true for me about Kevin Bacon. 2 degrees!

    Thank you for providing me with this occurrence. Once again I love your blog.Have a great weekend with beers.

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    1. Hahaha thanks, Amy! You're totally 2 degrees, too!!

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  24. I just stumbled upon your blog from the Blog Hop and I absolutely LOVE it! I can't wait to do some serious reading this weekend =)

    Dollie @ twowoodenspoons.com

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    1. YAY! Welcome! And thanks so much, girl!!

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  25. ahha I am the same way with making plans. I love cuddling up at home and don't like making plans on a whim.

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  26. What a cool feature! I've become more of an introvert as I get older too, and I definitely need time to recharge in between big social outings. I really enjoy working to promote individual bloggers and artists or small businesses, but some requests are ridiculous...one I've seen a few frustrating variations of is, "we'd like you to write and photograph an original recipe post on your blog, then link to several items on our website (items not related to content). Your post may be considered for sharing on our Facebook page." I saw nothing there that sounded worthwhile for readers or for me!

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  27. I totally feel the same way about #2 and I haven't turned 22 yet! (still have till April lol) but I guess when You have so much going on for such a long while You become socially shy? I dunno :D but I guess it'll pass, it comes and goes for Me!
    As for where You're moving, good luck wherever You go, dear! :) it's just another adventure before going home, no?! ^_^

    Loads of love, SJay!
    www.sweetswithfreaks.blogspot.com

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  28. I love your coffee talk posts! I'm always thinking, yes me too! This time it's maxing out your credit card at Anthro, sur la table, urban outfitters. If only! Also New Girl made me cry and I tried to hide it from my boyfriend; I told him it was just really dry in our apartment. And then there's the fact that every time I'm travelling and we have a tricky situation or have to be somewhere and are rushing I pretend we're on the Amazing Race. But I'd be too stressed and crazy to actual go on it and get past the first pit stop

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  29. I loved that you were real when realizing that you didn't like some of your resolutions. I have made goals before, and later on, decided I do not like like them. However, I am too afraid to say I changed my mind! Love this coffee talk!

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    1. Definitely not ashamed to say things I thought I wanted 3 years ago when I wrote that list...aren't exactly what I'd want for myself now. We grow, we change…can't be afraid to do a little revamping of goals if they're no longer on your radar! No one could fault you for deciding on bigger better things! Thanks, Jordan!!

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  30. Just found your blog and am so glad I did:) Cannot WAIT to start looking through your travel posts:) I love Germany and think it's amazing you guys live there. We've been a few times, but I would love to live there someday! And I'm getting those weird emails too where ppl are asking if they can post articles on my blog…SO WEird! {especially since they are medical related and my blog has nothing to do with that, haha!}. I got a good laugh out of that! So excited to get to know you better:) Love Katie

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  32. I love Amazing Race and my husband, and I normally love watching it together - but he gets tired of the drama, so we haven't watched the last couple seasons. He'd love to do it, but i am to much of a baby and wouldn't be a good partner lol

    And those first two statements? Could totally be me. I hate lunch time, love food - but can never figure out what to eat so I eat this and that and what is on hand. lol And yes please prepare me for outings please!

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