Feb 18, 2014

Coffee Talk v.5


  • I'm convinced that if I didn't like cheese, I'd be 25 lbs. lighter. I walk through the cheese aisle at the grocery store and get giddy with excitement. The sharper or more aged, the better. As much as I wish I hated cheese, I think my world would be so unhappy without it. I need Cheesers Anonymous.
  • Anyone else think Bachelor Juan Pablo is a total condescending hypocritical jerkface? After his slut-shaming incident with Clare and the way he talks to the girls ("stop crying now"..."listen to me"..."turn around in that dress mmmmm"), I'm finding it really hard not to want to murder him through my TV. This article totally hits the nail on the head for me. I thought Ben from 3 seasons ago was awful, but JP totally takes the cake. If I wasn't already so invested in watching his season unfold, I'd quit watching. All I've got to say is...RUN, GIRLS, RUN!
  • I have a list of baby names locked in the notepad on my iPhone. Anytime I think of or hear of a name I like, I just add it to the list. From time to time, D and I like to go through the list and dream about our someday family. 
  • I also have a prayer list of things we pray about for our future children. Never too early to ask God for His faithfulness and blessings when it comes to building a family.
  • Someone asked me the other day if I was rooting for USA or Germany in the 2014 Olympics. Confession: D and I haven't really been watching the Olympics. GASP! It's true. Our lack of interest is half because it's hard to watch here in Germany (we don't have German TV and I'm not scouring the internet for coverage)...and half because curling, snowboarding, skiing, and skating bore us to tears. The summer Olympics are so much more enjoyable to me. Anyone else not Olympics-obsessed?
  • Found this article on BuzzFeed and I'm ashamed at how many pairs I actually owned and wore on a regular basis back in the 90's. I remember begging my mom for #1 and #3 because all the girls as school were wearing them. #14 and #16 happened, too. Ew.
  • D and I have already been talking about the next big international trip we'd like to take after our return to the states. We're tossing around Costa Rica, St. Lucia, Belize, or Koh Samui, Thailand. We want a relaxing "no think" beach vacation...something we haven't done since living abroad. Any recommendations, blog world?
  • We're also really excited to start traveling more of the USA upon returning home. Neither of us have ever ventured out to the West Coast, so we're looking forward to planning trips to Napa Valley, Vegas, and the Pacific Northwest...among other American destinations. Look out for a post about USA travels coming soon!
  • I'm so looking forward to buying new living room and guest room furniture when we move back stateside. Moving every 3 years really takes a toll on your furniture. We have duct tape holding together the lining underneath one of our couches and have so many dents in our coffee table that I can hardly stand to look at the thing anymore. Is it weird that I kind of hope the crates holding our furniture fall off the barge into the ocean during transit? I know...crazy talk. But seriously, we have insurance. ;)
  • Anyone ever read Cameron Diaz's Body Book? If so, worth the read or skip it? I really love her as an actress, so I'm interested to see if she's got some genuinely amazing tips. Although, she would probably tell me not to eat cheese. In that case, I could always use another door stop.
  • I don't sleep well when we travel. After returning from our 4-day Austrian adventure yesterday evening, I slept 10 interrupted hours last night...likely from being so exhausted and unable to get good sleep in beds that weren't my own. You'd think after 3 years of basically non-stop traveling that my body would quickly adapt to hotel beds and airplane sleeping, but it just doesn't happen. I pretty much run on adrenaline and cappuccinos while traveling.
  • On a related note, I feel like traveling is aging me a bit. I've acquired so many more aches, pains, and under-eye bags than I think I would if we weren't on the go so much. Sometimes I need a day or two of recovery after a long stretch of sight-seeing adventures. And massages...lots of massages. Do I think the aching muscles and clicking knees are worth it? ABSOLUTELY.
  • Our 10 year high school reunion should be happening this year. We haven't heard about any plans for an actual reunion (which is kind of sad), but the thought of being out of high school for 10 whole years is mind boggling to me. Weren't D and I just passing notes in geometry? Time flies.
  • I can't get enough of this Instagram feed. D and I lie in bed at night and stalk these pups. We laugh a little...we cry a little. Makes us miss Tuck a lot...but also reminds us what amazing companions dogs are. And now we want a Weimaraner for Tuck. Having two German dogs would be a great homage to our time in Germany, don't you think? ;)

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41 comments:

  1. I cannot sleep away from home either, when I was 22 I toured Europe by myself for three months and could fall asleep anywhere but now I need my own bed with darkness and silence....growing old just sucks sometimes huh

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  2. I have names locked away too! We do the same thing. "NO WE ARE NOT NAMING OUR FUTURE CHILD THAT!" It makes me so happy :)

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  3. 1. Don't get me started on Juan Pablo. He's THE worst.
    2. You're name/prayer list is the sweetest.
    3. I have yet to read the Body Book but I hear good things. I also hear that you have to keep in mind who wrote it. If you read it you'll have to let us know what you think!

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  4. Lately I've been obsessing about planning a european vacation for next year so I've been stalking your blog for ideas. Is Dresden worth making a stop for between Berlin and Prague, do you think?

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  5. Great post Casey! I'm seriously in love with Harlow & Sage's feed on Instagram, they are just too adorable! I feel so happy when I see one of their photos on my feed :) and omg, the 90's shoes... #1 happened, #3 happened, #6 happened and #15 definitely happened...oh god! Funny thing is, I have a pair of #16's in brown leather with a higher heel today. Isn't that supposed to be business chic or something? ugh.... ;-)

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  6. GO TO COSTA RICA!!! Manuel Antonio National Park is amazing! and make sure you go zip lining in Quepos - a short drive from MANP! The beaches are amazing and warm and it's so beautiful there!

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  7. I love this post! As far as your next big vacation goes, when are you planning it for? I'm heading to Koh Samui for the month of April so can give you advice on it after that! Also, Vegas is a must (in my opinion! I make it a point to head there at least once a year)

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  8. I love when you do these posts!!

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  9. You must make a trip to Portland when you come back to the States... it's a fab city, plus I live here :)

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  10. Very cool that you pray for your future family. That's awesome!

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  11. I was a faithful Bachelor/ette watcher for oh so many seasons... until JP rolled into town. It's just so boring and bad, just bad. I'm the type of person that cringes when I see people being awkward on TV, so I just stopped watching this season and have my fingers crossed for better seasons to come.

    Vacation: Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Favorite beach vacation that I have ever taken. And if you do an all-inclusive resort like Excellence, then there is REALLY no thinking necessary. It's quite fabulous.

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  12. For your international no thinking beach plans, I think Belize is a great option! I've been travelling through here for 10 days now and this Caribbean country is just beautiful (plus English is the first language so it's a nice break from struggling to communicate). Placencia (in the south) has the picturesque beaches with a laid back reggae lifestyle. I'm currently in Caye Caulker and this afternoon we're going snorkelling along the Barrier Reef (second largest in the world after Australia). I highly recommend it here!
    the-lifestyle-project.com

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  13. The Caribbean islands are perfect for a relaxing vacation...granted I haven't been there since I was 17, but I doubt it has really changed that much. My husband absolutely loved Thailand and is dying to go back so I'm thinking that's a good bet.

    My 10 year reunion is this year too. I keep seeing posts from classmates asking what the deal is and no one has any answers. It's a bummer, but I guess I wasn't planning on making a special trip back for it anyway.

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  14. My husband and I went to Belize for our honeymoon, and I highly recommend it. We spent four days relaxing on the beach at Ambergris Caye and four days in a jungle lodge outside of San Ignacio. Be sure to see the ruins at Tikal! And if you're feeling really adventurous, try the ATM cave tour. We loved these two hotels: http://www.xtanha.com/ and http://www.blackrocklodge.com/home.html.

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  15. Those 90's shoes on BuzzFeed. AHHH! I wore like 8 of those. So embarrassing. #1 and #3 definitely hahaha. Gotta love the 90's.

    And don't worry...you're not the only one who's not watching the Olympics. I'll watch for a minute if I pass by a TV with them on...but I'm in no way keeping track of who's won or anything.

    xo Denise
    lovelybohemian.blogspot.com

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  16. I have a name list as well, seems like we've been adding a lot to it lately too haha. Normally I watch the Olympics a little but I honestly have not watched at all this year. I agree, the summer Olympics are just more fun to watch! I'd love to see where you travel in the US. We probably won't make it out of the country much but US travels are on our list so I'll be looking for those :)

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  17. I hope you get to travel through Oregon so I can see pictures of my home state!

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  18. Love this coffee talk.
    - I agree that Juan Pablo is disgusting, but always watch the last bit of the show to see who is still around to be held under his Brazilian spell.
    - I also have a list of baby names in my phone to keep on file.
    - I love the idea of praying for your future children. It's never too early.

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  19. Love the doggy Instagram feed. On twitter I follow @HereBeHuskies and @EmrgencyKittens for my daily dose of sweetness :)
    Claire xx | somewhere... beyond the sea

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  20. I also have a little place where I keep baby names so that I won't forget names I like! I also add to the list all the ridiculous names my mom suggests to me.

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  21. if travel is aging you, i can't tell a bit!! you look so great. and our 10 year is coming up next year!!

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  22. Oh gosh those 90s shoes. So embarrassing! And I haven't been able to watch the Olympics either! I can't find a website here in France that's streaming it. Good thing it's only the winter Olympics...they're not nearly as good as the summer ones.

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  23. Cheese is good. :) And I looked at that Buzzfeed article, and I remember seeing so many of those, but I was little in the 90s and mostly barefoot, in my memory, haha! However--I will always love Keds, how can they call those ugly? :O

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  24. Ugh, totally agree about Juan Pablo. I didn't watch this week and I didn't miss it. His accent even annoys me.

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  25. Ugh, totally agree about Juan Pablo. I didn't watch this week and I didn't miss it. His accent even annoys me.

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  26. I feel the same way about cheese! I've been to Belize. Amazing place.

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  27. When I was younger I could sleep anywhere but not so much now days, I like my own bed and my own house this is home and it is were I feel most comfortable.

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  28. I keep trying to break up with cheese but it calls me back! Also I had the same thought about JP and Ben! Throw Brad W. in there two times and you have the worst of the worst.
    Erica Jacquline

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  29. Omg...JP is really the worst-I want to just stop watching but now I feel like I'm too deep, I have to see what happens! As for the travel, if you haven't been to Asia I would definitely go! It takes a little longer to get there but it is so beautiful! My husband and I went to Bali for our honeymoon last year and it really was amazing! (here are some pics of one of the resorts we stayed at-ridiculous! http://lionandmaven.com/2013/08/15/ayana-resort-spa-bali/)

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  30. I'm convinced if I didn't like cheese, I'd definitely have less digestive issues. Good old lactose intolerance!

    Totally agree with you on the Juan Pablo thing.. but I still can't stop watching. It's a train wreck and I can't look away!

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  31. Looks like we graduated the same year. I'm so old!! ;)

    I understand about some sports in the Winter Olympics, but speed skating is so exciting! I find myself holding my breath while watching. I don't get how anyone can watch the Bachelor. THAT is boring to me. A friend once convinced me to try it out a few years ago, so I did. On this particular episode, there was a girl who wanted to tell the guy that she loved him. She couldn't get her nerves up to do it, and the camera was on them for literally 10 minutes straight of them just looking at each other...and she didn't end up even telling him. So boring. That was the first and last episode of the Bachelor that I ever watched. (I have a theory that if they just showed the entertaining stuff, like confessions and fights and crying, blah blah, then each episode would only last 10-15 minutes. I WOULD watch that! Haha!)

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  32. OMG, those shoes. We really had no idea how ugly they were, did we? Haha!

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  33. I keep a list of names on my phone too! I've heard a lot of women do that (if you also can't tell by the comments above!). I'm afraid I will forget them all. The few times I've asked my husband what he would name a child if we had one tomorrow his response is all "Probably one of those names on your list". What this list has taught me though is we may never actually agree on a girls name lol

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  34. I totally agree about Juan Pablo as well!!! I've stopped watching for this season because he's been such a hypocritical pig. I like Sharleen because she isn't really into his fakeness.

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  35. Girl you know I love your Coffee Talk!
    First up cheese... uh hello... I live in France and my thighs and budunadunk are probably about 99% full on cheese at this point. It's ridiculous, I need cheese detox. Thank heavens I'm moving back to the States but then again, there's QUESO!!!
    Juan Pablo... UGH... I loved him on The Bachelorette, but just like that article you linked says, he didn't really talk much so no wonder I liked him so much. He needs his mouth sewn shut.

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  36. i am fortunate to not like cheese!! i DESPISE it!! i always have. people always look at me so weird when i say that i don't like it, they're like whats......wrong with you....... i love your coffee talk!!

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  37. I don't do the Olympics either. I much prefer summer! But even then...

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  38. I love your Coffee Talk posts! I'm with you on the cheese addiction...that stuff is too good

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  39. I love the baby-names-on-the-phone! I definitely have a list like this on my computer...for faraway in the future ;). I love your coffee talk always! So genuine :) and maybe you'd be a little thinner without cheese but WHAT IS A LIFE WITHOUT CHEESE I ASK YOU???
    p.s. can't wait to hear about Austria!

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  41. 1. Juan Pablo is driving me nuts! I have grown to dislike him more and more every week! The girls this season are actually good , yet they get stuck with a disgusting guy like Juan Pablo. If I didn't have a bracket going with my friends, I would quit Juan P.
    2. If you guys do make it out to the west coast, you must come to Seattle during the summer! You'll love it. We have over 50 wineries about 30 min east of the city that I know would call your name :-) Seattle is also home to amazing food and coffee.
    3. I love cheese too. Holey moley, I wish I could quit it sometimes but not really. Haha.

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