Apr 24, 2014

Coffee Talk v.7


  • Why didn't you guys tell me that running a blog and planning a transatlantic move are two things that don't actually play well together? Last time I did this moving abroad thing, my blog was an embryo…today it's a full-grown needy teenager screaming at me because I'm neglecting my own flesh and blood (so to speak). I'm behind on EVERYTHING blog related and while I won't apologize for living life, I do apologize if it seems like I'm drowning. Hint: I am.
  • Speaking of the move…the process of moving stateside has been 10 times simpler than it was coming over to Germany. After our assignment dropped, we got our official orders in 10 days. 10 DAYS! Unheard of in the military realm (at least for us). Pack-out is scheduled, flights are booked, and there are piles of organized junk dotted all over our apartment. I'm still overwhelmed with all there is to do, but it's all much less foreign to me, if that makes any sense.
  • Remember how I said they would be dragging me kicking and screaming out of Germany? I'm now to the point where I'm kicking and screaming to go to Florida. I'm confused about it, to say the least. I'm still really going to miss Germany, but I think I'm ready to go. The finality of it all has set in and I've made peace with close of this chapter of our lives. I've checked out, if you will. More thoughts on this to come, probably.
  • I've officially pinned 1,000 pins onto my Good Eats Pinterest board. I wish I could say I've actually made all 1,000 different dishes, but then again, I'd likely be 1,000 pounds if I did. Have I mentioned how much I'm looking forward to shopping at Publix and cooking in an American sized oven again?
  • I'm afraid my Instagram feed is going to turn into one big unashamed advertisement for beaches and Disney World. We've already planned a Disney visit 2 weeks into being Floridians. Seems like the natural order of things. Hope you guys like sand and Mickey! #dontleaveme
  • I'm getting my hair cut at a German salon for the first time tomorrow. Over the last 3 years, I've been able to plan my trips home to include hair appointments with my usual gal…but since we leave Germany so soon (and I NEED a cut/color), I bit the bullet and made an appointment with the supposed "best in town". I'll keep you updated…unless I end up looking like Chewbacca. In that case, you'll never see me again.
  • Raise your hand if you saw the next to the last Parenthood episode (SPOILER ALERT-the cancer thing) and bawled your eyes out like a little baby? I did. D did. It's literally the only show we watch that is able to produce such raw emotions out of us both. D keeps saying he doesn't want to watch it anymore and then I catch him looking up from behind his laptop with one sullen tear on his cheek. That's my boy. 
  • This makes me excited. I'll be at that Mansion place all.the.time. And #22 confirms exactly why we were given this assignment after Germany. Didn't want us straying too far from our current comfort zone, I guess. ;)
  • We've been to 7 out of the 11 countries featured in Epcot's World Showcase in real life. Ok, I'll stop talking about Disney World now.
  • This week in blog land: I loved this post by Helene…this post by Rachel (#4 and #6 speak to me)…and this post by Emily (some powerful honesty…I just wanna hug her!).
  • Anyone have a favorite sunless tanner? They stopped making the kind I used to use and are sold out of the other stuff I really love, so now I'm in the market for another something new. It's hard being a girl. Suggestions welcome!
  • I've got a new favorite Instagram feed. If you've never visited @BevCooks, you've GOT to see her adorable twins…and the hilarious captions she comes up with. She's witty, has cute kids, and can cook up a storm. I want to be her best friend. Also, her blog is awesome.
  • 22 days until our last European cruise! It's going to be a much needed vacation…the calm before the moving storm, if you will. As soon as we step back onto German soil post-cruise, we'll have 3 weeks full of packers, movers, appointments, and hotel living before it's 'bye-bye Germany' time. I plan on taking full advantage of every rest and relaxation opportunity we get onboard. We might not even get off the ship for one of our 10 stops. GASP! Who are we?
  • On a somber-ish note, my grandma had surgery a few weeks ago to remove the cancer she was diagnosed with recently. Thankfully, surgery went well and they believe all the cancer is gone (praise the Lord!), but she's still got a long road to recovery. Age is a tough thing to battle when trying to bounce back in a timely manner. In addition, my Aunt was just diagnosed with MS after a scary few days of unexplained seizures. Prayers for her and my grandma would be much appreciated! I'm looking forward to coming home and getting to hug them both soon!

What's new in your world this week? Tell me something I don't know.

42 comments:

  1. Yes, embrace all your childlike desires to visit Disney World...and often. It's worth it. ; ) And on another note, I pray the next several weeks go smoothly for you guys. I can only imagine the emotions you'll both be experiencing as you transition from Germany back to the States.

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    1. YAY! I absolutely can't wait to get those Disney yearly passes in my hand! Thanks so much for the prayers, Amy. Life's super busy, but for very good reasons. Fingers crossed this transition continues to go smoothly! :)

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  2. Disney World is amazing, and I'm almost as jealous of your upcoming trip to see Mickey as I am of your European adventures. :)

    I am pale, but I very very slowly get a mild tan, so I need the same effect in a sunless tanner. I like Jergens Natural Glow. It has never streaked on me, it's easy to build my color, and it doesn't look fake on my fair skin.

    I am praying for your grandmother. :( I know that's tough.

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    1. Oooo I'll have to give the Jergens a try! Thanks for the recommendation…and for the prayers, girl. Always much appreciated. :)

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  3. I love these little snippets! Praying for your family. I also have that same mug and it's my favorite!!!

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    1. I love writing them up! A good brain dump is always fun. :) Thanks for the prayers, Cassie!

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  4. This post was just what I needed to read this morning! It was light, interesting and so well written! I especially loved that you shared some new blogs that I can't wait to check out and the article on 28 Things You Need To Know About Melbourne was the icing on the cake! Loved everything about this post, pretty girl! Hope you have a great Thursday!!!

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  5. I am going through the same thing right now (moving!)...except we only have to move from NC back to TX! I can't imagine going across countries! I am soooo ready to go home, but will miss beautiful NC. Glad you've get some fun and vacations scheduled soon. :)

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  6. For sunless tanner, I'm your girl! I've tried them ALL. I just wrote about my favorite on the blog. Check it out, let me know if you try it. :o)

    Spring Beauty & the Best Self Tanner

    V @ Life+1
    New Post : The Big 5 on Safari in Kruger: Part I

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    1. Thanks for the recommendations, V! :)

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  7. I second the Jergens. I'm SUPER pale and even just the lotion gives me enough color that my legs won't blind people...and NO streaks. It's awesome and pretty budget friendly.

    Thinking about you guys as you go through the moving process!

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  8. I recently had my first experience with a German hair dresser and it was a massive success! I don't know many people who've had bad experiences here, but I and a lot of my friends did in France, maybe it's hit and miss depending on country? Haha. Keeping my fingers crossed for you!

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  9. I hope you have a great experience at the hairdresser! I am having my first French experience in a couple of weeks. I am overdue and so nervous, so I hope that I find someone who did not see Kate's friends! LOL And glad to hear the moving process is going well! Which cruise are you taking? We are planning on taking one next summer.

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  10. Blogging and transatlantic moving do not mesh well! We've been in America for 2 months and I still feel like I have a million things to do on my blog list. Ah well, life happens. I know what you mean about the "checked out" feeling right before you head back. Right before we left I was just ready to get it over with already. When my normal routine was gone, it didn't feel as fun. But now I'm missing it again!

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    1. Ugh…don't tell me that, girl! But I can already tell that's gonna be me in a few months. It's a tough balance! I know I'm going to miss Germany terribly, but right now, I'm like LET'S GO! I have beaches to lay on and family to see!!! ;)

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  11. I love your coffee talks! I think I might start my own version of it on my blog. And lots of prayers and good vibes coming your way!

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    1. Thanks, Jessie! I keep thinking maybe I should start a link up with the Coffee Talks, but my plate is full at the moment. New projects AFTER moving, me thinks. :)

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  12. I am having my first experience with an Icelandic hairdresser next week so fingers crossed for both of us!

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    1. Ahhh yes!! Fingers crossed for you as well!!

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  13. Well, first of all my blog is pure infant compared to yours and it's not growing at all. It could possibly be that people are not interested in what I write about or I just don't write enough or both. I will be praying for your move to the states, welcome back!
    Thanks for sharing your life with us, it means a lot to see someone write from their heart and share their life instead of all the other stuff.

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    1. Thank you so much for the prayers and well wishes! Send me a link to your blog so I can read! :)

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  14. I can't believe you've been in Germany 3 years. I think I found your blog not long after you guys first moved there. What an adventure. Enjoy the rest of your time there, but soak in some sweet Florida sunshine for me when you get there.

    Life in Montana is clipping right along. Finals week is next week, and as much as I love my student-athletes I can't wait to have a few weeks of some quiet time. The weather is trying to warm up and actually be spring, but yesterday I woke up to snow so I don't see spring happening anytime too soon. And I'm 2.1 pounds from a total of 20 lbs lost. So I'm really trying to kick my own ass this week.

    Oh these aren't the things you were looking for when you asked what was new in our world this week? :)

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  15. Oh I feel ya lady, I feel ya! All you have to do is look at how sad my blog has been lately to see how difficult it is to blog while making a big move and get settled in. I cannot wait until I find some sort of a routine again. Be patient with yourself, we all know you have a whole bunch of stuff going on :)

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  16. thanks for the shout out my friend!!! blogger all the way. and i always think you have such a beautiful, professional looking blog!

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  17. I found your blog recently (through cruise critic while researching things to do in Santorini for an upcoming cruise) and have really enjoyed going back and reading about all of your adventures! We moved to England last summer and have been loving our time here and all the traveling we are getting to do. I LOVE Disney so I'm looking forward to reading all about your time there...even if I am a bit jealous! Though we did just get back from Disneyland Paris last weekend so I can't really complain. :)

    You have a wonderful blog! I don't have a blog anymore, but more like an online photo journal to document our time while we are living here in England... http://asmallworldafterall.smugmug.com/

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  18. Sounds like your life is so exciting right now! Can't wait to see all of your IG pictures of Disney World ;) also, prayers for your Grandma!!

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    1. It's definitely been a whirlwind of excitement and panic and more excitement!! HA! Thank you, Kayli!

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  19. I love to visit Disneyland or Disney World but I live in a different country and don't think it will ever happen

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  20. When I was in Denmark I didn't get a haircut once... I was way too scared! I was always sure it would turn out weird. Good luck!

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  21. I for one can't wait for some beach pictures :)

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  22. Never apologize for taking too many photos of Disney or the beach. Can't wait to have you in Florida!

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  23. I couldn't resist any longer - I got a long bob this week!! Hope your big move goes smoothly :) Whitney @ http://polka-dottyplace.blogspot.com/2014/04/hello-friday.html

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  24. I am currently on my way home from Disney. You shall not lose me. You shall have my envy. ;)

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  25. Just think of all the cruising you can do from Florida! I am sure you will be seeing a lot of the Caribbean.

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  26. im going to disneyworld on monday for a week!! don't get too excited for me, its actually a business trip, because my company is awesome enough to have a conference at disney world. i only have time to go to one park while there. im still excited!

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    1. That's still pretty awesome! Have fun on your free day! :)

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  27. I love love love Disney! I am planning another trip in Feb next year, 3rd Disneyworld Trip. Anywho. Good luck with your hair appt, hopefully no Chewbacca.

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  28. Love the coffee talk. I also love Disney and the beach so really you're moving to an ideal spot for me. I want to go back to Disney so badly, and I crave beaches. Last year I wanted a beach vacation so badly that I had to stop going on facebook for awhile because seeing everyone's beach pictures made me sad. =So wait...your pictures might bring on some jealousy after all. :)

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  29. Thanks for the update:) I may be in Florida this Sept, so if I am, i'd love to meet up (maybe at Disneyworld, haha!!)

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  30. I will definitely stick around! And Epcot is sooooo fun. It was our favorite part of our Disneyworld visit- not the same as the real deal, but fun still. I am excited for you guys!

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