Nov 12, 2014

Coffee Talk v.10


  • If you ever wanted to know what life is like with a Dachshund, this article hits the nail on the head. It's funny, now that Tuck is back in our lives, I've grown to adore that pup more and more. He's such a different dog than when we left him with my parents 3 years ago. More loving, much sweeter, and he LISTENS! I guess that comes with age, but I also like to think our absence made all our hearts grow fonder. But, he still is a classic Dachshund through and through. The whole putting the ball under the couch thing is our one constant battle. But that sideways run, tho. Too cute for words!

  • I honestly can't believe it's almost Thanksgiving. And that Christmas is right on our heels. It's been almost 5 months since we left Germany. Life moves too dang fast, you guys.

  • Change "studying abroad" to "living in" and this article speaks volumes to the state of my heart right now. Christmas market season is upon us and I may or may not have checked out plane ticket prices. Not happening, unfortunately, but Germany is still in the forefront of my mind these days. I miss it constantly. Ruined is an understatement.


  • I finally had my first Universal Studios Orlando experience. That place is SO different from Disney, but in a really fun way. I can't believe I'm saying this, but Harry Potter was the best part (hello, butterbeer!). I really loved our day there even though I was terrified on 99% of the rides I rode. It's definitely the kind of amusement park you should enjoy with friends. Doing so made our day there even more hilarious (re: they all enjoyed laughing at my scaredy cat-ness). We might actually become Universal passholders now, too!

  • I had every intention of announcing the super awesome new endeavor I've been working on for the last month, but I'm still not quite ready just yet. A few loose ends need tying up first. I truly underestimated how long this process would actually take, but through the delay I've learned that in order for something to really work, really matter, and really become a success...it takes TIME. I can't rush this. So, keep staying tuned? ;)

  • It's beginning to finally feel a bit like fall here in Central Florida. At least in the early morning and at night. We're not in scarf and boot weather just yet, but I'm feeling like it's more and more possible with each passing day.

  • The house is slowly but surely starting to feel more like a home. We still have far too many half-empty rooms, but I'm beginning to shush that nagging inner voice that's been telling me I need to get it all done NOW. Money doesn't grow on trees, that's for darn sure!

  • I haven't taken a single photo with my DSLR camera in over a month now. It feels weird, yet sort of liberating. Not having to lug that beast around with me every place I go has been nice (and my back and shoulders are rejoicing!), but I'm sad that I don't have beautiful photos of recent travels to share. That's just not a major part of my life right now. It's still a tough pill to swallow.

  • Speaking of my lack of exciting travels, I've lost numerous Instagram followers since moving back to the states. I knew it would happen with the change in feed scenery (it's only natural), but I wasn't expecting it to sting this much. I know it's so stupid to even care, but the truth of the matter is, it's a constant reminder that our life is so very different from what it once was. Like a raw wound that won't heal because I can't quit picking at it. I've got to learn to be ok with the fact that people may not care or feel invested in our lives now that we're not jaunting off to swoon-worthy destinations on the regular. I can't apologize for the change in life direction. Or the fact that we really love visiting Disney World.

  • In other news, I've been quite obsessed with a few things lately: shaken green teas at Starbucks, the new Taylor Swift album (I know, I hate myself, too), this bath robe, watching TrueTori & Couples Therapy (trainwrecks--I can't look away!), Emily Jefford's art prints, big bowls of salad for dinner, this European push-pin map (need it!), and spending way too much time walking the aisles of World Market.

What's been happening in your world lately? 
Let's chat!

25 comments:

  1. I have always wanted to visit Harry Potter world. It sounds like so much fun! Super excited to hear about your super awesome new endeavor, too! I laughed about you saying your back is rejoicing from not carrying your DSLR around...I know that feeling too well.

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  2. LOVE that article about dachshunds -- we had one for 10+ years and he was absolutely a member of our family. I still miss him to this day!

    http://www.dreamingenfrancais.com/

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  3. OMG the 26 reasons article makes me want to go to Germany so bad!!!

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  4. You aren't losing me as a follower! I love your blog regardless of where you live!

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  5. My little sis has two doxies and they're quite a pair! It cracks me up when she tries to take them for a 'run' and they end up getting carried back to the apartment... Maybe you should price tickets to Chicago instead of Germany. They have a pretty neat Christkindlmarket and then you'd have an excuse to wear something other than sandals!

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  6. I appreciate you being honest about it stinging to loose followers. Thanks for your honesty in your post. www.eatallovertheworld.weebly.com

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  7. Love your blog! I've poured over your European posts a few times and I'm not-so-secretly hoping we get sent there in the near future....

    Aggghhh, I'm worried about that same apathy once we leave Alaska. Everyone (friends, family, the small group of followers I've gained from my blog/tumblr/instagram) is so fascinated by some of Fairbanks, Alaska quirks - the 2 hours of daylight in the winter, the constant sunlight in the summer, the aurora borealis almost constantly throughout the winter, etc. I wonder if we'll suddenly become boring if we stationed somewhere like Texas or Colorado.

    Whereas I find fun anywhere, so I know we'll make it great. Booo on those who unfollowed because you moved to Florida. Florida is awesome!

    www.wandersandwords.com

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    1. Aww thank you so much, Camille!! So happy you found me! :) Europe was lovely and I think every American should live there at least once in their lives!

      You won't become boring…just different. And the more that time passes by, I'm thinking it's a good different. I have days where I think we just aren't unique and special in the life we're living anymore, but that's silly. Every new chapter is unique and special. It's just sometimes hard to convince the rest of the world of that fact! :)

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  8. How can people not want to see your Disney photos??? I'm loving them! I can't help but wonder why someone 'loses interest' in me when I see my number drop, but like you said, we have to be ok with them wanting to move on. I've heard such great things about Harry Potter, that some day I'm going to have to get out to Fl to check it out. I've become an old lady and can't handle roller coasters anymore, but at least I can drink the butterbeer. ;)

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  9. I think my daughter and niece would love to visit Harry Potter World as they both love the books and the movies. Of course in Australia we don't do Thanksgiving the next thing for us is Christmas which is only 41 days away

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  10. There are two things I've learned in life:
    1. No one can reliably predict the South's seasons (or lack thereof)
    2. There's no such thing as loving Disney World too much.

    http://awayfromthesafeharbor.blogspot.com

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    1. HA! Love it! And thanks….Disney is my new Europe, to say the least. :)

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  11. I so feel your pain about an somewhat empty house, a different life (lack of exciting travel), and a new life. We just moved from TX to GA, and are going through very similar things that you are. My husband is unemployed, so we aren't eating out as much as we were. We bought a bigger (read: more expensive) home that needs furnishings, plus the unemployment thing. And we're exhausted from the move, so even if we had money growing on our new trees, we wouldn't be traveling yet. Hang in there - it'll come with time!

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    1. It can be a hard transition, right? I'm the type of person who wants it all done RIGHT NOW. I've totally had to tone down that OCD inner voice.

      I hope your hubby is able to find new employment soon. You guys keep on keeping on! I'll be keeping you in my prayers…and fingers crossed that money tree finds both of us soon! :)

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  12. I just bought my first house and that buy it now bug has been nagging at me too!! Garage sales and Home Goods have been my lucky spots for cheap scores in my mini budget. Good luck!!

    Sara
    506 Miles: from Detroit to Nashville

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    1. That nagging bug…ugh! I so wish I hated interior design and beautiful spaces. It would make my life (and wallet) so much better! Blog world doesn't help either. lol Home Goods is the greatest!! Good luck to you as well…and congrats on your new digs!

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  13. I'm so jealous that you have a World Market! But in all seriousness I can attest that while you will probably always miss your life in Germany it does get easier as each year passes. It's been twelve years since I lived in England and I recently realized that I no longer think about it everyday, which is something I thought would never happen.

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  14. I can't imagine how weird it would be to come state side after an extended stay abroad. I hope your adjustment period comes to a close and you can be happy with your new normal

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  15. We've been planning a wedding and a move to the States from the UK! its a LOT. But fun, and my first thing on the new home list is a puppy.

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    1. Sounds like a lot! But you're right…so much fun! Lots of new and exciting chapters unfolding for you! Congrats!

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  16. That map is pretty, but you can do your own version for soooooo much cheaper. Dan and I already had a large US map mounted on foam board, and we registered for a map of France in a similar scale (not identical, alas) and a world map. Yes, our wedding registry included maps. :) Then Dan laminated the maps himself and attached them to foam board. Now all three maps are next to each other on our living room wall, with color-coded pins. The pins are divided by where we've lived together, traveled together, I've lived, I've traveled, he's lived, and he's traveled. So yes, six different colors. :)

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  17. I'm sorry you've lost instagram followers but the fact that you mentioned it made it occur that I am not following you. That needs to change! Also, I'm really excited for what ever is coming next and I love surprises so the longer I'm in the dark the more exciting it will be!

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    1. Hahaha yay!! Thanks for the follow! It does suck, but it's to be expected. I just have to suck it up and stop letting it hurt my feelings. So silly! :)

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  18. other people might not be invested in your new life, but YOU so clearly are - and that is a delight to see for the people who care about you no matter where you are!

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