An {Al A Mode} Virtual Coffee

Happy Sunny Tuesday all!

I apologize for my tardiness, but we couldn’t resist taking full advantage of today’s weather.

Standing outside the bar watching the Hawkeye game and eating ice cream. Now that’s Iowa City.

If we were really meeting for coffee I’d offer you a taste of Whitey’s ice cream {a family favorite}. It’s our first dips of the season and we loved it. Even G, once he recovered from the initial brain freeze.

Oh, and before we go any further I’m sure you are all waiting with bated breath to see what I did with the hair. Well…popular vote won. I kept it longish.

She did have to cut some off in order to even it up. Otherwise it would have looked like a mullet and I can’t have any part of that. So…a trim up, a boost to the red and some springy blue toes makes me a happy little camper.

Since Saturday’s beautification project took the whole day, we really didn’t do much during the weekend. I did make this FABULOUS raspberry banana bread. Which I loved, but everyone else thought it was a little tart. I think it would have been better with fresh raspberries instead of frozen. There’s always next time.

So, how was your weekend? Did you enjoy the warm weather?

I’m a tad nervous about this warm weather as I’ve already seen four mosquitoes and a bug of some sort practically beaned me in the head this morning at the gym. It could be an ugly, buggy summer. Ewwww….

Well, I’m off to read the Hunger Games before B2 gets back from the Hawkeye Basketball game. I think I’m the only person on the planet who hasn’t read it yet. Have you read it? Are you planning to see the movie? My mom {who read the book in a day} is so excited for the movie, she has a whole girl’s night planned. I can’t wait.

Don’t forget to head over to Amy’s and partake in more caffeinated conversation.

Have a great week and get out and enjoy the weather, and the extra hour of daylight.


A {Rambling} Virtual Coffee

Good morning…I’m munching on my Frosted Mini Wheats and enjoying my 15 minutes of silence as the big boy transports the little boys to school.


Let’s just sit shall we and cherish is for one more minute.

Ok, now let’s chat.

If we were really meeting for coffee today, I’d tell you that I’m nervous. See, I’m going to BloggyBootcamp in St Louis, and I’m going alone! It’s not so much the travel, or the conference itself. It’s the downtime. I’ve never been to St. Louis {crazy right} and I REALLY, REALLY want to see the arch and get a photo from the top, but…I’d have to go by myself. Is that weird? Will people look at me pathetically like who’s the lonely girl at the top of the arch? Ok…talk me down, talk me down…”the worries” are getting the best of me. Must. Not. Care. What. Others. Think.

Anyway, it’s my first conference and I was wondering what to bring. I read somewhere that I should have business cards with my name and blog on it so I can network, but didn’t want to seem too CRAZY. What are your thoughts?

Ok change of subject, because you knew it would happen right? Our conversation would have to turn to the weather. But it’s good. REALLY good. It’s supposed to be 61 today. Which means I’m breaking out the running shoes over lunch. Ironically, there’s still an ample amount of white stuff leftover from Sunday’s mini blizzard or as I like to call it our last hurrah.

In anticipation of the warmer temps B2 has offered to grill burgers this week…Yippee!!! Spring is right around the corner. I can feel it.

Have you seen the Lorax yet? We did make the movie on Sunday and it was SO MUCH FUN! E loved the movie and wore his Once-ler gloves through the whole thing. I’ve read some reviews that ripped on the stereotypes and political messages portrayed. GAH! Seriously can’t we just watch a movie and enjoy it without over thinking it? And isn’t the ULTIMATE message about not abusing nature…and that’s kind of a no brainer right? Sorry stepping off soapbox now …

I think the BEST part of the whole movie was how excited all the kids were. They were cheering and dancing and laughing. Nothing fills the heart with more joy than children’s laughter.

Well, my 15 minutes are up. Gotta head to work.

Don’t forget to head over to Amy’s and linger over coffee. If I didn’t have to work I’d linger EVERY day.

Have a good one and thanks for coffee!

A {Mini Break} Virtual Coffee

Ok, I have twenty minutes to spare while dinner is in the oven to hangout, chit chat and down a mug or two of coffee {hopefully spiked with Baileys}.

Ready. Set. Go.

How was your weekend? Where did you go? What did you do?

I spent Saturday catching up on random household tasks like twenty loads of laundry, decluttering the kitchen table {on which I found a bag of cat food, a random clay object by E and five magazines that I haven’t read yet}.

On Sunday, the boys and I joined Mimi and Papa for brunch. We almost didn’t go because my little clothing Diva, E, didn’t have the right sweat pants and wanted to wear his PJs all day. UGH….this truly needs to stop. Papa even invited him to work with power tools outside and he said “No” because he’d have to put on real clothes. I think I’ve created a monster.

Are any of your children like that? Do they have special outfits they can’t live without?

If we were really meeting over our spiked coffees I’d tell you that I registered E for kindergarten today. Yep, already. I can’t even believe it! He’s getting so big and so old it’s making me sad. Trust me come August I’ll have some sob story post about the first day of kindergarten. The only consolation to this milestone is the money we will save on child care. I think once E is in kindergarten our childcare will finally be less than our monthly mortgage payment.

Well, that’s all I have up in here. We are sitting down to dine on Calzones that I found on where else Pinterest. Not that calzones are all that hard, but these you wrap it in this super cool way that makes you look like a fancy cook, and I need all the help I can get.

Thanks for coffee, sorry for the rushed date. I think there will be a time {probably when the kids are in college} that I could finally linger over coffee.

I’ll be stopping by Amy’s later tonight to catch up. Ciao!