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No Filter: Saying it how I see it…in the moment. I can always change my mind, but not so easily my heart.

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Ultimate Coffee: October Coffee Chat

It’s that time of the month- NO! I mean, it’s time for coffee chat! Oy!

So, what I would tell you if we were having coffee together this fine Saturday, is:

This is sort of how it’s been going! I am saying the exact wrong thing at the wrong time, at the wrong volume! Funny to me, and harmless most of the time, but mostly I just walk around hoping that I didn’t just offend someone!

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you,

Personally, my kids are doing great and are healthy. Bruises that they might have are from each other and not bullies so we’re good there. We are getting great grades so far, and one is getting her braces off this month- so fun! We have a birthday to celebrate at the end of the month, and Halloween too. So my kids are gearing up for some serious fun around here, including carving some pumpkins very soon!Making pretzels with kids is so fun! And delicious!

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you,

My half marathon went nowhere and now my marathon plans are sort of de-railed. I have bronchitus. My daughter has strep, so at least I don’t have that! Bronchits is sort of worse for me, as it typically takes forever for me to get over- I haven’t run at all in over 10 days- not horrible unless you are mid-training and I am. So I can’t do this weekend’s planned half-marathon, and I am not sure I’ll be able to do the marathon- hoping I can find a November or December marathon though in the NY, CT, MA, NH, RI area….anyone know?

Yes. Yes, I can.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you,

On the food side, this blog just ended #PumpkinWeek- which is all things pumpkin, all the time. I never realized how many pumpkin recipes that I already have- seriously I have a lot:

Pumpkin Mousse Mini Pies
Chicken Enchiladas with Pumpkin Sauce
Pumpkin Nut Crumble Cake
Mom’s Best Pumpkin Bread
Whole Wheat Pumpkin Loaf
Pumpkin Peanut Butter Granola
Pumpkin Spice Latte
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpotchies (oatmeal cookies with pumpkin)
Pumpkin Corn & Crab Soup
Healthy Pumpkin Pudding

See?!! And I don’t LOVE pumpkin the way you’d think by looking at this list. I clearly do really like it a lot though! I like chocolate a whole lot more…and that’s why I am so excited October is also #Choctoberfest in these parts! Chocolate all the time on this blog coming up, the 16th-21st! Stay tuned for that, since a TON of other food bloggers are in on this and there are sure to be a boat-load of yummy recipes to pin for your next chocolate fix!

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you,

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Weeeelll. That is about it.  Oh! And I read 2 really great books:

Station Eleven


Still Here

Now, that’s it. I’m Out. Happy October!! I am linking up with the other Ultimate Coffee folks too, at Confessions of a Mother Runner if you want to check out all the fun!




Think Out Loud Thursday: Falling into things

I am going to start “reflecting.” But quickly, don’t worry. Just a theme and a quick thought. Nothing too crazy, to be worried that I am getting too analytical or reflective in all this “free time” of mine!!! Keeping it fun but real:

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About all the things I need to do tomorrow…(from

So freakin’ true. If my husband is travelling, all bets are off for anything being on-time or going in a straight line!


I just finished two great books: The Chesapeake Bride , which was romantic & a fast read (click here for the review & giveaway), and Still Here  which is contemporary literary fiction- also fun! (click here for the review of this one).

Now I am reading Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel. It is my town’s book pick of the month which is sort of fun, but I had gotten it for Christmas as a gift and it’s been sitting in my TBR pile! After the first 10 pages, I am already excited to get into this one…stay tuned for more.


Lots and lots of games. My kids are kind of over playing pretend with me, but they ask me every day to play something with them. If it’s not just basketball or soccer in our yard, we choose a game. My favorites (because, really, the mom should pick what she likes I think!) are:


and this SUPER fun and one that I NEVER win, Rubik’s Race:

I love Yahtzee because I know how to play it! It was super easy for my kids to pick up- even the younger 7 year olds can play with my 12 year old or me and still win, which makes them super happy.

And the Rubik’s race is cool since I NEVER win, they can all feel smarter than me, which is of course true, but this way it’s proven!

Listening to…

Nothing. Really just the news on the radio since otherwise I never hear or see news. Boring I know, but my life is not super exciting my friends, and that is a good thing…


Since being unemployed, I bake WAY too much, and cook meals on time. I hear you moms…dinner on time is work! I start really early to get my kids fed before practice- otherwise it is cereal beforehand and something light after that most times is not a real meal.

Moms that work outside the home have it a bit harder I have to say- they have to meal plan and use their crockpots probably twice as often to get a decent dinner on the table. That said, I love this lady and her meal plans, and not just because I am an affiliate- I am an affiliate because I bought her books and plans so often, I figured I should make some money from it!

A Month of Quick & Easy Meals

Planning is key, seriously and I may just start up my meal plans here again- what do you think?

september meal plan


Training for a marathon at the end of October. With my new shoes, I feel cushioned, but with my old body I am not sure I feel ready! We shall see!

Looking forward to…

Wrapping myself up in a blanket…darn it got cold soon, right?!

Favorite of the week so far…

This quote:

Linking up with Thinking out Loud Thursday!

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Ultimate Coffee Chat: September

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Like that picture? It’s from last year! I have been sharing my coffee-chats for over a year now and you have been telling me how much you like the general-style updates. So I am keeping it up- maybe late and maybe boring, but I am also keeping it real!

Here’s what I would tell you if you and I were sitting on my porch sipping our hot bevvies!

If we were having coffee I’d tell you: It’s freaking cold out here!

I love Fall!

Fall came fast huh? I am so glad since I LOVE fall. All things fall. The weather, the running weather, the smells, the decrease in bugs, the increase in routine, school starting, football stuff, soccer stuff, cozy things all around me like sweatshirts and blankets…I can go on! It goes without too much emphasis then, that I love pumpkin and apple everything! YES. Fall is my guy. I know it’s not quite leaf-jumping weather yet, but I couldn’t resist this picture- the boys were so little! Time is a-flying! Welcome to Fall my friends!

If we were having coffee I’d tell you: I love Fall for running.

Rolling to run

Now, I spoke about running weather. It is p-e-r-f-e-c-t here right now. Cool enough so I don’t run out of steam just because I am baking in the sun, and warm enough that I am not even layering yet. Perfect! Remember last month, I said I needed new sneakers? Well I still don’t have them and I am going okay- I can only think how great it will feel once I actually have some cushion on these feet! I am squishing an 18 week training plan into just 8 weeks (yes, I have a sense that I will tweak my planned runs quite a bit!) I mostly just use a plan so I can have an idea of what I should be running to be ready, but I don’t stay to it hard and fast if I am reducing the time like this- not if I don’t want to be hurt anyway! Do you use a plan for your racing or running? I’d love to know so share- please!

If we were having coffee I’d tell you: I just finished a great book 

…which I will review in depth later this week on the blog, but it is so relevant for NOW. It’s this one:

In a quick snippet: It’s about four Russian late-thirty somethings who met in Russia but all live in NYC now. It revolves around a questions of our virtual lives- how we actually live in real life versus on Facebook or social media in general. Sounds boring, but to care about the book means to be invested in the characters- and I was. They are well thought out and interesting to me, as a window of what it is like for them as immigrants in the United States, but also how we share the commonality of the absurdity of online-lives. Pretty interesting, right? Stay tuned for a full review.

If we were having coffee I’d tell you: That’s all really.

Oh! Wait! I forgot too- I have been re-painting my upstairs bathroom!

Repainting this ugly thing!

Look at this beast! So ugly- but so useful. I will have to do a post on that too- I painted the cabinets (this times-two) and walls, and actually some of the hardware too- some of the paint they have now is awesome! It has awoken (waked?- what is the word for this?) in me both a love of painting and hate of it. I am not sure yet  how I feel. It is making the rest of my house look perfectly awful though, so I need to get cracka-lackin’ and paint the rest of it! Good thing I am STILL not working right?! Ha! Gotta look on the bright side my friends, keeping it sunny!

Have a wonderful holiday weekend and I loved sharing my porch with you this month!

I am linking up with my other bloggers this morning over at

Thanks for coming by to chat~

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