What’s up?! Good morning & happy first Saturday of the month…of November! Wow. So October is done? How did that happen?! October is always a whirlwind of soccer, sign-ups for winter sports, birthdays, and Halloween craziness. Time to catch up my friends! It’s been a while. Welcome to my monthly link-up up with several other bloggers who share a love of chatting and coffee- If you were here with me, and I handed you a mug of coffee, and maybe that cookie that I may have wished that I baked, but really I may not have…well, here’s what I would tell you about what is new with me:
If we were having coffee, I would tell you… My daughter is 10. Her birthday sort of snuck up on us. People always say, you have to enjoy these moments of chaos with your kids, because it goes SO fast. Well, of course it does. I am busy as H-ll. Fast is just part of my normal routine. But “10” for my peanut-butter kid, seems unlikely and indicates that I do have to hug her even more than I already do. She is my noticer, my take-your-time gal, my independent spirit, creative, funny, unassumingly smart, beautiful old-soul daughter. She was the “baby-maker” baby. Which is to say, the one that was such a good and cuddly baby, that I sometimes worried that she’d just go adopt another mom. Every single one of my friends wanted to hold her, and she’d let them, smiling up at them, like she was home. She is now, 10 of course, which changes everything. It already brings the stubborn, mom-fighter, out in any girl, and in mine, well… She is a fierce and wonderful kid.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you… I am doing a half-marathon on Sunday. This time, my family or at least some of them will be there to cheer me on a bit. It is on the coast, so it should be really scenic, but it’s a loop. I think I will have to do the loop twice and then a bit more to do the 13.1 miles. Of course I am not ready. That isn’t exactly how I roll. I started “training” which is called running for normal non-runner speakers, and I have to say- my knees feel good. My breath feels good. I feel excited to run this. I think I do way better when there’s not so much pressure on the line, like a full marathon- running is boring when it’s that long. This 13.1 might be my sweet spot.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you…I am planning to go home to Central New York before Thanksgiving for a visit, which is wonderful! I cannot wait to have 2 Thanksgivings! One the week before and one the week-of. How nice is that? I love Thanksgiving because it’s about food. Seriously! It’s the food and family and not all the pressure of the present exchange that comes with Christmas. I love that too, but somehow Thanksgiving is just cozy with pie, and loved ones, and the first chill of winter coming. I love it. We are also planning to go to Santa’s Village over Thanksgiving break, and if you have never been there, stay tuned for my review. I love that place, and it is the perfect pre-Holiday preparation to get into the spirit. Plus the kids adore every part of it. Should be super fun.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you.. I can’t stand that Target, and all the Mall shops are full force into Christmas. Like with the music. It’s Nov.5th. I am not there yet. Give me until Thanksgiving, and then we can talk! I am all for the shopping ahead of time, but the decorations and music can stop.
I hope you have an awesome weekend. It is awesome for me, by virtue of the fact that I am not working! A day off, an extra hour to sleep in tomorrow, and a free Sunday to have some fun….Yes. Whatever you do, please enjoy.