Sunday Coffee

Hello loves, Happy Sunday! I hope this past week was a good one for you. Mine wasn’t too bad. It definitely wasn’t as stressful as previous weeks. Grab your Sunday drink of choice and let’s catch up..

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Oh, the feeling when you know you’re off for a couple of days. The straight up joy with no chaser. I took leave the first three days of this upcoming week for an event I am planning to go to, but don’t want to share just yet, out of fear of jinxing it! This will be my first time attending anything like this and I am so excited. I have a blog post I am currently working on that has a lot to do with it, and I can’t wait to share the post with you all. I am so not a fan of what I just did hear..leaving out the details..but trust me on this. I’m excited, but nervous..hoping that it turns out perfectly.

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Spring Reading is starting off with a bang. Although my reading has slowed down a bit, I am enjoying what I’ve been taking my time with. I recently finished my first poetry collection by poet Kat Savage called Redamancy. It is the first poetry collection in a good while that has been on my mind since I finished it. As I sit here and gush, let me share a few passages I highlighted:

“ask me what my favorite time of the day is and I’ll say it again and again-just a little after seven in the morning when I’m late for work and the sky is orange and I’m trading secrets like baseball cards and falling in love for the third time this week.”

“My lover isn’t made of metaphors. He is real and I feel him just as I feel my own heart beating in my chest even when he isn’t here.”

“He makes me feel e v e r y t h i n g after too long of nothing. and that is enough. That is everything.”

“I am breathing you in one mannerism at a time.”

So obviously my eternally 17 year old, angsty love poem loving soul adored this collection. I can’t even begin to tell you how frustrated I was becoming at not being able to track down a collection of love poems.

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Yesterday I tried a new to me coffee shop called Press Coffee. The two baristas working were absolutely sweethearts, I’m obsessed with the vibes in the place and my Vanilla/Lavender latte was delicious. I’m so grateful to live in a city with such an array of coffee shops to choose from. I’m finding I have my favorites, but looking out for a possible new favorite hasn’t gotten old yet.

I’ve been thinking of hauling one of those tbr carts I’ve seen trending. Is that what they’re really called? I for real, have a stack of books on my dresser and no more room only my book shelves. I low key wanted to haul new shelves this year, but can’t bring myself to do  so when mine are still holding up.  So I started really looking into the carts. Once upon a time, being surrounded by so many unread books would’ve overwhelmed me, but not anymore. It excites me when I think of all these new journeys I have awaiting me. At least that’s what I tell myself when I look at these stacks and stacks of unread books.

This weekend felt like another weekend I deserved. I am learning that when you’re in charge of a team, in my case, about 29 people..I won’t always make everyone happy. I am also learning that sometimes the best thing I can do, is to allow the team to figure their stuff out on their own. I find myself getting the most worked up during the week, when I’m being pulled into situations that I honestly should just let them team handle themselves. With me being too involved in their issues, it takes time away from the tasks that are actual priorities for me. Being in a leadership position is all trial and error until I get it figured out. It has taught me so much and yet I feel like I am continuously learning. I just want to get to the point where I’m not bringing work home and to where when I get home, I don’t feel so exhausted from the “mask,” I find myself donning throughout the day.

Let me know how your week went. Did you read anything good? Any book or Podcast recommendations you have are greatly appreciated. Until next time, take care of yourselves. xo.

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Sunday Coffee

Hello Friends. We have made it to another Sunday. This is the last day of March, 2019. I can’t believe it. We are truly zooming through time at insane speeds. Grab your favorite Sunday drink of choice, and let’s chat about how this past week, the last week, of March went.. And while at it, do some reflection on the month as a whole.

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This past week was a combination of absolute madness and hope. I have been on the fence about remaining on Active Duty or separating to focus on my education, be a Mom and just feel normal, for a while now. If I was in the Air Force under any of the numerous administrative types of jobs, there’d be no question at all about staying in or not. Given that I am a military police officer though, I sing a totally different song. Seeing women in my career field, making a career out of this job isn’t far fetched but they still get the utmost respect from me. My perspective began to change when my kids started getting older and once I really started taking help for my mental health seriously. I don’t want to jinx anything so I am going to standby on putting it out there, but I received a little beacon of hope this week. Shortly after that, someone tried to dim my sparkle just a tad, but I am keeping faith in the system and staying positive.

I closed my notebook and sat in the cafe thinking about real time. Is it time uninterrupted? Only the present comprehended? Are our thoughts nothing but passing Trains, no stops, devoid of dimension, whizzing by massive posters with repeating images? Catching a fragment from a window seat, yet another fragment from the next identical frame? If I write in the present yet digress, is that still real time? Real time, I reasoned, cannot be divided into sections like the numbers on the face of a clock. If I write about the past as I simultaneously dwell in the present, am I still in real time? Perhaps there is no past or future, only the perpetual present that contains this trinity of memory. I looked out into the street and noticed the light changing. Perhaps the sun had slipped behind a cloud. Perhaps time had slipped away.”

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I was very much in the mood for a memoir this past week, so I started M Train by Patti Smith.  I listened to the audiobook and occasionally followed along with my physical copy and I remember when I hit this particular quote, I replayed this specific part over and over again. I thought it was absolutely beautiful and so meaningful as a person obsessed with time. I love when I read a memoir and can tell that the writer truly loves the craft of writing. That’s the vibe I get from Patti Smith. So much of this book transported me to the cafe table across from her as she sat and journaled. I loved it.

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This month I found two, new to me coffee shops. Estate Coffee and Brown Coffee Co. I can’t recommend it enough. Find a place where you live that illuminates all the cozy vibes.  Get up a little early and go with your current read. I have a very short list of what I do for my mom time, but frequenting my local coffee shops with what I’m currently reading is at the top. From Estate Coffee, I have fell in love with with Kentucky Smoked Latte and I loved the atmosphere I found in Brown Coffee Co. The Barista broke down the menu there being that it was my first visit. She was super sweet and we chatted quite a bit before I left.

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This month was also the month of see ya later’s.

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Two of my previous co-workers are headed to Las Vegas for their next assignments and my previous supervisor is staying here in San Antonio, but going back to her regular job. I am so excited for all of them and this new phase of life for them and their families.

I attended this really amazing Women’s History Lunch our Wing Commander put on for us ladies across the installation. She did a phenomenal job. The panel of women we got to chat with and ask questions were fantastic. I laughed. I cried. I laughed and cried some more. It was great. It really made me appreciate the tribe I’ve found that much more. Seriously, nothing beats having a group of girlfriends you can turn to.

Reading plans. Id really love to start April off with a clean slate reading wise, but won’t stress myself out if that doesn’t happen. In April though, I would love to get the number of books sitting on my shelf that have been sent to me cut down and mix in poetry with April being Poetry month. I have so many poetry rereads planned and a couple of new collections I’ve hauled and want to read too.  This weekend my goal has been to finish The Girl He Used to Know, which I am adoring. I can’t wait to share my thoughts with you.

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Lastly, I finished my Air Force Physical Training test. Oh my goodness, I can’t even begin to explain how great it feels to have the stress of that out of the way. I definitely need to put more effort into working on my physical fitness..there just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day sometimes. My health and physical well being however, will become a higher priority, because although I passed, I could’ve done a lot better than what I did. I know I have it in me. It is so easy to make excuses. So easy to stay in a rut. Then when the time comes to bust your butt, you find yourself wishing you would’ve put in more work.  Eh, I don’t want to feel like that anymore, next time.

That is my week, and thoughts on March in a nutshell. I hope this month was good to you. Take care of yourselves, and until next time, xo.

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Sunday Coffee

I was literally just on Pinterest before logging on to type this week’s Sunday Coffee and came across a quote that said, “Never underestimate the power of good morning texts, apologies and random compliments.” I saw it, loved it and am hoping that it reaches someone who could use this little reminder. The simplest of things can go a long way.

Welcome to another Sunday, Friends! Grab your Sunday morning drink of choice and let’s chat.

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This week was a blur. In between the early risings, constant on the go during the day and struggle to stay asleep at night, it feels like nothing really significant took place. Work was work. It’s this never ending cycle of getting there early to attempt to stay on top of things, yet leaving at 1630 (4:30 p.m.) feeling like I accomplished absolutely nothing.

My reading this past week consisted mostly of romance on audio and poetry on my Kindle. I read two poetry collections by Trista Mateer and loved both of them, so so much. I am a huge fan of her collection, Honeybee, which I read upon its release back in 2018 but there are a few available thanks to Kindle Unlimited, that I downloaded and read. First, I read Redacted, which I gave 4/5 Stars. After Redacted, I read, The Dogs I Have Kissed which I also gave 4/5 Stars to as well.

Here’s the thing when it comes to me and poetry: I may be 32, but I absolutely adore and poetry that speaks to the 17 year old girl that still resides within me soul. I am a total Stan for how radical poetry can be and how important a lot of the poetry coming out these days is. There are some poets out here these days who will gut you with the honesty, the brutal deliverance and the rawness to their poems- but to my core, I am sucker for angsty as hell love poems. Don’t even get me started on break up poems! So, I devoured these two collections by Trista Mateer and am on the prowl for more by her. Is there anything mind blowing about her poetry? Not really, but damn! It speaks to me. If I could recommend poetry to 17 year old me, Mateer’s writings would be on that list.

Besides the two poetry collections by Trista Mateer, I also read Some Sort of Happy by Melanie Harlow. I have already posted a review of this romance, but I loved it and am already in the middle of book 2 from the trilogy. Harlow has become a favorite author of mine and I can already tell that my current read of hers, Some Sort of Crazy is on it’s way to being my new favorite of hers.

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It has been a priority for me to get out and explore new to me coffee shops in my city. I found and fell in love with one local chain which was great but I wanted to see what else was out there. It has been a fun adventure and one I am glad I’ve been taking the time to do. I discovered Estate Coffee Co and oh my goodness their Kentucky Smoke Latte is absolutely delicious! They are this kind of tucked away gem downtown that literally my first day looking for them, I almost gave up looking for altogether. I drove around the same block probably four times before realizing I needed to go just a bit further down the road and there it was! It looked like nothing was there from where I was originally. They have these big windows in the front, so when the sun is up, the natural lighting from outside mixed with the artificial lighting insides makes it this perfect shade of brightness. I love it.

I sat there yesterday morning and started an arc I was sent..

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The Girl He Used To Know is my first read by Tracey Garvis Graves and although I am very early into it, I am enjoying it. The following is a passage from the first page I loved:

“From the corner of my eye, I catch a glimpse of his face. It’s been ten years since we’ve seen each other and though I often struggle to recognize people out of context, there’s no need for me to question whether or not it’s him. I know it’s him. My body vibrates like the low rumble of a faraway train and I’m grateful for the freezer’s cold air as my core temperature shoots up. I want to bolt, to forget about the strawberries and find the nearest exit. But, Tina’s words echo in my head, and I repeat them like a mantra: Don’t run, take responsibility, be yourself.”

I haven’t reached the part in the book where I find out what the hell happened, but I’m already getting the vibes that this book is going to be un.put.down.able. There is something about the writing that has Hooked me already. I like how the story is being told so far and I love that each chapter thus far is to the point, then onto the next. I’m a fan of a good, short chapter!

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The kids and I went to Barnes and Noble yesterday. It is always a joy for me to see what piques their interest. My 8 year old son is a huge fan of R.L. Stein’s The Goosebumps which makes my heart super happy and my daughter is a lover of The Dork Diaries. With Jase it feels like he hauls them, skims them, but is also obsessed with watching the Goosebumps films and writing his own fan fiction. Aysia devours her Dork Diaries though. She sits on the couch all cozy in her blanket and just breezes through them. I’ll share some pictures of our book store trip along with the two poetry collections I hauled.

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Let me know how your week went. Did you read anything good? Try anything new? Until next time, take care of yourself. I’ll chat with you soon. xo.

 

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Sunday Coffee

Hey Friends! I hope all is well with you and that you had an awesome week. Let’s chat about what’s been going on with me, and I hope you’ll share with me how you’ve been doing.

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Currently I am in one of my moods where I want to rewatch some of my favorite films. Last night, I watched The House on Haunted Hill last night and am currently watching 13 Ghosts. I think I am just very much getting in the mood for fall.

This past week I had an appointment with my psychologist and I feel like we are finally on the same page and I am headed in the right direction to be able to focus on getting better without the stressors of rushing to get better for professional reasons. I know I have a long road ahead of me but it feels good to know that she is on my side and wants what is safe for me.

Surprisingly I usually have an audiobook going on, but I have chilled a bit and have been showing love to the Podcasts I am subscribed to. I highly recommend listening to The Heaving Bosoms Podcast review of The Hating Game by Sally Thorne. I was driving in my car, laughing hysterically at the two hosts Melody and Erin. They are always just what I need whether I’m listening at 4:30 in the morning on my way to work or after a long 12 hour shift.

Reading wise, I have been making my way through Secrets of a Summer Night by Lisa Kleypas.  This is a buddy read I have been doing with Kate from BeyondBookish and I am really enjoying it.  I’ll have to give a few more historical romances a read, but while reading this one, I get the sense that I have really allowed historical romances to intimidate me for no real reason other than I just didn’t think I’d understand what was going on. I have about 100 pages left and it has been very easy to read, has a likeable heroine, an awesome friendship between the heroine and three other young women and a very cute romance.

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Lastly, this month I want to start the process of taking better care of my body. I am doing a No Soda August where I begin eliminating soda. This is tough! I have been addicted to Coca-Cola and dark sodas for a ridiculously long time. I can only imagine how good this will be for my skin, my teeth, weight and energy level. I have don’t this before, about four years ago and did great! I honestly should have kept it up, but literally a week into September, I took my first sip of Pepsi and never looked back. I also have my excitement back for running. With my work schedule, there isn’t really an excuse, but at the same time there is always something that comes up that causes a change of plans. I hoping I can stick with it though and keep it as a priority and fit running into my schedule somehow.

So what is new with you Friends? What have you been reading? Are you a Podcast listener? Have any recommendations for me? xx

 

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Romance Reader Book Tag

Hey Friends! I have yet to post a Tag on my blog and recently came across this one thanks to the lovely ladies at Under The Covers Books Blog. It is six questions all about being a romance reader!

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  1. What age did you start to read romance novels? – A few days shy of my 31st birthday!
  2. If you could pick one hero to meet from your favorite romance novels who would it be and why?- This is a toss up between Aidan Graves from The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata and Michael from The Kiss Quotient. I was reading both of these books at the same time and swooned over the both of these men.
  3. Who are your favorite romance authors and why?- So far my favorites are Debbie Macomber and Raeanne Thayne. I want to devour everything these ladies have written!
  4. What is a favorite romance novel to re-read?- I am not much of a re-reader, the only book I have re-read though is Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier which is a love story, has a mystery element to it and tons of suspense.
  5. What book would you recommend to a non romance reader?- Jeez this is tough, but let’s go with The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory. This book was an overall happy book. I loved it!
  6. Which is your favorite? Contemporary, suspense, or historical and why?- At this point I’d have to say contemporary although I really want to love historical romance. I just don’t think I have read the right books yet. The contemporary books  I have been reading though have been written really well and I know a lot of readers, read historicals for the escape, but I have found it very easy to get lost in the contemporary novels I have been reading.

 

So those are my answers to this tag! I’d love to know what yours would be if you’re a romance reader! Share with me, if you are a re-reader, what is your favorite book to re-read. Until next time, take care of yourselves and I’ll chat with you in my next post. Xoxo,

 

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