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

Hello Friends. We have made it to another Sunday and wow, what a week. Thursday and Friday in particular were crazy days for me. I feel like I earned the hell out of this weekend. Grab your Sunday drink of choice and let’s catch up.

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This past week I finished the second two books in Melanie Harlow’sHappy Crazy Love trilogy.

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Both were fantastic, but the third book, Some Sort of Love I’d have to say is my favorite of all three. Melanie Harlow has become one of the few authors who after reading one book of hers, I want to read anything and everything I can get my hands on by her.

I had another incident of right place, right time, new favorite song. Seriously, I need to create a playlist dedicated to songs I hear on a whim, while out and about. I was at my local Central Market yesterday morning after grabbing coffee and heard this reggae beat being played throughout the store. Reggae isn’t a genre I know basically anything about but I have an ear for older music. Older music is a first love of mine. I immediately pull out my phone and Shazam it. I learn that song is, It’s True by Alton Ellis from his album, Sunday Coming. It’s True gives feeds my old school, crooning, doo wop soul what it needs while on top of a reggae beat that transports me to an island paradise I need to visit sooner rather than later.

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One of my current reads is a poetry collection by Andrea Gibson, The Madness Vase.

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I am enjoying this one a whole lot more than a previous read of hers. I was pretty let down by that one after reading and loving, Pansy.  I’ll share some of what I have highlighted so far:

Like drumbeats forever changing their rhythm I am living today as someone I had not yet become yesterday, and tonight I will borrow only pieces of who I am right now to carry with me to tomorrow.

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I am whatever I am when I am it.

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I will say I have never cared to Be nearly as much as I care to Become.

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I am also currently in the middle of Sin and Ink by Naima Simone.

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I don’t want to say too much about it, because I am pretty far in and will definitely post a full review once I am done, but I am enjoying it so far. Up to this point I felt like I’ve read some very forbidden romances. Like, what else could be out there? Then I started reading Sin and Ink and all I’ll say I if you like a good forbidden romance. A totally messed up situation? You have to give this one a try! More to come on it once I’ve finished.

This past week was insane. One of those weeks which consisted of early mornings to get to work and attempt to catch up, yet still leaving feeling like I accomplished nothing. I am determined to do better at time management while also not stressing myself out. My Psychologist I have been seeing is moving out to Arizona, so I start therapy with a new doctor this week. Wish me luck. I’ve met this particular doctor before and she seems nice, but I have built trust with the doctor I’ve been using and it kind of feels like starting all over again.

Let me know what is going on in your corner of the world. How did your week go? Anything awesome coming up this week for you? I am wishing you the best. Take care of yourself. Until next time, xo.

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Sunday Coffee

Hello Friends and Happy Sunday! I’d like to catch up and just chat over a cup of coffee about what’s been going on, what I’ve been thinking about, reading, listening to, watching..whatever is on my mind.  I hope you have a cup of whatever you tend to drink in the morning. Let’s catch up!

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Recently my work schedule changed. It’s not too bad, because I have a lot of time off, but every other weekend I work 12 hour shifts Friday through Sunday. Not trying to sound crazy, but I feel like I’m getting too old for long shifts! I’m not 19 anymore when I used to be able to pull it off with no problems. The change though really makes me appreciate my down time.

These past few days have been amazing and relaxing. I finished a Debbie Macomber novel, The Inn At Rose Harbor and loved it. I checked out the audiobooks for the first 3 books in the Rose Harbor Inn Series, so I immediately jumped into book two. Once upon a time I would’ve told you I’m not a series person, but I am learning how, if written well, it is so easy to fall in love with one. You are fascinated by the setting, fall in love with the characters and something in you just isn’t ready to let go yet.

My little family and I got out of the house a bit this weekend. First we visited this local site called the Japanese Tea Garden.

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It’s ridiculous how I have lived in San Antonio for over four years now and am still finding cool places to visit. The Tea Garden was so beautiful, so peaceful. There were different little ponds with beautiful fish, a waterfall and pretty flowers. We walked the trails that take you around it before the heat became too much and really enjoyed ourselves. And you know the best part of it? It was free.

That wasn’t enough for me. I wanted to explore some more, so we literally went on google and found other outdoor sites near us and drove an hour to a town called Bandera down in the Texas Hill Country.

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When entering Bandera, Texas the population sign states there are 978 people. Coming from constantly growing San Antonio, I immediately fell in love with the small town vibe. Not only is Bandera what you imagine when you think of a small town, but it’s “downtown,” area literally looks like a place trapped somewhere in time. It has all of these little shops with cool names. You see people walking up and down the sidewalk. The smell from the local steakhouse fills the air, and if you roll your window down you can hear the river flowing in the background.

We made our way another 11 miles outside of Bandera and were surrounded by some of the Texas Hills.  I always wondered what in the world people were talking about when they mentioned this place, and was mesmerized when I saw it for myself. It was unexplainable and it’s hard to believe something so unique and almost magical is only an hours drive from home.  All throughout the hills are ranches sprawled out amongst the land. Big gates with family names on the front of them and these big mansion looking homes in the back, some built up on the hills themselves. It felt like a whole other world.

So for today, I plan to catch up on the rest of my Christmas in July Hallmark movies on DVR and later we are going to a friend’s for dinner. Usually on my days off I am totally all about sitting on the couch and not moving but I am glad these past few days have consisted of getting out of the house and seeing new things, creating new memories.

So, what’s new with you? When was the last time you tried something new?

 

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