Coffee Date

When I went to sleep last night, the temperature was in the 30s. I woke up this morning, only about 7 short hours later, and it was 6° outside.

Winter, you are a cruel, cruel mistress.

But today I was smart and had the sense to put on a sweater so I wasn't shivering in my office all day.

This is probably the first Monday in AGES that I haven't written a Weekend Recap post. "Why is that?" you might and probably didn't ask. Because our weekend seems totally boring when I replay it in my head. It was one of the most uneventful, blasé weekends we've had in a long time. Clayton is under the weather and a lingering sinus infection that he cannot medicate (because he's seeing an allergist on Wednesday and needs to have a drug-free system for a full week leading up to the visit) has him down for the count. Imagine having a chronic, pounding headache for 5 days straight ... that's the life of my husband right now.

So we didn't get out much. In fact, we didn't get out at all. We just snuggled and watched movies, and Clayton tried to sneak in some sleep whenever his head would allow it.

So do you, like, wanna have a coffee date instead?

If you and I were having coffee this morning, here's what I'd share with you:

First of all, how do you take your coffee? Do you even like coffee? I love coffee, but my stomach can only handle light roasts. Starbucks Blonde Roast and the Doughnut Shop's Breakfast Blend are my favorite (God bless my Keurig), and I take mine with just a little skim milk.

I'm getting really impatient waiting for my hair to grow out. Luckily my hair is healthy enough that my stylist doesn't think it needs to be trimmed every 6 weeks, but I still feel like the process is taking forever. My goal is to grow my hair down to my chest (AKA look like Alanis Morissette in her "Thank You" video so I can walk around in public without a shirt).

I can't stop eating these:

I am totally a potato chip kind of girlI love the satisfying crunchand these Snapea Crisps totally fit the bill. They're slightly better for you than regular potato chips, but they're so delicious, I'd eat them either way. There's a little bit of a Caesar after taste, but I just pop a piece of gum before my next appointment and I'm good to go!

Running has been frustrating me lately.  My body is now so accustomed to the treadmill that when I finally get a chance to run outside, I get tired really quickly. Even running at an incline can't mimic the elevation changes of the street or wind resistance. My Sunday "long run" outside ended up being not very long at all. I came back to the house in aggravated tears and Clayton had to assure me that this happens to me every winter and every winter, I eventually get through it.

Most mornings I wake up wishing my job was to stay at home and read all day.

I made calzones on Saturday night and every time I successfully make dough that rises on schedule, I feel like the world's greatest scientist. I think to myself, I'VE SOLVED THE RIDDLE OF YEAST!  The itch and desire to cook all the time didn't hit me until the first year I was married, and I think 21 year-old Courtney would give 28 year-old Courtney the stink eye and say, "You know they deliver pizza, right?"

That table runner is probably one of the best investments I've made since buying a house. I got it for only $10, so saying it was an investment is kind of ridiculous, but it makes my boring, out-of-focus, poor-quality food photos look way prettier!

Hmmm ... it appears that my coffee has gone cold. Perhaps it's time for a refill. Or a beer.