# 54 – #WeekendCoffeeShare July 17

# 54 – #WeekendCoffeeShare July 17


If we were having coffee…

I would tell you that I cannot believe it is mid-July already and I feel like I haven’t even begun to experience any “summer” activities.  During the week has been super busy, this is about the time that I wish I stayed with my plan for being a teacher!

My older son goes to school (they call it extended school year) for July and August to make sure he keeps up with his reading and math progress.  It’s only Tues-Fri and half days, so not too horrible and amazingly….he does not complain!

The little guy goes to camp every day.  This is where I forget that he is indeed only 5 years old (almost 6).  I’m very happy with the camp, but it is a really long day for him playing and swimming non-stop from about 8-5ish.  He started getting a little weepy with me last week (only in Week 3 of 9) that he didn’t want to go to camp.  I’m pretty sure it’s due to him being so tired.  I feel bad, but really what can I do, I have to work.  I think he’s having good time and great experiences….just a long day.

So with that being said, I am very busy in the mornings trying to catch the bus and drive to camp and then drive to work.  When we get home, they take showers and put their pajamas right on.  So really…that’s our whole night….make dinner and then it’s bed time.

Weekends have been filled with birthday parties, family functions, etc.  I guess I answered my own question as to why we haven’t done too much yet this summer!

I have mentioned before that I am attending school again and have finished two classes so far (with A’s go me!).  This third class I am worried about.  It’s Statistics for Business Decisions….just the name kind of makes me cringe.  I HAVE to get through it and stop quitting when it gets too hard, but it’s…..hard!  And to get out my tiny violin…I’m just tired of everything being hard.  But I’ll put my big girl panties on and keep on going, like I always do.

So this coffee talk has been great, but I have a paper to write…

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# 45 – #WeekendCoffeeShare June 5

# 45 – #WeekendCoffeeShare June 5


If we were having coffee…

I would give you one of my large 16oz coffee cups and tell you to get comfortable on my couch.  I feel like this has been a whirlwind week.  I probably say this every week, but really, I mean…it’s June for goodness sake!

One of my favorite things to do (besides drink coffee) is to drink coffee with one of my friends and just being able to relax, shoot the shit, and have no where I have to be…..ahhh sounds delightful doesn’t it??!!

One super exciting thing that happened yesterday is that I got to watch my brother-in-law propose to his girlfriend!  It was a lot of fun knowing a little secret and watching it unfold!  Congrats to this amazing couple…very happy for them and hope for nothing but the best in their future!

Other than that exciting news, this week was a flash.  I did not follow my usual laundry schedule, or any type of schedule for that matter.  That makes me a little crazy…I admit it.  I need my lists and to be able to cross things off to feel accomplished.  I have issues…I know.

So today, the first thing on my agenda, after my coffee of course, is to make a list of everything I would like to accomplish for today to get ready for work tomorrow.  I am already shuttering at the thought of Monday morning….ugh!

Enjoy your day, make your to do lists and be amazing!

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# 41 – #WeekendCoffeeShare May 29

# 41 – #WeekendCoffeeShare May 29


If we were having coffee…

I would say “Come on in…I’m on my 2nd cup!”.  After my business trip last week, I have felt like I’ve been playing tag with getting back to reality, with reality always being at the tip of my fingers, but never really catching it.

Once I get into a good routine, if I slip out of it, it’s so hard to get back to that place.  I was determined that going on this trip would not do that to me, but it somewhat has.  Like does it matter that my son doesn’t have any pajamas in his drawer…throw on some comfy shorts for goodness sake!  The laundry will eventually get done or it’s probably sitting in the dryer for the past 2 days…go look in there!

On a good note though, I have successfully completed my first class since going back to school!!  Woot Woot!  I have a little break before starting the next class…this is another routine I need to keep on top of.  I’ve been stopping and starting school for the past few years and I really just need to finish.  But you know…life gets kind of hectic!

Speaking of hectic…ugh…THIS weekend…is all I have to say!  On that note, laundry is calling my name (actually the whole house is pretty much whispering my name that it needs some help)…where are those good little fairies that come and clean your house while you’re sleeping??!!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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# 37 – #WeekendCoffeeShare May 22

# 37 – #WeekendCoffeeShare May 22


If we were having coffee… 

I would invite you in and probably still be in my pajamas and tell you it has been a long week and today is my day to relax.

I had a business trip from Tuesday to Friday in Florida and I usually only do a business trip once a year, so it’s exhausting for me.  The one benefit is that it was in Disney and we got to go to Hollywood Studios and Epcot after the conference.  I haven’t been to Disney since I was a kid with my parents, so I love to volunteer for this trip and take advantage.  So being up early in the mornings, cold conference rooms, exhaustion from the parks, and out much later than I normally go to bed…I also picked up a cold Friday morning.

I was just sick about 2 weeks ago and I’m cranky that I don’t feel well again.  So this is why I’m in my pajamas and just staying in for the day before work starts again Monday.

Oh and funny story about getting ready to leave for my trip Tuesday morning.  I am loading up my car with my luggage and the kids had broken half of the handle off my suitcase.  So I start to lift the suitcase the the remaining portion of the handle and it comes flying off and I punch myself right in the face.  Like a for real punch!!  I bit my tongue and made my chin bleed!  I was praying this wasn’t an indication of the rest of my morning!!!  Thankfully it was not, and I had to shake it off as a typical Kristen move!

This is also my last week of my current class…two days and counting.  I have a paper to write which I’m also planning on working on the majority of it today. (It’s so much fun writing blogs instead!)  But I have to say these past 5 weeks went by so fast and I hope the rest of my classes go by just as fast.

I also can’t believe how fast May has gone by on the other hand…how could this be the last full week already?!?  Please Summer, when you finally get here, go slooooow!

Well off to write my paper!  Thanks to listening to me rant and I hope you have a nice weekend!

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~ K

# 34 – #WeekendCoffeeShare May 15

# 34 – #WeekendCoffeeShare May 15


Before I jump right in, I wanted to remind you I currently have a giveaway going on, with 2 days left, to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card (see blog # 33 – #BetterPersonChallenge & Giveaway ).  You get 3 chances to enter!!!  Go for it!

If we were having coffee, I would tell you…what a weekend!!  I “tried” to have a nice little family vacation, just the 3 of us, over the weekend.  So as soon as the kids got off the bus on Friday, we jumped in the car and took off.  Well, the weather wasn’t great and was raining, which meant traffic everywhere.  What should have taken us 2 hours took almost 3.

Once we got to our destination, we got out of the car and my older guy seemed to have some car sickness and started puking right there in the parking lot.  Thankfully I am no longer phased by this and when he was done I said “Are you good now?” with which he really “Yup”.

In the earlier part of this weekend, I was very sick with a horrible cough, which still seems to be hanging on for dear life.  My big guy has started with the cough as well on Friday.  Since we had such a long car ride and a pukefest, I decided we would grab a little dinner and just do some walking around the resort.  Finally we decided to call it a night, but my big guy started to not feel so well again and was coughing his brains out and said his stomach hurt.

Not getting much sleep from the coughing, I woke up and he was burning up…he now had a fever (was also sleeping next to a garbage can..just in case).  Thank goodness I brought the Motrin and the fever went away.

A couple more hours of sleep and the next thing I know; I am being awoken by the hotel’s fire alarm!  Well my big guy starts freaking out and runs out of the hotel room while I’m still trying to get out of bed and get my pants on.  All of the guests are standing in the hallway just kinda of staring at each other like wtf is going on?!?

I decide, well I’m not going to just stand here if something is really going down and start walking down the hall.  I run into some people walking the opposite way and ask if they knew what was going on.  It was something with the cleaning people and steam set off the alarm.  Back to our room we go!

So to make this long story short (or shorter), the big guy was miserable both days we were there and we didn’t get to do as much as we had planned.  I do have to give them credit though, they both behaved and no major meltdowns or anything.

On our way home, we stopped at an Urgent Care before even getting home to get him checked out.  He is now set up with meds and hopefully feeling better tomorrow.

Hey….I tried, right?!  I hope you had a better weekend!

#WeekendCoffeeShare by Part Time Monster

~ K

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# 24 – #WeekendCoffeeShare April 24

# 24 – #WeekendCoffeeShare April 24

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If we were having coffee, I would be snuggled up on my couch with my favorite blanket and a freshly brewed cup of coffee, with a sprinkle of cinnamon.  I would tell you how thankful I am that the work week is over and there was no rush to go anyway on Saturday…in fact we all stayed in pajamas ALL day (and loved it!).

This was a busy work week, as well as, a busy “after” work week.  Several doctor appointments and religion class for the big kiddo had us running around.  But I have to tell you, I made my meal plan for the week on the previous Saturday and I made dinner every night (that we were home – cheated a little with eating over my mother-in-law’s house one night).  So I sat down yesterday and checked my planner for what was going on this week and planned dinner for each night, while making out a grocery list at the same time.  Why I haven’t done this all along is really beyond me or I’m just lazy and tired!

Being that this was a challenging week at work, I have to tell you…I have the best co-workers/friends!  They really make the day much better!  I even got a lesson on Snapchat (that’s when I feel old btw, the young ones had to teach me how to use an app…ugh!)  I bet all my friends are so much happier now that I know how to use it…IMG_7474

I would also tell you that today is my brother-in-law’s birthday…Big shout out to the old man!  (LOL we will see if he reads this!)  I am also going to be attending my cousin’s daughter’s baptism today and excited to see some family!

Then when I get home, it will begin to be the case of the S’Monday’s.  Getting the kids and myself ready for work and school.  At least Thursday is Take Your Child to Work Day so the big kiddo will be joining me for the workday and he is super excited!!

But for now, before the day begins, I will enjoy my coffee and the little bit of free time I have left in the morning!

I hope you had a good week and have a great Sunday!

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~ K

# 20 – #WeekendCoffeeShare April 17.

# 20 – #WeekendCoffeeShare April 17.

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So I discovered this really cool thing in the blogging community.  It is called a weekend coffee share, which is pretty much a virtual coffee club about casual conversations you would have with a friend you were meeting in a coffee shop.  This fancy little group is hosted by Part Time Monster and we are able to link up with other bloggers as well.

Figured I would give this a try for the weekend blogs…

If we were having coffee, I would tell you how I had a successful first week back at work.  I am feeling even better after having gallbladder surgery and everything is falling into place again like the surgery never happened.

I would also tell you that for some reason or another I have been feeling a bit overwhelmed lately and I would like to say it’s because of my lack of doing my normal activities while recovering, but really…IT’S DRIVING ME CRAZY!  I can’t focus on working on one thing at a time.  I am making lists and trying to stick to them but it’s just hard.  You ever see that moving “Up”?  I feel like Doug….SQUIRREL.

I am also starting school this week (pray for me).  I’m not the school type…obviously…I’ve only been going on and off to college for an unspoken amount of years.  I have set-up a new desk in my bedroom and hope this will be a place I will be able to focus on my homework (and blogging).

I’m also going to pray for more patience this week.  I don’t know what it is and I feel kind of horrible for actually admitting this….but my patience has been so short with my kids this week.  I feel like I’m home with them for an hour after work and I’m ready for everyone to get in bed….anyone feel me on this one??  I should be happy to finally be home with them and spending time….I will be working on leaving work at work, putting the phone down, and being present.  I’ll update you next week on my progress!

And if I didn’t have enough of my own problems, my dog has severe separation anxiety and barks when I’m not home…my neighbors love it, as in they told me about it for the fourth time over the weekend.  I’m a prisoner in my own home on the weekend.  Working on this situation..there’s always a solution to a problem…right?!?

Okay Monday…not sure if I’m totally ready for you, but here goes nothing!  I’ll meet ya for coffee next week!

~ K

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