Coffee Date Friday {#2}

Hey there!  So glad you were able to join me for our weekly coffee date!


If we were having coffee today, I would gleefully tell you that in addition to Bernice, my wonderful new Bernina, I finally, finally took the plunge and started using my serger!  A year and a half after getting a serger for Mother’s Day 2012, I finally overcame my fear of the unknown.  I took the plunge, turned it on and started experimenting.  And you know what?  It wasn’t hard at all!  I’m sure there are dozens of things my serger can do and I know how to do all of one, but I’ll just take the rest as it comes.

If we were having coffee today, I’d ask if you managed to stay warm during the Polar Vortex that pushed through the US earlier this week?  J and N had school canceled on Monday (the first day back after Christmas break no less) and were really disappointed that their return was delayed.  Monday is even “sharing” day for J and he had planned for over a week to bring his super hero cape to show his friends. Thankfully they went back on Tuesday.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I took on a much larger role in a very large series of cases this week.  These will certainly keep me busy this year.  That’s great from a work standpoint since I need to have a really solid year, but might cut into my creating time, which makes me go 🙁 .

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I’m really enjoying my 3-days-a-week bootcamp classes.  In addition to getting a good workout, there’s a great camraderie among all the participants, and I love having it scheduled into my week so that I’m not tempted to skip!  The instructor is amazing too — so friendly and encouraging.  She’s also one of Albert’s good friends so I’ve hung out with her outside of class on occasion.

If we were having coffee, I probably wouldn’t have my usual skim latte because I drastically changed how I’m eating earlier this week.  I’ve been keeping a food journal and still consuming the 2,000-2,200 calories recommended for nursing women, but I’ve changed the composition significantly.  Before, my diet consisted of an extremely high percentage of carbohydrates.  I’ve changed that to drastically reduce my carb intake and eat mostly protein, fats, and vegetables instead.  The first couple of days I felt really hungry, but after that I leveled out and now I feel really good.  I’m getting enough calories, but no longer have the periods of sluggishness that go along with the constant swings in blood sugar.  Hopefully it, along with continued nursing, will help me take off the rest of my baby weight too.  Fingers crossed!

If we were having coffee, what would you tell me?

Linking up with Rags to Stitches for Coffee Date Friday.

0 thoughts on “Coffee Date Friday {#2}

  1. I really like your coffee date series, Katie. I read the one last week but somehow did not comment. If we were having coffee I would tell you that I think you are wonder woman. Managing a family, exercise, crafting time and a full workload of billable hours seems like a whole lot. I left private practise in favour of an in-house role four years ago and even with the reduced work hours I find that I don’t get nearly enough crafting time…and I don’t have kids! Kudos to you. I would also tell you that I’m very much looking forward to the weekend!

    1. Thank you! I have a lot of good help at home which is the only way we make it all work. My husband takes on a large role and I have a wonderful mother-on-law who keeps us running smoothly. And I’m thankful that I practice where I do. In this area, it’s ok and expected to have a family life too! But I still don’t get as much creating time as I’d like. Oh well, someday,

  2. I really like this series too, Katie 🙂 It’s nice to get to know you in this way.

    If we were having coffee, I would congratulate you on conquering the serger. It’s going to make so many tasks so much quicker and easier for you!

    And I would probably complain about the sleeplessness caused by menopause, and whine about how exhausted I am!

    1. I’m super excited about my serger! I’m itching to start sewing the Plantain Tee sitting on my cutting table now!

      If we were having coffee I would totally commiserate with you on the sleeplessness! It’s still. Very recent memory for me and I’m still up at least once a night with Baby J. And I wouldn’t tell if you took a little snooze in your coffee 🙂

  3. I totally need to jump on this blogging idea. I love it.

    If we were having coffee I would have to congratulate you on bootcamp and having a workout buddy. I loved/hated it so much when I used to do it but my workout buddy kept me honest.

    1. You should — I’d love to have coffee at your place on Fridays too!

      Workout buddies are awesome. If we were having coffee I’d tell you that when the weather gets nicer here, I’m looking forward to hanging out with my running buddy too.

  4. If we were having coffee, I’d ask you an obnoxious number of questions about your cases and work.

    Also, I’d confess to not loving living in my husband’s hometown.

    Then I’d realize I was being negative and throw in some amusing kid stories. 🙂

    1. Hey, if you can’t vent over coffee, where can you? I can see how living in your husband’s home town would be challenging. It’s nice that we don’t live where either of us grew up so it was a fresh start as a couple. Of course Albert grew up in LA and that definitely wasn’t happening for this Iowa girl!

      If we were having coffee, I would try to make commercial litigation as interesting for you as it is for me! I actually enjoy talking about my work but I rarely do because most people find it to be a snooze-fest! And I’d try very hard to avoid slipping into legalese. I know people find it really annoying and lawyers do it without even thinking!

  5. love this! i need a coffee date. 🙂 katie–you totally rock–i really don’t know how you do it. i need to figure out how to have more sewing time. most recent sewing projects for me have been clothes for claire’s bitty baby since her birthday is next month. i need to get some projects for me. i have some beautiful tartan wool i bought in scotland before claire was even a glimpse in my eye.

    miss you!! seriously, we need a real coffee date soon.

    1. Miss you guys too! I’d LOVE to have a real coffee date — we need to find a time (or two or three) we can all get together this year.

      My sewing time is while the kids sleep. Now that Baby J sleeps more reliably it’s easier. And I just don’t often sew for the kids anymore. They don’t usually wear it (especially N), they outgrow it quickly, and I’d just rather sew for me:) I feel like I haven’t had nearly enough sewing time lately. Must remedy that!

      And yes that beautiful tartan really needs to see the light of day! Tartan would make a lovely pencil skirt, don’t you think? Maybe a By Hand London Charlotte Skirt…

  6. I just found your blog! I like this coffee date series because I’m always curious about the person behind the blog!

    If we were having coffee, I’d tell you congratulations on working out and the diet changes!!! My husband and I follow a lower carb, higher protein and higher fat diet and I love it. We’ve been on it for almost a year and I have NEVER had an easy time as I do now at maintaining my weight. If I add it too many carbs, the energy level swings come back and I know to cut back pronto! The beginning is the roughest part, but it sounds like you’re through that now.

    And way to go about the serger…I was scared of my sewing machine and left it sit in a closet for a year or two before I got brave enough to use it. 🙂

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