Coffee Date Friday

Coffee Date Friday {#34}

Come join me for a coffee date!

If we were having coffee this morning, I’d tell you that last week had so much going on that I didn’t even manage to tell you about it all! In addition to getting our first stitches, taking care of nosebleeds, and my Labor Day shopping extravaganza (it feels really nice to have more clothes that fit, by the way), I also got a new car!

Well, a new-to-me car, that is. It’s a 2005 Toyota Sienna minivan with over 150,000 miles on it, but it runs well, easily fits all the kids, and with a Toyota engine, I can probably put another 150,000 miles on it before it craps out. And the kids think it is just the coolest car ever!


Now that all 3 kids go to preschool/parent’s day out twice a week, sharing a car with Obaachan just wasn’t cutting it. I needed to have a vehicle. And it was important to us that we pay cash for it rather than taking on a second car payment. Initially we looked for a truck for Albert since he anticipates needing one for his business, but all the used trucks that met his criteria were out of our cash-paying price range. My standards are much lower, so we switched to looking for a minivan, and had no problem finding a number of options. We looked at both used Hondas and Toyotas, but I vastly preferred the handling on the Toyota.

And since I now have a van capable of easily transporting everyone with fun gadgets like a DVD player for long car rides, Albert promptly went out and traded in our Ford Explorer for a new F-150 pick up that he can use for hauling bikes and stuff for business. I’m trying very hard not to be bitter that he’s now driving a flashy new truck while I’m driving an almost-10-year-old minivan with 150,000 miles…yeah. At least the kids think I’m cooler 🙂

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that my BABY turned 1 this week! Baby J hit the year mark on Tuesday and now I officially have no more babies — they are all toddlers and above. My mom and dad were in town last weekend to celebrate his birthday. He really enjoyed his birthday cake!


If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I’m prepping for another trial next week, so my sewing and posting time have been limited. 🙁 I am currently working on a couple of garments for my brother’s wedding at the end of this month, and I really need to get them finished! N’s flower girl dress is pretty close to done. The bodice is finished anyway, and that was the most time-consuming part with all the piping I put on it. I’m still at the muslin stage for my own dress, though. Need to get on that!

However, if we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I’m actually making some progress on my current knitting project. Likely because I’ve realized that in order to be most productive during my working time, I need to take some breaks during the day (shocker, right?). So now rather than working all day, even through lunch, and fighting to stay focused during that time, I’m taking some time off at lunch time, even just 30 minutes, and try to take two 15-minute breaks throughout the day. It has helped a lot, and has the added benefit of giving me a few minutes to knit a row or two. Every little row helps!

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

6 thoughts on “Coffee Date Friday {#34}

  1. I need to find a knitting project that I won’t mind picking up. I started a scarf YEARS ago and have yet to finish it because I find it so darn boring.

    Also, having taken your lead to delete FB from my phone, I hardly ever get on it. And breeze through it when I do get on. I don’t fall through the rabbit hole of clicking on articles. Amazing.

    1. Doesn’t it feel so liberating to divorce yourself from FB, even a little bit? I now check it only at night after the kids go to bed, it takes about half the time it used to, and I don’t miss it at all!

      I’ve learned a lot about my knitting habits over the last few weeks, which hopefully will help keep me motivated over the winter. I’ve realized that I get really bored with patterns that are just miles and miles of the same stitch, whether it’s stockinette, ribbing, garter, etc. So I’m trying to pick patterns that have some interest to them and aren’t so repetitive. Currently I’m working on the Miette cardigan by Andi Satterlund, and I really like how the pattern is drafted. I like that the instructions list each row individually so I can follow along and check off a row after I’ve finished it. It makes me feel like I’m accomplishing something.

      I’ve also realized that while I hate making scarves (cowls aren’t so bad), I do enjoy making hats. So I try to have one of those going at all times as well for some instant gratification. Sewing is still my first love, but it’s nice to have a craft that’s portable and lends itself well to short bursts 🙂

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