Coffee Date {#49}

Creative Counselor: Let's have a coffee date

Well I’ve been knitting up a storm over the last several weeks and have even done a fair amount of sewing, but the documentation is what does me in during the winter months. Guess that’s why I’ll sometimes have 3+ sewing posts a week during the summer and go 3 weeks (or more) without one during winter. C’est la vie, I guess.

But if we were having (hot!) coffee this morning I would undoubtedly complain about the arctic blast that has hit the Midwest while I pulled my hand-knit hat down over my ears and curled up into my warmest sweater. We haven’t had a high above freezing all week, and have spent several days in the single digits. That was par for the course for me while growing up in Iowa, but is quite unusual here. I’m COLD!

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If we were having coffee, I would tell you that after my first week at my new firm, I am loving it and am now more convinced than ever that this was the right move for me. This firm just feels like my old firm did 10 years ago when I joined it. When it was smaller and more collegial, and before it started to grow and grow in an attempt to compete with the East Coast big boys. It lost the culture that I loved and then started to lose the people who I loved and who kept me there. My new firm is a great fit. I love the people I’m working with, I love the growth strategy it has adopted, and I can see myself having a long career here.

If we were having coffee this morning, I would tell you that we have one week down in our first 2015 Whole 30 with three more to go. In some ways this Whole 30 has been easier — I know all the restrictions backwards and forwards, what makes quick meals and good snacks and what doesn’t. But in some ways it is harder — I had gotten pretty lax in my diet over the last couple of months, and it’s really hard psychologically to give up the occasional bite of bread or piece of cheese. We haven’t been as hard-core about the hidden sugar in everything (though we keep it clean at home) and have even eaten out a few times in a pinch. And of course, lunches out are an inevitable part of starting a new job, so I’ve relaxed a bit for those as well. But overall we’re doing pretty good. I can already tell that I’ve dropped the extra bloat I was carrying around — my pants fit nicely again and I’m 5 pounds down from my pre-Whole 30 weight after a week.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that my kids are soooooo happy to be back at school! And we’re happy to have them there. They went back on Monday and were thrilled to see all their friends and their teachers again. Their moods are just so much better when they’re in school. We invited each of their best friends over to play on Saturday morning for the first time, also. Should be fun!

If we were having coffee this morning, I would tell you that Albert and I did some work on my sewing room over the last week or two and L-O-V-E love it now! IKEA came to Kansas this fall and I finally got around to going after Christmas. We rearranged my room a bit to add a desk for Albert to give him a dedicated workspace at home (he was working in the bedroom previously) and so that we can work together after the kids go to bed. We also got a long, sleek table/desk that both of my machines fit on which makes it so much easier to switch between the two. Add in a proper desk chair and rolling mat and a utility cart and I am one happy sewist! When Albert finally hangs the water reservoir for my new gravity-feed iron (Christmas present) and I hang the prints I ordered, I’ll take y’all on a proper tour of my little space.

So happy Friday everyone! Try to stay warm this weekend!

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

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2 thoughts on “Coffee Date {#49}

  1. keepsmeoutofmischief

    What a great start to the new year! Glad to hear your new job is going well. I’d tell you that our new arrival has finally come home and we have a slightly jealous older brother – he’ll get over it!

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    1. Katie Post author

      Oh I’m so glad your little guy came home! Yeah, that transition from 1 to 2 can be rough — at least it was for us. I remember thinking something was wrong with us because people would talk about how much their older child loved the baby and how sweet they were together. J was downright pissed to have a baby sister and saw nothing but green those first months. It was a rough year. But he eventually got over it and now they’re best buds. Good luck! Hope your older guy comes around sooner than mine did!

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