A major topic I have on the brain this morning is work and, well, I don’t really want to write about that (nor would it be interesting for you to read!) So here is a very overdue “coffee date” post. I really should write posts in this format more often 🙂
If we were on a coffee date, I’d ask you if you subscribed to my newsletter yet (and would encourage you to if you haven’t already!) It’s called “Notes from MP” and hits inboxes on the first Wednesday of the month. I write exclusive personal essays that cover the subject of love, loss, honesty, and everything in between. I’d really love it if you subscribed! It’s been an interesting (and positive) experience in getting more personal online than I do here on my blog.
If we were on a coffee date, I’d tell you that I went to a pottery workshop this past weekend and made two bowls, a dish, and three spoons. I have no idea if they will turn out well, because the instructor was not super great at explaining the glazing and painting options, but even if they look aesthetically displeasing hopefully they will at least be functional pieces.
If we were on a coffee date, I’d share that I’m considering taking up more types of workout classes than my usual barre and spin ones. In fact, I might even drop barre in favor of regularly committing to yoga and Pilates at home! (That decision has more to do with money than it does with anything else, unfortunately.) I’m curious about boxing classes, as well as ones that involve strength-building stuff like kettlebells and TRX. They seem a little intimidating but I’m confident that I can do them, if I give myself enough time to try.
If we were on a coffee date, I’d talk about how I am on the verge of buying a new phone. My current phone is three years old, which is ancient in smartphone years. It functions… okay, for them most part, but I don’t get group texts anymore and the battery life is non-existent and it freezes all. the. time. I can put up with it, but I do want a new phone soon! I hate how expensive they are, though. While I have the money for a new phone, I don’t really want to part with it, even though I know a new phone will be worth it. Is that weird?
If we were on a coffee date, I’d gush about how I have a lot of really cool stuff lined up for my spring. I have tickets to various workshops and plays and musicals and shows, which I think is really cool as I’ve always wanted to be more in touch with my ~creative side~ and support the arts as much as I can. If anyone in DC wants a buddy to any of the above, I’m your girl.
If we were on a coffee date, I’d discuss how overwhelmed I am by the sudden influx of library books that have landed in my Kindle. For what felt like months (actually, it may have literally been months), I had maxed out my library books at 25 holds and I wasn’t getting off ANY waitlists. It was so frustrating! But then I got off the waitlists for four books in as many days and now I have a bunch of reading lined up in my near future. The best kind of problem to have, right?
If we were on a coffee date, I’d show you a photo of my first farmshare haul and ask if you have any experience cooking radishes. I’ve only ever eaten radishes raw in a salad, and while that’s always an option I’m curious about this recipe I found for braised radishes with shallots and bacon. Farmshares are fascinating because I am sure I will continually get new-to-me vegetables, and I wonder how long I will keep up with receiving a farmshare before I get overwhelmed by the amount of vegetables in my kitchen!
If we were on a coffee date, I’d entertain aloud the idea of giving up chocolate in March. I did something similar last year and it was way easier than I thought it would be, so perhaps that means it’s time to do it again. I eat way too much sugar, and cutting out chocolate would be a good first step in eating better. After all, it doesn’t really matter (or matter as much, I guess) how much or how well I exercise if I’m not fueling my body correctly.
If we were on a coffee date, I’d confess that I have been doing a lot of thinking (but no doing) of getting back into running. Truthfully, I’m not sure if it’s because I’ve found other forms of exercise I enjoy more. Maybe I’m afraid that I won’t enjoy it as much as I once did now that I have other forms of exercise I know I love. But I’ll never know till I try, right? And there’s no shame in not liking running anymore, even though unlike most other forms of exercise I partake in it’s basically totally free.
If we were on a coffee date, I’d insist that we do this coffee date thing again, and to not wait a year till the next time 🙂