Monday Coffee Talk | Father's Day, Kitchen Update, Masks & More

Monday, June 22, 2020

Happy Monday! 

It's been a while since we did a Monday Coffee Talk, so I figured you could grab your second cup (how many cups of coffee do you drink per day, btw? I'm usually a 1-2 cup person), and join me for a little chit-chat. I'm excited and grateful to be getting back to more regular blogging after the craziness that has been the last few months. 

Hope everyone had a fun Father's Day weekend. We enjoyed spending the day with our favorite dada, and also had the chance to visit with my father-in-law for a nice low-key backyard celebration! Almost 27 years have passed without my own dad -- most of my life -- but I think about him every day and often wonder what he would have been like; how life would have been if he were here. Father's Day is always a sort of bittersweet day for me, but I'm so glad to celebrate all of the great men in my life who are wonderful dads.

Dad & me in 1987 or early 1988

Steve & baby Carrington

Steve & baby Hadley

Steve & baby Isabelle

In other news, you might know that we've had a kitchen makeover underway over here. Steve is doing everything himself (superman), so it's not a fast-moving process, but that's ok: we don't have any pressing deadlines, so it's kind of nice not to feel rushed and take our time with all of the decision-making and design. The update right now is: cabinets are finished (we went from a dark cherry stain to BM Simply White) and hardware is on! There was some debate between polished nickel and gold (this color specifically is called champagne bronze), below, but the gold won out on my Instagram poll and in real life! Next up is a new back door installation, and then putting in the new floor which I'm so excited for. I can't to show you the before and after pictures once everything's finished!

Next up, I have a question that one could only ask in 2020: how many masks do you have? Who ever would have thought that would be a normal question? Ha!

I have two that I've been using the most -- one was homemade by a local acquaintance, and then I ordered this one from Tuckernuck. I feel like everywhere has masks for sale now. I even spotted a 2-pack for kids at Target ($4!) the other day and grabbed it, but they were too big for the girls so they can serve as back-ups for me. We are still waiting on our masks from CubCoats, which I'm a little disappointed by. Hopefully they arrive soon and we love them once they do! In the meantime, I've ordered a mask for each big girl from a mom friend who is making them. There are a few local places I'd like to take the kids soon (like berry picking at our local farm), and they require face masks so it's time they have one or two.

How has life been treating you lately? Are you finding your groove with all of the changes that have come along (and as things are constantly changing!), or hitting a wall? I go back and forth depending on the day. One day I feel well-adjusted and content, and the next I feel restless and a little sad (I miss friends, family, and getting out more!). We're all just riding this wave as best as possible and trying not to forget that time is still marching on in the meantime. I don't want to look back on this time as if it didn't exist, you know? Looking forward to living life as best and safely as we can this summer! 

Finally, our weekly menu:

Monday: Trying this beef & noodle casserole for the first time
Tuesday: "Fish & chips" (frozen night -- frozen breaded fish & fries!)
Wednesday: Spaghetti & meatballs, veggies on the side
Thursday: Leftovers
Friday: Pancakes & scrambled eggs (love breakfast for dinner!)
Saturday: Takeout

Hope your week is off to a happy start!


  1. I am glad you had a lovely Father's Day (although missing your own Father). Haddie looks so much like your Dad! The pics of Steve with babies Carrie and Haddie are lovely - does it feel like ages ago already? LOVE your hairband - you REALLY suit it! I would like to try one but will have to see what they look like with specs, which I wear most of the time now :( Love your mask too - I am not wearing any but if we have to when more social interactions are allowed will def buy a pretty cloth one. Like you I am appreciating some aspects of this 'slow down' but so miss social interactions (esp going into homes), going to cafes and restaurants, classes, the cinema, just seeing people on the streets. We should be able to go out and only have a 'social distance' of 1m from July, not that it will really help with the 'social' side of things but hopefully the PM will soon announce we can mix with at least family again :)

    1. Thank you so much! I totally see that with Hadley -- she looks much more like me, so I can see my dad in her for sure. I'm glad I'm not alone with the back and forth feelings. It really makes you miss/appreciate things that at one time seemed so "normal." I hope you're able to see family soon again too! xoxo

  2. How was that casserole? I have a mask and so does Rory and the girls. We wear them out only a bit. I got the girls one since they have to have it for dance class. I didn't know that your dad passed away so long ago. Definitely a bittersweet day.

    1. It came out tasty! It wasn't my favorite thing we've ever made but it's definitely solid -- easy to make comfort food! My fam is officially all set with masks which means we'll be able to do a few more things this summer (some require masks). Hope your week is going well! xo


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