Coffee Date 2

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If we were sitting together with a hot cup of coffee in-hand at a cozy little table by the fireplace at a local coffeehouse, what would we say to one another?

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I would say to you that…

Today is Super Bowl Sunday—duh. I call New England Patriots for the win!!!! How about you? I know nothing about football, so I really just pick a team and go with it. You should hurry on and go make these or these and wait for Katy Perry to rock the house. Finally, a good half-time show! It’s been, what, 10 years?!? Okay, okay, Beyoncé was pretty good last year.

Also, I have no idea how it’s already February! Time simply passes too quickly, but for now that’s okay because February is a big month for Steve and I. We’ve waited 3 years and 8 months for this moment to roll around. Correction: we’ve been laser-focused on MAKING this moment a reality for the last almost 4 years. I’m taking about being DEBT-FREE. We’re sooo close we can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel, the ribbon at the end of the finish line. This month is THE month!!!! (And I can’t wait to tell you more about it in a future Money Monday post). When I say debt-free, I mean it—car is paid off (since October 2011) and all student loan debt we stupidly incurred is almost gone. We have a little more than $5,000 to payoff and then the ball & chain is gone. Whew, we’re so ready for this. If we can do it, you can too!

Happy, happy, joy, joy!

I’d tell you that this afternoon I’ll be stirring around the kitchen making my Decadent Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake for Steve’s upcoming birthday. I haven’t eaten any sweets in 1 whole month, so this is going to be dynamite. Can’t wait to shovel that first bite into my mouth. Oh, sweet baby Jesus! Let me also mention that we’re having my Super Cheesy Macaroni & Cheese for his birthday—this time made with aged sharp cheddar cheese. Yes, please!

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Not only is Steve’s birthday this month, but so is our 12-year dating anniversary AND our 4-month wedding anniversary. Let’s not forget Valentine’s Day too! I think this all calls for a celebration. Hmmm, what to do?! My go-to is always dinner out, but that’s so typical. Will have to give this some thought. Maybe a nice dinner in, along with another epic dessert of some sort. All I know for sure is that I’m EXCITED!

Can I also tell you that today marks my second 4-day workout week in a row? Yay for reaching goals! Fiiiiinally back on track! It’s been a LONG time. I’ve really noticed that getting up to workout makes such a difference in my day. Does it do the same for you? I’m happier, more positive, and I feel good. Really good! This also ties into the fact that we’ve been eating so much better since upping our grocery budget. We were starving before! We used to only spend $40 per week on groceries, which didn’t allow for much variety, but now our meals are so much better. Yay!

I’d tell you that I feel old—haha! Other than the fact I’ll be 30 this year (yikes!), I feel like a hermit. I’ve told you that before, though. Living on a restricted budget has done that to us over the years. So, since we’ll be debt-free soon, we’ll have to start breaking out of our shells a little more. Translation: we need to leave the house more to go explore things. Steve and I are very simple people. We like to be out in the early morning when no one else is around. For example, yesterday we got up at 5am, got ready, and headed to Panera for an early morning coffee. I sense a theme with coffee dates here, you? :) Anyway, we much prefer early mornings because it’s still quiet and no one is out. It’s the same reason we go to the gym early…really early. What do you typically do during the evening, or on weekends? For me, all things typically lead back to food. I’m good with trying a new restaurant or coffeehouse, perhaps a food truck or museum in DC, a hike through the woods…you know, simple things. We just don’t like to be very busy.

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Sunrise at Showalter’s Orchard on the morning of our elopement (October 12, 2014)

I still haven’t been reading as much lately as I’d like. It’s really my go-to for a bit of downtime, but I just feel like there isn’t much time after everything else is done. Now if I could just get back to actually taking a full lunch break and using that time to read…it calms me just thinking about it. Right now I’m reading The Beautiful Struggle by Ta-Nehisi Coates, which is actually much different than any other book I’ve read, so it’s been good. Looking forward to reading a few other books that have been recommended to me as well. What are you reading now?

Lastly, I would ask you for travel recommendations. Since we’ll be debt-free soon, we’d like to start thinking about planning a vacation. It’s been 6 years since we’ve been on a real vacation. We use all of our vacation time to travel home to Michigan 3-4 times per year, but we’d like to travel somewhere fun that we’ve never been before. A long-term travel goal is a trip to Europe (Italy, France, England), but a short-term goal is somewhere within the States. Savannah, Georgia, Brentwood, Tennessee, Seattle, Washington…sooo many options. It’s a lofty goal of mine to travel to all 50 states! Where is your favorite vacation spot? Where do you want to travel to next?

Always so much on my mind, so much to say. I love coffee dates because they allow time to just be, time to re-group. Until next time, my friend!

Happy Sunday to you! Hope it’s relaxing and entertaining (if you’re watching the Super Bowl).

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