Coffee Break- Love & Hate Edition

Hello, beautifuls. I’m linking up with Kristen today for our coffee date. To spice things up I’m giving it a love/hate theme, although hate might be a strong word.

Before I begin, Happy Birthday (yesterday) to my Momma!

If we were getting drinks I’d have a cup of very strong coffee- with quite a bit of cream. No sugar, thanks.

First I’d ask if you got any of the storms that swept the Midwest on Tuesday night. If you saw my IG stories then you already know I was up half the night with a quaking dog. I’m very grateful that we didn’t have to hide in the basement from tornadoes or sit in the dark with no power, but I’ll still whine about my lack of sleep and the nonexistent cable and internet. And poor Lylee shaves years off her life when she worries and pants and shakes like that. Sigh. I spent the whole night on the couch with the scaredy-bear. HATE.

I’d ask what you’re watching lately. I’d 100% recommend The Good Place and Superstore. TGP just finished its second season and Superstore is still in its 2nd so you can absolutely binge & catch up. K and I are watching The Office on Netflix. We just finished up season 4. I want to check out Champions and Splitting Up Together, too. LOVE.

If we were drinking coffee I’d ask how you’re sleeping at night. We tried melatonin but it completely screwed with us, especially in the mornings. Right now I’m taking an anti-inflammatory and muscle relaxer at night for my back and I’ve been getting a.m.a.z.i.n.g. sleep… but I know it’s short lived since I can’t be on muscle relaxers forever. Lol. HATE.

As we were refilling and warming our drinks I’d ask if you saw Stephanie’s Clutter List?? After work I’m so unmotivated to do anything but spring cleaning is definitely on my mind right now. LOVE.

A few weeks ago K was gone on business and I took myself shopping. Both Lindsay and Steph have mentioned ON on their blogs and I treated myself to some new dresses and shirts. Everything was on sale and it’s all SO comfy!! I think it’s all on sale still! I got:

yellow off the shoulder | red stripe swing | black stripe swing

Before we finished our drinks I’d ask you if your library offers Hoopla. I just discovered this resource and it’s amazing! I can instantly borrow & download movies and music and ebooks from my library. How I only just discovered this platform, I don’t know. It’s definitely been helpful when it comes to materials for The Roaring Swinging Fabulous Groovy Blog Collab. 😉 LOVE

Before we parted ways I’d ask about your Easter weekend! (If you don’t celebrate Easter then I’d ask what fun things you did over the weekend!) We always have church and lunch with my family plus an egg hunt and kite flying. Then K’s family comes to our house for dinner and we head to his grandparents’ for dessert and another egg hunt. My weekend had lots of cleaning, cooking, and family.

That was a lot of ground to cover! Did I miss anything? Fill me in on what’s new with you before we abandon our mugs and get back to adulting ❤︎

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Mid-Week Confessions

Before I start, I need to be serious for a moment.
My thoughts go out to those in Belgium right now as well as anyone who has been targeted, attacked, or killed by terrorism anywhere in the world. Terrorism is supposed to strike fear into our hearts- it’s the whole premise behind the act- but it stirs up anger in me. I’m angry that someone (or a group of someones) intentionally hurt others. I’m angry that the media picks and chooses what and who to report about. I’m angry that terrorist attacks are “nothing new” or “surprising” to us. Keep the world in your thoughts and prayers, friends. We can’t tolerate violence.

Let’s try to focus on some happier things & spread some cheer now.

For example… today is my Friday!! I have Thurs./Fri. off and I’m so so happy about it!

Now on to some confessions & hashtags…

Did I mention today is my “Friday”? #CanYouTellImPumped #It’sTheFreakinWeekend

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K and I watched three episodes on The West Wing last night… and four on Monday. We’re on Season 5, episode 3 now. So we’ve watched 91 episodes (44 minutes each) since January 1st. That’s 67 hours or roughly 4,000 minutes this year… #GiveMeMore #Obsession #LymanSeaborn2016ForPresident #IMissSam

Also, Will Bailey Josh Malina is starting a weekly podcast about TWW. #Yaaaaas #AlreadySubscribed #BillyBailey

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On Sunday K’s side of the family is coming to our house for Easter dinner (minus his sister’s tribe 😦 )! I’m excited to clean and cook! #NotKidding #ILoveHosting #WeWillMissYouLori #CrazyHouse

I should probably bathe the dogs before company comes… #DirtyDogs #BathtimeIsLikeAWaterPark #TripleBath

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Also on Sunday, Jesus has risen! (…will rise? How should I phrase that…?) And Thursday is my second favorite church service of the year! #MaundyThursday #IsThatWeird? #ChristmasEveIsMyNumber1

Guess who’s only going to have two books finished (three, if I’m lucky) for her recap next week… #PatheticOnMyPart #ThankALotWestWing #BigGoals

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And that’s a wrap, y’all. My life consists of The West Wing, dogs, & Easter prep… #exciting #INeedMoreFriends

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Ok, time to link up with Lauren & Laura and Kathy & Nadine!

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Grateful Heart: link-up

I have been waiting for this link up since Friday. Sometimes I let my heart get dark and jagged, and when I finally realize what’s happened it’s too late- I’ve already pricked someone.

Yesterday we celebrated Jesus’ resurrection. He died for our sins. My sins. Sins like my prickly heart. And for that I am so grateful.

I am also trying to change. Laugh more, get angry less. Forgive more, envy less.

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This weekend I have been especially grateful for:

– my brother, who has the most forgiving heart

– my mother-in-law, who always tries to make things a little easier for my husband and me

– my husband, who accepts me on my good days and bad days

– my dogs, who shower me with endless love and adoration

– my God, who is forgiving and merciful and listens to my prayers and pleas

Starting this week with a clean and happy heart, and praying to end the week the same way 🙂

-Louise

Grateful Heart w/ Ember Grey