Coffee Date: What’s new?

The best thing about this book is that every time I sit down to read a bit, I follow it up with purging some area of my home. By the time I finish it, I’m guessing my house will be empty.

I’ve been struggling to come up with stuff to write about this month, trying to somehow dream up “the perfect post” to write about – waiting for something momentous to happen and for me to have taken gorgeous pictures of. But sometimes we don’t need momentous and gorgeous. Sometimes we just want to touch base. To throw on a comfy sweater, grab a cuppa and just dish on the normal boring stuff. Let’s do that! I’ll grab my cup, you grab yours.

If we were having coffee together today I’d tell you about how we finally got the roof replaced on our house. Apart from having shingles that didn’t really match, the only real problem with the roof was that it was the original roof – more than 30 years old – and the insurance company decided they didn’t want to insure it anymore. Or any damage to the house caused by damage to the roof. Not comfortable with this scenario, we got some quotes, took out a small loan and eventually hired a company.

Then we just had to wait for a couple days without rain. The actual process of replacing the roof took about 8 hours. Including clean up. They were very thorough and we loved the company we went with. Keeping the kids entertained out of the house for 8 hours? Kind of torturous actually.

this what the whole day looked like basically

We stumbled to our favorite coffee shop at way too early in the morning and got breakfast, then meandered various stores and picked up a handful of things on my shopping list. We attempted to go to the movies but plans failed and we ended up at the library and then eventually the bowling alley, with a quick lunch in between. I should have planned better and arranged some activities that would take more time but I guess that’s life.

1455071_10100294417841496_11564080_nWhat else is new? We’re signing the dog up for more dog training – this time for a class specifically geared towards the problems we are having. It’s called a “scrappers” class and the description for the class was what ultimately sold me.

Does your dog bark and lunge at people or dogs when you are out of a walk? Do you have to put your dog in another room every time someone comes to visit? Is your dog uncontrollable when he gets excited, aroused or anxious? Then this is the class for you! This class is specialized class for reactive dogs that may have aggression issues. The purpose of this class is to help owners to manage their dogs in difficult or challenging situations. Control Unleashed techniques and emergency commands will be used in this class. Our instructors will help steer you in the right direction for the management of your dog.

I was like, “Have we met already? Do you know my dog?? Is he really not the only one?”

The class doesn’t start until this fall but I’m already feeling a weird sense of relief that maybe his behavior issues will be a distant memory someday. Cross your fingers for us.

obviously mine don't say Dolce & Gabana on the lenses.
obviously mine don’t say Dolce & Gabanna on the lenses.

I picked up my new glasses today! I’m still getting used to the new prescription and just like every other time I’ve gotten new glasses, I’m paranoid that the prescription isn’t quite right – luckily I happen to work at the place where I got them, so I’m not too worried. They fit fantastically and I’m dorkishly in love with the glasses case that came with them. And they are super cute.

History has proven that I’ll get used to the prescription within 24 hours but if that isn’t the case, here’s what I’ll do (and what you should do in a similar situation):

1. Go back to where I got them and make sure the measurements are correct for where I’m wearing them – and that the prescription was entered in correctly. It probably is, but you never know. Sometimes if the glasses aren’t sitting right on you – your vision won’t be correct, especially if you have an astigmatism or a bifocal / progressive prescription.

2. If that doesn’t work, go back to the doctor and ask them to recheck the RX. As long as you do this within a month or two of your initial exam, a simple recheck should be free and quick.

If either of these two steps results in needing to change the lenses, Target Optical will replace the lenses for free within 90 days and I’m guessing other optical places have a similar policy – but I recommend finding that information out before you buy your glasses. The more you know…

Is anybody else struggling to stay on top of normal daily chores this summer? For some reason doing the laundry and making dinner have become a daily struggle (#thestruggle) and I’m not sure if summer is making me lazy or if it’s just the shift in our weekly schedule that has me feeling lost. But I’m guessing I’ll find my rhythm roughly four days before the kids go back to school and then I’ll have to adjust all over again.

What are your favorite quick summer dinners? I’ve been really into roasting potatoes in the oven with some chopped veggies (whatever looks good) and a polish sausage of some kind from the refrigerated section. Season it right and this dish tastes like heaven and it reheats well. But on nights like tonight when my kids have karate at 4pm and then a sparring class at 5:45 – even this dish will take too long to cook and eat in between. And that first karate class will leave my son starving – trust.

Any healthy dinners out there that can be cooked in less than 5 minutes?

Okay, now it’s your turn! Leave me a comment and tell me what you’d talk about if we got together for coffee today. Or let me know what to cook for dinner or if you want to come fold laundry for me.

7 responses to “Coffee Date: What’s new?”

  1. Tondra Denise Avatar

    If my house could talk… oh the stories it would tell! Top three?

    1. I am currently raising my children in the house where I grew up

    2. Our home was licensed to provide child care for eight years, serving dozens of families

    3. Less than a year ago our home experienced a devastating event.


    1. Jen E @ mommablogsalot Avatar

      That is an amazing story! Just read through the renovation stories, glad to see the happy ending!


  2. Tondra Denise Avatar

    This was FUN!! (look forward to “having coffee” with you again sometime!)


  3. Tondra Denise Avatar

    If we were having coffee together today (which is funny b/c I’m actually sitting here with my SECOND cup) we’d talk about the kiddos, and summer birthdays, and laundry, and dinner, and the struggle of trying to decide whether to balance it all, or simply let go. After hearing about your “roofing adventure”, I’d share the story of our home… then thank you for reminding me to go get my eyes checked b/c the words went blurry TWICE this week as I was trying to read something. I’d tell you about our vacation plans, and then ask about your recent camping trip. We’d talk and laugh, and maybe even pray and cry… if we were having coffee together today. And I’m almost sure the conversation could just go on and on…


    1. Jen E @ mommablogsalot Avatar

      I’d love to hear the story of your home! Definitely go get your eyes checked! 🙂


  4. Betsy Avatar

    I need to get my husband in and get his checked. They are NOT working for him. 😦 We paid too much for him not to wear them.


    1. Jen E @ mommablogsalot Avatar

      Definitely have them looked at!