Saturday Morning Coffee Talk

It feels like it’s been a while since I wrote one of these!

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This week has been all about preparation to go out of town for Spring Break. It’s always a race to the finish when I’m leaving town because I have to prepare a week’s worth of blog posts ahead, plus get the house ready to go, plus pack. For this trip, since we are all going, it’s less about getting the house ready and more about the packing.

Packing five people for two different types of weather is stressful enough (we will be in Scottsdale for half of the trip and Sedona for the other half, and it’s about 20 degrees cooler in Sedona.) In addition to that, I am not at all in summer mode yet. As of yesterday afternoon, all of our spring and summer clothes were still tucked away in the attic.

I kept putting off getting that stuff down because I was so overwhelmed by all the winter clutter in our closets. I finally bit the bullet this week, took a day off, and purged our closets. Yesterday I dropped off an armful of winter sweaters and dresses at the dry cleaner’s, and I now have 2 large boxes of my own clothes and accessories ready to go to the local thrift store and 3 or 4 bags of kids’ clothes designated for family or friends who appreciate our hand-me-downs. It feels GREAT. I organized what was left in our closets and drawers, and everything feels so minimal and spacious. Or, it FELT minimal and spacious for about three hours… until I brought down 6 or 7 bins of spring and summer clothes from the attic last night.

Today I get to sort through it all and decide what to pack. Good times! (I believe this is what they call first world problems, yes??)

I’ve been doing better this week on my “sugar detox,” or at least I was until we ended up hosting a spontaneous get together with friends on Thursday night that included wine. But that’s okay. I didn’t set out to do the diet too strictly this time. I’m not looking at this as a 21-day thing, but rather what I hope to be a permanent lifestyle change, so I knew there would be exceptions to “the rules.”

Then last night, we decided to go out to eat rather than cook at home, and I had one of these.  read more >>

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