Sunday, January 27, 2013

Virtual Tea Date

It's the last week of January and I've shockingly kept up my goal to blog twice a week. Yay. Back when I used to blog a lot, I feel like reading my blog was a pretty good insight about what is going on in the life of Kelly. But lately, because I've been blogging a lot less, I feel like it hasn't been so much. Jenna does these posts she calls Virtual Coffee Dates, where she basically just tells her readers what she would if we were on a coffee date. I think it's my favorite posts when people just tell me about their life… maybe I'm super nosy? Anyway, I'm going to do it anyway, but call it a Tea Date, since I don't drink coffee. Of course you can order whatever you want :)

If we were having tea today, I would tell you that although it's no secret that I am a summer girl, I am having more fun this winter than I expected to. Thank goodness for breweries to entertain me and my friends/family when it is frigidly cold outside. 

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Oh, and if you are wondering- that french toast photo is from Zaftigs in Brookline. I went there last Wednesday night with some friends and it is SO ridiculously good. So, make that… thank goodness for breweries and food. 


If we were having tea today, I would tell you that I made my official return to yoga on Saturday morning. I've been wanting to return for awhile, but last week was legit crazy. Nothing bad happened but it was SO busy/stressful. I had to implement a breathe in a difficult moment rule several times, so I figured when better to return to yoga. I am going to try to go once a week for awhile now. I know I need to improve my ability to manage stress. I just don't know how. 

If we we having tea today, I would tell you that I am totally dreaming ahead to summer. Eric and I want to go on a big trip and our current plan is Germany, with a stopover in Iceland and a few day trip to Austria from the Munich area. This plan has changed 700 times, so stay tuned. If you have been to any of these places, send recommendations my way. I also have my eyes on several triathlons and races for the summer. I am going to do at least 3 sprint triathlons, and then hopefully also an aqua run, which is 1 mile swim and a 5K.

If we were having tea today, I would tell you that I really like my job and I can see myself doing this job, or something similar for many years. It has not always been this way, in fact, I once google searched other job possibilities while my students ate snack. It was definitely an all time low. Everyone has them, right? I remember my first few years teaching people in my school would retire and there would be a big celebration of their 35 years of teaching, and I'd be thinking "oh god, 30+ more years of this!?" This year my class is hard. They challenge me every day. But, I never want to quit. I always want to just push through, and maybe tack on an extra 7 hours to every day. Somehow I have struck a balance, so I actually have a life outside of work. Somehow I have mastered some of the smaller challenges of teaching so I can focus on the bigger ones. Somehow I just kind of love it. Don't know how that happened, but I'm thankful. 

If we were having tea today, what would you tell me? 


  1. Yum, that french toast looks so good!

    If we had tea or coffee today, I'd tell you about the good books I read this month (Little Women, Those Who Save Us, and Stay). I'd tell you I am totally overwhelmed by all I have to do before the move. I'd tell you I am trying to own the decision I've made about moving but that I worry I will look back and regret it someday. And to end on a positive note, I'd tell about how I am excited to have someone special to help me celebrate my birthday this year!

  2. I love how breweries are a highlight of your winter and your husband has 40 of Pabst in his hands - I guess you never said you were highbrowing it at these breweries. =)

    If we were having tea today, I'd tell you that I also don't drink coffee and much prefer tea or hot chocolate to coffee. I'd tell you how good it felt to cancel plans with a girlfriend later this week (I need some me time and I'm taking steps to make sure it happens). And, I'd tell you that if it doesn't rain tomorrow, I'm going for a run, because it's supposed to reach a high of 61 here in Chicago (and then trail off to a high in the teens later in the week - sigh).

  3. I lovveeee this post idea! I saw it on Jenna's blog a few weeks ago and loved it there too!

    So happy to hear things are going so well at work. From talking to other teachers it seems like it takes a few years to get into a teaching "groove". Not that I would know since I'm obviously not a teacher, but that's what I've heard. haha.

    If we were having coffee today I'd tell you that I'm finally feeling more like myself after a couple of months not feeling like myself. I'd also tell you that I'm really trying to re prioritize things in my life right now (relationships, friends and family BEFORE work) and it's been a hard adjustment to make after I focused on work for 4 straight months in the fall.

  4. Aw I love this post, I've never heard of the virtual date :) That's really awesome about work.. I know how hard/rare that is to achieve and how awful it feels to look longingly at job opportunities online while at your current job.

    Glad you made it back to yoga! I'd love to go with you at some point but I have a feeling our schedules won't align for a while..

  5. This is such a fun idea for a blog post! You had me at breweries and french toast. The french toast looks delicious. So glad that you are loving your job and your big trip overseas sounds amazing. I've always wanted to go to Iceland.

    If we were having a coffee date, I would tell you about the show's I've been seeing (small indie groups like The Spring Standards) and that I've really come to appreciate life in the foothills.