I know everyone goes crazy for fall, but this time of year in Virginia truly is spectacular. The leaves are just starting to change and soon, our mountains will be breathtaking in shades of orange, red, and yellow. The temperatures are still a little erratic – it was nearly 90 degrees early last week, and then barely hit 60 on Saturday – but I think summer is finally letting go and allowing the cool temps to take their rightful place.
When the weather starts to turn cool, I find myself spending more time in coffee shops instead of taking my cup to go. I don’t love cold temperatures, so sitting in one of the armchairs at Mudhouse or at a table in the window of Paradox Pastry becomes one of my favorite ways to pass time. Sometimes I read, sometimes I take my laptop and work, but I always people watch and usually end up in a conversation with a total stranger. We talk about our days, our interest, the weather… Whatever.
Since the weather is cooler this week and I’m in the mood for lattes and warm scones, let’s have a little coffee talk and share an update on life.
ONE// In a few weeks, I’m competing in my first weightlifting competition, Make Every Rep Count. It’s a charity competition, which was how I was convinced to do it after saying no three times, give or take a few more nos. I have zero expectations – I’ve only been lifting heavy since June – but I’m excited to find my maxes in deadlifts, squats, and bench press. I figure this will go one of two ways: I’ll compete, say “that was fun, glad I did it,” and move on, or I’ll decide it was the greatest thing ever and sign up for another competition within the week.
TWO// My favorite jeans are to a point that I can’t continue to wear them as they’re too big and no longer flattering. As much as I love wearing jeans, I absolutely hate jean shopping. Even the petite are too long for me, and sizing is all over the board. I’ve decided to suck it up and invest in good jeans this time around – no Target or Old Navy purchases. I’m going to start at Jean Theory and see what those gals can do for me.
THREE// The new Fifth Street Station shopping center is slowly coming to life and I couldn’t be happier about it. I took Knox to PetSmart for a grooming on Saturday. It’s so nice to drive three minutes to the groomer and for dog food now instead of all the way across town. A.C. Moore, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and Field & Stream are the only other stores open at this point, but there are several restaurants due to open soon, a few more retail stores, and, wait for it, WEGMANS. I’m over the moon about a grocery store opening. If this shopping center could include a Target, I’d never go past downtown Charlottesville, save for an occasional Costco/Trader Joe run.
FOUR// I’ve realized I need a desktop computer – namely, a “really big Mac.” That’s the technical term, right? I’m doing a substantial amount of both freelance writing work and design work (in Canva – that’s my design threshold) and as much as I love my little Macbook, I need to be able to see things on a bigger scale, particular on the design front. It’s taking every ounce of self-control I have to wait until Black Friday. I know Apple doesn’t do huge Black Friday bargains on their computers, but even a $100 like Best Buy offered last year is worth it.
FIVE// Are you watching NBC’s This Is Us? What a phenomenal show. I don’t watch a lot of TV, but I make an effort to watch This Is Us. I usually watch a few days after it airs either on demand or on NBC’s app. It’s so good. I have so many questions. I still haven’t watched any of the new episodes of How To Get Away With Murder, and I keep meaning to tune in for Lone Survivor. One of these days.
SIX// My personal training exam is set for November 26. I’ve studied so much. I feel equal parts ready and completely unprepared. I’m someone who needs to put things into practice for them to truly make sense, so I’m thankful I’m surrounded by excellent mentors and coaches to learn from. I pick up so much, just observing coaching styles and watching others form in both the barre studio and in The Gym.
SEVEN// One of my goals for October is to make a plan. It’s super vague, but that plan is starting to come together and I’m really excited about it.
EIGHT// I’ve been reading the first book of the Game of Thrones series since August. I love it, but I was struggling to find time to read it. Ever since taking the TV out of my room about a month ago, I’ve been reading so much more. I’m still only 60% of the way through the book but I feel victimized when I have to put it down to go do something adult-like. I’m also reading The Desire Map and Start With Why. See the above Coffee Talk topic for why.
I’ve got plenty more to say, but I’ll end this coffee talk session here. Your turn. If we were having coffee, what would you have to tell me?