Oh wow, it’s time to sit down once again and chat about things other than just running and training. We can meet at Starbucks and I’ll treat because I bought more gift cards to give as Christmas presents than I needed and have some leftover!


If we were having coffee…..
I’d tell you that hot chocolate has hit the spot a few times recently. I made myself a cup after both of my most recent races and it was so cold on Book Night that I bought one while shopping in Barnes and Noble. Hot chocolate is a special treat, and I savor every drop!


If we were having coffee…..
I’d tell you that it been cold here in Virginia! We dodged a bullet and didn’t get the blizzard that hit the coastline on Thursday and only got about a quarter-inch of snow. Even though it’s too cold for it to melt, there’s none left. I think those winds blowing out of the west have blown what little we got into DC. LOL


If we were having coffee…
I’d tell you that even though the windchill has been near zero and even into the negatives, my friends and I have been meeting for our early morning runs, and yes, outside.


If we were having coffee…..
I’d tell you that I spent over eight hours taking down and storing Christmas decorations over Wednesday and Thursday, and still haven’t touched the family room Christmas tree (pictured behind the hot chocolate). It certainly seems like it takes a lot longer to undo Christmas than to set up for it. Perhaps it’s the lack of pending excitement.


If we were having coffee…..
I’d tell you that I’m itching to run the Grand Tetons Half Marathon in June, but haven’t quite pulled the trigger on signing up. Bill and I have not been back to the Tetons and Jackson Hole, Wyoming since we honeymooned there many years ago.


If we were having coffee…..
I’d tell you that after a year of hanging onto this cool plaque, I gave it up at the Cruisers Christmas party. What was originally just another silly gift to be selected out of the myriad of wrapped presents for our gift exchange became the gift to take home. The first recipient wrote his name and the dates he had it in his possession on the back before he regifted it the following year. I was the third person to have the honor of displaying it for a year (I hung it in our gym). I suspect it will make an annual appearance at our Cruisers Christmas parties, and each recipient will add their name to the back.


If we were having coffee…..
I’d also tell you that my sons gave me an Echo (affiliate link) and two Dots (affiliate link) for Christmas. It took me about two seconds to wonder how I ever lived without Alexa. Yesterday, I went grocery shopping using my Amazon Alexa app shopping list and it was fabulous, mainly because I didn’t forget anything. Even if I’m in the middle of cooking and my hands are busy, I just tell Alexa what to add to the grocery or Costco list and BOOM, it’s on there.

And just for fun, I asked Alexa to tell me an exercise joke that I could share on my blog. She came up with, “How did the coffee get so strong? By doing the French press.” 😀


If we were having coffee…..
I’d tell you that I’m having my third and final (hopefully) gum grafting surgery on Tuesday. If you need me on Tuesday afternoon, I’ll be sacked out on the sofa groaning…


If we were having coffee…..
I’d ask if you have a race coming up, and if you do, I’d wish you good luck and remind you to have fun!




Today I’m joining Deborah at Confessions Of A Mother Runner and Coco at Running With Perseverance for their monthly Ultimate Coffee Date linkup!  Be sure to stop by their blogs for a cup of coffee and to say hello; and while you’re there, be sure to check out some of the other bloggers who are participating in the linkup.


  • Questions:
  • If we were having coffee, what would you tell me?
  • How cold is it where you live?
  • Are you racing today or tomorrow?


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