Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Virtual Coffee Date

It's been awhile since I've done a virtual coffee date post so I thought it'd be a good way to catch up on the thoughts and happenings in my world.

- I have been in Charlotte for the last 3 weekends which is the most consecutive weekends I have spent in Charlotte since May.  So I am ready to bust out of here - and luckily I will this weekend as I have a client meeting tomorrow and will head to Charleston from there.  I am so excited to check out this city! The weather should be fairly decent for January (upper 40s most likely so certainly not warm but could be worse), so as long as it doesn't rain I'll be happy!  I do a lot of solo travel so it will be a nice change to have some friends to explore Charleston with!

- January has been a quiet month, but February is going to be BUSY.  Which is good.  I have a trip to Austin for a girls weekend, then I host Kyria for a weekend here in Charlotte, I have an unplanned weekend in Charlotte, and then I go home to Minneapolis in late February.  So February is pretty much going to be awesome.  Plus it's my birthday month.

- I have been trying to manage some anxiety lately that ebbs and flows with my outlook for my job search.  In the past, my tool for managing anxiety was running.  It's really hard to not have that outlet but I am making it work because I have no other choice.  

-  My cousin came up with a great idea to start a family book club.  We are all scattered across the US so will be using Google hangouts for our meetings.  Gosh I love technology!  I am excited for our first meeting in February.  I picked the first book so I hope everyone likes it.

- Speaking of books, I picked up 5 from the library last weekend.  I just can't emphasize enough how much I love the library.  It's weird to think back on the days when I bought books instead of using the library - now I rarely buy books.  Which is good because my 6 bookcases are over-flowing as it is, so I don't really have room for more books right now.

- I am wishing my sister Abby the best of luck this weekend as she will be running her 2nd marathon on Sunday!  I know she is going to do great and can't wait to hear how her race goes.    

I hope everyone has a great rest of the week!  I'll be back next week with a book review and a recap of my time in Charleston.


Kelly (She Wears a Red Sox Cap) said...

I love the idea of a family book club! I tend to talk about books more with my faraway friends so I think this will totally work for you guys :)
February does sound like a great month for you and i'm glad you are getting out of Charlotte this weekend.
I can totally relate to the difficulty with managing anxiety without running... this is why I have become an online shopper in the last few months. Dont' recommend going that route though lol.

Becky said...

i've never been to Charleston - can't wait to hear! And what a cool idea about the book club!

I've been trying to plan one small trip a month (even if its not far), as something to look forward to.

Stephany said...

Wow - February is going to be such a fun month for you! So much to look forward to! :)

What book did you pick for your book club? I picked this month's book for mine (The Rosie Project!) and it's a little nerve-wracking. I hope everyone likes my choice!

Have fun in Charleston. I have heard really great things about that city!

Jeanie said...

Rick keeps pushing me to use the library and he's right. I should. But I just love to be able to write in the books, go back to them later. (And yes, I really do.)

You'll love Charleston! Tons of fun, especially with friends.

Good idea on the book club, too. I sort of do that with my friend in Canada, except then we get on tangents and about all we can say at the end of the day is we read the same book!

Marlys said...

I'm excited to see how our family book club experience goes! I think it will be fun just to be online together! I don't have a library card as the library is 30 miles away, but I really should so I can get some e-books from there.
I know you will have a wonderful time in Charleston so be sure to take lots of pictures because that may be the only way I get to visit there! I see you are reading the Orphan Train and that one does look good to me. Let me know what you think about it!

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Jolene - EverydayFoodie said...

I've never done a virtual coffee date, so I might have to do one of these too!

Family book club is a really neat idea!

Raquelita said...

Have a great time in Charleston! I can't wait to hear about your trip!

I think I might like to try to find a local book club to check out in the next couple of months. I've been waiting until I get a better sense of how my schedule is going to work this semester since I'm teaching at weird times.

Amber said...

I hope you have a great weekend! I'm glad you have so many fun social plans to look forward to in February too! I am really enjoying some super quiet weekends right now because come April/May I will be getting super busy with work and also our big trip so I know that I need to just relax while I can right now! Right now I super look forward to my quiet weekends. though I will admit to feeling a little bored last Saturday night after spending the whole day at home. Haha

Nilsa @ SoMi Speaks said...

February sounds like it's going to be QUITE the month. Very excited for you! I once organized a virtual book club for my alumni club and it worked out really well. And that was BEFORE Google Hangouts, Skype, etc. Hope you feel more connected with your family through this book club!

Gracie said...

Virtual bookclub is a great idea! Maybe some of my siblings and I can start that.

The Many Thoughts of a Reader said...

I really am sad that I won't get to check out Charleston this year for spring break. I'm jealous! Though I am slightly okay with the fact that I'm still going to Florida ha.

Abby said...

I am really liking the book you chose. In fact, it kept me up too late last night (oh, an "too late" means 10 ha!).

Have so much fun in charleston this weekend!! 40s sounds kind of nice. It's mid 70'a here, which is beautiful - but too warm for January!

I didn't know you were going to mps in February! Yay! Business or for fun?

Thanks for the shout out - I am excited - hopefully it goes well!

Carolina John said...

You're going to love Charleston - I know I've said that before. Post lots of pictures!

Leigh said...

I am very behind on commenting/reading, but hope you are having a great weekend in Charleston. That is one place that I've always wanted to go to

qwerkyqook said...

Just got the book, excited !!

Kyria @ Travel Spot said...

I am so excited to come and visit! I am really looking forward to seeing you and exploring a new region of the USA!

I love that you love the library. After my No Book Buying Ban, I have not bought another book...can you believe it? I got so used to using the library, borrowing, swapping reading books I already had, that I don't even miss (or need to) buying books any more!