Coffee and Cake Catch Up: The Seattle Edition

When I was younger, I went with my mom everywhere. We used to visit my grandfather, we’d go to her bookkeeping job, and we’d go shopping. And we talked a lot too. Something that always sticks in my mind, from those day, is the way she’d “cup of coffee” which sounded a lot more like “cupacoffee”. Honestly, thinking back, this may be where my obsession with coffee came from. There is no better sound than my mom saying cuppacoffee.

When she talked about it, it was always in reference to visiting. She would visit so-and-so, and they’d have cake, and a cuppacoffee, and they’d visit. I guess that’s why it sounded so good, it was an experience, and the experience was sharing and catching up with a friend. And that’s what this post is today. Let’s catch up. Grab a cuppacoffee and a slice of cake and let’s talk!

Seattle and Dispensaries with my Mom

Two weeks ago, I was in Seattle with my mom. Let me clarify, I took my mom with me on a business trip. She’s always wanted to see Seattle, and she figured she’d travel with me and get a free hotel room out of it. Flattering, huh? Now, normally my hotel rooms are pretty roomy, and come with two beds. But not this time. The room was the size of my bedroom, and it had one, full sized bed. Needless to say we got pretty.

On the Plane - Coffee and Cake Catch Up: The Seattle Edition

When I’m with her, I still feel like a little kid, while getting to have the fun of an adult. It’s pretty special.

I am super proud of my mom and the things she did in Seattle. She wandered out on her own for the first time in her life. She went snowshoeing, she drank mimosas, and she visited the local pot dispensaries. She got a super kick out of this last one.

Two pics she texted me during the week:

My Mom's a Badass - Coffee and Cake Catch Up: The Seattle Edition

Dispensary - Coffee and Cake Catch Up: The Seattle Edition

A little history about my mom. She always says that she slept through the 60’s. She was not the burn-your-bra, dropping acid, groovy chick that we think about from the 60’s (I know, I know, these are stereotypes, but I’m a child of the 80’s, this is what we were taught!). She was a pretty straight-laced gal, who didn’t know what Woodstock was until years later. And it’s not exactly her fault that she was so out of touch, she grew up in a pretty toxic household and her mind was more on survival than anything else.

As she’s gotten older, she’s gotten bolder and more independent, and it has been one of the great joys of my life to watch. She is by far my favorite person on this planet, and watching her come into her own is downright glorious.

I am Now Living that Work From Home Life

Last time we talked I told you about my new role working from home. Let me tell you, working from home has been an adjustment. Some things I did not expect include:

  • Snacks…I literally want to eat all day. And sometimes I do just that.
  • Conference Calls…I have about six a day, cause I’m home and that’s how people communicate with me. Which I know, makes sense, but I honestly did not expect it.
  • Fresh Air…I used to spend all day in a warehouse, and didn’t get a lot of fresh air, but there is something weird about getting out of bed, sitting at my desk and seeing the outside world right in front of my face, without actually breathing in any fresh air. I’ve made a point to get out either to take a walk or run errands, at least once a day. A really easy fix to this would be to open the window, but my allergies are kicking my ass this season! Someone recently explained it as feeling like wearing a mask under your face, and that is totally spot on. OK, so another easy fix to that would be to take Claritin every day, and I honestly have no good reason for not doing that. Like, literally no good reason, I just don’t do it. Speaking of, hold on one sec while I go take my Claritin.My View - Coffee and Cake Catch Up: The Seattle Edition
  • Steps…When I was on site, I was walking at lest 5,000 steps a day, and on good days over 10,000. Now I can very easily go all day with only 1,000 steps, unless I make a conscious effort to get up and get moving!

I am not complaining, by any means. I am so happy to be able to work from home. So freakin happy. It’s just a total adjustment and my biggest opportunity is keeping myself on track and off of social media!

On that note, I got two Tweets with major traffic this week! (This may not seem like major traffic to you, but for me more than ten likes, is MAJOR traffic) They were both responses, and one was by far the nicest Tweet I’ve ever Tweeted:

So, I’m like basically still famous.

I am Officially Out of Debt!

When the year started, I created some goals for myself, and one of the most important ones was to get out of debt. And this week, I did it!

My student loan was by far the worst of all my debts, and I literally spent the first four years paying off JUST the interest. $10,000 right down the toilet.

I’ve been living with debt for so long that I cried when I paid off the final bill. And not just a few tears, I cried like a baby. I kept taking these big long breaths, like I’d just gotten on shore from almost drowning. Debt has felt like that more than a few times over the years, and I am so happy to be done with it. I feel like a new person.

Debt Paid Off - Coffee and Cake Catch Up: The Seattle Edition

Swap Box!

I had so much with my last swap box in the Fall, that I signed up to do another one for Spring! I got Lowanda from Sunshine and Elephants. And she knew that this year is all about self-care! She sent me relaxation in a box!

Swap Box - Coffee and Cake Catch Up: The Seattle Edition

Swap Box - Coffee and Cake Catch Up: The Seattle Edition

Swap Box - Coffee and Cake Catch Up: The Seattle Edition

Swap Box - Coffee and Cake Catch Up: The Seattle Edition

This box smelled soooooo good when I opened it. The bath bomb smells heavenly, I took a bunch of big whiffs from this beauty, and I can’t wait to use it. I love that everything in this box was for relaxation and self-care. It’s spot on. Funny enough, Margarita’s are my mixed drink of choice! And this one is like a Capri Sun for adults. I’m not drinking this year, as part of my self-care plan, but I’m happy to share this tasty treat with my husband. He’s pretty happy about it as well.

If you want to participate in this swap box, make sure to check out Happy. Pretty. Sweet. this week, Ashley included a sign up for the Summer Swap Box in her most recent post.

Wrap Up

It feels so good to talk to y’all that I could go on all day. I’m working on a better posting schedule though, so we’ll be talking more throughout the week. I know, I know, I promised that in my last post. Well, at least I’m consistent ;).

So what’s new with  you? Tell me something about your week in the comments!

Talk soon,

Love, Ani - Swap Box - Coffee and Cake Catch Up: The Seattle Edition

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    OMG, I LOVE YOUR MOM SO MUCH. She is exactly what I hope to be to my girls when they are on their own. I want to be gutsy again, do fun things like that, I think when you have kids around you just get lost in the kids (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing) but once they move away, you get to be a new person. Life is short, be like Ani’s mom.

    What is this swap box?? I feel like I need this in my life. I also need inspiration for care package ideas because of my Anna going to college in August. If I sent something like that to her at school, I would be the epic cool mom.

    Congratulations on your tweet!! As someone who gets excited when more than three people like one of my tweets, I know how epic this is. 🙂

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      Thanks Kari, she’s my favorite person! And I hope I get to hang with my kids, when they get older, the way me and my mom hang. Swap boxes are so much fun! You sign up, get a partner and then you each send each other a surprise box. So far I’ve done Spring and Fall, and they were so much fun each time! And yes, you would 100% epic cool mom if you sent this stuff to college. My mom literally never sent me anything. Though to be fair, I was hope a lot. Like, a lot a lot.
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    I enjoy snippets of your day and long to work from home! It’s been years since I did that and I just wish my boss would realize that I need to do that again now!
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      Thanks Tricia! And yes, working from home really is a great gift, and one that I never thought I’d get!

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    Hey there! I’m glad you liked the box. So sorry about the “spirited” self-care. Was just thinking about the Cinco de Mayo theme and felt it would be relaxing to your soul. 🙂 Hope you enjoy every minute of caring for yourself soon!
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      I loved it! And no worries, my husband will enjoy it for sure! I am enjoying the box still, thank you again!

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    Okay, I have to say it… I LOVE YOUR MOM! 🙂
    I lived in the Seattle area for almost two years and there’s still so much more I wish I would’ve done while I was there. Spring and Summer are gorgeous there.

    I’m loving the self-care box Lowanda sent you! With sandal season I think those Renew foot treatments would come in handy, on the lookout for those.
    Also, I love the box you sent to Lowanda too. Thanks for swapping with us!!


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      Thanks Dean! Seattle really is gorgeous, I love every chance I get to go back. And oh yes, I am really loving the self-care products, that’s what this year is all about!

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    I loved reading your updates and felt proud of your mom too!

    I love that Lowanda sent you a self care box! Self care is so important!
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      Thanks Echo! I have realized this year more than ever before, how important self-care really is. It’s like they say in the airplane, you have to put on your own oxygen mask before you help anyone else. You have to take care of yourself in order to take care of others. <3

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    Congrats on getting out of debt, and that bath bomb looks awesome 🙂
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      Thank you! It’s a huge weight off of us! And yes, the bath bomb smells so darn good, I haven’t used it yet because I just love the smell so much!

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    Wow, I love the fact that you took your mom out to a dispensary. Those are some real mother/daughter quality time goals! The funny thing is that it would be the opposite sort of situation if I went with my mom. She’s far more into it than me- I don’t smoke, I’m just in it for the CBD, not THC. We’re both comparing notes from each other now!
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