If We Were Having Coffee // Christmas was Good, but I’m Glad It’s Over

Hello friends and thank you for stopping by to chat with me. I’m so happy to see you and to get a few cups of coffee in me. I didn’t sleep well last night due to a horrid migraine that woke me up around midnight. I’m ok now, don’t worry, I get migraines regularly, but not often. I’m used to them now. I may be a little groggy or slow, I apologize in advance.


If we were having coffee I would tell you that I am so glad the Christmas season has come and gone until next year. Don’t get me wrong, I had a good Christmas. I spent it at my mother’s with my sister and her family, my girlfriend, and my youngest sister. We had a great time together, lots of laughs and lots of good food and drink. There wasn’t any part of it I didn’t like it’s just that the holiday is stressful and a little depressing and as much as I love my family and getting presents I’d rather just….not deal with it.

It would help if I didn’t do everything so last minute. I actually did all my Christmas shopping just a few days before the big day. I’m a chronic procrastinator, always have been. Next year I am not letting this happen again. I already told my girlfriend that next year we are buying all our gifts in November, at the latest! Oh, who am I kidding, next year will probably be worse.


If we were having coffee I would tell you that I am so proud of myself for being able to make it through all that without smoking, not even one cigarette. I know I bring this up every week, but it is a very big deal that I have finally quit. If you used to be a smoker you understand, for the non-smokers/addicts, you will never know how hard it is to quit something that has been a crutch for you for almost half your life.

Because I am such a stats nerd I am going to give you some details about what quitting smoking for 31 days means:

  • I quit on November 25th, 2015, 32 days ago.
  • I have not smoked 325 cigarettes and saved $91.01 and over 24 hours of my time.
  • My heart rate and blood pressure have dropped.
  • My sense of taste and smell have improved.
  • I have no nicotine left in my body and my dependence on it has been eliminated.
  • My withdrawal symptoms have subsided, irritability,
  • I am on my way to improved circulation and decreased sinus congestion, fatigue, and shortness of breath.
  • I am just starting to lower my risk of heart disease, heart attack, and stroke.

Yay me!


If we were having coffee I would ask you if you have ever wanted to spend a ridiculous amount of money on something stupid? I’m asking because I am very tempted to spend a crazy amount of money on two tickets to a Kill Bill I and II double feature with a delicious looking meal inspired by the films, and six cocktails. I know, it sounds stupid to spend a crazy amount of money on a couple of movies, but these are some of both my and my girlfriends very favorite movies, the meal is six courses and six drinks! It would be a  pretty awesome date night!

But there are so many other things that money could go to…but I really want to experience these movies on the big screen. GAH! To complicate things further, I got exactly the amount of money I need for this as a Christmas gift. So now I’m thinking, of course I can go because this is money I didn’t even plan on having, but it’s also money I could put into a savings account or toward work on the house…GAH! Plus I have to decide soon before all the good seats are taken. They only sell so many tickets, only half a theaters worth, and the seats are reserved, so I have to decide soon.


If we were having coffee I would tell you that the end of the year is sneaking up on me fast. I’m a little sad to see 2015 go. I had so much more I wanted to do and so many more preparations to make. I’m not ready to hit the ground running in 2016. I’ve been thinking that I need to get some sort of big, year-long, overall, plan for next year down on paper. Maybe after our visit I’ll lock myself up in the spare bedroom, what I call my “creativity room” and think about my goals for next year.

There is so much I want to do in 2016. I probably want to do more than I possibly can. I guess even if I can just get a few things accomplished, a few big things, then I will be happy.


If we were having coffee I would say that as much as I enjoy chatting with you I think I had better be off now. I clearly have a lot to do and it’s already getting late here. Thanks for stopping by, really, it’s nice to get this stuff out. I hope you had a very merry Christmas and just in case I don’t see or hear from you, I wish you the best going into the new year.

Featured image from Zh.B


13 Replies to “If We Were Having Coffee // Christmas was Good, but I’m Glad It’s Over”

  1. Congratulations on over a month cigarette free! That is amazing! Keep up the good work. That Kill Bill double feature sounds like a lot of fun. Unlike you, I am more than happy to wave goodbye to 2015 as it whizzes by. I’m ready to leap into 2016 and not look back I have so many good things planned!

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    1. Thanks! I have good things planned for 2016 too but still, 2015 was a pretty good year for me. I just want to hold onto it a little longer before I step into the unknown. A new year can be a little scary :/


  2. Christmas money is for splurging not the practical stuff paychecks go to. Have fun with it. I’m also eying cash my Grandmother sent me thinking about what I need vs want. A new toilet in the master bathroom or highlights for my hair. Sometimes you need to go for fun instead of practical. Yeah for healthy lungs! You must feel wonderful knowing how hard you’ve worked.


      1. You should spend with no regrets. Memories are priceless. Don’t second guess your decision to have some fun now and again. Some of my favorite “splurges” didn’t cost a ton of money, but seemed frivolous at the time… mostly because it was something just for me. You can’t put a price on the way something makes you feel… Unless it’s a holiday MAC red lipstick set you bought on sale on Macy’s so was technically $27.95 + tax. But really, it’s worth more than that if you you feel sexy and powerful, and a little less like a frazzled mother of 4 boys every time you swipe it over your lips. In that case, its totally worth it.


  3. Lisa, congrats on the smoking front. Good for your health but also good for your psyche to overcome this hurdle.
    I am with you on the trying to be organised for 2016. My son starts high school and my daughter also starts at a new school and I want them both to be able to do there best, which means providing a neat study environment at home. Being organised. I also have quite a few writing and photography projects to tackle. I also want to overcome a horrible sense of needing to be perfect which is seriously starting to hold me back. That said, while I always allow others to make mistakes, others are not so gracious and this has made me more reluctant to step out there.
    Anyway, I hope you have a Happy and productive New Year and thanks for the coffee!
    xx Rowena


    1. Thank you!

      Sounds like you have a lot planned for the upcoming year! I understand your issue with needing to be perfect, it’s the reason I can’t make any art anymore. I hope to get over that too in 2016. Good luck to you :)

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