Let’s Chat & Have Some Coffee Too

If we were chatting over coffee this morning, I would share…

that I am in week eleven of my half marathon training. My training plan is a twelve week plan so that means another race is around the corner.  The first weekend of May I will be running 13.1 miles in the beautiful city of Pittsburgh.  I ran the marathon last year and it is truly an awesome race and a fantastic city.  I do not have any more races scheduled this year, but I will let you know that there is a very strong possibility that I will be training for a full marathon (26.2 miles) in the fall.

If we were chatting over coffee this morning, I would share…

that  Matt and I have started a new tradition on Friday nights.  Let’s just say I call it “Fresh Fish Friday.” A new seafood store opened in our area right before Christmas and Matt has made it part of his routine to stop in on Fridays and bring home a great catch. When he arrives home, he whips up fabulous meals. I’m not going to lie; the man is an amazing chef! Our dinners have included salmon, halibut, soft-shelled crabs, and clams.  I’m also trying to enjoy, or should I say eat, oysters. Not too sure about them yet, but I’m trying.

If we were chatting over coffee this morning, I would share…

that I just finished the book The Crossover by Kwame Alexander.  I have to admit that I started this book some time ago and just could not get into the “reading zone.” You can guess what happened; I abandoned it. I did, however, keep hearing rave reviews about it, so I gave it a second chance.  And, boy-oh-boy, am I glad I did. I absolutely loved it!  There are so many wise words sprinkled throughout, and I’m a huge fan of books in verse.  Now I’m anxious to get my my hands on Booked by the same author. In the meantime though I’m actively reading Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan, 59 Reasons to Write by Kate Messner, and Poetry Mentor Texts by Lynne R. Dorfman & Rose Cappelli. Oh, and just so you know, spell check thinks Lynne’s last name is Doorman and Rose’s is Cappella.  I love technology!


If we were chatting over coffee this morning, I would share…

that Matt competed in a sprint triathlon on Sunday. His race recap will be posted shortly. Maddie just turned twenty and I don’t know where the time has gone. We have two more days of PSSA testing this week. The weather has been down right perfect here in Pennsylvania. And last but not least, I’m wondering what you would be sharing over coffee this morning!


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18 thoughts on “Let’s Chat & Have Some Coffee Too

  1. It was a pleasure to chat over coffee with you. I am impressed with your sporty goals and routine, the fish Friday sounds/looks delicious, the reading stack speaks of good times.

  2. What a clever slice, Amy! If we were having coffee this morning, I would share that my son finally decided that he would attend the University of Minnesota in the fall and that I’m both nervous and excited for him. I don’t know how I feel having him 6 hours away, but maybe we will have to visit him (and go to the Mall of America too!) GOOD LUCK with your half marathon!!!


    • Oh the decisions of college! I’m glad to hear that you can visit the Mall of America. That sounds like fun. Thanks for joining me for some coffee this morning!

  3. I love the way you have framed this piece of writing, Amy! It was delightful to read. Wow! Training for the 26 mile marathon – good for you! I will keep following. Like the idea of fresh fish Friday, too. I am having a cup of coffee and reading this post. Wish you were here right now so we could continue this chat. Thanks for such a wonderful way to start this day!

  4. I loved having a cup of coffee while you shared. It was fun to get some insight into your world and what a great way to frame your post! I might have to borrow the idea some day! If I were sharing…I’d mention signs of spring, an upcoming college graduation, spring break (for me!), and excitement about attending the ILA Conference in Boston this summer. (I believe Kwame Alexander is speaking there, so now I need to read the book you mentioned for two reasons!) Thanks for another enjoyable post, Amy!

    • Molly, I’m glad you enjoyed coffee with me this morning! Please feel free to borrow the coffee idea. I would join you too! I’m a bit jealous the you are attending an ILA conference, but I know you’ll share some highlights!

  5. I am enjoying my coffee as I read your chats. What great accomplishments. Love the fresh fish Friday. I admit that the only way I like oysters is if they are deep fried and then dipped in butter. Not the healthiest of meals.
    One thing I would share over coffee is that on Thursday I am having lunch with some other retired teachers that I worked with. This is a monthly tradition we started and I look forward to it each month.

  6. I enjoyed having coffee with you, Amy. Fresh fish Friday sounds amazing. Don’t give up on oysters. They may just grow on you! Good luck with the half marathon. I could maybe walk that far!

  7. If we were chatting over coffee… I would be confused because you hate it. I would have coffee and you would have tea. Well, it was more like chatting over salads at lunch today 😊 PS I am going to sneak over on one of these ‘Matt whips up something amazing’ Friday nights lol!

  8. If I were chatting over milk (not a coffee drinker) and chocolate with you tonight . . . I’d mention that I loved Echo. I listened to it and loved hearing the music. I have Poetry Mentor Texts in my WTR stack too. I’m looking forward to getting Kwame’s new book from the library soon. And Poem in Your Pocket Day is this Thursday. How will you celebrate?

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