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IMG_4806It’s been quite some time since I’ve done an Over Coffee post. Honestly, I got a little tired of sharing a bunch of facts about myself without learning anything about you!

The original idea was that I would list a few questions, give my answers, and you’d share your answers in the comments. It would be a sort of Internet conversation… like you’d have over coffee with friends.

When my friend Sarah nominated me for the Liebster Award, I decided to use her questions for an Over Coffee session instead, since I’d already written two awards posts in the same week.

Below are 5 questions from Sarah… leave your responses in the comments! I’d love to read them! I’d even be happy with one-word answers :)

1 | Where is your favorite place to vacation in the summer?

I was homeschooled from K-12, which was awesome for many reasons- one being the fact that we were never restricted to summer-only vacations. Instead, we preferred to go down to Disneyland in early December (the BEST time to go), we’ve stayed at a friend’s house in Morro Bay twice in the off-season, we’ve been to Hawaii in October and November, etc. I always enjoyed doing vacation a little differently. Summer was for swimming in Grandma’s backyard!

2 | What is your favorite animal?

Dolphins. I’ve been fascinated with them forever.

3 | On what day of the week do you feel the most productive?

Monday/Wednesday/Thursday. Oh, and there’s a big difference between being school-productive and creative-productive… for me, at least. Usually those are inversely related…

4 | What’s one thing that makes you smile the most?

Only one thing? Cute kids, among a hundred other things. I smile a lot.

5 | What’s your favorite season of the year? Why?

I think I still have to say summer. Summer is warm and bright, and it feels free. It’s also the best time to swim, to eat ice cream, to drink lemonade, to wear shorts and flip flops, etc.


over coffee // week seventeen

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01 // You’re going on a cross-country trip. Airplane, train, bus, or car? (Or something else entirely — bike? Hot air balloon?)

Definitely air. I’m one of the persons who still delights in flying, in spite of the TSA.

02 // Do you feel comfortable being a citizen of the 21st-century?

Quite. Though sometimes I really want to be young in the 1950s.

03 // _______ is funny.

Life. It just is.

over coffee // week sixteen

over coffee01 // What’s the last movie you saw in a theater?

October Baby. I guess I don’t have to tell you that I don’t go to the movies very often!

02 // When was the last time you cried?

Last Sunday whilst watching a movie. I can totally get emotional about a movie if I get sucked into the story.

03 // What’s your biggest indulgence?

Currently it would be bread, because I’m trying very hard to be gluten-free. I’m doing pretty good too!

over coffee // week fourteen

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I’ve had a lovely week and I hope you did too. Mine was full of school, but I found time for some crafts and baking too. Specifically, I made these cupcakes and oh my word, if you’re looking for a quick treat to whip up for yourself or for a group this weekend, I highly recommend them! Hint: make the cupcake frosting with sour cream instead of cream cheese… soooooo good!

Happy weekend, my friends!

As always, the questions are taken from the Q & A a Day journal, and also Plinky.com. Please, please join the fun and leave your own answers in the comments… it would make my day!

01 // If you could get all the nutrition you needed in a day with a pill — no worrying about what to eat, no food preparation — would you do it?

Absolutely not. This one requires no thought.

02 // What’s your dream tourist destination — either a place you’ve been and loved, or a place you’d love to visit?

There are so many cities I’d love to tour… but right now I really would love to go to Paris. I’d want to stay in a cozy apartment with a kitchen so I could experience the city a little more like a local and be able to buy food at the markets to cook for myself!

03 // What’s your favorite thing to do on a Friday night?

The same thing I do on a Thursday night… except maybe stay up a wee bit later :)


over coffee // week thirteen

over coffeeI successfully made it through another week without posting. This is getting old. But, I do have a little tutorial for you tomorrow, and I hope I can crank out a couple more posts as well before Monday arrives.

I’ve been keeping busy with school as usual. On Wednesday I passed the Social Justice midterm… now if I can just hang on until the final in two weeks…

In other news, today was National Donut Day! I feel lame because I didn’t take advantage of this opportunity to eat a guilt-freeish maple donut. What about you? Even if you didn’t get to eat a donut today, what’s your favorite kind? Do you have a favorite donut shop? Spill it in the comments!!

P.S. My two favorite shops are this one and this one.


01 // (June 4) What did you wear today?

These jeans, Birkenstocks, and one of my favorite shirts from Anthro, which unfortunately no longer has an internet presence. I bought it over a year ago.

02 // (June 5) What was the last fruit you ate?

Strawberries… on ice cream… with hot fudge :)

03 // (June 7) What do you feel grateful for today?

So. many. things. I’ve been pausing a lot lately to consider just how crazy blessed I am, even when life takes strange and unexpected turns.


over coffee // week twelve

over coffee I’ve given “Over Coffee” a new look! For now, at least.

I hope you all enjoyed having Monday off and this four-day week! I’m so glad it’s the weekend… I don’t know if I could survive another school day this week. My attention span was waning today. (Do I say that every week? C’est la vie, I suppose.)

Tomorrow I’m hoping to be able to work on a little painting project. If there’s one thing I’m terrible at, it’s painting anything but walls, so this should prove to be interesting. In case you’re curious, I’m trying to replicate an idea from A Beautiful Mess. The biggest obstacle right now is choosing which lyrics I want to use!

Also, I’m looking forward to watching a Giant’s game on TV… if it doesn’t get postponed again!


01 // East Coast or West Coast? In between?

West Coast (the best coast) forever <3

02 // If you didn't have any responsibilities for the day, what would you do?

Simple! I'd bake. As a side note, someday I'm going to make this cake… it’s so inspiring!

Only two questions this week, since I don’t really feel like sharing how much money I have in my wallet and bank account ;)


over coffee // week eleven

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Hello! I’m finally on time today :) Remember to join in the conversation by leaving your answers in the comments!


01 // What’s the most creative thing you’ve done recently?

I started this blog. It’s caused me to be more aware of things around me, and I feel more inspired. P.S. Last year, my answer to this question was pretty fun… I got to attend a Maker Faire! People do THE most creative things, it’s ridiculous! Maybe sometime I’ll write about a few of the things I saw.

02 // What’s your hairstyle?

Long-ish, parted on the side, thick, and wavy-ish. It can also be straight if I blow dry it, or curly if I curl it.

03 // What motivated you today?

LONG WEEKEND! Woohoo!! I can hardly stand it.

I hope to be back a little later on with another “Currently” post as a sort of quick update. Fingers crossed! :)


over coffee // week ten

over coffeeI am lame. I stood you up all weekend. We had a date for Friday and I didn’t show up. Saturday came and went and I still didn’t appear. I wish I had a convincing excuse, but I don’t.

On Friday I basically cooked all day. It was amazing and therapeutic and resulted in content for three food blog posts, and that never happens. I also found a new photo setup in my kitchen that I like. Convenient lighting has been one of the biggest obstacles for me to overcome in regards to my food blog, so I hope that this arrangement will work long term.

Saturday started at the farmer’s market, continued with a trip to Old Navy and Target, and ended with a Starbucks blogging session.

Right now I’m anxious about a test tomorrow… not really about the test per say, but whether or not I’ll be able to take it. The hours at the college changed and I was unaware, so when I tried to call on Friday to make the appointment for Monday, I discovered that they’re now closed on Fridays. So I’ll be calling at 7:00 tomorrow morning and hopefully be able to schedule the test for the afternoon. I hope, I hope, I hope.

Anyways… with the test hopefully behind me, we have dinner with friends tomorrow, I get Tuesday off, and then I start a new course on Wednesday! I’m praying for a balanced week. Lately there have not been enough hours in the day!

I hope you all had a beautiful week, and that this upcoming week will be even better.


1 // What was your favorite day this week?

Today (May 16)! I scored a 92% on my Sociology practice test, and took my brother to Starbucks for tea.

2 // Today (May 17) you got rid of…

Trash that has been collecting in my purse for a while.

3 // What’s the most creative thing you’ve done recently?

Hmmm. The most creative? I guess I’d have to say rigging up some miscellaneous items to make a photo set in the kitchen. One day I’ll show a picture of it… maybe. The only thing I’ll say is that it’s pretty ghetto, but at least it works.