Mommy in Pieces

Just a mom that wears a cape under her street clothes.

Test Flight

Photo Sep 23, 10 39 06 AMThanks to the wonderfully magical existence of the internet, my dear friend from Stacey’s Coffee introduced me to the world of third wave coffee.  I love coffee.  My existence is powered by coffee and tea.  But I will admit that it mostly subsists of mass marketed swill that is made palatable by the addition of a white chemical substance passed off as “creamer”

What is “Third Wave Coffee” you ask?  Well it would be incredibly high quality and often small batch roasted coffee that takes it to an artisanal level.   The way of picking and roasting coffee in turn the cup on its head and opening taste buds to incredibly complex flavors.

When asking the internet how to break into this new world while knowing absolutely nothing about where toPhoto Sep 21, 8 31 53 PM start, I was referred to Angel’s Cup.  This is a “single-origin coffee subscription” that allows you to blindly same amazingly high quality coffee from every corner of the globe.  The mailman brings you pouches of beans with a code number on them.  Paired with a beautifully designed app, the coffee tasting experience is free of preconceived notions about bean type, origin, and roast!  Even better than all of this, (like you need more examples of why this is awesome) is that you can then compare your notes on the tasting to those of the Roaster and others that are tasting the same sample!

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Test Flight: 0221

Photo Sep 23, 7 23 01 AMThis morning was my first go at this new world.  I loved the ritualistic feel of grinding the beans, heating the water, and the beautiful pour.  Using my V60 Drip Decanter I reveled in the process and the aroma.  the beans were so beautiful.  The color, the depth, the scent.  I was in heaven.  Thanks to the app, I knew what the roasters brewing preference was and from the guidance from Stacy, I went with a 15:1 ratio for the brew.  Watching the caramel colored bloom develop, I caught myself smiling as I knew what I was experiencing was a good cup of coffee.

Come to find out, I was having my first (and certainly not my last) cup of coffee from Roast House Coffee, a splendid small craft coffee company out of Seatte, Wa.  In my cup, a light roast Ethiopian Yirgacheffe, sweet and fruity. I, knowing nothing, was able to identify a note of nuttiness which the roaster’s notes in the app identified for me as almond.  Holding the coffee in my mouth, I could feel the flavors develop and as the coffee cooled, the almond mellowed, allowing for the fruits to become more vibrant.  This was such a wonderful departure from what I am used to, that I almost didn’t miss my typical chemical additive.  I hate to admit that for the second half of the cup that I did add some creamer, but I found that instead of covering the coffee, it served to enunciate the flavors.

I am really looking forward to what Test Flight: 0222 has to offer!

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Don’t Judge

Macaroni & Cheese Dinner doesn’t always need to be for dinner! Sometimes it can be for breakfast.

Can you tell that I haven’t been to the grocery store for two weeks?!?

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Its Just a Phase

I have officially hit the gelato eating portion of the injury!  Did you know that Sea Salt Caramel is the most amazing thing EVER?!?  Maybe this will help me heal faster??

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Simple Math

Do you know what happens when you can only wear one shoe?  The other shoes get lonely!! Oh, and you get piles of just left side shoes around the house that are easy to trip on.

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The Results are In!

I got “the call”!  No ruptured tendons!  YIPPEE!!!!!!!!! But…….

Just about every tendon and ligament has a rip in it of some sort…  I done messed up good!  I will have to do the full three weeks in the boot and maybe longer.  Still no driving, no going into work.

I think that the couch is starting to have a permanent impression of my butt in it!  Grumble!

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They see me rollin’

The internet can be a wonderful place!  You never know what will happen when you put a request out there!

Wouldn’t it be great to have a wheelie scooter that I could lean on instead of trying to get around all the time on the crutches?

What?  You, perfect internet stranger are willing to loan me your wheelie knee scooter?!  That is really a thing?!  Nothing can stop me now!


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Ya Gotta Have Fun!

It is time to embrace the boot and have a little fun with it.  Will Boston Marathon colors make me heal faster?  Is it a sign that my coffee cup and my couch all match?  Could all of this be the stars aligning?  Maybe I will get the MRI results today!

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Loot and Sadness

The Mailman tried his best to make me feel better today, but it actually made me feel worse.  I got my package of SWAG from Another Mother Runner and the Find Your Strong Challenge.  UGH!  I am supposed to be training for Beat the Blerch.  I am supposed to be connecting with other Mother runners and learning to push through our obstacles and self doubt..

Instead, I am still here… on the couch! (But at least it is with comfy new Balega socks.)


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Momma’s Got a New Foot!

Hello Robo-Boot!  Lovely little trip to the Orthopedist this afternoon earned me freedom from the cast and a new set of x-rays!  He was able to confirm that I did not break any of the bones in my ankle or foot!  Yipee!!  But.. that now means Im off to get and MRI to see how much damage I did to the tendons and ligaments.  The good doctor is thinking that I may have ruptured a tendon or two..  BOO!

And now for three weeks in this wonderful boot!  I might actually learn how to follow doctor’s orders!

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Humpty Dumpty….

Had a great fall….01e1f3b5fed110e5e14da8218d7e7b42

I wish that I had a good story.  I wish that it was saving a kitten, or walking a little old lady across the street.


My training for the Beat the Blerch Half Marathon was going SO WELL!  I was rocking the Another Mother Runner Find Your Strong Challenge.  I had control over my schedule.  I was getting my runs in.  I was making better food choices and my confidence was actually for once in a long time growing..   It was a great Monday morning, the boys got off to school with no tantrums, I was wearing my favorite Dr. Who socks..  Time to face the day, down the stairs and SNAP!!!

By the time my butt touched the stairs and I pulled up my pant leg, there was already a tennis ball sized swollen deformity.  I am sure that you can imagine the string of expletives that came out of my mouth!  Being home alone and it being my right foot I was thankful for my phone being with reach and dialed up my friendly neighborhood 911 operator.

ambulance3There is an important lesson to be learned for the eternal multi-tasker… while you are on 911 on your cell phone, you are not able to do anything else on your phone.  No texting, no picture taking etc.!  UGH!

Off to the hospital I went with really nice Medics in the Ambulance.  They wouldn’t give me whiskey of a leather strap to bite on.  I was given an IV and some meds.  Was cleared for surgery and had X-rays.  The doctor was surprised when the joint was shattered!

I am now the proud new owner of a cast and shiny new crutches!!  Off to see the Orthopedist tomorrow!


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