A new year, a new #WeekendCoffeeShare

If we were having coffee…

It’s kinda nice to get out of the house, isn’t it?

Yeah, it’s not like I’ve been cooped up all week–far from it!–but sitting in this Starbucks gives us some space to spread out. Too bad that local coffee shop in Maple Glen closed. It was charming. They started a tab for me the last time I was there. How cool was that? How dangerous was that? I wanted to show my husband, but alas. I was hoping we’d meet there, too, but this is the best we’ve got at 6:12pm.


Happy New Year in Philly

Happy New Year! How did you spend yours? My husband and I were crossing the highway hand-in-hand when everyone tooted horns and yelled out windows. We made it to Sugarbush Casino to see the fireworks over Philadelphia. Much warmer than last year, and this spot in Philly is easier to get to. Maybe you’ll be in town to join us?

My gosh, a worldwind week: shopping in New York City; train ride from New Jersey; craft stores in North Wales here; mall shopping at King of Prussia and here in Montgomery Mall; coffee shops everywhere; and so much more. The weather was great all week.


Believe in the magic of Christmas and window displays


Celebrating in the City and beyond

It was in the 40s when we were in the City, perfect for walking around. Times Square was the most crowded, maybe because some streets were already blocked off for the ball drop the next day. The Macy’s window displays were creative. The bookish geek in me adored the Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus display, but the Charlie Brown animatronic windows were divoon. My favorite was the Red Baron one with Snoopy decorating his dog house in lights then taking off into the sky among fireworks. The way the curtain of clouds revealed the story made everyone gasp.

We found some fun Starbucks Christmas tree ornaments and exclusive Times Square mugs. It rained only as we got to Penn Station for the train home, and of course we got roasted nuts. No trip to the City is complete without nuts.
The Penn State bowl game yesterday was a loss, but it wasn’t. My husband and I watched the game with the Montco Penn State Alumni Chapter. They hosted it at a bar and provided free appetizers. The final score was 24-17 Georgia, but our team came back with two 4th quarter touchdowns to make it a game at the end. It all came down to the last play of the game, and it was a real effort. No one gave up, and we don’t feel bad about the outcome. Okay, we hoped they would win, but the soul and the spirit that the players showed was enough for me to feel proud about it all.

I did get some writing done, as well as some writing organization. I didn’t touch Jimmy the Burglar: Thief of Socks once I chose not to publish by December 31, but I did some blogging, some planning for blog and writing time, and I’m catching up on my much-neglected social media.


Lucky the puppy flops on the stairs waiting for head and tummy scritches

It’s strange that people are going back to work tomorrow, but we’re still on vacation until Wednesday. Not that I mind. It’s been nice visiting with my in-laws and the puppy. Eat, nap, scratch, eat, sleep…oh, the life of a dog. I feel like that today since I’m sleeping in tomorrow.
Did you make any New Year’s resolutions? I haven’t, and I don’t intend to. It’s complicated but really simple: I don’t want the pressure. I’m being kind to myself that way, but that’s why this whole writing-planning thing is important. I’m setting goals and striving towards them, which is different than “resolutions.”


Together time: he whooped my butt in air hockey

It’s been all about food. There was brunch last Sunday, pizza from another delicious hole-in-the-strip-mall Italian restaurant here, more pizza in the City, homemade lasagna, Wawa subs and…. Let me say that I’m looking forward to getting home if only to eat “normal” food and exercise on my WiiFit.

It’s really been all about family. And the puppy. My husband and I had together time, we talked with his folks around the dinner table a few nights, we played with the puppy, stuff like that. His folks are getting older, so it’s good that we make these times to be together. Make no mistake, I wasted many hours playing games on my phone and watching YouTube videos, but we were here in the house with them. Sometimes just being is enough.

Care for more coffee or tea? There’s free in-store refills for Starbucks Gold Card members, and I have yet to hear what you’ve been up to. How was your week?


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Arlee Bird
    Jan 06, 2016 @ 09:40:25

    My wife and I drove past the King of Prussia mall on December 30th as we began a trek back to L.A. after visiting my daughters in NJ. On New Year’s Eve we stayed in Branson, MO, but were tucked away asleep come midnight and early on the road the next morning.

    We had a great vacation despite my coming down with some aggravating ailment that I’m now mostly done with. My wife took off her first two days back to her teaching job so she could catch up on rest, but now is happily back to work (as she happily looks forward to retirement in a couple years).

    Me? Same ol’ same ol’ though I hope with more writing motivation in the coming year.

    All the best to you!

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out


    • D.W. Hirsch
      Jan 08, 2016 @ 23:57:33

      Wow–even the end of the trip sounds event-full. It’s a fabulous mall, high-end stores mingled with casual mingled with very-high-end. After our trip, taking a vacation day after the vacation was called for. Last year, my husband got sick. This year, we both came down with The Naps.

      It was pleasant to get some writing done, but I accepted early on that I wanted to focus on family time. Like your trip to NJ (where? I spent a few years living in NJ), it was all about relationships. The moments I had writing were all that more valuable.

      Here’s to you finding that valuable writing motivation in your work. :)


  2. Arlee Bird
    Jan 18, 2016 @ 01:11:08

    Just happened to be checking this post and saw your reply. I guess I can’t sign up to be notified of comments.

    Our NJ trip was to Tom’s River. My daughters live and work there, Brick Township, and Asbury Park.

    Thanks for the encouragement.



    • D.W. Hirsch
      Jan 18, 2016 @ 13:38:22

      Shore towns…very nice. Maybe not so much now in the winter, but summer, really hoppin’ places.

      Yeah, I’ve been having issues with the Follow stuff on my blog. Someone else pointed that out this week. Something to work on. Real soon.


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