Yay for 2023 and for the first edition of the Ultimate Coffee Date hosted by Coco and Deborah.  It’s also time for another edition of Fit Five Friday hosted by My First 5K and MoreRunning With AttitudeRun Laugh Eat PieRuns with Pugs, and me!  Let’s get started, shall we?

I am excited about this year.  I have a new word for 2023.  I will be traveling to NYC and Washington, DC for two races.  Once I have more information about another summer school program, I will make plans to travel to Mexico.  Finally, a project that I listed in DonorsChoose got funded at the end of December.  

There is more to tell.  So grab a mug of your favorite beverage and let’s chat for a bit!

If we were having coffee…
I’d tell you that I am a bit sad that today is my last day of Winter Break.  I enjoyed it.  I wrote a post of things I was looking forward to and I did all but 1 (to write a few blog posts).  However, Kim and I finalized our topics for Tuesday Topics and the Fit Five Friday team also put together a list of topics.

If we were having coffee…
I’d tell you that even though I just mentioned I am sad about Winter Break being over, I am looking forward to getting back to my school routine.  A teeny tiny part of me also missed my 2nd graders.  We have a bunch of assessments to do in January so it will be a busy month for us.  I will have snacks and words of support and encouragement for them.  It is all about the food.  🤣

If we were having coffee…
I’d tell you that I signed up for my third race this year – the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8k.  You know it is one of my favorite races.  I took it as a sign to finally sign up when I received an email encouraging me to sign up for $45.  It was $5 less than the regular price but still that was my sign.

If we were having coffee…
I’d tell you that my mom turns 80 this year and we are planning a BIG celebration for her in September.  She has a big family so it will be fun to have many family members together and celebrate.  It won’t be a surprise party since she was at the kitchen table when a few of us were talking about it.

If we were having coffee…
I’d tell you that I finished reading “Landslide” and “Come Fly the World”.  I liked the latter much more than the first one.  My next book is “Crying in H Mart”.  I love to read.  Like running, reading is my alone and me time.  It saddens me to see that many kids do not know how to read or don’t like to read. 

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28 Comments on Fit Five Friday and January 2023 Ultimate Coffee Date

  1. Sounds like you will have a great 2023 with lots of fun things planned.

    Hope the rest of the school year goes well too.

    See you in March!

  2. 80 is definitely quite the milestone, and I’m so glad your mom still has plenty of family to celebrate it with. My mom turns 95 (God willing) in a couple of months. She is the baby of her family, the last of her generation in fact.

    All your travel this year sounds so exciting! You’re going to have so much fun!

  3. Sounds like you have lots of exciting things to look forward to this year! How great for your mom-I am sure she is really looking forward to special times with family

  4. Yes, that last day of vacation is hard! But it sounds like you’re optimistic about getting back to school for the new year. Maybe I missed it, but what is your word for the year?
    Sounds like you have some exciting race plans! And that’s a big birthday for your mom- lots of fun things coming up this year.

  5. Great to see that you have some fun things planned for this year! Can’t wait to hear more about your plans for Mexico.

    Those first couple of days after break are tough aren’t they? I went back to work this week and re-entry was a bit rough LOL. I hope the rest of the school year goes well!

  6. That[‘s exciting for your mom to have a big celebration to look forward to. My father’s 80th happened in May 2020, right when Covid was in the early (and unknown) stages…so we made a big sign for his yard for people to “honk” as they drove by. My sister and I had some cake and ice cream with him and our mother, but we were in their garage, sitting across from one another on opposite walls, LOL.

  7. I felt the same way about break ending – sad it’s over, but looking forward to getting back in the swing of things. I hope your mom has an amazing birthday celebration!

    Crying in H Mart has been on my list for a while!

  8. I loved Crying in H Mart. And yes, it makes me sad about the lack of interest in getting kids to read. I still have my Reach Out and Read program going in my office. Parents are always amazed at how much their kids like the books.

    • I have a new rug and some comfortable seats. Hopefully my students will be motivated and excited to read. I know it takes more than that but they were reading in their desk and it wasn’t comfortable. I will also bring my book so they can see that I also read.

  9. Wow! Happy birthday to your Mom! 80 deserves a big party for sure!

    I enjoyed Crying in H Mart but there were a lot of food references I didn’t get.

    Thanks for including the coffee dates in your schedule.

  10. you’ve got a lot to look forward to this year! and amazing it will be your mom’s 80th birthday! a big party sounds exactly what is needed for that! I’ve signed up for one race so far but I’m hoping for a few more. And we’re trying to figure out if we can do Chicago next November/ December (and then breakfast is on us!!) and maybe do a local race. Obviously I need travel to look forward to as well 😉 These are the things that get us through right?

  11. Food is a great motivator. 😛 Hope you get back into your routine soon!

    Crying in H Mart is on my to-read list! I’ve missed reading and finally got back into it during the latter part of last year — hoping to continue! :]

    • I know what you mean! It wasn’t until I saw Wendy’s book reviews that got me excited. But it still took me a long time to get some of the books because I was watching so much TV. Now I do not watch as much and am enjoying my reading time.

  12. My kids love to read – my girl especially – you actually have to drag her nose out of a book on some days! Looks like your mum and my dad-in-law were born in the same year, and just a few months apar! He turns 80 in July. My mother-in-law turns 70 in June, so it will be a big year – probably best celebrated as one big bash!

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