a coffee date of tentative beginnings

Happy May! Another month has passed (yes, April seemed just as long as March), and we are now in the fifth month of this crazy year.

Join us for this month’s Ultimate Coffee Date. After reading here, head on over to visit Coco and Deborah, our awesome link-up hosts.

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Over coffee, I would tell you that…

I’m at a point where I’m drinking actual hot coffee! Who am I, even?

Over coffee, I would tell you that…

Restarting Couch to 5K has been super humbling and super amazing all at once. I have been so scared and worried that I wasn’t ready, but I finally just had to go for it. It hasn’t been easy, at all, but that’s to be expected.

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Over coffee, I would tell you that…

I think I have to readjust my ultimate comeback goals this year. Obviously, I am not alone, and while I would love nothing more than to go to Memphis for the St. Jude Memphis Half Marathon, there are several unknowns. With everything going on in the world, registration is delayed, and we don’t even know if the 2020 event will go on as planned. If it does happen, I’m not sure I feel comfortable traveling several states away at this point, and I don’t know if my running buddy will be either. I may have to find a local half, instead.

Over coffee, I would tell you that…

Florida is starting a slow opening, and we are starting to venture out a little. This past weekend, we went blueberry picking, and attended a small drive-in movie at a local restaurant. I, personally, feel a lot more comfortable when things are outside, and it’s been good to get out of the house a bit.

On Monday, we go into a Phase I (this is good for the whole state, with the exception of Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties in South Florida), which means we will see the beaches open without restrictions, restaurants for patio dining and 25% capacity inside, as well as more retail spaces, and elective surgeries. No gyms. No salons. No theaters or big events. More decisions will be made from there. We are just going to take a wait and see approach. Our region hasn’t been hit as hard as others, for which we are so grateful, but I d on’t know if it’s because of our social distancing or other factors. It’s intimidating not to know, but we all just have to stay vigilant and as safe as we can.

Over coffee, I would tell you that…

I broke down for this mask. And this is my laundry room. Starbucks had a campaign with that little black pug about 15 years ago, and I was gifted on of the banners. It’s hung in my home ever since.

Over coffee, I would tell you that…

Little man’s quarantine birthday was actually a pretty big success. He was so upset that it was going to be an awful, less than special day, but he ended up loving it! We started with balloons outside his room, a special Quarantine Birthday shirt I made, presents, and his favorite breakfast. My parents brought takeout for lunch, and we ate outside in our driveway, but six feet apart. We got wings for dinner (again, his fave), and while we ate outside, so many of our friends surprised him with an incredible drive-by birthday parade. There were balloons and posters, music, beads, silly string and noisemakers. Heck, one of our LEO friends played “happy birthday” on the siren of his police car and another friends tied cans to their tailgate. It was a huge surprise and made his night.

And finally, over coffee, I would tell you that…

I may have some huge news next week. HUGE. No hints, but I really, really, really, really hope it works out. Keep your fingers crossed!

What would you tell me over coffee?

Are restrictions easing or staying tight where you live?

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31 Responses to a coffee date of tentative beginnings

  1. That birthday sign – “you’re not invited” – is a hoot! I love all the birthday parades that I’ve seen videos of. I even saw a video of a Navy retirement parade/celebration. There just aren’t enough tissues for me.
    Up here in Virginia, just today dentists and doctors can take non-emergency patients. They are developing the reopening phases, I suppose, but we haven’t heard them yet. Non-essential businesses, like my gym, are closed until May 8 but the state has a stay at home order until June 10. Not sure what’s going to happen – if we’ll open or not and then what that will look like. I think our Governor is probably watching all the other states to see what’s happening. Word on the news is we’re super behind on testing compared with all the other states so who knows?

    • runswithpugs says:

      That’s smart of the Governor, for sure. It’s hard to know what’s true or not in regards to testing. You hope that everyone is doing the right thing, but … what can you do?

  2. So happy Little Man’s birthday was a success! I’ve had a few awful ones growing up –like my fourteenth, when my uncle unexpectedly died. Although I have to admit no guarantine birthdays! He’ll always remember this one!

    No loosening up here. Upstate NY isn’t as bad as downstate, but seriously, I think many of the states where the new cases haven’t dropped, are just stupid.

    I guess I can say that because I have enough to eat and a roof over my head, and I don’t have to drive my kids to sit outside a school in a car so they can have enough wifi for schoolwork.

    Still, none of that will matter if you die!

    Ok, sorry.

    I haven’t worn a mask. yet. Scarves & buffs, but we’re slowly warming up so I know i can’t keep that up forever! Well, maybe the buffs . . .

    • runswithpugs says:

      Don’t apologize. It’s hard to know the right thing to do right now. We aren’t going hog wild – we are going to wait and see what happens. Our part of the state hasn’t had many cases at all, so it’s a lot different than what you see in South Florida, where it’s still really scary. I still have zero interest in heading out to restaurants or stores, but the start of elective surgeries means my husband’s business is safe.

  3. You know, all things considered, that’s a pretty solid birthday right there! Glad little man enjoyed his day.
    Love the pug mask! Where did you find that one?
    We are expecting to start Phase 1 on May 20th. We are about 7 days into or hospitalization decline so if that continues 7 more, phase 1 can start. CT was hit pretty hard, and we’re a very small state, so I think even phase 1 will be small steps. I’m happy to hunker down as long as it takes to stay safe!

  4. Marcia says:

    So glad little man had a fun birthday. One he’ll likely remember forever! We’re locked down here at least until May 30. No real openings yet, despite the fact that I live nowhere near any “hotspots” Our town and those around us have on average <9 total cases.

    • runswithpugs says:

      He will for sure remember it forever. Interesting how the different states are handling things. I’m cautiously optimistic, but we just have to wait and see.

  5. I am glad he had a fun birthday. My son’s 20th is in 2 weeks and let’s just say he is not thrilled about celebrating it quarantined in our house. I need to figure out the balloon thing as I won’t be able to go get them. Had no idea you never drank coffee! Way to go on the C25K so far!

    • runswithpugs says:

      I’m sure he’s not happy. That age group really seems to be struggling. We ended up ordering the balloons on Amazon. I was going to manually blow them up with a bike pump and tape them to the wall, but Mr PugRunner snagged them on his way to the grocery store and had them inflate them with helium. You can totally use regular air, though.

      I don’t like hot coffee, but it’s too much effort to get iced, and the coffee my husband drinks is gross when it’s served over ice.

  6. Michelle D. says:

    It’s great to hear that your son’s birthday was a success!

    Nothing is opening around here for a while. The governor just extended our stay at home for another 2 weeks but I think we’ll stay on lockdown until Memorial Day ๐Ÿ™

  7. Glad the birthday went off happily. Things were just starting on my birthday (March 14th) and were in full swing by the time the hubby’s got here (April 1). We just rolled with it, and all was well for us, too. Those blueberries!!! We used to go to a blueberry farm (when we were still in Michigan) and pick blueberries with the kids. So fun!!!!

    • runswithpugs says:

      I love blueberry picking, and we are hoping to go pick strawberries tomorrow. Fingers crossed.

      My birthday is in a week. Things will be in the starting phases of open, but I think we will get takeout and lay low again.

  8. Coco says:

    I knew youโ€™d figure out how to make his birthday special! I bet it will be one he will remember for a long time. Iโ€™m glad C25 K is going well for you. I feel like Va will be one of the last states to open, so we are watching the rest of you to see what happens โ€” fingers crossed!

  9. Chaitali says:

    Yay, thatโ€™s sounds like an amazing birthday! You did a great job, Iโ€™m glad he enjoyed it ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Catrina says:

    Now you’ve got me all excited about your big news next week! Can’t wait to hear it!
    Getting serenaded by a sirene of a police car is awesome! I bet little man was super happy about how his day went.
    Switzerland will go into phase 2 of its exit plan soon, everyone is happy about that. Glad to hear that Florida wasn’t hit as hard.
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    • runswithpugs says:

      I hope you find it as exciting as I do!!!!

      He was really happy about his big day. He was so bummed – he wanted to hang out with friend and have a sleepover, or something like that, so it was hard to get past all that, but we did it, for sure.

      Our part of Florida is fine. South Florida is taking a beating. The state is so huge that it’s possible to separate the two, but I hope that things strat calming down for everyone. Good luck with Phase 2!

  11. Farrah says:

    We have a tentative Phase 1-4 plan in the works too in my state. I’d love to go berry picking!

    I’m so glad that his birthday went well and that’s awesome about the drive-by birthday parade! That’ll be an awesome memory for sure. :]!

    Sending good thoughts your way about the news! :]

    • runswithpugs says:

      I want to pick strawberries tomorrow. We shall see if it works out.

      Thanks. We should know more on Monday. And I have another surprise, too! Wheee!

      I hope your phases go well. It’s so hard to know what to do.

  12. Kristen says:

    Aww, yay for a good birthday for your little man!!!
    I’m in Florida as well (Tampa) and it’s so weird to think that things are gradually opening up. I know all my daughter (13) wants is to see a couple friends. I’d love to go to the beach but I feel like it’ll be a mad dash at first so I’ll give it a little while to see.

    • runswithpugs says:

      He had a good day ๐Ÿ™‚

      The one time I did get to go out, it was like nothing had really changed here. We are also going to hang back a little and see what happens. We aren’t in a huge rush to be part of anything, but it is nice to see things start to tend back to normal ish. Fingers crossed that it will all go smoothly.

  13. I’m glad your son had a great birthday! It certainly will be one of his most memorable!

    I’m scared to see things opening up again…it still feels too soon to me. Hopefully everyone will stay alert and remember to flatten the curve.

    Looking forward to the huge news!
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    • runswithpugs says:

      It is scary. It’s also interesting to hear how different the different regions are. Some things feel soon (like why are malls opening???), but I understand that they have to try. I hope everyone is smart and safe. We are going to just sort of wait and see as best we can.

  14. I’m excited for your news, whatever it is. One of our young ‘uns has a birthday coming up very soon so we’ll be figuring that out.
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  15. Wendy says:

    Happy 12th birthday to your son! I’m sure he’ll never forget this birthday.

    We are beginning to open back up slowly here, even though cases are not dropping. I’m going back to work next week, 2 days in the office and will continue one day at home. I’m relieved but still a bit anxious to be around people again. We’re really limiting who we are seeing, so that helps.

    Excited to hear your news!

    • runswithpugs says:

      I will be thinking of you. Just stay safe. It’s a little anxiety inducing, but we just have to have faith that it will be ok. It sounds like you and your practice are being safe. <3

  16. Holly says:

    Love that cup!
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