If We Were Having Coffee – September 2018

Hi everyone! Today I wanted to share a cup of coffee with you, as well as my One Second A Day video! I’m really happy that I found this format of posts, as I really love doing it. My new end -of-the-month schedule of posts still includes this one, which will always be on the first of the month now.


I am having a very tired start to the month, I’ll admit, but I think it’ll be a good one! I’m having a pumpkin spice latte because I always get it once per season to be basic like that. I have to be honest here, it’s not my favorite. Way too much sugar (and I’m sugar obsessed to that means a lot.) Lets get to it!

If We Were Having Coffee

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I had my last first day of the year for grad school this past week! I have to admit, it kind of snuck up on me and I didn’t feel like how I thought I would. I thought it’d be more dramatic, as I am sooooo dramatic usually. But it felt like a normal first day of class. How strange. On one hand I’m expecting that maybe the spring semester will bring on such emotions. On the other, I have a sneaking suspicion that this might not be the end of my formal education somehow.  I mean, at this point I feel like I’m just collecting degrees but maybe I could always get a doctorate? Just for fun and so I can make my friends call me “Doctor Pamela”. Yup, I’m such a kind and lovely friend!

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you how I actually ended up dropping a class for grad school. But not for a bad reason! The class was meant to start in the second half of the semester but multiple people told me they’d heard it was a very useless and outdated course. It was a data analysis in social media so naturally I wanted to take it but the fact that more than one person had heard this same thing made me want to change immediately. I thought I had until next week but luckily I checked my email that I’d deleted about dropping classes without getting a “w” for withdrawn on my transcript and realized it was that day. I emailed my academic advisor who responded with an hour that he was okay with the change. I had also let him know the two classes I was trying to decide between, both in the spring. He recommended the class I had been leaning towards anyway so looks like that’s my decision! I’m feeling so much better about this choice. I feel like for the amount of money I’m paying per class, and the fact that I am doing this purely for myself, means that I have to get as much out of it as possible. That class wasn’t going to cut it and I’m happy I was able to drop it before it was too late. I think I’m going to get a lot more out of this new class I want too!

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I’ve been really disappointed by Target lately. I feel that although the stores look amazing with their redesign, the items just don’t live up to the new feel of the store. The store looks so trendy and fresh, but the items do not have the same excitement and thrill. It’s like the merchandisers are going on the safe route for what people will like. The shelves look almost bare and you can never find what you went in to get. For example, my cousin recently had a baby girl and so I went to the aisle to find a “blankey bear” as Emilia from the Sacconejolys YouTube channel would say. Basically a bear that is attached to a blanket and looks so cozy! I wanted to get it and mail it to my cousin but there wasn’t a girl one, just a mint green and grey one which looked gender neutral but ultimately not what I wanted. And this has happened for a lot of items for me lately! I do think they go through moments where they’re better stocked than others so right now they’re definitely on the lower end.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I’m trying a new Instagram theme! Imagine that. So it’s kind of like a checker board theme where every other picture includes my face and the rest, well, don’t. It’s not so obvious right now and actually is backfiring on me as I don’t take a lot of selfies to begin with, but it’s coming together. I’ve tried the vertical theme, the horizontal theme, the same filter on everything (that was my fave because it was so easy). But this is something new and actually probably not that exciting so let’s move on.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I’m still dreaming of Texas. My dad would move in a heartbeat, my mom is slowly coming to terms, and I’m ready to head out too. I love Illinois, I adore Chicago, and we really enjoy where we are but I think we’ve reached the point where we want something new. For awhile I was thinking DC but right now I’m thinking San Antonio. Or Houston. The thing is, I haven’t visited those places. Well, I’ve been to Houston twice but only for work and DC once on a school trip. I haven’t done a proper trip. I think I’d like to find a job someday that will let me work from home as a remote employee and then I can try renting at places until I decide what I like best. Or I could also take more vacations to these places. Either one of these things could work.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you about how the AC went out earlier this month! It was out for about a week I think as it broke over the weekend and my dad couldn’t get anyone out to fix it until the weekend after. Luckily it’s working again which is great. I can’t sleep without piles of blankets so it works well for me!

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I’m reading three books on leadership right now, or with strong leadership themes, and my head is spinning with all that information. One is for class so I have to read it. Another I actually just finished and was all about Estee Lauder and how she grew her empire of cosmetics. The last is Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg. I like Lean In the best so far. But I have to write a paper on the first book, Great Leadership by Antony Bell, so there’s some conflict inside on which I actually need to finish first.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I’m putting off going self hosted again for a bit. Sigh. It is a goal of mine but I just wasn’t happy with my blog plan and where it was to do it in September. I’m considering January next so that it won’t interfere with my classes and Blogmas but I’m also hoping to plan a trip for that time so we’ll see! But don’t worry, I’m starting to implement changes to my blog schedule, although perhaps a little slower than I’d originally planned. I had thought of doing a blog audit through a blogger I used to know way back in the day but considering she never replied to my email asking for some more information, I doubt I’ll be working with her. If anyone knows of a good one or even wants to give me some blog feedback, please do at starringpamela@gmail.with! 

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I am so, so disappointed that Google is not going to release a Pixel Watch this year. I have a Google Pixel 2 for a phone and I love it. So when my FitBit broke, I switched to Google, and heard rumors that there was going to be a Pixel Watch I was excited! However they just announced there would not be a watch this year which I know is silly to be upset about but it had sounded super cool. I may go for the FitBit Charge HR 3 for now but I haven’t quite decided yet.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that fall is definitely in the air! the mornings and evenings are cooler, and I’m so happy about it. Unfortunately the days are also shorter and I prefer not to feel like I’m missing out on the little daytime we have left but ah well. I do enjoy fall and I also enjoy winter, minus the snow. I’m so ready to break out the books and jackets though!


One Second A Day

Video time! I try to remember to take a video for my One Second a Day app but honestly I keep forgetting more and more. So more of these are photos than usual but hopefully you still enjoy it! This video still contains something for every day in August so there you go!


So that’s my Coffee post for September and my OSAD video for August! The next post like this will be on October 1st as I am now going to do this post on the first of every month.

So, what would you tell me if we were having coffee?

Thanks for reading!


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  1. It was great catching up with you Pamela! I’ve been pretty lax with blogging lately, so it was nice to see what you’re up to! Moving your blog over is a really big move, so definitely do it when you have the time for it, otherwise you’ll get way too stressed!

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  2. Your pink kettle is awesome – pink is my favourite colour haha! I’m glad your AC got fixed, it’s always a bummer when things like that stop working. Hopefully Google will bring out a watch at some point 🙂

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  3. I hadn’t been to Target in the longest but I went the other day and walked out with NOTHING, shouting about how Walmart is so much better now. I’m glad I’m not the only one who noticed!

    I do think you should take a proper vacation to all of the places you’re thinking about moving to first! Once you’re there, you’ll know that’s where you wanna stay. 🙂

    I am the same way about sleeping! I need to have blankets and heaviness on top of me or I can’t sleep! So glad you’re AC is working now. What a nightmare that musta been!

    Nice having a little chat with you, Pamela. 😉

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    • Yes! Target has been so disappointing for awhile! It really sucks as their redesign of the stores look amazing but the stuff is just okay.
      A vacay would be a great idea! I was considering doing long weekends in the places. Either that or just moving for a year and renting until I decide if I hate it or not but that seems crazy expensive if I end up not liking it haha.
      Yes! Even if it’s just one blanket, I need it!!!
      Thank you and sorry for taking so long to reply!!! ❤️

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