Welcome to the March Madness edition of the Ultimate Coffee Date Link Up!
No, you don’t have to talk about basketball, but please do share what’s going on in your life, as if we were getting together for coffee (or tea, or your favorite relaxing beverage). Deborah and I host this monthly event so we can get to know each other better and support each other in all our endeavors. Since it’s no fun to have coffee alone, make sure you leave comments on other blogs in the link up, and stop by Deborah’s before you head out.
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March Madness – Kitchen Update
If we were having coffee, I would have to update you on my kitchen! When we last got together, I was debating kitchen appliances. Well, the Kitchen Aid suite has been ordered and my kitchen now looks like this.
I already love the extra light coming in since they took the dining room wall out!
I was surprised that they had the kitchen completely gutted to the studs on the first day. Getting up the old floor took longer–and ended up requiring a new sub-floor–there’s always something, right? I think they will start putting in the new floor next week. Hopefully that will go smoothly.
I’m getting used to preparing rudimentary meals in our basement using our toaster oven, steamer, and microwave, but I will be so happy when I can cook for real again.
March Madness – Business Travel
Speaking of which, if we were having coffee, I would have to tell you about my April business trips–which probably will take me away right when my kitchen is done! I was planning on one trip to Europe, but now it looks like I also might be going to Seoul, Korea–which would be my first trip ever to Asia! I will be traveling with colleagues who have been before, but I’m still a bit nervous about the whole thing. Apparently I don’t need a visa for our short trip, but that’s all I’ve figured out so far.
March Madness – Race Calendar
If we were having coffee, I would update you on my spring race calendar. Luckily none of my business trips interfere with my races, but I will be flying to Europe the evening after the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run. This weekend is my first race of 2017 (the Reston 10 Miler), and then I have races almost every other weekend through March and April: NYC Half on March 19, Cherry Blossom on April 2, and GW Parkway Classic on April 23.
Speaking of cherry blossoms, Deborah invited me to join her MRTT group for a “Moms Paint This Town” event at Muse Paintbar. I’ve always wanted to try the “guided painting” thing, and RSVP’d ASAP once I saw the picture they would be doing.
I love how everyone’s cherry blossom painting was different!
March Madness — Weather
Speaking of March Madness and cherry blossoms, if we were having coffee I would have to tell you that our weather has been so crazy warm that the National Park Service is predicting that the cherry blossom trees will be in peak bloom March 14-17. We could set a record, since the earliest they’ve ever peaked is March 15 (in 1990).
I’ll have to do my last NYC Half training runs around the Tidal Basin to catch more views like this.
Are you expecting any madness in your March?