If we were friends in real life, we could meet up over coffee and catch up about what is going on in our lives.  But like me, you are probably busy with work, kids, and a house to manage. Meeting for coffee is just another thing we don’t have time to fit in our schedules. So I created a monthly series of virtual coffee dates.  I’ll fill you in on what’s happened since we late met, then you can share something with me in the comments.

After three “episodes” with vertigo in three months, I was fed up with my world spinning. My doctor gave me a referral for a physical therapist, so a few weeks ago I went in for an evaluation. The vestibular therapy involved sitting on an exam table, leaning back over two pillows while the therapist moved my head through four different positions. In each position, she would observe my eyes. Apparently the pupils quickly dilate and constrict as you feel dizzy. I would hold each position for several minutes to allow the crystals to move out of the canals. After my appointment, she recommended that I sleep propped up pillows and to not look up or down for 48 hours.

Last week I went for a follow up appointment and I am thrilled to say I am released to normal exercise and activity! We hope this is a long term fix to my dizziness, but at least I know I have a treatment option if is does return.  Last Saturday, I took my first yoga class in three weeks. Then on Monday, I went for a three mile run in the park because it was absolutely gorgeous outside! It was my longest run in months and although my knees were a little sore that evening, it felt great to be moving again.

The annual IBC Women’s Retreat was also last weekend. Each year the retreat is hosted at Camp Copass on Lake Lewisville, which is about a 40 minute drive from my house. While the location on the lake is ideal, the food at the camp reminds me of the bland, tasteless cafeteria food from middle school. Luckily I had two roommates, Kiley and Angie, who were willing to go into Denton for breakfast and lunch.

West Oak Coffee in Denton

On Saturday morning, we walked into West Oak Coffee Bar on the Denton square and were greeted with “Como Estas?” It was not even 8 AM and all three of us were staring down at the printed menus, trying to figure out what to order. It took me a full 5 minutes to realize that I couldn’t read the names of the breakfast items and drinks because they were in Spanish! April Fools on us!

For lunch, we drove back to the square to try Barley & Board. Little did we know they serve Saturday brunch, which of course means Mimosas!!  We shared the mimosa sampler, which comes with a carafe of champagne and four glasses of juice so you can create your own drinks. Each of us ordered from the brunch menu and I think the winning dish was the Hangtown Frittata, along with the matchstick fries we ordered on the side.

Brunch Menu at Barley and Board

Mimosas for brunch


Brunch at Barley and Board

Finally after almost 8 years of driving my Nissan Murano, I bought a new car. My car was old, didn’t have a warranty, was not comfortable for long road trips and had lasted more than 100,000 miles. Since I consider negotiating with the car dealership to be as unpleasant as getting a root canal, I was putting off looking at cars.

After talking about what we needed in a new car (third row seats, all-wheel drive, crossover SUV, and an extended warranty), my husband emailed me some options. Then he contacted the local dealership and started negotiating on price. After a few days, going into the dealership once and leaving WITHOUT making a deal, finally agreeing on price/terms, we bought a new (to us) car!  It’s an Audi Q7 and it has so many buttons and features that I need a tutorial to do something as simple as open the glove box!

To add to all the excitement of buying a new car, we are finishing off the week by filing our taxes and getting a new roof on our house! ADULTING is so FUN!

Favorite Things on the Internet this Week:

Uncovering Your Creativity, a Guest Post on The Life in Between – Another title for this post could be “Try New Things.”

Okay being somewhere in the middle by Courtney at Sweet Tooth Sweet Life – Don’t we all feel the pressure to be more? What if we accepted that it is okay to be somewhere in the middle.

A Sustainable Book Club from Because I’m Addicted – A great way to swap books with friends and find new recommendations about what to read.

Rejections Please by Erin Kinkaid – This was fitting because I received a rejection letter for an article I submitted to inCourage.

You May Have Missed:

I entered a writing contest based on my review of A Wife’s Secret to Happiness and I still need your votes.  Go to http://thejenweaver.com/writers-contest/ scroll down to contest entries at the bottom and find the entry titled “A Wife’s Secret to Happiness.” If you hover your curser over the pic, you will see it is linked to StephanieSuire.com. Click on “Like” next to the entry title. If you wish, you can vote very day.

Two Best Book lists were shared last month, one list of the Best Books for Writers (and aspiring writers) and one list of the Best Books of the Spring. These are the books you will want to pack in your suitcase or throw in your beach bag in the next few months.

Old Town Lewisville is being revived by the arrival of several new restaurants (all with amazing patios too). Twisted Root and Cavalli Pizza recently opened on Church St. next to city hall and Prohibition Chicken will be opening very soon.


  1. Love that you spent some time in my town. So many great places to eat. 🙂 How did you not look up or down for 48 hours??

    • Yes, I loved my time in Denton! So many fun restaurants and shops to explore. It was hard to keep from looking up or down for 48 hours, but since I knew I would get dizzy if I did – I was very diligent. Sleeping propped up on pillows was a pain but I am so glad the dizziness is gone.

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