Coffee Talk: Travel Talk 11 comments

Coffee Talk {living outside the stacks}

I’d like to welcome you to Coffee Talk. In case you’re new here, this is where I share some of the great and not~so~great stuff that I find on the web. Topics range from news stories that leave me scratchin’ my head to DIYs that I think are absolutely clever. And, who knows, there may even be a recipe thrown in here or there just for fun.

So grab a cup of coffee {or tea or whatever floats your boat} and let’s talk…

  1. Sometimes when we travel, like we did this past weekend, The Hubs likes to ask me weird random questions. Just so you know, I’m an awful traveler. I don’t talk much but I will sing every song that comes on the radio to the top of my lungs. The question that stumped me was: “What makes you happy? Really truly happy.” Easy enough, right? No. Not for me. I’m not a stresser. I don’t crawl inside myself and get all angsty over stuff. Especially stuff I can’t change. I tend to take things in stride. And I compartmentalize.  That doesn’t mean I don’t get angry, sad, or worried. It just means, I think things will work themselves out. So I don’t think in terms of what makes me happy or sad. I operate in the world of contentment. I’m content. If nothing in my life changes, I’ll be OK. And if everything changes, I’ll deal. So, what makes you happy? Or are you content with your life? Are there things you’d change or do differently?
  2. I think I’ve talked about this before… But The Hubs and I want to buy an RV ~ well, he wants an RV, I want an Airstream ~ so we can travel on the weekends and not have to worry about hotels and what to do with Squeekerz. We have no real destinations in mind, we just want to be able to go. Have you ever thought about RVing across the U.S.? I think it’d be fun to get out with my camera and add to the Abandoned Beauty collection.
  3. I always say that I don’t have a destination in mind, but that’s not really true. There are two places I’d love to visit: the Grand Canyon and the National Archives in Washington, D.C. Where in the U.S. {or world} would you like to visit?

So, talk to me, what’s going on in your world,

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}





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  • I’d love to take the family to the Grand Canyon one day. We’re not much for camping, so it’d be a hotel trip… happier all around that way! Outside of the US, I’d like to visit Machu Pichu, but that’s more of a fun-to-think-about dream than something that we’re actively working toward making happen. PS – So glad to see Coffee Talk back!

    • Oh, I think a Grand Canyon trip would be so much fun for your little people. I know P would looooooooove it! One of my professors when I was in college went to Machu Pichu. He enjoyed it. I think we’re in the dream stage too. Which is funny considering this is all we talked about while the kids were growing up but now that we have 3 in college at the same time…

      I’m glad to have Coffee Talk back too. It’s fun just sharing random thoughts about a little bit of everything.

  • M Johnson

    I would love to travel across the country…not sure about the RV part, but I love the idea of taking my time, seeing the sites, soaking it all in and just being free to go where I please. I would enjoy the RV if my only commitment and obligation was to be a rider. The luxury RVs are pretty swanky.

  • M Johnson

    I would love to travel across the country…not sure about the RV part, but I love the idea of taking my time, seeing the sites, soaking it all in and just being free to go where I please. I would enjoy the RV if my only commitment and obligation was to be a rider. The luxury RVs are pretty swanky.

    • LOL I have no intentions of driving. I provide entertainment only. The Hubs says bad entertainment, whatevs… I car sing with the best of them.

      Aren’t those luxury RVs something else? Some of them cost as much as houses but, man, if I had extra money…

  • Sandra

    I think about traveling the country in an RV often, at least every other day. I watch RV shows on TV and I want the luxury one. I do not like to drive so my hubs would have to drive or we’d have to hire a driver–seriously. It would be so much fun!

    • LOL I don’t mind driving, as long as I have decent music. Those luxury RVs are something else! I mean, they look like actual houses. And cost as much.

  • I just finished my evening cup of tea, so it feel appropriate to join your “coffee talk”. 🙂 What makes me happy? Playing with my grandbabies…sniffing lilacs…taking a walk with my husband and our Dachshund…simple things. Like you, happiness for me is more about being content. Sometimes it’s harder to be content when life is “empty”, but I trust that God will get me thru those times just like He does the “full” times. As for an RV – my grandparents had a fifth wheel trailer, and I went on several camping trips with them when I was a kid. It was a lot of fun! Now that I’m a grandma myself, however, I prefer the comfort of a hotel when we travel, which isn’t very often. My husband and I are homebodies. Destination dreams? Someday, I’d really like to make the trip back out to Colorado, where we honeymooned nearly 27 years ago. A tropical location of some sort would be fun, too, but not one of the popular tourist-y ones. A semi-deserted island would be fine. Ha ha!

    • Hi, Melissa! *cheers* I’m settling down with a hot cup now. I love the smell of lilacs too. So soothing.

      I’d never considered an RV until The Hubs started talking about them, showing me pictures, and taking me out to visit them. Now I’m seeing the possibilities. And the idea of a vintage Airstream has me all kinds of excited. I can only imagine how fun riding in an RV with your grandparents must have been. I’d love to be able to do that with our grandkids.

      I used to live in Colorado Springs. I’d like to go back for a visit as well. You know, see the places where I used to live, go to church, and everything.

      LOL The Hubs and I feel the same way about the non-touristy places. We love eating in local restaurants. And buying from local shops.

  • Audrey McCulley

    Hi Daenel!…

    1. Interesting that your post is call coffee talk because that’s what me and Billy call our time of what I call connecting/reconnecting. It started about 9yrs ago he took me to StarBucks, we order coffee and when we sat down he asked me the same type of question….well more like “how am I doing as your husband?” I was so taken aback by his question, I paused and thought about how vulnerable the question was so I proceeded with caution and it’s been a routine we’ve kept up and it usually happens after church on Sunday. We share, asking question and listen. There are some tears at times and vents of frustration, but most of the time a lot of laughter to keep things in perspective. I love our coffee talk it has enriched our marriage.

    2. I’ve had the opportunity to travel across the states in an RV. My father had one and when he was diagnosed with cancer, we traveled together and it’s something that I will never forget and can look back now to see that is gave us time for healing before he died. Rv’s are fun and think you would enjoy it because you can visit the destination you want, have endless pictures to take and even take Squeekerz with you. We took my dad’s dog on one trip and he did well when left in the RV either in the crate or free to move about the cabin ?

    3. The east coast…that where I want to visit…. Starting at the top with Maine and working my way down Virginia and finishing in the Carolinas. I love the east coast there’s a lot of history there and it would be fun and interest to experience.

    …excuse any typos… responding via mobile ?

    • Audrey, kid you not, The Hubs asks me the same sort of questions. We go to breakfast every Saturday morning and that’s our time to reconnect. Like you, I was taken aback the first time he asked me how he was doing. I wasn’t sure how to answer. I mean… You know… But we’ve learned to be honest without being hurtful. Ultimately, it’s about making our marriage better/stronger/more loving/fulfilling. So happy to read that there’s another couple who does the same thing.

      What an amazing opportunity for you and your father. I can’t imagine how hard and how therapeutic that must have been for the both of you.

      Ohhh, the east coast would be fun. My family is from D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. I’d love to visit family. And meet the ones I’ve never met before.