Filled To The Brim

My process for “making coffee” in the morning:

1) open the cupboard and choose a mug.

It’s rarely the first one I see in the front row.  I scan the whole shelf and then picture which one will perfectly fit these Whisler hands (don’t make me repeat myself–I can palm a basketball).  Color is a big factor as well.  Sometimes, I go bold and choose red.  Every once in a while, it’s a white one–no statement, just simple and straight forward.  One of my favorite colors though, is this blue mug.  If I had to name it, it would be Midnight Blue–it’s dark and calming, yet not all the way black.  But the shape of it is tall and slender.  I don’t drink my coffee fast.  It usually gets cold before I finish it anyway, so I like to keep the size of the mug…reasonable, concise.

I remember my days at Dooger’s in Seaside and Cindy Olson telling me the reason she started drinking coffee in the first place.  It wasn’t the taste of it, that’s for sure.  She liked having the hot cup in her hands to help stay warm in the cold winters.  I get that now!

2) adjust the Keurig for appropriate cup size.  Normally, I choose the second largest setting.  It works well for most of the coffee mug options in the cupboard.  And after brewing, there’s room at the top for a splash of cold tap water, so I can start sipping it right away.  Isn’t it such a tease when you have coffee waiting for you, but it’s too hot to do anything??

But today was different.  I felt daring and took a chance.

I started by choosing a mug that was smaller than normal, but I loved the shape of it.  It’s slightly concave so your hands can sink into it.  And, like I said, it was borderline small.  But the kicker was the color: a warm green–not too army, not too Kelly.  Perfect for this time of year.  THIS was my Tuesday, January 13, 2015 coffee mug.  Final answer.

Step two, which setting?  Will second-from-the-right be too much and overflow?  Just like I learned this past year in 2014 travels: we do NOT waste alcohol.  I feel the same about coffee.  It’s not something to carelessly discard.  But will the third-from-the-right setting be to little?  A cup 1/2 full is simply not enough.  Although it would be stronger, you need the majority of the cup to be full to warm your hands.

I stayed with my original setting.  I knew it’d be a close, but I was willing to take the chance of overflowing.  As I pressed the “brew” button (hence the quotations around “making coffee”), I watched in curiosity and with optimism how full this morning cup o’ Joe would be.

Filled to the brim!  It worked out…perfectly.  No waste.  No room for a splash of tap water either.  But, as it turned out (ahem, perfectly!), I didn’t need the extra cooling anyway.  My hands were happy and warm.  And I was headed back to bed to sip my coffee.  Heaven on Earth.

Today is my day with no schedule.  No rush or time constraints.  Sit, sip, reflect, be.  And what I truly feel inspired to do, I’ll do.

As I reflect on these pictures from the past few months, I too, am filled up!  Spending the holidays with family and carving out major down time have been exactly what I needed.

"Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore." --Andre Gide
“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” –Andre Gide
I didn't even know this was a "thing". Famous PDX carpet? But I do know that sandals in Oregon at Thanksgiving is NOT a thing. They have been packed away for almost two months now.
I didn’t even know this was a “thing”. Famous PDX carpet? But I do know that sandals in Oregon at Thanksgiving is NOT a thing. They have been packed away for almost two months now.
A change of scenery does wonders for the soul.
A change of scenery does wonders for the soul.
My religious breakfast: Greek yogurt, granola and raspberries. This coffee mug was also chosen after much thought. I've never been to Chile, but it was a gesture of love for my S. American travels.
My religious breakfast: Greek yogurt, granola and raspberries. This coffee mug was also chosen after much thought. I’ve never been to Chile, but it was a gesture of love for my S. American travels.
Karla and Kim in the kitchen. Prepare to feast!       Thanksgiving 2014
Karla and Kim in the kitchen. Prepare to feast! Thanksgiving 2014
Steve working on his signature clams. A must!
The perfectly browned turkey. Steve was right when he said, “I’ve got this!”.
Made with love.
Made with love.
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We ate, we drank, we watched Elf. Complete!
Family football time! The Beavs never showed up for the Civil War, so we watched Auburn instead.
From Camas to St. Helens for Williams’ Family football time! The Beavers never showed up for the Civil War, so we watched Auburn instead.
And a stop in Beaverton to see the Whislers. Did I mention it was freezing cold? Down jacket, blanket and Owen sitting on my feet to keep warm. Watching Frozen. Ha!
And a stop in Beaverton to see the Whislers. Did I mention it was freezing cold? Down jacket, blanket and Owen sitting on my feet to keep warm. Watching Frozen. Ha!
A trip back to Utah to honor Nate's angel mother.
A trip back to Utah to honor Nate’s Angel Mother–Diane.
Mountains are becoming a favorite of mine. Who would of thought...
Mountains are becoming a favorite of mine. Who would of thought…
Back to Beaverton and an impromptu family stroll, which turned into my brother leading us on a 90 minute power walk.
Back to Beaverton and an impromptu family stroll, which turned into my brother leading us on a 90 minute power walk.
Gramma and Ayden did better keeping up.
Gramma and Ayden did better keeping up.
Owen hung back with me. Such a sweetie.
Owen hung back with me. Such a sweetie.
A white Christmas Eve!
A White Christmas Eve!
A warm, beach girl at heart...snow in Winter is still a must.
A warm, beach girl at heart…snow in Winter is still a must.
When you're so tired your eyes sting. That was me on Christmas. But playing Santa's helper the night before was fun.
When you’re so tired your eyes sting. That was me on Christmas. But playing Santa’s helper the night before was fun.
Cozy Christmas
Cozy Christmas 2014
Picture perfect. Bend, OR
Picture perfect. Bend, OR
What's better than a snowy winter time? Heading to a heated yoga class. Namaspa yoga studio has been my "home" for the past month. It's amazing! I'm a new Baptiste yoga fan.
What’s better than a snowy winter time? Heading to a heated yoga class. Namaspa yoga studio has been my “home” for the past month. It’s amazing! I’m a new Baptiste yoga fan.
The Whislers made the treck to Bend and Ayden brightened my morning with this flattering drawing! He's too cute to be mad at him...
The Whislers made the treck to Bend and Ayden brightened my morning with this flattering drawing! He’s too cute to be mad at him…
Sledding is a must!
Sledding is a must!
Fun!
Fun!
Tons of nephew time is time well spent. Deontay rockin' his red hair just like Auntie Lindsay!
Tons of nephew time is time well spent. Deontay rockin’ his red hair just like Auntie Lindsay!
Giving Dad a push!
Giving Dad a push!
Best buds. Tay and Gramma at Old Mill.
Best buds. Tay and Gramma at Old Mill. “Gramma, I just wish you’d learn how to skateboard.”
Still holds Gramma's hand <3
Still holds Gramma’s hand ❤
Seems like yesterday that Nate, Deontay and I were floating this river in swim suits. Time flies whether you're having fun or not. Might as well make it fun, huh?!
Seems like yesterday that Nate, Deontay and I were floating this river in swim suits. Time flies whether you’re having fun or not. Might as well make life fun, huh?!..

“Life happens while you’re making other plans…” (Brandon and Leah–“Life Happens” single, if you need a catchy and uplifting song) so learning to “enjoy the spaces in between” is key to a happy, fulfilling life (Suzie at Namaspa Yoga Studio).  I couldn’t agree more!

Palm trees and sunshine are in my near future…and I’m thrilled!  But, I’m going to soak up one more month of space in between–more family and friends to catch up with and a coastline that seems to have my heart, no matter how cold and wet it can be.

I feel perfectly filled…to the brim.  Cheers to 2015!!!

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2 thoughts on “Filled To The Brim

  1. Sarah this is fantastic and you are a beautiful writer! One comment…….Kim is in the kitchen a red wine glass in front of her and bottle in the hand? Hmmm. Who knew Pinot Gris was an ingredient in mashed potatoes! It was a memorable Tday! Love you and see you soon? Before your next stop? Xoxo

  2. Can you palm a mens basketball or womens? Are your hands bigger than mine, for real? Blessed. And I always get my coffee cooled down. It has to be poundable. Thanks how I like it. Excellent writings. Hope to see more yoga pix soon. Thanks you Sarah aka S Dub 3000. – Cam Dogg

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