February in review

February sunset via kimberlyanncoyle.com

Every month, I want to join the “What I’m into” online crowd. Or the “Things I like now” club or the “My latest finds” group. Whatever you want to call it, I want to be a part. Then I remember that I have three children in three schools with a ridiculous number of extra-curricular activities, and the only thing I’m “into”, is staying sane. Occasionally, I might manage to do that with a good book. I feel jealous when I read these posts on someone’s latest musical finds or the ten books they read this month or the twenty posts they curated for our reading pleasure. Where do they find the time? I keep people clothed and mostly fed. End of story.

However, I do love a good list, and I like to reflect on the minutiae of my life every so often. It reminds me that most of life takes place in the mundane details, not in the deeper thoughts rattling around in my head. This month, I’m linking up with Emily and friends to share the “fascinating, ridiculous, sacred, or small” for the month of February.

Here’s what I learned this month:

1. After many years of trying unsuccessfully to replicate the French “r” sound, (I either sounded like I was speaking in German or like I was hacking up phlegm. Which, ahem, is the same thing.) I found an instructor who taught me how to create the sound. It’s a vibration, not a rolling of the tongue like the Spanish, or a guttural noise like in German. I get it right about half the time, which is 50% more than before.

2. When the physical therapist says, “Your pain is our pleasure” he isn’t kidding. And also, after giving birth three times, there is almost no position too awkward if it promises relief from the never-ending pain in my arse.

3. When the physical therapist suggested I may have a hip impingement, a stress fracture, or oddly enough, an allergy to gluten, I balked at the idea of allergy testing. Apparently, I’d rather have a fissure in my bone than give up the cookies.

4. I experienced a new low when I went to the grocery store in sweatpants this month. This is the one thing I swore I would never do. When I told my friends, one of them confessed she left the house in sweatpants sans bra that morning. At least I wore my undergarments, and what with all the physical therapy and awkward positions, I consider myself winning in this situation.

5. I’m a little bit obsessed with the Enneagram, and thanks to Leigh’s post this week, I have confirmed I am a four. Living with me is a real walk in the park. Said my husband never. If you know your number, share it in the comments!

6. The song “Let It Go” from Frozen? Tears, every time. And now I know why.

7. Winter sunsets. I can’t get enough of them.


  • Heather McCool

    Hi Kimberly!
    I’m stopping over from the Chatting at the Sky link up.
    Your Physical Therapy escapades are too funny! They sound no fun to go through, but I enjoyed hearing about them none the less 🙂
    And I’ve never even heard of the Enneagram but I’ve opened the link and I’ll be educating myself shortly 🙂

    Nice to meet you!

  • Mark Allman

    I enjoyed reading this.

  • I enjoyed reading your list. Such a witty writing style!

  • Thanks for including my Enneagram and Blogging post, Kimberly! I’m glad it helped you figure out your type. We Fours have to stick together. 😉

  • Brianna

    Thanks for sharing! I just stumbled upon Leigh’s enneagram post through the link up and am instantly fascinated. I’m still pinning down which number I am (high scores on 1, 6 and 9) but am excited to discover more.

    I also love your blog title. I work at a tea emporium and it was so fun to find a description of what I hope to bring to people each day looking for tea. 🙂

  • Kelly Hausknecht Chripczuk

    “almost no position too awkward” yes. my whole right side is out of whack after bringing all of these people into the world, for me, though, the endless appointments (ie. opportunities for guilt – I mean, going to PT three times a week and confessing you haven’t done your exercises is many many times worse than going to the dentist and fessing up about a lack of flossing!) are more painful than the actual pain.
    Enneagram 1 here, I used to be majorly obsessed with it, I’ll have to check out the series.

  • Karrilee Aggett

    How much do I love that you are playing along! This is my favorite monthlyish link up! (and now I am off to read Leigh’s post to see what number I am!)

  • Katy

    Fun list!! I love the enneagram too and have been loving Leigh’s series on it! I’m pretty sure I’m a 6 🙂

  • KimberlyAmici

    I checked out the Enneagram thing, apparently I am a 6. Will have to read more of Leigh’s series.