Weblog Wednesday: Hearts & Hot Chocolate

Since last we spoke on Weblog Wednesday, it has truly been a week of ups and downs, but mostly ups!

On Thursday of last week, I had a really trying day, between work stresses and coffee-spilling fiascoes that resulted in ruined clothing. Dear Husband was away on a work trip to Austin, Texas the latter half of the week. so when I got home on Thursday night I had to decompress by myself over a night of herbal tea and blogging.

Dear Husband did send me this nifty photo of the waffle he had for breakfast at his Texas hotel, though! Where else but Texas would have a waffle maker shaped like their state/province/country?!


Friday was a LOT better. Work was less stressful, I didn’t spill coffee or bleach all over myself, and life was just generally a lot smoother. I happened to overhear one of my coworkers say that she was running the Hot Chocolate 5k that weekend, so I invited her to walk with me down to the race expo to pick up our packets together.

We needed to hurry, as the office had a surprise baby shower planned for one of our coworkers, and the honoree was due back any minute. So, we scurried off to the race expo and picked up our race packets, along with some free hot chocolate and fondue.

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When we got back to the office, it was baby shower time, and I snagged a couple of cupcakes to share with Dear Husband for his impending arrival back in Nashville. The cupcake on the left was classic chocolate on chocolate, but the one on the right was a flavor I’ve never encountered before in cake form: a sweet potato cupcake!! Crazy, huh?

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That evening after work, I had some time to kill before picking up Dear Husband from the airport, so I headed to Opry Mills Mall for a solo dinner and some walking around. I also saw the most amazing sunset and harvest moon.

By the time we got home from the airport, it was nearing 9 o’clock, and we were facing a 4:30 AM wake-up call for the Hot Chocolate 5k. To say we were exhausted on Saturday is an overstatement. Saturday was an awesome day of lots of running (three runs, to be exact), lots of napping, and a big dinner out. I documented it all again in another photo-an-hour challenge.

Sunday was a beautifully relaxed day. When we got up, I suggested that we go grab an early coffee and beat the church crowd to the grocery store. We brought our a New York Times crossword puzzle book with us to Starbucks and enjoyed a challenging puzzle over our lattes.

That afternoon and evening was spent with relaxing walks around the neighborhood and me prepping meals for the week. I also cooked an original creation: southwest lasagna. If you haven’t checked out my post on it yet, it’s essentially enchilada stuffing in between layers of lasagna noodles and marinara sauce.

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This week at work has been decent so far – thankfully not nearly as stressful as last week. At time of writing, it is late Tuesday night, and I am wrapping up a perfectly imperfect Valentine’s Day. I say “imperfect” because life has this beautiful way of not going the way we planned but somehow reminding us how beautiful the imperfection is. You see, Dear Husband had flowers sent to my office, but the box arrived with the glass vase completely shattered into a thousand little pieces. And I had him sent a teddy bear with a box of cookies, and they didn’t arrive on time. We both had a good laugh about the misfortune, because ultimately, none of that matters at all. 🙂

Oh, and also my boss brought in Valentine’s donuts, so that was pretty sweet. 😉


When I got home from work, I was treated to a heartfelt homemade dinner of chicken stuffed with spinach and goat cheese, served with grilled asparagus, and topped with a lemon dill creme. It was SO delicious, and I cannot wait to share the recipe with you guys.

Tell me, how has your week been? Did you have a good Valentine’s Day?

Until next time,

xoxo Charlotte


  1. A somewhat jam packed week for you. Catching up with all the posts at once has been quite beneficial really as I’m right on top of it when you summarise. I noticed I talked only about my perspectives with your post about that particular day without mentioning what a nightmare day that sounded like for you. All the things that went wrong sound so much like a run of luck I’m used to going on!

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    • Thank you so much for taking the time to catch up on my posts and comment! As I’ve said before, community engagement is one of the biggest and best parts of blogging, in my opinion. My current objective with your blog is to work my way backwards and catch up on your older posts that I initially missed out on.

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      • Well I definitely look forward to seeing what your take is on my older posts. I value your opinion very highly 🙂 Hopefully I can do the same and work back through yours at some point too or at least hit the best of the bunch if time is a little short which it invariably is.

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