If We Were Having Coffee #10 – Shrimp Tacos

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If we were having coffee, I could offer you a few choices today. We have a donut shop blend,  a medium roast cinnamon crumb cake, and caramel pecan roll. I seldom have flavored coffee but I did try the caramel pecan roll this week with a sweet cream. Not too bad. I’m going with the donut shop blend and french vanilla creamer.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that we dropped the ball on getting my son’s transcripts for college squared away. I wrongfully made the assumption that his high school had handled it considering he took college level classes in high school. When we got his class schedule for his first semester, we noticed they had him down for an english comp class which we knew he had already taken. A quick phone call to the registrar’s office confirmed that they had not received official college transcripts, only the classes listed on his high school transcript stating they were college classes. We completed the process to get his transcripts, the college received them, completed their evaluation, then promptly changed his class schedule this last week.  He transferred in 36 college credits but only 18 of them will count towards his degree program. They are considering one more class which would give him 21. This should lighten his load a little each semester. It all worked out.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I celebrated my wedding anniversary this last week. Twenty years. We had a busy week so we decided to celebrate it with a late lunch on Saturday. There’s probably something more appropriate we should have done for our twentieth but we will have to bank that idea for a bit. Literally. We decided we’d do some shopping Saturday morning followed up with food. M wife wanted crab legs and lobster so Red Lobster became our only choice.

We do shopping a little different than most people. We decide what we are going to spend and withdraw that money from the bank before we go and then divide it between us.  This keeps us grounded and I don’t have to continually add up what I think we are spending during the day as we swipe cards. Our primary goal this weekend was twofold: a laptop for my son and an anniversary meal for my wife and I. The additional shopping was just to make the most of our time in the city; filling the gap between getting the laptop and eating.

We got him a nice Lenovo laptop that should meet his needs for college. I had a marketing class once that discussed the evils of extended warranties. I never purchase them. During my son’s college orientation, in which parents were included, we attended a hour session on IT concerns. It was highly recommended that we purchase one so we did. There is a Best Buy near his college so we bought his computer at Best Buy. I suppose it gives us a level of comfort that he can have the Geek Squad fix his computer, quickly I hope, should anything go wrong.

After that, my wife shopped at Hobby Lobby with her mother, the kids shopped at clothing stores, and I spent my money in Barnes & Noble. I picked up a book on short stories, a James Rollins book, and a book by an author I have never read: Scott Turow. You have to love the bargain priced book section at B&N. Buying so many books in print over the summer has made me realize I need a Kindle since both my wife’s Kindle Fire and my Sony eReader have died.  That and new releases I want to read by a few friends of mine: Erin Sandlin and E.L. Wicker.  Next month we will have to replace my wife’s Kindle and I think I will get the simple reader with the back light so I can read in the dark.


If we were having coffee, I would tell you our late lunch was perfect. My wife and mother-in-law had lobster and crab legs, my youngest son had something called The Admiral’s Feast (his eyes are always much bigger than his stomach), my oldest had a hamburger which is a departure from his normal adventurous eating habits, and I had a lobster bisque, shrimp tacos, and a beer.

Twenty years of being married and the simplicity of tacos and beer sums up my attitude towards most things these days. Life can be as complicated as you choose to make it. As I age, I choose to simplify it. It works for me and has obviously worked with my marriage.

A fly just landed in my coffee. Time for another cup. A fresh cup. How about you?

Until next time…


photo credit: Red Lobster



  1. Tara Paray (@TaraParay)

    That Feast thing is enough food for, like, 3 people… or a growing boy. 🙂 Sounds like a tasty day, though. Happy Anniversary! To 20 more, and even more simplicity along the way.

    • W.C. Cunningham

      A tasty day indeed. Thanks for the anniversary wishes 🙂

  2. Mary Rowen

    Happy anniversary, Bill to you and your wife. So glad you got things squared away at his college. I can’t understand why his high school wouldn’t have done all that though!

    • W.C. Cunningham

      Thanks Mary! Not sure why they didn’t but we recovered quickly. Found one more instance this week. His AP classes and scores had to be sent officially. Now he’s going in with 42 credits but only 21 count towards his degree. Not too bad.

  3. Corina

    Congratulations on your anniversary. You seem to have stumbled on what is important…keeping things simple. That’s the best way!

    • W.C. Cunningham

      I like simple, with a dash of excitement and manageable stress here and there. 🙂

  4. Nancy

    Happy anniversary to you and your wife. We have a son starting his sophomore year in college and a daughter who will be starting 12 th grade so I know where you are coming from on the college/laptops/money department! As far as shopping, I would have been at Barnes and Noble too buying real books-not much of a Kinle fan myself!

    • W.C. Cunningham

      I feel like an expert now on the college thing. Yeah right.

      I love real books but have to admit that eReaders are convenient and books are so much cheaper. Thanks for stopping by Nancy!

  5. Diana

    I’m glad to hear that things worked out with your son’s transcripts, and glad to hear that you had a good shopping trip and dinner. Happy anniversary, by the by!!

    • W.C. Cunningham

      Thanks Diana!

  6. Lata Sunil

    Happy Anniversary! Best wishes for your son in college. The week sounds so relaxing.

    • W.C. Cunningham

      Thanks Lata 🙂

  7. philosophoenix

    If we were having coffee, I’d tell you Happy Anniversary! I’m so pleased that it went well. 20 is special, but being together is what counts.

    Then we could laugh (or cry) at how schools never actually know what’s happening. I feel for y’all on the Transcript Two Step.

    Lastly I could offer to bake you a cake for mentioning me by name. Is homemade pound cake acceptable? <3

    • W.C. Cunningham

      I would love to see a picture of that pound cake now after you described in such delicious detail. Completely acceptable btw and you are very welcome for the mention buddy. Impressed I am 🙂

      • philosophoenix

        My poundcake has earned quite a reputation in several states. Not that the following statement applies specifically to you, but I’ve found it to be infinitely effective. I have observed for years that men may use poetry to woo women, but I use food to woo men. 😉

  8. Regina Martins

    My aim now is to simplify things as much as possible, preferring to put my energy into what’s important, like blogging and photography.
    Happy 20th Anniversary!

    • W.C. Cunningham

      Thanks Regina. Putting our energy into what matters is simplistic in itself.

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