S is for Sparkling Almond, Solitude, and Super-Sized

Remember how my family and I are moving out of state in a few weeks? Well, tonight my husband and I are having one last hurrah with our fantastic neighbors. It’s a bittersweet event, for sure. Dinner and dancing and drinks will be a blast (thank you so, SO much, Theresa, for organizing! β™₯), but I’m so sad to be moving away from these awesome people who’ve been all kinds of supportive and kind and fun. They’ll be sorely missed.

Fortunately, we’ve got lots of Sparkling Almond to ease the pain.

Switching gears completely: I’m an introvert at heart. I value quiet time, and in most cases, I’d rather be at home watching movies with my husband and daughter than out on the town. That’s not to say I don’t go out. I do, occasionally (see above!). And once I’m out, I throw down with the best of them, but still… I like my yoga pants. A lot. I like my books. I like my laptop and my DVR and my comfy couch. I like to make my own rules and spend time in own head, where it’s peaceful and quiet and serene.

And I think that’s just fine.


In other news, last weekend my husband, daughter, and I tried out a new restaurant, The Buttered Biscuit, which prides itself on “authentic gramma food.” (Hungry yet?) We didn’t think twice about our girlie ordering a cinnamon roll with a side of bacon because we were halfway through a twenty-five mile bike ride and were ready to treat ourselves. Imagine our shock when the waitress presented our four-year-old with a cinnamon roll the size of (quite literally) a dinner plate:

She did a number on it, I have to say. But in the end (after inhaling my veggie omelette with ravenous enthusiasm), I was forced to help my girlie put a dent in her breakfast confection. Let me tell you: It was AMAZING.

Two questions: Are you an introvert or an extrovert? And, what’s your favorite breakfast food?


28 thoughts on “S is for Sparkling Almond, Solitude, and Super-Sized

  1. Elodie says:

    Wow, this cinnamon roll looks AMAZING πŸ˜€ I showed my hubby and his comment was “it looks delicious and oh look itΒ΄s bigger than her little girl.”
    I followed the link, hoping maybe it was a branch or something and that menu…IΒ΄m hungry now, luckily itΒ΄s lunch time!

    For breakfast food: I love love love the French toasts my husband makes from times to times, love them πŸ˜€ Otherwise croissants when I go back to my parents…and on our road trip, weΒ΄re planning to go to The Waffle House at least once for their eggs, their paddies and their…waffles πŸ˜€ On most days, I eat oatmeal or cereals (in the US I always had a craving for Life cereals :D)

    And like you IΒ΄m more of an introvert (even though when I start talking – or writing comments, lol – I may be more of an extrovert). I love staying at home in sweatpants and a shirt, cuddling on the couch with my hubby, watching TV, reading, playing games…as you mention, make my own rules and do things on my own time πŸ˜€

    Have a wonderful time tonight, Katy!

    • katyupperman says:

      Ooh, French toast sounds amazing! Sometimes we make it with cinnamon swirl bread from our local bakery. Yum! And I’m glad to have you as a fellow introvert. One day all of us introverts should unite and sit around quietly in our comfy clothes. πŸ™‚

  2. kford2007 says:

    What a huge cinnamon bun! Crazy and it looks delish! My kids and hubby would go nuts over it.

    Personally, I like eggs for breakfast. Any kind of eggs, but my fave is Eggs Benedict with a side of asparagus smothered in Hollandaise sauce. Oh, and a side of grits would be amazing.

    I’m a middlevert. I don’t like sitting around the house all the time, but love the freedom of hanging out in my pjs all day if I want and read and write. I don’t like being stagnant. I have to get out, do things, see things, be a part of life. I’m a beach and park person. I love going to the library and plays, musicals, concerts. I don’t do bars anymore. Did that before the kids. I do like traveling but I love it when I come home and I’m back in my comfy surroundings and slip into comfy clothes.

    • katyupperman says:

      My husband loves eggs for breakfast too, but normally I tend toward the sweets. πŸ™‚

      I like to go out and about exploring beaches and parks too, but I’d prefer do it with my family or even alone, rather than with a big group of people. And yay for comfy clothes!

  3. Jaime Morrow says:

    Haha! That cinnamon roll is a beast! It’s half the size of your little girl πŸ˜€ (but it looks really tasty!) I love really good cinnamon rolls/sticky buns or my hubby’s homemade omelets or Eggs Benedict (he used to be a chef).

    I have to say I’m mostly an introvert. My husband and I are homebodies, and we don’t feel the need to be out with friends or what have you. We have friends, but we’d rather be at home enjoying each other’s company. I too would rather be in yoga pants sitting around with a good book.

    • katyupperman says:

      A husband who’s a former chef? Lucky girl! And my hubby and I are homebodies too. We much prefer each other’s quiet company to loud, crowded social events, most of the time. I suppose that means we each married the right person. πŸ™‚

  4. Rachel says:

    Holy COW = at that cinnamon roll. O_O

    I’m an extrovert but I was definitely shy before becoming one πŸ˜‰ My mom says all my activities are introverted lol “you can only do this by yourself” (reading, writing, watching TV, going to the movies, museum). But I am very very friendly. πŸ™‚ I tend to talk to EVERYONE – people at Panera sitting next to me, people on line for dinner at college, etc. I just really love meeting new people. (Plus I get bored on those lines waiting for food lol!) When I was a little Rachel, I used to hide behind my mom’s skirts when meeting people and up until I was 11 or 12 (maybe even 13) I had my mom make all my phone calls for me because I was so anxious/nervous/shy on the phone.

    • katyupperman says:

      Somehow it doesn’t surprise me to know you’re an extrovert, Rachel. You strike me as a really friendly, outgoing person in your blog posts and comments. πŸ™‚

  5. Jennifer Pickrell says:

    Wow, that’s some cinnamon roll!

    I’m an introvert, always have been. One of my friends used to say I made people nervous b/c I was small and quiet and they thought I was up to something…haha. Basically, I was content to sit and listen and add a word or two, if I had something to add. Usually I wasn’t up to anything sneaky…usually πŸ™‚

    • katyupperman says:

      Sometimes I wonder if people think I’m being snobby or judgmental because I usually sit back and observe rather than jumping into conversations and social situations. That’s definitely not the case, but I think sometimes we quiet introverts get a bad rep. πŸ™‚

  6. Temre Beltz (@TemreBeltz) says:

    Love your post, Katy! I hope you have a wonderful time at your neighborhood party – it sounds like it’s going to be fun! As for favorite breakfast food, I definitely like pancakes! I am sweet food all the way and the idea of having cake with something sweet like syrup on top of it – well, that’s just about perfect πŸ™‚ I also think I’m more of an introvert – I tend to be pretty shy (especially at first!), but around the people I’m super comfortable with, it’s sort of hard to shut me up and I’ve also been known to be a little . . . silly. Just sayin’ πŸ™‚

    • katyupperman says:

      Yum… pancakes! It’s breakfast time here, and now I’m craving a big, buttery stack. πŸ™‚

      It seems like many of us writers are introverts. We like spending time in our own heads, apparently!

  7. Marquita Hockaday says:

    I can choose only ONE fave breakfast food?? I’d have to say pancakes, too. I LOVE a nice big plate of pancakes, but I’m also a fan of French Toast–when I can’t taste the eggs on it b/c I hate eggs. Strange, I know. Oh, and I’m an introvert all the way. My own head is my best friend–and my laptop and TV are tied for second πŸ™‚

  8. Colin says:

    That’s cinnamon roll is incredible! You could almost feed our family of eight with that. No, sorry, I take that back. You could almost feed my teenage son with that! πŸ™‚

    I’m definitely of the introvert tendency. I can do crowds okay, and I have no problem getting up and speaking in front of people. But I prefer small groups, and I like my alone time.

    As for breakfast foods… mmm… oatmeal with honey; or a cooked breakfast of fried eggs, toast, vegetarian sausage with Colman’s English Mustard, fried tomatoes, and sauteed mushrooms; or yogurt and fruit. Mmmm… I love fruit! πŸ™‚

  9. Alison Miller says:

    I want that cinnamon roll NOW. YUM.

    Also, I’m totally stealing that picture and hanging it on my computer, my door, my desk. My facebook page. I am so that picture. Shyest in her high school class? Right here. πŸ™‚

    • katyupperman says:

      I love that picture too, Alison. Ugh… I was painfully shy too, up until I started dating my hubby in college. I had to come out of my shell in order to compete with his boisterousness!

  10. Zanne says:

    I always seem to score right in the middle when it comes to being an introvert or extrovert. So I don’t know! I think I’m more of an introvert now, but I definitely used to be more of an extrovert. I would even put myself in situations to force myself to be more outgoing. I worked as a hostess in a restaurant for 3 years, and we were always going out after work.

    That cinnamon roll is huge! It looks good though! (By the way, your daughter is so adorable!) My favorite breakfast food is French toast. I also love bacon, waffles, and cheese omelettes. Actually, I really love almost all breakfast foods. Too bad I also love sleeping in!

    • katyupperman says:

      I love breakfast foods in general too, Zanne. Too bad most of them are so sinful! And good for you for stretching out of being in introvert. For me, being outgoing takes guts!

  11. Ghenet Myrthil says:

    Whoa! That cinnamon roll is nuts!

    I’m also more of an introvert. I love hanging out with my close friends, but even with them, I prefer a nice dinner out over going to a loud bar. I also love quiet nights at home with my husband and Netflix. Or a good book. I guess that’s why writing works for us!

    Good luck with your upcoming move. πŸ™‚

    • katyupperman says:

      Thanks, Ghenet… Can’t wait for the move to be over!

      It’s so funny to know how many of us writers are introverts… I can’t say I’m shocked, though. Why else would we want to spend so much time in our own heads? πŸ™‚

  12. Stephanie Allen (@stephandrea_) says:

    It’s Friday night, and I’m in bed with a book. So I think that answers the first question.

    And I love all breakfast foods. Breakfast is my favorite meal, and pretty much the only thing I cook well. I guess if I have to pick one, though, it’s bacon.

    • katyupperman says:

      Ha! That’s so me too, Stephanie! If only my husband wasn’t such a night owl… He likes to be up late watching movies and hanging out. πŸ™‚

      Oh, and bacon… YUM.

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