Is it really wrong that my morning and afternoon coffee is sometimes the highlight of my day? It’s not so much the actual drink, but just allowing the luxury that the one cup allows – a chance to sit down, relax, and not have to think much or type (though I do often type with one hand, coffee cup in the other). Hard to believe that I only became a coffee drinker 9 years ago, and even more tragic is that I wasn’t a coffee drinker in all the 5 years I lived in Portland and Olympia (really? All those summers without a tall glass of iced coffee??). My addiction started, not surprisingly, the last time I started work in an office. It was a shared space between us, a small design firm, and 2 other architecture companies in a big Flatiron loft. It was completely white, including the Herman Miller office furniture, beautiful lighting, and a bright red Womb Chair in the corner. It was gorgeous as far as office spaces go, and I sat near the kitchen and the coffee maker, where the aroma would drift over to where I worked. It really was one of those water cooler situations where getting a cup of coffee was an excuse for a break and some chitchat with officemates. I don’t miss working in an office at all, but I do miss the coffee chitchat which is why I think I find myself flitting about facebook and twitter all day. Even though I probably would be so much more efficient if I banned myself from any of those sites while working, I’m just going to justify it by saying that it helps me keep sane while working at home.
We’re supposedly going to thaw this weekend. Temperatures are going to hover between 45-52 degrees and I’m excited, never mind that it’s probably short lived. We’ve been going through a dreadfully long winter and I can’t even remember what it feels like to walk outside and feel the sun and be warm. As much as I love cozy sweaters, scarves and hats, I think I’ve decided that I love dresses and sandals even more. I’ve been slowly amassing a very small collection of dresses after not owning or wearing any for years. Maybe I’ll even put one on tomorrow! We’ve got some friends coming over, and it’s going to be 45 degrees! Wahoo!