coffee, and looking forward to the thaw

February 6, 2009 |  Category:   life


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!


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  • sooki February 7, 2009 at 1:21 am

    no, it’s not wrong to say! i always look forward to my first cup of joe. it’s the only time i can enjoy it in peace. lol i work from home also and you’re right, i’d lose my sanity w/o facebook & xanga (for me). enjoy your 45 degrees! that would feel like summer to me! spokane has some really long dreadful winters also… my LA blood is not taking it well.

  • cindy February 7, 2009 at 3:19 am

    ooo you should put up that picture of the heart floating in the cup on your etsy/vending sites. it’s so adorable and definitely looks like a heart….not a “baby’s butt”.

  • patricia February 7, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    is that a mermaid on the cup? i can’t drink coffee anymore but it was (and still is) always the idea of coffee and what it represented that i was most in love with…now it’s tea and i did not get enough of a tea fix today…i need it for precisely the reasons you mentioned…

  • tumus February 7, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    LOL, i meant to tell you that I put a rose heart in my green tea the other night and it was very flavorful. Not sure if it would still be to everyone’s liking but it was very very interesting and not in a bad way either 🙂

  • jennifer February 9, 2009 at 11:23 am

    i am an addict for sure. where is that cup from in the third shot down? it’s interesting.

  • Dariela February 11, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    You have a point, twitter and facebook keep us sane!!!
    I love iced coffee and now that it’s cold I miss it, although I do have it some days.