A Cup of Joe

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It’s no secret that I am a coffee shop junkie. I mean, they probably should have just stuck a cot in Two Story for me last year since I was practically a resident. There is something about the smell, the people (and the people-watching), and the overall calm atmosphere of the oasis that is a coffee shop that makes me feel right at home.

Want to know a secret though? Half the time I am at these shops, I’m drinking tea, not coffee. I am one of the sad few that gets seriously affected by caffeine, and if I have it after about noon, I’ll be jittery and awake all night. However, if I make it to a shop in the wee hours of the morning, you’ll see me gulping down a large vanilla latte.

Today, as I hunkered down in a nearby coffee shop {this seems to be the start of most of my stories…}, I paused my cover-letter-writing to use the lou and read the contents below on a poster as they filled the walls.  GENIUS. Mostly, I was just so impressed with the continual play on coffee-related words, but then again I pretty much love any sort of saying involving coffee. See for yourself, and enjoy!

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All I need to know about life, I learned from drinking coffee.

We all have to do the daily grind.
If the spoon doesn’t dissolve, it ain’t coffee.
Better Latte than never.
A day without coffee is like night… you sleep through it.
I am productive! I am productive! I am productive!
Automatic drip defines most people’s personalities.
Stand your grounds.
Espresso yourself.
I love the caffeine, it’s the rich taste I could do without.
Decaf is if Sissies.
Take two cups and call me in the middle of the night.
Don’t stop till you are shaking.
Who needs sleep when you’ve got coffee?
There’s no rest for the caffeinated.
Impatience is a virtue.
Man cannot live by coffee alone – donuts are pretty essential too.
There is no such thing as a free refill.
It’s OK to be full of beans sometimes.
And remember as you grind your way through life, you are never alone when you’ve got Joe.

 

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Creature of…

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You guessed it. I am a serious creature of habit. A couple ways that this manifests itself:

  • I am the most brand loyal consumer you can find.
  • I stick to and really like my routines, hence the whole world flips upside down when they break down.
  • I can no longer sleep past 8am as my body has one impeccable inner alarm clock after eight straight years of waking up at 7am (or earlier).
  • Employees of coffee shops, bars, grocery stores, boutiques, and gyms get to know my life story after about a week of me frequenting their establishment.
  • On that note, stop offering  me something new, because my coffee order and beer of choice will never change.
  • For someone who is constantly on the move and hates being inactive and bored, I oddly see no problem in eating the same thing for breakfast everyday and the same thing for dinner 5 out of 7 nights a week.

Now, this could be seen one of two ways. The negative view says: Oh, Sarah, you are dull and un-adventurous. Ouch. Try again. The positive view puts it like this: That girl knows exactly what she wants and likes. I, of course, choose to view my habits in the second way. I know exactly what I like and what I don’t, and I avoid those that I don’t like at all costs. All that to say, I came to the conclusion recently that as much as I’d like to think otherwise, I am simply afraid of change.

Ironic story though:

Last week, after chatting up one of the trainers at my gym, I decided to take him up on an offering of a discount on PT. Not only did I accept because he is super easy on the eyes {can’t help it…sue me}, but also because I know that I have had the same workout routine for, oh, at least a year. I’d say it’s about time my muscles got a challenge. Y’ALL. After the first session, I was sore for 3 days. I can already feel my legs turning to jello after this morning’s butt kicking! I love, maybe even thrive on, the feeling of being sore. It is one of the few times that I see (and feel) change as a positive because I know I accomplished something.

If I thrive on that sort of change, why can’t I change / explore  options in other parts of my life? This particularly pertains to my choices of food as I have been said to be a pretty picky eater. Can’t quite argue with that. I know it’s only August, so I can’t quite make a “new year’s resolution,” but am I allowed to make a “starting a new chapter of my life” resolution? I mean, moving from a student to a working/postgrad life is one of the greatest transitions of anyone’s life, so why not set some resolutions during this time of “starting over.”

With that said, I am going to start a list of ways I want to be a little more adventurous, maybe break my habits a little just to challenge myself to, sorry for the cliché, “keep calm and carry on.” {smooth, right? You’re welcome}. As soon as this list is compiled, I will of course share it!

Happy Thursday to you all. One more day til the weekend!

{Eight} Things

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*sigh* God bless Fridays. Unlike last weekend, tomorrow and Sunday are looking like prime days to lounge by the pool, read, and just unwind from one hectic and buuuusssssyyyyy week. As I wait for my 2 cups of coffee to kick in, I give you all the creativity I could muster this morning with my favorite 8 things for the week. Enjoy!

1/ Because you know I have an odd obsession with dressing men {My poor brother}. Get some expert tips from the stylists from Domaine on “Dude Dressing”

2/ Books and Coffee. Well that pretty much sums up my life. (and FYI: an entire tumblr dedicated to coffee shops. Hello bliss)

3/NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE. I’m dying for early access and might actually cave and get a Nordstrom card)

4/ hahaha. Anne Hathaway’s facial expressions kill me. I just got a laugh from this. Princess Diaries still sits at the top of my “Favorite Movies” list

5/Stripes are just everywhere right now. After seeing Molly style this Saint James tee, I am thinking that it is the perfect staple to transition from summer to fall

6/ Oh look. Another coffee post. Can anyone tell what’s on my mind this morning? I would just love to vacation to this cabin the in woods for a week…or a month…

7/Distressed Jeans are having a moment. And I’ll join the bandwagon and snag some up as soon as the temperature drops a tad {Oh hey Shopbop, thanks for reading my mind and putting the “Denim Boutique” as the front page today}

8/ Alright guys, seriously. If you have yet to listen to Green River Ordinance…GO DO IT NOW! I’m not joking, they are incredible. The perfect folky-country-rock tunes to spice up your playlist.

Happy Weekend, y’all! I hope yours is as relaxing as I plan on making mine!

 

Coffee Differently

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There were so many moments throughout my last 4 years in Athens in which I thought, “I just cannot wait to get out of this small town and back to a city.” Now, one week shy of graduation and my departure from Athens, GA, I can’t imagine leaving. Despite being overjoyed and anxious about the chance to start anew, I still refuse to accept the fact that once I receive my diploma, once I finally get the chance to walk through the Arch, and once I leave the city limits of Athens, the town will never quite be the same, and I will no longer feel a sense of ownership in this town that I have come to know and love.

In addition to simply missing the town itself, like any “visiting local” {as I like to call myself}, I have my fair share of go-to favorite places and spaces, be it a grocery store, a running route, a frozen yogurt establishment, or…the favorite…MY coffee shop.

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Athens certainly boasts its fair share of phenomenal coffee shops, but I have found my home away from home at the unique & quaint Two Story Coffeehouse, located both in 5 points and on the East side. The hours (and dollars) that I have spent at my “spot(s)” are uncountable, the friendships that have come to life in those hours are as warm and vibrant as the coffee brewed there, and the peace of mind that has come from simply sitting, sipping, and reading in one of Two Story’s little nooks is the kind of peace that I attribute my success in college to.

I am not even embarrassed anymore that people stop me out-and-about in town and on campus saying, “Hey, I’ve seen you at Two Story. You’re there like…all the time.” Why yes. I am. Cuz it’s the bomb.

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{These are just a few snaps…I just went through my Instagram and man, you would think I lived here…oh wait I do. }

I can go without Last Resort, without Pauley’s, without the downtown scene and the football game weekends, but I have not quite figured out how I am suppose to leave Two Story. I will be hard-pressed to find a coffeehouse that even compares to this local gem, in both the quality of people and quality of product.

Though the workers there may never read this: to Chris, to Rachel, to Westley, and to {my “cousin”} Duffey, thank you for  greeting me with a smile and taking the time to get to know me these past years, even on days when I make multiple appearances “just because.”  May 10th marks the end of my time at the University of Georgia, but I guarantee that Athens will not have seen the last of me, mainly due to the bond I have formed with an independent coffee shop that has captured my heart.