Coffee Crazy

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I’ve been drinking a lot of coffee lately, the result of being quite busy and cooler weather (kind of) coming in. I’ve also been watching a lot of Gilmore Girls lately – in which coffee is basically a supporting character – and wearing my tiny-teacup-of-coffee ring.

I love waking up, regardless of what I have to do that day, and knowing that I can enjoy a hot cup of coffee. When I have time, it’s especially wonderful to sit on the back porch and watch Rae roam around the yard while I sip my morning coffee. This post is in honor of that loved beverage. (In fact, I’d like a little cup right now, but I might settle for a chai instead.)

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22 Things to do at 22

birthdayTomorrow is my 22nd birthday. I’m past the big 2-0 (I’m no longer a teenager!) and the even bigger 2-1 (I’m a full, legal adult!), which means I’m really in my 20s now. I know that this 22nd year will bring many changes and revelations – on September 30, 2015, who knows where I’ll be. But I’m so excited about the next 365 days, and as a birthday present to myself, I made a little list of 22 small-simple-big-hard-wonderful things I want to do at 22.

1. Pursue selling my knitting. This is already kind of in the works, but I don’t want to get ahead of myself.
2. Read poetry. Poetry is not usually my jam, so this is why I really want to commit to reading it.
3. Go to a Belle & Sebastian concert with my dear friend Rylee. Oddly specific because this is actually happening next week.
4. Have a cute, homemade Halloween costume. Right now I’m thinking Suzy from Moonrise Kingdom, Annie Hall, or Mary Poppins.
5. Weave more. My Pinterest board is filling up with weaving tutorials.
6. Keep some plants alive.
7. See this movie.
8. Spend a whole day baking Christmas cookies.
9. Basically follow every Christmas-related impulse and really appreciate this merry time of the year. I don’t know if I’ll still be in this house for the next Christmas, so I want to store up some memories.
10. Make a photo album of my current home and commit to making that a tradition for all future houses.
11. Explore Arizona more. I’d love to make a trip to Tucson; maybe spend a weekend up north; try camping; hike more.
12. Cut back on my clothes buying but treat myself every now and then to a fancy dress or shoes. Maybe splurge on a nice, adult purse.
13. Get creative with my hair. I love these ideas.
14. Graduate from college with honors.
15. Take fitness tips from Emma. I think she gets me, and her fitness story sounds like it could be mine.
16. Drink more tea. I’m such a coffee drinker, but I really want to develop my taste for hot teas. The approaching winter should be a good opportunity!
17. Work on my Italian.
18. Travel. Hopefully to Europe. (Dream big.)
19. Get a post-graduation job and weather the world of adulthood. Yep, it’s on my to-do list.
20. Make these pancakes.
21. Paint my bedroom furniture.
22. Have more confidence in my writing and just keep doing it. Don’t worry about getting published or recognized. Just write because it’s fun and because it’s part of who I am even after I’m no longer a student – even if my writing only lives here on this blog.

Drink Dreams

I just walked across campus and from the bus stop home, and I’m close to death. It’s been tortuously hot the past few weeks, not to mention the humidity that crept in today. I was greeted with a blast of cold air when I came in the house and immediately swallowed a glass of water. Although the Arizona heat is quite unbearable, it does make coming inside and having a drink that much more satisfying. Since I’ve cooled down though, I’ve just been fantasizing about all the sweet and refreshing cocktails I wish I was drinking right now. Or rather, I wish it was pleasant enough for me to lounge outside, read my book, and perhaps sip a strawberry basil lemonade. Instead, I’ll sit inside with my air conditioning and dream of these pretty drinks.

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1. Strawberry Grapefruit Mimosa: I love mimosas – or maybe just brunch in general – so I’m curious about substituting grapefruit juice for orange juice.

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2. Strawberry Basil Lemonade Cocktail: Summer in a glass.

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3. Peaches and Whiskey Ice Cream Float: Three things I love all meeting for one boozy float! I actually tried a beer float for the first time in Portland and really enjoyed it. This looks like an even tastier take on it to me.

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4. Eggnog Shooters: I think I’m just really excited for the holidays and anything seasonal. The heat has me daydreaming of Christmas. Also, I love how much care went into the presentation of these; they’re the only shooters I’d be interested in. Cheers!