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Love Where You Live: Restaurants

Love Where You Live GBI am participating in Robin’s Love Where You Live series. This week’s theme is restaurants.

Since I have lived in Great Bend, Kansas, less than two months, I have not discovered many local restaurants yet. I do, however, have a favorite – Perks Coffee Shoppe!

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Even though Perks has a menu of cafe-style foods, I have only tried the baked goods. I enjoyed every type of cookie I have tried as well as the miniature cinnamon rolls, “Mini’s.” So far my favorite treat has been the blueberry scones. I do not have a usual drink yet because I keep trying their numerous flavors in my standard Americano. So far my favorite is a butterscotch Americano, hot or iced.

I like people-watching and observing the stories swirling through the shop. On various visits, there have been locals who work nearby stopping in for lunch, a ladies’ group playing cards, a couple planning the next leg of their road trip vacation.

This seems to be a good place to bump into people you know or to meet new ones! I have heard “catching up” conversations between people who apparently had not seen each other in months. I have also seen chatty strangers who struck up a conversation about the local water quality and water filter recommendations while waiting for their orders.

Disclaimer: I do not own this business and am not paid to recommend anything, I just like places that sell delicious coffee and pastries. Now, if someone offers me free stuff, discounts, etc. for saying nice things about them, I will be sure to let you know.



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Lows & Highs: 4/17-4/30/13

1) I started drafting a tentative schedule for the day of the wedding and it looked like I would have to start getting ready at 6:30 a.m. (which seems far too early).  Brian and I talked about what truly matters to us on the schedule, though, and pared it down so I can start at seven. I know it is only 30 minutes later, but it seems much more reasonable in my mind.

2) I went clothes shopping by myself, spent hours trying on lots of stuff, and did not find garments that fit well. I finally stopped for a hazelnut Americano and a blueberry scone when I realized I was tired, frustrated, and hungry. I felt much better after that.

1) Brian and I met up with our good friends, Jon and Priscilla, for dinner and our last scheduled premarital counseling meeting before the wedding. (Jon is going to be our officiant.) Since we had not seen them in weeks, we had a good visit with lots of catching up on plans and travels.

2) I went shopping for wedding and reception decor and found everything I was looking for that day at very reasonable prices!

3) I tried on my wedding dress for my first fitting and it looked even better than I remembered! In addition, jewelry I already have looks terrific with it.

What were your lows and highs from the past week?

Lows & Highs is a Stories from the Stairs weekly feature. Feel free to join in by posting your lows and highs in the comments or by posting a link to your lows and highs blog post.

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Top 5 Favorite Beverages

Another Top 5 list… because lists are fun!

Water – cool, but without ice
AeroPress coffee – hot, only hot, unless it is 105 outside and I still crave coffee
Peach Italian Cream Soda – I make the syrup myself
Ocean Spray Cranberry Pomegranate Juice in individual servings – drunk semi-frozen and slushy
Stash Holiday Chai with a dash of vanilla creamer – I have been heard to say “It tastes like a Christmas party in my mouth.”

What are your favorite beverages? Have you tried any of my favorites?

Disclaimer: I do not own any of these businesses and am not paid to recommend anything, I just like them. Now, if someone from one of these places offers me free stuff, discounts, etc. for saying nice things about them, I will be sure to let you know.


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October Brings…

This week, October brings caramel Americanos and candy corn stickers from Utopia.

October also brings my dad’s birthday, which happened to fall the weekend before his first grandchild’s due date. To help Dad get ready (not that he needs it, he is very excited!) My sister and brother-in-law gave him a t-shirt that says “New Grandpa 2012.”

Brian and I gave him a long-sleeved t-shirt that says, “Grandpa. The Man. The Myth. The Legend.”

If you have ever tried to photograph children or pets, you know what a hard time I had getting two wiggly dogs to sit together for a photo. We taught Cobra (top) and Shadow (bottom) to sit and look at us when they want our attention. When I go to my parents’ house, the dogs trot over and sit as close to me as possible until I set things down and pet them. This is their “I’m sitting, aren’t you going to pet me? I haven’t had any attention all day!” expression that somehow gets them petted even when we know they have had lots of petting and attention.

life rearranged

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31 Days of Random Questions – Day 11

What is something you would hate to go without for a day?
Coffee. The second thing would be my phone, but being without my phone does not give me a headache.


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I like my coffee nice and hot, so I set my mug on a warming plate when I’m at work. Occasionally someone visiting my office will notice and say, “You put your coffee on your candle warmer? That is such a good idea!” Am I the only one who remembers when these were marketed as mug warmers in the 90s?

Recently, my family congregated for my cousin’s wedding dinner. The weekend before, I heard my mom tell my youngest brother, “Now, just because the dinner will be outside doesn’t mean it is casual. Dress for a wedding.” This photo tells you two things about Ben: First, he listened to his mom. Second, he cleans up well.

At the wedding dinner, I wanted a photo with my grandparents but Grandma hates having her picture taken. As someone across the table told us to smile, she protested, “Oh, no, no!” shaking her head vigorously. I turned to her and smiled firmly, “Grandma, I want a picture with my grandparents.”

“Well, OK then.” This is as close as she gets to smiling in photos.

I occasionally play Draw Something and, while I’m no artist, sometimes I crack myself up.

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Last Friday, we went to an Olympics Opening Ceremonies party. The invitation requested that we wear Olympic or team U.S.A. attire and bring a food and/or beverage from another country. I made syrups for Italian sodas and antipasto kabobs (I recruited help because that was a lot of skewering!). We made our own t-shirts with the judicious use of contact paper, a protractor, yardsticks, and spray paint.

This week was month-end, so Tuesday was my night to work late and Wednesday morning was my traditional Utopia stop to pick up Americanos and blueberry scones for the other accounting girls and myself.

Wednesday night, Mom and I had “spa night” to highlight each other’s hair and do gel nails. She has been interested in nail art lately, but I like a subtle look. (OPI Axxium Alpine Snow heart on a base of Princesses Rule).

This is my first week to link up with Jeannett at Life Rearranged for InstaFriday.
life rearranged

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Coffee Shop Connections

On Sunday afternoon a couple weeks ago, I stopped at Starbucks during my 75-mile drive home from a family reunion. I stood off to the side, mentally debating what to get while the twenty-something man ahead of me ordered. I could not decide whether I wanted a Cool Lime Refresher or my usual [hot] caramel americano. (Why, yes, it was 105 degrees outside but that does not deter my love of hot drinks.) 

My attention was pulled from decision-making when the customer ahead of me looked at the curly-haired man behind the register and asked if he used to work at Starbucks in a nearby town. The barista confirmed and the customer exclaimed that he did too, “I thought you looked familiar! You got rid of your ponytail though.” 

The barista ran his fingers through his hair, “Yeah, I was trying to get a job teaching English in Korea and needed to look professional for interviews. It worked though because I got a job. Today’s actually my last day working here.”

When they finished their conversation, I ordered my drink and asked the barista, “Are you having a good day? I heard you say it’s your last one.” 

His face lit up, “It’s pretty good. Yeah, I’m going to teach English in South Korea.” I said it sounded exciting and mentioned quite a few of my friends have taught English in Korea and Japan. He asked if I’d been there and we talked about the places I went on a whirlwind visit to South Korea. I asked if he had a degree in English and how he decided to teach. His degree is in creative writing “but that doesn’t really pay bills” and he wanted to try something new. I told him I am working on my M.A. in TESOL* and he should look into it if he decides he likes teaching English. He enthusiastically asked all sorts of questions about the program and admissions requirements, which I gladly answered.

I strolled out of the store with my iced americano, grinning at having witnessed and played a part in someone else’s small-world, random-crazy-connection experience. 

*Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

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