Thankful Thursday: Suspended Coffee


I read the story below today and it filled my heart with hope and faith. I love the concept of ‘suspended coffee.’ After reading it on A Well Traveled Woman, I searched for the original source and was delighted to read this press release from Starbucks offering a suspended coffee program in London. The original suspended coffee concept started in Naples, Italy and it’s quickly catching on. There’s even a Facebook page for the idea. Talk to your local coffee house and let’s get the program going here in the US!

Today I am thankful for this story and coffee! Happy Thankful Thursday!

We enter a little coffeehouse with a friend of mine and give our order. While we’re approaching our table, two people come in and they go to the counter: ‘Five coffees, please. Two of them for us and three suspended’ They pay for their order, take the two and leave.

I ask my friend: “What are those ‘suspended’ coffees?”
My friend: “Wait for it and you will see.”

Some more people enter. Two girls ask for one coffee each, pay and go. The next order was for seven coffees and it was made by three lawyers – three for them and four ‘suspended’. While I still wonder what’s the deal with those ‘suspended’ coffees I enjoy the sunny weather and the beautiful view towards the square in front of the café. Suddenly a man dressed in shabby clothes who looks like a beggar comes in through the door and kindly asks, ‘Do you have a suspended coffee?’

It’s simple – people pay in advance for a coffee meant for someone who can not afford a warm beverage. The tradition with the suspended coffees started in Naples, but it has spread all over the world and in some places you can order not only a suspended coffee, but also a sandwich or a whole meal.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have such cafés or even grocery stores in every town where the less fortunate will find hope and support? If you own a business why don’t you offer it to your clients… I am sure many of them will like it.

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Early Morning Rambling

I love getting up early.


No. Not really. In fact, I hate getting up early. Sleeping in is one of my favorite things to do. On any lazy Saturday morning, you’ll find me lying in bed with two dogs and a baby. Just snugglin’. It’s awesome.

But, despite my preference for snoozing in the A.M., occasionally an early morning does occur. Read: I woke up early today.

Yes, yes. The baby, who used to sleep through the night but recently has started waking up 2-3 times per night (hi, I’m sleep-deprived), got up this morning at 6am and had no interest in going back to sleep.

At first, I was irritable (especially since I had been up at 12am and 4:30am with the little man) but then a great thing happened. Sex and the City is on at 6:30am..who knew? So, I enjoyed 35 minutes of Charlotte, Samantha, Miranda, and Carrie while my tiny dude pulled on the mastiff’s face until he tuckered his little self out.

So, there I was, awake in the morning (all jazzed up from the show) with a sleeping baby. This quickly led to me sitting on my back deck with a cup of coffee, a bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios, and a reader full of blogs to read. Read: This is the best Monday morning ever.

While basking in the early morning sun, sipping a cup of joe and being inspired by many lovely bloggers, I stumbled across this post: 27 Ways to be an (even) Better Person. I loved it. I really need to work on no. 9 and everyone should work on no. 16…just saying.

Thanks to that little blog and this lovely morning (and quite a bit of coffee) I’m feeling energetic, uplifted and excited for the week.

So, Happy Monday! What do you do when you find yourself with free time in the morning?


Thankful Thursday: A List

Happy Thankful Thursday!

We haven’t had a Thankful Thursday for awhile….seems like its time to spread a bit of gratitude. I have so much to be grateful for these days that I thought I’d make a little list instead of focusing on one topic like usual.

So, on today’s Thankful Thursday, I am thankful for:

My sweet little baby boy.

Sleeping more than two hours at a time.

Being able to drink coffee and wine.


Catching up with old friends.

My health, the spouse’s health, and a healthy little baby.



Springtime weather.

Simcoe and Barley.

Shopping for clothes that are my pre-pregnancy size. (I owe it all to hungry baby and working out throughout my pregnancy…I haven’t been able to workout since having the little dude so that must be what it is!)

The smell of a baby.

Supportive friends who have lots of good advice.

Singing the Beatles to rock my little man to sleep.


The idea of chopping off all my hair.

Not caring if the house clean.

Baby socks.

Quiet time with the spouse after the little man has gone to bed.

Google Reader.

Fresh Flowers.

What are you thankful for today?

Random Ramblings

First, I stole the title of this post from my friend, Tina. You should check out her blogs here and here.

Second, I heard Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this morning which means six more weeks of winter.

But, wait. Is he right? Conflicting woodchuck weather reports have been coming in all morning. Some of Phil’s weather-predicting-rodent competitors had a different shadow experience than Phil….. meaning an early spring? Who do you believe?

Phil seems to have more credibility than New York’s Island State Chuck or Wisconsin’s Wynter the Groundhog and Phil’s been going at it for, like, 100 years. So, I’d say he’s probably the most accurate.

Since I’m on Team Phil, I’m prepped for six more weeks of winter and am looking forward to the snowstorm that’s expected to blow into CO this afternoon.

Third, I want to go to where ever this cup of coffee is, jump into the cup, and swim around.


Only five more weeks until I can get all tweaked out on java again. Oh, sweet coffee, how I long for a pot of thee. Limiting myself to under 200 milligrams of caffeine a day isn’t cutting it for this tubby lady (who can no longer sleep through the night thanks to the pangs of extreme weight gain). Oy.

Six weeks of winter, five weeks of pregnancy, three weather-predicting hamsters, and a couple of blog shout outs. Random? Yes.

Thankful Thursday

Today, I am thankful for coffee.

Oh, Coffee. You are my favorite thing.

My love for coffee started early on. I landed my very first job at the Java Joint (a local coffee-house in my hometown) at the impressionable age of 15, learning the basics of drip coffee and espresso drinks. I moved on to ‘Certified Barista’ status at a Barnes & Noble Starbucks where I worked through high school and the first couple of years of college. Weird, suddenly it’s clear why I never slept in high school.

In those early days, mocha’s were my favorite drink and drip coffee always came with sugar and cream. Fast forward to 15 years later, a black iced coffee sits on my desk as I type this and my go-to drink at the local Starbucks is an iced Americano (black as well).  You could say my coffee palate has become somewhat…bitter.

Oh, but I love the stuff. The first paper I wrote in college was about coffee…A+, thankyouverymuch. My back up plan in case dental school didn’t work out was to open my very own coffee shop and bakery. Wait, what? Dental school? Yeah….that’s what I started college thinking I was going to do. I don’t know, somehow that turned into a Psychology degree and now I’m in Marketing. Life…full of surprises!

Back to the subject at hand, coffee. I’m so thankful that on a particularly sleepy morning my cup o’ joe perks me up and gets me going. I’m thankful that if I’m feeling blue, a cup of coffee can console me almost as much as chat with a friend. I’m thankful that coffee pairs well with chilly winter weather and summertime heat. I’m thankful that coffee can be breakfast, a snack, or dessert. And I’m thankful that coffee is actually good for you.

So, here’s to the latte, the cappuccino, and the americano! Here’s to the mocha and the cafe au lait!  Here’s to french press, drip, and espresso!

Aren’t you thankful for coffee? Enjoy your morning brew.

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Giving Thanks!

Happy Thanksgiving!

With Thanksgiving tomorrow, naturally I’ve been reflecting on what I’m thankful for and how lucky of a girl I really I am. And since you all know how much I LOVE to make lists…I thought I’d make a list of the top 10 things I’m grateful for. I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

1. Family – I hear so many people complain of “having” to spend the holidays with family. Driving or flying from this place to that and eating more than one Thanksgiving turkey (the outrage!) but I look forward to these busy (sometimes hectic) days. To see my siblings, parents, cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents is a special experience that I treasure deeply. I live pretty far away from my East Coast fam and don’t get to see my Wyoming kin too often either so whether I’m looking over the Rocky Mountains with my dad, sis and brother or toasting wine with my cousins in Jersey, every time I get to spend with my family is truly, truly special. Also, I couldn’t ask for a better person to share my life, adventures and future with than the spouse :)

2. My Friends – My friends are the most hilarious, entertaining, talented and caring people I’ve ever met! I am so very lucky to be surrounded by a group of people that I’ve known since high school, befriended in college and met in recent years.

3. Pugs – Specifically, Barley. Need I say more than show you this photo? How could you not be thankful for this sweet animal (er…plant)!??

4. Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers – I absolutely adore RCPM (especially Jim….guitar players…get me every time). Catching every concert possible on the Front Range, I attempt to meet the band every time and surprisingly they’ve started to remember me! (Uh, oh….here comes that crazy girl Steve Larson* warned us about). I LOVE them and if you don’t know them, GO HERE to give a listen. You’re Welcome.*stevelarson is their ex-guitarist

5. The FC – Rated as Money magazine’s 6th Best Town to Live in, helping earn the Front Range the “Napa Valley of Beers” status, a ten minute drive to the Rocky Mountains, and a plethora of local restaurants… just doesn’t get better than Fort Collins. I’m so grateful to live in this town. In what other town could you take your dog for a run….to a microbrewery!? (The FC is also rated in the Top 10 Active Towns to live in, has been high-ranked on the Most Pet-Friendly cities in recent years AND….AND we’re the home of Odell & New Belgium Breweries).

6. Christmas – From November 1 to December 25th, I’ll be the jolliest a**hole this side of the nuthouse :)

7. My Health – Recently, I’ve become much more appreciative of my health, something I’ve taken for granted in the past. As 30 quickly approaches and I start to snap, crackle and pop with every limb movement, I’m reminded to be thankful for a body that allows me to push myself to pretty extreme physical limits, learn to golf with my spouse and lets me dance, dance, dance to Ke$ha (alone, when no one is watching).

8. My Job – In these tough economic times, everyone should be thankful if they are employed! I can say I’m truly thankful for my job!! They send me awesome places like Vegas, Boston and other great locations and I get to meet and work with a lot of great people! Also, without my job I couldn’t have the home I live in, enjoy all the great food I am lucky enough to get to eat (and pad myself with) and all the other things I enjoy and am so very, very thankful for.

9. Food, Coffee & Red Wine – I LOVE to eat! Who doesn’t right? Between the Food Network, my spouse’s culinary wizardry, the Kilted Pig, my own kitchen adventures and all of the amazing restaurants I get to go to….my world is literally controlled by what, when and where I get to eat. Add a cup of joe in the morning and good glass of red wine in the evening and that pretty much sums up what I think about all day (good thing I’ve got #7 to work it all off).

10. YOU!!! Blog readers – I appreciate you visiting my page, reading my sometimes incoherent ramblings and supporting me with your comments and continued visits.

Thank you & Happy Thanksgiving!!!