The Break Up

Dear Starbucks,

I can’t believe this is happening to us.  I never saw this coming.  And it happens to so many other people but I swore it wouldn’t happen to us.  I thought we were past this.  Accepting one another and settling in.  It’s so hard thinking because we have invested so much time and energy and money in to our relationship.  Breaking up is just so hard to do.  It’s not you. It’s me. Well, actually it is you and me.  But the truth is well; I’m just not that in to you anymore.  Here’s the thing. I have been a faithful drinker of your Venti Chai Tea lattes for most of my teaching career. That’s ten years if you’re counting.   Some days, on my worst days, two a day.  And passion tea lemonades in the summer are my first choice late in the afternoon.  But your ridiculous daily drive-thru debacles pushed me over the edge and is what I just can’t do anymore.  It makes every morning stressful.  And the drink is just not worth it anymore.  Not to mention the price.

Here’s the thing. I really want you.  I like stopping and getting that cup every morning.  It gets me moving and out of bed.  I love your holiday cups.  I like nursing that drink in the morning to start my day.  But over break I stopped because the Polar Vortex hit and it was just too cold to go out even for coffee.  Couple that with the fact that the drive thru is never fast, the line always long,  the people rarely nice and it always being understaffed I just stopped going.

I quit you pretty much cold turkey.  And it’s been hard.  Emotionally and caffeine speakign.  So, I started using this coffee maker at home that I bought my husband for Christmas and realized how easy it was, cheap it was and free of morning headaches because there was no parking spot that required me to walk past a drive thru where people never look or a line out the lot for the actual drive-thru that added 20 minutes to my morning routine.  And, I also realized in my quest to get healthier just how bad that chai tea was for me.  And if I am honest, I gave you another chance. One morning, I stopped.  I just wanted you back.  In that moment.  And my drink was wrong and tasted terrible.   I got frustrated.

So here we are.  Me wondering what is happening to me.  Going to coffee.  At home. In a carrier cup. And being okay with it.  I worry about those gold stars expiring and the huge balance on my card.  I wonder if I change my drink if I will come back.  Some days. Randomly when it sounds good. But for now, it’s over and I’m sorry. Can we still be acquaintances?


Your Once Faithful Drinker

In all seriousness, I was drinking Starbucks once a day 7 days a week and quit. And it feels kind of liberating.  And it is helping my waistline. And my morning stress. But I also miss it. But the hassle of the one by my house is just not worth it.  So, talk me to me about coffee and flavors. I need suggestions but I love Caribou’s Morning Blend with Vanilla or Hazelnut creamer.  What about you?


Ruling the Roost

This is how I found Brady when I got out of the shower and grandma decided it was time to take a walk…look at how awake, alert and happy he is!!!

Our little man has definitely made it clear that he is calling all of the shots in our house this week! He really has been a great baby! We went for our second walk this week! (Thank goodness for grandma… I would never have the courage to venture out alone!)
Brady was perfect yesterday as mama and grandma ventured out to Starbucks. He slept the entire time as we braved the rocky sidewalk with his stroller. He never made a peep as mama enjoyed/sipped her first cup of chai tea since giving birth….that was until we got home and he got fed!
Apparently, some spice in the chai tea DID NOT agree with Brady’s belly and we paid for it all day yesterday. Fussy baby= fussy mama. Thank goodness grandma was here to calm both of us. So, I say farwell to chai tea so my baby is not fussy and gassy….