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    Dear Coffee – A Letter

    Dear Coffee, Over the past couple of weeks, I’ll admit, I’ve been neglecting you. Not scooping as much of you into my most beloved appliance which turns your ground little self into a dark, delicious liquid that transforms my mornings from good to glorious has not been easy, but it’s been necessary. Predicting terrible headaches, groggy afternoons, and intense cravings, I have sadly walked out the door without a coffee to go and driven by many a coffee shop with longing in my eyes. However, I could not have been more wrong about my predictions. Yes, the first day or two I fell victim to slight caffeine withdrawal headaches, and did feel…

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    Reading Conditions

    Some reading conditions are better than others (this is not to say that there are reading conditions that are bad). Here are my favorites. Post-work coffee, preferably downtown Few things de-stress me after a long day at work like getting a specialty coffee and reading. This is best when there is outside seating, when the temperature is between 65ºF and 75ºF with a light breeze rolling off the ocean. Between 1AM and 3AM This is almost exclusively a condition resulting from the first. When I have coffee after work (between 5PM and 7PM), the caffeine kicks in around 10PM so I lay in bed for a couple of hours trying to…

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    Nepenthes Iowii

    “I’ll have a vanilla latte, but could you make it in my 12-ounce mug?” “Is it clean?” “Yes.” “Sure, but there’s like, a 75 cent fee for a personal mug.” Don’t do it, don’t do it, don’t do it “There’s – like – a 75 cent fee, or there is a 75 cent fee?” Smiling. “There is a 75 cent fee.” No eye-rolling – That’s a good sign “Okay, I’m fine with that. Thanks.” “We also have to charge you for not indicating what size right away. That’s an extra 5 cents.” “But you’re putting it in my 12-ounce mug. Can’t you just base my size desire off of that?” “No.” “Okaaaaay it’s just an…