Sunday, May 8, 2011

Pouring it Out: Your Virtual Barista


Thanks for meeting
me here at my favorite
coffee spot.  It's going
to be a busy week and
I'm so happy that you
were able to spare some 
of  your precious time 
with me.

I visit this particular 
coffee place every week 
after I pick my daughter up
from school.  We stop here for 
lattes on our way to 
her harp lesson.

Our favorite barista is
always here to welcome
us with a big smile.  She
is a lovely college student
who is getting ready to 
travel the U.S. this summer
with her college choir and
we are going to miss her!

Via Google Images
Please take the coziest
chair in the joint, right next
to the round iron fireplace.
I'll pop up front and order
for us....What's your pleasure?

Okay, I'm back.  Two
medium lattes and a piece
of carrot cake to split.


How was your Mother's Day?
I love Mother's Day because
even if we don't all have
children, we are all the
children of mothers,
in some form or another.

And that's worth celebrating.

We clink our cardboard cups
as a toast to mothers.
We smile.

Bouquet from my boy : )
After we share our Mother's Day
stories and reminiscences
as well as the quickly disappearing
carrot cake and a few more
sips of java, we move on to
more weekend details....

I spent all day Friday and
Saturday taking a two-day
writer's workshop on how
to craft a book.  Not a class
about how to write, but rather
the nuts and bolts of framing
a story and getting it to all
come together.  The class was
held in an urban literary
center in the trendy Mill District
of downtown Minneapolis,
near the Mississippi River.

Think rehabbed warehouse.
Think soft, worn, wide-plank
wood floors and brick walls.
It felt great to be a student again.
I told my husband that it was 
eight straight hours each day
of using my brain.  Even the lunch
breaks were working lunches.

It was exhausting.
It was exhilarating!

Part of my homework on
Friday night included a trip
to an office supply store.
For the first time in recent
memory I wasn't there because
I have a science project due or 
The printer is out of ink. 
 I really enjoyed strolling the
aisles, weighing my choices,
deliberating over colors, etc.
Me, the student. have a little 
cream cheese frosting on 
your chin....There, you 
got it!

Like most families, weekends often
  mean cuddling up with a  movie 
or  show that we've tivo-ed. One of 
our favorites is about a U.S. special 
forces military unit and their families. 
 There is a lot of action and they all have 
code names.  We thought that this was 
so cool that we each took one of the code 
names for ourselves!  I mentioned
this to my mom and she  immediately 
followed suit for herself and my dad.

{So, Silver Fox, if you are reading
this, Cool Breeze and her brood
are sending you BIG happy
birthday wishes!}

Undercover kids, aka Betty Blue and Dirt Diver

Before I wrestle you for that
last bite of carrot cake, I'll tell 
you about my friend Emily's new
blog, Emily's Kitchen. Emily is 
one  of those beautiful people who 
just radiates good health; you know, 
the kind that makes you think 
I'll have what she's having!

And now, I can.
And so can you.
Emily teaches us how to cook with 
nutrient-dense foods that pack the 
most healthful punch for the calories.
I'm talking avocado burgers.
I'm talking grain-free granola.
I'm talking tortilla soup.
I'm talking D E L I C I O U S !

 Image from Emily's grain-free granola post
Besides recipes, she recommends
links to articles that explain things
like the Dirty 15 {ick}, which are
the fruits and vegetables that you
really need to buy organic and other
interesting topics like using 
finishing salt and diet detoxing.

As I polish off my latte, I confide
in you that I signed up for her next
 three-day raw detox, in a
 week.  I've never tried one before, 
but according to Emily, some of the
benefits include increased energy,
restful sleep, weight loss,
clearer skin and mental clarity.

Yes, please!

Emily's kitchen.
One of her living food smoothies.
I'll report back on my detoxifying
experience at a future coffee : )
Until then, please pop over and
visit Emily.  Tell her that you had
coffee with your friend Suzanne and
that she says hello!

Right now, it's time to pull ourselves
reluctantly up from the big, comfy
chairs and head towards the door.
After a flurry of hugs, a wave to 
our barista with a Good luck with
your summer! we push the door
open to the cool air outside.

We linger on the sidewalk.
We breathe deeply and sigh.
We hug once more.
Let's do this again, soon!



Karena said...

Suzanne Happy Mother's Day. I love meeting you for a latte and chat!!

Go to an art supply store and you will feel like a kid in a candy store!


Art by Karena

Susan T said...

Yours is one of the first posts I have read this morning. Love the music - the writing - you don't need classes in how to craft a story, you are a natural.

Uplifting - informative - a real sense of connection. What else can do you need from coffee with a friend.

Hugs from England

Sue xxx

Will visit Emma! sounds JUST what I am after.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

OH SUZANNE...there is a lot of eye candy and heart-warming stuff going on here! THE LOFT, THE MBAA....I was just there two weeks ago. One of my colleagues from school gave a poetry reading and I was tingling all over. I often go to the little shop there to buy special papers. I just finished a little book on a collection of MY OWN POETRY. I am pretending to be a writer. I decided that I WILL ACT LIKE A WRITER and do what writers do: WRITE. And maybe one day I will be one. But I already have a collection of about 5 poems that I like, so I just finished a booklet with a nice title. There. I so love that place and I raise my tea cup to you dear Suzanne! Anita

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

Hi Suzanne,

Well, thank you for a lovely coffee time together. That's one of the nicest virtual carrot cakes I've had. Okay, it's the *only* virtual carrot cake I've ever had...but still jolly tasty!!!

I really enjoy these coffee're gorgeous


Anonymous said...

I love reading your posts. I feel like I am sitting in a coffee shop chatting with you. :)

Linen & Verbena

Days at Buttermilk Cottage said...

Your post brought back some sweet memories for me. When Kate was still in elementrary school and I would pick her up on ballet day, we'd have about 40 minutes to kill before her class. We'd go to a neat little, locally owned, coffee shop and split a bear claw (Kate's favorite), milk for Kate, coffee for me. The owner got so used to us, he'd start getting it ready when we walked in the door.
Have a great week!


OK...finished my coffee and read your post! Wonderful...really a well told don't need no stinkin class :)
Can't wait to hear about your detox!

Biz said...

Happy Birthday Beautiful Lady!

quintessence said...

Loved our morning coffee. How did you know I adore carrot cake??!! Your writing seminar sounds like it was inspiring. Off to check out Emily's blog! Have a great day!

Teacup Moments said...

how cool to have joined that workshop, and in such an interesting venue, too. and hey, i adore your code names. also, thank you for sharing the link to Emily's Kitchen - eating healthy never looked so good. i wanted you to know that i enjoy these virtual get-togethers with you. after reading your posts, i always come away feeling refreshed and invigorated. even when you write about the quotidian, you have that innate writer's talent of "making it new" for everyone. happy mother's day!


Ah, Caribou . . . my husband and I use to go to the one right on the lake, every Friday. (Was it in Wayzata? I can't remember.)

Thanks for sharing your morning with us, Cool Breeze.



ps. Thanks for your help enabling my e.mail. Your the best.

Style Attic said...

Wow! Where do I start? You had me at Carrot Cake!! So lovely to have had that workshop, I LOVE doing things like that :) Oh and the cleanse/detox, I just finished one before Easter. I had been doing my homework on them for about a year. Lovely Charlotta at Space for Inspiration really held my hand through the whole thing and at the end, it really was worth it. There is a glow to your skin and everyone will notice! Have a great day XO, Kelly

Anonymous said...

Another touching coffee chat. You had to torture me with that first picture. If I had been buying...well, we might have had more than that carrot cake. Then reading about Emily's Kitchen and all that healthy eating, stoked my curiosity. Now I am off to check it out. Happy belated Mothers Day!

Ironstone and Pine said...

This was fun, i need to do it more often on a Monday! I can picture your warehouse workshop, what a great background to be creative!!~devon

La Dolfina said...

What a lovely way to start the day...
You are the best writer Suzanne, the BEST!

Lisa said...

Suzanne, first of all, I'm loving this Coffee Song by my guy have I never heard it before?
My girlfriends and I have had code names for ourselves, our kids and our husbands so we can talk freely without spilling any beans without worrying about being overheard....I love that your mom & dad adopted some too!
Looking forward to checking out your friend's food blog....I am eating "clean" these days but enjoyed delicious white artisinal bread and chocolate cake for Mother's Day! A little indulgence now and again is necessary, I do believe! Thanks for sharing, off to check her out. Have a wonderful day!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Sounds like you had a great weekend. It was nice to visit you for the first time over coffee and goodies! You must be thrilled that you were able to take a writers workshop! I know I would!

I think it is just delightful... an a little naughty to talk about a healthy blog site while licking cream cheese filling off of my fork! FUN post!
Now, I'm off to get a second cup of coffee... but sadly, no more carrot cake.
So nice to meet you!

Anne Lorys - Fiona and Twig said...

m sure it was time well spent, truly I do...but I don't think YOU of all people need to take ANY classes relating to writing, dear lady!

Au contraire, you should be teaching them! Nobody turns a phrase like you do, friend!

Happy Belated Mother's Day!!!


La Dolfina said...

Hey I'm back to tell you that my husband drew your name as the winner of The Shabby Apple Giveaway!
I am so delighted for you and of course Elizabeth. Please have her take a photo of herself in it in Italy this summer for me :)
Also, could you please send me your email again so I can forward it to Shabby Apple?
Thanks and congrats :)

cityfarmer said...

A little bird told me you won a giveaway at la dolfina ... better tweet on over and see ...

wish we could meet up again!

kerrie of sea cottage said...

Your coffee shop visits with your daughter, your workshop, and movies with the family sound wonderful. I will go visit your friends blog. Sounds like the kind of food I like to eat.

Stitchfork said...

Save me one of the first books off the presses!! My favorite barista starts to make my chai latte as she sees me walking in the door. Happy Monday Suzanne!
xo Cathy

A Vintage Chic said...

What a lovely visit with you, Suzanne! Can't wait to hear more about your writing class--sounds wonderful! I need to look into something like that around here...

And the detox sounds so good...I'll be checking out her blog in just a minute--thanks for sharing it!

Thanks, as always, dear friend, for your visits over at my always say the kindest things...

Wishing you a beautiful evening!


Linda said...

Wonderful post, Suzanne...sharing bits of your day! The writing class sounds perfect, I look forward to hearing more about it! My Mother's Day was is always special having all my children here together~ the best part of the day!

Jane said...

Ah, just delightful, Suzanne. As always. The ambience was just perfect. J x

Morning T said...

Such a fun visit with you this morning! I'm off to visit Emily now...enjoy your day.

lisaroyhandbags said...

Thanks for the latte and my favourite cake! I hope you had a lovely Mother's Day! The writing class sounds great - it's always nice to flex those brain cells once in a while. I'm finally getting over the jetlag of flying to ireland and then to Dubai and am slowing coming out of my fog. The detox sounds interesting - can't wait to hear all about it - I could always use some mental clarity xo

pretty pink tulips said...

Always love meeting for coffee! I'm post yoga and dog to the notary and a girls' lunch. Then, it's all about little boys this afternoon!

So excited about your writer's workshop....more, do tell!

Ahhhh....the detox. I really should....but just not ready. Let me know how it goes!

ta ta....
xoxo Elizabeth

Tiffini said...

I am so going to visit Emily..right up my ally..seriously! I am revamping all of our diet and picking up cooking..again. It has been a long time:)
I might join you in the detox after I read..and what a fun way to make memories with your daughter. You inspire me:)

Dumbwit Tellher said...

Hi Suzanne ~ boy was that fun! I WISH I could share a morning with you in your favorite coffee shop, but this was certainly the next best thing. Happy birthday wishes to the Silver Fox. Your family is so adorable and I hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day? I'm looking forward to catching Emily's blog and hearing how you like the detox. Clarity is what I need! BAD! You know during my mid-life crisis I went to work as a barista or Starbucks. 99% of the time I loved it, because of people like you. Take care this week and sending you a hug from Houston xx

Melissa said...

hello lovely....

i wish we really were having a piece of cake and a latte together..there is so much to talk about!

i'm assuming you're *cool breeze* it!

ok...your course sounds amazing...and i am heading over to check out this super health inspiring bloggy friend of yours now...i'm desperate to hear your take on the de-tox...
i've never done one but have always been very tempted!!

hope you had a wonderful mothers day...
Melissa xx

June said...

It was so nice meeting you here for a chat Suzanne. I love it when we can get together. It sounds like you had the perfect mother's day. I love hearing about your latest class. You are such an inspiring lady!
I love spinach and blueberrie smoothies. Sometimes they are full of all the veggies in the frig and sometimes just fruit and spinach Yum!!!
hugs from here...

Blooming Rose Musings said...

I love our little coffee visits, it's such a great way to start a day. Congratulations on your win at La Dolfina. How perfect is that!?! The class you took sounds so exciting and wonderful. You truly are such a talented writer. I will be looking forward to your published book!
I'm just catching up so I will visit your friends blog a little later.
Thanks for the coffee and cake, Suzanne. Always lovely. XO

Rene said...

Suzanne, would love to have coffee with you sometime. And by the way, your daughter looks more like you every day.

Lili said...

That's exciting to be taking a class like that and enjoying a leisurely and creative trip to the office supply store. Not to mention a weekly trip with your daughter for a latte! I can't believe I just gave up coffee a week ago, hmmmm that detox diet sounds mighty interesting to me too, I hope you tell us all about that! xoxo ~Lili