The problem is what about? Write about your experiences is a common answer.
Some folks post daily journals on their adventures, or photographs. Thing is, I’m like many people - I go to work five or six days a week, and do much the same each time, going to the same places. It’s very rare there are stories to tell, or at least anything worth telling.
When I get a day off, it’s easy to be lazy and stay at home catching up on personal computer tasks, and that’s when I really should get about more.
When Kathy and I have a day off together, we usually make the effort to go somewhere, at least when the weather is good. In the winter when it’s cold and raining, it’s easier and sometimes justifiable, to make it and excuse to stay at home in the warm and dry.
Often, when I have a day off by myself, which really isn’t often, as I usually work six days a week, and sometimes seven, I find that the self motivation isn’t there. I tell myself that tomorrow morning, I’ll go for that run (OK, a brisk walk) in the park, before work, and before breakfast, but it’s only happened about twice this year so far, and we’re already into the second week of September!
Today, though, I kind of made a small effort. I got up, showered, and instead of making a pot of coffee, and cooking breakfast and sitting in the kitchen for an hour that turns into four, I went out. OK, so far, I haven’t gotten far. To the local Starbucks, which is about ten minute walk from the house.
Perhaps I really should get about more, then I’ll have something to write about!
It struck me as amusing when I stopped by Starbucks just now.
Now, as many of you know, I work from home a lot, and when I’m out I tend to take a mug of coffee with me from home.
There are a few coffee shops around town that I’ll use, if I have some work to do, but Starbucks isn’t usually one of them, as they don’t have the free wi-fi that the others do, and being honest, I prefer the coffee in the local independents.
So, today was my first visit to a Starbucks in some months. Also I didn’t feel like coffee, I wanted a cup of tea.
As an Englishman I wanted it the English way. Hot, with a little milk. (I gave up sugar many years ago).
I’ve gotten used to the many variations on a cup of coffee over the years, although I almost always have regular coffee, with milk or cream. $4 meals in a mug don’t appeal to me very much. It shouldn’t have come as a surprise really to find the same goes for tea at Starbucks. Now, this is not a criticism; it’s good to have choice.
I just couldn’t help but smile to myself, because back in England, I could walk into just about any café and ask for a cup of tea, and get just what I want without any further questions. Of course, if I did ask for green tea, or Orange Pekoe in the local Greasy Spoon, I’d probably be given a blank puzzled look, or told they didn’t do that ‘fancy stuff’
Still, just for a moment, while I stood at the Starbucks counter, and looked at the choices, I remembered simpler times in a land far away.
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