Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
There's something quiet about the cold, something private.
Perhaps it's the way we hunch over keeping our arms as close to our sides as possible, our hands tucked into pockets.
With our ears to our shoulders, we do not invite the friendly conversations or simple nods hello from passersby.
As we enter into the warmth of inside, we stand up, we loosen ourselves both physically and relationally. We say hello.
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A competitor (James Hoffmann) during the World Barista Championship.
This article is about bartenders. For lawyers, see Barrister. For the chain of espresso bars in India, see Barista Coffee.
Not to be confused with Batista.
When using the term in English, "barista" refers to one who has acquired some level of expertise in the preparation of espresso-based coffee drinks. Within certain circles, its meaning is expanding to include what might be called a coffee sommelier; a professional who is highly skilled in coffee preparation, with a comprehensive understanding of coffee, coffee blends, espresso, quality, coffee varieties, roast degree, espresso equipment, maintenance, latte art, etc. James Hoffmann of Britain is the current World Barista Champion.
Though popularly believed to be an Italian term, it was developed in America as a derivative of the Italian word meaning bartender and is now part of the lexicon of some American coffee shops. Entered into English from the Italian in which it means roughly "bartender" (plural: baristi [masculine or mixed sex] or bariste [feminine]). The term is derived from the Italian use of the word bar, which is similar to the American or British café. In Italy, the barista typically works behind a counter, serving both hot (such as espresso and other coffee-based ones) and cold alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
Although I am astounded to be akin to such a definition, and I think Scooter's should start selling really good beer and wine, I believe there is much more to being a barista. Baristas are the experts at everything. We are the available ear to anyone's woes. We set a tone to our given coffee houses. We arise early to ensure that your coffee is ready when you are. I love it!
Friday, November 16, 2007
The first incident:
After making a vanilla cappuccino smoothie with whip and making small talk with the customer, it was exclaimed to me, "You might know! Where can I get rid of a set of old encyclopedias?" How do I qualify to be one who might know? I make coffee! Anyway, I did have an idea: Lincoln Freecycle. She went for it.
The second incident:
From behind one of our walls I heard, "Hey Brook, is the word "subversive" really a word?"
"Yes, it is definately a word," I replied. Why did the customer suppose I had an advanced vocabulary? Hmmm?
It's not easy to be a barista. You have to always be on your toes.
1. Also, sub·ver·sion·ar·y [suhb-vur-zhuh-ner-ee, -shuh-] tending to subvert or advocating subversion, esp. in an attempt to overthrow or cause the destruction of an established or legally constituted government.
2. a person who adopts subversive principles or policies.
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
However, you have to find the humor in just a bit of it. There are just some things that should not be pink.
Such a thing of beauty should never be pink
Really, a corkscrew?
Dangerous pink knives
And finally that which never loses its suction. . .
Other things I am hoping never to see in pink:
a weed wacker
basically any large appliance
Monday, November 5, 2007
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Last Friday night in St. Louis, I had the priviledge of learning to make beer! It was amazing to learn about everything that goes into it. Not only is it a relaxing process, but you can drink beer while making more.
I've been searching the internet for affordable home brew-making kits, so I can get started. I'll be saving up my tips from Scooter's, and before you know it you may get an invitation to come and drink some of my beer!
Thursday, October 25, 2007
The second thing I see tends only to occur among women. When alone, a woman can order their drink without hesitation for the most part, but when with a friend, they must confer with one another to see what the other is having and what size. This information influences what each will order. The question: Why doesn't each get what they really want? What holds them back? What are they afraid of?
I, henceforth, will strive to be grateful for the generosity of my friends and order what it is that I want.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Maybe it's unfortunate that I enjoy cynicism, but it's just so funny. My friend Ben reminded me of Demotivators. The tag line: The only consistent feature in all of your dissatisfying relationships is you. Find more funny at dispair.com
Friday, October 19, 2007
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
Monday, October 8, 2007
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Monday, September 10, 2007
Monday, August 27, 2007
1. a shovel
2. new windows
3. a really good vacuum
4. a weed wacker
5. a hose with no holes in it
6. a shop vac
7. a tree limb trimmer
8. a caulking gun
9. a garden hoe
10. a good quality 20 foot extension cord
Saturday, August 25, 2007
This morning she sat at the top of the stairs and whined because she heard activitiy downstairs and wanted to go see the kids. I called her to the kitchen and told her to eat her breakfast, which she went and did, totally forgetting about the children. I have a very odd dog.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
1. A new season of Grey's Anatomy
2. Not caring that my car's air conditioning is broken
3. Wearing my favorite fleece jacket and my new polyester jacket
4. Sitting outside and not having under-knee sweat
6. Bianca being finished with shedding
7. Afternoon/Evening walks
8. Raking leaves
9. Open windows
10. Husker Football
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
This picture cracks me up. These seniors are up in arms about the city budget cuts for their programs. They are the picture of angry revoltists.
Since my Scooter's job is right next to the aging center, I feel a bit "in the know" regarding the cuts to the seniors' programs. I am against it, as the seniors actually use the programs and the senior centers, it is a huge part of their livelyhood. It costs the city very little compared to other programs. And, do we really need to drop the kind of cash that is needed to put in brick crosswalks on South Street? If we don't provide seniors with programs, then as the baby boomers age and become seniors, they'll all be hanging out at Scooter's.
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Below is my personality. Notice that my extrovert and introvert aspects are near the middle. That seems to be genuinely reflective of me, as many have assumed that I am an extrovert, but I assure them I am not. If you're bored, take the test yourself and read up.
Sunday, July 15, 2007
I went inside, called animal control, who then gave me the number to wild life animal rescue. I spoke with Joel, who said he would drive over and take a look. He asked me to wait outside and keep watch over the opossum. I went outside to find that rigormortis had set in. Joel drives up in his white Prius. He is in his 60's, white haired, neat. He takes a look at our opossum friend, affirms that it is actually dead, and tells me that you can tell, because it's pale. I told him that I would know when opossums looked pale. He replied that their lips are usually pink. Joel likes opossums. He has 23 at home. He helped me bag it up so I could avoid experiencing my gag reflex, and we decided that the corpse should go in my garbage and not his, because my garbage collection comes sooner. Yeah for me.
In other opossum education, opossums are unlikely to get rabies because they have a relatively low body temperature. They do, however, carry fleas. I have my rabies vaccination just in case.
Monday, July 9, 2007
Wednesday, July 4, 2007
Friday, June 29, 2007
Sunday, June 24, 2007
Sunday, June 17, 2007
1. My parents bought the house across the street from me as a rental, so I have been busy with the details of fixing it up and other laborious tasks. I am looking for rentors by the way (3 BR, 2 bath, refinished hardwood floors, a must see. Call for an appointment.)
2. I have been watching Season One of House, M.D. and I'm hooked. There are 4 episodes on a disk and I'm on disk 4. It's witty, so I like it.
Saturday, June 2, 2007
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Now, back to the mustard seed thing. If my faith is as big as a mustard seed then I can throw a mountain into the sea, or something like that. So, I think the crux of it is whether or not I choose to believe in who God is and what He can do if He wants to, not how much I believe. The question is do I believe or not. There is either a mustard seed worth of faith or no faith at all. Somehow, this is easier.