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Dutch Bros. Coffee

Published August 24, 2016 by lynn k scott

I admit it; I love coffee.  Now, I’m not a coffee snob, however, I choose not to give my hard earned money to the “Evil Empire”.  I won’t say say them by name (because I really dislike doing that).  However, unless you live in a cave, they are the coffee company that’s literally on just about every street corner, they heat their milk too hot and it’s just a mediocre product, at best.  Ok, so I really dislike them.  Alas, I digress…

Within the last couple of years, a new coffee place has emerged, called, Dutch Bros.  I really enjoy their large, hot, caramelizer.  I don’t do cold coffee…ok, maybe I’m a smidgen of a coffee snob.

My 10-year old daughter adores going to Dutch Bros.  When I treat myself to a coffee, she is typically treated to a medium, chocolate Frost (aka a milkshake).  I should interject, there is a Dutch Bros. in the city we live in, but I typically frequent the one near my job, as it’s closer to me.  My daughter actually comes to work with me, before and after school, because her school is near my job.

That being said, a few times, I have had to sneak out to get my coffee when she has been with her friends or at school.  Dutch Bros. has a stamp card too.  Every 10 drinks, gets you a free one.

Now, I used to leave the stamp card in the center console of my pickup.  Until one weekend, we were waiting for my husband to pickup his car and she started looking at the card.  UT OH!!!  This child remembers EVERYTHING!  I swear, she’s part elephant….

I see her start counting the stamps.  As she is always with me, the stamps should be an even number.  Now, I’m in trouble.  I hear, “You went to Dutch Bros. without me?”  She sounded dejected.  I confirmed I did, out of exhaustion, one day.  That was true, I had been exhausted.  My sad child turned into a psychotic demon, who I could have sworn was foaming at the mouth and in a demonic voice bellowed, “YOU WENT TO DUTCH BROS. WITHOUT ME!!!!”

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I was in trouble.  For all you parents who have ever silently eaten a cookie or piece of candy, that you had hidden from your children, and then get busted mid-chew…I was busted like that.

It cost me a a Frosty to make it up to her.  I’m such a softie (and ok, she’s a bit spoiled too). Now the card is kept in my wallet, for I still sneak a coffee here and there.  The other day, as I was paying for our drinks, she said, “let me see that card”.  Oh boy…she’s on to me.  I laughed it off and quickly changed the subject.  I know she didn’t buy it.  It will cost me later on; of this I am sure.  She’s holding out for when she really needs to use it against me.

We do enjoy Dutch Bros. very much.  They have good products, reasonably priced and the customer service is stellar (no matter which location we’ve used).  Plus, I love my daughter’s pure joy and over-excitement at being treated to her favorite drink:  a chocolate frosty (esp. when she gets a pink straw)!

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Made It Through

Published July 1, 2015 by lynn k scott

I did it!  I survived another June.  I know I took myself out of the picture for a while there, but I just wasn’t coping as well as I had hoped.

It’s officially July and as anticipated, life continues.  I am redirecting some of my energy.  Some of that energy is focused on me.

I know some won’t understand, but I had a few “signs” from my mom over the last couple of weeks.  The signs misted my eyes but were still comforting and I was able to share a couple smiles with a friend here and there.

Over 15 years ago, my mother tricked me into telling her specific details of some cookware I saw on the HSN (Home Shopping Network).  She used that information to purchase the set as a birthday gift.  I still have all but 2 pans from the original set.

This past Sunday, I thought I was clicking on a cooking show, but it turned out to be cookware by Ming Tsai.  He’s a chef that I really enjoy watching; when time allows.  I had no idea he had a line of cookware.  I watched the television like a toddler would as if their favorite Disney movie just started playing.

I have looking for some new frying pans.  I was torn about ordering myself something new.  This set wasn’t a necessity.  Then I remember what my mom used to say, “Bills will always be there. You need to acknowledge what you need sometimes.”  I did need new frying pans and I chose this particular set.  Yes, there are cheaper sets available.  However, I have learned, good equipment yields good results.  I cook over 90% of our meals.  Takeout isn’t the norm in our house.

I called to order.  Hung up…I don’t need them.  I redialed, hung up again and the third time I dialed, I placed the order.  I chose to allow myself to be “ok” with my decision.  I normally wouldn’t do something like that.  I talk myself out of purchases out all the time.  This particular purchase, two days after my mother’s angel-versary, seemed “right”.  I was happy.  The money will work itself out.

Now, I am anxiously awaiting my new set.  The best part is, I got the set in this brilliant purple color.  That’s right:  purple!   Had you been here, you’d have just heard my giddy joy of having cookware in my favorite color.  Can’t wait to make some more amazing meals.

New cookware warrants new recipes, no?

Animated Walker

Published March 30, 2015 by lynn k scott

Every Sunday evening, I find myself with a few hours to spare while my husband and daughter go out visiting with her Godfather.  I’ve decided to start walking again.

I download a few more songs onto my phone, grabbed the ear buds and out the door I went.  My goal was 2-3 miles.  I should note, music plays a huge part in my life.  I attach very easily to songs and I song obsess (where I listen over and over to certain songs).  I also am very familiar with certain music videos.

As I begin walking, it’s hard not to want to dance as the music flows through the tiny ear buds into my awaiting ears. Sometimes I have a hard time just walking straight as the beat moves me.  The drivers of the cars zooming past me must be shaking their heads as I walk up the street.

Every so often, I smile breaks out across my face.  My head will sway back and forth as I lip-sync to one of my selected musical gems.  I am exercising AND smiling about it?  No, I’m not insane.  I’m just embracing the moment.  I want to be healthier.  I want the next 40 pounds I lose to be because of my hard work.  I’m tired of answering the question, “how did you lose so much weight” with “because I got sick”.

The artists who kept my motivation on this particular walk was Brantley Gilbert, Bruno Mars, Pink, Billy Joel, Fun, Pistol Annies, Florida Georgia Line, and Jessie J.  The play list changes weekly.

About halfway through my walk, “Marry You” by Bruno Mars started playing.  I think I’ve watched this video probably 50+ times (at least).  I had the worst time not starting the flash dance moves in the video.  I really had to resist the urge to do the Pony or kick out my legs and clap my hands during the walk (video references).  The cars were passing me at a good clip, so I resigned to bopping my head and smiling like a teenager who was just asked out by her high school crush.

When all was said and done, I had covered 3 miles in 64 minutes.  Considering it’s been years since I had been walking consistently, I’m happy with that time.  The goal is to cut that time in half.  When I meet that goal, it will be time to try running again.

WOOT! WOOT!

Published March 26, 2015 by lynn k scott

I believe there must be a full moon somewhere in the near future.  Should anyone who might read this be up on the phases of the moon, DO NOT correct that statement!

What I mean, something strange is going on.  Now, yesterday, I admit, I looked absolutely adorable (according to me, of course). I made a blog post to that effect and then promptly deleted it.  I had worn a black velour shirt, faded blue jeans and 3″ black heeled boots.  I added a little eye liner, mascara and lipstick.  Nothing fancy, but fancier than I normally dress for work.

I was talking to someone, not work-affiliated, who was in his mid-30s.  He actually told me, you look “hot”.  Me?  I had to look around a quick second to make sure he was actually looking at me.  That got a bit of a laugh.

Today I was speaking with one of my employees and he’s in his 60s.  He was just doing a check in as he’s out on leave. We have a very free office and people just say what they are thinking here.  He was talking about watching reruns and how the show aired in 1975.  I love to chime in on those moments and say things like, “I was 4”.  He couldn’t believe it.  Apparently, he thought I was much younger than I am.  According to him, I have aged very well.  It cracked me up.  I couldn’t help but laugh.

I am a simple mother of 5 kids; ok so most of them are adults now.  I don’t have a model’s figure.  I swear like a drunken sailor turned trucker, I’m overly opinionated and I’m not afraid to tell people what I think of them.  That being said, I’m happy with who I am.  It’s taken me a long time to get to the point where I can say that.

So, the fact two different men, in two very different age groups, offered compliments I never expected to hear, definitely has given me a bit of an ego boost and I sure as hell got in a WOOT! WOOT!

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