Daily grind

So it is the week back from Thanksgiving break, and i feel like i’ve hit the ground running. Finals are coming up as the semester comes to a close. My first college semester, woo hoo! But as winter comes along, the bike ride seem to get longer, and so does the line of customers in the morning. On top of that, we have 3 new hires we are trying to train, while losing 5 of our 6 shift managers.

Also, this week will be the first time I clock in at about 33 hours (not including the ten hour day I spend at In N Out). I am burnt out. On the plus side, the coffee helps. A lot. I don’t know if this is necessary, but 3-5 cups of coffee a day for me is the norm.

So, I guess what I am trying to say is this is college. These are supposed to be the best days of my life, and although busy, I am still able to find moments of peace in the chaos and thank God for the life that I have. These blog posts have been a channel for me to get of my busy schedule to write about it, my therapy. Is it just me, or does everything feel less stressful when you write about it?

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It’s begining to feel a lot like…

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…Christmas.

Ugh, Christmas in Starbucks. How evil.

Cranberry Bliss Bars. Pure evil.

Retail as far as the eye can see. Hideous

Busy mornings becoming even busier. Unforgiving.

As easy as it is to be so unexcited for the malicious holidays, I always try to remember that it isn’t about us. It’s not even about others, and the spirit of giving. It’s about an even bigger gift, so big that we cannot fathom the greatness, the magnanimity of. I know that Thanksgiving hasn’t even passed, but after hours on end spent setting up all the retail and Christmas music on repeat, I just wanted to blog all my frustration and put it all out there so I don’t go on this bitter downward spiral.

Thank you for reading. And end rant.

Just a spoonful of sugar….

So lately, because of the changing weather, as well as a mixture of lack of sleep and water, working and school, and the added stress of group projects, I have progressively gotten sicker.

It got so bad, I decided to go to the doctor for the first time in YEARS. At first what I thought was the regular flu turned out to be “peritonsillar abcess.” My doctor said it could have been derived from strep or something and other, but either way I felt like crap. Along with the worst sore throat in my life, I had a fever and could not swallow anything, including my spit (gross).

So for days, I couldn’t eat much. Not to say that I still had my appetite, OH, was I hungry. I just couldn’t bear the pain of swallowing food or moving my tongue around. But thank God that all is good and the antibiotics have done wonders. But for the miserable part of my week, I lived off of hot teas and liquids.

One thing that my boss drinks is refresh tea (the minty tazo tea) with a little bit of steamed lemonade and honey. I honestly had a hard time putting it down (although, some customers actually love it), but hot tea always feels good when you’re not feeling well. In my opinion, the lemonade has way too much sugar to actually help with a sore throat, but my boss swears by this drink. In his defense, tea is a better alternative to gulping down the gallons of coffee we brew.

Water, no ice. Water is definitely nature’s miracle. You always want to stay hydrated when you’re feeling under the weather, even if you don’t want to. Not to mommy you or anything, but room temp water is always a good idea. I suffered dehydration because I had trouble swallowing, but I always tried to get at least 3 venti waters (26 oz) in my system.

Lastly, I recommend the orange Evolution drink. Not for any special reason other than the fact that it is SO YUMMY. They say it is fresh cold squeezed, made from 5 oranges, and it tastes like it too. It’s so refreshing to see a bottle with 100% juice and an ingredient list you can actually understand. Also, why not boost your immune system with some vitamin C and invigorate your day with the whopping 52 grams of sugar?!

For Here

Have you ever taken the “for here” or “in a mug” option at your Starbucks? If you haven’t, you should. Not only do you get a 10 cent discount (sweet), but you also look way cooler when you have a mug in your hand(double sweet).

A mug means welcome. Linger with us for a little while and finish your tasks with a little caffeine encouragement. Or relive the days back in school when you always kicked back at your coffee shop with great company and never cared to know what the time was.

Recently, I had the chance to sit down on my break and talk to one of our regulars. He was an elementary music teacher at a nearby school, and always came in on a wednesday night asking for a white mocha in a mug. On this particular Wednesday, he was in the midst of creating an after-school “rock-band club,” in which more students than he expected had signed up. Picture 36 elementary kids all in a room trying to play what’s supposed to be “Eye of the Tiger.” He ordered, sat right down, and began all the planning. When his drink was ready, he looked more focused and ready to start his Wednesday nigh Starbucks session.

He said to me “I feel most productive here. I always set a goal and by the time I finish my drink, I always have those things done.” He, and the small population of “for here” mug orderers are the special ones. Today, I have become a part of the club. But, just like my mocha, my speech is also close to its end.

So next time, try to forgo the “to go” option, and plan to stay for a little bit.

Welcome.

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Complicated Orders

Every morning at approx. 6 in the am, a man named, let’s call him Captain, has devised a little poem if you will. It goes something like this:

What you call tall is small,

Top it off, don’t leave any room for cream,

put the lid on right so the hole is opposite from the seam,

double – cup it, and no sleeve. Oh, and no green stick thingy (or something like that)

This satirical chorus has been enjoyed by baristas at my store for years now, and has become pretty old. We’ve come to the point where we prepare the Captain’s coffee in advance in order for him not to recite his verse.  Especially since its just the equivalent to ordering a “tall coffee” in Starbucks lingo.

Despite his worn out jokes (“who’s the daughter of Peggy Matra? Sumatra“), the Captain is truly a facetious character. This really is just his way of making fun of the “long and wordy and complicated” orders people made when they got to the counter. I asked the Captain to write down his verse just to be clear on why he insisted on ordering like this, and the more I looked into it, the more evident his point was. Our customers do get ridiculous when ordering their drinks. Don’t get me wrong, it’s okay to be specific, but i swear some of us are doing this for the sake of just being complicated. Why did Starbucks have to make the ordering process so complicated anyways?

I mean, if you are one of these people (you know who you are), more power to you. I am glad you chose Starbucks as your preferred method of acquiring your caffeine for the day and we’re happy to make your drink again if it wasn’t up to par (we can afford to, we ARE Starbucks in case you forgot). We also hope you enjoy the shit out of the drink you made such a big deal out of, you certainly paid the price tag to do do.

Just please don’t freak out if your latte isn’t exactly 125 degrees (you probably wouldn’t even know it). Also, we’ll make sure to try to accomplish everything you made me write on a rounded paper surface that is your cup. Just don’t freak out if I couldn’t get it all the first time, you were probably talking too fast anyways, and I will forget what you said.

Unless it rhymes, then maybe you’ll end up getting a blog post as well.