It’s Tea Time

I mentioned before that earlier this month I quit caffeine.  I said good-bye to my morning coffee for 30 days, and said hello to decaf tea.   While the first week of headaches was pretty brutal, now in week three I have become accustomed to turning the kettle on in the morning rather than brewing a pot.  I find I really enjoying mellow teas, such as Honey Vanilla Camomile or mint, in the mornings and evenings. I love to add a splash of soy milk in order to give a more creamy body to the tea.  For those times when I need a little most zest, and a little hop in my step, Stash’s Lemon Ginger Tea has been my go to brew.  My taste buds have become more appreciative of tea in the past few week, and I am happy I have rekindled my love for the tea leaf.  While every coffee shop advertising seasonal pumpkin spice lattes tempts me (and first thing I’m having after 30 days is one!) these teas have been wonderful to sip as temperatures drop and the colors of fall illuminate the streets and foothills of Fort Collins.  I feared fall just wouldn’t be the same without coffee but tea has filled the shoes deliciously and warmly. I’m beginning to think that soon it may be time for a little tea party.

 

 

These are my favorites♥

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

① Drinking tea makes me feel more balanced & less jittery than coffee

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② Tazo Refresh great for soothing caffeine withdraw headaches

③ Stash has a great variety of teas…I want to try the pumpkin spice!

④ Celestial Seasonings is located right down the road in Boulder

 

And of course now I want a new tea mugs…

❶ This mug would keep drippy tea bags of furniture

❷ ModCloth always has cute stuff, & I’m always a sucker for black cats

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poster Boy: Jason Munn

the space between your seat and the street

I found these prints by artist Jason Munn at Poster Cabaret.  I love the simplicity and clean lines of the images, I feel they suggest a sort of playfulness that still maintains a sense of sophistication.  I would love to have all three framed in red, displayed vertically by my front door, as reminder of a few little things I love:  living in a bike friendly community, photography, music, and love itself.  Happy Humpday!

And don’t forget October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, so women remember to be proactive and be familiar with your body.  Support the cause however you can and give hope.

If You Don’t Like the Weather…

But I do…I love the weather.  The past week we have had few really chilly, rainy days for snuggling and baking, followed by a few warmer days, perfect for brisk walks to the park or drinking coffee, or in my case now tea, on the balcony in the morning.  However weather in Colorado has a reputation of being finicky, and we have a little saying that goes…”If you don’t like the weather, wait ten minutes”, because most likely the sun will have turned to rain, or the snowy day indoors will transform into a cloudless, beautiful day.  In the fall as we transition into the more consistently cold months, mother nature’s mood swings can really keep you on your toes, and can pose some challenges when it comes to trying to figure out what to wear for the rest of the day.  Will today stay in the 50’s, or will the sun grace us with its presents?  The key during these especially tricky months is layering, and if your like me a large purse for carrying an extra change just in case the weather really decides to do a 360.  Here are some pictures and pieces that really inspire layering and the mood of fall dressing.

①  LeMuse Woolen Sweater is high on my wish list

② Anthropologie never fails to inspire, and this Frosted Boucle Pullover by Ella Moss is no exception

③ Give the legs a little coverage (photo) with bright tights or fun socks

④ Urban Outfitters always has great pieces for layering…keepin’ the head warm to ensure the rest of your stylin’ self will stay toasty

⑤ Could there be a better place to hold all your essentials than in this DVF Bucket Tote in Rustic Farm Red

Deep Breaths

perfect day to wake up to

It’s my favorite month in Colorado and I am happy it is finally here.  September ended a bit frazzled.  Between the washing machine flooding our apartment, my new Nikon camera breaking while cleaning it, and beginning my first week of a strict detox, I found little energy or motivation to do much else but get through work and take care of the necessities.   But now the mid afternoon caffeine headaches have subsided, the washing machine is back to its normal duties (word to the wise: one little bobby pin can put a literal damper on the rest of your day…so check those pockets!), and my camera is en route to be fixed (fingers crossed insurance covers it).  In retrospect both bumps were very small in the road of life, and a reminded myself to remain calm when things don’t go as planned.  I need to practice patience when it comes to expectations, and not let a soggy apartment or fuzzy photos dictate my mood.   I’ll give you a glimpse at how I handled discovering my camera, the one I bought for blogging and photo journaling, had perhaps met its demise after a very short life around my neck.  My boyfriend and I plan a day trip to Estes Park to celebrate the first day of October, and to get out of town together.  I have been so excited to capture fall in Colorado, with burning gold leaves engulfing the mountainsides, the aspen leaves glittering and dancing in the canyon air against crisp bright bluebird skies. I was pumped to capture pumpkins on porches and Halloween decorations as they popped up in neighborhoods around town.  So before getting ready to head out I took a moment to clean the lens of my camera, during which I somehow managed to drop the main lens about 6″ from the table. A moment without breathing, a quick look over, no apparent damage done, sigh.  With the camera safely back in its bag we hit the road, windows down, spirits high, and dog in tow.  It was going to be a fabulous little day trip.   As we winded up into the Rockies every glimpse, turn, and view was breath-taking. Early into our drive I pulled over to grab a few shots where the river ran close to the road and sparkled with the sun, carrying yellow leaves down stream. Ready, aim, shoot…shoot…shoot… no picture, no click, no focus.  Well, I quickly lost it, and after several trouble shooting attempts realized the problem was beyond us.  The rest of the trip was spent through blurry eyes, and teary, mumbled “its sooo pretty shiffle, bohoo, sob sob” and so on.  Not a proud moment, but disappointment and frustration can bring the worst out in me.  I’d like to blame it on a week of caffeine deprivation but truth is I just struggle with these emotions.  The day wasn’t all ruined, but the ideal fall day in Estes did not plan out as picturesque as I had hoped, and my reaction to the camera’s still unknown problems, only made the day less enjoyable.

Getting home that evening, I was forced to remind myself how fortunate I am, that this is only a glitch, and that in life there will be many more, some smaller, some much bigger, but no matter the size, I must learn to move over the obstacles rather than push against them, resisting the unavoidable and unchangeable.  This time it was just my fixable, replaceable, camera, and this too shall pass.

It’s a new week, and Colorado still has two weeks before trees are bare and the air bites, so instead of mourning the loss of picture taking this fall, I will embrace the season as I did every year before the Nikon, through art, writing, bike rides, hearty meals, wonderful friends and now, blogging.  Perhaps not having my camera will prove a blessing in disguise and I will get to explore more ways of sharing via this blog space.  I have been a bit stuck and detoured from posting in the last week, but like going to the gym you just gotta keep it up, even if you need to switch up your routine and approach.

Thank you for reading♥

outside our bedroom window