#WeekendCoffeeShare–In Which I Settle In

If we were having coffeewe might meet at one of the plethora of little cafes within twenty minutes walking distance of my house in both directions. Perhaps, if we felt a little extravagant, we might be settled in for a nice, long brunch complete with not just coffee, but maybe a mimosa or two. Brunch is huge on the East Coast, at least compared to the Midwest, and DCers mean business when they do brunch. In addition to multiple brunch spots nearby, there are so many things to do see and do in my neighborhood and the surrounding neighborhoods. I can’t wait to explore more and find the best places for eating, drinking, and entertainment. Today is my day off, so I’m taking it slow but also want to give myself some time to explore more. When I was walking to the grocery store today, I stumbled upon two farmers markets within a few blocks of each other. I was super psyched about that and bought some local peaches from the one nearest to my house!

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I love exploring DC in general and am so excited to really get to know my neighborhood better!

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that my third housemate moved in earlier this week and she’s been great so far. Last night, we hit happy hour together at a nearby restaurant and it was great to talk to her and get to know her more. Overall, the dynamic of our house is shaping up to be really awesome and I think it will only improve when fourth housemate moves in (fourth housemate is my former National Postal Museum intern buddy). I’d tell you how nice it is to be spending time with other people whom I really feel I connect with, how excited I am to get to spend more time with my housemates, and how I’m looking forward to continuing to make more friendships along the way. I’ve been spending so much time alone these last few months and, though I cherished that time, I am more than ready and eager to become a bit more social. Simple things like sitting with my housemates and watching the Olympics together has been so enjoyable for me–I’ve been in my introvert bubble for so long that I forgot how nice it is to just be in the company of people. As I continue to settle into DC life, focusing on building friendships with others is a high priority of mine; I’m so glad I ended up in a housing situation where I feel I can begin that building process.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I’ve spent all week at work working on my cappuccino hearts. Tomorrow, I’m taking a class through my work and will be tested at the end on my cappuccino hearts to be certified as a barista! Latte art is really hard to master and though I have the general concept of how to make hearts down, I’ve still been struggling to make them well. While I’m hoping for the best, it is a hard task to learn to do well and retaking the test is allowed. If I don’t pass tomorrow, I’ll just have more time to practice to get better for the retake. Speaking of work, I’m still on the look out of full time options that will pay better. A really cool opportunity has come up through the temp agency I’m working with and I’m hoping for the best on that. I’m also continuing to look and apply for jobs on my own. I have a good feeling that something will come up soon and I’m remaining optimistic about work opportunities.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that though I’m feeling more than optimistic about the future, I still have my bad days (as we all do). Yesterday, I felt particularly anxious and I wasn’t quite sure why. I think it has to do with the fact that I’m finally starting to settle down in the city and how, as exciting as that is for me, it also makes me apprehensive. I’ve gotten so used to wandering in this last year that, even though I adore DC and know settling down for a while in one place is best for me right now, there’s still part of me that wants to keep going. I keep having to remind myself that moving to DC doesn’t mean I have to stay here forever–and living in one place for a long period of time doesn’t mean there still aren’t opportunities for adventure. Adventure is everywhere–you just have to look in the right place. I can also continue to save my money to travel, something I very much intend to do.

If we were having coffee, I’d be ready to switch it off to you–and I’d ask if you have anything to share over coffee.


This post is part of the Weekend Coffee Share link up at Part-Time Monster

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8 thoughts on “#WeekendCoffeeShare–In Which I Settle In

  1. I have been practicing my latte art as well…in my case trying not to make butts instead of hearts. This is one of the things I like about Weekend Coffee Share, you get to discover really cool blogs!

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  2. I’m sure the place you’ll t5ake me for brunch is a lot different from the place I’m bringing you for French Toast 😉 I’m glad that despite a few anxious moments you are settling in so well. So, when you were graduating college did you ever think that one of the skills you’d be learning was doing late art?

    I hope you have a great week!

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    1. I believe so, but I love going to all different sorts of places and I’m sure I’ll enjoy both DC brunch and New Hampshire French Toast. 🙂

      Never thought I’d be able to put latte art on my resume, but it’s a fun skill to have. I do really enjoy working in coffee and might be interested in looking into a full time position if only retail jobs paid better. I do want to save more money to travel and go on adventures and I just wouldn’t be able to do that in this job without a lot more hours and a significant raise. It’s a great part time gig to have while looking for other jobs, though, and I would like to keep it for the weekends, at least for a while, once I do get a 9-5

      Have a great week too, Trent!

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  3. “I’ve spent all week working on my cappuccino hearts”–this sentence makes me really happy. I never really considered the technique and artistry of being a barista. I hope you’re able to pass! Your housing situation sounds really fun–I’m glad things worked out in that department. Best of luck with your continued job hunt!

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    1. SO much time and my hearts still look like phallic objects/butts. I struggled in my testing but ultimately passed because I made an excellent, grade A, quality cappuccino sans art. With more practice, I’m confident I’ll get the hang of the hearts, though.

      I’m so glad I found a great housing arrangement, too. Job hunt is still on but a few opportunities are coming in from the temp agency, which is a major plus! We shall just see what happens.

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  4. I loooove brunch! But I eat too much if I go 😛

    Well done on your cappuccino hearts, that’s so cool, I love latte art but I don’t think I’d ever be able to master it.

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    1. Me too! I think part of brunch is usually eating too much. 🙂
      Thanks, my hearts are a work in progress. Definitely still working on them. I didn’t think I’d ever be able to master latte art, either, but I’m determined now! I think we can do just about anything if we put our mind to it and practice a lot.

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