Weekend Pick-Me-Up

It’s warm and sunny and you should go for a bike ride but all you want to do is nap… enter, the weekend pick-me-up! Loaded with caffeine, protein, and a little bit of fruit, this indulgent smoothie will get you up and moving.

Banana Mocha Smoothie

-1 banana
-1/2 c. coffee
-1/2 c. almond milk
-tbsp. cocoa powder
-2 tbsp. peanut butter
-2 tbsp honey

Blend and enjoy!

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Friday Frappe at Home

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  1. Pour coffee into an ice tray. Keep this tray always ready! It is vital for the strongest iced coffee and a quick frappe, whenever you have the whim.
  2. Dump half the coffee ice into a blender. Pour some milk in, add the flavor/sugar of your choice. This could be a thick drizzle of caramel and sprinkle of salt. I chose to make mine “magical” by adding vanilla and heaps of brown sugar.
    Note: I added heaps of sugar and it still tasted barley sweet. I take this as a sign that Starbucks is dumping fistfuls of sugar in their drinks, because they are always sickly sweet in comparison to this drink. 
  3. Blend! Drink! Relax.

 

Related: Weekend Bliss and Saturday Check-In

3 Things

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A poem by Nayyirah Waheed

 

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The weirdest thingI tried this week.

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very silly quizabout wizards and their coffee. I am Snape… all because my taste for bitterness is balanced by a weakness for cinnamon pastry.

 

Related: Four Things

Unrelated: Summer Music

 

 

Saturday Check-In

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It’s the best kind of Saturday- full of spice and caffeine, color and nature.

Thoughts from today:

  • I am on track to meeting my goal of blog views for the month of June! I am so excited and intrigued by the world of blogging and the flexibility it provides as a hobby or career. Thanks for all of your support so far, friends, and please pass this link on if you enjoy The Wonder Of!
  • I have explored two of the best coffee shops in Chicago today. I’m kind of buzzing (if you’ve ever had 4+ cups of coffee you know what I’m talking about) but I am so glad that I visit the Currency Exchange Cafe this morning (table and chai pictured above) and I was so delighted by the hidden Pickwick Coffee Roasting downtown (pictured below). I ordered the Black Tiger, iced, which has ginger and chicory in the creamy espresso drink. Grateful to my friend Sara for the recommendation. I am currently sipping the spicy drink in the Art Institute garden!ls.jpg
  • Cool thing: my boyfriend has his bass lesson in Grant Park today, at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion! Very cool. In addition to hosting amazing concerts and festivals, the pavilion and other Chicago parks plays free movies on Tuesday nights! It is a really sweet experience, and you can pack your own picnic for the calmest evening downtown. I saw the movie Brigadoon here years ago, and it was a great experience. If you are into quirky films you should watch this bagpipe-laden time-travel feature.

I hope your Saturday is as blissful and peaceful as mine!

 

Weekend Bliss

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Weekends are for sunshine and iced coffee, days spent disappearing deep into a book or walking until the sun burns your skin. I am lingering at a coffee shop near a college campus in a small, small town and I have been reading a novel for 2 or maybe 3 hours; I am very content.

A college campus in the summer is so blissful. Everyone is curious and learning and making friends with the other lone souls who chose work or learning over their hometowns. In college, there is a lot of help with money- from guardians or big banks. The summers are allowed to be blissful and unstructured because the bills will get paid and everything moves slower here, over the summer.

I am considering options to continue my education, but I know that it will be different than my first 4 (and a half) years. This time, I have financial obligations and responsibilities, and extra time and classes and failures will be on my bill. The summer may not be time off- rather, time on- spent working. Maybe these lazy summers are not just found near college campuses, but it is hard to imagine such a slow pace at a place of year-round full time work. It is different, even, as a public school teacher, because the summer won’t fade into friends coming back from home and hours spent with my mind opening to new ideas. It feels like the summer will come gradually, but will end with a grinding, abrasive halt. Returning to the anger and apathy of adolescence.

Yikes. Until my summer is really truly here, I will accept a slow and sunny weekend spent with a cookie and a good book, pretending it is already summer.

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday Treat!

3. Where I come from, we call this drink the “dirty hippie.” A little caffeine is always a worthwhile pick-me-up.

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  1. In three days I will be in the Grand Canyon… I just learned about nighttime “day” hikes! I hope this is my view. yavi_aurora4466

#MondayMotivation

This one’s easy: FOUR DAYS UNTIL SPRING BREAK for Chicago!!!

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I am so so so SO excited for my trip out West. Here is how I am starting my week right:
np_music_888716_000000.png  I watched the documentary “Little Girl Blue,” about Janis Joplin, on Netflix this weekend. My closest friend and roommate of 2 years loved Janis, and often had one of her albums playing. I learned so much about Janis’ life and death, and as much as I love her earlier albums, I am mesmerized by the trajectory that led her to record the album “Pearl.” I even recorded “Mercedes Benz” the next day. Maybe I’ll share the final copy with you all :)I watched the documentary “Little Girl Blue,” about Janis Joplin, on Netflix this weekend. My closest friend and roommate of 2 years loved Janis, and often had one of her albums playing. I learned so much about Janis’ life and death, and as much as I love her earlier albums, I am mesmerized by the trajectory that led her to record the album “Pearl.” I even recorded “Mercedes Benz” the next day. Maybe I’ll share the final copy with you all 😉

Janis-Joplin

np_coffee_888748_000000 Coffee makes me feel good. Iced coffee makes me feel even better! It is finally warm enough to justify a regular iced coffee. My sister and I have this magical coffee every chance we get in the summer. Do try it!

np_book_888684_000000  I almost never quit a book before I finish it, but I caught myself zoning out of my non-fiction text about the discovery of ruins from the ancient Mayan civilization. I decided to give myself a break and pick up something new. I am taking this collection of short stories from a part-time Westerner on my backpacking trip, but plan to sink into this one right away.

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