Working From Starbucks

February 11, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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I’ve taken to working from Starbucks most afternoons. I finally found qualified child care for Charlie in the afternoons after school so that I can work. It’s too distracting for him and me to have me working from home, though, so I usually work on my laptop elsewhere.

He was finally, officially diagnosed with autism at the end of last year, and has been seeing a psych who is doing meds management. It’s not helping much, though, and has these increasingly violent tantrums. Today he hurt a student and a teacher at school and has been suspended from school next Monday. He loves school and will be very upset (I haven’t told him yet) – especially because it’s Valentine’s Day, and he will miss the party. I understand their doing it, though. He needs to understand the gravity of his actions – he really upset the other student and his speech therapist.

In other news – there isn’t much. I just work and try to hold down the fort at home. I’ve been trying to learn a new Italian word per day via an app on my iPhone. It’s kind of difficult without the context, though. I’m thinking of seeing if I can take a class. I’m hoping to be able to go to Italy (finally) in about 5 years.

Oh, the San Francisco Word Camp is in August this year, and I’m going to try to make that! Two big challenges though – raising the money – and getting someone to watch Charlie for about 4 days. I’m not sure it can be done given his challenges/problems, but I’m going to give it a shot!

Well, I should probably get back to work. Have about 45 minutes left before I have to leave and relieve child care. Just thought I’d take a break and give my poor, neglected blog some attention!


I Keep Getting Free Coffee At Starbucks

February 15, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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I don’t know how my local Starbucks stays in business. The Starbucks near me with a drive-thru is the sloooooooowest Starbucks I have ever seen. I have spent 25 minutes in line with only 4 cars in front of me before. And they’re getting better, but they didn’t used to be very accurate, either. I’d drive away assuming I had my mocha, only to take a sip and realize I had something entirely different.

It was kind of like Christmas – investigating the label to see what kind of drink I’d been served this time. Vanilla latte? Hmmmm…. Its ok. I’d have preferred my mocha….

Oh, and they are just as slow if you go in. So I’ve decided I prefer to sit in my car and listen to music if I’m going to be made to wait. I only put up with it because they’re extremely handy, location-wise, and the only one in that area with a drive-thru.

Also, I wind up getting my coffee free about once every week or so! Apparently they have a policy where they just give it to you for free if you’ve had to wait more than 5 minutes. I’ll drive up, go to hand them my debit card, and they’ll just hand me my coffee and say, “It’s on us – Sorry about the wait!”

Oh, ok. “Thanks!” 🙂

It seems rude to check to see if my coffee was made correctly when they gave to me for free, so I just drive off, smiling. And take pot luck. It’s usually right… Usually… 🙂