My process for “making coffee” in the morning:
1) open the cupboard and choose a mug.
It’s rarely the first one I see in the front row. I scan the whole shelf and then picture which one will perfectly fit these Whisler hands (don’t make me repeat myself–I can palm a basketball). Color is a big factor as well. Sometimes, I go bold and choose red. Every once in a while, it’s a white one–no statement, just simple and straight forward. One of my favorite colors though, is this blue mug. If I had to name it, it would be Midnight Blue–it’s dark and calming, yet not all the way black. But the shape of it is tall and slender. I don’t drink my coffee fast. It usually gets cold before I finish it anyway, so I like to keep the size of the mug…reasonable, concise.
I remember my days at Dooger’s in Seaside and Cindy Olson telling me the reason she started drinking coffee in the first place. It wasn’t the taste of it, that’s for sure. She liked having the hot cup in her hands to help stay warm in the cold winters. I get that now!
2) adjust the Keurig for appropriate cup size. Normally, I choose the second largest setting. It works well for most of the coffee mug options in the cupboard. And after brewing, there’s room at the top for a splash of cold tap water, so I can start sipping it right away. Isn’t it such a tease when you have coffee waiting for you, but it’s too hot to do anything??
But today was different. I felt daring and took a chance.
I started by choosing a mug that was smaller than normal, but I loved the shape of it. It’s slightly concave so your hands can sink into it. And, like I said, it was borderline small. But the kicker was the color: a warm green–not too army, not too Kelly. Perfect for this time of year. THIS was my Tuesday, January 13, 2015 coffee mug. Final answer.
Step two, which setting? Will second-from-the-right be too much and overflow? Just like I learned this past year in 2014 travels: we do NOT waste alcohol. I feel the same about coffee. It’s not something to carelessly discard. But will the third-from-the-right setting be to little? A cup 1/2 full is simply not enough. Although it would be stronger, you need the majority of the cup to be full to warm your hands.
I stayed with my original setting. I knew it’d be a close, but I was willing to take the chance of overflowing. As I pressed the “brew” button (hence the quotations around “making coffee”), I watched in curiosity and with optimism how full this morning cup o’ Joe would be.
Filled to the brim! It worked out…perfectly. No waste. No room for a splash of tap water either. But, as it turned out (ahem, perfectly!), I didn’t need the extra cooling anyway. My hands were happy and warm. And I was headed back to bed to sip my coffee. Heaven on Earth.
Today is my day with no schedule. No rush or time constraints. Sit, sip, reflect, be. And what I truly feel inspired to do, I’ll do.
As I reflect on these pictures from the past few months, I too, am filled up! Spending the holidays with family and carving out major down time have been exactly what I needed.
“Life happens while you’re making other plans…” (Brandon and Leah–“Life Happens” single, if you need a catchy and uplifting song) so learning to “enjoy the spaces in between” is key to a happy, fulfilling life (Suzie at Namaspa Yoga Studio). I couldn’t agree more!
Palm trees and sunshine are in my near future…and I’m thrilled! But, I’m going to soak up one more month of space in between–more family and friends to catch up with and a coastline that seems to have my heart, no matter how cold and wet it can be.
I feel perfectly filled…to the brim. Cheers to 2015!!!