Category: Starbucks

Super Cook Sunday

I am sitting on the couch trying to drink a particularly bad Hungarian wine. My Hungarian neighbours gave it to us for Christmas and we finally unscrewed the top and helped ourselves. It tastes like a cross between sweet apple juice, tart grape juice, and pure alcohol. But it sure is pretty in the glass.

Hungarian wine, through the glass

Hungarian wine, through the glass

As I pondered the wine – well really, as I pondered why I was drinking this wine – I thought about throwing it out. And it occurred to me, as I grimaced with every gulp, that this was a gift. A gift from neighbours I don’t know well, giving a gift of pride of their country, given when nothing was required.

I shut down the negativity and remembered: this is a gift. A gift of good intentions and kindness. And I was sitting here in my own home, after spending the weekend cooking and buying Starbucks and getting free cookies, with the clothes washer pounding out a background backbeat, and I was overcome with a realization I am very blessed.

2 Starbucks drinks and a free cookie from Garage, Church St

2 Starbucks drinks and a free cookie from Garage, Church St

I bought a leather jacket yesterday for just $10 – I have access to affordable clothes.

$10 American Eagle Outfiitters leather jacket from Black Market

$10 American Eagle Outfiitters leather jacket from Black Market

I have clothes to wash, I have food to eat. I have so much food, I can cook for days. The TV is broadcasting the Bronze medal game of the Scotties curling tournament (how Canadian!). My phone works.

sweating the celery

sweating the celery

A freezer full of food

A freezer full of food

I have heat in my home and bad wine in my belly. My hard cover Patti Smith book sits across the room waiting patiently for me. I have a wife who loves me, and a steady job. I live in a community that respects my sexuality, and my political stripe.

International Women's Day, 2016

International Women’s Day, 2016

I have choices and comforts not available to most people in this world, and I am grateful and humbled.

Our favourite Starbucks barista

Ryan our fave Starbucks barista

Of all of the Starbucks baristas we know who are going for their Masters degree in Sexuality and Gender Identity, Ryan is definitely our favourite.

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