Friday Favorites: Coffee, Books and a Resolution

I am linking up with Andrea, Erika, and Narci again for another Friday Favorites!Friday Favorites

I have a few things I want to talk about today.  First up?  COFFEE!!!!IMG_6239

I don’t think my love of coffee really came into fruition until I had a baby.  I remember having my first cup of full-octane coffee a while after getting home from having Ashton (maybe a week or so), and proclaiming “I actually feel human again!”  I was unsure about the timing with drinking it and breastfeeding, but once I had my first cup, I was wondering how people manage without it 🙂

It’s not just the caffeine anymore, though.  I think it is more the ritual.  I love the first cup in the morning before anyone else gets up.  I have my quiet time and get the downstairs “ready” for my toddler to invade.  I’ve tried teas or just water, but nothing is quite the same as good ‘ol coffee.

I like my first cup just straight up, no creamer.  I use a Keurig and for now I have a medium roast half-caff. I have found that light roasts tend to be too light and dark roasts tend to hurt my tummy.  After the first cup (or half of a cup), I like to have a cup with my absolute FAVORITE creamer right now.  It is Organic Valley Soy French Vanilla.IMG_6244  I didn’t realize how much I loved it until I ran out and couldn’t find it for a week.  Soooooo good!

I can’t finish talking about coffee without discussing Starbucks.IMG_6240  I love Starbucks and I am so excited that one with a drive-thru is opening very close to our house, yay!  Side Note:  I didn’t know how much I would appreciate drive-thrus after having kids. Love. Them.

As for my drinks I get there, I’m a sucker for the holiday drinks, and I always get soy milk.  I have been a PSL (pumpkin spice latte) lover for a couple years, but at the end of December I discovered my new favorite.  The Chestnut Praline Latte.  Oh my word, it was sooooo good.  Much to my dismay, it was only around for the holidays.  Wahhhhhhhh!!!!!  I found this out the hard way last week and ended up with a plain soy vanilla latte.  I need to find something new to order now that the CPL is gonzo.  😦

Next up for favorites are books.  I love to read.  I love to listen to books on audio.  Since having Ashton, I have listened to more books than I have actually read.  We go on long walks and I am listening to an audiobook 90% of the time.  The best one I have listened to in a long time was Amy Poehler’s book, Yes Please.IMG_6241She read it herself and had many guests read as well (Seth Meyers, Carol Burnett, etc).  I didn’t want it to end.  I highly recommend listening to it, but also reading the hard copy.  I got the hard copy from the library to read and see stuff that I wouldn’t have gotten in the audiobook.  But with this book I also think you miss a ton if you don’t listen to the audio version too.  There is something so cool about hearing the actual author read their book.

Because of my audiobook addiction, I have strayed a bit from actually reading.  But this week I actually finished reading Gone Girl.  I started it a while back so I could read it before seeing the movie.  Oh boy, it was really crazy, but really entertaining.  I won’t spoil anything, but it’s a book I would recommend to anyone.  It isn’t really a genre that I would typically go for, but I am glad I did.

Along with it being a great read, Gone Girl really reignited my love for actually reading.  This leads me to my next favorite of the week… Resolutions!IMG_6242

I haven’t done resolutions on New Years for a while, but this year I decided to try and read (at least) one new book per month.  It doesn’t sound like a lot, but I wanted to give myself some grace since we will be welcoming a new baby in February.  If I can read more than one per month, GREAT!  But, I am just going to start by trying to read one per month.  There are a ton that I want to read, so it will be a fun resolution.  Gone Girl doesn’t count, as I decided I would finish it and then start the new-book-a-month resolution.  So, since January is about half over (how the heck did that happen???) I need to get cracking!

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