If I could live anywhere….
I’d live in a place where handsome baristas dote on me daily…
where afternoon cappuccinos are free….
and where the almond milk-to-coffee-to-foam ratio on said free cappuccinos is perfect. (Read: half foam, half coffee/milk).
Ahh, yes, that would be blissful.
Well, let me let you in on a little secret. That’s where I’ve been living. Or at least that’s where I’ve been living since I arrived in Boise a few weeks ago—according to my favorite barista.
When I walked up to the coffee counter at my daily go-to work spot yesterday (I bet you can’t guess where 😉 ), my new friend Barista Bob (I’m not making that up– his name really is Bob!), winked at me and chirped:
“You’re like, uhh, an official Whole Foods groupie. You LIVE here!”
Welp. Now that’s borderline embarrassing. No, that’s bemoaningly embarrassing! However I’m willing to embrace the Whole Foods groupie label if it entitles me to cappuccinos on the house. Thanks, Bob!
In an effort to save money, I’ve recently stopped buying coffee every afternoon, and instead carry tea bags in my purse. When I arrive at Whole Foods each afternoon, I ask for a cup of hot water, make my humble cup of tea, and embrace the Yogi wisdom that accompanies it.
I estimate I’ve saved $75 over the past three weeks by going coffee-free. That’s like 30 Lindt chocolate bars, or 15 jars of coconut peanut butter…or 1/3 of a plane ticket to San Francisco! However, as much as I LOVE my Yogi tea, cutting back on the capps hasn’t reduced my cravings, like I’d hoped, it’s only intensified them!
It kind of reminds me of my dieting days, when I used to make Monday morning vows not to eat any sweets. But the minute I marked candy off-limits, guess what I found myself desperately craving?
Yup. You always want what you can’t have, right?
Well, turns out this idea doesn’t just apply to food. As soon as I cut myself off from spending money on things I don’t truly need (I’m thinking about you, Lululemon!), I inevitably start wanting them even more than before!
But I’m sticking to my guns right now, because saving for a summer trip–even if it’s just $100 extra every month— is important to me. Things like cute clothes and shoes bring temporary happiness, but experiences create happy memories that last a lifetime.
So instead of making any new purchases, I’m instead going to share my completely-unnecessary-but-oh-how-I’d-love-it-right-now desires with you. Indulge me, please.;)
Sara’s Totally Unnecessary Wish List
(the very abbreviated version)
A bright pink Cuisinart Mixer.
Vitamix? Naw, don’t need that. This is my kitchen lust. It just screams wannabe domestic diva.
Neon Lululemon Gear.
More specifically the Forme Jacket in either Orange Pop or Pinkelicious. Oh, and the not-so-neon Vinyasa to Vino Tote. I may or may not want it solely because its description on the website says this: The line from necessity to vice can get a little blurry (especially after a couple glasses of Syrah). We wanted to make the transition from class to glass as easy as possible….
I can totally get on board with post-yoga wine parties.
A personal stylist.
Because when it comes to dressing myself, I typically opt for the sweats and hoodies at least five days/week.
Sidenote: I adore the yellow and white polka dot pants on the model, but I’m not sure I have the nerve to pull them off myself.
A Soft Serve Machine.
Velvety, smooth, soft ice cream any time…all the time. Swoon.
An at-home gym. Preferably with views of an ocean and palm trees—like this one.
A month-long trip around the world.
Four places on my must-see list: Santorini, Greece; Dubai, UAE; Venice, Italy; and Kenya.
Swimsuits from J Crew.
Pretty much all of them.
The same holds true for these…
Cap Toe Flats.
So perfect for spring—that is, if it decides to come. It was 27 (-3 C) in Boise today! Brrrr.
A Jar of Nuttzo.
This. Stuff. Rocks. They were sampling it at Whole Foods a few days ago, and ohmygoshyum. But I’m not so nuttzo for the $12 price tag!
Maybe if I’m chummy enough with the shelf-stockers, like I am with Bob the Barista, they’ll give me a free jar some day. 😉
Have a wonderful Wednesday—we’re on the homeward weekend stretch!
I want to know…
Do you visit a certain coffee shop, store, restaurant etc. regularly enough that the staff knows you?
How many days/week do you typically buy coffee out?
Which cities/countries would you travel to if you had a free trip around the world?
What items are on your personal completely-unnecessary-but-oh-how-I’d-love-it-right now wish list?