Caribou Coffee is giving away a cup of free decaf coffee today starting at noon, according to this press release. This is a direct snub at Starbucks, who is being persnickety about decaf.
Yesterday I worked on tax and financial related stuff and usually when I make checks out to Ill Dept of Employment Security I shed some tears. I do, I shed a couple tears o’ anger when I make checks out to the government, because we work hard to earn our money and then we have to turn around and send it to some stupid bureaucratic mess and hope they enjoy their new toilet paper they can buy with our hard-earned money while I work at clipping stupid coupons and balancing our budget and making sure we have enough left to pay for our healthcare?!? [Insert deep breath here.] Yesterday I was in just the right mood to tackle it in a detached manner and I didn’t shed a tear. I did drink a diet coke and listen to Barber’s Adagio for Strings, the saddest song I know.
So today, I have a lot to do and can’t figure out if I’m going to be in the mood to kick it all to the curb or to sit and read books or listen to more Adagios. I am working on three books right now (Sorry, I know it annoys some of you that I read more than one book at a time. I can’t help it.):
Heat is about being a chef in Mario Batali’s kitchen. He traces the steps of Batali’s career. Very interesting and is erasing any remaining desire to be a chef in a restaurant.
Outliers is by Malcolm Gladwell and discusses why some people are so successful, while the rest of us wallow in mediocrity for the rest of our lives. So far, I’ve learned that to be a pro hockey player, you need to have been born in the first three months of the year. Wow… maybe I could be a hockey player! Anyway, it is an interesting study on why people are successful. Any of you that I know would enjoy this book (And his other one, “Tipping Point.”).
My dearest, darlingest brother recommended this book to me; “A Race Like No Other: 26.2 Miles Through the Streets of New York.” Interesting history and facts behind the ING New York City Marathon.