Saturday Afternoon at Starbucks

by Carrie with Children with 11 comments

I’m not a coffee drinker.  I love the smell of coffee, but I’m not crazy about the taste.  With that said, I’ve always wondered why/how people could just hang out at Starbucks all afternoon…   and now I know. 

I’ve got the afternoon off from “mommy duty” and decided to play the part of a “cool kid” this afternoon and stop by Starbucks. I’m not even a little ashamed to tell you that I’ve been here for over an hour and I’m nowhere ready to leave yet.  I’ve been sipping on a Toffee Mocha Frappuccino, I’ve had a really good chocolate chunk cookie and have even seen a few friends. I guess I look friendly because two different people have asked me for directions.   I could do without the jazz music, but hey – at least it’s not Christmas music, yet.  And you wanna know the best part? No one here is crying, no one needs me to fix them a snack and there aren’t dogs here needing attention.  Heck, I don’t even have to do the dishes here – yay!  It’s just me and my computer…and some really good people watching. I’m amazed at how many people have come in the store and didn’t have to tell the barista their order – the folks behind the counter already knew! Ah, the life of being a “regular”. 

This is the perfect mommy getaway spot. It’s only a few miles from home, but I feel like I’m hundreds of miles away. I think I’m going to make it my new goal to become a “regular” here.  I deserve time off and I certainly don’t do it enough.  Let’s see how many trips it takes before the barista knows my order!  

Where’s your favorite mommy getaway spot close to home?  As a mom, I challenge you to take a time-out for yourself each week. You deserve it!  I’m refreshed and ready to get home to dirty dishes..  kinda. 

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  • cambrownjax

    My favorite getaway spot is Panera Bread in Jax Beach. Or the beach. But when I take my doggie there I still feel like I'm on mommy duty picking up poop and all.

  • Carrie with Children

    Oh Panera – that's another good spot! I love their bagels! Maybe on my next getaway, I'll come join you!

  • Vivian

    i love hanging out at Starbucks! def miss getting my fraps in the summer & machiatto's in the winter!

  • Greta: From Transparencies of Motherhood

    We have a tea house near us that I love to go to. I totally agree! It's blissful to sit in a coffee shop, blog in peace, and not have "uppie, uppie, uppie" or "no, ME" in my ear. Ahhh. That sounds so nice about now.

  • Jessica

    Mmm I could definitely use a Mommy time-out! Think Ill take one for myself tomorrow! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Carrie with Children

    Vivian – I'm a year-round frap lover 🙂

    Greta – That sounds like a great place! Hope you get back there soon!

    Jessica – Enjoy your time-out tomorrow!

  • Sippy Cup Mom

    Sounds wonderful! I'm really hoping to get to Bread Co for a little bit tomorrow by myself with a book or my laptop for some mommy time!

  • erin

    You know, I went to the mall the other day sans kids. It was nice and rare. But my favorite thing to do isn't a mommy-getaway. I have a "Coffee-Date" with my two year old 2 – 3 times a month. We go to Dunkin Donuts, I get my coffee and he gets his jelly donut after we drop his brother off at school. We have another year and a half of this ritual and I love it. It IS relaxing and fun.

  • That Bald Chick (formerly ladyvdzine)

    confession… I don't have a mommy time spot. I don't get away. I should, but…

  • SuZ

    Um, what the heck are you talking about? I know nothing of this me time. 🙂 If I get anytime alone, it's usually here at home and the baby is sleeping and my hubs has the big girl outside. And normally it's spent working. If I leave the house alone, which is rare, it's to go get milk. 🙂

    Maybe one day I'll have time to myself… probably when they go to college or something. 🙂

  • Carrie with Children

    SCM – Did you get mom-time today? I hope so!

    Erin – That sounds like a great date to me! I bet he loves getting yummy donuts!

    SuZ- LOL College is a long ways away – I hope you get alone time before then 😉

    Lady V – I hope you can schedule a getaway soon!