It started off as a normal day – wake up early, journal, go to the gym, walk Maisey, edit my book for a few hours… Just the usual, you know? Things were going great, and I though this Friday would pass unremarkably like all the others before it. I even turned the page on my productivity journal to Saturday.
Then things got weird… and I did something crazy.
I closed my computer, washed my face, and put on real-people pants for the first time in two days. I packed my backpack and ventured out into the big, scary world outside the confines of my tiny home office.
I’m actually sitting out here right now, in a Peet’s Coffee on 14th St in NW D.C. It’s dangerous, I know; at any point the people sitting around me might realize the truth – that I’m out of my natural habitat. I even let the barista talk me into downloading the Peet’s Coffee iPhone app to try and convince everyone I belong here. When I sat down I mapped out my exit strategy right away, just in case they figured out that I don’t drink coffee anymore. There could be a riot.
But I’m here, blending in, because today is the first weekly Tea Tour of DC’s Coffee Shops, Which Absolutely Makes Sense.
I was lured outside by the incredible sixty-degree weather here in D.C. It’s sunny and beautiful, and it felt good to walk down 14th St from my apartment to Peet’s. The fact that this is the last day of the week and thus the last day I could start the “weekly (aka once every week)” tea tour had nothing to do with it, I swear.
“I’ll take your finest tea, sir.”
Obviously, the first thing I asked for when I walked in was their finest tea. There was (shockingly) no disapproving scowl, which made me instantly like this place more. What I did get, however, was a list of about 25 different tea types that I could choose from, to which I answered green, to which the barista answered with 8 different types of green tea, to which I answered “The fanciest.” And that is how I ended up with a cup of ‘Fancy Jasmine Green Tea,’ which is literally the name of the tea. 10/10 rating for that barista – absolutely nailed it.
There were a shocking amount of people spread around the tables here, but still plenty of space for me to find a chair and spread out. Most people were on computers, a couple were reading, and one guy was staring at a wall, which looked pretty chill. I forgot my headphones at home and was too lazy to walk the three blocks to get them, so I got to enjoy Peet’s surprisingly fun music selection. That, and the steady hiss of coffee being poured in cups made for a nice soundtrack.
On to the real question, though: After jotting down notes for this blog post, did I get work done? Well, yes, actually; about an hour of solid editing. The change of scenery helped a lot, and as a bonus the people watching was great (see paragraph above about the guy staring at the wall).
Overall rating for the first stop of this tour is high: 7/10.
What is that rating based on? Well… absolutely nothing, actually. The barista nailed the tea choice, I got work done, but, I mean, come on, this was my first stop! I couldn’t make the rating too high, could I? What if I go somewhere else and something crazy happens – like I meet Alexander Ovechkin or they have a playpen full of Golden Retriever puppies? I can’t exactly give that the same rating as a pleasantly normal trip to Peet’s, can I? So 7/10 it is – ‘Would recommend to a friend.’
For those of you who like to write in coffee shops, which one is your favorite and why? If it’s a chain, let me know so I can try to find one in D.C. to check out!
Part 2 will be coming up next week after a post where I get to talk more (and ask more) about the editing process for different writers.
Will I meet Ovechkin next week? Will I wait until Friday to go out to a coffee shop again? Will I venture more than 3 blocks away from my apartment? Nobody knows – sounds like the plot to an absolutely thrilling mystery novel. Feel free to steal the idea.
Until then, make sure to bask in the sunshine if you can! It’s Friday (read: Fri-yay), everyone’s favorite time of the week, make sure to enjoy it :-).