I finally gave up on my old coffee-house. I will still go there but I will not try to work there. Every Sunday Shawn and I pack up our laptops and we go on a coffee date. I usually plan my week while I am there. I plan our homeschool week, write, and journal. The Panera I had been going to has terrible internet. They upgraded their internet awhile ago but it made no difference, and now it seems they are upgrading again. They also seem to want to limit the time you can be online which really doesn’t work for us. You might think finding a place to have a coffee date would be easy in a place like Madison. There are tons of places to get a cup of coffee but few that meet all of my criteria.
First they must have a good frappe. I want it to be cold, blended, and it needs to have whipped cream on top. Don’t judge me! It took my about 35 years to learn to like coffee and cold and creamy is really the only way I can drink it.
They must also have enough seating. Good music is a plus too, although I can use my headphones if the music is bad. Panera had these really weird covers on their musak. Their music was loud too. I could hear it’s jazziness even with my headphones on. The biggest must is decent internet. Nothing will put a crimp in my style like spotty unreliable internet access. If all of these stars align then we can hang.
This morning we are trying a new coffee spot. The name of the coffee-house is Barriques. We have one really close to our house, but I always get bad service there. In fact, that is why I started visiting Panera to begin with. Recently I discovered there is another Barriques not far from my home that is more spacious and seems to have better service so that is where we are today.
We got off to a good start. The internet was fast, the coffee cold, and the lemon poppy-seed bread delicious. The decor is inviting and I love the window seat I found. The people watching has been interesting, especially the couple behind us who seem to be on a first date. :)
All this was making for a delightful coffee date and then….the internet went out! So I have been sitting here for about 15 mins. waiting for the internet to come back. Hopefully I will be able to finish this post since Word Press can’t save when the web is down. I should be writing this in Pages on my Mac, then the saving issue would not be a factor.
When I started this post I was listening to the Jason Mraz iTunes internet radio station I created. I can’t listen to that cause the connection has been lost. Instead I am listening to Adele and tapping my fingers nervously. Have I ever mentioned that patience is not a virtue I possess? I can be patient with children, the elderly, and animals. Waiting is not something that comes easy for me. Whew! Ok the internet is back.:) I think I will definitely come back to this spot, and maybe it will become our spot.