Monthly Archives: February 2013

Cup 70

Today’s cup of kindness was transacted at my favorite Starbucks, zip code 97303. As one my favorite baristas, Mack, rang up my soy latte, he and the bubbly  barista greeted me with big Hellos and blog encouragement. This dynamic duo was pleased to see I was paying the $11.90 order for the patron in my rear-view, and the bubbly barista shouted out behind the counter: “I’m so glad, I think it’s going to make her day. She’s one that needs a little something to cheer her up.” I had to laugh. I loved the idea of giving coffee to someone who really needed a boost. As the chronic optimist, I love cheering up a patron or two whose glass might tend to be half-empty.

It was another successful day in the mission of Fully Caffeinated Generosity & Hope. Until tomorrow, and until another round of good laughs with those awesome baristas. Cheers!

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Cup 69

Today’s cup of kindness was swiftly let loose into the universe at Starbucks, zip code 97303. The $6.10 transaction went to the driver of a large Toyota truck. There wasn’t anything too interesting or noteworthy about the gift of goodwill, other than the fact it was given in the spirit of kindness. After a difficult weekend, it felt good to start up my early work-week routine. It was a simple and successful day in the mission of Fully Caffeinated Generosity and Hope.

May today’s Cup of Kindness be dedicated to the loving memory of Ethel Irene Wildman, (1918-2013). Thank you, dear grandma, for letting me drink coffee with you in those wee morning hours of my childhood. I will always love you a Bushel and a Peck.

Cup 68

Today’s transaction was swiftly transacted at Starbucks, zip code 97303. In addition to my soy latte, I wound up buying a pound of coffee beans, a $5.00 gift card, and the $8.00 order for the unsuspecting patron in my rear-view. The barista was more than happy to ring up the daily purchases and additionally help me figure out the daily special which included the gift card, gratis. All this coffee hoopla led me to the new strategy to compensate for those empty coffee gifting days when no one shows up in the drive-thru behind me. I’ve now decided to keep a stash of these gift cards in my purse so that I can still leave a gift behind when I swing into the drive-thru.

As I drove off, sipping my latte, I had to laugh about the obvious. It’s funny now, and even a tad embarrassing to think it’s taken 68 days for me to figure out the gift card solution to fulfill my daily gift of coffee goodwill. But, despite that, there’s plenty to be had, and all in good time. After all, there’s still two hundred and ninety-seven days left in the mission of Fully Caffeinated Generosity and Hope. Until tomorrow, and let’s hope those gift cards stay in my purse…because it’s so much more fun to transact the cup-o-kindness in the moment, for sure.

Cup 67

coffee cupToday’s cup of coffee was transacted at Starbucks, zip code 97303. It was a quick $3.95 Venti coffee for a funny looking SUV in my rear view. As the barista rang up my order and the one for the surprise patron, he asked: “Are you the one with blog?” I smiled and admitted full culpability. He then said: “Yeah, I’m one of the Texas boys [Cup 8] you wrote about…my mom thought it was really great. Keep up the writing.” As I sipped my soy latte, I had to chuckle a bit. That Cup 8 transaction was one of my blog highlights. I still think back to the moment I received a message from that young barista’s mother and family–all of whom live thousands of miles away. Our correspondence via the blog showed the magic of technology; and gave us strangers an opportunity to connect, laugh, and smile together. And the friendly barista, named Mack, was the glue holding the story together. It was just too fun. Really.

So as I drove off, I savored my coffee and the joy of another successful day in the mission of Fully Caffeinated Generosity and Hope.  Until tomorrow, for sure.

Cup 66

Today’s cup of kindness was attempted at Starbucks, zip code 97303. It was one of those bummer days, as no one trailed in my rear-view, nor did I have any cash in my wallet to leave for the next patron. It was another reminder that I might need to develop a better back up plan for days such as these. But, alas, my cup was hot and the day fabulous nonetheless. Until tomorrow, and another attempt at Fully Caffeinated Generosity and Hope.

Cup 65

Today’s cup of kindness was unleashed at Starbucks, zip code 97071. The lucky recipient of the Fully Caffeinated Generosity and Hope  was a man in a giant Chevy truck. Good thing his order wasn’t as gargantuan as that four-wheel drive transmission.  He only consumed an easy $3.65 order.

The barista was one of the regulars, and happy to ring up the transaction. She told me she thought I was really nice. And awesome. It was a good day, especially after that first sip. Until tomorrow, and until another cup fills your engine.

Cup 64

Cup 63Today’s cup of kindness was transacted at Starbucks, zip code 97303. It was a straightforward $5.10 purchase for the driver of a big Ford truck. I’m not sure what he ordered, but I imagine it was good. I imagine he  smiled. If not for the free coffee, at least for the gorgeous sunny afternoon we experienced today.  Sunshine is always a gift here in the Pacific Northwest. Especially in February. It was just yet another successful day with sunshine in my heart, and some Fully Caffeinated Generosity and Hope. Until tomorrow.

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