No, I’m Not Dead

Just extremely busy.

Shortly after my last post in which I was still reminiscing about my trip to Japan (Almost a year later, and I still daydream about it!), my world went into overdrive, and this is the first Sunday in a while that I found myself in need of something to do.

And to be honest, it may be the last Sunday for awhile…

I know. I know. That sounds a bit ominous, but it’s really not all that bad. It’s just been a lot to deal with.

Soooo what has been going on?

Well, last summer in a moment of full honesty with myself, I decided that I needed to make a bit of a career change in order to address a few areas of unhappiness and dissatisfaction in my life. In order to make the career change that I desired, I was going to need to go to graduate school. In order to go to graduate school, I needed to take the GMAT. And in order to take the GMAT, I needed to start studying for the first time in like nine years.


I also needed to figure out where the hell I wanted to go to school. I had to admit that I was getting burnt out on Texas, and even though one of the highest rated graduate programs in my field of interest was right in my backyard, my skin was starting to itch at the thought of spending another summer in the Texas heat, fighting the Texas traffic, and listening to the Texas politicians.

Double yuck.

So without further hesitation, my weekends were filled with studying for the GMAT and traveling across the country to visit universities. I had it all planned out, and if I kept a steady pace, I would be set to start school the next fall semester.

And then work happened.

Suddenly and without any warning, I was covering for two positions during a period at the company that could be described as…hectic? No, that doesn’t accurately express the insanity that ruled the office as 2019 came to a close. No, it was probably more akin to riding a rollercoaster with broken seatbelts, and all anyone could do was scream and hold on for dear life.

Yeah, that’s what it was like.

So I’m sure some of you are thinking, “Okay, sounds intense, but what does this all have to do with coffee? This is still a coffee blog, right?”


Just kidding. 😉

Anyway, during all of this insanity, it was easy to feel my anxiety bubble up and threaten to overwhelm me, and in those moments when I felt my world begin to tip, my number one thought was to get to a safe place. A place where I felt comfortable enough to recenter myself. A place with familiar things that I enjoyed.

A place with coffee. A coffee shop.

That wasn’t always available though. There were some days when my schedule was so packed with meetings that I barely had enough time to grab water and use the bathroom. Other days I’ve been so focused on cleaning and packing and purging that I forgot that drinking water is a thing until my feet were on the verge of falling off. And even when traveling, I learned that not all cities have a decent level of coffee culture and that sometimes the best coffee available is nothing more than Dunkin’ Donuts brand.

Calling you out, Albany.

I mean, seriously, Albany. WTF? You’re the capital of New York, one of the most internationally well know states in the nation, and you had only one decent coffee shop in the entire town?


Anyway, long story short (tl;dr), my life has been crazy lately, and despite desperately needing coffee throughout it all, I haven’t always had the chance to indulge, which means I haven’t had a whole lot to talk about in the realm of coffee.


Hopefully, I’ll have more time in the coming weeks to type up some blogs. I have so many topics in mind, such as the latte art I enjoyed in Japan, the new shops that have opened in San Marcos and Denver, and even CBD coffee. I’m moving in the next month though, and then classes start in May, so I guess we’ll just have to see. Likely my posts will be infrequent for the foreseeable future.

But in the meantime, I leave y’all with a bit of advice: DO NOT GO TO ALBANY! Save yourself the coffee disappointment.

And signing off,

The one and the only Pookachino

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