26 January 2011

waking up...

i miss my grand america coffee.




for two years running, joslyn and i began every morning at alt design summit the same. exact. way.

we'd head to bed at around midnight. talk until one thirty. she'd ask are we getting coffee in the morning? and i'd narrow my eyes and ask do you want me to call down and arrange it? and she'd smile smugly in the dark and answer that would be great.




i guess i was closer to the phone. whatever. {she's bossy! do not tell her i told you this.}

so then we'd sleep until the doorbell rang, which was usually dark o'clock. i'd gasp straight up in bed, say i'll get that, and then lie back down again. she'd jump from hers and walk purposefully smack straight into the wall. then she'd open the door for the sweet little room service man, who would inform us that it was a good morning and avert his eyes ever-so-politely from our sleepy-frownies and matching black pajamas.

at this point, we'd both be back in bed. i'd never really left. but there was always a bill to sign.




on day one, the gentleman brought it to me. in bed. i was so super grateful and so super bad with numbers that i gave him a five dollar tip on a nine dollar beverage. i think he wanted to bring it back to me for my usual tip the second and third days, but i guess i was snoring. whatever.

i make very good coffee at home. my machine is pretty genius. but nothing really compares to sharing a cuppa with my girl in the pitch black lit by one little glowy lamp, chatting about the inspiration we found yesterday...hopeful about the burst of creative we'll land in today.




that's the genius thing about alt, do you know? it's not really about the information or the schedule or all the brill activities and dinners. it's about the sharing.

and whether you're sharing secrets or rates or contacts or your enthusiasm or just a cup of coffee, that's when the magic starts happening.

i miss the coffee, yes. but i miss my joslyn even more.

i've got to write an article by friday, but as soon as that's finished i MUST tell you stories about all the others who shared bits of themselves with me. wait. that sounds dirty. it was not. and if i were you? i'd definitely start saving up for next year. alt will change your little imaginary life. promise. also, this tumblr has a coffee of the day shot every week or so. genius.

17 comments:

Boston Mamas said...

OMG dude, these are the prettiest coffee photos!

I was similarly confused when I got home and had to fetch my own dinner. {Sob}

Courtney Lane said...

Well then. Coffee for lunch it is! (I've been singing that for a while now)

la la Lovely said...

that is a perfect way to take you're coffee! Love the images. Suddenly needing a cup myself!
xo

Joslyn said...

oh this made me giggle...and then tear up just a bit.

damn i miss you...and our coffees

Amy@OldSweetSong said...

Oh this is kind of perfect, you know? I love it. And loved meeting you. Wish we could have hung out more. Come find me when you relocate to NYC!

simplesong | suann said...

you two are perfect together : ).

A-M said...

I am so in the wrong hemisphere. A-M xx

Mallory said...

I've only met your blog today, but am completely attached. You're so fun! I need to go to this Alt next year!

simplygrove said...

I love this! It makes me love you two even more. But how is that possible????

Keisha said...

Im jealous we didnt think of that! I looked everywhere in our room for a lil pot but we found our coffee downstairs...NOW I KNOW!!
sweet story;)

Paige @ Mudroom Boston said...

Lordy, I am so hooked on you. Ok, that sounded weirder than I meant it. How is that four days can change someone's life so completely? Alt has made me believe I can do things that I was swear-on-my-mother's-name sure I couldn't do before I got there.

See when you're all done with that pesky article. xo

The Langley Family said...

I just discovered your blog a few months ago, and enjoy reading it so much. This post really hit me in the heart. I'm living overseas and leaving next week to head to another country. I just finished having coffee with one of my favorite friends only minutes ago. You're so right, it is the sharing.

Jeanneoli said...

Love this. Next year I need to be in YOUR room:-) I want coffee now. I think we all need a little Grand America in our everyday!

Brandi {not your average ordinary} said...

will you please teach me about coffee? i don't know much at all. this is the game we'll play: i'll make some fantastically delicious dessert or pastry and you get one day to figure out what would be best to pair with it. then we'd invite friends over and swoon over the perfection of the pairings.

Melissa de la Fuente said...

gah...it sounds so very,very lovely. And the two of you together is perfection. I love it....and wish I could have seen it all in person. next year.....
xo
Melis

kasey said...

I don't know how i found you but i love it here.
love.

Laura Trevey said...

I really hope to join and "share" in the fun next year....