September 26 07

my drive to work is roughly, um, 14 minutes, door to door. i know, how lucky am i?? It’s mostly highway, 407 (for those of you in the gta…you know it’s one of those highways that actually moves), and just a short stretch of road to get me to the highway. the only problem is…because it’s so suburban…there are no coffee shops on my route to the highway. none. not even one. houses (many). schools (2). synagogues (1). a retirement home. and a Kelsey’s. (no, really, a kelsey’s!)

which means, essentially, that if i want to drink something other than the sludge they call Java coffee at work (that they charge us for, unless Michelle’s in a good mood and then i get one on the house…) i have to drive about 8 minutes out of my way. and my minutes in the morning are precious. trust me on that.

until now.

they decided to build a little strip mall. with a shoppers drug mart, a blockbuster (when will they learn to just stop opening blockbusters already? does anyone ever go to them? i haven’t been in one in years!), three stores TBD, and

it’s like the mother ship is calling me home.

i couldn’t be happier.

because i really could use some coffee. i’m tired this morning from spending my evening at the Gruff Rhys concert. (that’s pronounced griff reese for those of you not in the Welsh know) and people watching. apparently, some interesting people like Gruff and the Super Furry Animals. some men who wear capri pants. and we know how much i like men in manpris. also…there were some crazy couples robot-dancing.

and doing the move. the one i HATE. the man behind woman. the hands on her stomach. and the tandem sway. i cannot handle the tandem sway. not without at least a little mouth-barf. and the reverse? woman behind man? that’s even worse…because then she looks stupid AND can’t even see.

apparently, this is not a new move

but seriously, the concert was great. He was hilarious. entirely pocketble (which is my new coinage for someone that you want to put in your pocket and take home. and bake them cookies. or something.) he had props. i love a man with props.

but now…the focus is on coffee.

must. get. some. in. me.

(and pray for me that the starbucks opens soon…will bankrupt me, likely, but it’ll be worth it. because i’ll go down with a caffeinated smile)


  1. We had a Blockbuster on just about every corner up until a couple of years ago, then they started shutting them down. Now I know where they’ve been sending them…up to you!

    And…I have a comment about Starbucks. While I understand that technically it is now Fall, it’s really hard to get on board with Pumpkin Spice Lattes when I’m still wearing shorts every day.

    Comment by Stacy on September 26, 2007
  2. I hate that stupid sway thing too. Ridiculous.
    As for Starbucks … that’s awesome. And Shoppers – I love that store. But, I bet you there will be long line ups. Still – totally worth it. Totally.

    Comment by Laural on September 26, 2007
  3. Ooh… Starbucks and Shoppers? In the same strip mall?

    I remember when they built the Starbucks on the way to my work. It was a bad bad thing for my bank card.

    And I can spend way more in Shoppers on lip glosses than I care to admit. I don’t really wear makeup, but a display of lip gloss? It’s like bears to honey for me. They’re so pur-ty, with their shininess and their pretty colours. Who can resist?

    Comment by b*babbler on September 26, 2007
  4. Is it a drive-thru Starbucks?? Because those are bad!! I have one that is *literally* a 3 minute drive from my house. It’s NEVER out of my way. 😉

    Comment by Jay on September 26, 2007
  5. Are you joking???? As soon as I leave the area they put in a Starbucks? Where exactly?

    Comment by Steph on September 26, 2007
  6. MMMM, Starbucks. I used to drive completely out of my way to get to one on my way to work. Then they bankrupted me. 🙂 (Ok, they built a Tim Horton’s on my corner)

    Comment by Sara on September 26, 2007
  7. Gotta love that.
    I fortunately have A SB’s right at my corner…Heaven.

    Comment by ~JJ! on September 26, 2007
  8. I got a short commute just like you! But in the entire NO Starbucks! The mothership just leaves me with bad office coffee.

    Comment by Nadine on September 26, 2007
  9. entire country, I meant to say 🙂

    Comment by Nadine on September 26, 2007
  10. Robot dancing is The Boy’s specialty. And now your rugged commute to work will be slightly easier!

    Comment by Rebecca on September 26, 2007
  11. I don’t drink coffee (never acquired the taste for it) but Starbucks has yum-mee pastries! Two just went up in my ‘hood in the last year. That’s evil!!!

    Comment by Teena in Toronto on September 27, 2007
  12. Happy Day! Don’t break the bank at your new pitstop!

    Comment by Vaguely Urban on September 27, 2007
  13. All week long I had access to a Starbucks right next to the building I was training in. I think this was the happiest week of my life.

    Venti Half Caf Cappucino!

    Comment by Chantal on September 28, 2007
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