So For the First Time in Over Two Weeks….Coffee!

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So as some of you know I’ve been sick. Sick for weeks. I was sick before I went to Chicago but thought I was better. I wasn’t. I got worse on the flight back home. I thought I was better so I could go away with my husband on our big anniversary weekend (14 years!) and I wasn’t. And I didn’t even party that weekend. Made three cocktails and sipped them and threw them out. I slept half that weekend! I got home and I was worse. The doctor finally ordered me to take a week of bed rest and I am finally starting to feel human again. Just hoping I can go back to work and make it through the twelve hour shifts starting Thursday.

Anyway…. I haven’t even desired coffee…not really. And for my faithful, I think you all know how much I love coffee. For those of you who don’t know….I love coffee! It just sounded so….strong.

But this morning I made a pot of coffee (if you can call it that). It is only 20° outside and I just couldn’t take one more cup of tea. I think if I have another cup of tea I will transform into a tea bag. And it is so much more inconvenient than coffee. Coffee, I grind the beans, put it in the coffee maker and press a button and have cups of coffee for hours. With tea I have to wait until the water heats, wait until the bag seeps, and then I have only one cup of tea! If I drink it fast then I have to go through the whole process again.

I found I have liked tea (and better than I remember-even found the chamomile delightful with a bit of spiced rum) but tea takes way too much effort, especially when I’m sick. I don’t find it the least bit comforting (to make). I need a hunk to be making it for me!

(since R is at work after all)

So here I am drinking coffee and I have committed a sacrilege. I am drinking flavored coffee! *gasp!*

But it is Gevalia (which for mass-produced coffee isn’t too bad) and it’s German Chocolate Cake-flavored and it has lots of sweetener and milk and it is preparing me to leap back into coffee land. And I am reading a good book (Stephen King’s new book, Revival, and omg it is amazing–reminds me for some reason of The Body / Stand By Me). And Sarah Jane is curled up next to me. AND last night I actually worked on a new novel which I think could turn out to be one of the best things I’ve ever written.

So apparently I have passed through the dark tunnel and there was no train waiting for me on the other side, except to allow me to board aboard and take me to lands of lonely men finding love.

So three more days! Three days of resting, reading, writing, and cuddling with Sarah Jane. Not bad at all, even if I have to wear pajamas (which I also don’t do but it has been oddly comforting). I could get used to this.

Here is claiming the reality that in a year or so it will be my life. Writing full time and not being sick that is.

So love and light to you all!
And remember….
Leap and the net will appear!
BG Thomas

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It’s National Coffee Day! Who Knew?

So I had no intention of getting out of the house and going to Oddly Correct today (only the best coffee in Kansas City–or maybe the world?). But then quite by accident I found out that today is National Coffee Day! So how cool is that? And how appropriate that it’s on a Monday!

So here I am, and today it’s something new again. A latte. And I don’t mean some frozen stuff or instant weirdness or pre-bottled concoction. I mean a real latte and yum yum yum! So creamy! And delicious! And yum! It’s coffee!

According to Wikipedia…. International Coffee Day (also known as Coffee Day or National Coffee Day) is an annual event observed on September 29 in a handful of countries for the celebration and enjoyment of the popular beverage coffee. This day is also used to promote fair trade coffee and to raise awareness for the plight of the coffee growers. On this day, many businesses around the world offer free or discounted cups of coffee. Some businesses share coupons and special deals with their loyal followers via social networking. Some greeting card companies sell National Coffee Day greeting cards as well as free e-cards to help celebrate the occasion.

While the exact origin of International Coffee Day is unknown, many countries around the world participate in this event. It was promoted in Japan by The All Japan Coffee Association and first celebrated in 1983. In the United States the name “International Coffee Day” originates from “National Coffee Day”, which was mentioned publicly as early as 2005. The name “International Coffee Day” was first used by the Southern Food and Beverage Museum, which called a press conference on October 3, 2009 to celebrate it and to announce the first New Orleans Coffee Festival. It was promoted in China by the International Coffee Organization, first celebrated in 1997, and made into an annual celebration in early April 2001. Taiwan first celebrated International Coffee Day in 2009. Nepal first celebrated National Coffee Day on November 17, 2005. Indonesia, which first celebrated National Coffee Day on August 17, 2006, celebrates it on the same day as Indonesia’s Independence Day.

So in honor of that I present you with lots of pretty men drinking coffee. Ignore that old guy at the end! *wink*

And hey! I can recommend both a wonderful novel and audio book that has this awesome guy in it who owns his own coffee shop and is looking for the love of a good man. Check it out!

Happy National Coffee Day!
BG

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Coffee Guy — September 10th

Well, it is a rather grey day, but not too dreary. It helps that I am at my favorite coffee shop in the world, Oddly Correct. My spirits have not been as up-up-up as they usually are, I have not been at all productive this week and I was counting on getting lots done—there is quite a bit of potential stress….

But that is the key idea. Lots of “potential stress.” What that means is that there is lots of potential wonder and magick and glory. So I took myself away to a magick place that always makes me feel good. There is a nice man sitting next to me with a blue Doberman named Emma and she is sweet and shy. There is a lady at the counter dressed completely 50’s, right down to the little hat with a tiny bit of mesh, fabulous shoes with little triangle cutouts, and cat’s eye glasses. Somehow I already feel a little bit better. Life really is wonderful if one opens their eyes and looks for it.

I hope to gets lots and lots of writing done. Two BIG deadlines in the pipeline and GayRomLit just around the corner.

I just had a Gibraltar, in coffee-talk, is an espresso cut with a small amount of warm milk (usually with the pretty decorated surface). It is pure heaven. Sweet without even an iota of sugar.

Now I am on my coffee and today’s is “Kochere natural Yirgacheffe, Ethopia,” and the menu describes it as “Strawberry, lime, bubble gum.” Don’t cringe. Remember this isn’t flavored coffee. This is not bubble gum flavored coffee! LOL! The description describes the elements and layers and this cup really is heaven on Earth. It is why I cannot drink Folger’s or even that famous coffee giant chain of coffee shops. This cup is so unique, once in a life-time, and unless I get a little bag of beans I will never have it again. It’s like a play. Once. That means one should appreciate this moment, because after all, this moment is all we have.

So I will stop worrying about what I cannot change, I won’t worry about what tomorrow or the next few weeks “may” bring.

I will sit here in one of my favorite places on Earth and I will write and let my characters come to life. They’ve been whispering. In face Asher has been elbowing.

So I sign off now with the real thought….

There is only One Life
That Life is Perfect
That Life is God’s Life
That Life is My Life Now.

Remember! Leap and the net will appear….

BG

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Monday’s Coffee Guy

Hello, on this glorious Monday morning and I hope every one is well and happy. It’s another week ahead of us and that means unlimited possibilities! I can’t wait to see what’s in store.

To misquote Harvey Fierstein from “Torch Song Trilogy”: “For those of youse what ain’t yet guessed,” I love coffee.

Now it has to be GOOD coffee. None of this Folgers or Maxwell House crap. And I am not a big fan of Starbuck’s unless it’s a frozen concoction or something like that, and then we’re not really talking about coffee.

And for those of youse who don’t like coffee, let me say that I didn’t like it. At all. Not one bit. But then I was drinking (the few times I drank it) coffee made by companies like Folgers or Maxwell House.

I work this job where I have 12-hour shifts and I have to get up pretty early in the morning, so I started drinking coffee that way. Sometimes I would have to plug my nose and chug it down. But then a Live Journal friend (remember LJ???) taught me about GOOD coffee.

She told me to go to my local big grocery store and look for the section that has those canisters full of coffee beans and you pull down the little lever and the beans go down into a little bag. And then you run the beans through their grinder. She told me to pick a brand, if possible, that was made by a local roaster. So I tried it. I even found some beans that had been roasted only a couple days before and….

OMG! Vive la différence! It was as different as the black pepper you get in a shaker and fresh ground (that second) peppercorns. I was stunned! I couldn’t believe the depths and levels of flavors! It was downright shocking!

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Like this morning? It’s something called “El Eden Typica” and it comes from the growing region of Guerrero in Mexico. The package says it has “strawberry tones, a mead-like effervescence and hints of banana and chocolate. Sound like bullshit? Well guess what? It’s twue! It’s twue! And it is AMAZING! The first “flavor” rolls out over your tongue and then the second hits and you swallow and there is the shimmering after-taste and OMG!

And my local local local roaster has actually taught me to have good coffee without cream or sugar! I would never ever have believed it a few years ago. That place is called Oddly Correct by the way and I highly recommend it.

I talk a LOT about coffee in my book Hound Dog & Bean,” which just came out in an audiobook format by the way! I am extremely proud of this audiobook. It is read by the amazing, openly gay actor Charlie David. He did a wonderful job. I like it even better than his work on “The Boy Who Came In From the Cold.”

Check it out! LOL! I hope you will! Click right here if youse wanna!!

Oh! And check out Oddly Correct’s website too (RIGHT HERE). You’ll be glad you did!

Meanwhile I will be posting hot pictures of hot men drinking coffee a lot from now on. Look for them! And look for my reviews on coffees now and again as well!

Peace my friends,
And remember, leap and the net will appear!
BG Thomas

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