I was invited to an event, sponsored by Got Milk, last month, but wasn’t sure I was going to attend at first. There were several reasons why I was talking myself out of going. I don’t normally drink lattes in the afternoon and when I do, I drink them with soy milk since I’m lactose intolerant. My son was with his dad that afternoon so it would be slightly uncomfortable to be the childless mom in the crowd. It’s not always awkward for me to go to events without him, but I end up missing him even more when my friends are there with their little ones (and I’m not).
The invitation reminder came again the night before the event and all I remember reading was the fact that there was going to be a Tarot Reader there. That was just the push I needed to get me there! I mean, who doesn’t want their future laid out before them and know what’s around the corner?
On the afternoon of the event, I got in the car and put on my game face (aka big grin) and was one of the first bloggers to arrive. The event was held at Java Jones, an adorable little coffee shop downtown. I was pleasantly surprised to see a fellow writer, mom and friend who I had not seen for quite some time when I first walked in the door. We chatted about her upcoming (at the time) appearance on Dr. Phil, laughed about the time we first met in person and hugged. She’s Mexican too, and reminded me of so many of my relatives that I felt like I was with family.
Others from the San Diego blogging community walked in the door shortly afterward and I was soon surrounded by smiling faces, adorable children and friends family. Boy did I need that.
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I also needed the Tarot Reading, more than ever, since I had recently moved and was in the middle of interviews for a job, and had questions about where my long-distance relationship was headed.
I sat down with the beautiful woman reading the cards and suddenly I was nervous. Maybe this was the reason for my apprehension over attending the event. Fortunately for me, everything she told me was positive. She laid out cards, which I wish I had taken photos of, or at least remembered in some detail. All I know is that several of the cards contained cups in the images. Cups represent emotions, psychic and intuitive arts, fantasy and illusion, fertility, emotions, spirituality, sacred sexuality, grace and serenity.
She talked about where I was about three months prior, where I was currently and what my future looks like three months into the future. It was all good and I felt relieved, knowing that everything that I had been questioning was all leading me in the direction I needed to go and that my metaphorical cup was full ( in many ways).
Speaking of cups, I was lucky enough to sample one of the beautiful lattes that was created by two-time United States Barista Champion, Heather Perry. She made several drinks and provided us with a few recipes to try on our own and made it all look so easy.
The drink she made (in the photo to the left) was delicious and was almost too pretty to drink.
Heather has appeared on the Discovery Channel, the Food Network and holds a Guinness Book World Record for building the world’s largest espresso machine!
She was a delight to watch and speak with and even though the recipes intimidate me slightly, I have to try them out with the espresso machine that I walked away with after being selected in the raffle drawing as the Grand Prize winner.
Yes, that’s right. My coffee cup is always half full now and I am spending less and less time (and money) at the coffee shop on the corner, which means I can spend even more time with my son, my friends and sipping on my coffee.
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