Wednesday, April 28, 2010

lOTT's of Sunflowers

It's no secret.  Anyone who remotely knows me, knows.... I like sunflowers.  A lOTT!!!  (Perhaps it is my sunny disposition.  :) joking)  They are my favorite flower.  Did you know sunflowers are heliotropic?  That means they respond to light; throughout the course of the day they will turn their head to follow the light of the sun.  If you have ever driven past a field of sunflowers you will notice that they will all face east in the morning and then by evening they will all be facing west.  I think you could learn a valuable lesson from sunflowers in that; you should always keep you eye on the prize.

Did you also know that the sunflower (latin name; Helianthus annuusare) is a distant relative of Giant Ragweed (latin name; Ambrosia trifida)?  My husband, Ott, E. did his Master's thesis research on Giant Ragweed.  Perhaps that is one of the reasons we have so much in common.  :)  In fact the theme of our wedding was sunflowers.  All the dresses, invitations, programs, napkins and even the cake were selected to coordinate with sunflowers.  Even our party favors were packets of sunflower seeds.

I like sunflowers so much I use them in decorating my living room.  I have sunflower candles, picture frames and pillows.  Why, I even have sunflower dishes in my kitchen.  I plant sunflowers in my garden.  And as you can see I use them to decorate this blog.  So I'll leave you with a thought; Bloom where you're planted and turn your face to the sun.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Conversation goes better with Coffee

I admit it very openly; I'm addicted to Coffee! No morning of mine can commence without the rich, bold flavor of a steaming hot cup of joe. And as my husband will attest, you do not want to be around me before that first cup. (That's probably why; he is now trained to make it each morning in my red coffee post pictured below.) Perhaps it's the taste; perhaps it's the buzz from the caffeine, or the alertness I feel after drinking it. Regardless I can't go a day with out.

Now where did this obsession with the caffeinated morning beverage come from? Well there’s always the option of blaming my parents. They too are coffee drinkers and sometime, when I was say... Jr. High age, they would offer to give me coffee on the weekends. Granted it usually consisted of more cream than coffee, but it made me feel like I fit right in at the breakfast table with them.

Then there were the college years. The late nights, the hetic studying, and two crazy roommates lead to many a midnight mocha run. Back then I could down a cafe' mocha and a half hour later fall asleep if need be. After college, going into the working world meant drinking the coffee in the morning to get me off on the right foot to start my day. And now-a-days I can't make it through the afternoon without another one. Around 2:30 the mid afternoon doll drums start to set in, and I tend to frequent the local Starbucks. Let me specify; I tend to go there and order Tall, Non-fat Carmel Macchiato.

But the other great reason I love coffee is the conversations you can have while drinking it. Whether its reading and discussing the morning newspaper during that first cup of the day with my husband, or running across the street to Starbucks with a co-worker for an afternoon pick-me-up and a quick catch up on the latest gossip; regardless the coffee is there and so is the conversation. That's why I titled this blog "a latte' with Ott, A" so I could write and share all those stories, ideas, tips and advise like you would with a friend over coffee.