I’m back in Seattle for the next few months and I’m excited to have so many great coffee shops to visit. One of my favorite neighborhood places to work is the Uptown Espresso in the West Seattle Junction. It’s usually empty and quiet, so not great for people watching but great for focusing and working. What they do have is really good coffee, and specifically great lattés. “Home of the Velvet Foam” is their tag line, and indeed it’s velvety. Yum!
I’m at a cozy cabin on Mt. Hood to celebrate my friend Tim’s 40th birthday. I use the term “cabin” loosely, since this is, in fact, a 3 bed/2 bath house with with everything that would be found in one’s own home. Plus, a hot tub, a rec room with ping pong and foosball tables, and sleeping space for 10. I think what makes it a “cabin” is the wood burning stove, the alpine A frame styling, and the excessive use of cedar.
The problem with working at a cabin, is that what I’d rather be doing is sitting by the fire with a glass of wine and a book. I’m going to stop typing this so I can finish up and make that happen!
Thanks once again to my friend Deanna’s generosity, I had the good fortune to fly business class back from Amsterdam. She wasn’t kidding when she said I would be ruined forever for flying in coach. I mean, who wants to pay $5 for a crappy cracker pack when you can get hot nuts, fresh baked cookies, pillows, blankets, and seats that recline into beds. Business class is indeed both a blessing and a curse.
Part of the blessing is the airport lounge, which is where I’m sitting while I await the last leg of my journey. I’m enjoying complimentary wine and snacks, free wifi, nice restrooms, and comfortable seats. Makes working 3/4 the way through a 15 hour travel day much less painful. Now I’m off… Hot towels and champagne here I come!
This week I’m truly putting my “I can work anywhere” theory to the test and am working from Prague (WFP). I happen to be blessed with really awesome friends, and when my BFF Deanna said “hey, do you want to come to Prague with me using my airline miles and stay in the hotel that work is paying for?” Um. Hells Yeah!
So here I sit in the executive lounge listening to some really bad Czech music and drinking a Coca-Cola Light. Seems my theory is correct!