Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Diary of a Traveling Coffee Addict

As you might know, my husband and I just moved across the country from Colorado to Florida. We arrived in Florida after three days of driving in a Uhaul "Easy Rider Van" across parts of eight different states! (More on that later). The road trip was a once in a lifetime thing!

I have a lot of stories and photos to share with you all, but my husband and I are still not settled in to our new apartment yet. I'll do my best to keep up from the laptop. I've missed you all!

I've also really missed keeping current with blogging, and I have a lot of catching up to do. Before I do that though, I wanted to tell you about my uncontrollable little coffee problem.

Apparently I have a mild addiction to my daily cup of Starbucks coffee. We usually make coffee at home since it's way cheaper than buying a cup from the store each day, however, traveling cross-country in a Uhaul did not afford us the luxury of making our own cup of hot Starbucks coffee at home each morning. As we drove east out of Denver, the frequency of seeing a Starbucks on the road dwindled quickly. I soon realized that most of the country does not view the importance of Starbucks the same as I have learned to view it. This was a teensy problem for me to deal with while driving across the southern part of the United States.

This entry from my travel journal is a piece from day 2 of our road trip:

" Nine hours and counting since we've seen a Starbucks. It's consuming my every thought. I keep thinking I'll see one around the next bend in the road. I might have a problem! You really don't know what you've got until it's gone. I definitely took having a Starbucks on every third corner, like they were in Denver, for granted. I really hope we come across a Starbucks soon! "

On our third day of driving, we came across a Starbucks just south of Birmingham, Alabama. You have no idea how delighted I was to sip that sweet nectar from the coffee gods! Three days without a Starbucks coffee is like the equivalent of three months to a coffee addict. I really hope to not go three days without a perfect cup of Starbucks coffee again. Friends, I have a serious coffee problem!

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It's still a little hard to believe that we live in Florida now. We move into our apartment soon, and I think it will seem more real once we settle into our own place again.

There are so many stories and pictures that I want to share from our road trip across the country. Also, I just bought a Flip video recorder today, so I hope to share some videos of Florida with you too! I've been on the hunt for "gators" lately, and I saw one but it was too small to catch on video from the car while we passed it. I hope to get a video of an alligator soon. (:

Hope you are enjoying your week!!


  1. Oh man, what a move! Also, you're the second person who's coffee addiction I read about today haha. I am one of those weird people who don't really like coffee. I can do frappuccinos, Lattes, etc., but that's it.

  2. I totally feel your pain. We moved from Washington State to Georgia and went almost a week without seeing a Starbucks once we passed through Idaho! It was TERRIBLE! I just couldn't live in a city without one!

  3. OH FRIEND! You will see PLENTY of gators! Haha. So excited to meet up tonight! I was totally going to see if you wanted a Starbucks date or real food... But looks like we should do real food to give your addiction a minor break ;) Wish I would have had time to bake you cupcakes and put together a welcome to FL pkg <3

  4. AH! this is great... the starbucks addiction... AND the fact that you're making progress on the 'home' front. Love hearing this! Florida... wow... Sounds wonderful:)

  5. Oh I have a serious problem too! I've been drinking coffee everyday for 20 years (I'm not even exaggerating!) and if I don't drink it, I'll have a terrible headache next day! My husband bought a mug for me that says "I don't have a problem with caffeine, I have a problem without it: :)
    Now I'm drinking more tea and trying to get less addicted... But Starbucks call me...

  6. I know what you mean about Starbucks! I get the WORST headaches if I don't have coffee that day!

    Good luck with your move and settling in!

  7. You're too funny, but I think it's totally normal! At least, for me. I remember driving here from Boston with the same green circle image in my view! I hope you guys are doing well!

  8. Great minds think alike!! I mean, really? How is it that we both posted about coffee today?! CRA-ZY lol :P

    So glad that you and your hubs made it to Florida safely, and we finally get to read about it!! Slowly but surely, your life will unfold with a continuing happy story in your new home state!!

  9. I just bought a re-usable Starbucks cup.. it's amazing. I use it every day. Yesssss for sbucks.

    Also. I realized being a vegetarian and driving across middle america doesn't work out so well...

  10. so glad to hear you made it safely and it one piece!

    I can't wait to hear about your new home and all the stories from the road! oh yeah, and glad you are back in the blog world!!

  11. What an absolutely fun experience!! I can't wait to read/hear all about it!

    PS: I was totally craving Starbucks majorly today and I went and I had forgotten my wallet. So I couldn't even get it! UGHHHHHHHHH!!

  12. I'm like that with tea!!! 3 days is much too long! Hope you're doing well, Ashley. Sorry I've been MIA this week. Heading back home today though so back to normal life! (: Hope you're adjusting well to Florida!