Bug,  house-sitting

Kickin’ it at the Actuallys’

relaxing with Katy the cat

We are quite at home here as you can see. Nothing terribly eventful has happened. I have not broken the garbage disposal or the washing machine (yet). Knock on wood. I did lose Katy the cat once, but she turned up outside (where she doesn’t belong) and all was well. I just have to keep a better eye on the sliding glass door. It seems there’s somebody else around here besides the cats who can now open doors by herself. I’m looking at you, Bug.

swishy skirt

This morning Bug and I walked downtown and hung out at this really cool coffee shop that has a play area just for kids and a counter just for moms with laptops. While you sit at the counter getting your wifi and caffeine fix, you can watch your kid run around and play dress up with all the other kids. It’s great.

There is an attendant on hand to watch the kids but with all those mothers casually looking over their laptops, there isn’t much that could go wrong. Well, other than all the germ-sharing of course. I fully expect to come down with something three days from now and I won’t even complain. The two hours we spent there were totally worth it.

I really wish we had a coffee shop like this in my neighborhood. It’s such a great concept. Kids playing, moms working, coffee, wifi…what more could you ask for? They did seem a little understaffed and possibly a bit dirty (The cream cheese on my bagel had mold on it! Ew!) but there was a lot going on. I don’t know who the owner is but I have a feeling she is a multi-tasking mom and she’s tearing her hair out.

They had classes going on in the back room and bulletin boards everywhere announced other classes to be held at other times. Dance party night, craft day, Hannah Montana night, baby massage, toddler tango—it was lot. Everywhere there were notes scrawled too, just like your mom would leave for you. “Don’t throw your liquids in the trash,” “Be sure to lock the bathroom door,” “Save the Earth and use cloth diapers”… etc. etc. If I didn’t know better I’d say they could use with a little less mothering and a little more bleach but I guess I just have high standards. If Starbucks were running the place it probably wouldn’t exist.

her signature pose these days

Anyway we had a lot of fun and I got a ton of work done. Maybe we’ll go back tomorrow.


  • Clover

    Wow, Bug is getting to be a GIRL, not a toddler! That sounds like a great place to hang out, minus the mold bit. Enjoy staying at your second home, keep posting pictures of that adorable daughter of yours!

  • Katie

    Bug’s outfit is adorable. (then again I have a boy and all girl clothing that isn’t bright pink is adorable to me) I think someone needs to make a coffee shop like that around here… It sounds awesome (minus the dirtiness and mold).

  • Amanda

    Aside from the mold, the coffe shop sounds exactly like the kind of place I would love to open…just need to add a small bookstore corner and it would be heaven! :)
    I love the skirt that Bug is wearing, it’s adorable.

  • Aunt Jaynette

    Did your mom make Bugs skirt? It is so cute.

    I could handle a little dirt…minus the mold…if I could talk to some adults. Or were they all working?

    SAJ says: Yes, my mom made Bug’s skirt. I have a collection of vintage fabric and one day she made up a quick skirt for Bug from one of the old flour sack pieces. Regarding the coffee shop, I did strike up a conversation with a working mom beside me. I think if we lived here I would make a lot of friends.

  • gingermog

    Hola, feels like ages since I have commented, Sounds like you have been having a lot of adventures recently. The cafe sounds great but I would be a bit perturbed by having mould on my cream cheese too. Love the new side bar sneek peak at other peoples blogs. Have you ever had a choc-tini?

  • Ana

    Sound like lots of fun, we don’t have that kind of Coffee Shops around here, I love all the pictures of bug, she’s so cute and the sidebar looks awesome!

  • Elaine

    I used to work at that coffee shop. I’m still there on Thursdays for the CSA I work for that is hosted in the classroom. Come say HI!

    And mold on the bagel? Totally unacceptable. Sigh.