*Before you start reading the Jot It suggestions I just want to take the time to get emotional with you all. I CANNOT believe the response to Overlooked. I am floored. I am so excited, honored, and amazed that you all are going to accompany me with this. I wanted to create a spot, a place that I myself would be inspired at. I was hoping with fingers crossed that a few people would join me. But in no way did I think that number would climb to 256. 256 Overlookers.WOW. Coffee mugs from all around the world. Who would have thought it. So all I can tell you is thank you. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.
Let's continue shall we?
Direction - Starting Points - Suggestions - Springboards - Ideas
Jot down the history of your favorite mug.
Where did you get it?
Do you even remember?
Did you buy it because it was just SO rad that you had to have it?
Did it used to be someone else's, and you somehow acquired it?
How long have you had this favorite mug of yours?
Could another one ever take its place?
Or is this a replacement for your favorite one that has since been lost or broken?
How does Coffee play into your morning routine?
Are you the "Instant Human Just Add Coffee" type?
Do you make coffee first thing as you stumble into the kitchen?
Are you capable of doing ANYTHING before that first mug full?
What do you do while you have that first mug? Do you check your email, read the newspaper, read the book of the moment, surf the Internet? Go about your morning chores?
What time do you get up and what time is the coffee maker started? Compare the times.
Who makes the coffee? You? Your partner? Is it waiting for you when you get up?
Do you have the alarm set on it - to brew at a particular time every morning?
Does your weekend routine change your coffee habit?
How many cups a day?
Is it just that initial mug to get you going?
Do you drink it all throughout the day?
Do you drink it at night?
Do you only drink it when you meet with friends at Starbucks?
What happens if you don't drink the norm?
Sugar? Splenda? Equal? Sweet N Low? - If so, how many?
What kind of creamer? The liquid or the powder?
Do you like the original flavor or are you constantly trying and experimenting w/new flavors every time your out?
How much creamer?
Would you like a little coffee to go with that cream?
Regular or Decaf?
Folgers or Starbucks?
Are you a coffee snob?
Do you like it super dee duper hot? Warm? Iced?
TALK TO ME LIKE I'M A BARISTA.
Welcome to ___________ what can I make for you this morning?
Pretend that you are placing your order for your typical morning coffee.
What would you order?
Are you overly confident?
Does it take you forever to finally decide?
Are you one of those customers that intimidates me when I'm at Starbucks waiting behind you?
The kind that goes something like this: "Um yes, Let me get a Tall Chai with NO water added - at a temperature of 185 - with a dash of soymilk." I don't even know enough to imitate it. I'm not making fun...I'm simply in awe. Last time I was there I picked up one of those "How to order at Starbucks booklets, maybe that will help.
So for the next week - jot down what you would like to say in regards to your mug. Your coffee routine. You DO NOT share this...as it will be combined with your picture for a scrapbook page or a journal entry.
My ideas are simply that. Just suggestions. Just some starters to get that incredible mind of yours going - get the wheels turning.
On my second mug of the morning,