Happy belated Easter!

I hope everyone had a great Easter! I spent most of the weekend in Stillwater celebrating my friend Tyler’s birthday on Saturday…Stillwater beat me this weekend, that’s for sure. haha I drove home on Sunday to go to the Thunder game, which we won (finally!). After the last not one, not two, but three losses, it was nice to have such a huge lead and huge win! Also got a wonderful Easter basket from my mom, full of goodies and gift cards!

Yum! ūüôā

 

I can always use gas and Starbucks. Who can’t?

I hope everyone else had a great Easter as well!

P.S. I’m so proud of myself for keeping up with my photo challenge! Wooo, go me! I love Instagram, I love taking pictures and I like that the challenge keeps me better updating this thing. So all in all, I’ve enjoyed doing it. Yay!

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America’s latest addiction

I admit I am one who has fallen victim to a drug that has taken over our country. Whether we need a pick-me-up, need to stay up to study hard or just have a craving we can’t ignore, many of our lives would not be complete without this drug: caffeine.

There it is. ¬†We’ve all seen it: the famous Starbucks cup. ¬†Not only has coffee taken over everyone’s life it seems, but Starbucks has also transformed the idea of a coffeehouse into what it is today. ¬†Because Seattle’s Best Coffee is sold on the college campus where I live, that’s probably the brand of coffee I see around the most. ¬†But back at home in Oklahoma City, Starbucks cups are pretty much all I see. ¬†I occasionally see a coffee from 7-11 or McDonald’s, but Starbucks is by far the most popular. ¬†It seems like there’s one on every corner. ¬†It’s crazy to think that it was once a single neighborhood coffee shop in Seattle, and now I can think of four shops off the top of my head within 10 minutes of my parents’ house.

The original Starbucks store in Seattle

Even back when I didn’t like coffee, I was a sucker for Starbucks’ cream-based frappacinos, hot chocolate and caramel apple cider. ¬†Coffee drinks aren’t just for the businessmen and women and cramming college students anymore, and I think Starbucks has had a great deal to do with that. ¬†Throughout middle school and high school, it was “cool” to have a Starbucks cup in class. ¬†It was “cool” to go to Starbucks after the football games. ¬†In fact, it was more about the status of the logo on the cup than the drink inside of it. ¬†Starbucks has always longed to bring a feeling of connection and community with its products, and it has done just that. ¬†A coffee shop is now not only thought of as a place to stop in quickly for a cup of coffee, but also as a hangout to study and socialize.

While many complain about Starbucks’ prices (ahem, my dad), not many complain about the coffee itself (that I know of). ¬†Despite those high prices, Starbucks has stayed a very popular and successful company now complete with its own instant coffee, mobile apps and even e-gift cards. ¬†It’s quite apparent that Starbucks isn’t going anywhere and has changed our idea of coffee and coffeehouses for years to come.