Today is a great day for a pair of lemon-yellow heels.

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Boots here, wishing you a fantastical day.  Today is a good day to kick up your favorite pair of heels and feel GREAT about life.  Click those heels together and start singing your favorite song.

Stretch your attitude to a higher place.  “Keep your heels, head, and standards high.”  Coco Chanel has it right.  And today?  Your favorite heels are going to give you that edge — that added height — you need to reach even higher today.

Be happy.  It is one of the single most attractive things about you.  Truly.

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In Defense of Yoga Pants (The Skinny Jeans Crusade Continues)

The Jeans Cupboard Category 1:  

Baggy, Uni-sex Pants: expensive yoga pants, harem pants, jeggings, leggings, & pajama bottoms

The Criminalization of Yoga Pants

Boots, feeling Brave and reporting for duty on The Skinny Jeans Crusade.  Yup, your Badass Coffee Babe is here to dispel the myths that we allow others to sell to us regarding our own sweet body image.  And, yes, I am ready to take on the Criminalization of the Innocent Yoga Pants.

It’s a factual truth that we are entirely too hard on ourselves regarding body image.  I mean, come on, people.  It’s ridiculous how self-critical we are when it comes to our bodily temple.  We look in the mirror and think that we simply must have the perfect body and the perfect clothes according to societal and fashion standards.  But for what?  For whom?

And why?  What’s the prize for having achieved some standard of Perfection?  Would someone explain to me how all of this matters?  Right?  Isn’t true living more about who we are and what we say and what we do that really matters?  Aren’t you tired of all of the self-imposed negativity?  I, Boots, have had it with all of this bad-mouthing self-talk.

But there are those times when it feels good to feel hot according to our own personal Hot-o-Meter.  Don’t we want to feel that inner satisfaction when our outer selves match who we feel like on the inside?  And that our inner selves match who we feel like on the outside?  Call it balance.  Equilibrium.  Stability.  Sanity.  Use whatever word in the lexicon that suits you, but I am calling it Being True to My Levi’s.  All I am asking here is to be kind and to adjust your Hot-o-Meter.  We all can’t fit into a size 2.  That’s just factual.  Be nice.

What with spending as much time as possible out in the woods and on the trail, I am the first to dispatch with outer artificiality . . . But I do believe in being okay with wanting my external to honor my internal.  There’s nothing wrong with any of us trying to be our best selves.

So that is why I am here . . . dedicated to fitting our way through the spectrum of categories that defines our jeans wardrobe.  I am thinking it’s time to get down and get real and exercise some humor.  Why?  Because maybe it’s time to take a real look at reality and poke a little fun at it at the same time.   And I am thinking that it’s time to examine why we think we are “settling” when we wear our baggy, uni-sex pants with no waistline and no fasteners . . . what we fondly call our Yoga Pants.

Yoga Pants take on many different forms and prices.  At the higher end of the Yoga Pants spectrum, you have your “fancy” pants that you buy from the expensive brands that advertise themselves as Authentic Yoga Pants.  You know the kind.  These are the pants that women pull on in the morning when they have to run to the store for half-and-half for their morning coffee.  These pants are designed to look casually authentic, like the wearer is saying: “Attention all shoppers: I just left my hot yoga class (not true). . . and by the way, I paid a lot of money for these pants (true) so that is why I look so fashionable in my baggy pants with no fasteners.”

I realize that this is a heck of a lot for a pair of loose cotton knit pants to declare, but this is what some people believe.  Really.  I can’t make this up.  These pants go for no less than $90 a pair, when on sale, and are no better than the leggings, the jeggings, the wide-legged sweat pants, or the solid-color pajama pants you can buy on the 90%-off sale rack at some bargain basement for $7.99.  Call me cheap but I don’t need the little enlightened embroidered emblem on the back of my waistband to announce that my Yoga Pants are bonafide.  Life isn’t this shallow.  At least not for the Thinking Folk.

Can we all agree?  All categories of shapeless pants without fasteners: they all constitute Yoga Pants.  I care neither how much you paid nor from which boutique or bargain basement you bought them.  They still come down to the simplest of terms: You just don’t want to put yourself into a pair of structured denim jeans with all of those restrictive zippers and pockets . . . which I think we can all agree that we are okay with.

Busting Through and Breaking Down the Gender Barriers of Yoga Pants

I remember this one boyfriend who belonged to one of my girlfriends.  Let’s call him Brian.  Brian was one of those men who thought he was a lot smarter than he actually was.  I guess you could say that Brian thought of himself as an erudite person in Male Yoga Pants.

Brian sold himself as a “male kindergarten teacher” — much like the gender-assuming people who still say “female doctor” or “male nurse.”  Brian was pretty proud of himself for having broken ranks and chosen a largely-female career.

In accordance with Brian’s Gender Infiltration, Brian wore Yoga Pants day in and day out.  It’s not that Brian was heavy or unable to fit into a pair of denims.  He was just lazy and couldn’t be bothered with fasteners.  It wasn’t the best look for Brian, but who really cared.  Certainly his young students didn’t care.  And all of us in the Posse weren’t in Shannon’s shoes who had to look at Brian everyday in his sloppy pants.

I recount this story merely to emphasize that Male Yoga Pants, too, exist, and we can safely steer away from what we traditionally assume and think of as a a female-dominated fashion choice.  Thank you, Brian.

So what the heck am I trying to say here?

Not a whole lot.  It’s okay to wear Yoga Pants as your go-to fashion.  It’s okay to want to be more comfortable than you feel in your Levi’s.  It’s okay as long as you are okay with every thing associated with this conversation.  Remember: there are no judges.  Not even you.  If you can dismiss The Pitiless Judge from the bench, you are miles ahead of many.

Boots’ Jeans Cupboard Takeaway:

Be who you are and become who you want to be.  

Okay . . . I couldn’t resist adding some Yoga Pants that caught my fancy.  If you are going to go baggy, you might as well make a statement.  I think these Aladdin pants are fun, fun, fun!  And you might as well make a statement with your comfort.

Firstharem Aladdin Bohemian Yoga Hippie Baggy Casual Pants

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E4U Women’s Slimming Foldover Yoga Pajama Bootcut Lounge Pants

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Idingding Womens Hot Sale Galaxy Star Printed High Waist Leggings Pants

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Roy Orbison on being a living legend and changing a flat tire

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Boots here and a good day to you from your Badass Coffee Babe.  Roy Orbison has it just right: “I may be a living legend but that sure don’t help when I’ve got to change a flat tire.”

I love Roy’s nod to reality.  We elevate our living legends to such heights  . . . and then realize that they simply are good tire-changing folk just like us.  The kind of people who you invite into your cabin for a cuppa and a sit by the fire to have a good B.S. session.

People are so interesting.  They grab our attention with the stories of their varied lives. Here’s a cheers to the living legends and also to the rest of us extra-ordinary people who know how to change a flat tire and who realize that this is life as it is.

Scroll down and take a listen to some of Roy Orbison’s A Black & White Night.  Life is a singular event.  Make it a Living Legend event by navigating life’s map and changing flat tires as they present.

The Essential Roy Orbison

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Orbison, Roy – Three Classic Albums Plus

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It’s Cute Heels Monday.

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Boots the Badass Coffee Babe here.  As much as I love my boots, let it not be said that I don’t like my heels, too.  You wouldn’t think it, but I have quite the collection.  I know that I tout boots as being where it’s at in the ways of footwear, but heels also have their place in the Roster of Shoe Happiness.

So it’s Monday today.  Wear some cute heels and you will be surprised at what a game changer this is.  Keep that head held high and don’t let your dauber down.  And if you do catch a case of the Monday blues, well, spend that time admiring the cute shoes that you are wearing as you motor through the day in high click-clack fashion.  Here are some darling pumps for you to check out on this Cute Heels Monday.  Very cute and very wearable!  Have fun daydreaming as you check out these heels.

Show Story Ladies Skull Rose Print Platform Bone Heel Party Club Pumps


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Hot Chocolate Design Chocolaticas High Heels Holly Pop Women’s Mary Jane Pump

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Steve Madden Women’s Veruca Dress Pump

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Our Home State of Happiness

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Boots here, your Badass Coffee Babe, hoping that life is treating you in a kindly manner on this very lively Friday morning.

You know how it is with travel.  There’s something about any kind of travel that makes coffee even better.  It looks better, smells better, tastes better when I am away from home — be that out on the trail and listening to some early-morning loon song echoing out over the lake or sitting at some busy sidewalk cafe in France or simply parking it at my favorite coffee bar in my adopted hometown.  It’s all good.

Location is irrelevant.  What is relevant is how travel makes my senses take a second look at something.  And then another.  Do some comparisons.  Scribble down some notes in my Pay Attention Book.  Take the time to just think about what is happening all around me.  All while sipping my favorite beverage.

I sometimes think I don’t take this Better Sense of Newness into account when occupying my Home State.  You know the place . . . we all have a Home State.  It might be your front porch,  your desk that looks out at the bird bath, your office with the funky view of the brick wall of Nash Hall.  It’s your over-sized yellow kitchen table that is tucked into the too-tiny breakfast nook or your kind of messy desk in the loft or your easel with the broken leg that is balancing on an upside down apple crate.  It’s that deck chair that wobbles funny while you are parking your back side.  It’s the long bus ride to work or school.

The places that we call Home State are the comfort food for our senses.  We go to them each day without a lot of thought.  We sit and we think, write, paint, eat, take in the passing view from the car, train, or bus.

One thing all of these Home States have in common?  Our morning Joe.  That Cup of Reverence that gets us up and moving and feeling inspired.

Travel.  I sometimes think that I don’t travel enough.  I explore and I wander, but I don’t go a lot farther than my two feet can take me on any given day on the trail.   I think I have too strong of a predilection for grabbing a mug of Joe and putting my feet up on the porch rail and taking in the view of the dogs sleeping in the sunshine and the cat prowling the woodshed.  I guess I’m not the most sophisticated person in the world.  But I sure do know how to enjoy a moment for what it is.  I pour my second Cup of Reverence and think that life is pretty good in my happy Home State.

Here is some of my Home State reading while imbibing my Cup of Reverence.  These books are inspiring and motivating.

 My FAVORITE!
The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work Hardcover
by Shawn Achor

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And another FAVORITE!
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business Paperback
by Charles Duhigg

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And another . . .
The Happiness Project (Revised Edition)
by Gretchen Rubin

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The Cutest Rain Boots Ever for Dresses, Jeans, & Fall Puddles

free-imagesBoots here . . . and it has been waaaaaay too long since we have talked boots!  It’s time to take a break from coffee and make today all about boots!  I can sure tell that the weather is changing, and it’s time to pull my boots out from the back of the barn.

You must check out these puddle jumpers for the upcoming puddle season.  If you live in the desert, go ahead and look anyway.  They are so cute that they will make you smile, even while knowing that you will never be able to wear them in your arid climate.  That’s the thing about boots — they need not offer any practicality while making us happy.

I don’t think that there has ever been a pair of boots that I didn’t like, but these boots below are especially cute.  Have fun shopping!  Here is just a sample of the cute colors that these boots come in.  Click on the image or the link and when you see the selection, scroll over the colors.  You are sure to get enjoyment from just window shopping!

And the best part?  They are reasonably priced!

Nomad Women’s Puddles Rain Boot

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The Geography of the Coffee Bean: The 3 Main Coffee-Growing Regions

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Coffee. It’s not just a simple plant in any old garden . . . coffee = landscape + climate + elevation.

Attention all Map-of-the-World Lovers!  Boots here, as promised, to talk more about the Geography of Coffee.   And to keep it interesting, I am going to keep it brief.  As our friend Bill Shakespeare said, “Brevity is the soul of wit.”  Now I don’t know that my end goal today is Coffee Wit, but I am going to do my best to stir your interest in the geography of coffee.

Coffee is Geography . . . Geography is Coffee  

The 3 main coffee regions of the world:

  1. Latin America: well-balanced; crisp and bright acidity; more consistent quality
  2. Africa/Arabia: exotic; berry, citrusy/grapefruity, and spicy flavors; more unpredictable
  3. Asia/Pacific: full-bodied; spicy, herbally; depth; pairs well with savory
  4. These regions each have unique and distinct, geographically-inspired taste profiles.

All of this base-camp info will ultimately lead to me walking you through a coffee tasting at the end of all this fascinating Geography stuff.   Next?  We will look at how to “taste” coffee and identify the characteristics that help you to identify region.  But in the meantime, I am feeling some camp stories percolating to the surface.  I might have to explore some of those before looking at coffee tasting.

And if you are interested in this kind of stuff — I am! –then you will be surprised that you can not only taste but actually smell the geography of the bean before you even slurp.

So have some fun today just enjoying the flavor of your coffee.  Appreciate how very far those little beans in their burlap sacks had to travel to give you so much pleasure.

Who doesn’t want a map of the world on the wall? And it’s so inexpensive! I have two maps posted in my cabin: one in the kitchen and one in the little house with the crescent moon cut out of the door.

Rand McNally Signature Map of the World

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This paperback looks so awesome!  Who doesn’t want to know the secrets to happiness?  I am thinking: I must order this.

Happy: Secrets to Happiness from the Cultures of the World

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Have you heard this music?  It is simply the best in collaboration, talent, creativity, and musicality . . . all from around the world.  

 Songs Around The World (CD + DVD)

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5 Lively Factoids on The Geography of the Coffee Bean

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Coffee . . . it’s not just an attitudinal thing . . . it’s a latitudinal thing.

Attention all Geography Cognoscenti . . . aka Map Lovers!  Boots here, as promised, to talk about the Geography of Coffee.  For all of you who haven’t had their coffee yet or for those of you whose eyes glaze over when they anticipate a pedantic and unsolicited lesson on coffee  . . . well, have no fear.  The thing you don’t know about Boots, the Badass Coffee Babe, is that she wants nothing better than to get back to splitting some kindling for tomorrow’s fire, filling the kerosene lamps while there’s still light in the day, and maybe taking a skinny dip in the lake to feel refreshed after all of the chores.

So, here it is . . . delivered in bullet points so that you can isolate the facts from the minutiae.  This is all good stuff that you can toss out to that cute barista while you’re waiting for your beverage.  S/he will think you are a geographical wonder.  Try it.  You’ll see how attractive knowledge is.

Coffee is Geography . . . Geography is Coffee

  1. Coffee beans carry their own unique geography with them.
  2. Geography IS a coffee profile . . . a flavor.
  3. Coffee is more than an attitudinal thing . . . it’s also a latitudinal thing.  It’s grown in the equatorial band between the two tropics of Cancer and Capricorn.
  4. There are three primary coffee regions in the world. (We’ll get into these soon.  Promise!)
  5. These regions each have unique and distinct geographical profiles. You can train your tongue to identify them . . . which is why when you first smell and then take a sip of black coffee, your palate can tell immediately where those beans were grown.

All of this will ultimately lead to me walking you through a coffee tasting at the end of all this fascinating Geography stuff.  If you are interested in this kind of stuff — I am! –then you will be surprised that you can actually smell the geography of the bean before you even slurp.

So have some fun today just enjoying the flavor of your coffee.  Appreciate how very far those little beans in their burlap sacks had to travel to give you so much pleasure.

Who doesn’t want a map of the world on the wall? And it’s so inexpensive! I have two maps posted in my cabin: one in the kitchen and one in the little house with the crescent moon cut out of the door.

Rand McNally Signature Map of the World

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This paperback looks so awesome!  Who doesn’t want to know the secrets to happiness?  I am thinking that I must order this.

Happy: Secrets to Happiness from the Cultures of the World

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These mugs might not represent the coffee-growing latitudes . . . but you are going to look super smart when you bring up your newly-learned factoids when someone comments on your mug of the world.

3D Rose mug: Vintage European map of Western Europe Britain UK France Spain Italy etc retro geography travel Ceramic Mug, 15 oz, White

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3dRose mug_112942_4 Vintage map of the North Pole polar cap Russia Northern America Greenland geography travel theme Two Tone Black Mug, 11 oz, Black/White

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There’s something about Saturday morning.

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Greetings, good people.  Boots, your friendly Badass Coffee Babe here.  I am happy to say that there has been a shift in the weather in the high country, and I am just starting to get settled into my late summer routine.  As you, too, have noticed: the days are growing shorter here in the northern hemisphere.  I am beginning to think that it’s time to start some serious wood splitting for the rainy days that are soon to arrive.

And there’s nothing like Saturday morning for getting some pre-fall chores done.  Saturday.  Even if it is a day of some heavy-duty chores, there is always the sense that the previous week has been cleared and it is time to take a deep breath.  Today, think about the joys that that first (and second!) cup of Joe brings to your morning.  Rejoice in the invigorating luxury that this “bean juice” brings to your daily routine.

A tiny coffee fact for you: Did you know that the coffee “bean” is actually the seed inside the coffee cherry?  Yes!  What we call the coffee bean is actually the seed — or the pit– inside what can be thought of as a stone fruit — the coffee cherry.   The reason that people call this seed a “bean” is simply because the seed looks so much like a bean.

Isn’t it weird how language can create a whole culture around what isn’t exactly so?  In other words, why don’t we go to that cute little coffee shop on the corner and order one pound of coffee seeds, please?   Or one pound of coffee cherry pits ground for an espresso machine, please?  This just sounds wrong.  We have developed and established a culture of bean-ology.

I hope that you all have a fantastic weekend.  I am guessing that we all could use the time to relax and count a few blessings.  Bon weekend!  A little Hoops and Yoyo for you . . .

I love the bean juice!

Click on the images and links below for some #1 Best Seller coffee cherry seeds!

Death Wish Ground Coffee, The World’s Strongest Coffee, Fair Trade and USDA Certified Organic, 16 Ounce

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Give a shout out for someone today. Be the difference.

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Boots here and it’s time to grab that second cup of coffee, put your feet up for a while, and pontificate on how the rest of the day might be made better by you.

It never ceases to amaze me how the little things in life make a big difference.  A ginormous difference, actually.  Today?  What’s going on with you?   And what can you do to help out a workmate, a family member, a friend, your sweetheart, a stranger?  Love life and make a difference.  Like this little pup here, give a shout out to those who could use some encouragement today!

Life, like coffee, is best when it is brewed just right and enjoyed with a friend.  Add some Kick Ass Coffee to any of these cups and make today a good one!

Kicking Horse Coffee, Kick Ass, Whole Bean Coffee, 2.2 Pound
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Coffee Mug – Camera Lens Travel Thermos – Stainless Steel Insulated Cup with Easy Clean Lid – 13.5oz – Black – Go with Premium Stainless Steel Spoon Bonus_uHome

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Sea Turtle Coffee Mug, Love the Little Things in Life

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Quotable Life Begins Quotable Mug – Quotes Kitchen Home MUG-G226-QUOTE

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