Lorry’s Coffee

Photo/Edit Courtesy of Me


Now this delicious concoction would be kind of hard for my Drexel friends to get ahold of, but for my friends back home it’d be pretty easy. In this mug was a piping hot mug of apple cider, and might I say, I never thought of putting whipped cream on top of apple cider. Though, I must say, BEST IDEA EVER!!!

So where might one find a delicious concoction such as this, that is only one of the many, and I really mean MANY, different options Lorry’s Coffee offers. As I grew up I saw about 5 different food places, stores, etc run through this particular building. None of them lasting for very long, and quite frankly, I didn’t really care. None of the places that were housed here looked all that intriguing to me.

When I came home for Christmas break I had a couple of dates set up with my cousin Lizzy. We never really spent much time together before, but had talked a little while I was at school, and I was going to help her with some of her photography stuff and go with her to her company Christmas party. It was her idea to go to Lorry’s, and since I had never heard of it and have always loved coffee/tea I was definitely all for it.

I’ve always had this weird coffeehouse fantasy of a really relaxed and chill place that’s easy to just hang out, socialize, and have delicious drinks. Most coffeehouses, cafés, etc have never really fit my criteria for a cozy coffeehouse, but I knew Lorry’s was different the second I walked in the door. It’s a smaller building so it’s quite crowded, but you have to work with what you’re offered sometimes, and that’s just what Lorry did. Ideally, in my little coffeehouse fantasy there would be tons of space and comfortable lounge area, but hey, nothing’s perfect right?

Since I’ve been home I’ve been there three times. Once with Lizzy, once with the amazing Sexy Fish (Jessica), and once on my own. The first two times I was boring and had the same thing, but today I decided to try something different, and was definitely happy with that decision. I have a habit of getting a regular thing at different coffee places because it’s what I like from that specific location, but I feel as if I’d find I enjoy many different drinks here.

The atmosphere is very friendly, and Lorry himself is a great guy. He’s very energetic, friendly, and upbeat. Today, the only money I had on me was a discover gift card, and technically they’re not supposed to take Discover, but he was kind enough to take it since it was all I had on me. He’s a very genuine guy, and I hope this coffee place stays open for a long time, which judging by how packed it’s been every time I’m in there and the fact that it’s Drive-Thru, it will be.

So, if you’re ever in the Ames area, more specifically campustown, stop in and have a warm mug of coffee at Lorry’s.


Leaving for the trail in T-40 minutes!!

Due to a family emergency, my mom flew home last night to be with my grandma. Hopefully we will have phone battery enough to last through Friday to keep in touch with her. Also, due to this I will be driving on my own to Philadelphia next week, I’m kind of excited about this, but at the same time kind of intimidated, I’ve never driven that far by myself, hell, I’ve never driven more than 6 hours alone, I will be driving 10 hours from Colorado home on Saturday, with my mom’s cousin’s kids (12, 14, and 19 plus my little brother), so it’ll help, but Philadelphia is double that.

There will be a huge multitude of pictures when I get back/when I’m killing time in Philly area, granted, there’s plenty to do other than kill time by uploading pictures, so there may be more in the beginning of August. When I’m done with all my vacations I’ll be starting some Zumba videos, 30DS and Insanity workouts for the last month before school starts to kick start getting back in shape. Running will also be happening once a day, at least.

Peace out!

Packpacking trip

Initially the title was a mistake, but I decided to leave it. I always used to call backpacks, packpacks, and seeing as my childhood is slowly coming to an end, I’m feeling slightly nostalgic.

Today, after we’re done hospital sitting for my grandma, we will head out towards Colorado for our 4 day backpack trip. Good news: I have a new camera, so my project can resume soon, and I’ll be able to document the adventures of the next couple weeks! Yay!

There really isn’t much right now, so I’ll update more later.

Day #2, #3, and #4

Day #2

I went back to the lakes, I was in town to wrap up a TB test for my job, and decided to go roller blading around the lakes again. About 3/4ths of the way done, I paused to look around, and saw this bee, sitting on a flower. To be quite honest, I didn’t think I was going to get a picture this day because I just hadn’t seen anything that interested me enough. It was all so routine, so normal, nothing different or something that goes unnoticed. Then, I saw this little bee on a flower, and it was perfect for what I’m trying to accomplish.

It was so peaceful, and didn’t fly away when I got up close for a picture. I also got another great shot when I went to cool my feet off in the lake. Shhhhh don’t tell anyone, you’re not supposed to go in the lake!!!! It was much fun though. I really do enjoy roller blading around it.

Day #3

Now this one was extremely random. Over a year and a half ago I hooked my two best friends up (well, aside from my ex, who was my best friend at the time, but that’s another story). Well, she was going through a lot, and would get mad whenever he spent time with me, so I kind of distanced myself from him. They broke up for a while and are now pretty much back together, and they broke up because they both needed to do some growing up, which they most definitely did. Recently, she told me that it really bothers him that we aren’t as close as we used to be. I was like, well it’s because you got mad when he’d spend time with me. She’s like yeah, but now I’m over it. I understand that he tells you stuff because you have been friends longer, and it really was just her saying that she wants me to be close with him again. So, I’ve been doing just that. I’ve been talking to him, hanging out with him, which is exactly what she wanted, and I’m perfectly okay with it, I missed my best guy friend. Anyways, we went to dinner last night, and while at the restaurant I found this in the blinds:

Sadly, it was a little blurry. I wasn’t really paying much attention. We were having fun and just catching up. Later, after dinner we went to Borders, which is our favorite place to go when we’re hanging out. Overall, I’m glad my best friend finally got over being jealous, because I missed these hang out days.

Day #4

Today I seriously didn’t feel like doing anything. I stayed in bed late, was in my pajamas most of the day, seriously, I wore them to the bank and the grocery store. Went to a friend’s house, where I got a very nice apology, and did a photo shoot with a friend of mine who needed some test shots. I didn’t have my phone or camera with me all day, so I brought my picture home…

We used these lovely flowers in our photo shoot, and if I hadn’t run into the field to hide, I wouldn’t have ever found them 🙂 The background is my very expensive looking memo board, but I really just re-did an old ugly one of mine with sale fabric at the local craft store. I like mine much better than any I would have found anyways. I got home and gave the flowers to my mom 🙂 Just because I felt like it, and didn’t have anything else to do with them.

Well, enough of me being boring. I would post more interesting stuff, but I’m too tired to function, so I’ll do something better in the future…

Day #1

I tried something new today. There is this park/lake/outdoor area about 10 miles from my house and I’ve never really gone, I literally drove by it to and from school every day my junior and senior year, but never once stopped. It has a 3 mile trail all the way around two of the bigger ‘lakes’ and a bridge cutting them in half, it also has plenty of fishing spots, a larger trail that goes an extra mile for runners, walkers, or bikers. Tonight, my best friend and I decided to go out there and roller blade around the trails. It was absolutely beautiful, and I’m mad I’ve never checked it out before. I am very accident prone, so I didn’t take my phone or camera around the lakes, but after we got back I grabbed my phone before Ali took me to this secret spot she found a couple years back.

It was absolutely, utterly gorgeous, and I knew it was just the picture I was looking for, for this project. So, this is the end of day one, and I’m definitely counting it a success. I almost was going to put up a picture of the boys, but this was much better. I can’t wait to see how the rest go.

The world through my eyes…

Often times… Okay, scratch that, most times, we allow ourselves to become so caught up in everything that we forget to see. You’re probably thinking, wow this chick is crazy, I see all the time. Yes, we do see, but we don’t pay attention. Well, do you want to know what I see? People who have stopped caring. People who have made their lives so fast paced that it’s impossible to appreciate the world around them. I’m not saying I don’t do this, I’m probably one of the most guilty of doing this. So, one day at a time, I’m going to slow things down. This is my 365 day challenge, a picture a day, for the next year, of something I wouldn’t otherwise take the time to notice. Not having a car, that’s going to help, a lot. I’m going to have to learn to slow down and budget a little thing called time into my schedule. 🙂 Now, that’s not the only thing I will be posting, but it will be one of the main things. It’ll be my own little documentary of the next year of my life… Which will mostly consist of my first year of college. Now, every day’s particular picture may not be posted on that day (there are a few trips planned with not internet), but at the end of the year there will be 365 days worth of pictures, with no rush at the end. Oh yeah, did I mention, starts tomorrow.