Bits & Pieces: I Took Myself Out On An Afternoon Date

after traveling twice (to Arizona-California and Washington DC-Eastern Shore) within weeks apart of each other, I needed time to recollect thoughts and plan out the rest of this summer season, and decided to take myself out on a date yesterday to some of my favorite local places

 Java's is my absolute favorite spot in Rochester for coffee
I was lucky to get a table in the tea room during their lunch hour rush
I asked the barista to make me anything as long as it had a caffeine kick to it
he made me a smooth caramel latte with two shots of espresso and soy milk, which was delicious!

 their indifferent/sad-faced cookies never fail to bring a chuckle out from me (as they're the first and only establishment I know that has said item)
Pablo Neruda is my favorite poet and I love all of his works
this is actually my 2nd copy of this specific book as I lost mine during a layover at Charlotte Airport however, my boyfriend was kind enough to replace it (thank you,Gary!)
this building on Alexander Street was under renovation for the past year or so, seeing it complete was a pleasant surprise

they had a front garden which also had a seating area
 once the baby trees take on their roots, I can see it being a dreamy place to take a break
lily in bloom along Park Avenue 
made a stop at Parkleigh to pick up a small gift 
I meant to take photos inside, but was distracted by all the new arrivals
despite the numerous times I walked by (and taken photos of) their murals, I just noticed this little dandelion sprout hidden in a lower corner
saw quite a few cottontail rabbits along Oxford Street and it was pretty much cuteness overload
a dear friend of mine also happened to be in the same area as I am, we decided to meet up and I was happy to see that she has also brought her tribe 

she and I caught up over our drinks (iced coffee for her, chai for me) while her children created stories in addition to their space-themed drawings (seriously, little humans are the best and also why I always have paper and pens in my bag)

the photo below is little miss O with her mama and sisters going on a voyage to Mars
an afternoon very well-spent, it was the ideal balance of work and leisure as I was able to both return calls/emails and see familiar faces I haven't seen in months 

today I woke up with slightly tanner feet (from all the walking) and a more focused outlook

I wish you a wonderful week and that you stay cool in this summer weather! 

ps. I'm off to see Bob Dylan(!) in concert tonight with Gary and friends, in which I'm so so excited about!

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