Here its a Sunday morning. I usually start my mornings with some excellent French Press brewed coffee in the Bodum Chambord.
The chambord is a really nice coffee maker. I also started experimenting with different blends for the morning Joe. Been through some breakfast blends and some other stuff I wanted to try. Believe it or not, a good place to order fresh bean is Amazon. I got the Chambord and the grinder at Amazon too but the choice of fresh coffee beans is pretty nice. You can sign up for a single installment or get a monthly subscription. I normally buy 2 pound bags which last some amount of time. As the storage container starts running down, I start marking coffee in my wish list and then decide based on customer reviews and how it looks.
I admit to this last time buying my blend based on name primarily and then on some rather great reviews on Amazon. The way it works with the blend is you usually get the coffee in about three days so part of my planning is to account for that.
This is the morning driver now and I really like it! You can find it on Amazon quite easily and the flavor is rich without being bitter. It goes with the French Press quite well and I can sit, listen to the news, and enjoy the aroma and flavor of my 2.5 cups or so of French Press brew.
Grinding the beans produce that release of aroma of the bean that you get first. Getting the coffee beans ground elsewhere and you miss that release of aroma. There is also the daily duty of it all. I think combining all these things and the French Press ends up being the best cuppa you can get. The French Press does not keep the coffee warm enough long enough so I have a nice carafe that I pour into after pressing. To me, the daily grinding and drinking are not so difficult or time consuming. Consider about 20 seconds to grind, about 2 to 3 minutes to get boiling water, and then about 4 minutes to get the coffee into the carafe and ready!
It all results in my Sunday morning being more manageable and enjoyable. I’m so glad I started doing the french press thing! The adventure to trying new blends, getting the right French Press, settling on a electric burr grinder which produces the right grind which is the coarsest setting all combine to make my morning.
In Other News
Again was asked to cancel a week’s vacation I had planned. I really hate when they do this to me. They did it last year too which was quite depressing. I can work 60 hour weeks and it only takes them minutes to ask me to cancel. There’s something wrong with the whole thing. I kept on thinking if I only had XX dollars, I would just quit. I guess I am getting tired of working. Most of all working at the rate it goes now. The other bothersome thing is the sense of accomplishment which falters and often just disappears and leaves me feeling rather empty even after I see us do amazing things with little or no management support besides guys that show up when something goes wrong and are never there to congratulate us when things go right. Most of all I’m tired of working. I feel that this job has produced a sense of job anomie in me. It bothers me because I don’t know of a solution to this. I can’t get the feelings up any longer and that worries me.
I started looking at how I do things in my little corner of the android and chrome world. I bought the Nexus 9 with high hopes to have a innovative tablet with interesting hardware that would stretch the boundaries. What I got was a device I really stopped liking and just flashed new things on it to see if things got any better. This has not happened. What has happened is I have come convinced that we have no real tablet vision as a platform. There is nothing out there which stretches our boundaries. I think the Asus Chromebook Flip coming out in June may be something fun and funky. I could never do another iPad Air anything. That ecosystem and platform is also disappointing. I don’t spend almost $600.00 to rent something that I can’t make mine. So I’ve reached the point of considering that my Nexus 6 is THE device for me that crosses the boundaries. With its almost 6 inch screen, how responsive it is, how the 64gb memory is a sweet spot, how android wear just works on it. Its all a fantastic phone and tablet experience and it lets me have a single device. Traveling will mean using wifi on it or my chromebook or getting a sim card in other places. Simcards are so easy in most places! I went to Hanoi and called the front desk at the hotel and they had one waiting for me. In Singapore, a trip to 7/11 with my passport resulted in one with a data plan on it. In India, it helps to have a friend get one but going to just about any phone shop in Chennai will result in an airtel or other sim card. My tmobile Nexus 6 is truly unlocked at the sim level so its easy to pop one in and start using it. Perhaps it actually gets down to a single device down the road. Just a so-called phablet. Maybe the next thing for me is the Samsung Note 5. I could go for a 6 inch to 6.5 inch phone screen. I doubt I will do another Nexus and the reasons to root a thing are even less these days. It used to be to get a certain application on it but these days, its not really necessary. Root is nice; but not a requirement.
That’s all the news fit to print. Welcome to your Sunday if it is your Sunday. Enjoy your time. Go for a walk. See the sights. Treat yourself well. You deserve it.