The pros and cons of going to a coffee shop to work, productive or preoccupied?

When it comes to drinking a hot latte and getting homework done, I am one of the biggest coffeeshop fans out there. I believe it is a fair statement to say I have been to every single coffeeshop in the city of Boulder, Colorado.

People leafing through the paper, working on their laptops, and reading the latest bestseller novel accompanied by the soft clink of coffee mugs and the whir of the cappuccino machine usually creates the ideal creative atmosphere. I leave the coffee shop crossing off my to-do list and feeling lightness in my step that accompanies the end of a solid productive session.

But, sometimes it doesn’t work out like that. Sometimes I leave the coffee shop wondering how I could have even more work to do than when I arrived and how did I spend so much money?

This got me thinking, what makes a trip to the coffee shop a nice, relaxing and efficient experience and what makes it a waste of time?


  1. This music is so loud I cannot hear myself think.
  2. I just spent $20 on a coffee and muffin, I could’ve made that at home for $5!
  3. It is easy to zone out and do some people watching… If I was reading that book I don’t think I would be reading it in public… I didn’t realize there was a road biking dress code at this coffee shop….
  4. The productive procrastination paradox…. This can happen anywhere but I find it happens in coffee shops when the atmosphere is too noisy or the shop is too busy. This entails checking my email for the third time that hour, making a grocery list, reading up on the news… all productive things to do, though not the reason I came to a coffee shop.
  5. The person on their cell phone. Surely everyone knows how annoying it is to listen to other people’s phone conversations!
  6. Where are the outlets in this place?! My computer is about to die and there is not a vacant outlet to be found.
  7. I don’t really feel like ordering another drink but since I’ve been sitting here for hours I probably should.
  8. That one person taking up the biggest table.
  9. Parking can be tricky, especially if it is metered, getting up to feed the meter disrupts my creative flow!
  10. It is socially unacceptable for me to lie down and take a nap.


  1. Coffee, it’s a coffee shop after all.
  2. A different location than the desk at home or work can reinvigorate creativity.
  3. Other people reading and working is inspiring, if they are sitting here getting work done, so can I.
  4. Snacks, if its going to be a long session, what better work/study fuel than a yummy muffin or croissant?
  5. The background noise of grinding beans and foaming milk provided by the baristas drowns out most conversations.
  6. Open early. Coffee shops are open at the crack of dawn so all the coffee fanatics may start their day with a nice cuppa joe.
  7. Its neither home nor work allowing for a space free from the typical distractions of both locations.
  8. Climate controlled, the perfect temperature for all seasons as opposed to my house that can reach soaring temps in the summer and bone chilling temps in the winter.
  9. Supremely fast wifi.
  10. It is socially unacceptable for me to lie down and take a nap.

Cheers to coffee and the weekend!

El Niño

El Niño-

I am currently taking a “Weather and Atmosphere” class at The University of Colorado and I learned something today that I 04cc3a11ca3e77e3072a15ee67f7b105wanted to share with all my fellow “winter lovers”.

Just as in 1997, this September there was a warm Southern Pacific Ocean. This is good news because the warm waters lead to high expectations for strong El Niño potential. These unique weather patterns that are associated with this year should result in a mighty El Niño, which usually results in record winter snowstorms.

The Weather Service says it could be the biggest El Niño they have seen in 50 years. Bigger storms and stronger storms occur in El Niño years!

So, the moral of my post is that I have learned something useful at school this year- I will be missing A LOT of class this winter ;)

Refreshing with Freshies!

Over Christmas break I got the chance to ski with family and friends. Not only was the skiing fantastic, it also provided some great “catching up” time. Seeing old friends Après-ski, hearing about their lives and families, I’m reminded that skiing in my hometown makes for the perfect day. The chairlift is the ideal place to laugh and reminisce with family and friends. The lift line produces multiple opportunities to run into old classmates and even make new acquaintances. To top it off, successful powder hunting, makes for life-long memories. This Christmas I hope you’re surrounded by loved ones, and deep fluffy powder!

Successful Powder Hunting makes for lifelong memories!

Successful Powder Hunting makes for lifelong memories!

Nov. 28

559836_3187701563745_916887927_nToday RooEpic is thankful for:

1. grandma’s pie
2. games with cousins
3. sleeping in on vacation
4. hikes with the family
5. frosty air
6. inside jokes with siblings

Have a safe and happy Black Friday. Stay tuned for RooEpic deals!

November 23

IMG_8706Our very first best friends, the ones we grew up with, shared genes and memories, today we’re thankful for cousins.

Thanksgiving is usually celebrated with family and as we prepare for the holiday and reminisce about the past RooEpic remembers just how fabulous cousins are. Share some love with your cousins by sending them a package of some RooEpic stuff.

“A cousin is a ready made friend for life.”

“A cousin is a little bit of childhood that can never be lost.” Marion C. Garretty

“Time passes and we may be apart, but cousins always stay close at heart.”

Thankful for music


Today we’re thankful for:

1. Music
2. the perfect playlist
3. mood reflective songs
4. the best beats
5. singing along in the car, the shower, in the kitchen, on top of mountains, wherever
6. singing with friends
7. all the times that we were NOT caught busting out some embarrassing lyrics
8. jamming out to an artist
9. iTunes, Pandora, Spotify, the radio
10. headbands that help hold in headphones