Posted by: Emily | October 22, 2008

Things Making me Happy Today

My book

I am reading a book right now called “Love Walked In” by Marisa de los Santos. Actually, first I read “Belong to Me” by the same author but it turns out it was a series and “Love Walked In” comes first. I am the first to admit that these books have the worlds cheesiest titles and normally I wouldn’t like to admit that I read books by these names. It is really too bad because the author is sort of wonderful. She makes many references to books that we read as children, old movies, and famous poets. I’m sure I miss many of the references but as soon as she mentioned L.M. Montgomery, I was smitten.
The other thing I love about these books is that the stories literally make you feel warm. “Love Walked In” is about a 30 something woman falling in love with an 11 year old girl whose mother went crazy and abandoned her. “Belong to Me” is about friendship between women. I think the refreshing things about these books is how they are love stories, but not traditional love stories between a man and a woman. I definitely recommend these books to all my women friends (sorry men, it probably is a little too much for you), if you can get past the cheesy titles.

My latte

Frenchie said the other day that he was surprised that I am so picky and outspoken about my coffee because I am decidedly unpicky about everything else. I’m just not one of those characters that has strong feelings about things. I know that makes me sound boring, and maybe I am, but I think it’s nice, and, well, accommodating to be so accommodating. Anyway, I digress. I have strong feelings about foam. There, I said it. I’m sure this comes from my days as a barista at Starbucks when I prided myself on making the best foam in Beaverton, even though most people didn’t appreciate it. A latte has an inch of foam and a cappuccino is half foam, half milk. How hard is that!??! And the freakin’ foam should be fresh. Not foam that has been sitting around in the pitcher for half an hour. Gross!

Ok, back to the point. I found the most perfect latte in Boston at L’Aroma Cafe on Newbury Street. The milk is always freshly steamed and poured so that a little heart forms on the top. It tastes like coffee, but not bitter, and the foam lasts until the last sip. This discovery has made living in Boston about 1500 times better. I now go there before my French class and after volunteering at the shelter. The cafe also has really good food, and the service is not horrible. There is one girl who can’t smile to save her life but that somehow adds to the European flavor. : )

Now, even for those non-coffee drinkers, doesn’t that look good?

My hair

I have to share this awesome hair product that I found. It’s called Biosilk, silk therapy and I add just a tiny bit to my hair after showering and it makes it so soft and silky. It smells a little strong at first but the scent fades quickly. I spent a pretty penny on it but I just saw it at TJ Maxx for cheap and I’m pretty sure the bottle is going to last me a really long time. TJ Maxx often has the same products around the country so if you are interested you could check there.



  1. LOVE Biosilk. I have had mine for years! A little bit really does go a very very long way!!! I rarely straighten my hair these days but I was straightening it every day for a bit and I always used that stuff. It’s available at all sorts of places — not just TJ Maxx. The first time I realized it existed was at the Hair Collage salon in Central Sq. The woman who cut my hair was the first person to ever straighten it and have it look… well… straight!

    OK, I’m clearly overly excited about this. I just really like the stuff! 🙂

  2. I’m so excited somebody else has discovered it! I got mine online but it was much cheaper at TJ Maxx. That may be my Christmas present to peeps this year.

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