6:40 A.M. arrives and my internal alarm clock automatically goes off, never mind that it’s Saturday and I don’t have to be awake for at least another hour. My eye lids flutter open and my mind restlessly begins to stir into its first stages of consciousness. I however, am determined to fight the early onset wakeup, so I fidget, sip some water, roll over, burrow deeper in the covers and try my best to fall back asleep.
This would prove to be a poor decision. 7:30 rolls around and my phone vibrates on the stack of books I have piled next to the bed, rousing me from my restless doze. “You are in for the 9 a.m. showing, don’t be late, serious takers should come with applications prepared”… I am ready to text back with a, sorry, we didn’t hear back last night so we can’t make it, when Drew gives me the “What? No, we should go check it out… its in our price range and a great area, rentals go fast we should just go and see.”
I throw off the covers and begrudgingly head to the bathroom to put my hair in a grease bun (dirty hair staple number one) pull on an outfit that vaguely reminds me of the fourth of july (not a ton of time to prepare spare me judgement please), grabbed my makeup case and ran out the door.
To say I wasn’t pleased about the rush would be an understatement… I was a disfunctioning horror of a human being in the car as we headed to LA.
We arrived in Silver Lake by 8:45 and toured what would be the first of many houses for the day. It was charming (legitimately so, not in the craigslist way, it was actually pretty adorable) with hardwood floors and large beautiful windows. But we still had other apartments to see with less stairs to climb to see them, and we didn’t want to rush it, so we left before the pressure of “signing to beat the crowd” became too much to bear.
Two apartments later Drew was ready to kick me out of the car. I was a moody shell of a person, who was hardly worth being around, so I couldn’t really blame him (but I did because he made me get up and leave the house so quickly, I’m not proud of it, but I’m human).
The culprit for my irritation was simple… I like flow and time in the morning… translation: I need to get up, breath, stretch and slowly drink a cup of strong coffee. Knowing this fact and having time to kill before our next showing, we opted to get a pick me up at LAMILL Coffee Boutique.
The shop was bustling with people getting a quick caffeine fix after yoga or stopping in for brunch with friends. The decor, welcoming and comfortable, but clean and posh, which I love. Drew and I sat at the bar and ordered our usual (Macchiato for him, Americano with a little honey and cream for me) and when those beautiful beverages arrived, I took in the deep, rich, caffeination and instantly started to feel more alive.
We sat, beverages in hand, and people watched in silence, allowing the espresso to seep into every part of our being; body, mind, and soul. The haze lifted, the clouds parted, and I apologized.
Coffee is a magical potion, hence the saying “Instant human, just add coffee” However, contrary to the belief of some, not all coffee is created equal. Given the fact that Drew and I are coffee snobs (at least we admit it) we were pleased to have a decent cup to break us out of our apartment funk.
LAMILL proved to be our saving grace. It is a unique locale in Silver Lake, if you are in the area you should definitely check it out. The menu is amazing (tragically we didn’t get to sample any of the tasty treats because of our time crunch) and they roast and serve all their own coffee blends, giving you a custom coffee experience every time. Not only is their cafe adorable, but if you are feeling inspired by its fantastic ora, they have a boutique to suit all of your retail therapy needs on the other end of the building.They have the cutest cards, most fabulous books, and just the trendiest nick knacks in a myriad of categories to stimulate your inner shopaholic. I can not wait until we have a new home so I can go back and purchase goodies from their shop.
For now the hunt continues, but our lesson was learned. Coffee comes first, everything else will be better after.