This week the sun has returned, and I can enjoy my lunch break outside on the patio adjacent to my office building. It is always refreshing to get away from the overzealous air conditioning, get outside for a little while, and relax with some music. None of my clients will interrupt my lunch when I’m outside, unlike when I try to eat in the kitchen.
Of course, this means I have to dress for the temperature change since temps outside are up to the 80s already in Charlotte. I usually dress in layers, with light sweaters and tank tops, but my favorite solution is a black sweater with polka dot patterned mesh sleeves. It’s airy enough for the heat outside, but also gives me some protection from the arctic blast that occasionally blows across my desk.
I also try to pack something in my lunch that I can look forward to in addition to the sunshine during my lunch break. This week, I’ve been mixing unsweetened green tea with cranberry pomegranate Alo to create a funky cold beverage. I just fill a bottle with 1/3 Alo, 2/3 water, and then drop in a tea bag. I then screw the top on over the string of the tea bag with the tag sticking out, and let it steep in the fridge overnight. The next morning I just pull the tea bag out, and pack it with a striped straw with my lunch.
Lastly, I always try to have mints in my purse to refresh me before I head back inside. Currently residing in my black bag are Mystifing Mints in a Ouija board case. The mints are actually shaped like little planchettes! It’s little details like that brighten my day.
Your Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go- Miley Cyrus
Budapest- George Ezra
The Wire- HAIM
The Way I Am- Ingrid Michaelson
Ophelia- The Lumineers
When the Day Met the Night- Panic at the Disco
Fidelity- Regina Spektor
Leave Your Lover- Sam Smith
Love Song- Sara Bareilles
Thinking Out Loud- Ed Sheeran