Almost a free day

11 Jun

I’ve been getting into my normal routine of running around with entering crisis mode from moving.

On Thursday I went to Dilworth Coffee since I had a $15 Groupon to blow through. However, there was a catch, the Dilworth Coffee location was in Concord whereas I thought it was the one a few blocks away from me. Since Concord is about a 20 minute drive, I decided to make a day trip out of it (can you tell I don’t like to travel too far when I am in Charlotte?)

I started there and ordered 12 oz of their cinnamon hazelnut coffee. I Usually get their Morehead Estate ground coffee but wanted to try something different since it would be super cheap to. The barista there was awesome and took the time to ask me what I like and what the difference is between the different roasts they have. Since I was mixing it up already, I followed with my drink. I got an iced skim chai latte and it was delish and dare I say, the best I’ve ever had?

I brought my laptop so I could work on some internship stuff and parked it for about two hours. It was just the right level of volume since it was mid morning and no kids or hipsters were there, yay.

What I liked about this location was that it had a true coffeehouse feel to it. What is a true coffeehouse you ask? I’m not sure but if I were to think of one in my mind, it would be spacious with comfy seats, eclectic décor, local artwork, chill music with a variety of brews. And that was indeed Dilworth Coffee in Concord.

I saw some interesting sights on the road shortly after while heading to the next stop of the day:

What the hell is this, the Bob Marley Express?

And I love that the Charlotte Fire Department digs Shrek but what about Donkey?

The next stop was The Last Word, a used book/cd/dvd store that’s opened this past year. I have a bunch of books that I am giving away to the thrift stores but I thought I would check with them first to see if they would buy any back.

If someone could tell me why there is a Christmas tree in the bathroom,I  would love to know the story.

After what seemed like forever, my name finally appeared on the monitor. They put it on the screen when your order is ready instead of the traditional calling your name over the loudspeaker. I was about to reach my boiling point because the guy told me it would be about 30 minutes and when mine was finally ready it was over an hour. I’m very impatient, it’s one of my “flaws” (who are we kidding, it’s the only flaw I have!) however if you give me a realistic time frame, I can schedule accordingly and go somewhere else or go grab lunch. I went back to the counter and they only bought a few dvd’s and books from me which came to $19 in store credit or $9 cash. I found a couple of cd’s and a book so I took the credit and I still had some leftover for my next visit.

When that was settled, I went to Thai House for lunch. They have lunch specials for $7-$10 and I am always down for some chicken pad thai.

It was a huge portion for only $7 and with that you get a spring roll and soup. However it helps when the server greets you on their own free will and remembers the soup. Definitely not the best pad thai I’ve had in Charlotte but it did the job.

Do you go to used bookstores to sell or buy books? Do you have a Kindle/Nook or prefer old school books? 

I like to go to used bookstores to sell my books (and cd’s and dvds if they buy them) because most of the time they are locally owned businesses. I am old school all the way, I don’t think I could do the whole electronic book thing…or could I?

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11 Responses to “Almost a free day”

  1. Amy @ Second City Randomness June 11, 2011 at 9:35 pm #

    Ahahahaha! A christmas tree in the bathroom is just awesome. Sounds like something the bar back in my hometown in Missouri would do…

  2. According to Gus June 11, 2011 at 10:30 pm #

    I love books and never thought I’d be an e-reader person, but since we bought our iPad – I’ve definitely started to make the switch. It makes me sorta sad, but it’s so much more convenient!

  3. Abby June 11, 2011 at 10:34 pm #

    I’m old school ALL the way. Considering I’m a magazine editor, I kind of hate how everything is going electronic, as I love having something in my hands (yes, TWSS.) Not only do I have to do the normal (huge) amount of work, but now I have to put everything online, Tweet it, Facebook it, etc. Boo hiss.

    Being the bargain hunter I am, I love the used book section of bookstores. You can find some great, current books there if you do a bit of digging. Plus, I kind of think I’m living vicariously through you, as I love coffeehouses (but can’t drink coffee–boo hiss again), all the fun cafes you go to and bargain shopping. Go out with a hot guy now so the cycle can be complete…

    • simplyshaka June 13, 2011 at 6:40 pm #

      All I read in that was that you can’t drink coffee-I’m sorry??? Why?

      I lie, I read the whole thing. So trying to find the hot guy, trust me, it ain’t happening in Charlotte. Everyone here gets married right out of college but on a brighter note, when they hit their early 30’s they are starting to separate or divorce. Hooray!

  4. vixter2010 June 12, 2011 at 3:08 am #

    You find some really cool places! And I love Christmas so the tree in the bathroom is yay in my book 🙂 I’m old school, real books all the way please!

  5. MelissaNibbles June 12, 2011 at 7:43 am #

    Well, at least someone is looking out for Santa’s bowel needs.

  6. diana@mymarblerye June 12, 2011 at 10:48 am #

    i LOVE buying used books but now that I’m in a big city I’m back to my library ways!! Buying books is a waste of money if you don’t plan on reading it again…unless you want to buy the series or something. Also I wanted to sell all my books when we moved but we decided to donate them to the local library instead…BE A GOOD PERSON TIFFANY!! jk. 🙂

  7. Erin @ A Girl & Her Mutt June 12, 2011 at 11:21 am #

    Ha! Love the Christmas tree. I used to have one in my apartment year round but I was convinced it made me look nuts.

    I have a Kindle now. I really thought I was going to miss holding real books, but I haven’t at all. I love having the ability to get books so quickly too. When I finish my book at 2a I can just download the next one. Woot!

  8. Autumn @ Good Eats Girl June 12, 2011 at 12:24 pm #

    Love that tree in the bathroom! Hilarious!

    I have a Kindle, but I definitely prefer regular books all the way!

  9. Katie H June 12, 2011 at 12:54 pm #

    I’ve had a Kindle for about a year and I really like it. I do prefer regular books (and I still buy them) but traveling with a Kindle is so much easier. My carry on bag last weekend was so light because I only had the kindle and a magazine versus five books!

  10. leashieloo June 14, 2011 at 10:48 am #

    I don’t know why, but that Christmas tree makes me REALLY happy. It’s probably out of pure laziness that it’s there though and is now deemed “ironic.” But I also try to sell my books back and then donate the rest. And as for old school books vs. electronic, I prefer a real book. However, electronic is the way to go when I’m on vacation.

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