I gave this little Oddfellow to Ali on her birthday almost three years ago. She named him Oswald and, for the longest time, he rode shotgun in her New Beetle.
He's got a new job now, presiding over the box of punch cards at the coffee shop. Right there on the counter, he greets everyone with his brilliant orange smile.
I did a little barista training with Katie at the coffee shop last night while Ali ran an errand. It probably won't happen too often, but my help will likely be needed there on occasion -- plus I'd just like to learn -- I raised three baristas, it seems like making a latte is something I should know. Katie taught me how to pull an espresso shot and how to steam milk. To practice, I made myself a double 12-oz. caramel praline latte and a mocha (decaf, of course). I also made (or assisted in making) a vanilla steamer and a couple of hot chocolates for some customers.