I need a portable, free office. This past month, I’ve actually started working. For real. Like, I write things for people and they give me money. Totally. Awesome.

And totally stressful. It’s been over a year since I’ve had to think of anything other than being a wife or a mom, and adding work into the mix has gotten my brain’s panties all in a twist.

I know, I know. “Waah, waah, waah. Lauren has to woooork.”

Well, hey, I’m not saying I can’t do it; I’m just saying it’s an adjustment and I’m a little frazzled. Dishes are piling up, baby toys are everywhere, and everyone’s just starting to get a little bit frustrated. Part of my problem is that when I sit down to work, I am constantly surrounded by the things that need to get done. This is distracting. Since I’m distracted, it takes me even longer to work and leaves me with less time to get any housework done.

Now, we don’t have room for an office in our apartment, so I need to go someplace that is fresh and new, and not distracting. I realize this seems like an easy fix. All I have to do is pack up the computer and go to a coffee shop, right? Well, this new budget plan that we are sticking to wants us to take any extra money we have and throw it at our debt with “gazelle intensity.” That means paying for coffee on a regular basis is just not going to happen.

This is where you guys come in. I need help. I know I can go to the library, but the one closest to us closes at six, and if I start driving too far I’m not really going to be saving myself any time.

Where can I go and get free wireless internet (and preferably be able to bring my own coffee) without having someone expect me to pay them for something?

There’s got to be some little gem of a place I can go, and I won’t know unless I ask. So, please. My poor, poor, ready-to-explode brain is begging you. Where can I go?