Tuesday, May 22, 2007

caffeine-free roaming and roving

So.

For reasons too numerous and personal to disclose via The Internet (even though there's, like, maybe 1.6 people who read this regularly. And why would you when I could be crowned the Most Sporadic Blog Poster Ever?) I have made a list of give-ups. Among the items on this list is caffeine.

Did you hear me? CAF. FEINE.

Oh, poor triple espresso shot latte! Oh, poor gas station coffee! Oh, poor chai tea! Or, poor mornings when Pat cranks up the espresso machine! Argh!!

But, I don't drink that much coffee. Really. I think I love the idea of drinking it more than actually guzzling it down, though it helped me pull through many cranky, crazy hours in the newsroom. It's not uncommon to find my cup sitting somewhere (bathroom sink, bookshelf, for example) half-full of coffee. But, I still need a little something. So, instead, I've been drinking cups of green tea, which has, according to Wikipedia, has about half the caffeine of a chocolate bar. And I'd have to drink about nine cups of green tea to equal the amount of caffeine in a cup of brewed coffee, it says (Note to Wikipedia: I luv u). So I'm not cold turkey. Just lukewarm leftovers.

But, I ask, what will I do when I travel? One of my all-time favorite things to do is visit coffee shops. In Portland, they saved us during the intermittent/constant rain showers. In Rome, we said goodbye to the city at the airport with our last cappuccinos. And what about my jet lag cure?

I guess I could start visiting all the bars, but, well, if caffeine is on the give-up list, where do you think glasses of red wine and shots of tequila fall? Uh, yeah. Them too.

7 comments:

Frances said...

I've tried many times to give up caffeine, from time to time I drink tea instead (that's weird, too, I'd always heard tea had more caffeine -- maybe not green tea). When I was in college, I tried in the thick of my last stressful semester and one night Sarah and I had some brownies and wine with two of our teachers (can't remember why) and my teacher, Marilyn, said she gave up on trying to give up caffeine because she didn't want her boobs to sag (she had the fibrous breast problem I have). I thought, dang that's a good reason not to quit. Not that I'm here to tell you one way or the other, I'm just shouting from the congregation. And there was something else I was gonna tell you but not I forget because JB came in and said, I love this neighborhood. It's Wednesday afternoon. And I followed him outside and somebody somewhere was playing his favorite Stevie Wonder song "Sir Duke". xoxoxo This is from Kathryn Frances.

Anonymous said...

Is that why by boobs are drooping!?!?! I gave up caffeine at the end of college mostly because of the fibrous breast thing ...which hurts! My only caffeine source is the occasional green tea and the more habitual chocolate! :) Even in college if I had a half of a glass of coke at lunchtime I wouldn't be able to sleep all night. I've only had 1 cup of coffee in my life and it was in Paris. Laura said that I wasn't living until I had a cup of French coffee at a cafe in Paris! Well I spent the rest of that day "living" on the toilet in my grungy Paris hotel bathroom....never again! Caffeine is not my friend and was only used in all nighter emergencies.
Too bad it doesn't make you sick, it's much easier to give up that way. I've always thought coffee drinkers were cool though. Sorta like smokers, but smarter and more introspective. :) It smells so good too.

Stevie Wonder would sound good right now.

Good luck!

SG

Angie said...

Ha! See? All the great caffein-related stories? Are there any great green tea-related stories? No! Well, except for that awesome tea house in NYC Teru took us to. I'll try to post some pics if I can find them.

Angie said...

Me caffeine intake must be directly related to my ability to spell.

Anonymous said...

By ability to spell as well!!!!!

this is only letting me post as anonymous for some reason...

SG

Frances said...

i like that angie wrote "me caffeine intake" and stacy wrote "by ability" which follows her earlier "by boobs" -- that green tea is most certainly sneaky. (the other day when i was commenting on some guy's flickr picture of the season finale of LOST i meant to write "Desmond sez, my brrrrrotha" and instead i wrote "Desmond sex" -- sweet.

Anonymous said...

Desmond is sex! wooo, my brrrrutha! Russ and I have been calling each other my brrutha as of late... Poor Cha-lee (like Claire says it).

SG