To Be Caffeinated or Not To Be Caffeinated?

…that is the question, and for me the answer is decaf (I shudder even writing the word).  My longing for more rest has compelled me to try going caffeine free.  I’ve been drinking coffee since elementary school – when we were younger, my brother had terrible asthma and one of the home remedies my parents employed to battle it was coffee.  This wasn’t a frequent treat, but I gained a taste for the stuff early.  It wasn’t long before I was sharing a pot of coffee with my father while we chatted on the deck in the mornings.  When I began waitressing at age 14, my fate was sealed: coffee and I were to be dear friends.

Fast forward some years.  Mine is not a fancy habit, as I prefer my coffee to be strong, black, and lukewarm.  I recently purchased a french press and have delighted at making coffee every morning (…and afternoon…and evening..).  Unfortunately, my sleep patterns are quite erratic and I can never seem to get sleep during the hours I allot for it.  To help regulate my internal clock and allow myself to be better rested this semester, I will be avoiding all caffeine.  I’ve been without for nearly two weeks now, but still feel like I’m lagging a bit.  I suppose that after years of caffeine consumption it will take some time to convince my sleepy cells that they don’t require an infusion of coffee each morning to function.

I’ll be frank: mornings are lousy without coffee.  I relish in being able to drink a warm beverage and curl up with the crossword (this activity is perfect for us lazy folks who want to give the illusion that we’re adults).  I love the smell of coffee filling my kitchen and how it warms my insides on the coldest of days.  (Is it obvious that I miss the stuff?)

Well, to combat my pangs of longing for delicious coffee, I’ll be filling the coffee-void with other warm beverages, like tea and hot cider (all decaffeinated, of course).  I’ve been searching for inspiration, some ideas to keep my decaf momentum going, and here’s what I’ve come up with:

What better way to encourage myself to make tea than with a cute tea infuser?  This one from the Beehive Kitchenware Company has a steep price tag of $58, so it may be something I need to save my pennies for.

Alternatively, I could craft some homemade tea bags from cheesecloth like these ones by Bonzai Aphrodite.

Most likely, I will employ the french press I already have for the purposes of tea brewing, similar to this system employed by Off the (Meat) Hook.

Maybe I’ll start drinking more hot cider, too!  This is from a recipe at Bravo Alpha Events, and I think I’ll be trying it out soon.

If it comes to it, I’m not above ordering coffee-scented scratch-and-sniff stamps.  Apparently, these were released in Brazil in 2001, according to Oddee.com.  (Can we all pause and contemplate how much better the USPS would fare if it made all of its stamps scratch-and-sniff!?)

I’m hoping that I can kickstart myself into a healthier year than the last, and going caffeine-free seems like an appropriate first step.  I’m only on my second day of courses for the semester, so I could change my tune in a few weeks when the workload increases, but for now I’m off the coffee-sauce!

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Why hello, 2012!

It seems I’ve taken an unintentional sabbatical from blogging for the month of December.  Between finals and the holidays, I’ve been so busy that I’ve come up short on motivation to write.  Now, on the eve of 2012, I’m finally compelled to write a comeback post.  Nothing fancy here, just a recap on the holidays and a brief note on where my life (and subsequently this blog) are headed in the new year.

Josh and I had a lovely Christmas weekend.  In fact, after all of my moping about Christmas in this post, we went and had ourselves the merriest little Christmas ever.  It was the best one I’ve had since childhood.  In the days since, I’ve tried to decide what made this year’s holiday so much superior than others – there were no special travel plans or big family parties.  The entire experience was just nice this year.  Maybe it had something to do with the idyllic snow flurries that fell all day on December 25th.  Or, perhaps my lack of expectations allowed me to relax and enjoy myself.  Either way, here are photos from Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and the day after.

 

1) We made a stop at the Cookie Jar on Christmas Eve for yuletide snacks.  2) Teddy, who naughtily terrorized the cat and frequently tore open our garbage all year, attempted to make it on to Santa’s nice list at the last minute with this painfully cute pose.  3) Cookies for Santa and candy canes for his reindeer because I was out of carrots.  4) Festive wrapping!  5) Our snowy walk through the park on Christmas.  6) Post-meal Christmas lounging.  7) Lindt (owned by Josh’s sister, Gabrielle) with his Christmas present.

Whatever the reasons, Christmas left me feeling revived and upbeat.  I’m excited to embark on a new year with the love of my life and our dog.  I just feel good!  I hope I can maintain this sunny outlook.

In the new year I’ll resume writing consistently in this blog.  I enjoy having a platform to share my experiences with others, but also being able to reflect on my life.  Keeping track of my activities makes me feel more accountable for how I spent my time, which ultimately results in my engaging in more fulfilling activities (crafting, reading, spending time with friends) as opposed to less meaningful time-fillers (television, facebooking, shopping).  I hope that y’all enjoy reading about my adventures, and I’m sure glad you’re here.