cheese from A.
a week without coffee
No coffee for one week now. The last coffee I had was 1/3 Folgers, 1/3 Starbucks house blend, and 1/3 nothing but empty space. The second-to-last was one spoon of Folgers and the rest Starbucks house blend. Before that, nothing but straight high-test espresso beans steamed in a mocha pot. But all that’s history now.
I had a couple of days where I ate enough Tylenols and ibuprofens to kill a good sized horse, but I’m pretty much in the clear now. Only 2 ibuprofens. So what are the side effects of quitting almost cold-turkey? Headaches, a couple of backaches, sleepiness, and, believe it or not, sore hips. Yes, three nights in a row I woke up during the night with sore hips. I never would have imagined. Yes, it could be from something else, but I don’t believe so.
So – will I ever drink coffee again? Hmm. I once went 346 days without coffee overseas. I walked by a Starbucks on Jungang Ro (Street) and had a triple Americano. I remember the euphoric rush of caffeine wash over me as I sat at my little round table with a copy of the IHT. Utter and complete bliss.
All that is a distant memory now.
Heinz Hot Dog Pact
Holy cow. The world is being turned upside-down. Now Heinz wants to even out the numbers thing on hot dogs.
It’s about time, I say. The hot dog-eating-world has put up with injustice long enough. I personally think they should be sold by the dozen as that has how things have always been done! Dammit!
I made crepes for Mom today. She made noises about wanting crepes a couple of weeks ago.
I made apple sauce with apples from TB’s back yard and some from Parkbridge. Definitely not as sweet as some would like it.
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I’m drinking Oolong tea these days. I did a search on Ask.com. According to Caffeine Informer, the average cup of Oolong has 37mg of caffeine. My Starbucks Americano (tall) has 150mg. And their Pike Place – I was surprised at this – has a whopping 235mg of caffeine! Good gawd. So this is why I’m switching to tea as my “second cup”. Eventually I plan to go without caffeine.
You probably don’t know this, but my nickname from way back is Oolong. The Wife gave that to me. Why? I still don’t know, but it’s probably because it sounds like Allan in some languages & cultures. Good enough reason to switch to tea.
the big five-oh
Had to happen sometime.
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We’re going out for supper at Mr. Mikes.
happy birthday to me
Happy birthday to me.
Not for a few days, but soon.
when drinking coffee, time … flies
During my days looking for employment daily and practising engineering & architectural stuff, I sometimes head to a coffee shop. There’s one close by called Good Earth. Nice surroundings, nice enough people. The coffee’s not fantastic – a bit on the weak side – but good enough. Free refill. Good scones. I commented to a server that the music playing was good. Then, 10 minutes later, a person in the back turned it to something else – “You’re no good, you’re no good, you’re no good, baby you’re no good,” repeated the lyrics over and over and over and … <sigh> I left. I used to go to Starbucks (MMDS), but there are so many flies there that it makes it impossible to concentrate on anything I’m doing. The coffee is always good. Yesterday I went to the Starbucks downtown. Also good coffee. I once waited about 20 minutes for a coffee at The Penny Coffee House. Good coffee, nice enough surroundings, but so busy that it took forever. I couldn’t complain because the staff are all working full-tilt. But sometimes it’s just nicer to sit at home and continue working. Cheaper, too, for someone not employed. Unfortunately, staying in the house all day makes the day drag on.