Saturday, February 26, 2005

Concerns and Advice

My poor little schedule has elicted much concern. First, let me assure you that when I compiled my list of "things I would like to do every day" Knitting was near the top. I did not forsake her. Now, Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays are pretty much a loss; there's no room for anything. But Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays all have their knitting time; it's the dark purpley color. So far, I haven't actually used that time for knitting, but nevermind. Secondly, some asked about rest. I can rest when I'm dead. Between 10:30pm and 6:45am, I'm supposed to be sleeping. Right now, it's 3 am, and I have a headache and can't sleep, but nevermind.

I also got a lot of suggestions for increasing my caffeine intake. I do love soda, and when needed, that has been my caffeine source of choice for a long time, but it carries a LOT of calories and is nearly never free. I don't want to start drinking soda after soda after soda. I'll be fat and broke. And I hate artificial sweetener, so that's not a possibility, which segues into the next suggestions. Ann had a lot of great ideas for getting a lot of caffeine in a little package. I had some foggy recollection that the high caffeine content in espresso was a myth, but I couldn't remember, and did some research. If found this: FAQ: Caffeine which is very informative, and short, so go read it. It seems that a shot of espresso and a 6 oz. cup of coffee have about the same amount of caffeine in them. The important thing for me is that I am sensitive to bitterness (hence the dislike of artificial sweeteners). It turns out that the caffeine itself is responsible for some of the bitterness, so I think that the more concentrated the caffeine, the more I will hate it. Plus, espresso is made from darker roasted beans, which, I think, also makes it more bitter, so I just don't see myself ever going there. I also don't like black tea for the same reason - it's bitter. Starting to see where the challenge lies? I could just take No-Doz, but that's a LOT of caffeine. The good news is that yesterday (this morning? yesterday morning? FRIDAY morning) I had one cup of the Folgers Cafe Latte, and I was like a whirlwind at work even though I had been up since 4:30am. By mid afternoon, I was a bit tired, but that's ok. I had a cup of green tea, and made it through the evening with Debbie Stoller. Details on that later.

My dear friend Eric pointed out that much like Jello, "there's always room for beer" (Which should be the official motto of St. Louis). Since alcohol is a depressant, and I don't have time to slow down, I better save that for some other time. Some people use alcohol to deal with their stress and problems, but it just creates more problems, and as you can see, I don't have time for more problems. Maybe later, Eric.


Vicki said...

Now if you stuck to the schedule... Just kidding. I hafta say, despite my love for sweet coffee (see last comment), caffeine doesn't do much for me. My mom at 50 something drinks a sip of coke at noon and can't get to sleep at night. I can chug a couple before bed and have no problems. Not saying it's age related persay (though she says it wasn't always like that for her). Just more advice :)

Anonymous said...

I still think that you might be surprised at some black tea flavors. I'm in love with the Valentine tea from adagio -
and the cream and vanilla are fairly sweet as well. If you send me your email, I can send you a referral gift certificate to try out some of the $2 tins. (If not...hmmm... I'm outta ideas.)

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