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Wednesday, February 08, 2006

a farewell to coffee

Two strong indicators suggest I have to drag my bones back onto the decaf wagon.

On top of my bad news this weekend, I had a whopping two-day headache. It was aiming for three but fell a bit short. Those headaches have tended to hit on weekends over the past few months. I don't tend to make coffee on weekends. Oops. Oh, no.

And in a phone conversation with my mother about the day I described as like being nibbled to death by ferocious ants, I mentioned that I have days like that about once or twice a week -- days when I am so irritated with the world in general that I just about lose my mind. She said, "That's far too often." And I remembered how my doctor in Austin practically begged me to cut out coffee, and when I did, not only did some little physical problems disappear, but my emotional life got unexpectedly better. I had thought it was just that life was hard -- turned out that all the caffeine was artificially inflating my anxiety level.

Now this fall, after years of verrrrry limited caffeine consumption, I had started drinking a single travel mug of coffee each morning to stave off drowsiness during my Monumentally Boring Highway Commute. (Ask Erin, she can confirm how Monumentally Boring it is.) Apparently even that much caffeine is no good for me. Brings on the ferocious ants.

So. Back on the wagon I go. I bought a pound of decaffeinated beans when I did my grocery shopping this weekend. I've mixed in what was left of my leaded beans, and will taper down with that until I'm drinking decaf only.

Coffee, I hardly knew ye.


At 7:29 AM , Blogger Erin said...

Hmmm, perhaps you should start a contest/suggestion list - or perhaps that's just what I'm doing by posting here? - what can Megan do to relieve her ennui during the MBHC now that coffee is right out? (And I do, indeed, confirm the lack of interesting-ness involved in crawling along the 5/405 ...) Here's one thing I've done when struck by weariness and/or highway hypnosis along I-95: I start singing "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" from the beginning ... Yeah, you can tell that I drive alone :)

At 7:50 AM , Blogger Colleen said...

Megan - I call people on my cell phone when I get tired in the car. The interaction wakes me right up. I'm at my desks in the morning normally - you can always call me :)

At 9:17 AM , Blogger meeegan said...

Good suggestions -- I will use both.

Keep 'em coming, folks!

At 11:21 AM , Blogger Lee Wright said...

I would rather have the ants than miss my regular coffee. I used to drink 2-3 pots and around 20 sodas a day. But I worked in restaraunts. Funny thing is I started having all kinds of health issues and low and behold it was all the caffine. Caffine is a drug and needs to be treated as such. I am down to a travel mug a day plus 1 soda. That seems rigth to me. I tried to quit and was in a dreadful state for those 3 hours.

As for staying awake in the car, books on tape, cell phone calls, I would sing but I can never hear myself over Colleen, and of course my favorite, swerving to hit small mamals.


At 11:51 AM , Blogger Tripp Hudgins said...

This is a sad day indeed. I wish you an ant-free life, Megan.

At 1:34 PM , Blogger Wanda said...

I decided to go unleaded nearly two months ago, and strangely enough, I now stay up later at night (almost as late as Ben). It seems that I don't need the lead to stay awake during the day, but I'm one of those mutations who grow sleepy with excessive caffeine. Go figure. Now, when I have caffeine, it's almost a guarantee that I am asleep in front of the TV by ten pm. You go girl, who needs that enticing stimulant.

At 2:18 PM , Blogger eric said...

Over here, there are two caffeine addicts who get very grumpy when the morning hit is delayed for too long, which is often the case on weekends. We've learned to recognize and accommodate each other's caffeine jones, and to keep the aging Faema in good enough shape to satisfy our matinal needs. Give up coffee? From my cold, dead hands!

I'm sorry to hear that having caffeine has become worse for you than not having caffeine. I guess that would be a good time to quit.


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