Monday, March 5, 2012

Caffeine-aholics anonymous

My name is Alison and I am a caffeine-acholic. I have known I am addicted to coffee for several years now. 4 years ago, I gave it up for 10 days.The first 5 days of that were some of the most miserable days of my life. Headache, body ache, general moodiness and crankiness.

When we woke up Sunday morning to no power, I learned my addiction had risen to an all time high.  Due to the situation of the tree on the power line, not only did we not have hot water, but we couldn't grind the coffee beans. There was absolutely no way for me to get coffee at the house.
The wind blew the tree over sometime around 11pm.
Without coffee, or something warm to drink, I was at a loss. I couldn't figure out what to do with myself--I was off. I paced around the living room, took the dogs for a walk (who were also "lost" as they couldn't play fisbee due to the down power lines), had a hard time eating breakfast, then when I did, the hunger wouldn't go away (seems caffeine stunts my hunger).

By 11am, I already had a lack of caffeine headache. I didn't feel good and I was grouchy. I desperately needed to go into Ned for a coffee shop stop.

The United Power trucks moved out of the way of our car and we were able to escape for coffee bliss.

This United Power worker was on the power pole for HOURS! Those guys were amazing and restored our power by evening time.
Once in Nederland, I got a "dirty chai" (Chai and espresso). I started to feel better and more "normal". The edge was gone and I was able to relax and enjoy the afternoon. I had no idea I had become this addicted to coffee and caffeine. Seems I can't function without it.

The cause of the down tree--other than wind--Butt Rot.
Here's to power, coffee, and caffeine! Cheers.

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