September 30th, 2011
Did you know that yesterday was National Coffee Day? You’d think Starbucks would give away free coffee, but no. Only 7-Eleven and Krispy Kreme were giving away free coffee. Dunkin’ Donuts was offering discounted coffee. Caribou Coffee was giving away free coffee too, but that must be a western U.S. thing? I’ve never heard of a Caribou Coffee shop. Only bagged coffee.
So did I participate? No. I told you I’m a coffee snob. I searched the internet, hoping in vain that Starbucks was offering free or discounted coffee. I was planning on loading the kids up in the Suburban and driving to town just for my free coffee. (Which doesn’t really make it free, does it? I probably would have paid $3 just in gas.)
I did drink coffee. Of COURSE! I even drank extra coffee in honor of National Coffee Day. I didn’t need much encouragement to support this national day. Can we make it an official, national holiday? (Nobody goes to school or work. We just sit around all day and drink coffee, and get paid to do so…) I need to vote somebody into the oval office who loves coffee as much as I do.
The extra coffee felt nice. I forgot to mention in my last post that drinking LESS coffee was my new hobby. (I hate it.) Just to see if Zach settles down with less caffeine in his system. I don’t know if it’s been working or not. Dee might say yes, but I’m not going to jump to any conclusions! (And, I just really want to drink lots of coffee.)
Dee and I drove up to Chambersburg for an evening of volleyball last night, and we stopped at Starbucks for coffee even though we were already late. I ordered a grande coffee with hazelnut syrup, and oh WOW — why in the world did I think I hated hazelnut flavoring?! Silly me. Maybe I just hadn’t tried Starbucks’ hazelnut yet.
Last night was the first night in a couple of weeks that I’ve had an evening coffee. I was wondering how Zach would do, and if I’d suffer the consequences of my actions. Guess what? He slept in his own bed for six and a half hours straight last night! That’s a new record. Before last night, he’d only ever slept for three and a half hours straight. And even that was rare. (Funny what moms of newborns keep track of and get excited about, yeah?) I felt GOOD when I woke up this morning!
And remember, I had coffee late last night. So really, if I want to go with cold hard facts, Zach sleeps better when I drink coffee at night. I like those facts.
And DID YOU KNOW… that coffee could quite possibly lower the risk of depression in women? Regular coffee, not decaf; and not other drinks with caffeine. Just COFFEE! Yes. It’s the newest study. My friend Aaron first alerted me to this breaking news, and then I stumbled across another article claiming the same thing. If you think I’m pulling my leg, here’s just one of many articles: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2011/09/27/coffee-can-lower-risk-depression-in-women/
See? I’m not obsessed. I’m smart. Just taking care of my health is all…
Plus, after drinking that coffee last night, and drinking a little extra today, Zach gave me his FIRST SMILE today! A big ‘ol beautiful grin, right into my eyes. Oh my word! Even after four smiling babies before him, I thought I’d die with love! I almost cried! Sappy, right? Sorry, but it’s true. I spent the rest of the day coaxing grins out of my baby!
Coffee and smiles, they just go together…