For all of my adult life, I have had a take-it-or-leave it attitude toward coffee. I enjoy it at times, other times find it upsetting to my stomach and/or too acrid for my taste. And I have gone long stretches without it.
For about 5 years prior to my trip to Ethiopia, I didn’t drink coffee. And I didn’t mind that – I like tea, and have never had a caffeine addiction. And I won’t lie – I felt superior about that. Not like some kind of achievement, more like - I dodged that bullet and how great for ME, it’s that SUPER? tra la la. Somebody smack me.
That was then.
Single mommyhood has sucker-punched me in many ways, but this one was a surprise. I still don’t drink much in the caffeine category – maybe one cup of coffee and/or a soda per day. And, unless I have company, I don’t make coffee at home…
I have, however, developed a serious weakness for a soy latte with sugar-free vanilla syrup from Peet’s – that stuff is like crack. It’s my post-rowing treat a few times a week, and since it’s almost $4, I’m trying to keep it from becoming a daily habit.
But damn it’s good.
On Monday, I was working from home, happily going about my business, when I developed a big ol’ headache around 11:00 am. Since Elsa was off with the nanny for the day, I had taken the time to eat a real breakfast, so I knew it wasn’t a blood sugar thing. And it actually took me a while to figure out that it was a caffeine thing!
Holy moley – my first caffeine headache. It wasn’t bad – just annoying. But I poured myself a diet Dr. Pepper (yum!) and soon the headache was gone, confirming its cause.
Looks like I’ve joined the teeming masses who are behold to the caffeine monkey. Tra la la.