>Coffee

>There are two reasons (well three) that I’m writing this post before work. First of all, I wanted to write before my morning cup of coffee, because I’m going to be writing about coffee. Secondly, I’m going to my Aunt’s house tonight for Thanksgiving Round One. (And third, I woke up too early and actually have 15 minutes to spare).

Before starting this particular job I hardly drank coffee. I drank it in “emergencies”, i.e. if I had a paper to finish and I knew it would take me awhile, I would drink a cup of coffee with dinner. I also drank it to socialize occasionally, if friends and I went to a coffee shop or if I was at home for break and Dad made a pot. I did not drink it to survive. Plus, it used to make my stomach hurt, especially if I drank a cup on an empty stomach. “Miraculously” that has gone away now.

Now I drink it to survive. And I hate that! Don’t get me wrong, I love coffee. I love the way it tastes (with milk, no sugar) I love the way it smells and I love the feeling of holding a warm mug in your hand. However, I don’t like to be addicted to things. I know people that are addicted to coffee, cigarettes, alcohol, online shopping, sex, you name it. I want to be able to get through the day because I can, not because I had a cup of coffee. Plus, I want to drink coffee because I want to, not because I feel as though if I don’t do it, I’ll have a horrible headache and feel drowsy all day.

Right now my coffee addition is free, due to the lovely Coffee Factory that is just down the road from the Ice Cream Factory and that provides us all with coffee free of charge. (Side note: while driving into work I can always smell the coffee roasting from the Interstate…it’s so lovely!) But soon, when I move to Chile, not only will I have to pay for my coffee, but it will be expensive (if I want to splurge for the real stuff). Maybe this will help me. If I’m forced to drink Nescafe, I probably won’t drink it every day. However, I would really like to stem this whole coffee addiction thing now. Maybe I should switch to tea.

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