Monday, May 25, 2009

Cup O' Joe

For weeks, probably months, I have been struggling to drink my morning coffee. This is a stage that I go through fairly regularly, as I'm sure all parents do. You get your coffee (or tea or Diet Coke, etc) and drink a sip or two then all hell breaks loose and a 1/2 hour later when you start to feel the magnetic pull of your bed you remember that you haven't had your coffee. But by this time your awareness of your 75,000+ to-do-list items are weighing heavily on you but you simply lack the energy to get started on them. This leaves you feeling demoralized and impotent - and it's only 8 a.m. All the while, deep down, you know that if you just drink your coffee and/or start to do the simplest things on your list your day will still get off to a good start. But here is the Great Dilemma: do you sit down for 10 minutes to drink the coffee or do you just start the list?
If you sit down with the coffee you run the following risks - a.) you will get distracted and lose motivation to face The List or much more likely, b.) one of your Progeny will require your attention and you will actually still not finish the coffee and still not start the list and at noon you will realize that it's now time for lunch (which you do NOT have the energy to get together) and you have a splitting headache from caffeine withdrawal.
On the other hand, if you just start the list you will a.) be miserable and tired while you do the tasks b.) get part way through the easiest task and then not be able to finish because you realize that your really, really need that coffee c.) abandon the task to drink the coffee and then we're back at the Progeny Problem, lunch time and the splitting headache.
So, today I came up with the solution. What I need is either a hat for beer with a straw or one of those runner's backpacks with the tube/straw. That way no matter what happens I can drink my liquid energy whether tackling The List or The Progeny. I'll be unstoppable.


  1. Great post!!! just great. and great to hear you're still alive over there, amidst the progeny and all that :) give my love to all the rest. I miss you all!

  2. Ha! I ALWAYS drink my coffee. There are certain needs of mine, which if left unattended, will hurt everybody. Coffee falls into that category.

  3. Genius! My liquid motivation of choice is tea, and I also recently realized that, while it is completely necessary for me to ingest some before the day can begin with a rosy glow, actually drinking it is a real problem and "hot tea" is not something within my grasp. I like your camel back idea, since the beer hat would inevitably result in serious spillage until the children can successfully diaper themselves (they've tried!), and it would have the added benefit of not getting very cold due to body heat. Nice... great post :)

  4. Brilliant! Send in the suggestion to Ann Taylor and maybe they'll come up with a fashionable version for their most loyal customer. ;)

  5. I dropped my caffeine habit,due to pregnancy-induced insomnia! I didn't need anything else keeping me from falling asleep. I assume once my parents are gone and I am tending to FOUR little ones on my own, that caffeine will again become a morning must-have. ;)