Beach Bits,  illos,  na blow me

Day Fourteen: Brought to you by Coffee!


I almost decided to give up on nablopomo today. Somebody commented that it’s been putting me in a bad mood and I hate that I’m so transparent like that. You’re right, it has been putting me in a bad mood and shame on me. It’s supposed to be fun. Why am I complaining in almost every post?

Really what my problem is is that I’m a caffeine addict. I’m also a morning person. I’m also a mom who cannot get anything done between the hours of 5:30 am and 8 pm because I have a child who demands nearly all of my attention. So when Baby Bug finally goes to bed, I’m pretty beat…and grumpy.

You know how night owls are grumpy in the morning? Well, I’m just like that except in reverse. I’m so chipper in the morning you’d probably want to throw your alarm clock at me. But when nine pm hits, my eyes start drooping and I’m about as fun as a bag of rocks.

The way I combat my natural yearning to go to bed when the sun goes down is to guzzle coffee. But like any drug, it doesn’t always work. After a while I develop a tolerance and I have to drink more. More and more and more coffee. After a month or so coffee has no effect on me. I’m just tired all the time. I really should go off caffeine but that is like asking me not to breath. It’s a good thing I never tried crack.

I LOVE coffee! If I suddenly stop drinking coffee then you know it’s because I’m pregnant and the smell makes me ill. So I must not be pregnant because there is a paper cup from starbucks sitting right here on the counter next to me and even though it is all gone (drunk up?), I can still smell just a hint of delicious eggnog latte. (My first of the season! Hip hip hooray for eggnog lattes! Let’s just throw our scales in the trash now.)

Tonight I had my coffee late and that is why I am still up typing and not complaining too terribly much. But I’m not sure I can keep it up all month long. I might have to quit nablopomo or just post minimally. OR I could just complain all month. NO. I can’t do that.

on golden sands

In other news, Baby Bug and I took a walk to the beach this afternoon and took a bunch of pictures. The light was really pretty. You may see a bunch more beach pictures here again… In a few days, I’m going to start up the (not so daily) “daily desktops” again. The Daily Desktops are making a comeback thanks to popular demand. Wooot!


  • deeleea

    Forgive me for laughing SAJ but when you DON’T have to post everyday you pretty much do anyway… so the groaning has been amusing me rather than a bother *grin*

    SAJ says: Awesome. Not only am I transparant. I’m also a moron. But I know you are right. That’s why I decided to do it this year. I figured what could it hurt? I post nearly every day anyway. Well, it does hurt. I guess just knowing I HAVE to do something makes me want to rebel.

  • Jen

    I have the same coffee issue as you do in reverse…without coffee in the a.m., nothing, and I mean NOTHING, is possible. You post almost every day anyway! Good for you for making a decision not to participate anymore. There’s no point in getting into a bad mood over it (not that I could tell).

  • Sharaon Jender PHD

    Coffee puts the system under the strain of metabolizing a deadly acid-forming drug, depositing its insoluble cellulose, which cements the wall of the liver, causing this vital organ to swell to twice its proper size. In addition, coffee is heavily sprayed. (Ninety-two pesticides are applied to its leaves.) Diuretic properties of caffeine cause potassium and other minerals to be flushed from the body.

    All this fear went away when I quit, and it was a book that inspired me to do it called The Truth About Caffeine by Marina Kushner. There are five things I liked about this book:

    1) It details–thoroughly–the ways in which caffeine may damage your health.

    2) It reveals the damage that coffee does to the environment. Specifically, coffee was once grown in the shade, so that trees were left in place. Then sun coffee was introduced, allowing greater yields but contributing to the destruction of rain forests. I haven’t seen this mentioned anywhere else.

    3) It explains how best to go off coffee. This is important. If you try cold turkey, as most people probably do, the withdrawal symptoms will likely drive you right back to coffee.

    4) Helped me find a great resource for the latest studies at

    5) Also, if you drink decaf you won’t want to miss this special free report on the dangers of decaf available at

  • B

    Don’t be so hard on yourself! Your posts are great, grumpy or not. I love them all. (Not that I think you sound grumpy.)

  • familymclean

    Ha, I am back to finnish my comment. I also wanted to say that I have been cutting way back on my coffee consumption so that when I do have it it is more effective and also, I am cranky when I drink too much, mornings are rougher without it though!
    So lately I drink organic coffee and in small doses, and it is so awesome and effective :)
    And, I love the illio and the shoe(s)!!!!!
    Really love the shoes!

  • gretchen

    Yay for coffee and yay for daily desktops!

    I’m like you- I can get a lot done in the morning, but when the sun goes down, I’m shot. Someday Bug will start sleeping in a liiittle more and you can have some time in the morning…

  • Molly

    BB has got an Elvis thing going on! Love her hair these days. Coffee is Mommy Juice for sure. I don’t know how I would get through a day without it. I am trying to teach Ivo deep breathing, so he will be chill and calm, but that means I have to do it too. Do as I say, not as I do! Your blog rocks.

  • Margie

    I’m struggling with the NaBloPoMo (as I’ve commented before), but yesterday I did a little photo-essay. Few words, just a couple pictures. I could get used to that! And it’s what you do a lot of the time anyway.

    I know what you mean about resenting something when you HAVE to do it. But like you said, you’re already pretty good about posting almost every day anyway.

    I had to cut WAY back on the coffee. I seemed to have inherited my dad’s sensitivity to it, and know that I cannot have it in the afternoon or evening. It would keep me up, and then I’d be so miserable the next day with very little sleep.

    Oh, and I hope you don’t mind that I put you on my blogroll. I’m only allowed 10 blogs on the blogroll, so may eventually end up rotating some in and out, keeping them all tagged so people can click on the tag if they want to find the rest.

  • andrea

    I wish coffee worked to keep me awake at night. I can have a cup or two even and be in bed asleep 20 minutes later. I guess when I am tired nothing will keep me awake.

    The beach shots are gorgeous.

  • nicole

    First … I love your posts, grumpy or not. Bring ’em. They make my day.

    Second … I LOVE my tall split 2 pump caramel non-fat latte. Other than chocolate it is my biggest vice. I was getting so addicted to them (one a day) I realized I had to cut back just to save my coin purse. So, I treat myself once a week and have black tea every day.

    Third … Gorgeous pictures! Those need to be blown up and framed.

  • C-Fo Bling Bling

    That is a stunning photo.

    I gave up coffee when I quit smoking in 2003. I couldn’t have one and not the other, so they both had to go. Boy, was my body pissed at the double detox…

    Now I’m a voracious tea drinker — brewed strong, with milk and sugar. Mmmmm.

  • bethany actually

    (Uhh, I think Sharaon up there is a spam-bot.)

    I would be exactly the same way about posting daily because I HAD to–Rebel City. I think you are funny when you’re grouchy, but I am sorry that you feel grouchy. I hope you can get the caffeine balance back to perfect soon.

    Way back in the mists of time, when I had a homepage instead of a blog, I had a Quote of the Day, but it only changed about once every two weeks. No one ever complained. I promise not to complain if your “daily” desktops are only weekly. (Then you could call them “Weekly Wallpaper”.)

  • bluejaye

    We drink half-caff around here but only in the morning. It’s hard enough sleeping with hot flashes. One day I gave the husband full caff and he had the shakes all day. Try the half-caff , you can drink more.

  • Kim

    Ohh how I share your love for coffee! And the photo of bug is wonderful!
    Quick question.. for those of us waiting for letters to make our little ones christmas gifts.. are they still coming? Thank you!!

  • amy

    Does your daughter nap? That is a long day for a little one (poor you!) Why not try to get her in bed earlier? Up until last year I was getting my now 10 year olds to bed at 7.30. I NEED my downtime!

  • BeachMama

    When I was pregnant this past summer, I finally gave up my coffee because the smell and taste made me sick. I would have rather had a diet Pepsi first thing in the morning than a coffee. My FIL brought me a coffee the morning my little Apple was born and it was like liquid gold. I couldn’t truly give it up because I love the taste. I can go decaf, but it has to be good decaf.

    And as for this Nanobloshmo thing, well I love your posts everyday anyways so, no matter if you post a photo or a novel I will be here check it out. And if you skip a day or two so be it :).

    I so love the photos of BB with the shoes, she is a Diva in training I say.

  • Deeleea

    *grin* isn’t that always the way… thanks for sticking it out so far anyway, I’m loving what you’re doing… happy or not.

    Oh, and as for caffeine? I have one a day… just one… but so help me if I don’t get it…