Coffee Brains

Good Monday morning!


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Ha, I can hear the yawns and the growls. Don’t talk to me before I’ve had my caffeine. Can you relate? Three Sundays ago, I was making coffee at church in one of those BIG hot-water-ready machines and I poured half of the freshly made decaf back in the water reservoir. What? Yeah, hadn’t had my usual dose of caffeine that morning. Yawn.

Recently a friend posted a link to an article about caffeine. I ignored it. I was afraid it was going to be one of those STOP drinking coffee articles. I love my tea, my coffee, but I’m finding that its helping less and less to get a good jump start on the day, except for staving off caffeine-depended headaches. And a second cup to help pull me through the afternoon just makes me jittery and buzzy. Coffee Brains. So I decided to read the article. Bingo. My lack of get-up-and-go stemmed from two reasons.

  1. I’m a mom of a spit-fire little monkey and the energizer bunny coupled with late nights, yeah, no amount of caffeine is going to fix that. SLEEP.
  2. My body has developed a tolerance for it. So I get less bang for my cup of joe/tea in the morning. Man, it sounds like I’m drugs or something. Oh, wait, I am!

So what should we do? Ante up the serving? No, this articles suggests lessening your caffeine take and saving it for the day you really need a jump start. Yeah, like that’s going to happen. LOVE me some tea in the morning, a little sugar, a little cream. Mmmm…

But perhaps there’s another way? Just maybe if I take better care of myself and eat healthier and get more sleep, would I need the caffeine? I used to shower in the morning, that helped a little but with the monkey and the energizer bunny, that won’t be happening for a long time. Now is not the time for muddled brains! I need clarity, objectivity and a color-coded schedule. I thought caffeine helped with those, but not so much anymore.

What do you think? Yay or nay? Are you a coffee, tea, or a pop person? (Yeah, yeah, I know. I’m from the North.) What do you do to get a jump start on the day? Any of y’all use B vitamins or supplements?

Well, here’s to a great start for the rest of the week. And no, I won’t be cutting back on my caffeine intake at this point, I’m only drinking a pot two cups a day. 😀


Catching Up


It’s been crazy around here, but I’m plowing through and getting back into the swing of things. I finally got my Christmas/New Year’s/Valentines/Easter/Spring letter out. Sort of. I’m emailing it out, except we’ve exceeded our internet data this cycle, and it won’t renew until the 12th. Ack! And for those I don’t have email addresses, I’ll be sending it the good, old fashioned snail mail, except I got to get it printed out and stamps bought. Whew. It will probably be a Mother’s day/Father’s day letter when I get done. But that’s alright. At least it’s getting out there. Ha!

For those of who have been keeping up with the news around here, know that I signed a contract last month. When the ball starts rolling, it rolls! The week of March 17th, my short story, Desert Rose, skyrocketed up Amazon’s Bestseller list for Christian Fantasy, making it into the top ten, and in the hot new bestseller’s it broke number one. Wow. That was awesome, and I’m so thankful to everyone who went out and bought a copy. You guys rock!

Then to top it all off, one of my favorite authors ask me to do an interview. How cool is that?! If you haven’t read it yet, you can find it here, at Anne Elisabeth Stengl’s blog. If you haven’t read anything by her, you’re missing it out! 🙂

Lots of exciting things happening this year, which means a lot of changes. In the next couple of months, I will be moving my blog to my website, editing a novel, working on some more short stories, and a top secret project. Eek! We’ll have a revealing later this summer. Keep an eye on the horizon! Our adventure is just beginning.