Thursday, February 23, 2012

Writer's Workshop: More on Coffee

Mama Kat and I seem to be on the same wavelength of late.  Twice in the last three weeks, she's hit me with a perfect prompt. Two weeks ago it was the Ten Years Ago Today prompt and today it's vices.

If you were around here on Monday, you already know my answer.

The vice I simply cannot live without is coffee.

I would rather go without food than coffee, light and sweet please. ~Speaking of which, do you know how hard that is to get Below the Mason Dixon Line?  You walk into Dunkin' Donuts, which is hard enough to find to begin with and order you coffee  Light & Sweet and the person behind the counter just stares at you.

The irony of this situation and the thing that makes it so perfect for this here blog is that I did not start drinking coffee until I turned 30. ~or a little before~ For most of my life, I hated the stuff.  I mean, I always liked the way it smelled, but if I had to drink it, it was in extreme desperation and with lots of flavored creamer and sugar on top of that!

My ex considered himself a coffee connisuer.

Then he left.

And I found myself alone in the house with a 17 month-old and an almost 3-year-old.  I was extremely stressed and it was all I could do to wait for dark so I could put the kids to bed and crawl in myself, only to not be able to sleep and then be up bright and early with my little ones.

It was either coffee or wine and given my situation, coffee seemed like the wiser choice.. which is exactly what I told my ex when he tried to take the coffee maker!

I still prefer it flavored or with flavored creamer, but I no longer need to add sugar on top!

And I even now keep good decaf in the house, because sometimes, at the end of a long day, I like nothing more than to curl up on the couch, in front of the fire, with a warm cup of coffee.

The one vice I cannot give up... coffee.

Oh the irony!

Mama’s Losin’ It


The Blonde Duck said...

I can't drink coffee!

Diane said...

I was the same way about coffee. Loved the way it smelled but did not start really liking it until I was over 30, after Darin died. I had a four year old and a baby that never slept so I had to do something!

I still put way too much flavored creamer and Splenda in it though. I've never heard of "light and sweet" either. ;)

And I can't believe he tried to take the coffee maker! Good for you for putting your foot down.

Ellen Stewart (aka Ellie/El/e/Mrs. Seaman) said...

I cannot do coffee. I've had two or three in my life, always iced and all heavily milked. To me, that's not coffee!

I'm so boring...

SUPAHMAMA! said...

I drink mine black with Splenda. I quit the creamer back in October and haven't looked back! We also drink 3 pots of coffee in this house so I am right there with you. The 3 pots don't include the insane amount of decaf we drink at night. We are coffee freaks up in here, so much that we've both worked for Starbucks at least once each in our lives. Give me coffee, or give me death!

McMrs said...

I just recently (at 30yo) started drinking coffee regularly. It might be that my husband lives 600 miles away now, I have 3 kids, I go to school,& work part time!

Jen said...

I tried to do this prompt but I just have too many vices and coffee is definitively one of them.

If I don't have coffee the moment I wake up... all is lost.

So glad you got the coffee maker.

Arnebya said...

Aside from enjoying the smell (it smells like cookies to me depending on what kind someone has), I don't drink coffee. I've tried a few times, but after the creamer and sugar and more creamer and 12 more sugars...what's the point?

Madamdreamweaver said...

Mine today was about not giving up either COFFEE or chocolate! LOL

Tiffany said...

Coffee. I was just like you, no coffee for me until after having babies.

Oh girl! If you came to Florida for your coffee fix at DD, they know what light and sweet are! I'll hook you up! But you have to go farther than the FL/GA line, cause for some reason, I couldn't find a DD that far north, just Starbucks.

Not a Perfect Mom said...

oh, sweet sweet coffee...

Heather said...

I can't do coffee - messes with my stomach. But with the help of my Keurig and giving up soda I have rediscovered a love for tea.

Like you I love nothing better at night than to curl up on the couch with a cup of hot tea - perfect way to end my night

AutismWonderland said...

I absolutely LOVE coffee and on mornings when I can't get it fast enough - stay out of my way!

But I was like you - I never used to drink it. And if I did - with lots of cream and sugar.

These days - I need Dunkin Donuts regular blend with a bit of French Vanilla cream and I'm good.

stickynotequeen said...

I love Mama Kat's too! Though, I definitely don't feel the same about coffee :). Thank you for visiting me on my SITS Day! Please come back anytime!

Charlotte said...

It makes me soooo sad that I had to give up coffee some time ago, but every now and then I'll treat myself to a cup and it's just the best. And light and sweet is just the way that I order it :)

Maybe I'll pick up some decaf tonight!