I love coffee. I just had to share it with you all. My love started way back when I was in high school. I would sneak a cup here or there to feel "sophisticated" and grown up. It soon grew into an addiction. Then, when I went off to college I realized there were places you could go just to have coffee or tea. There was a place I used to go called Java Joe's, in the city of Rochester. It is now called Java's. That place took my love of coffee to a whole other level. I would sit there and chat with my girls and listen to some great live music. It wasn't just the coffee, it was the whole experience. My addiction carried on into my married years where early on I became a Barista at a local coffee shop. I was downing 5 cappuccinos during my work shift. Leaded. Yep, I was more than addicted. Hey...they were free, and I couldn't resist. I could drink a cup of regular coffee right before bed and still sleep like a baby. I was immune to caffeine. If they had coffee rehab, I would've been a good candidate. Although, I think you need to be willing to go to those places. Then, I became pregnant with my first. I took a long, hard look at my habit and knew that lots of caffeine was not good for baby so...you can guess what happened next. Cold turkey. I quit. I actually tried quitting coffee altogether by switching to decaf tea. I couldn't take it. I realized that it wasn't just the caffeine I was missing, it was the taste as well. So, I started drinking decaf, which still has a tiny bit of caffeine in it but not enough to effect me. Plus, coffee shops now have decaf espresso so, you can enjoy a caffeine-free latte. Yay for that! Anyway, I had wicked headaches trying to ween myself off of this drug. It really was a type of withdrawal but, it was so worth it for the health of my babe and for me. I cut down on the amount of coffee I was drinking as well, even decaf. I really didn't need unlimited cups of coffee all day...even if it was decaf. So, here we are in present time, I now drink half-caff (half decaf, half caffeinated) coffee in the mornings with my lovely french press (which, by the way makes amazing coffee). And, sometimes in the afternoon I jones for a cup of hot joe and I'll make decaf unless I'm really dragging but, if it's past 2pm, no way, I'll be up all night. Anyway, I'm not sure why I carried on about this. I guess I wanted to just share a little part of me with you. I can really ramble on, can't I?
-Do you love coffee? I'd love to know.
Oh, and I still love going out for coffee with the girls so, If you're ever in my neck of the woods...
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