Lately I’ve been in a strange (and unpleasant) routine of staying up far too late and needing to get up pretty early (early for me; may not be early for you). In order to maintain a functioning capacity with this routine, it is vital for me to consume caffeine in significant quantities. Lots & lots of caffeine. In the form of chocolate, soda, coffee, etc.
However, I know that this is not a healthy lifestyle. I do recognize that consuming caffeine actually makes me MORE tired in the end. Realizing this fact has not helped me succumb to a caffeine-free existence, however. I do try pretty hard to stay away from the zippy beverages in the evening. But when morning dawns, I’m drawn right back in.
I didn’t always struggle with caffeine. No, I used to dive right into the caffeine-loving existence, quite struggle free. I still remember the birthday in college that my friend (or was it a boyfriend? surely not!) purchased a case (yes, a 24-pack) of Dr. Pepper for me to celebrate the passing of 19 years of life. And celebrate I did. I consumed all 288 fluid ounces of those 23 authentic blended flavors in record time. Approximately one day, to be exact. (Hold applause. What? You’re appalled?! I thought that was sheer wonder on your face. Huh. And to think I thought it was impressive.)
I still hold a love of the sweet, sweet Doctor. I have 2 (yes, two) shirts that declare his permanent hold on me. I blame my parents. Because both shirts originally belonged to them. And because they introduced me to this spicy beverage ("spice" - get it?! Dr. "Pepper"!!) and exhibited a deep & profound attachment of their own. Mostly my dad. But if ever there was something that a parent passes onto a child that is entirely forgivable, this is just the thing.
Anyway, I think you can probably tell that I’m writing this on fewer hours of sleep than would be entirely beneficial for me. And I’m just hoping - despite the fact that my eyes are so tired they’ve refused to focus for the better part of the day - that I’m typing the right letters to form the right words and so on. Maybe I’ll just go get my afternoon soda boost…