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One Small Change

Blog, Interrupted

Joe Kita

Pardon the interruption, but as the wife (a.k.a. "Coffee Vixen") here, I feel I must add my own view of how the caffeine-free month is really going. To be as supportive as possible, I felt it was my job to carry on as usual with my regular coffee rituals. As has been alluded to, I brew delicious, robust roasts each morning, their wonderfully rich aromas swirling provocatively about our home. I place a steaming cup on my husband's desk – just in case he should have a weak moment. Hoping that he forgets there is caffeine in chocolate, I bake mouth-watering brownies or place bowls of Hershey Kisses strategically around the house. I tell him there is no caffeine in any teas at all!

Nothing works. His resolve is unwavering. He reads labels carefully and questions every ingredient. He is a rock. Of course, the first few days of this undertaking (how he suffers for his work!) were pretty hairy. It was like he was coming down with the flu – long naps, not very talkative, not really hungry, a bit cranky. I remember trying to give up coffee for Lent years ago. The kids were young, I was working evening shift at the hospital – I could barely drag myself out of bed to get them off to school. I must have been so crabby that one morning I heard two hushed voices in the kitchen trying to set up the coffee maker.

"How much water do you think we dump in?"

"I dunno."

"How do we mash up the beans? Get me the blender!"

But finally my children gave up and said, "Mommy, you NEED to drink coffee again!"

My husband is trying hard to be pleasant, trying hard to get through this month. But there are some "perks" to this experiment. He sleeps better, which means I sleep better. No more thrashing and grunting, except when he eats Indian food, which is another story and perhaps another thing he can give up! There are no longer coffee stains or foamy milk puddles on my counter. "Espresso beans" no longer appear on my grocery list in bold letters.  

Well, I gotta run before he discovers I've interrupted his blog. Today I'm baking a chocolate cake with whipped peanut butter frosting (his fave) and coffee crunch bars, because there are only eight more days left in the month. Wish me luck!        

-Maria Kita

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Joe Kita – Joe Kita is a noted writer, editor, motivational speaker and teacher. He authors the blog "One Small Change" for CorePerformance.com.

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Tags: Caffeine, Beverages