Blog #3 What brings me strength: Caffeine

I'd just like to fill you in on something I have grown very dependent on recently without even realising it: Caffeine, 'in a major way'. I guzzle down at least three coffees a day and sneak in a can of coke when I can and I am still sleepy by ten PM. What's the dilly with that? you might ask. Well, I was on the road to recovery in semester one, coming into my new teaching role coffee free. My teeth were getting whiter and I was feeling more Buddha like with every sip of mineral water. I was rising above everyone else in my supreme superiority until the coffee machine arrived in our dusty little staffroom. That machine changed my life. I resisted for about two to three weeks, watching the other teachers grind their coffee beans, as the wicked scent violated my nostrils. I'd walk past it every afternoon and sigh. Then one Friday morning I found myself gripping the grinder, pouring in the water and switching on the machine. The coffee tricked me into consuming it. It had whispered to me from my desk.
I was in a trance and the only thing that could snap me out of it was ordering a box of one hundred coffee tablets. I needed to be stacked up for the winter, I had turned into a hibernating bear.
So now I guzzle down the coffees non-stop like an addict injecting on the daily. Do I want to stop, hell no! I love the stuff and I need it to get through lessons of dread. Lessons filled with maniacs armed with 'angry bird' dreams and Grandma confidence!
I'm not quitting again, not until I walk into a classroom of little angels.
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Published on April 17, 2013 04:28 Tags: coffee, school, students
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message 1: by A.C. (new)

A.C. Flory I'm addicted to coffee too. :) Can't think straight until I've had 2 coffees in the morning. I do try and stick to decaf after midday though or I'll be wide awake when I should be asleep. Good luck finding those little angels...


message 2: by Lee (new)

Lee Mavin I know there are plenty of addicts out there with me. It is the most socially acceptable addiction to whine about.


message 3: by Donna (new)

Donna Pearlman I refuse to give up my coffee I think it is for me a harmless addiction and I love it whenever I see a study saying it is actually good for you (brain function, memory, fighting depression and more). It is one of my little things that make my life a happier place. And as a book editor, I cannot edit a manuscript without it so be sure when I am editing your book there will be a nice hot cup of coffee at hand :)


message 4: by Lee (new)

Lee Mavin Yes!
I totally agree with you. Here in China, there is this annoying health morality rhetoric. If you say something like, 'I love drinking coffee,' many will reply. 'But Coffee is bad for you.' I feel like saying, 'So is going outside and breathing in the poisonous murky gunk, you call air.' but I hold my tongue and smile.


message 5: by Donna (new)

Donna Pearlman That makes me smile Lee because when I was working with students from China who came here last summer for a work experience at McDonalds the first things they asked (after requesting to be taken to their workplaces which I do applaud that ethic certainly) was - "Where is the Starbucks? How much is the biggest Latte? Coffee American?" :)


message 6: by Lee (new)

Lee Mavin Cool! That might be because Starbucks is so expensive over here. I large (venti) latte is 36RMB!


message 7: by Donna (new)

Donna Pearlman That is what I heard! I hear most food is more expensive there, the kids spent hours in the first American supermarket I took them to shop exclaiming over the prices I could not believe it. Then they prepared a fabulous meal (and invited me of course). I miss them. They are not "allowed" on facebook but we email and keep in touch. And they all still drink lots of coffee I hear :) So they must be super caffeinated smarty pants now.


message 8: by Lee (new)

Lee Mavin Im also not "allowed" on facebook. Careful, they might be listening. They might block goodreads too.


message 9: by Donna (new)

Donna Pearlman On a happier note, cheers to you with my coffee as I look over this wonderful book I have to edit here! By an author we both know well :)


message 10: by Lee (new)

Lee Mavin oh really? who might that be?


message 11: by Donna (new)

Donna Pearlman I think you will be finding out about the end of May ... ;)


message 12: by Lee (new)

Lee Mavin its not a collection of short stories ....is it?


message 13: by Donna (new)

Donna Pearlman Why yes it is! A very interesting and well written so far collection of fiction short stories I have until the end of May to edit but can't help reading sooner :)


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