25 March 2010

Coffee, glorious coffee

I love coffee. Love. It.

I talked to a friend the other day who mentioned that she had given up coffee for Lent, and I recoiled in genuine horror. Seriously?! She's a much better woman (and Catholic) than I. I mean, I get that giving something up for Lent is supposed to be hard, a true sacrifice, but wow. That takes it to another level. I was truly impressed. Please, God, don't ask me to give up coffee next year.

Go ahead and laugh, but one of the my Lenten promises was to give up impulse and emotional shopping. Yeah, it's a crutch for me. Who doesn't love a shiny new lip gloss when you're having a bad day? Or maybe taking 15 extra minutes to cruise the sale rack at Target, just because I deserve a little pick me up? I've worked hard, dangit! I should treat myself to a little something.

Hello, my name is Julie, and I'm a shopaholic. It's been two weeks since my last confession.

Anyway, I digress. I have not been sleeping so well lately, due partly to stress, and due partly to I don't know what, but I can't seem to stay asleep at night. I fall asleep fairly easily, but staying asleep....not so much. So my first inclination was to stop drinking coffee after about 2-3pm. So far, it's not helping a whole lot. I really don't want to take anything medicinal, like Benadryl (always works so well with my kids!) or Tylenol PM or even something like Ambien or Lunesta. But lacking solid sleep at night, I get up each morning to worship at the altar of Mr. Coffee.

I wonder if it matters that, since I've cut back on caffeine later in the day, that I've upped my morning intake by, oh, about three times. I never was very good at math.

A mom's gotta do what a mom's gotta do, to stay awake and semi-coherent till bedtime, right?


Lynn said...

This is not going to help your shopping problem, but if you want to buy something to help you sleep, I suggest Young Living's Lavender oil or Peace and Calming blend. Both are wonderful for the middle-of-the-night insomnia problem. Or I guess there's a glass of wine before bed, that helps too.

I love coffee, too!

Marianne Thomas said...

Never, never, NEVER will I give up coffee for Lent. Sugary things? Yes. Mom fuel? Not happening.

I do have to cut back a bit after three or so or else I'll be up half the night. But when I'm up half the night, I get sooooo much done so it's not all bad.


Some Suburban Mom said...

Lynn, I know I've heard you talk about Young Living before. I am sure Mel F told me about it too....where can I get it? I doubt this would count on the cosmic scorecard as emotional or impulse shopping. This is survival!

Some Suburban Mom said...

I totally hear you, Marianne. NOT happening here either. I told my husband about my friend who'd given it up and he gave me "the look" and said, "That's not a good idea for you." I told him not to worry ;)