Today I am grateful for coffee. It's funny: unlike many of my peers, I never drank coffee in college or during the years I worked in hospitals (often on the overnight shift). When I was younger, I didn't like the way caffeine made me feel, and I didn't like the bitter taste of coffee (though I've always loved the way coffee smells, oddly enough). If I needed a little "jolt" of energy--these were the pre-energy drink days, remember--I would quickly drink a Dr. Pepper.
As soon as I became a lawyer, though, and started spending the majority of my working hours sitting at a desk reading and writing, I got hooked. I started slow: a few yummy caffe mochas while studying for finals in law school. (Hey, they tasted almost like hot chocolate but allowed me to focus!) Pretty soon I had a daily coffee habit going. I still love caffe mochas, but I more often drink coffee with just milk/cream and spl.enda these days.
I have given up coffee a few times, especially during the years we were TTC--and I drank NO caffeinated beverages during my pregnancy--but I always end up slipping back into the habit. Now, working full time as a lawyer and being a mother to twin infants, I wouldn't even consider quitting coffee! I need it to get through most days. I carefully limit my intake to no more than two cups a day, but I don't think I could give it up entirely.
Oh, and can I also say that I'm grateful for a little invention called the Keurig? MM doesn't drink coffee, and it just doesn't make sense to brew a pot for one person. . . so the Keurig single-cup brewer is perfect for my weekend cups of coffee.
Ahhhh. . . . .