Thursday, January 12, 2012

A Day Off

Well, yesterday ended up being a kind of day off of sorts.

First, the coffee maker has finally broken! Waa! When I woke up realizing I didn't smell freshly brewed coffee (since I program it to brew at the same time my alarm clock goes off), I immediately headed to the kitchen, bleary-eyed, only to find a malfunctioning machine (meaning, it basically went kaput! and failed to turn on). Needless to say, it was a day off from caffeine. It was hard!

I ended up having to go out for coffee. I need caffeine more than I care to admit. I just couldn't face the whole day without it! See, I sometimes go for a time not needing coffee, but then something prompts me to start drinking it regularly, and in larger than normal amounts (going from 8-9 hour shifts to 12- to 14-hour shifts at work . . . or starting graduate school . . . you get the picture).

Since I hadn't weaned myself off coffee after my last semester ended mid-December . . . well, it was kinda hard simply going without it this morning.

So I decided to go to the bookstore, where I could sit in the cafĂ© with one of my current reads (Death Come for the Archbishop by Willa Cather) and a mocha. (And a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup cookie.) Partly because I had some time while Livie was at school, and partly because I won't get much of a any chance to just sit and read for pleasure (with a coffee and a treat) once my semester starts. Okay, so maybe I'll have some time before I go to bed, because I usually try to allow 30 minutes of pre-bed time to chill out and read before turning out the lights. But that's not exactly the same as treating myself to 30-45 minutes of leisurely reading in the middle of the day, just because I feel like it. 

And let me tell you, as soon as that mocha hit my tongue - it was like liquid gold! Such a welcome relief, partly because it tasted good, but also because it seemed (after a few minutes) that it took the edge off a headache I'd developed earlier in the morning. I wasn't sure if it was solely due to sinus pressure or the lack of caffeine. Who knows? The headache never completely went away, so maybe it was a combination of both?

Anyway, the second reason why yesterday was a day off was because I'd accidentally whacked the top of my foot (just below the middle toes) on the edge of my dresser Tuesday afternoon. I'd been running around doing something (barefoot) and boom! It hurt like a you-know-what. I immediately wondered if I'd broken something! (After a bit of icing, I realized I hadn't.) I woke up yesterday with a massive bruise on my foot along with some soreness . . . so I figured I'd just skip the run/walk today. Tomorrow will have to be on the elliptical at the gym, because we're supposed to get snow (finally?) and blowing winds tomorrow.

And third, it dawned on me that my semester starts NEXT WEEK!! I start school on Tuesday afternoon! I knew it was coming up, but the realization that it's in less than a week really surprised me, if you can believe it.

So starting next week, I'll be back to sitting at a desk looking something like this:

 And glad I study at a campus like this:

. . . but will most likely look something like this (that is, until Mother Nature changes her fickle mind once again):

Oh, and that reminds me, I am going to do another "4 Seasons Series" (like this one). I've been thinking (since around October) about good locations, and have narrowed my choices down to two spots; I'll make my final decision on my first day of class next Tuesday. I definitely had fun last year taking photos in each season from one particular spot on campus and have been looking forward to doing it again.

So be on the lookout for that photo . . . I should have "The Winter Shot, 2012" posted within the month, I'm assuming.


Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

We got a new coffee pot for Christmas. The twins broke the carafe on our old one!

Jill said...

Good job on taking some "me time!" You certainly deserve it! So sorry about your foot through. Ouch!

Teresa said...

My husband always asks me why I have my shoes on....
I have stubbed my toes more times than I care to mention, "that's why". for some reason I can't control where my feet go, so I'm taking the necessary precautions.

I heard the midwest was supposed to 'finally' get snow.
Hopefully there won't be any horror stories of cities getting dumped on by feet and feet of powder.

TexWisGirl said...

i get the caffeine withdrawal headaches on days i have to fast for doc appts, etc. seems if i don't get it in my system first thing in the morning, and add it later, the headache lingers - until the next day when i can return to normal morning coffee! :)

Becky~ said...

Love the me time,its always necessary.Im a new follower found you on Jills blog.I hope the foot get better soon.


Sandy said...

We got a new coffee maker for Christmas. Hopefully it doesn't breakdown anytime soon. We have a fancy one that grinds and all that jazz-it's like liquid gold You will need to make sure you have insurance on your coffee pots during your studies. =)

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Sonya, I've so enjoyed your blogging while you were home from school. I'll miss your regular posts, but I totally understand how limited your time will be once school starts.

You deserved that coffee and quiet time reading -- with all you do! :)

Randy said...

I have heard that Willa Cather book is a good one. I will have to put it on my list.

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