Wednesday, October 27, 2010

fall in the kitchen

Life is stressful, and I find that everything that I can do to reduce the amount of anxiety I experience is worth the sacrifice.  Even the previously unthinkable, unimaginable, ultimate sacrifice: giving up coffee.  Being a coffee lover (the taste, the smell, the comfort of holding a warm cup in a car on a dark early-service morning...) I of course refuse to give up coffee completely. But I have switched to decaf.  Just as satisfying for the things I love about coffee, without the anxiety it induces.  And I found to my surprise, mornings are much more pleasant and less grumpy.  My own body actually wakes itself up instead of waiting for a drug to do it.  E went off caffeine too (he was up to 2 or 3 energy drinks a day!) And guess what? Although he will never be a morning person, I can actually talk to him at 6 in the morning, while he's still lying in bed with his eyes closed, and have a conversation (what is your schedule like today?... remember, there's soup in the fridge for lunch..., please limit yourself to 2 slices of zucchini bread today, instead of half a loaf...etc) and he actually responds in coherent phrases (i'm doing a couple of trash-out bids.., ok thank you...i will try...etc). Amazing.

I have also found that cooking is a wonderful stress reliever.  Last week was particularly stressful, and I dealt with it by making a butternut squash seafood chowder, and zucchini bread fully loaded with coconut, chocolate chips and pecans. very therapeutic!


  1. Hahahahahahahaha... What a great Post. And how funny. Yes, coffee anyway we can get it. I have almost an entire bag of Decaf in the freezer. It never goes bad, right...? I want you to cook for me. I would never want to deny Anyone their therapy...

  2. Aishi, Mom made me do it.... but I like what you said about buck-o. I'm not the verbably creative one in the fmly but I liked your blog and also "thank you" for the lovely card, I can see that you and Buck-o are getting in the same rythem that will last a long time. Keep up the good work. Love Dad