Coffee – Life Juice

The story of how I met my true love – Coffee

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Before I started college or working or anything that required more brainpower than the norm, I was a tea drinker. I never liked the smell of coffee and I definitely didn’t like the taste. Anything coffee related I would turn my nose at, even chocolate which I unquestionably have a love affair with! I now drink coffee every day and probably sink about 3 or 4 cups before 10am. I saw a great ‘meme’ the other day which pretty much summed up my feelings for coffee now and it did make me laugh (I’ll try and find it and put it in this blog) So where did it start? How did I become this caffeine infused monster?

Well I can actually pinpoint the exact place and time that I realised coffee wasn’t just a drink and more of a tool or an aide, just like smoking and alcohol, which you can use to manipulate and stimulate the body and mind. A tool which, after time, becomes an acquired taste. I was 17 and we were on a family weekend away at Alton Towers. It was a ridiculous time in the morning and we’d stopped in a services to wait for the others who were in another car and quite a bit behind. I couldn’t sleep and was in need of something to keep me going. After a bad experience with energy drinks when I was younger I opted for a Caramel Macchiato from Starbucks and certainly wasn’t disappointed, the caramel took away the bitterness that I hated in coffee and I felt so much better in terms of alive-ness. Even after this realisation I didn’t become a consistent and abusive coffee drinker until a couple of years ago when I started working in an office. It wasn’t until then that I realised how valuable and how big a part of my daily routine coffee would become! Be right back coffee break …

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The change of work from laborious hands-on, to becoming a pen pusher/key tapper sat in a chair had a big effect on the way my body and mind used and needed energy. I started frequently going to the gym to replace the activity side of things, but it was the mental aspect that was the hardest to come to terms with. The constant use of brainpower from the minute I step through the door just isn’t what I’m used to, nor wanted to get used to apparently (I much preferred the extra hour sleep I’d get in the van on the way to site XD). That’s where my dear old friend coffee and I became an inseparable pair. I take my coffee in all forms, espresso-latte I’m not fussy. Until it comes down to freeze-dried or powder then I’m a bit of a snob and refuse to drink any cheap brands.

Weekends are my only real downtime from knocking back cups of coffee like I’m on a night out playing catch up with the guys. I like to kick back, relax and chill. Although I do have a couple it’s nice to let my brain recuperate from the caffeine smashing through the week.

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I honestly don’t know how I’d cope without coffee in my life anymore. I probably rely on coffee now more than I do my family and friends and I’ve probably got some serious addiction that I should get checked out but I don’t care! You’ll never split us up! It’s me and coffee for life baby! Okay maybe that is enough coffee for one day…

I’m a little disappointed I couldn’t find the ‘meme’ I was looking for, something to do with one coffee being mandatory, two coffee’s being obligatory and so on, but hey-ho! Until next time 🙂

-The Bloggerman

Family’s an intricate entity!

The annual family fireworks get together was a lot more rewarding this year.

So firstly, I’ve been away for a while. To anyone who’s been looking out for new posts I apologise at my lack of activity.

I’ve always been under the assumption that you can only truly be yourself when you’re around closest friends; Those nearest and dearest who know all of your ‘quirky’ bad habits and your disastrous ‘imperfections’ that you may keep away from the public eye. Rest assured, I have many and I’ve always tended to portray a little bit of a different persona from the real me when entertaining family and guests. That’s not because I’m ashamed of who i am! Far from it, but I have family from different styles of upbringing and culture (Irish, Catholic, London, Country etc), so certain subjects and topics are usually frowned upon or avoided when we’re in our masses as a family.

Last Saturday was the annual family get together for the local Rye fireworks night. It was a pretty good turnout with about 75% of the family there (with ours that’s a pretty high figure :-), fallouts are common!) Unfortunately the procession leading up to the fireworks was mediocre in comparison to previous years, from what a remember a 45 minute procession was around the norm, but this year only a few bonfire societies and 2 floats trundled by, which made for pretty terrible viewing. A wet and windy day led to the sky being extremely smoggy from the wet timber that was on the bonfire, which resulted in the fireworks being hidden from vision. This was a double shame as a local hero, who went by the name of Jimper, was having his ashes sent up and scattered with the last firework and nobody got to see. Although the niece was extremely excited still so all was not lost.

Anyway, this is an annual get together and before all the hoo-ha started with the fireworks we all made our way down to Nan’s for a nice big buffet of hot and cold food and drink; Tea’s and coffee’s by the dozen, chilli, spag-bol, sausages, crisps, nibbles, it’s all there! Once fed and watered we all crowded around in the living room and people broke off into their own smaller conversation groups. Now my Nan, bless her soul, is an Irish Catholic who’s been brought up in a traditional manner away from all of the atrocities we surround ourselves with these days (so you can imagine the sort of things you wouldn’t normally speak about around her, drugs, sex, atheism etc), and she was now sitting there in amidst this conversation that everyone decided they would like to pipe-up on. I won’t go into too much detail but the conversation started by one member of family complaining that my Auntie had put the household Internet on lock-down due to ‘someone’ in the household going onto too many naughty adult sites. What followed was possibly the funniest part; the first person who was caught out was her partner, which led to everyone having a bit of banter. Our youngest cousin was the next victim of the lock-down and that’s where the conversation took a bit of a turn for the more cringey side, (I’m Lol-ing so hard right now, more-so for the look that was on my Nan’s face)  it turned out that the sites that had been visited were for cartoon adult sites. Everybody was now laughing and making jokes at each other expense and generally having a really good laugh about it, except my Nan of course who just looked a little shocked. It turned into one of those would-be horrendous dinner topics, yet it seemed so normal and nobody seemed to be alienated or to be in any form of discomfort.

It was at this moment, I leant back in my chair and took a moment for realisation and evaluation. No matter who I am, what I do or how I portray myself, no matter how strange or cringey the topic, I (and everyone else) can truly be myself and will be accepted within my family. I’m not an overly emotional person, but this realisation sent a really powerful warming feeling to me. This statement may seem a little obvious to some of you, or a million miles away from the truth for some of you, after all we’re all different and the same goes for our families. I guess it was just a really nice evening and I realised that, even though they’ll always be there for me, I probably take my family for granted a lot more than I should.

As I’ve been away I’ve got a couple of relative quotes too 😉

“Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.” – Michael J. Fox

“The love of family and the admiration of friends is much more important than wealth and privilege.” – Charles Kuralt

Until next time,

-The Bloggerman

 

29th July 2016 – Quote of the day

So I see a lot of bloggers that do a quote of the day, so I thought I’d jump in and start with one of my own. This won’t be a daily thing for me, but maybe a weekly, we shall see 🙂

 

“Knowledge is power! However knowledge does not help, if you do not act upon it!”

 

– The Bloggerman