February 9, 2009

GOOD MORNING!!

OH HEY!! GUESS WHAT I AM DOING?? THAT'S RIGHT I AM DRINKING COFFEE!!

I am trying to learn to like it black, which---character-building, or exercise in futility? It's not so much a NUTRITION thing, although my "coffees" were getting to be more and more like heated, melted, coffee-flavored ice cream, as it is a CONVENIENCE thing. It is a fair amount of fuss to mess around with....okay, fine, so it's not all that much fuss to spoon in some flavored coffee creamer. But I was also adding about 1/3rd mug of milk, and I heated that separately in the microwave first, nice and hot but not so hot that it boiled and got an icky skin on it, and then I added the coffee, and then the flavored coffee creamer, repeat for each cup, TRUST ME IT WAS A LITTLE FUSSY.

Seems like we should make some small talk to catch up. Did you, uh, have a good weekend? I DID NOT. I was in a crappy mood for some reason NO NOT PMS, JUST BECAUSE I AM "EXPECTING A VISITOR" DOESN'T MEAN I "HAVE PMS," and in fact finally I decided that if I was going to feel so foul anyway, I might as well get some HOUSEWORK done. So I...well, I MOPPED. The FLOORS. And I CLEANED THE TOILET.

And of course everything is already dirty again, which just proves my usual contention that cleaning only leads to more cleaning, and that not-cleaning makes more logical sense. But, fine, the top of the toilet tank is still clean, and that does look pretty and shiny I'll admit. And the floors do FEEL a little nicer under the sock feet. And it was awesome that RIGHT AFTER the floors were dry, the cheese slid off an english muffin pizza onto the floor, and I just picked it up and put it back on the pizza. For about one full minute there, YOU COULD EAT OFF MY FLOORS. And one of us DID! (Not me, though. I gave it to one of the kids.)

38 comments:

Kristi said...

Black coffee? You should have your head examined. Seriously. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm off to add a little coffee to my creamer...

Hillary said...

I was in a good mood all weekend, so ignored the light scum all over my house. Isn't it funny how that works? If I'd been cranky, I probably would have scrubbed everything, if only for the excuse to huff around the house and force everyone to move because, hello?!, they're in my way.

Giselle said...

I know I've said it before, but I'll say it again...I love your theories about a clean house. Because it is so true over here. I only clean when I am crabby or in a panic because people are coming over. And then I am even crabbier, because my family messes up my hard work 20 seconds after it is finished.

But black coffee??? What is the point? You might as well drink green tea. At least then you get the antioxidents. If you're drinking non-sweet, non-yummy stuff anyway. Excuse me while I go warm up my yummy creamer with a bit of coffee...

Shelly Overlook said...

Oooh, I love to clean when I'm in a really pissy mood. I can clean more faster and more efficiently, all the while mumbling in my head about how I am the only one around here that does a damn thing in this bleeping house and a certain someone has no idea how lucky he has it, etc etc etc.

Nowheymama said...

Hey! I was grumpy and cleaned and posted about it, too! I have to brag when I clean something because it's so unlike me!

Kristin.... said...

Ugh, black coffee is like rocket fuel. I take it with a Splenda and some half and half. And sometimes some hot chocolate and it's a yummy mocha.

Cleaning, especially in the winter here, isn't worth it. The kids track in snow, which has dirt mixed in and it gets all over the floors. And you're right; as soon as it gets clean it gets dirty again. That said, I cleaned the two sinks in my bathroom last night while my oldest was taking her shower. So, I managed to do one thing. :)

Fiona Picklebottom said...

But it's so AWFUL black. Why drink something that doesn't TASTE good? This philosophy also applies to beer vs. yummy mixed drinks as well. Instead of milk and spooning dry creamer in, try those International Delights creamers. In my fridge right now are chocolate mint truffle, white chocolate coconut, chocolate eclair and chocolate caramel flavors. They are yummy and no trouble at all.

Also, I WAS actually considering cleaning today, but your futility of cleaning logic is making more sense now...

andlaughing said...

black coffee isn't an exercise in futility! i started on coffee black when i was barely a teenager and forced myself to drink it, and now as a 21-year-old the taste is really comforting and wonderful.

and think of all those calories you'll save :)

Jill said...

Ohh no! Really, no one takes their coffee black? I don't like anything in my coffee, just strong and black and delicious. Unless it's a latte, in which case it's espresso anyway and no one (American) drinks espresso by itself, right?
That said, if you're going to drink it black make sure you actually *like* your coffee. There are some nasty brands out there that can be easily disguised with milk and sugar or whatever, so be sure you get a brand that actually tastes good. Or buy one of those small samplers of flavored coffees to try a few kinds. Shopping *and* coffee! What's not to like?

Ellen said...

I can't do black coffee, only iced coffee, year round.

I was going to have a good weekend no matter what after a hectic day on Friday (which included going to work with spaghetti on my shirt, outed myself in blog post today).

We had an amazing weekend—went to this great aquarium, kids had the time of their lives and when they're that happy, WE'RE that happy! Got great photos. We all fell in love with two hippos.

Angella said...

My "coffee" is a FULL cup of milk, heated in the microwave, a spoon of instant, and a dollop of sugar-free syrup.

I wouldn't have it any other way ;)

Tess said...

You know how I feel about black coffee. I mean, assuming you've committed everything I've ever written online and in emails to memory.

ANYWAY.

I started out drinking black coffee from the get-go, as a PRE-TEEN, but I can imagine it would be tough to go from Fussy Coffee to black.

I myself like black FLAVORED coffee best. Dunkin Donuts, or Ghiradelli, or even Folgers has a good cinnamon-flavored.

d e v a n said...

haha! My family can't pick up food off the floor without dog hair on it unless I have literally *just* put the mop and broom away.
I have been trying to wean myself down to black coffee too, but so far? No go.

d e v a n said...

PS - I just read some survey that said Eight O'Clock is the best tasting coffee. Maybe it would be good black??
My Folgers isn't. I plan to try Eight O'Clock next time...

Jess said...

I spent most of the weekend packing, which, you know. Not fun, but necessary and oddly satisfying.

Torsten likes coffee black, which is relatively new. A lot of it depends on the quality of the coffee.

Misty said...

This weekend was Honey's birthday, so there was a lot of Honey-focused activities, which mostly consisted of eating out for every meal and baking yummy stuff. He is my kind of man. ;)

Kristine said...

Not a fan of coffe at all myself.

I hate that my bad moods are always about PMS, when they're not. Can't a person just have a bad attitude once in a while.

SP said...

Having your child eat the cheesey muffin that was on the floor is exactly why you are my nomination for best REAL mom ever!

Jenny said...

I'm a splenda and a liquid creamer type of gal myself. So funny, when I saw the title "GOOD MORNING!!" on my google reader I thought to myself "she must be drinking coffee".

My only type of cleaning this weekend was hanging up some of the kids clean clothes that have been in a pile on my trunk for about two weeks now and keep getting shoved on the floor and I debated just washing them again. I am The Lazy.

Alice said...

i only like coffee when there's a packet of hot chocolate dumped in it. and then, uh, it does INTERESTING THINGS to the ol' tum and subsequent body parts, so.. really.. i just don't drink it barely ever.

and i only clean when i have company :-)

Kerry said...

I started drinking coffee black after spending 2 weeks in Italy and drinking small cups of espresso after every meal. I never really got used to the espresso, but it did mean that black coffee tasted wonderful in comparison! I've had black coffee ever since.

Miss Grace said...

You never SHOULD eat off of my floors, but often? I do.

Gaby said...

I, too, clean thoroughly when I'm in a cranky mood. It's really the only time I can stand to scrub down our showers. And, like some of the others, I'm grumbling in my mind the whole time.

My weekend was amazing, thanks for asking! My birthday was Friday, and I took the day off of work (a win right there, I tell ya). My plan had been to hang out in a bookstore all day, reading and drinking coffee, but my headache had other plans. But, I had a wonderful dinner with my husband, went out with the in-laws the following day, and, oh yeah, BOUGHT A HOUSE! Holy cow. It's too crazy. It's my husband's and my first home, and we just found out about this morning, and I'm all excited about it, and RUN ON SENTENCE! YAYAYAYAY!

Ahem. Yes.I'm excited. My sister-in-law said, "Wow, nice birthday gift," to which I replied, "Yes, and it's going to be a nice one for the next 30 years!"

Kristi said...

You are too right about cleaning leading to more cleaning! It is a viscious cycle and one I choose most of the time to ignore! I mean, why get started down that road unless you HAVE to, right?

I'm a BIG stuff-in-the-coffee girl and have recently started drinking it with just a bit of soymilk. When I was trying to wean myself off the milk/flavoring I replaced it all with 2 Tbsp of 1/2 & 1/2 - which has a great, rich taste so losing the sugar was easier. Then after a bit, Ireplaced the 1/2 & 1/2 with the soymilk. Worked great for me! My next step is black - and I've heard that once you go black, you never go back!

sil said...

i vote for switching over to green tea - then all you have to do is boil the hot water :) it's so tasty too! try the zen tea by tazo. cleaning is my hobby! i LOVE it!!

Melissa H said...

To give you hope, I did adjust to black coffee, mostly for convenience, but I gave it up recently. But it is possible (unless you drink Starbucks which is FAR too strong to drink black).

Joanne said...

I think it makes you a tough guy to drink your coffee black, and I mean that in the best way. I drink more and more coffee with each pregnancy, which is to say that I had NONE at all with my first and sometimes ONE a day with my second and this time EVERY DAY I have my caffeine serving allotted to me by my doctor. I like to make a big fuss over my one or two cups of half caff so I can't be bothered being a tough guy but maybe once I'm finished gestating and nursing I'll try it.

I'm sorry about your weekend, but I smiled thinking of the top of the toilet tank being so shiny!

Kim said...

Self-admitted coffee wimp. I salute you.
I was in a good mood over the weekend, but not anymore. My dog hurt his ankle really badly and I'm worried about him.
Wow, just spreading the joy aren't I.
I will shut up now.

Saly said...

I drink my coffee black, LIKE A MAN!! Or, er, like someone who can't be bothered with fussy coffee. I do enjoy cream and sugar in an iced coffee though, but that is a special summer treat.

JK said...

Amen on the "cleaning begats cleaning" and it should probably just be avoided philosophy.

I couldn't do the black coffee thing... I just opt for a little (well, a decent amount) of whole milk in my coffee and don't worry if it's not steaming, but that's just my solution. If you can drink it straight you're a better woman than me!

xo.

DCMomma said...

Oh man, you can drink it black? I've tried but get this aftertaste that totally I can't handle. I have gone back to instant right now, milk and sweet n low. It isn't as many calories.

You crack me up about the cleaning. It is so true. You clean and turn around and it's like a hurricane hit full of toys!

Bethtastic said...

I say that coffee is only good if it tastes like dessert... otherwise...meh.

Say, have you drawn my name for the cool name painting give-away yet? :)

Kelsey said...

If I cleaned every time I feel lousy lately my house would be immaculate! Instead I tend to invent games that allow me to lay on the floor with Michael...

Michelle said...

Hee hee! I'd have totally given that pizza to a wee one, too! Yay productive you!

Blogilicious said...

I also clean in a fury-there's just something about it. Hopefully, today was a better day!!

Astarte said...

Hahahaha!!! I would have given it to the kids, too!!!!!

Black coffee?! If you mange that, you have to tell me how. I'm a 2tbps creamer and 1tbsp sugar kind of girl. Oh, even thinking about it makes me want MORE.

Frondly said...

Black coffee: only good if you have dark chocolate to dip into it so you can eat it all melty.

Lately I've been heating milk and using an "aerolatte" to make lattes.

O wait. You want to be LESS fussy.

Jen in MI said...

Black coffee is my life-blood! Maybe it will help if you think of the fact that a cup of black coffee has more actual coffee, therefore more caffeine?