Friday, December 29, 2006

A Bad Idea

This day needs to end.

I need to go home now.


It all started with losing 3 coupons for buy-1-get-1-free entrées at Noodles. I SWORE that I put them in my bag. Then, when it was time to go to lunch, I could not find the coupons anywhere. I dumped out the entire contents of my bag...twice! They were not in there. Where could they be? I couldn't remember putting them anywhere else. We drove home from work so that I could look in all the various places where I might have put them. Now, let me tell you, at this point, it was not about saving $5 on a bowl of Noodles; it was about proving to myself that I am not losing my mind! The Noodles coupons were never found, and we ended up having sushi for lunch, an upgrade some might say, but nonetheless, I have no proof that I am not losing my mind.

Back at work that afternoon, I was listening to one of the podcasts that I subscribe to, and it happened to be about holistic eating. One of the topics covered had to do with preventing memory loss. Two suggestions were: take cod liver oil, and stop drinking so much coffee. In an act of desperation, I decided to try both. I purchased cod liver oil tablets at the grocery store that night, and the next morning, I drank no coffee! I was bracing for the worst. I've had caffeine headaches before. I know they suck, but usually they last one day, and then it's done. Well, I gotta say, Day 1 with no coffee wasn't so bad. I had a mild headache, and a mild feeling throughout my body that something was missing, but no major head trauma. I figured I got off lucky this time. Then Day 2 came.

I woke up this morning with a mild ache in my head. Nothing I couldn't handle. That mild ache quickly escalated to incredible pain by around 9:30 am. I ate some food. That seemed to keep it at bay for a while. The unbearable throbbing returned again at around 11. No problem, I'll just eat some more food. I made Jordan take me to Qdoba where I ate my entire Naked Burrito in silence since any extra movement, including jaw movement and eye contact was painful. I was seriously considering making a purchase from the next-door Caribou Coffee, but I resisted. I told so many people that I was 'going off' coffee; I couldn't be caught in the act. When I got back to work, it was all I could do to keep my head upright and my eyes open looking at the computer. I finally gave in and had some tea with caffeine in it. That helped somewhat, but my head still hurts. I am worried that my forehead is going to be permanently stuck in this brow-furrowing crinkle that it's been in all day in an attempt to relieve the pressure. Typing this story is probably the most concentration I've managed to spend on one thing this entire day. If I don't feel better tomorrow, I'm totally having a latte!


Anonymous DQ said...

Oh my Gawd, Eikes!! Me and Anna can come over with a giant mug o something. Just call us the caffeine squad. We'll fix you right up!

This is the funniest dern thing I've heard you do...and that's saying something. Cod liver oil?

You R CRAZY!! I hope you feel better. Maybe try some red wine....hee hee

2:48 PM  
Anonymous Rae said...

I think neurosis is the first symptom of becoming a triathlete?

2:51 PM  
Anonymous dq said...

Yes...that and obsessing about every detail of your transition. Don't forget to time how long it takes to get your shoes changed....20 seconds is too long..chop chop!!

7:47 AM  
Anonymous rae said...

In fear of pain, I had a mini-latte this morning. It had one shot of espresso instead of two. I figured weening off of coffee would be the best way to go. No headaches today. Yeah!

4:10 PM  
Blogger Cowgirls Cycling Team said...

Rachel, in my professional opinion, you are definitely showing symptoms of TCD (Triathlete Compulsive Disorder). Seek help immediately (and not from a triathlete, as they are all equally crazy). Medicate if necessary.

Dr. J

5:05 PM  
Anonymous dq said...

Amen, Dr. J! Coffee coffee coffee....(chat it with me now)...

2:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

JHey -

You just need to lower your grade of coffee slowly, so that that total shock doesn't get to ya.

First - go with the preimum best quality "Instant Coffee". Make sure you buy creamer to go with it, to mask the taste.

Then when you feel you can handle it, go to the decafe instant coffee. Still get that coffee smell, he look of coffee, the hot mug in the hand and the hint of coffee with verturly No Cafiene.

By this time, you will forget how real good coffee tastes and will wonder why you ever liked "coffee" in the first place.

Your's truly,
the instant coffee queen,
Momma Schmitt

12:55 PM  

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