I used to be deeply, deeply suspicious of people who did not drink caffeine. The ones who on being invited into my home and offered a latte or cappuccino would meekly turn me down with, “Oh no, I really shouldn’t, could I just have a hot water?”
NO YOU CAN’T. Are you really SO PURE that you think a latte is BAD? I don’t know how we are even friends. I suspect they are cut from the same cloth as those who would turn up to my house at 8pm at night and when offered a drink would request a peppermint tea instead of a beer. This is the type of person I used to call “freaks”. They were my nemesis. And now I am one of them.
Since giving up caffeine, I have invested lots of energy into finding a decaf that actually tastes like coffee. My success rates have been mediocre; it just ain’t the same without the caffeine fix. I have branched out recently into herbal and fruit teas. My latest experiment was liquorice tea. The packet says, “No wonder the Egyptian Pharaohs treasured the aromatic liquorice root.” I say it tastes exactly like the after taste you have in your mouth when you have spent the morning being sick following a night of too much alcohol.
Summary: tastes like puke and evokes vague feelings of shame.
Nothing else has been that bad. I’ve also tried camomile and honey, lemon and ginger, peppermint, fruit teas in general. Nothing however compares to my own invention! Hot Wapple. This is my patented design of 1/3 to 1/2 apple juice warmed in the microwave and topped up with hot water. Normal cold wapple is just called “Wapple”. I am so sure that nobody else has ever thought of this so I am not going to google it to check. I sometimes also have Worrange (note: I feel it is grammatically correct to spell this with 2 rs. Don’t judge me, I do know how to spell orange).
WARNING!!! DO NOT USE ORANGE WITH JUICY BITS. This is wrong, more wrong than you will ever know if you are lucky. It’s got a bit of the liquorice-sick-association to it.
Aside from experimenting with caffeine-free beverages, I have made some headway on the to do list I made when I thought my IVF was delayed by months and not weeks (12 days until I start the down regulation drugs again fact fans!!)
1. I have done 2 runs. Not 3 I know, but it’s been rainy and what kind of lunatic runs in the rain? Not my kind, I can tell you that.
2. I have made rag rug progress. You can also see my finger toes, lucky you.
3. I have cooked a ton of new meals, including 3 Thai dishes and some gluten free chocolate chip and cherry cookies.
4. I have done some work on a painting I started. Obviously I am far too shy to put a picture of this up, so you will just have to believe me.
5 Crocheting fell by the wayside, but I did draw my husband a cartoon of our IVF story this week, which he called, “really horrible, but funny”. At least I presume he was talking about the cartoon and not me.
Anyway, I digress. I could kill for a latte right now. Does anyone out there have any good coffee/tea replacement hot drinks? I am getting desperate.
Finally, as an aside, I am also deeply suspicious of people who play Catan (the board game. I believe it is called Settlers in the US). Have you ever played it? It is the worst thing that has ever happened to me. Only agree to play it if you like the thought of actually dying from boredom. Maybe that’s the fun of it, will I survive or not? Maybe I should go have a hot water to calm my fraying nerves.