Ooh NOOOOO I am neglecting my blog again!
Here’s what’s new in this neck of the woods: some cosmic combination of seasonal allergies and weird dreams caused me to wake up this morning feeling as though a truck had run over my face at some point during the night. I don’t remember the dreams well…I was with young peers trying to navigate my way through a very RPG-dungeon-like high school library that was something like five stories tall and with stair-cases you had to work to get to (by “work” I mean “scaling walls and stuff”). The park near my house was also mystically large with fountains and a band-stand with a live band, and sat on a hill which I’m pretty sure was proportionally impossible for Central Illinois.
In the meantime, I am nursing this stuffed head ‘o mine with COFFEE.
Oh. Right, have I mentioned that I now drink coffee?! My family members are celebrating very privately so as not to ruffle my sensitive feathers — I now regularly DRINK and ENJOY not only beer but COFFEE?! Maybe aliens didn’t swap me with their true daughter! Also, it means that I could actually go and live in Europe and survive as well as not get funny looks. Seriously. We went to visit my sister over there a few years back and stayed with friends of my parents, and in the mornings during breakfast our hostess would offer coffee, and would always be nonplussed with she got to me and I said “no coffee, please…” and then she would prod me for something I WOULD drink that wasn’t just water (Europe is funny and frustrating to me because I am a hydration-via-water person through and through, and maybe it’s just the fact that Europe is so old and spent so many centuries without clean water and drinking alcoholic things because they had little choice, but water is not the same there as it is here — it’s expensive! Maybe treated a bit as a luxury? And dammit, people! I am a picky, spoiled American and I need freaking constant hydration!), and ended up always making me hot chocolate in the mornings because I guess it is sacrilege to not drink a hot beverage of some sort at breakfast. And the thing I found a little hilarious was that our hostess, though married to a Hungarian and living in Düsseldorf, was a MICHIGANITE transplant! And yet she still looked at me like “water?! YOU SO CRAZY, YOU NAIVE AMERICAN PERSON!”
But yeah. I really really do suspect that I’m a little bit of a super-taster, because it’s just taken me so LONG and such repetitive actions to get into booze and caffeine. Beer was odd, I really was not a fan when I first started drinking it because, well, you know. Bitter things. But I kept making myself drink it when given the option, for like THREE YEARS. People would offer and share with me really amazing beers that I couldn’t quite appreciate because all I tasted was BITTERNESS. But somehow that has changed, and now I am a beer enthusiast. It is fun to try different things, and to observe and enjoys the myriad flavors and over-tones. Also, as a side-note, cask ales are…….wonderful. Truly, beer is for me a successfully acquired taste. I wish I could say the same for wine. I guess the shame of the situation is that now that I’ve found some alcoholic beverage that rocks my world, I am content to stick with that one beverage and not explore other possibilities. Maybe I should work at this.
Anyway. Coffee. I really enjoy it. I’m not sure how it happened. I think it had to do with a pretty great iced mocha and the small and insanely productive caffeine-high that came with it. The very next day I did half milk, half coffee with a good bit of sweetener in a small cup. And been going on something like that every since, with decreasing amounts of sweetener. So far, it’s an afternoon thing, and it’s been just a small cup for the most part. The few times I’ve accidentally managed to ingest crap-tons ‘o coffee have resulted in severe jitters or sleep issues, neither of which is fun for anybody.
So let us all cheer for me, and my overly-sensitive taste-buds. Yaaay!