Addicted

My not so strange addiction: Coffee – Does it come in an IV bag?

So…I may or may not be addicted to caffeine – coffee actually. Umm…I wouldn’t necessarily call it an addiction either, but a dependence on the substance (oh look I rhymed without even trying). Yes, yes, I know they’re essentially the same thing (same shit different pile… yada, yada. I get it.).

My addiction worsened during school and it seems to have drawn out now that I am no longer on campus. I sometimes drink between three to five cups of coffee (sometimes tea) a day. And as expected I’ve hit this perpetual cycle of dependence and over indulgence.

I drink it when I’m sad, tired, angry, annoyed and need to relax. I drink it for it’s flavor and as a refresher. Turkish, Espresso, Cappuccino, Latte, Americano, Regular – Iced or hot doesn’t matter. Francise coffee like Starbucks, Bridgehead, Tim Hortons or homemade, cold brew… shall I go on?

Coffee is coffee.
And coffee is so fucking good.

Before I drink coffee, I get withdrawal headaches. So I drink coffee for the purpose of ‘waking my brain up’; and added bonus is the headaches tend to go away. Then I have a second for ‘taste’, then a third because I’m ‘craving it’ after a few hours. All of this is followed by a caffeine headache – which is probably just dehydration.

See where I’m going with this?

Essentially I’m stuck in this cycle and I can’t seem to get out. I’ve done the ‘no caffeine week’ challenge where I replaced all caffeinated beverages with herbal teas and water. That sort of worked….but you know, once the week was over, it was back to square one. Maybe I’ll do it again and let you know how that goes.

Do you have any not so strange addictions?

 

Reading Challenge

Every year, I set myself a goal for how many books I’d like to read in a year. The number for this year was a lot smaller than most mainly due to the fact that I was working on my research project – which is thankfully almost done. By the end of the month, I will have a lot more time to read things for pleasure rather than academic purposes.

Here are a few books that I hope to complete by December 31st.

  1. Neil Pasricha, The Book of Awesome
  2. Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat Pray Love
  3. Mindy Kaling, Is Everyone Hanging out Without Me?
  4. Jim Butcher, The Dresden Files: Grave Peril 03
  5. J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone
  6. Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl
  7. Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Le Petit Prince
  8. Chris Nihmey, Two Sides To The Story

Fiction

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Sleepy-faced, and disheveled hair stared back at me through the looking-glass. Blue eyes irritated, bloodshot, pupils dilated. What happened last night? How did I get home? Where is my phone? Turning the faucet, I let the water run cupping my hands into a bowl-like-shape to wash away the residue gunk off my face. My head, it throbbed, pounding, making my eyes feel like they were going to pop right out.

I felt like a zombie. I looked like some creature right out of a horror film ready to pounce like a cat on a mouse. Speaking of which… where is my cat? That thought was immediately interrupted when I tripped and was sent to the floor by something soft and fuzzy at my feet, leaping onto my chest with a purrr that could shatter glass – or at least it felt like it could. I needed to find something for my hangover and quick.

Something glistened at my night stand, from the limited sun that shines through the cracks. I rolled over and picked myself up with aid from my bed, stumbling my way over. A bottle of rum: that was all I needed. Picking it up, I took a swig making a sour face, the bitter drink burned down my throat like hot coffee. I groaned in pain as my stomach disagreed with my decision to drink more.

I took another swig in hopes of the burning sensation to go away, but instead it got worse. My legs gave in and I collapsed to the floor writhing, as my muscles tensed in anger. The bottle fell from my hand pouring out onto the shaggy carpet as my body felt limp to any other sensation around me. When I looked carefully, I noted the label. It wasn’t rum.

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I would love it if you could tell me what you think; tell me how I can improve my writing and grammar. Tell me what you think is missing, what I can do more or less. All criticisms are welcome. Thanks!

 

Quick Blog Update

Hello lovelies,

I just wanted to fill you in on some blog updates. I am done with my thirty-one day beginner blog challenge. I had a lot of fun writing each post, some a little more than others but that’s pretty normal I guess. You can probably guess which posts were more forced than others… ¬†Anyways! Writing used to feel like a chore when I was in school. I had no motivation to do anything outside of school work. Now that I am almost done, and have more free time to write about the things I want to write about. I’m more motivated and frankly, it’s a lot more fun. ¬†I am looking for new, inspirational, and exciting challenges to try. I’d also love it if you gave me ideas, and prompts that you’d like to see me attempts. I’m open to just about any suggestion.

See you around,

B

 

 

 

Quirky

#31: Weird quirk of mine.

This is kind of like the bad habits post right? But more so something I don’t mind? I don’t know… here are some of my weird quirks I guess:

  1. I like wrapping myself tightly in blanket burritos.
  2. Despite my brutal honesty in certain situations I always happen to think of something better to say hours later. I don’t know if that’s a quirk, but it happens.
  3. I turn the sound down in the car when I’m trying to park, find an address, or when it’s really dark and I can’t see well – as if it will help me focus better.
  4. I phonetically sound out certain words to help me spell them.
  5. I will notoriously listen to the same song over and over again until I get sick of it. Then claim to dislike the song later, only to listen to it over and over again.
  6. I will check my phone consistently if I’m bored or placed in a really awkward situation – hoping that something on it might rescue me.
  7. Checking my purse for my wallet and keys even when I just placed them both inside. And checking the stove before leaving the house – I don’t know if that’s a quirk or just paranoia.
  8. I sometimes bite my lip when I’m thinking – focused as fuck.
  9. I have a serious sweet tooth.
  10. I karaoke sing in the car.
  11. I really like puns – puns are funny.
  12. I can’t think of anymore.

Comfort Food

#30: Favorite Comfort Food

In no particular order:

  1. Chocolate
  2. Mac and Cheese
  3. Chicken Noodle Soup
  4. Cheddar Buttermilk Biscuits (like the ones you get at Red Lobster)
  5. Deep Fried Cauliflower
  6. Chili
  7. Mashed Potatoes
  8. Baked Potato Wedges
  9. Cheesecake
  10. Pie in General
  11. Cinnamon Rolls
  12. Strawberry Tart
  13. Pasta in General
  14. Carrot Cake
  15. Cookies in General
  16. Peanut Butter
  17. Waffles
  18. Soup in General
  19. Grilled Cheese
  20. Ice Cream
  21. Brownies
  22. Multi-Layer Spinach Dip
  23. Pita Chips
  24. Nanaimo Bars
  25. Perogies
  26. Tabouli
  27. Hummus
  28. Poutine
  29. Cheesy-Garlic Bread
  30. Pizza
  31. Popcorn
  32. Ice Cream
  33. Baklava
  34. Petit Fours
  35. Chips
  36. Falafels
  37. Pekoras
  38. Stuffed Grape leaves
  39. Barbecued Foods
  40. Fresh Veggies
  41. Fresh Fruit
  42. Kibbeh
  43. Sambousek
  44. Makanek (spicy sausage)
  45. Anything I’m Craving that Makes me Comfortable.

 

 

Shit I want to do before I die

#29: Top things on my Bucket list – updated

  1. Be a leader in my field.
  2. Be a tourist in my own city.
  3. Climb a fucking tree (to the top).
  4. Create a piece of art and sell it.
  5. Dive/jump off the high dive board.
  6. Do a push-up handstand – without assistance.
  7. Do a themed run.
  8. Do more feminist-y things
  9. Drive a seadoo. 
  10. Drive a snowmobile.
  11. Dye some of my hair an unnatural color.
  12.  Eat alone at a restaurant.
  13. Fall in love.
  14. Find a new hobby
  15. Find treasure with a metal detector.
  16. Fly first class.
  17. Get my abs back.
  18. Go Bungee Jumping.
  19. Go cliff diving.
  20.  Go ‘ghost hunting’ with friends.
  21. Go on a Hot Air Balloon Ride.
  22. Go on More than one Road Trip.
  23. Go Scuba Diving.
  24.  Go Sky diving.
  25. Go to a bonfire/build one.
  26. Go to Movies by myself.
  27. Go wine tasting.
  28. Graffiti something.
  29. Have my blog recognized.
  30. Host a game night (make it 1920s themed).
  31. Knit a scarf.
  32. Learn something new and be good at it.
  33. Learn to play poker like a champ.
  34. Learn to skateboard.
  35. Master a new language.
  36. Meet Someone Famous.
  37. Paint something at Paint Nite.
  38. Party in a forest.
  39. Plant a tree.
  40. Play a game of paintball.
  41. Race a go-kart again.
  42. Read a banned book.
  43. Read a hundred books in a year.
  44. Ride a bike across the city.
  45. Ride a camel.
  46. Ride a Horse and Carriage.
  47. Ride a Zip line.
  48. Road-trip across Canada.
  49. Survive my five to six years as PhD candidate.
  50. Swim in a Pool at night filled with glow sticks.
  51. Take a self-defense class.
  52. Take a train across a country.
  53. TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) certificate.
  54. Throw a themed party.
  55. Unplug for a week.
  56. Visit the seven wonders of the world.
  57. Walk a Suspension Bridge.
  58. White Water Rafting.
  59. Write my name on wet cement.
  60. Continue being a bad-ass queen.
  61.