i love you coffee

October 30, 2009 |  Category:   life


…but I missed you today. OK, I did have half a cup at 10:30am, but since I had been up since 6am for an 11 hour meeting, it was rather late considering I was awake for 4 and a half uncaffeinated hours. Horrors! I think I’ve mentioned on here that I wasn’t a coffee drinker until 2001 when I started working in this one particular office. I didn’t even drink coffee the whole 5 years I was living in the Northwest, nor any of the years that I went to college or grad school. Say wha?? How did I…what the… I know. Unthinkable, right? Especially living in Washington and Oregon, hello!

But here’s a funny thing. Coffee machines have gotten really fancy since the last office I worked at had their little Mr. Coffee maker in the kitchen which started my addiction to coffee in the first place. I remember when I started a month long on-site freelance gig at Oxygen Media, I waddled over to the kitchen with my mug on the first day (I was 7 months pregnant with Claudine) only to stop in my tracks when I was faced with a choice of 3 massively huge coffee makers. No no, these were machines. Huge. With lots and lots of buttons. Like what was I supposed to do with these things? I stood there for about a minute, staring, then turned around and walked back to my desk, coffee-less. I think I went coffee-less for a few days before asking someone to show me how to use the big scary machines. Why so long, you ask? I don’t know. Maybe because people would then know I was a freelancer and the new person around the office, or they’d judge me because I was about to drink a cup of coffee, but was clearly hugely pregnant. You know, stupid stuff that was just compounded by pregnancy brain.

When I left the house this morning without any coffee, I figured that the facilities I was headed to would be catered with breakfast. I was right, but resting on the kitchenette counter was a coffee maker…but where was the pot with freshly brewed coffee? *@%#& I don’t freaking know how to use this single serve coffee maker!

As you know, I keep a very late bedtime of around 2am and then wake up around 7:30 or 8 each morning. Having to leave the house so early this morning required some major adjusting of my schedule and it was disorienting to walk to the subway in the dark. When I got off the train at Bryant Park 35 minutes later the sun was just starting to rise. I had 10 minutes to spare, so I sat in the park for little while (oh, by the way guys, they are already starting to set up all the booths for the Bryant Park Holiday Market, gah! It’s not even Halloween yet!). I had my camera with me but I didn’t take pictures. I just liked sitting there in that dusty light watching the city emerge from darkness. Even at that hour, the streets and sidewalks were buzzing with people on their way to work. It’s not that I particularly love midtown, but that right there, at that moment in the middle of all that morning activity, made me feel alive. I rather enjoyed the whole ritual of “going to work”. As long as it’s only once in a while.

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  • neta October 30, 2009 at 3:51 am

    I never drink coffe ( I’m almost 48 years old ) just don’t like the bitter taste. I sometimes envy those who do, they can finish a good meal with a cup of coffee, or grab one of those coffees to go on the way to work ….I just have my boring water bottle 🙂

    I love the way you write, i can close my eyes and picture the places you describe !!

  • selkie October 30, 2009 at 6:25 am

    I love my morning coffee. I love my AeroPress to make my coffee.
    J.S.Bach said “Without my morning coffee I am just like a dried up piece of roast goat.”

  • Amanda October 30, 2009 at 9:26 am

    I love seeing a city wake up. It’s one of those serene moments where you realize that the city is almost it’s own person, quiet at night and flurried with activity in the morning. And I am a BIG coffee addict. It’s the only reason why I survived college 🙂

  • Mrs Soup October 30, 2009 at 10:45 am

    I live in Oregon and don’t drink coffee. Chai on the other hand, especially Oregon Chai…that I’ll do.

  • mixette October 30, 2009 at 11:59 am

    An 11 hour meeting?…damn…

    I didn’t drink (coffee my family was *so confused*)until I was almost 30, done with college and grad school and had bought my first house. A coffee shop opened in the neighborhood – this was the early 90’s and Austin was late to the party re: coffee. They had great food too, and it became THE place to walk to and meet up with friends. It started with an innocent Cafe au Lait, and I’ve been hooked on morning coffee ever since.

  • maría isabel October 30, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    i love coffee, i always have. i remember drinking coffee since i was very little, only it was cafe con leche wich is lots of milk and like two drops of coffe.
    i need my cup of joe every morning (even weekends). otherwise, i’ll spend the day cranky and unable to focus.
    i usually just have it with some splenda but when i want to make it “special” i add some brown sugar to it, cinnamon or two drops or vanilla. oh, i bet your cookies are great with a nice cup of coffee! *drools*

  • th November 1, 2009 at 7:55 am

    “GAh!” indeed. hehehe Firstly, your hours are insane… although similar to mine, which I guess makes me a little insane too, and secondly oh for the love of caffeine! They need to get some simple old-school makers happening there…


  • Manya November 1, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    Mmmmm….coffee! I’ve been drinking ever since I was 15. I’m now 48 and still love the smell and the taste of it with just a bit of milk (no sugar). The coffee in Barcelona is greeaat, the coffee in China a nightmare, and the coffee that I make at home the best of all. A caffeine I.V. please and I’ll be happy like a pig in shit!

  • Alexis November 1, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    Hello! I just found your blog through a few things from my life blog… I am glad I did! Your pictures are beautiful, and your musing is hilarious and very refreshing!
    I didn’t drink coffee till I had my third child…. Now I don’t know what I would without my morning cuppa joe…. Like this morning for example, we ran out of beans. Hubby and I are in a dazed frenzy to go out and buy coffee to “function”. LOL