Monday, September 21, 2009

My Friend Jen

I have a friend who is seriously the energizer bunny. She just goes and goes. Her plate is always full but you wouldn't ever know it. She can balance like nobody's business. You know that saying? The one for the military and how they accomplish more before 6AM than most people do all day? That's my friend Jen.

I've known her for 20 years now and I've been in constant awe for what she can handle. Just recently she had her 4th and 5th child. Yep, twins. You wouldn't even know it. Somehow she has just kept ticking like twins were the average, everyday experience.

It just so happens that Jen had 2 college students living with her over the summer. After a weekend at her parents' house, she returned to her own home and her own coffee. For 4 days Jen was dragging. All she could think of was that her trip home had been more tiring than she thought and she just couldn't catch up on her sleep. It wasn't until 4 days later that Jen realized her college student guest had switched out the coffee from caff to decaf.

Finally her Achilles heel was exposed.

After being in awe of my energizer bunny friend for 20 years, I've finally discovered her secret. Coffee. If only I could handle caffeine without becoming a jittery mess. Maybe I could raise 5 kids with my hands tied behind my back too.

Nope, probably not.


  1. College students drink decaf now? Man, am I behind the times!

  2. I love it! I used to react to caffeine that way too, but I built up my tolerance. Try a week of half-caff and see how that treats you. Eventually you can work up to half cocaine, half coffee. Then you WILL be able to scrub the adhesive off your slate entry flooring, all in one afternoon.

  3. This post got me thinking about how I (maybe) use coffee as a crutch. So, today I tried to abstain. Worst. Idea. Ever. I've had hangovers more fun than the caffeine withdrawal I experienced today. Finally I broke down and ordered six shots of espresso...I felt better in no time! So, I decided that caffeine isn't really a crutch, it is just the modern Mother's Little Helper!

    *And sadly, six shots of espresso didn't make my hands shake even a little bit.

  4. Well, Viv, at least it's only coffee right? It could be much worse. I'm starting to get it. I'm easing myself in, Jen...slowly. Why didn't anyone tell me this secret a LONG time ago???