And We’re Back

Winter break is over and this is the first week back to school.  Grad school is fun.  Ok, maybe not fun in the classic sense.  Fun as in “OH GOD! OH GOD! WE’RE ALL GOING TO DIE!…or maybe not”.  Let the coffee addiction resume.  de59c5577515037fb1cc413196a96272


Zzub Zzub Baby!


I’m what you would call sensitive to caffeine.  Some people can drink Pepsi all day and be just fine (you know who you are) .  I am not one of these people.

I made the mistake of getting a fancy coffee drink just after lunch today. The honest reason is that I ordered it because I’m currently serving time on desk duty and we aren’t allowed to have food there and I was hungry (as in painful hunger grumbles). So a big glass of hot flavored milk goes a long way for a grumbling tummy. 

I usually pass out on the couch around 8:00… And now it’s almost 10. NOT SLEEPY!  Ugh. Bring on the sheep!

That Old Black Magic


A few weeks ago I got a Keurig drink station. It is more than a coffee maker.  Its very basic function is too heat water in specific quantities based on the model. In the box along with my new favorite gadget was a sample of eleven different flavors of coffee and one tea K-cup. A K-cup resembles a creamer cup you see in restaurants but about three times the size. Open Keurig’s lid, pop a K-cup in, close the lid, and select the cup size you want to brew.  Ta-da! Sweet nectar pours into the awaiting coffee cup below.  At less than a dollar a cup I’m so happy to be able to have great coffee at the press of a button. 

Remember that sample pack I mentioned? One of the flavors is Dark Magic.  A smooth, deep, solid cup.  Flavored coffees are good sometimes but not regularly. At least for me.  Granted Folgers has K-cups and that’s all fine but I seriously suggest Keurig owners get a box of Dark Magic.  Amazing stuff people.  I like the apple cider, the chai, and the teas but this is by far my favorite.

*This post is not sponsored by any company.

Backward Logic or Mix-up #10

Yes, I know it’s Wednesday.  However I was debating on waiting until tomorrow to post this because (not to rub it in or anything but I find myself in the middle of a 5 day holiday) my “Monday” will be Thursday.  Why did I decide to take 5 days off from the Pit of Despair?  Well you see… I could.  Every year we have what is called a leave scramble.  You are expected to know when you will want to take vacation time for the next year.  Yah, not so much.  How do I decide when to take time off a whole year in advance?  Find one of our thirteen observed holidays and make a long weekend out of it or open the calendar and pick a random day.  Super scientific I tell ya.  Since yesterday was a “real” holiday most people would have enjoyed a three-day weekend.  Greedy little me needed a bit more time away than that to practice my Jedi skills.  I’m really trying to work on not getting so worked up and learning to relax.  If you know anything about first-born kids you know how well this is going.

Enter the theme for this week’s Mix-up: relax damn it!

Only Time~ Enya

Make fun if you will but I’ll bet I’m not the only one that hums along when this comes on at the store.  Also good to sit in a comfy place with a candle or two and some incense (I like Nag Champa) and just breathe.

Let Her Cry~ Hootie and The Blowfish

It’s taken me a while to really like the sound of Hootie and his fishy friends but for whatever reason this song is the perfect stop-and-mellow-out sound.

True Colors~ Phil Collins

Not only was I an orchestra nerd I was also in every choir I could sign up for in high school.  I had fun as an alto and first soprano was a challenge I accepted gladly.  This was one of the songs that a ladies ensemble I was in performed for state competition.  Nine of us walked away from that performance with gold and a new favorite song in our hearts.

A Long December~ Counting Crows

Back to that friend I kind of dated back in the day.  Lots of time spent listening for the answer to what seemed like a dark question.  Some music helped and some just made me feel that what I was going through was ok.

18 Days~ Saving Abel

Sometimes hope and strength are found hidden within a melancholy song.

Let Him Fly~ Dixie Chicks

I don’t often admit to listening to country music but I have been caught enough to say… yes, I’ve heard of the Dixie Chicks.  I like them even.  This song especially.  Picture a poor little teen girl freshly dumped driving just to drive… this song blaring as the little green Saturn makes it all better.

Cry Me a River~ Diana Krall

To be honest I’ve never heard of this artist before looking for this song.  She really makes me want to head down to Nola now.  Ugh.  vPod has several different artists performing the song.  It’s been in my head off and on for a couple of weeks and figured it needed to be released onto you good people.  I’m off to find out more about Diana Krall now.


Now if you’ll excuse me I’m going to enjoy my last free hours before I have to return to the Pit of Despair tomorrow.  Good book, tasty coffee, free time.  I’m happy.

How to save a buck and still stay caffeinated

I have found since I’ve started playing the Dave Ramsey money game that my budget for caffeine has increased.  I never realized how much money I was spending over at Celestial Dollar coffee hut.  Now it’s rather sad that the $30 I budget for two weeks of eating out really is just coffee type drinks.  I’m a sucker for a skinny mocha.  Or a skinny white chocolate mocha.  Or a… well you get the point.

Here’s the bad part.  Most people only have a Celestial Dollar either to or from work.  I’m not so lucky.  I have one about ten feet from my office door.  We are lucky (?) to be able to put our order in on the way to the bathroom and by the time we are finished washing our hands our giant cup of hot frothy goodness is ready and waiting.  If you figure that each cup of this divine beverage is about $3.50 my measly budgeted $30 is only enough to procure eight glasses of happiness.  Average work week is 5 days.  Budget is for every 14 days, 10 of which are worked.  I see a gap.

There must be a better way.  Enter my friend Hills Bros (or Hills Brothers for those who remember a more retro time).  I have found my secret weapon to help balance my budget.  White chocolate caramel cappuccino.  For the price of one large venti order of cappuccino I can have an entire container of powdered goodness.  Apparently per the nutrition on the side of the box this is supposed to be able to make 17 servings.  Ok so math time… $3.55 / 17 = $0.21 per serving!!  Saving me ultimately $56.80 for every 17 servings.  SCORE!  Go now and there’s even a coupon on their site for $0.50 off.


Can't wait to try the other flavors!