Wednesday, August 27, 2014

These are a Few of my Favourite Things: Coffee, Starbucks and Me

Interestingly, I'm writing this post while trying hard not to drop into sleep.
It is after a long day though.

Heh. Next favourite thing I almost cannot live without: Coffee.
A good friend of mine used to joke that if caffeine ever becomes a banned drug,
I'll happily declare myself an addict and counsellors would have one of their toughest clients.
(We're in the social service sector by the way)
Another offered to find me a caffeine drip
when I was trying to wean myself off a routine of up to 8 cups daily.
A colleague experienced me and my withdrawal symptoms
when we brought some of our youths out on a 5-day Outward Bound camp.
We were out at sea and there was absolutely no coffee to be had.
Not even the 3-in-1 packet kind.
And she joked that it would be the best way to get me out of a job.
Deprive me enough of coffee,
I'll stop functioning.
Nowadays, I'm less addicted.
Most days I'm able to stop at 2 to 3 cups,
and the max I'll go is 4 cups.
I admit though, the only reason why I started weaning myself off was because of a health scare.
My blood pressure actually shot all the way up to above 180.
Of course there were many other factors at that point in time:
crazy working hours, no exercise, lack of sleep plus a diet that was a lot of fast food and late night dinners.
I remembered my doctor had to take my blood pressure at least 3 times that day;
she thought she had a faulty equipment.
The moment my doctor heard about the daily 8 cups though,
she yelled at me. Literally.
So it was time to cut down. I promised.
Having said that, I still need my morning wake-up cup.
And yes, my day is not the same if I don't have a wake-up cup of strong coffee,
but I can deal with it now.
And one of my favourite coffee joints to get my cuppa and breakfast on the way to work:
They do have a pretty decent array of wraps, sandwiches, pies.
I particularly love their beef pie and the egg white, mushroom and cheese wrap.
So in honour of coffee,
I spent an hour digging for these 2 OPIs that had coffee in their names:
Espresso Your Style,
2 coats + HK Girl TC
Los Angeles Latte,
2 coats + HK Girl TC.
And that's not all!
I also did a Starbuck stamping manicure!
Though I have to confess,
I did this one as a rush job in under 45 minutes.
And as you can tell,
I didn't even bother to wait for the stamping to be dry.
I just had to dab on the topcoat and run
even if I knew I'll be in smudge-city.


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