Coffee Times 3 = Caffeine Crash

Happy Tuesday all! Hope your week is going well so far!


Hubby is on an egg-frying roll and made another fried egg with more Whole Grain Goodness toast with locally roasted coffee.


I added a side of kiwi for moi.


A bunch of my bosses were in town today, so I got extra dressed up for work. I even wore a suit jacket! Hazzah!

And while I have your attention, but on a completely un-related note, do you read Hyperbole and a Half or The Oatmeal? If you don’t, you should because they are freakin hilarious!


I’ve been inspired to draw myself as a cartoon. Ta-da! Note red triangle dress…because all stick figure girls wear triangle dresses. Oh yea!

These and other cartoon-based sites made me realize…you know…some things really can’t be captured with photographs. Sometimes you can’t take pictures of things…like memories or awkward situations or situations that you make up in your head that don’t actually happen or when all your bosses are in town with you in a conference room for many hours in a row and you don’t want to look like a total weirdo taking pictures of yourself in the corner. Sometimes, even though they’re not nearly as funny or interesting as the hundreds of other web sites that already do them, drawings can help you tell a story, just like photos, videos, and vlogs. Not to mention some things are far more interesting and dramatic when portrayed in silly stick figure drawings.

Like when I had a major caffeine crash today.

See, normally, I have 1 mug of coffee a day and that’s usually enough to get my day started upward and onward. But today, for whatever reason or another, I decided to have not 1, but 2 extra cups of coffee over the course of the day. Yikes. The result…

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At first a supreme caffeine high whereby all work tasks and obstacles seemed like no challenge for caffeine-jacked-up-me. I was going to be productive!


Unfortunately, my caffeine high was quickly followed by a complete dip in energy, which triggered a downward spiral into sluggishness and confusion.

Ok, so that’s a lot more dramatic than it really was, but I definitely think 3 cups of coffee was not the best idea. I felt more tired than awake, as though the caffeine triggered my fatigue instead of masking it.


Lucikly, I did get plenty of work done today, formed cohesive sentences in conversation, and pulled through long enough to make my way home to succumb to my sleepiness. With a mountain of to-dos hovering over my shoulders, I instead chose to put on PJs and get started on cartoon-Diana (see first drawing) and browse the internet. Meh, sometimes it’s good to be lazy, no? My laziness didn’t last long (30 minutes?) because hubby came home ready to get started on dinner.


I transformed the balsamic reduction from the Roasted Pear salad from the other night into a honey-balsamic glaze for grilled chicken. I really just added about 1 tbsp honey to the about 1/4 cup balsamic reduction left, plus some salt and pepper.

Hubby grilled the chicken, which was just seasoned with EVOO, salt, and pepper.


I set aside extra sauce for dipping later.


And we had the grilled honey-balsamic chicken with steamed broccoli and spinach orzo.


Plus a donut for dessert. Ok, half a Texas donut if you want to get technical.

How many cups of coffee (or other caffeine) do you have a day? Do you ever max out on caffeine?

16 thoughts on “Coffee Times 3 = Caffeine Crash”

  1. You are a girl after my own heart with that donut. I can pass up cookies, brownies, but not donuts. Love them. ESp warm, fresh ones!

    I’ve never been big on caffeine. Not that I have anything against it, I’ve never been that into coffee etc so I feel like I’ve never known how good it can be—so I don’t need it, haha.

  2. I’ve never been a fan of coffee, even drinking just a little bit makes me nauseous and jittery. I drank one of those Starbucks Frappuccino drinks once, and that was enough for me. Felt like I wanted to pass out.

  3. I don’t really drink coffee, but I drink an energy drink and sometimes I can ‘overdo’ it 😀

    these drawings are cracking me up!! 🙂 I LOVE allie (hyperbole) AND the oatmeal…

    your drawings are reminding me… didn’t I draw you an ice cream cone once?? 😀 (I HOPE it was you…)

  4. I got so addicted that even 3 cups a day wasn’t enough — I would crash by 3pm and then felt miserable for working out and blogging.

    I weaned myself off and now have one (and only one!) big cup in the morning, followed by some tea later in the day if I really feel sluggish.

    I’ve noticed that drinking lots of water through they day helps keep my energy levels up, too.

  5. I LOVE Hyperbole and a Half! I can’t read it at work because it makes me literally laugh out loud and then my co-workers think I’m crazy.

    I usually have one extra large (a typical tall to-go cup) of coffee every morning and sometimes have one refill mid-morning at work. I try to stay away from coffee from noon on.

  6. Coffee and I are BFF – and, I have to say the caffeine doesn’t even phase me. I blame my mother for that one since she drank Ice Coffee throughout the entire time she was pregant with me. I can drink a coffee at midnight and still fall asleep with no issues.

  7. Fun fact: I just read Hyperbole and a Half right before visiting your blog. How random is that? 🙂

    The honey chicken looks great. I haven’t been able to find a place with good honey chicken since moving.


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