I’m cranky. I can't think straight. And I’m bouncing off the walls. It's Day Three of Detox, and I’m channeling Diana Ross in the movie “Lady Sings the Blues,” when she’s going cold turkey in her padded jail cell. Forget cigarettes, Jimmy Choos, or crack cocaine. Caffeine has got me in its grip. And hello, I know I’m not the only one. A super-sized coffee-to-go has become the accessory-du-jour for celeb and soccer moms alike.
Yup, a cup of joe is definitely my own mother’s little helper. It started innocently enough when my kids were small – one cup to get me up enough to gently shove 'em onto the school bus, another later in the day to push me through the carpooling, and lots in between. But because my doctor says caffeine is causing my sleepless nights, I've decided to embark on my own personal rehab – cutting down on the number of cups I drink per day, switching to a half-caffeine, half-decaf brew, and even buying caffeine-free Diet Pepsi. Though I’ll NEVER give up that morning mug, I am cutting back.
So how’s it going? Well, just today I showed up at the wrong time for a hair appointment, took a DVD back to Blockbusters only to find the box was empty, AND tried to return something from Staples to CVS. Fortunately, after giving up on getting anything done, my friend Lucy, home nursing the flu, called to ask would I mind picking her up a pound of ground Starbucks house blend? Mind? One good ten-minute whiff of the air in my local Starbucks and I felt positively revived.
So now that I’m breaking my grip on my drug of choice, I’m looking for a good substitute. Please, please, please tell me they make caffeine-free chocolate.