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The Coffee Chronicles | Day 32

I gave up coffee for Lent. Those who know me understand the tremendous undertaking that I have gotten myself into. I will be tracking my progress throughout Lent. Let this be a lesson to all…

Positive steps have been taken in my decaffeinated recovery.

It’s day 32 of my coffee logs. I have reintroduced coffee into my life, but the coffee is of the decaffeinated variety. Ah, yes, I am drinking that good ol’ decaf coffee. It seems to me that decaffeinated coffee is the ultimate contradiction. Why drink coffee if not for the flux of energy that comes along with it? Decaf coffee is poser coffee. It’s frontin’.

Some have accused me of breaking my Lenten promise. I understand that it seems my sacrificial gift to God has many loopholes. Let me clarify that I gave up caffeinated coffee for Lent, not just coffee. It’s not just the caffeine, it’s not just the taste. Otherwise, existing on soda and decaf coffee would not be such a tribulation. Alas, coffee–the caffeinated kind–has cast its spell on me, and I fell victim.

Easter fast approaches. I wonder what the future holds for me. Will I, once again, be enchanted by the temptation of coffee on Easter morning? Or will the spell be broken? Alas, I cannot tell.

Until my next log, dear diary, keep in mind these pearls of wisdom are my bequest to you.

Puppy yawns, scented candles, and boy bands,
Jen

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The Coffee Chronicles | Day 3

I gave up coffee for Lent. Those who know me understand the tremendous undertaking that I have gotten myself into. I will be tracking my progress throughout Lent. Let this be a lesson to all…

Dear Diary,

‘Tis the third day, and a toilsome day at that. I’ve gone without coffee now for 72 hours–a feat in itself. I have been downing green tea, chamomile tea, Earl Grey tea, and English breakfast tea. The caffeine withdrawal headaches are beginning to subside, so I am relieved.

It’s still difficult to watch those around me sip their piping hot coffee, the aroma of roasted coffee beans lingering around them. I clutch my paper cup with my green tea still steeping in the bag, and I want to weep. Oh, cruel world!

Butterflies, glitter, and hearts,

Jen

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The Coffee Chronicles | Day 2

I gave up coffee for Lent. Those who know me understand the tremendous undertaking that I have gotten myself into. I will be tracking my progress throughout Lent. Let this be a lesson to all…

Dear Diary,

It’s day two of Lent, and I find myself feeble and weak-minded. Last night, I actually sat in the drive-through line to get one–just one–cup of medium roast Starbucks coffee. When the car ahead of me finally pulled up, I turned the wheel to the right and pulled away. I barely escaped what could have been a horrible relapse.

The caffeine withdrawal is agonizing and harrowing. I had gotten in the habit of drinking a pot of coffee in the morning, two to three cups at work, a cup after classes, and two or three more cups while doing homework in the evening. Essentially, I was jonesin’ for coffee at all hours of the day. I dream of a happier, caffeinated self.

If I can’t give up coffee for Lent successfully, I’ll be phoning Dr. Drew. No doubt. Wish me luck, my dear diary.

Kisses, sunshine, and unicorns,

Jen

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Anyone Else Notice This?

I find it fairly odd–and disturbing, even–that so many of my friends on Facebook have temporarily closed their Facebook pages for Lent. On Ash Wednesday, several statuses read something like, “See you in forty days,” or, “Goodbye, Facebook, until after Lent!”

It isn’t that these twenty-somethings are quitting the social networking site–that’s fine; however, the fact that surfing the Web is now something people consider to be a substantial enough part of their lives that they feel they should give it up for a religious holiday says a lot about how much time and energy we put into mindlessly clicking links (that was a super long sentence–sorry).

Are people of faith becoming a little lazy when it comes to acts of purgation and atonement? Or, has the internet really saturated all aspects of life, making the act of not using it a sincere sign of penitence? This isn’t just a question of religion–that’s just a small aspect of this discourse–but a question of how deep we are in the Web.

This is getting too philosophical. I haven’t had any coffee in days, and I can’t imagine trying to tackle my own wondering. Oh, well…

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