Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Hazzards of Eating Coffee Icecream Before Bed

Yesterday was busy--Tuesdays usually are for me. When we finally got home from our cub scouts/church activities/meetings at NINE O'CLOCK AT NIGHT, I got the kids in bed (the baby was dead asleep--I changed his diaper and put him in footie pj's and he didn't even wake up) and I went and sat in front of the computer and looked at my story and thought: I need a break from editing.

So, I took the night off. Hubby is still out of town, and I decided to reward myself with a movie. I chose Iron Man (love that one!) and got myself a bowl of (drumroll please) Caribou Coffee Icecream.

Yeah, that was SMART. Since I'm not a coffee drinker, I am a caffiene lightweight. I finished the movie at midnight, and I was surprisingly AWAKE. I went upstairs and noticed the formal living room was a bit cluttery with baby toys. So I cleaned it. Then I noticed the kitchen still had a few things out from dinner. So I tackled that. Then I went to go to bed, and saw that I'd messed up my perfect shoes looking for the "right" pair to wear a few hours before, so I fixed that. Then I STILL felt awake, not a bit sleepy, and I went and folded the basket of clean laundry I had sitting in the laundry room. Then I dusted the guest room while I was back there in that part of the house. Then I detailed the guest room bathroom. THEN I went back downstairs and made ten birthday cards from scratch for women in my church ward who had birthdays this month. Then I sat in front of the computer and realized I still didn't feel like editing, so I went back upstairs and organized the towel closet. De-junked the kid's cubbies in the Mud Room. Swept up the crumbs underneath the high chair. De-fooded the high chair seat cushion. Opened up the mail and shredded about seven days worth of junk mail. Gave myself a manicure.

After all that, I STILL wasn't sleepy. But it was 2:30 am, and I needed to go to bed. So I got into bed, and lay there, staring at my ceiling fan. It was looking a little dusty...

Long story short, I will never, EVER indulge in coffee icecream close to bedtime again. Unless I'm pulling an all-nighter for some reason or another.

Right now I feel like I've just crashed and burned. Orange juice. I need orange juice...


Michelle Miles said...

LOL!!! I can drink a cup of coffee before bed and it doesn't bother me. Then again, I drink A LOT of coffee during the day. ;)

Anonymous said...


Yeah, if you're not used to caffeine, having it after about 7 PM can really mess you up.

But you got a lot accomplished!

However, because you're not used to it, you couldn't focus to edit. Totally understandable.

Pat yourself on the back for all you got done during your caffeine rush, tuck the knowledge away that if you ever need to pull an all nighter, that ice cream is a lot more fun than straight-up coffee, take a nap this afternoon, and feel better.

The Bean Cassarole said...

Ha! Even I (a seasoned coffee drinker) knows that if I do that, I'll regret it later. On the flipside though, you did get a lot done, and that means you don't have to worry about it for a while today, so cool.

However; still funny. :)

So um, when are you going to send your wonderful sister some of your story? *givesyoupoutysmilelook*