September 24, 2006

At the semi-sucky, horrifyingly crowded fair on Saturday.

Today’s geocaching outing; JB discovered a very handy way of carrying the GPS (clipped to the top of the stroller).

Taking a break on our walk this afternoon, it was surprisingly warm all weekend.

Riley’s incredibly loud, freaky zebra toy. Which he loves. Of course.


.004 seconds later. Man, babies are psycho.


Is it possible to just sort of hit a wall, caffeine-wise? To develop such a large tolerance no amount of Starbucks or Diet Coke can penetrate? If so, what does one do about that, go cold turkey for a while to detox? I can’t nap (see: small child, neediness thereof), I can’t snort giant lines of cocaine (see: jail, avoidance thereof), and I’m tired (ooh, somebody call the wahmbulance). I need GO-JUICE, preferably in the form of a tasty beverage rather than, ha ha, “exercise” and “eating right”, and I swear my tried and true methods of caffeine delivery are FALLING DOWN ON THE JOB.


39 Responses to “Weekend in pictures”

  1. Katie on September 24th, 2006 9:52 pm

    As always, GREAT photos and hilarious commentary! Love the Woe photo. That is the perfect caption.

    Have you tried Red Bull or Rock Star yet? I’m scared of those drinks because they make me twitch and I’m sort of breastfeeding…and is that dangerous? But, yet…they offer a delicious high!

  2. Katie on September 24th, 2006 9:53 pm

    P.S. Is that the SUV of baby strollers? That thing is ROCKING. And should be on Sundrybuzz, methinks.

  3. Alex on September 24th, 2006 9:56 pm

    I’ve gotten to that same effectless point of no return with caffeine. It saddens me when I get there. I try to wean myself then, ‘cuz it always tickles my fancy when one Diet Coke gets me all wired again.

  4. Mo on September 24th, 2006 10:11 pm

    Maybe you should upgrade to starbucks drip…. There’s so much more caffeine in it (like 200 mg compared to 40 mg/shot of espresso). You can put a syrup in it and some soymilk or half-n-half and it is quite delicious.

  5. Sara on September 24th, 2006 10:30 pm

    I recently changed my coffee beverage. At home, we’ve been drinking french press for awhile, which is still great — I recommend it. At Starbucks (or other spots) I now order a 12 oz coffee with two shots of espresso thrown in. Without the soy/milk and sugar added, I have more caffeine-induced energy and not as much of the “fullness” and sugar crash later on.
    God, I am such an addict.

  6. Mona on September 24th, 2006 10:52 pm

    If that’s the Rolls Royce of strollers, then I’m wheeling the Dae Woo. I agree with the sundrybuzz request.

  7. Nicole on September 25th, 2006 12:30 am

    I would never have survived the first year without my secret stash of Coke and my morning coffee was slowly growing in size as well, so when it all stopped working I thought I would have to throw myself out the window. Then, completely out of the blue, a girlfriend told me that she had started taking mega doses of Vitamin C and it was like a miracle drug. She told me to use the brand Solgar (which is just a really high quality brand of vitamins), 1000 mgs tablets. Honestly, I think its working really great. I don’t get jittery like I do when I get a caffeine overload and I think I really notice the difference when I take the pills. Its let me get my caffeine intake under control which is probably really good, as well.

  8. Lesley on September 25th, 2006 1:05 am

    I recommend a java chip frap with whip on top. The sugar buzz will keep you manic for a hours, guaranteed.

  9. Melissa on September 25th, 2006 4:31 am

    I’ve hit that caffeine wall before…not a good place to be.

    However, I must ask – have you had a physical recently? (If you’re like most mothers, the answer will be no, because after our bodies eject the baby, our own health usually comes last on the list of priorities.) Is there any chance you may be anemic? It makes you so sleepy and lifeless feeling, and at times, nothing helps. (Voice of experience speaking here.)

  10. Weetabix on September 25th, 2006 5:04 am

    Wow, that bottom picture is SUCH a Sundry smile!

  11. Jessie on September 25th, 2006 5:12 am

    Hey, do you think you could send some of that suprisingly warm weather this way? Because I’m already sick of this fall shit. It got cold here way too fast, and we still wanted to embark on one more camping trip this season.

    Love the pictures, as usual.

  12. Kelly on September 25th, 2006 6:23 am

    Have you tried a Turbo from Dunkin’ Donuts? A shot of espresso in a cup of coffee. Ahh, delicious. Starbucks does the same thing, I think they call it a Red Eye.

    This caffeine wall sounds scary and awful. My sympathies.

  13. Melissa on September 25th, 2006 6:29 am

    Count me in for wanting to know what kind of stroller that is!

  14. kara marie on September 25th, 2006 6:35 am

    I would take a break. Like a three month break. And it will suck, and you will be angry and headachey at first, but you’ll feel a lot better after about three weeks. And that pesky working out/going for a walk early in the morning really perks me up for quite a while. Teas with ginger, ginseng, and echinacea wake me up too. (Bonus: after a three month break, even a can of coke will work again!) I also second the getting a physical idea.

  15. Nancy on September 25th, 2006 6:54 am

    I heard they just did or are coming out with a drink called “Cocaine” which is (300%+ ?) stronger than Redbull? Google is your friend.

  16. Jamie on September 25th, 2006 7:12 am

    Ok – that picture with the zebra? Riley looks JUST like the guys who conduct the super-descriptive demos of cars at auto shows…you know, the hot ones in suits and wireless mics? (ahem.) Raised, alert eyebrows and everything!

    “…And here is the ultramotagraphical saddle plate, which provides exceptional toddler lumbar support. All surfaces are self-sanitizing in case of fecal blowouts, projectile formula vomiting, etc. You can upload your own tinkly, xylophone polka style music straight from the internet to the unit. No woman will be able to resist the polymahyperlytic animal display on the prow – yeah, baby.”

  17. Paula on September 25th, 2006 7:32 am



  18. Erin on September 25th, 2006 8:35 am

    At the times when caffiene simply doens’t cut it, I actually sit and think to myself, “hey, at least I’m not hungover.”

    No kidding, it actually works. At least for a moment, and sometimes that’s all I need.

  19. Kari on September 25th, 2006 9:02 am

    I’m actually slightly anemic, and as strange as it is, iron pills aren’t working. Maybe I should start drinking coffee. I generally hate the taste. :shrug:

  20. Melissa on September 25th, 2006 9:34 am

    Not to hijack this comment section, but to Kari – I have struggled with anemia before (and find myself in the same place yet again), and I found in the past that it took my levels to be on the high side of the ‘normal’ range before I noticed a difference in how I felt. And when I finally got there, I told my husband, “I feel like I’m alive again!” It was a miraculous difference from how I felt even when I was at the low end of normal. Oh, and one other thing. Coffee interacts with iron pills and inhibits their absorption, so don’t start drinking coffee if you can help it. (Me? I’m addicted to coffee, so I have to try to time my iron pills around my cups of joe.)

    And to make this tie in to Sundry’s comments, see? Even being slightly anemic makes you feel tired and run down. Worth getting checked if you haven’t had a CBC done recently.

  21. MRW on September 25th, 2006 9:48 am

    I think you do hit the wall with caffeine after awhile. I hit mine the year tax season coincided with having an 18 month old – after awhile they didn’t make a big enough coffee- I was still exhausted. I eventually stepped down and decaffed entirely for awhile. God it sucked, but I felt better after a week or two. Plus when I did have to stay awake after that, one coffee would usually do it. I recommend giving it a try. I won’t lie, I was crabby as hell, got nasty headaches for two days and was totally wiped out, but when you hit the wall, drastic measures may be the way to go.

  22. Kristina on September 25th, 2006 10:34 am

    The fried twinkies and candy were outside the fairgrounds, and the bathrooms are plentiful, just not marked very well. The fair is um, well, shall we say, icky. my advice do a mid week trip next year and not on a ‘school/bracelet’ day.
    the disgustingly unhealthy food and the cute animals always bring me back and this was the first year we let our son walk around the fair with his friends, so spying was a great new adventure we got to add to our eating caramel apples.
    yeah, and the caffeine things, only a good diet and exercise will help that, makes you not want or need the pick me up.

  23. Audrey on September 25th, 2006 11:00 am

    I agree with the anemia comments — whenever I’d feel really tired for an extended period of time in college, I’d go get tested (I have a history of it). Now that I’m pregnant, I’m anemic again and I hate to imagine how awful I’d feel without the iron. I’ve also done the no caffine thing for almost two years now and it’s been great! (And I know you don’t want to hear this, but it was easier for me to quit the caffine when I was exercising in the morning.) Also, then when you REALLY need a pick-me-up, the caffine actually works! Good luck on regaining some energy.

  24. Niki P on September 25th, 2006 11:10 am

    I’m not loving JB’s hat. Not at all. What’s up with that??

  25. Tina on September 25th, 2006 11:24 am

    Have you tried intravenous? You know, maybe just hook up some puuuure caffeine to an IV drip. I’ve considered it myself a few times… Yay college. ^.^

  26. Sonia (DDM) on September 25th, 2006 2:21 pm

    I recommend a thyroid blood work up. That’s my excuse for the unshakeable tired. When I feel really beat up and caffeine isn’t helping, I have my thyroid checked and 8 out of 10 times, that’s the reason.

    Also, Sweetney turned me on to Vitamin Water, and OOOOOH! It’s good. And I think it helped with my energy levels while recovering from The Back To School Ebola Virus.

  27. Sara on September 25th, 2006 2:49 pm

    I actually was thinking I liked JB’s hat. Refreshing, after all the baseball and “Seattle Sombreros” and perfect for the weather yesterday!

    Also, I hit the proverbial caffeine wall, and I totally cut back. Tea, lots of water and Emergen-C (yummy fizzy vitamin drink) in the AM, and after less than month the coffee was back in effect. I try to only do 2 cups a day, or a coffe and a diet coke, but they really really work now… And I find the AM ok without coffee, I found my most important coffee to be around 3pm, for that late afternoon work slump. But cutting back totally helped.

  28. Kristin on September 25th, 2006 9:26 pm

    That sad face could easily be displayed in a poignant poster for the Wronged Baby.

    Bean Around the World in Vancouver has coffee so potent I can only handle half a cup before I am flinging myself involuntarily into dubious places. Tastes like tar, though. But it’s all about the whizzbang anyway, isn’t it?

  29. gnometree on September 25th, 2006 11:44 pm

    Hmmm, my 4yo son just saw me scrolling through the pics and made me stop and go up. Even though he can’t read, he has assured me that it is a “cool zebra toy” and that I should buy him one. BTW, the photo of a woeful Riley is beautiful.
    Naomi in Australia

  30. Audra on September 26th, 2006 3:33 am

    Sadly, i have no words of caffeine advice for you – for i drink a pot of Sumatra every freaking day JUST TO MAINTAIN. And i drink it black – no sugar, no nuthin. The mere thought of quitting in order to wean has me balled up in a fetal position, rocking gently. Though i am sure it would work – i have no desire to meet the me that hasn’t had her coffee.
    And that zebra toy does look totally awesome, And Riley has the greatest, most expressive eyes (can you say mischevious?)

  31. Melissa on September 26th, 2006 8:30 am

    I have stroller envy and honestly, I wasn’t gonna give in but seeing Riley in that Bugaboo is making me think about it again!!! :)

  32. sundry on September 26th, 2006 8:40 am

    I love that stroller beyond all reason but I’ve never really considered recommending it because, hello, horrendous pricetag. It is a damn good stroller, though.

  33. Melissa on September 26th, 2006 9:12 am

    Yeah, the pricetag is insane but I even found myself molesting a floor model at a baby store here in NYC. Very nice. You could add an “indecent and decadant pleasures” section on sundrybuzz for it. Of course, you might be tempted to add things like sexy pillows to that section. :)

  34. Hot-Mommy on September 26th, 2006 9:40 am

    Have you tried ginseng? Not the candy-ass sugar drinks that contain ginseng, but the real thing? You can get it in a capsule or drops. I prefer the drops from my local health food store. I drop it in my coffee, juice, tea whatever. instant boost. Just don’t take it too late in the day or you will be up all night, which is counterpoint to the purpose I think. try a 3 ginseng blend like eulethero, american, and chinese. Riley is looking adorable, and my 3 year old insists that her baby brother Cal would absolutely love that zebra thingy.

  35. Hot-Mommy on September 26th, 2006 9:45 am

    oh, and not to be oh-so-posty, but TAKE YOUR VITAMINS, EVERY DAY, they really do help! Oh and I like the occasional Emergen-C too, I think someone already mentioned that.

  36. Chloe on September 26th, 2006 5:30 pm

    I take vitamins… and an absolutely insane amount of caffeine every. single. day. I need to wean too, but I’m a college student! I NEED IT!
    I am trying to cut back. When you can ingest a 32 oz Coke and go straight to bed and sleep like a baby, there is something horribly wrong. It’s so hard, though… and I don’t have time for, you know, all that sleep that is supposed to provide energy.

  37. katie d on September 28th, 2006 9:14 pm

    Adorable pictures. :) The last two cracked. Me. Up. :) As others have verified, yes, there is a caffeine wall and nothing to really do for it but go cold turkey for a while. Also, I don’t know if you know, but too much caffeine actually has an adverse effect and acts as a downer, so maybe you’re suffering from excess caffeine consumption. You know, just in case you needed more to think about.

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