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Yes, another coffee related post. I admitted that I had a problem earlier.

     I used to drink straight espresso. I still like it but people started using words like “massive heart attack”, and somewhere along the lines I decided that a shot now and then wasn’t a bad thing, but I should probably stop filling that venti up with it every morning. This was also when it became widely known that I wasn’t really a morning person. I have some pretty great espresso stories.

Espresso Lesson 1: It is concentrated caffeine  
    The first time I had ever drank espresso I was in eighth grade on a scholastic bowl field trip. I didn’t realize it was as highly caffeinated as it was. I started laughing uncontrollably on the bus ride home. I was almost certain my mother was going to kill me.

Espresso Lesson 2: It is in shot form because of its potency, not so you can drink it quickly.
      
It is very possible to burn the back of your throat. It hurts for about a week. The strep excuse doesn’t work, you will inevitably have to own up to doing something stupid.

Espresso Lesson 3: If you drink more than you are used to you can get shaky.
     More shaky than normal for me. Seriously, and then as a result you wind up with scalding hot espresso spilt down your cleavage. Because that isn’t an awkward place to get burned… and have scars. No, seriously, it didn’t really scar, luckily (I got ice on it soon enough, which was, again, awkward, maybe even more awkward than the initial spill). 

Espresso Lesson 4: Keep it away from children.
    
Coaching Jr High Scholastic Bowl. Karma for what I put my coaches through. 

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Admitting you have a problem is the first step. I don’t intend to take any beyond that.

     This post is dedicated to the only man other than Mr. Darcy that I will openly profess to loving. Were it not for him, I would probably be a lot more tired 95% of the time. My coffee love leads me to think of him as an important person in my life. Maybe it is odd that I’m professing my love to a machine that makes coffee, but people value weirder things. Look at people who spend over a hundred thousand dollars on a car… or a hundred thousand dollars on anything really.  I can understand paying this much for a house, but there are people out there that take having copious amounts of money too far, so I don’t think devoting a single blog post to my coffee maker is that bad when you put it in perspective.

The Mr. Coffee people did not pay me to appreciate my friend…. I mean their product.

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Just because.

    Vegans certainly are under-appreciated. Spell check refuse to acknowledge that “vegan” is even a word. Statistics show that less than one percent of the population is vegan. In truth it is because this is a very difficult diet to maintain. It is not impossible however, and with the right diet plan it is more than doable.  Applesauce or flaxseed make excellent egg substitutes and soy milk can be  substituted for cow’s milk. The only problem I’ve seen is the practicality of it when eating outside the home, but this is not so bad that one needs to worry about it. I would encourage organic veganism for its many health benefits.

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One of my many materialistic weaknesses.

     I have an entire drawer full of nail polish and yet I still feel compelled to shop for more. This is actually pretty odd because I never paint my fingernails. You see, I don’t like it when it chips and I feel compelled to fix it, the problem being that this often results in the polish being uneven, which is never acceptable, and then I have to remove the polish from that nail and start over, which often makes it look different from the other nails so I have to repaint the entire hand, thus I spend entirely too much time painting my nails. This doesn’t seem to happen with toenails, so I paint them instead. 
     I like the names they give nail polish colors. Seriously, I always salute Crayola in their creativity in coming up with names, but they pail in comparison to the names which nail polish manufacturers bestow upon their product. This falls on the list of my dream jobs after coffee taster. 


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Day 7 

    Our first ever theme week draws to an end,  which is sort of bittersweet. There are a lot more fruit that I could appreciate, but on the other hand, I do enjoy my randomness, and I will enjoy not having to think in the confines of a particular topic once again. Apricots are another fruit that I feel deserve more appreciation than most people grant them. Like pears, they don’t have much in the way of apricot flavored candy. Yet my aunt’s apricot pie is so much better than any peach I’ve ever tasted. Why is it then that peaches should have all of the attention? We need to encourage fruit diversity. Don’t laugh. I’m being completely serious. Most people are limited to apples and oranges, bananas and strawberries, peaches and watermelon. The point I’m trying to make is that there are a lot of fruits out there that I may one day feature on this blog, give them a chance. It is healthy to do this. Fruit diversity encourages the trying of rare fruits, and once you are familiar with more different types of fruit, it logically follows that you will also eat more fruit. Which is good for your body. Especially if you are a fruitarian.

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The fruit, not New Zealanders (part 6).

       Not that I don’t appreciate New Zealanders, but it is Fresh Fruit Week here at Highly Appreciative, so we must appreciate the fruit. I like kiwi fruit. I hold a special place in my heart for fruit that has seeds that you don’t need to spit out. Furthermore, kiwis are pretty original. Looking at one before it has been cut, you wouldn’t even think it was something you could actually eat. But then you cut it open and find a surprisingly delicious fruit. It kind of makes you wonder how it was discovered. Someone had to be pretty desperate to open up that brown furry thing and eat what was on the inside. I’m glad they did. I’m guessing it was probably the same with cocoanuts, too, but that is another blog post. So go enjoy a kiwi. I’m going to make a fruit salad from all of the fruit I’ve bought because of post-post cravings.

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Day 5 of 7

     As the end of this week gets closer, I feel saddened, as I have been enjoying the fruitiness of it all. So today I shall appreciate the pomegranate. It is both unique and under-appreciated. I find the pomegranate fascinating, but I think it’s just that I like fruit beginning with the letter “p”. The pomegranate does have a unique color and flavor though. It is the fruit of fertility, allegedly, though I’m not going to test that theory any time soon. In Greek Mythology, Persephone ate pomegranate seeds and had to stay in the underworld for half of the year because of it. This is not something I would recommend doing. It’s been awhile since I’ve had a pomegranate. I might look into fixing that.
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