There are few people on the morning shift at Fox Chicago who don’t drink coffee. I have to have it – enough to get up extra early (2:38 a.m.) in order to grind Starbucks coffee beans and brew it fresh. On Friday afternoons, I often stop in at one of the gazillion Starbucks so I can refuel, stay awake and shift to “normal” hours for the weekend.
I’ve been a Starbucks addict for so long, “Starbucks” and “coffee” were among the first words my daughter could read! It’s strange since I didn’t even try coffee until after I graduated from college. My boss at TVB News in Hong Kong invited me to lunch soon after I moved over from the States. It was a place where the waiters knew him so well, they knew what to serve and then naturally poured coffee for both of us after we ate. I was too intimidated to admit I didn’t drink coffee. And it wasn’t watery, starter coffee. We were at a fancy, schmancy restaurant that served coffee so strong, it was opaque and almost syrupy. Whoa, was I flying after that lunch!
So now I start every day with what my husband calls “industrial strength” coffee. On top of that, I used to drink just as much Diet Coke. I would actually have one or two cans a day. But I gave it up cold turkey about six months ago after talking with a nutritionist. I switched to drinking water. I suppose that balances out all the coffee, right?