Double shot.

I’ve done some self-discovery since I’ve been in college and learned a few things:

  1. I definitely need 8 hours of sleep every night.  Definitely.  
  2. I actually do like spinach, which works out well since it’s good for you.
  3. I don’t study well in my dorm room.

And because of this, Liesel and I have decided to get off campus to do our homework as frequently as possible.  This also serves to fulfill our wanderlust for Chicago since we find coffee shops along the brown line where we think it will be fun to study.

I ordered my white mocha and stood back, watching the barista in action.  I wasn’t fully caffeinated yet (since I only had half a cup of coffee before I left, not nearly enough to be running on all cylinders), so when he offered me an extra shot of espresso for free, I had to ask him to repeat himself.

In that moment, I was struck with a decision.  Accept free double shot of espresso and the energy and focus is will bring?  Or refuse because I feel like it might not be the best idea to ingest that much caffeine?  Too much caffeine isn’t that healthy, is it?  What if I get really hyper and can’t focus at all?

I decided to just say, “sure” and drink the entire thing.  There are some times where you probably shouldn’t accept another shot of espresso, but on study days when you didn’t get a ton of sleep the night before, I think it’s all right.

Just so you know, I didn’t get hyper.  And I read through and understood Thomas Hobbes like it was a children’s book  (sometimes, reading through my assignments for my philosophy class is like wading through a knee-high pool of Jell-O).

That double shot gave me some momentum, and I took it and ran a long ways.  I’m still not entirely sure why the barista offered me the extra shot.  Maybe I just looked like I needed it.  Maybe he does that for everyone over 5’9”.  Maybe he says that every 10th white mocha he makes.

Either way, I feel like I should go back and tell him how much it changed my life today.

I have a renewed appreciation for espresso.

It’s a very happy Saturday.



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