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My wife occasionally accuses me of having turned into a hermit. I can only respond, “turn into?

But this week’s weather in Dallas just made things worse. I made a brief excursion after work on Monday — and then we didn’t leave the house again until Saturday. Normally, this wouldn’t quite get to me as much as it would to other people, per my wife’s observation. But the kids stayed at home, too, as local school districts cancelled nearly the entire week.

So today, the ice and snow have started to thaw. My mother and sister took the kids to see a movie, and here I am sipping my soy latte and blogging from a café-bookstore while pondering which e-reader to buy. Yeah, so maybe I would have envisioned a more exciting release to freedom.

But it’ll do.


“Promised Land” Coffee

This works best with a bold coffee.

Use 2 tablespoons (Tbsp) of freshly ground coffee for every 6 fluid ounces (fl oz.) water. Note that most coffee makers use 4 fl oz. / cup instead of the actual 8 fl oz. / cup. This means that if you fill up your coffee maker to 6 cups, you should actually put in 8 Tbsp:

6 coffee maker cups * 4 fl oz/ cup -> 24 fl oz.

24 fl oz. / (2 Tbsp / 6 fl oz.) -> 8 Tbsp

When placing the grounds in the coffee maker, add a few dashes of cinnamon.

“As for you, take to yourself the choicest perfumes: myrrh in congealed drops… and sweet cinnamon… and sweet calamus”. — Exodus 30:23

During the brewing process, heat up 2-4 fl oz. of milk, possibly in the microwave.

Cover the inside bottom of each mug with a thin layer of honey.

“My son, eat honey, for it is good; and let sweet comb honey be upon your palate.” — Proverbs 24:13

Pour coffee into the mug over the honey and add hot milk to taste.

“And I am proceeding to go down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land to a land good and spacious, to a land flowing with milk and honey.” — Exodus 3:8

Stir it up to spread the milk and honey evenly throughout the beverage.

“With a man there is nothing better than that he should eat and indeed drink and cause his soul to see good because of his hard work. This too I have seen, even I, that this is from the hand of the true God.” — Ecclesiastes 2:24

Enjoy the time at home with your family and loved ones.

Quotations from the New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures

Caffeine usage edging back up

Against my doctor’s wishes and my own better judgment, my caffeine usage is edging back up. It started before this job, but commuting earlier in the morning has had an effect on me. So where I was down to one or two cups a day, now I’m regularly drinking three or four. While this is still a lot lower than before, it’s more than I should be drinking. Caffeine has a significant impact on stress levels and such, but fundamentally I just like to drink it. The afternoon pickmeup is also really helpful and sometimes even semi-necessary.

So now I need to come up with some strategies to deal with this. Thoughts are appreciated.

This post written on my mobile in Starbucks.

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