Thursday, January 16, 2014

cat scratch fever

OK, so I might have been a little premature when I told you how well this caffeine withdrawal thing was going. *grump* I'm fine in the mornings (which is when I wrote that the other day), but by late afternoon, I'm so irritable and grumpy I feel like I could scratch someone's eyes out. Or maybe my own. It's almost like my skin is itchy. You can feel extremely grateful that you're not living with me right now.

I can't really think of anything else to tell you at the moment. I'm pretty sure it's getting a little better every day, although it's not easy to tell. Tonight seems to be better than it was a couple of nights ago, so maybe progress is being made. Except now I'm getting a cold. woe is me.

Well, OK, here's something. Awhile back I told you I'd tell you about my workout playlist. When I'm driving around or just listening to music, I'll listen to all kinds of different stuff, but when I'm exercising, I want something with a beat, something that makes me want to move. I was getting tired of my old music when I heard a Prince song on the radio a couple of months ago. (He's Prince again now, isn't he? Not the artist formerly known as Prince? I think that's right.)

Prince was at the height of his career when I was in my early twenties, but I wasn't much of a fan. He was just a little too weird. Also, various critics praised his music to the skies when it didn't seem all that amazing to me. But the song I heard on the radio recently--Raspberry Beret--had a pretty irresistible hook, and when I went to iTunes they had his greatest hits album for 9.99, so I downloaded it. So now my workout playlist is about half Prince songs: the aforementioned Beret, 1999, Let's Go Crazy, Little Red Corvette, I Would Die 4 U. They're working pretty well for me so far.

Are we gonna let the elevator bring us down? Oh no let's go. I guess I should have known by the way you parked your car sideways that it wouldn't last. The sky was all purple, there were people running everywhere. ET CETERA. I just looked him up and was surprised to discover that he has released eleven albums since 2000. Who knew? That's pretty impressive for a guy who is even older than me.


  1. Why are you trying to get off caffeine? and why is caffeine spelled with an e before the i? I always type it wrong.

    I had a friend in college that LOVED Prince. So I heard a lot of it, although I haven't heard much then. Did you know you can google music by beats per minute? 150 is a nice steady jogging pace, 160 is a bit fast for jogging for me, but there are lists and lists out there which I have been using to find new songs since I get tired of the limited few on my ipod.

  2. "Why are you trying to get off caffeine?" Oh, you would not believe the number of times I have asked myself that question this week. I've come about --> <-- this close to giving in three or four times. But I'm a week into it now, and I should be coming out of the bad part any day now, so I just keep hanging in there. Oh, yeah--why. Mainly because I have way fewer headaches when I'm caffeine-free. The couple of years that I was caffeine free, I was only having 2-3 headaches a month. (for comparison, this past October, I had sixteen migraines.) The irony is that I have to go through massive headaches to get there. And when I'm not having caffeine every day, if I start getting a headache, caffeine works pretty well to stop it in its tracks. Also, clearly I am hyper caffeine sensitive-- this is insane. I don't think it's like this for most people. I read an article about caffeine withdrawal that said to expect 1-2 days of headaches. ha. Thanks for the tip about googling by beats per minute, that would never have occurred to me!