“I ate too much and I’m tired” is such a common complaint of mine, that I probably wouldn’t notice any difference if I got mono.
It’s the afternoon and I’m exhausted for no good reason. I had a morning that flowed really well. Today’s been absent of egregious irritations. Most everyone I’ve interacted with has been in a decent mood. Treats have materialised on their own. I have dinner with friends tonight. Things are pretty snazzy. Yet I ate too many sweet things and my body is shutting down. The next time I start to complain about adversity in my life, someone hand me a mirror.
It’s alright. I just finished a 2pm coffee. Things should start moving soon.
Last night I read that coffee typically has a 5-7 hour halflife. Apparently it takes around 45 minutes for most of the caffeine to be absorbed by your body, but the tail lasts for many hours after that. I think this is measured on a 100-250mg or so dose. At those levels, coffee can bring focus, energy and low level comfort. Once the dose increases beyond that (think 300-500mg) it can plunge the brain into hyperactivity. I guess this is all known stuff. To clarify, a double espresso shot has about 80mg of caffeine. A 12oz drip coffee has around 120mg. What I thought fascinating was that your body doesn’t necessarily process caffeine quicker if it’s overloaded. It still goes through it at the same rate. So the more caffeine you have, the more there is trying to go through the same sized “hole”. Take too much and that tail can extend well beyond 7 hours. Do you want to stay up all night and freak out? Caffeine could be your new best friend.
It’s certainly one of mine, but we have our freakouts scheduled for the sunshine hours. It feels more socially acceptable and happy-go-lucky.
I’m in such a sugar-induced fugue right now, that I’ve been blankly staring at my screen for almost an hour. Do you ever “run out” of websites? Sure, there are likely more of them than numbers I could count to, but it gets hard at time to shunt your brain into exploring new ones. This can’t just be a *me* thing, surely? I know that, in certain contexts, I’ll have a bunch I cycle between. At work I’m looking up AV Club, Vulture, a few Magic the Gathering websites, Vox and Facebook. Once I get home, I’ll bring Reddit into the fold. No idea what stops me redditting in the office. It’s kinda bizarre though, right? It’s like I just got tired being old and adventuring beyond what’s known and safe became challenging.
Last night I tried reading a couple of wordpress blogs from people who’d liked my entries. That’s rare for me. I use this space as a way of being accountable to writing daily. It’s not a social zone or a way of “building my brand”. I’m not trying to push for more clicks or popularity. I don’t blame people who do, but it flat out doesn’t appeal to me. Still, I see some names pop up day by day. Some of those likes pop up so quickly I wonder if it’s algorithmic. They’ve already placed a like within a minute or two. I don’t honestly believe they’d be able to read the entry that quickly. I wonder who these people are, the people who follow what I do here. While I assume most of them are liking my posts to get reciprocal likes/clicks, this can’t be the case for all of them, can it?
One that I read was a hard read. It was the epitome of neckbearddom. It read like my blog from age 17. Who knows? Perhaps the guy was 17. That would’ve been a valid excuse if we were still in the early 2000s. I dunno, the writing was clunky. Uneconomical sentences. Awkwardly stilted phrasing, where more evocative words could’ve let the ideas breathe. It made me wonder about my own writing. I’m pretty loose with most rules. I write conversationally, flitter between sentence sizes, and season liberally with commas. I Oxford comma on a whim (or when I think it looks nice). Does this stuff matter to my audience? Is anyone out there using the same magnifying glass that I focused on neckbearddom?
Or have I eaten just enough sugar to see problems where they don’t exist?