Cobwebs begone!

I have a lot to do this weekend, but I’ve got a plan. My time is organized and I even have a good amount of relaxation scheduled.

Just the same, I was a little fuzzy this morning. Cobwebs were present. Not from the night before. The just were, you know?

Anyway, I went and got my car its weekly bath and grabbed some coffee. But that wasn’t quite enough to clear the cobwebs away.

After the car wash, grocery shopping was next on the agenda. I usually take surface streets, since the car wash and the grocery store are close by. I had an idea, though. I like acceleration. I like blasting onto the highway. I have a car with 355 horsepower. So I went a little out of my way and kicked in both turbos getting on I-25.

Ahhh… Just what I needed. That felt good and the cobwebs are gone from my head and my exhaust system.

Grocery shopping went well and now I’m home ready to tackle all that life throws at me. And if I need a little break, I know my right foot can help.

My day was great!

I woke up and wanted to stay in bed, so I did for a few extra minutes. Not enough to be late, but enough to feel a little naughty and luxurious.

I got up, did my morning business, and had some breakfast.

Business and breakfast done, I got dressed. The temperature was in the 40s, but Denver was going to get into the 60’s so I dressed lightly. No thermals!

I hopped on my bike, and booked it to the train station. I waited on the platform and caught my usual train.

The train ride was great. I chatted with my friends and arrived at Union Station in no time at all.

I grabbed a Mall Shuttle which dropped me two blocks from the office.

I enjoyed a brisk walk to the office. I’m usually the first one there, so I opened up, brewed some strong coffee, and got to work.

I had a great day at work. I got a lot done and feel good about the stuff I did.

I walked to the bus stop, grabbed the Mall Shuttle, and got to Union Station with a little time to spare. I picked my favorite spot to enter and chatted with some fellow riders about computers.

The train arrived and I boarded. I enjoyed a nice chat with a friend. After getting to the station, I got my bike out of its locker and arrived home after a brisk but brief bike ride.

I had a pleasant dinner with my favorite wife. Leftovers, but tasty ones.

I sat down for a few minutes after dinner and vegetated on the couch, allowing my brain to empty. Brain suitably empty, I did some writing.

Writing done, I did about 20 minutes of chakra energy meditation. My brain was very happy.

I did more writing.

I went back to the couch for a few minutes, but had an idea …

So now I’m doing even more writing while enjoying some strong decaf coffee spiked with some Tuaca and Stranahans. I don’t imagine the writing will continue much longer.

I’ve had a very complete, wonderful day. I am happy. I am relaxed.

I hope it happens again tomorrow. How are you doing?


Torn and Confused

We have hot chocolate at work. It’s perfect to enhance coffee with some chocolatey goodness on a cold winter day or to enjoy on its own.

Here is what the envelopes look like:


It’s nice enough packaging. Not too fancy. It does the job.

Being the curious sort, I took a closer look and read the package. I thought I knew how to operate a package of cocoa, but I have apparently been doing it wrong.

Here’s a close-up of the relevant parts:


First notice the “TEAR HERE & ENJOY” in the corner, with a nice little arrow. That’s it? I’ve been putting it in a mug with water, but apparently that has all been wasted effort because the simple act of tearing this envelope is enough to cause enjoyment. Have my additional actions been reducing my enjoyment somehow?

There’s another issue, though. See that little line on the left? That’s the cut that helps you rip the envelope open. But it’s on the wrong side. There isn’t one on the right side, where the tearing and the enjoying is supposed to be happening.

I’m torn here (no pun intended). I’m doing too many things and what I’m supposed to be doing, I’m doing on the wrong side. Nestle, what are you telling me here? How can I have failed so miserably in the simple act of making a hot beverage?

I hate that I’ve discovered this. Hot chocolate used to be a treat. Now it’s an anxiety-ridden worry fest. I don’t want the correct side tearing police to arrest me. I don’t want Nestle corporate to send me cease and desist letters if I’m enjoying their product incorrectly.

I tried it their way. I stood the kitchen, tore the envelope from the left side and … no enjoyment. There was a little burst of chocolatey dust from the envelope when I tore it open, but aside from a slight sweetness to the air, there was no real enjoyment. I stood there a moment or two, waiting for the enjoyment to happen. It didn’t. Nothing. Not even more chocolate dust.

I then guiltily dumped the contents of the envelope into a mug and added hot water. I didn’t enjoy the process (although it wasn’t exactly miserable) but I did enjoy the results: hot chocolatey yum!

I think I see the breakdown here. In an effort to add a little marketing to the package, and perhaps even a little levity, Nestle failed. They complicated things that didn’t need complication. An explanation was made when no question was asked.

I found some Swiss Miss. I guess Helvetican efficiency is in full force. That envelope simply says “TEAR HERE”. They assume (quite correctly) that you know what else to do.

All this confusion over what to tear, how to enjoy things, etc. had put me off hot cocoa anyway. I don’t need the calories, the angst, or the wrong-sided tearing.  I’m going back to plain coffee.