This original topic of this month’s blog was “Phone Home.” Due to unforeseen circumstances, that topic has been postponed for a later month.

The unforeseen circumstances occurred as I was leaving the house on the morning school run yesterday. Every weekday morning, I stumble downstairs in slightly dazed state with barely enough time to make my morning cup of coffee, even when using my speedy K-cup machine. On the morning in question – the morning I intended to write my monthly blog – my usual routine was disrupted by some additional tasks that had to be squeezed in. I made my coffee and still managed to get the extra things done, then rushed out the door with an armload of stuff that had to be transported to points near and far. (You already see where this story is going, don’t you?)

My son and I clambered into the car, dumping various piles of items on the floor by our seats, and headed down the road to his school (only slightly behind schedule). We had not travelled more than two blocks when I reached down to take a sip of my coffee. But ALAS ALACK it was NOT THERE. I had left it sitting on the counter at home. {Insert choice words here.} And since I didn’t want my son to be late to school, there was no going back to get it. The whole way to school, I kept forgetting and reaching down for my beloved morning coffee, grumbling anew when it was still missing. My son, of course, thought this was hilarious. But just imagine if he forgot something that was important to HIS morning routine (like his iPhone, for instance). When I got home, I was so glad to see my coffee that I pulled out my phone and snapped a picture of it for my scrapbook!

This whole experience started me thinking about how important my morning beverage is to me. I say beverage, because for many years, that beverage was hot tea (topic for another blog). Over time, my favorite flavors have changed, as have my favorite mugs. Now I wish I had taken pictures of all of those mugs! When I remember the different mugs, it brings me right back to sitting at my desk at Fox Chase Cancer Center, or S.D. Warren Research Lab, or any of my other past desks!

Interestingly, thinking of the mugs does NOT bring me back to sitting at the breakfast table at any of my previous homes, because apparently I seldom eat breakfast or drink my coffee or tea at a table! My current favorite coffee mug reflects my habitual avoidance of the breakfast table. It is a white plastic spill-proof mug that came free with a stylish black tote bag, perfect for carrying items to the office. Now that I work mainly from home, though, the tote bag languishes in the closet, while the spill-proof mug is my constant companion.

But it was NOT my companion on the morning in question, and the morning did NOT go smoothly. My Internet connection kept crashing; I could not seem to get my photos downloaded from my phone; the list went on. Intellectually, I know that there is no correlation between the strength of my WiFi signal and my coffee consumption pattern, but on that day it seemed like forgetting my morning coffee was the harbinger of doom!

Fortunately, today as I finally get to writing this blog, my day is going much better. Is it because I did not forget my morning coffee today? I guess I’ll never be sure!

Now you know what part of MY morning routine is essential to my life on this planet! What about you? Are there things that you simply have to do every morning for your day to run smoothly? Have you made a page about it? I’d love to hear your stories below and see your pages over at our Facebook community.




















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11 Responses to Blog: I Forgot My Coffee!

  1. Justine says:

    Love your blog and love your page Penny! A lovely insight into the “important” things that make up your day 🙂

  2. Tara Wells says:

    I LOVED this blog entry, Penny! I find myself being an avid coffee drinker not just in the morning, but all day long. I even had a latte machine in my office at my last work place and would make lattes for my co-workers to celebrate good moments, much needed pick-me-ups, pretty much any excuse we could make to sneak in a cup. Now that I’m a work-at-home mom, I find myself sneaking in cups even more! With a 4 and 6 year old, it’s my much needed bit of “me” time when I sip at my coffee.

  3. Donna Ames says:

    Oh my, I would feel the same. Love the page and your blog. It is soooo how I feel about my coffee in the morning.

  4. Kristin Sladek says:

    Not a coffee drinker but a Coke Zero one… I’d have had to stop at the gas station for a fix.

    • Penny says:

      LOL Kristin, I remember that from when we used to crop together! I tried to keep a few cans in the fridge for you at workshops. You’re the one who got me started drinking Coke Zero, in fact – I had never tried it before. Fun memories!

  5. junegauntley says:

    Being a coffee lover myself, I love this page! When my feet hit the floor in the morning I go to make coffee before anything! I loved your blog – so amusing, and I can totally identify with the sense of panic at not having a coffee nearby in the morning! Love your page, Penny! 🙂

  6. debbie says:

    hilarious! I felt your pain! personally, I am sure that I would have turned around.

  7. Anita Albritton says:

    Great blog, Penny! Love the photos and the page!!

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