Over three years ago, I quit caffeine, which was one of the hardest things I've ever done in my life, but it transformed my well-being dramatically. I've written about it a lot, and if you want the sordid details, you can read this and this. However, in the last six months or so, I've started to slip: decaf mochas, green tea, black tea, and once a real coffee because I let myself believe the barista said "decaf" when she reported my drink order back to me when I knew she hadn't.
Two weeks ago, I suffered a day-long headache and marveled to my colleagues that I am such a wimp that having ONE green or black cup of tea each day for three days in a row, caused caffeine withdrawal when I didn't have any tea the fourth day.
That's where my drawing comes in. I woke up with the headache on the fifth day, knew I should not let myself have caffeine, and made something herbal expecting to feel disappointed, like a carob brownie when you're really craving the gooey dark chocolate blueberry one from Veganomicon.
To my surprise, totally satisfying: thick and creamy, a little sweet, and a strong scent that cleaned out the remains of the cobwebs in my brain. A simple but perfect replacement for caffeinated tea: mint tea, three tiny leaves from my peppermint plant, and, what makes it as good as a treat from any tea or coffee shop, a good pour of Pacific or Tempt vanilla faux milk (that's where the tiny bit of sweet comes from).
I loved it so much, I drew its portrait! (And yet, I sip black tea today. Human? Weak-willed? Hypocrite?)
PS to the techies out there: I am taking photos of my illustrations because I can't scan. Our router died, we set up a new one, and we can't figure out how to get the printer online. Alas. So, I'm making do; in fact, maybe photos could be more original ... here's a second approach to posting drawings: