Saturday, February 09, 2008

Why I'm Glad I Didn't Get Up At 5

Nope, I didn't get up at 5, but 6:30. I'm still an active member of the 5 am club, except that is on Saturdays. Still, 6:30 is still earlier than most of my children, except for that one contrary child who rises with the sun regardless.

This morning my husband was up as well and assumed the task of making the coffee, wanting the caffeine jolt before venturing out on a fifty mile torture bike ride. I don't mind, as I love a man who can brew me some coffee.

Except the pot wouldn't brew. The power light came on, but....nothing.

Now, you have to understand this is my backup coffee pot. Yesterday morning, in the darkness of the 5 am hour, my regular coffee pot gave its last gasp and died while brewing. Thankfully I had the backup, because membership in the 5 am club makes coffee compulsory.

Two coffee pots dead in two days.

This morning I had no back up, but I needed my coffee. Yes, needed. So I did what any other coffee addict connoisseur would do: I hightail it off to Wal Mart at 6:45, hope I don't see anyone I know, purchase a coffee pot, run through the drive through at Chick Fil A for a quick fix medium cup of their dark roast, and get home in time to make a pot before my husband and son left for their four hour bicycle torture ride.

I wondered later how I must have appeared to the lady in the drive through: ordering just coffee, with a brand new coffee pot in the box on the seat next to me, all before 7 am on a Saturday morning. Can you say desperate?


  1. Oh, I would be the same way! How tragic to have TWO coffee pots die! I think I should keep my old one in my attic as a back-up, instead of purging it as I'd planned.

    I don't do 5:00...5:30 is the earliest I can handle. But this morning, I slept til 8. I've got to tell you, it was GLORIOUS...but now I'm behind (which means I should stop blogging, right?)

  2. I think you had a very reasonable response to such an emergency. I would have hit the Starbucks 2.2 miles from my house on the way to the Wal-Mart. Expediency of the highest order! Keep on brewing!

  3. Sounds like an entirely normal response to me, however, like Elle, I'd've gone for coffee on my way to the Wal-Mart.

  4. I thought that was you in Wal Mart... Only kidding.

  5. Elle:
    2.2 miles? So, go ahead and rub it in! For us, a trip to Starbucks requires a trip to the big city, one of the (very few) drawbacks to small town life!


  6. Justin:

    That was NOT me in the ball cap and sunglasses, no sir!

  7. I'm with Kim, stop for coffee on the way. It wouldn't have been a SB for me as they are inside a grocery store - though that store might have been where I would have gone anyway - but I would have bought a cup somewhere to have to drink while making the decision as to which pot to buy.

    Sorry that both of yours went out so close together.

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  8. Now this is some funny stuff. I might find the whole story odd if it wasn't for the fact that I could see myself doing the exact same thing!

    The sad part of the whole had to go to WalMart. It gets better tomorrow, it's Sunday!

  9. That post gave me a nice little chuckle! I could so see it! I hope you got a nice one that lasts many years!

  10. My heart stopped at the mention you have a Chic-fil-A...I didn't see that??

    I'm totally coming to your town more often :))


  11. I'm with The Preacher's Wife - I was surprised you had a Chick-fil-A. Must not be TOO small a town. Starbucks is bound to arrive next.

    And 6:30 is ridiculously early for a Saturday morning.

    Except I got up at 5:45 this morning because it was my daughter's Region choir practice and concert. TWO SATURDAYS IN A ROW she's had to be at school at 7:15.

    Thankfully I don't go to First Israelite Church of Nehemiah, so I won't have to stand up for 6 hours at church tomorrow. :-)

  12. I seriously don't know how you 5am at all.. :)

  13. Oh you make me laugh...
    Did you know that my hubby owns a Chick-Fil-A?

    I'm not a real coffee drinker... my fix is hot chocolate. But move over sister if I can't have this warm treat in the A.M. hours!

  14. When Starbucks came to the small town where we used to live, my husband and I rejoiced as greatly as the Israelites after the parting of the Red Sea.

    I feel for you, sister. I doubt anyone here holds that early morning trip against you. If we were there, we would have been driving the car.

  15. I would be right there with you. If our two coffee pots ever died on the same day (because of COURSE we have a backup, too), I'd zip through the Starbucks drive-through on my way to Wal-Mart to pick up a new one.

    How did the bike ride go for your guys? It's too cold here for Chad to have any interest in a 50-mile bike ride, but I know he's looking forward to warmer weather, which will undoubtedly inspire similar self-torture in him.

  16. Lisa, I loved this post! I remember reading awhile back about the 5AM club over at Girl Talk but I don't think I remembered what it was. What an inspiring idea! I'm not sure if I could really do it, rise that early I mean...but I know I could benefit from getting up earlier for undistracted time with the Lord. I'm going to think about doing that for myself.

  17. Now in event this happens in the future or that your power might go out you need to buy a coffee press as a back-up. It's what we always have on hand in Seattle cuz power outages happen at the least convenient times. We also use our coffee or French press when we go camping so we can have our good strong coffee...
    Wow - walmart is open at that time in the morning??

  18. I would do the same thing lol. I have to have it! (coffee that is)
    I usually wait until after my run though so I probably suck to run with but then I don't have to pee:)

    What is the 5am club?