Yesterday, I did manage to acquire a few Starbucks espresso pods for my Nespresso Expert machine from Target. A very nice store associate grabbed them from the back of the store for me. They had not been put out on the coffee aisle at the store I visited. About 40 pods came home with me for some scientific research on the effectiveness of caffeine on my day. (Spoiler Alert!) The Starbucks espresso pods were familiar, but not exactly like the Verismo machine version. Keep in mind that I drank the Verismo machine pods on a daily basis for over a year. That flavor profile was a very important part of my day. Imagine every day as the world started to come into focus the first thing that really caught your attention was a fantastic shot of espresso. Ok — you are right it was two shots of espresso. Both were fantastic, but a little bit different. My Nespresso Expert machine is filled with water from a Brita water filter and I clean the machine fairly often. Maybe my expectations of the pure joy of Starbucks espresso got in the way. It was very good, but maybe 70% of what I expected it to be. That remaining 30% of lost joy could easily be a deal breaker. I’m going to keep running this taste test and see what happens after the 40 pods are gone.
Earlier today I watched a video about Lofoten, Norway. It seems like a really nice place. Flights from Denver to Norway are not as expensive as I thought, but the 10+ hour flight time does remind me that it is pretty far away. A quick search of Google Maps indicated that the distance was over 4,500 miles. All of that research happened after two shots of espresso from my Nespresso Expert machine. It appears that a quick trip to Target might allow me to buy some espresso roast Starbucks Nespresso pods to use in that Nespresso Expert machine. For those of you who have been reading this functional journal for some time you might remember that for some reason Starbucks espresso pods are my favorite. I used a Starbucks Verismo machine for years to kick off my mornings. Now it seems that with a different machine I will be able to return to the ways of the past and enjoy some Starbucks espresso pods. I’m sure you will get to hear more about that this journey soon.
Today I waited until 8:00 AM to have breakfast. The end of my fast included 2 Soylent squared food blocks. That was exciting. One was salted caramel flavored and the other was citrus berry. They both relatively taste like the title they were given. The squares are easier than the powder to work with on a daily basis. I just keep a bag of the squares on my desk and they are ready with no preparation. The powder required measuring, a shaker cup, and trying to avoid spilling anything on the counter.
You are probably ready for an update. If that was what you were waiting for, then this post might just be the post for you. This next week I’m converting over to only eating Soylent for every meal. That means 7 straight days of Soylent based meals. I have never managed to do 21 straight meals of nothing but Soylent. My normal days involve one or two Soylent fueled meals. My theory on ordering Soylent was to replace breakfast and some lunches with a more reasonable alternative. Switching over to a diet of water, coffee, and Soylent for an entire week sounds like something that will work out pretty well. Updates on my progress should be expected at a daily cadence. Each update will probably be as eventful as the last, but the cumulative nature of the process could produce some interesting prose. That in and of itself will probably be enough to fuel the process.
Today feels like it is starting a little slower than it should. We had a light dusting of snow last night in Denver. That is just enough snow to remind you that it is cold, but enough that it requires any real action. The titles for the blog seem to be getting longer every day. That seems to be something that is happening for no real reason. Maybe it is just one of those things that happens. Today I spent some time looking around at guitar pedals on eBay. I’m not entirely sure why that happened, but it sure did happen. Apparently, the eBay algorithm thinks that I want to purchase either an Earthquaker Devices Sea Machine V3 Chorus pedal or a Mr. Black dark echo effects pedal. I mean it is entirely possible the algorithm thinks that I am going to buy both of those guitar pedals. The sea machine pedal I looked at this morning did look pretty amazing. Part of this afternoon will probably be spent listening to demo videos on YouTube to get a real sense of the pedal.