I took a shower for the first time in two days this morning. I used to shower compulsively, daily, and felt it was my one true way to wake up. Now, it seems, coffee has replaced the shower as my primary method of waking. 

After the shower, I went downstairs to make coffee and feed our new dog. She didn’t touch the food, so I added some chicken stock, which she enjoyed, but instantly created a fear that she won’t eat without the added flavor. Have we begun a vicious cycle of soup-laced food of which there is no coming back? And what to do about my less clean caffeine-laced mornings?