“There are no miracles on Mondays.”

Monday has always been my least popular day. Because work started again, the horrific sound of the alarm jolted me from bed, disoriented me and made me bemoan my fate of five more days until the weekend. I was always tired on Mondays regardless of how much sleep I got on the weekends. I don’t work now, but I am still not fond of Mondays. The papers are thin. It seems there is never much news on a Sunday to write about on a Monday. I suffer from lethargy, not as severe as on a work day Monday but it’s still a lack of enthusiasm to do anything of substance. I keep staring at the laundry bags sitting in the hall waiting to go downstairs to be washed. This would be the perfect time for laundry elves who would leave my clothes cleaned and folded. I have to fill the bird feeders, a small task grown out of proportion by the day of the week. I’m already tired or maybe I’m just still tired.

It was sunny when I woke up, a strange phenomenon, but the world has righted itself and now it’s cloudy. A rain snow mix is expected tonight. We’ll have mostly rain, less than a half-inch. North of us will have snow.

I could do an errand today, but I won’t. I’m staying home. I’ll get it done tomorrow. Tuesdays are nothing days which have no innate negativity, no descriptions of any sort and no nicknames. Nobody says TGIT and hump day is Wednesday. Tuesday is the forgotten day unless we count monumental events like Black Tuesday or Super Tuesday. I don’t.

Yesterday I watched a baseball game. It was the Sox and the Jays. The Red Sox wore green hats and green shirts for St. Patrick’s Day. Lester pitched six great innings. I was envious of the people in the stands who were dressed in summer clothes. I hoped they were hot and sweaty. I am not above a bit of spite.

My coffee this morning was monkey poop coffee my nephew brought back from Bali.

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18 Comments on ““There are no miracles on Mondays.””

  1. Birgit Says:

    I had to look up “monkey poop coffee” and I’m not sure wether I want to try it, if I ever have the opportunity. Is it really so tasty?

  2. Vintage Spins Says:

    I guess I’m not as adventurous as you are, Kat, because “Monkey Poop Coffee” would not pass my lips. 😉

    You certainly have a wide-ranging music collection. The Billy Eckstine is a new one for me. Thanks.

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Monkey Poop coffee does not sound all that appetizing but strangely appropriate for a Monday morning.
    I have errands today, too, and would really like to get them done so I don’t have to go out in the snow. I just can’t seem to get myself in gear.
    Enjoy the sloth day. 🙂

    • Hi Caryn,
      I filled the bird feeders and changed the cat litter (two boxes). The laundry still sits in the hall, but that will be next. I just woke up from a nap. The litter was heavy and I needed the nap to revive myself!

      I figure so snow is coming, and I can do rain.

      Yup, another wonderful sloth day!

      • Caryn Says:

        I just googled monkey poop coffee and I want to know why it’s called monkey poop coffee when it’s really civet cat poop coffee? 🙂 🙂 🙂

      • Caryn,
        I think it was the monkeys who were the first donators of the beans, and they still are in some places.

  4. olof1 Says:

    What a great way to start a Monday, monkey poop coffee 🙂 🙂 I also had to check what hump day meant 🙂 🙂 🙂

    As You know by now Tuesday are my worst days and it will be tomorrow as well. We’re having a storm here right now and it will continue for a couple of days. below 32F and strong winds is not something I like 🙂 and I really don’t like when my little Mazda is tossed around by strong winds either. Tomorrow morning will be exiting when driving on slippery roads in strong cold winds on small forest roads 🙂 🙂 🙂

    I’ll stay at home if the wind gets too strong, There are funnier ways to die than to do it in my car on the way to work 🙂 🙂 🙂

    I wish Baseball was more popular over here, we never see it on tv here unless it’s a European championship and then only for a minute or two.

    Have a great day!

    • Christer,
      I never really liked the name hump day, but it is perfect for a Wednesday. The coffee is delicious.

      I can’t believe you are getting more snow. It seems in your pictures you appear to have enough. My Corolla was not great in the wind. It always got blown around if I didn’t pay complete attention.

      Definitely stay home if it is bad. Nothing at work is all that important when it comes to your safety.

      Baseball is a great way to while away summer.

  5. Bill S. Says:

    In the black-and-white foto of the women on the subway/bus, those two young chicks in the middle look like they had a hard night at the club, and now it’s back to work on Monday. I wonder what they do for work that they can go in all dressed up like that…

    Last night we were at Lisa’s for corned beef and cabbage–delicioso. Tonite we are looking for 8-10″ of snow, but this will be the last one, for sure. On April 1, 1997, we had a bad snowstorm, and another on in late April 1988. But this will be the last one, for sure…Did I already say that? Maybe if I say it again, it will be true. Peg’s dad is coming back from Miami in early April, and I think he’s in for a rude awakening.

    David Ortiz has a sore heel. Well, you know what? So do I. but I work every day, and my salary is miniscule compared to his. Snap out of it, Papi!

    • Bill,
      David has two sore heels. When you make that much money just to bat, you have to have two sore heels. One just isn’t enough.

      I thought the same thing: after a long night, morning comes too early. Some mornings like that are vaguely familiar.

      I also had a great corned beef and cabbage yesterday at my friends’ house, Tony and Clare’s. Tony was the master chief. I was resplendent in green.

      We are expecting maybe an inch, maybe 2, but then it might turn to rain. All that snow is what you get for living in the far north, in the land of the long winter.

  6. Bob Says:

    Mondays are always difficult. When I was working any five out of seven days, Monday could occur on Wednesday, or Friday or any day of the week. It made no difference when the days off occurred just having two in a row was a real treat.

    People who work banker’s hours are spoiled while the rest of us work any odd shift to protect them, save them, treat them or transport them. The new global economy is not tied to Mondays through Fridays from eight to five. It never sleeps nor does it rest. The future of this country is tied to the global economy and the jobs of the future will not be tied to banker’s hours. Unfortunately, both our public and private education systems are stuck in the calendar of the 19th century. I am for year round school allowing students and teachers to take any eight weeks off during the year.

    The world is being treated to an international baseball tournament called the World Baseball Classic with a final this weekend. It may be minor league to us here in the US and in Japan, but it’s a matter of national pride to the rest of the world and gives them an opportunity to see our National Pastime played by their own people.

    • Bob,
      That would drive me crazy-having a different two days off and never knowing which day will be my awful Monday. Planning nights out would get complicated especially when my friends have Friday and Saturday.

      I have also advocated for year round schools, but here that’s a problem as the economy depends on the summer vacationers and workers are needed in all the motels and restaurants which open just for the summer. Most high school kids work in one or the other all summer. I think lengthening the school day would have to be the alternative here. Schools in this state don’t have air-conditioning and that cost would have to be a factor in the decision.

      I think if the US hadn’t been so early eliminated this year it might have drawn more people. I know one of the issues for baseball owners and managers has been that the US players leave spring training and get heavy into the game before they should. Some players have been injured in the WBC and then ended up not playing for their major league clubs until they heal.

      • Bob Says:

        Worrying about summer employment or lack of air conditioning is a small concern compared to the fact that in the future our kids will not be able to compete with kids in India and China who are spending more time in class and getting a world class education. Our kids are getting educated in football, basketball and extra curricular activities since they only attend school for half the year. Don’t worry, places like Six Flags and Disneyland have enough political clout to keep the traditional school calendar going until we can’t compete and we are all working for the Chinese. Then everyone will start pointing fingers at each other and blaming everyone else in the world. The saving grace for the summer vacation may be the internet. Things like iTunes U, Kahn Academy and Coursera.


        Take a look at code.org to see the direction of education.

        This is the stuff that will make coming to class in traditional schools only a portion of a High School education. In the future having a college degree will be much less important than what skills can you bring to my organization.

      • Bov,
        It is not a small concern when you know the idea hasn’t a chance to pass here on the cape. Poverty is an issue here and kids work for their families, not for cars or clothes. This place is an economic nightmare with the top and the bottom of the economic scale the most populated.

        Many extracurricular activities are gone now, victims of the budget, and none of the hands on courses exist any more. They became unimportant when they weren’t part of the state testing.

        Massachusetts schools rank second in the nation so something is being done right.

  7. MT C Says:

    The Monkey Poop coffee sounds much better than the camel dung served here. At least it can be caught off the ground and thus avoiding the implantation of dirt. At least that is my hope. And coming from the green areas of the world, there is also the chance of extra protein being incorporated. We don’t have flies or much for bugs here. Oh yes there is the occasional camel spider, but the sun bakes the bits into hardened piles before much can be consumed. And the difference in odor could well be another factor.

    Tell me, does it float when reconstituted?


    • Carl,
      The coffee beans comes ready to be ground. Some workers have the unenviable job of sifting through all the poop to find the beans. They are then processed and cleaned and packaged. The beans are whole when dispelled or you couldn’t begin to distinguish between what is coffee and what is the rest.

      The coffee is so expensive because it is so labor intense.

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