There’s Got To Be a Morning After…

country-breakfast-specialAnd if you think this blog post is about hangovers, you are CORRECT! You win a large, very cold glass of water and two regular aspirin, followed by a breakfast of scrambled eggs, biscuits, hashbrowns and bacon (my favorite hangover cure). Actually, I prefer country ham, but you can’t always get that at your local greasy spoon. Oh, and you really need a side of grits to soak up the alcohol in your stomach, if you can get them.

family, vacation and conference 2008 050So, why the focus on hangovers today? Well, lest we forget, SOME Banditas (and Buddies) spent last night at RWA’s RITA and Golden Heart Awards ceremony. This is, invariably, followed by far too many parties and drinks at various bars. Lots of talking, laughing, consumption of alcohol and sugary desserts, all following several DAYS of way too much talking, laughing and consumption of alcohol and sugary desserts. It makes for a VERY rude awakening on Sunday, as any of us who have attended an RWA conference can tell you. So, today, let’s dish about the “morning after.” (And yes, thatΒ isΒ the GR having a bit of wine at conference in the photo!)

AA034183Some of my most memorable morning after memories happened in my first two years of college. I had lots and lots and way too much fun my first two years of college. I drank more in those two years than I probably have in the rest of my life, danced more than I have any time since then and kissed more frogs than any respectable princess would own up to. Man, did I have a great time! (Not that I would recommend that to anyone else, mind you.)

article_hangoverAll that to say, I have had my share of hangovers in my lifetime. Nothing ever makes them easier to face. I think, though, if you’ve abused your body with too little sleep and too much booze, your throat hurts from talking/laughing and your feet still ache from dancing in high heels all night, you deserve a really great breakfast. Or whatever else might make you feel vaguely human. Your choice!

coffee cureSo what’s your favorite hangover breakfast? Or are you a black coffee and aspirin devotee? Kale smoothie or other vitamin cure, anyone? Or are you a teetotaler who has never share the agony of the morning after blues? Dish ’em up, ’cause we’ve got some people lounging around the Lair who could use some advice!

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  • Helen says:

    Is he staying with me ?

    Have Fun

    • Cassondra says:

      Helen, apparently he is yours once again.

      You must have gotten him so drunk that he can’t make the transfer.


    • Caren Crane says:

      Helen, I can’t believe you had the GR in his cups! Actually, I can. He’s easy! πŸ˜€ I hope you guys have all the fun together today, nursing his poor, sore chicken head. Ha!

  • Helen says:


    Yes I have had a few over the years but not for many years I do not like waking up or even trying to go to sleep when I have had one too many πŸ™‚

    For me I try to drink as much water as I can I take some panadol and have some toast with vegemite (lots of vitamin B in vegemite) and then just reast for the remainder of the day LOL it is way too hard to do much else.

    I am glad I am over these types of days they were fun for a while but not now

    I do hope everyone has had a great time and that their remedies work for me the GR and I will share some Tim Tams they even have red velvet tim tams now they are define and newly released although I haven’t bought any yet peanut butter tim tams πŸ™‚

    Have Fun

    • Caren Crane says:

      Forget the panadol and vegemite, just give me red velvet Tim Tams! And they have peanut butter now?!? I am definitely coming to Australia. Y’all have all the great, evil things AND it’s winter when it should be summer (in my northern hemi perspective). I could avoid the hot weather altogether if I just kept on the move!

      So…vegemite for the hangover. Lots of protein, I’m sure. Adding it to the list…

    • Caren Crane says:

      Btw, Helen, my husband totally agreed with you about the B vitamins. He did say, though, that he wouldn’t eat vegemite to get B vitamins. πŸ˜€

  • Helen says:

    Oh and huge congrats to all of the winners for the Rita and GH awards and to those that had been nominated as well way to go everyone

    Have Fun

    • Caren Crane says:

      Helen, thank you for reminding me that there are folks with brand-spanking new RITA statues and Golden Heart necklaces! Congrats to all the lovely winners!

  • Jane says:

    Hello Caren,
    Greasy breakfasts are my favorite after a hangover. I usually try to take some aspirin before going to bed so that I don’t wake up with a headache. We would have bacon and eggs or sometimes steak and eggs and of course strong coffee helps, too.

    • Cassondra says:

      Jane, does the aspirin before bed actually work?

      I’m making a list of recommendations.
      The aspirin thing seems really sensible…

      • Jane says:

        Hello Cassondra,
        I find that it really makes a difference. Your body might still be sluggish, but at least your head isn’t pounding.

        • Caren Crane says:

          Amen! Aspirin and water. Dehydration is a huge component of feeling terrible in the morning. But as you said, Jane, if you’re head isn’t pounding, it’s much more bearable! πŸ™‚

    • Caren Crane says:

      Jane, I am with you on the big glass of water and the aspirin. It certainly does take the worst edges off. Plus, greasy breakfast! Not sure if it’s the grease, the protein or the combination of the two, but man do those hash browns help!

      My favorite after-party dive in Charlotte (when I was in college) was the Knife & Fork. Sadly, it is closed now. Everyone needs a go-to breakfast place for afters! πŸ˜€

  • Cassondra says:

    I am your anathema, I think.

    It’s true. I’ve never gotten so drunk that I had a hangover.

    I think, honestly, that this means there is something wrong with me. After all, I am the Bandit known for her love of wine. It’s just that I didn’t develop this interest until I was 40.


    • Caren Crane says:

      Cassondra, you were a wise young woman. I, on the other hand, made enough bad decisions for you, me and everyone we know! Those $1 Long Island Iced Teas did me in more than once. And it makes me nauseated to think about them, still!

      A good thing was, I learned what I don’t like pretty early: no bourbon for me. Gag! This is why when you drink with me now, I usually have a glass of cab or a vodka tonic, two olives. I am firmly of the opinion that lime ruins a vodka tonic. Which is odd, because it’s quite the thing for a gin & tonic. No idea! I just know what I know.

      I did have a very wise friend, though, who kept me out of all sorts of trouble. I love my Tanya!

  • Mozette says:

    It’s been a loooooooooong time since I had a hangover so bad I needed a cure – 1997 in fact, but I did need one when I was in Scotland and I had what my brother called ‘A Blotto Night’… yeah, I still can’t remember what went on during that night – not fully. πŸ˜›

    But the next day, I did wake up in my hotel room fully clothed, on my own bed with panadol next to my bed, a bucket too (thanks to my good traveling companions of Trafalgar Tours!) and I found that a good greasy breakfast of bacon (that wasn’t too crispy) and eggs (that didn’t jiggle too much) with toast (that wasn’t too crunchy) was ideal (I skipped the mushrooms because they just looked like slime!). But as I sat down, my tour co-ordinater placed the BIGGEST MUG OF COFFEE I’VE EVER SEEN IN MY LIFE in front of me with about 6 sugars in it – there was no milk in it just pure, black, strong coffee… boy was I thankful! He told me: 1. Never do that again, and 2. He talked to the organisers of the Haggis Night at the restaurant and told them it was against the law to keep topping up somebody’s glass once they took a sip of alcohol – even for a joke… and 3. He was proud of me to not go wandering off with that 60 year old Scotsman in kilt…. I looked at him and said, ‘Um… what Scotsman?’

    It took me the better part of the day to remember *that* part of the night! πŸ˜›

    • Caren Crane says:

      Mozette, that is the funniest thing I have ever heard! I love it that your Tour group was looking out for you. And a 60-year-old Scot in a kilt. Ha! He was probably a charming auld schemer, too, after your lovely red hair!

      My own greasy breakfast cure always included scrambled eggs (firmly cooked), toast (preferably dry, though jam is okay – no butter), grits (with butter, for some reason), crispy bacon and hash browned potatoes of any sort. Really, they could be the best or worst hash browns around, it didn’t matter. But they needed lots of tomato ketchup! Also orange juice (or tomato) and lots of water. LOTS of water. And black coffee, always.

      Wow, now I’m kind of hungry. And really glad I have no need of a hangover cure today! πŸ˜€

  • flchen1 says:

    I’m not sure I’ve ever had a party-induced hangover… some all-nighter hangovers, sure! For those, if sleep is not an option, liquids, especially those including sugar and/or caffeine help πŸ˜‰ Hope you who’ve been enjoying RWA have a fabulous Sunday, whether hungover or not!

    • Caren Crane says:

      Fedora, you and Cassondra had the sort of young womanhood my youngest is having: all the fun, none of the hangovers. πŸ˜€ Honestly, I think I completely used up all the fun in a radius of many thousands of miles when I was young. I’m glad I did, but also think a bit wistfully of all the things I could have accomplished if I hadn’t been having so much fun. πŸ˜€

      Agree totally on the liquids. LOTS of water and black coffee seem to help. For some reason, tea does not have the same effect for me! And you know, I always thought the exhaustion of staying up and out until the wee hours was the worst part of it.

      In the past 5 years, my husband and I went out with friends in Chicago and stayed out until almost 5 AM. As grown people! That was crazy. But it was so much fun!

  • Amy Conley says:

    I’m one of the lucky few who doesn’t seem to get a hangover… thank goodness. Now I have been known to wake up still drunk.

    • Caren Crane says:

      Amy, I am dead jealous now. Seriously, no hangover? How does that happen?!? I think you won the genetic lottery, hands-down. πŸ˜€

      I also believe my body processes alcohol very quickly, because the effects have never lingered for me, no matter how much I’ve drunk. Perhaps your body processes the alcohol so slowly that your organs don’t protest, so you never develop the dehydration and other symptoms? That is a real gift!

      Except, you know, if you have to get up and go to work… LOL

  • Patty L. says:

    I am here to say that I have never had a hangover. I honestly have no idea why because I have been known to drink like a fish. I always wake up refreshed and energetic. I do however suffer from dancing feet and may walk with a limp the following day after a great night of drinking and dancing. My daughter also has home by this phenomenon, she has never had a hangover. I can’t explain it, but am so grateful.

    • Caren Crane says:

      Patty, you, your daughter and Amy Conley all have my undying envy! Too bad they haven’t identified what particular bit of genetic wonder saves you from that. I’m pretty sure someone could make a fortune! πŸ˜€

      And yes, these days, the dancing feet are their own unique sort of hangover. I swear, my feet never used to hurt after dancing all night. These days, my feet and my back would both be protesting!

      I’m pretty sure, though, that none of those things will keep me from tearing up a dance floor or having one vodka tonic too many in the future. Ha!

  • Jo Robertson says:

    Hilarious post, Caren! I’m so sympathizing with all those mornings of your college years when you woke up so hung over!

    I don’t drink, so I can’t sympathize with the feeling of hangovers, but I do often go to be with tummy aches or wake up with one. My go-to cure, oddly enough, is not abstaining from all food — you’d think that would work, wouldn’t you? — but a nice bowl of frosted flakes and milk. Has to be Kellogg’s, though, none of the generic kind!

    • Caren Crane says:

      Jo, you, Cassondra and Fedora will all be featured in a shrine I will devote to Most Mature and Wise Women Ever! πŸ™‚

      Oddly, I am almost never hit with any digestive issues at all. I have had a few twinges from my gall bladder the past couple of years, but never have had stomach aches, rumbly tumbly, or anything else. My husband, some of my siblings and one of my children have those sorts of issues, but not me. Not even with a massive hangover!

      I have no idea why Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes would calm an upset stomach, especially with milk. Then again, why do hash browns help a hangover? There is likely a scientific reason, but I don’t know what it could be!

  • catslady says:

    I too have had my share lol. I add one thing to the aspirin and water and that is take an antihistamine tablet. It settles the stomach. My worst hangover ever was when we took a trip to Europe and on the last night in England we went with the tour to a castle and had mead and strange food and wenches refilled the wine glasses without you even knowing it. In my defense I had never really drank much at this point in my life (was in my early 20’s). I never felt so sick in my life and the next morning we had to get up early and take a bus to the airport. On top of that I lost a contact and couldn’t see. I truly wanted to die! Someone on the plane heard my story (or took one look at me lol) and gave me the antihistamine and I actually ate breakfast 20 minutes later. That was my worst hangover ever lol.

    • Caren Crane says:

      Oh, Catslady, that sounds horrible! What a recipe for a miserable flight. I can’t imagine getting up, being horribly hungover, and getting on a flight from England to the US. Ack!

      I have never heard of the antihistamine thing, but it makes a lot of sense. I take a 24-hour antihistamine every night, so hopefully that is helping me on the very rare occasions (these days) that I overindulge!

      Hear that, all of you with conference head and hangovers? Aspirin, water and antihistamine, stat! πŸ˜€

  • Caren, I haven’t had a hangover in a long time. Somewhere around my 30th birthday, I decided to avoid them. I don’t have a hangover remedy other than to drink lots of water and sober up, headache and all, before going to bed, so it’s more hangover evasion.

    There is alcoholism in my gene pool, so I keep a close eye on how much and how often I consume alcohol anyway.

    Someone I know recommends greasy cheeseburgers, but that’s the last thing I want if my stomach is already dicey.

    • Caren Crane says:

      Nancy, I can’t blame you for hangover avoidance. Really, I think I’ve only been really hungover a handful of times since my early 20s. Most of those were the 8 days the DH and I spent at an all-inclusive resort in Cancun. We drank so much the last night there that I’m surprised we woke up in time to make the plane. I felt bad for 3 days after that. He did, too! We still laugh about that.

      As for greasy cheeseburgers? I’ll give that one the thumbs-down. Although, until we found the Knife & Fork, we used to frequent Taco Bell and have Nachos Bellgrande at 2 am. Yes, that’s when Taco Bell first started staying open into the wee hours on the weekend. Wonder why? LOL

  • Pissenlit says:

    I’ve never had a hangover…and it’s not from lack of alcohol consumption…*cough* I guess I’m just lucky like that.

    *ducks head in case of thrown objects* πŸ˜€

    • Caren Crane says:

      Pissenlit, you are joining the esteemed ranks here who apparently have magical, hangover-avoidance DNA. Congratulations! I don’t want to throw stuff at you, I just want to swab your cheek and get your DNA sequenced so we can unlock the mystery! Think how much money we could make with optional DNA therapy to help people avoid hangovers. We might still all die from complications of alcoholism (like my poor father), but we’d never be hung over! Ha!

      Enjoy that for me, won’t you? Because after 4 or 5 vodka tonics, I would definitely have a hangover despite the hash browns! πŸ˜€

      • Pissenlit says:

        I don’t know about hangovers but I hear that eating fatty things like cheese and such before consuming alcohol helps soak it up or something. I’ve never actually tried it so I don’t know how well that works.

        Yes, I do very much enjoy it. πŸ™‚