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Coffee, Tea or H20: What’s In Your Cup?

If you are like me, it’s all three… just not at the same time. When it comes to my morning beverage, I feel like I could give Bill Murray a run for his money in “Groundhog Day.” I say this because my morning routine is the same everyday. First, I have to admit that I have a love affair with coffee. Every night as I slide into bed, I dream of my morning’s coffee, or maybe it’s more the comfort of my routine that excites me about the next day, but no matter the reason, my mornings are structured pretty much the same way day in and day out. I wake, head to the kitchen, prepare the coffee because no, I am not an assemble the coffee maker the night before kind of person, turn on the news, listen to the “drip, drip, drip” of the coffee maker, anxiously awaiting that first sip of hot beverage bliss as I select my mug of the day. Yes, deciding what mug I use for the day is another aspect of my morning coffee routine that makes me giddy. You see, I chose a different one each day. The collection has been cycled through hundreds of times over by now at this point in my life. There is no rhyme or reason as to how I select the mug of the day, but rest assured each mug tells me the story of how it came to live with me upon my snatching it from the cupboard. Sometimes I am moved to tears realizing the person from whom it came is no longer with me on this Earth, other times I laugh out loud remembering the story. Pouring the lovely brown liquid into the day’s chosen mug, I mediate on the day’s possibilities as I swirl two teaspoons of Stevia (store bought, although I have just taken to growing my own), two tablespoons half and half creamer and one tablespoon of walnut oil. I am so attached to my morning coffee that even on vacation, as much as I can control for making my morning’s coffee, I do; otherwise I default to the barista of the establishment in which I am staying or the nearest coffee shop!

Part of my coffee mug collection

After my requisite two cups of Joe, I move onto aqua. For the record, I admit that I am a bubbly water fan. Some would say I am a snob when it comes to my drinking water. Suffice it to say, I am a fully-fledged carbonated water enthusiast, which I find interesting because for years I laughed at those who paid good money to drink Perrier or Pellegrino. Life has a funny way of kicking you in the hind end, doesn’t it? My redeeming factor; however, is that I came to bubbly water legitimately as a way to move away from purchasing so much plastic bottled water for health and environmental concerns. FYI, aluminum cans are much easier to recycle than plastic bottles. I know, I know, you are probably asking, ‘why not just drink water from the tap?’ Well, I tried that but, even despite filtering it, it just didn’t seem to quench my thirst. I remember initially being opposed to trying the bubbly stuff. And to think, it all started with one grapefruit La Croix. Now, I wonder if I might be addicted to those tiny bubbles. Truly, I think I might be. No, I know I am! My friend who might be worse than I am about “having to have her sparkling water” with her at all times and I talk about our dependence on the stuff and how to break away from it. We know we are victims of a very effective marketing campaign. Have you seen the ads? As I mentioned it all started with La Croix, but as Perrier added more flavors to their line-up, I started dabbling with their products, then on a whim I tried Bubly. I have come to appreciate each brand, and you will find all three brands in a variety of flavors in my refrigerator and my pantry, stockpiled and waiting to be called up to the icebox, eventually making it to my Tervis tumbler, my “cup” of choice to hold my sparkling water as it is large enough to cram it full with ice, such a lovely accent to all the bubbles!

In a previous blog, I noted that I drink a lot of water, but I do also enjoy a good cup of tea, and for me that is green tea with a teaspoon of local honey whenever I am home in the early evening hours, usually around 6 pm as I prepare dinner. With this beverage, I use Bigelow tea brand because I just love the name! My cup of choice for this beverage is always a D-- Harper original mug, no other is ever used with this beverage. Funny, the habits or rituals we humans can design. You see, D-- is my son, and while he was in high school, he had the opportunity to take a pottery class and made several pieces, one of which is a mug he gave me, the one I use to this day.

Now that I have taken you through what’s in my cup in a day, I’d like to share with you the origin of this week’s topic. One day after a friend shared her mug (title photo) with me, I asked her who gave it to her. She answered, “a co-worker,” prompting me to say, “Funny, makes me wonder what people really do have in their cups?” To which my friend immediately quipped, “Yeah, kinda like Blake Shelton? I’d really like to know what he has in that red Solo cup he’s always holding when he’s on The Voice.” So there you have it: how my brain landed on this topic…with a little help from my fiend, oops, that was suppose to say FRIEND!

What’s your cup’s favorite resident or residents as is my case? Give me a shout and let me know! I’d love to hear from you.

Coffee Fact: Coffee beans are technically seeds.

Water Fact: You can get drunk on water. Drinking too much water too fast dilutes the sodium levels in the blood leading to an imbalance in the brain with symptoms very similar to alcohol intoxication.

Tea Fact:Tea used to be very expensive and was kept locked in a tea chest in the parlor with the lady of the house being responsible for the tea, and the only one with a key to the lock on the tea chest.

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