And here we have part four of what was, for most bloggers, a simple challenge:
- List 10 things you LOVE
- List 10 things you HATE
- Nominate a few suckers to do the same
(Really, this is getting ridiculous now. Part FOUR?!? Stand up and flush already!)
Like I said in my last post, it’s hard for me to condense “hate” and “love” into a compact form – it doesn’t do the words justice, ya know?
So do you think we can wrap this thing up here and ship it out? Place your bets, peeps. <dealer spins>
10 THINGS I LOVE and 10 THINGS I HATE (in unranked order)
PART FREAKING 4: ALL ABOUT COFFEE
Coffee and I have such a long relationship, it gets its own post. YAY COFFEE
7. I love coffee, but hate when people pretend to love it.
Coffee and I have been seeing each other regularly ever since high school (really, isn’t that where most haunting life rituals and obsessions get started?)
I first picked up the habit to meet a dual need of 1) keeping warm yet 2) not ingesting any additional calories. Every woman in America who’s ever flirted with dieting or food issues knows that coffee is pretty much calorie-free AND that caffeine keeps you both awake and kills your appetite. Also, I’ve mentioned before that I have Raynaud’s Syndrome, and keeping your hands warm when you’re trying to play clarinet and march around a football field when it’s sleeting presents its own unique challenge. (I usually failed. But as long as you keep marching, nobody cares. You can’t really expect a clarinet to be heard in a stadium filled with 90,000+ drunken fans, anyway.)
I drink my coffee black. If you truly love coffee, you will too. Adding sugar, cream, and sprinkles to it means you are drinking dessert. It’s a coffee-flavored milkshake – THIS IS SO NOT THE SAME THING AS COFFEE.
Now, don’t get me wrong – I have NOTHING against dessert here, folks. There’s a time and a place for it. Just don’t lie to me and pretend you are drinking coffee. Because you are not.
This is like the Pizza Lie, which I also hate. If you tell me “we’re having pizza”, this will lead a gal to have certain…expectations. Such as red sauce…maaaaaayyyybe white. But there will be sauce on the crust. There will also be cheese. No cheese = NOT PIZZA.
And there may be toppings within the realm of socially acceptable parameters. Cured meats? Sure. Ham, chicken? Also OK…but pushing it.
Veggies? Slow down there, cowboy – there are a few that are OK, but this ain’t a free-for-all. Feel free to chuck on onions, peppers, mushrooms, tomatoes, even olives, if that’s what puffs your sails. But when your pizza starts to look like a not-so-cleverly disguised salad, YOU HAVE CROSSED A LINE. Broccoli? Oh hell no. Cauliflower? You’re joking. Arugula? I may have to stab you.
And don’t even TRY to pass off Thai Stir-Fry, Taco, or Cheeseburger as “pizza.” That is food on a crust. It may be edible. It may not suck. But it is not pizza. Just like milkshakes who once participated in a flash mob with coffee ARE NOT COFFEE. They’re…acquainted – a third-degree connection on LinkedIn at best. But firmly in the category of Not Coffee.
8. I love my coffee mugs, and I hate tiny coffee cups.
In my twenties (OK, and my thirties…and maybe a couple times last week) I drank a LOT of coffee. This did not go unnoticed by my coworkers: At one of my first jobs, the boss had handmade pottery mugs made for each of us for Christmas one year. Everyone received a normal-sized mug except me.
Mine held HALF A POT OF COFFEE. SCORE.
I drank three cups of coffee a day at that job. (That’s a pot and a half, for those of you who haven’t had any coffee yet today, and/or don’t math, or both.)
Now that I’m older, and need to work a little harder at things that used to be easy (Sleep? I’m giving you the death stare) I’m down to just one cup of coffee a day. (It’s about 24 ounces. BUT TOTALLY COUNTS AS ONE CUP, just like when you pick the biggest slice of pizza in the box and count it as “one slice” on MyFitnessPal.)
For my daily commute (40 minutes without traffic – attempting this without a shot of caffeine is a hay bale on the NOPE farm) my mug of choice is a Bubba Keg, one of the only travel mugs out there that both holds a sufficient volume of coffee AND fits in a standard car’s cup holder. Which doesn’t sound that significant, but you’d be surprised how hard THAT combo is to find. I have a few older versions of this one:
When I’m at home, and can get up for frequent refills (because cold coffee is just a black vat of sadness and disappointment) I rotate between these mugs:
From left to right:
A. I got this one from a friend about 15 years ago as a gift. I haven’t been in touch with her for at least 10 years – the only reason I keep it is because it’s incredibly sappy and, like, totally ironic to use first thing in the morning when I legit want to punch people smack in the happy.
B. I bought this in NYC when I went to my FIRST BROADWAY SHOW EVAH. My true soulmates will know which show this is. The rest of you can no longer Drink With Me even One Day More. Also note that this mug was from the ORIGINAL tour – not the recent refresh that generated the movie. Which means that this mug is older than some of you reading this post right now.
This kind of blows my mind because that means this mug has survived <counting furiously in my head> FOURTEEN MOVES. That’s gotta be some kind of physics miracle. I mean, doesn’t everyone break at least six coffee mugs when they move?
C. I got this from a local church as a welcome/guest gift around move nine. I love the message – who can’t benefit from a reminder that they might be loved? – but it also sort of irritates the hubs, due to him being an avid nonbeliever. So this is the mug I use most often. Heh. (Hey, cut me some slack. I’m reaching for this BEFORE I’ve had any coffee. It’s either passive aggression or a body count.)
Anyway – the point here is that there are PLENTY of coffee mugs out there that hold more than a shot of java. Hotels and conference centers of America? I’m raising my eyebrows and pointing finger-guns directly at you.
You’ve noticed this, right? When you have the “privilege” (read: lost the office Fantasy Football pool and ponied up by “volunteering” for conference duty) of attending an offsite training session, seminar, or conference, you’re rewarded with hard, unforgiving chairs in a room with the ambiance of a meat locker and the treat of mystery chicken in secret sauce for lunch…and to top of the indignity of it all, they serve a sad excuse for coffee in little baby-sized cups. Your grandmother, upon spotting the array, would have picked one up, shrugged, and stuffed it in her purse to repurpose as a thimble.
Seriously, when you have an audience that has been involuntarily restrained for four, six, EIGHT FREAKING HOURS in a freezing-cold, mind-numbing coffin of monotony, is there some sick and twisted delight that meeting planners take in ordering coffee cups that would be an inadequate helmet for a window-bombing sparrow?
I don’t ask for much. But at 8 AM, when faced with a full day of detailed, riveting Powerpoints and presenters who obligingly read them aloud to you word by word, GIVE A GIRL SOME SERIOUS JAVA or someone’s gonna get cut.
Hmm. I guess I hate conferences, too.
I get to go to a couple of these a year. You’ll know if I’m ever at one you’re attending. I’m the chick walking in ten minutes late, muttering obscenities to herself while balancing three miniscule cups of coffee to the last remaining seat in the front row.
Feel free to introduce yourself.
AFTER the cups are empty. AFTER.
So…I’m not quite finished yet. Dealer is collecting chips from those of you who bet red. I think one more post will do it.
And today’s nominee for this challenge….Walking After Midnight. Because she hasn’t posted in awhile. <poke poke> 😉