Monday, January 27, 2014
Weird Little Idiosyncrasies
The weird thing I do that I am thinking of today is how I drink water. My sister would say my favorite drink is Coke. Or Dr Pepper. Or Pepsi. But really it is very icy cold water. The weird thing is I go through cycles in which I have to have a certain glass.
For a long time I thought water just tasted better and colder in a blue glass. Had to be glass, not plastic, and blue.
Then for along time I only drank water out of a clear Libbey's stemmed glass. I think it was a wine glass but I am not sure. I have never had wine. Wal-Mart has the stemmed glasses, 4 in a box for like $4.99 or something and for years that is what I had at home for my glass of water. I liked how it felt to hold the glass.
Next it was a Coca-Cola glass. One year McDonald's gave them away if you bought some kind of hamburger meal but my local McDonald's would also let you buy them for a dollar. They had them in green, blue and plum. I really don't remember how many I had, but let's say I had 12 of them, 4 of each color. I loved my Coca-Cola glasses. I thought I was in high cotton. One time my son's mother-in-law came to my house for a family meal -- I believe it was the Thanksgiving I moved into my very own single wide trailer in 2009 (she did not live in a trailer house) -- and when I served water in those Coca-Cola glasses she said "my, you've eaten a few hamburgers." I guess now would be an appropriate time to tell you I grew up dirt poor in New Mexico. Having matching glasses of any kind from any source would have been a la-te-da thing. And I do like hamburgers.
My Coca-Cola glasses have all gotten broken except for two and I still really like them, but now -- and here comes the thing I would have wanted the floor to open up and swallow me if I ever thought of doing in my 20's and 30's -- I drink out of a quart Mason jar. Yes, I do. (My 20 year old self is dying of embarrassment). Well, I wouldn't in front of anyone but my kids, or strangers in a parking lot when I am thirsty and need a drink.
See, I need water. My body likes to be hydrated so I drink 12 glasses a day. A quart is the same as 4 - 8 oz glasses, right? So I fix 3 quarts of tap water, add a tray of ice to each one and put them in the fridge, because I can only drink icy cold water. If I drink my 3 jars I know I drank plenty of water for the day. No trying to keep up with the count of glass refills needed. If my water is not fixed (and had time to get very cold) then I will get thirsty, grab a cold canned coke to quench my thirst and never drink water.
If I am going to "town" (Wal-Mart, Kohls, the grocery store, my kids' homes) I know I will be thirsty as soon as my house is in my rear view mirror so I take my jar so 1) maybe I won't buy a coke and 2) because the Mason jar lid keeps it from spilling. Of course, on hot days I have to sit it in an insulated cooler. I leave it in the car, except at my son's home. He has well water and I don't like the taste of it (and I don't like the taste of bottled water). The other day my son told me that he hopes I don't take that jar in everywhere I go because it looks weird. I said why, does it looks like white lightnin'?
Do you have a favorite glass, cup or container?