There is always a glass of something to drink at my desk.
I usually work or write late into the night. On hot summer nights, a Tanqueray and Tonic is refreshing, while cold winter nights lend themselves to Drambuie over cracked ice. Bloody Marys work any time. However, most of the time, I don’t think about an alcoholic drink, and I’m in the refrigerator grabbing another Coke.
What I drink has become a problem this past year, and although I’m not a resolution maker, this is one area where I intend to make some big changes.
Not too long ago, I saw a post about writers and their drinking habits. After reading several online articles, I was left with the impression that writers have a reputation for imbibing. Some say alcohol lubes and liberates the mind for writing. Others say it breaks down inhibitions which enhances creativity. My one little drink every now and then neither adds nor detracts from my writing.
Then there are the caffeine drinkers. Some of these writers say caffeine helps them meet deadlines and that it extends times of productivity
I don’t need to drink anything to be able to write, but I do think having something to drink while writing is a crutch for me (much like grazing on M&M’s).
That brings me to The Coffee Quiz. This is a new quiz brainstormed by BTW – Ben Trube, Writer. Paula Acton tagged me to answer the questions, and I think my answers will clearly show my drinking problem.
The Coffee Quiz!
1) How many cups of coffee per day?
None. I’m not a coffee drinker. At least that’s what I tell people; otherwise, I suppose I have one cup a day.
2) What is your favorite caffeine delivery system?
Gas station cappuccino
(in that order)
3) What was your best cup of coffee?
The one that I made/make myself. About 6 oz. of cold coffee go into a tall glass, followed by too much sugar or sweetener, a squirt of chocolate syrup, followed by 2% milk to fill the glass. Throw in ice cubes, and it almost like having the Starbuck’s Frappuccino. … What? That’s not a cup of coffee?
4) What was your worst cup of coffee?
Every sip of coffee I ever took from a cup of coffee was the worst.
5) What does your favorite mug say?
My favorite mug is a large Sakura mug with a flag on it. I bought it at a garage sale for fifty cents, and even though I chipped it, I refuse to give it up because it holds two packages of hot cocoa at a time. I make it on cold mornings, and I put a teaspoon of instant coffee crystals in with the cocoa – and some caramel creamer. It sits on my desk for several hours, and I just keep drinking it even after it’s cold. Oh, the mug I do have with a saying on it reads, “Friends of Main Library.” Yep, that’s me – one of the friends.
6) How do you take your coffee?
With all of the crap listed in #3.
7) When was your first cup?
I don’t have a clue. I may have sipped Mom or Dad’s coffee at one time and declared it the most vile liquid ever. Every time I’ve tried it since, my opinion has never changed. But I do love the smell of freshly brewed coffee.
8) Have you ever gone on a coffee date?
No. Boo-hoo. No one ever asked me out on a coffee date. Not that I would have wanted to go.
So, you can see … I have a real problem with the junk I am drinking at my desk all day long. The coffee isn’t the problem; it’s all the sugar I’m dumping into it! And even though I’ll drink Coke Zero for weeks at a time, I really don’t want the chemicals.
My goal this year is to drink more water. I like water with ice. A slice of fresh lemon or lime in it is good, too.
What about you? What do you drink while you write or blog?
To keep Ben’s quiz alive and moving along, I’m tagging a few people to take the coffee quiz. Now, Tim Dittmer, I know you are contrary and don’t do these things, but you are a self-confessed coffee addict, so you may want to consider this one. Tag!
I’ll also nudge these fun bloggers to answer the quiz: Zen Scribbles, Carrie Rubin, Marcus Matherne, Piper George, Jackie Roeder, Dallas (that Crazy Train to Tinky Town), and my buddy Mike Akin.