Friday, February 19, 2010
The Spin Cycle- I just can't get enough...
It's time to go for a spin with Sprite's Keeper. Put on your driving gloves and get a kerchief for your hair, it might be a wild ride!
This week we're going to talk about something MB can't live without. Which is a timely topic over here at the Badger Den. Because it's Lent. And the point of Lent is to give up something for 40 days. Something that would be a sacrifice. The whole Jesus fasting in the desert being tempted by Satan thing (if you have no idea what Lent is, go see Wikipedia. I'm no Sunday school teacher. I was the one in back eating paste during CCD...)
This year I gave up Coke. No, not soda, not Pepsi. Coke. Because it might be the one thing I can't live without. And it's really not good for me.
First, I'm a firm believer that there shouldn't be ANYTHING you can't live without. The world is an uncertain place. You have to be prepared. Know the bus situation, just in case your car dies. Learn to send smoke signals if the cell phone is out. Learn to cook one really good meal by heart, just in case your MIL shows up unannounced. That sort of thing. What if terrorists were to blow up all the Coke plants in the world? Where the hell would I be? (the answer quite possibly could be curled up under my desk whimpering, we shall see)
Second, Coke really isn't good for you. In any way, shape or form. (not even the Coke flavored Icee, which could be it's own food group). There is no nutritional value. And I'm pretty sure that studies have shown that Coke does not even quench thirst, it makes you more thirsty. It's high in calories and sugar. Has artificial everything (color, flavor,I think it even had a boob job back in the 80's- but I'm not telling). But, for me, when the two o'clock fuzzies hit? A Coke it is. With a little ice, in a glass (I'm not good at drinking from bottles or cans- don't ask).
I had to be specific about this one, though. Just saying, "I gave up soda" wouldn't be the same. I don't really like "soda". I don't drink Sprite, or Mt Dew. Occasionally I'll drink a cream soda or an orange soda, but it's rare.
If I order a Coke, don't bring Pepsi. They're not the same. I took the Pepsi Challenge back in the 80's. I could tell the difference. I chose Coke. (side note: Dave Barry is an idiot with no taste buds.)
I even love the commercials. I would like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony. And I think a Coke would help. Those polar bears? A-fricking-dorable. I caught the wave, and agree, you can't beat the real thing. Coke really is it.
I bring my own can of Coke to parties, and I apologize to the host. If I don't know what you serve, I don't take any chances. My in-laws can attest that I have chosen water when no Coke was available.
When I was pregnant and limiting my caffeine intake? I found caffeine free Coke. Not a problem. When I was diabetic and had to limit my Coke intake (the one thing that drove my sugar numbers through the roof)? I bought those half size cans and put lots of ice in the glass.
My God, I've been waxing poetic about a soft drink, people. Justifying my insanity. My name is MB and I'm a Coke-a-holic.
But it's Lent, and I'm going to give it a try. We'll see if I can go until Easter without a Coke. No, I will not buy into the "Sundays aren't Lent. You can drink all the Coke you want on Sunday" thing. We're going cold turkey. Wish me luck. Then say a prayer for anyone who has to be near me for the next 6 weeks. I'll keep you updated on how it's going.
Until next week, via con Dios, amigos.
(oh, and PB. Drinks Pepsi. But he also wears athletic socks with his dress shoes, so we know he has absolutely no taste.)