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A Coke and a Smile

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One of my favorite beverages is Coca-Cola classic.  Many of my friends favor Pepsi, but I’m a coke fan.  I especially like it bottled, though I love McDonald’s fountain coke as well.  It gives me a happy rush!

I also like tea.  My southern roots come out for sweet tea.  For the life of me, I can’t figure out why anyone would want unsweetened tea?!  That’s like having peanut butter without the jelly.  Or Tom without Jerry–just obscene!  I like  Arnold Palmer and Boston tea (half cran, half tea).  At our house we drink it with all meals.

You can’t go wrong with hot tea.  I like it with heavy cream and lots of sugar (try this with an orange or tangerine flavored tea and it takes just like an orangesicle).  My Starbuck’s drink of choice is a green tea latte shot and whipped (an extra shot of melon flavoring and topped with whipped cream).

I like to make hot chocolate from scratch–that includes the whipped cream, too.  No packets of powdered concoctions for me!  When I make it for the boys, I automatically top it with home made whipped cream and provide an array of garnishes including mini-chocolate chips, marshmallows, candy spinkles, small bits of fruit, and caramel or fudge syrup.  For me, making hot chocolate is an art that I relish!

I love Snapple’s banana juice although it is hard to find.  I also like their pear juice.  Plus Minute Maid’s Orangeaid is so refreshing and yummy!  Speaking of orange, I can drink OJ all day.  I like it full of pulp.

I love creamy, thick shakes.  Banana, caramel, chocolate, and marshmallow flavors are the best!

So tell me, what quenches your thirst?

Rush!

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ATTENTION all coffee lovers–get ready for a good laugh! I have a confession to make; I am not much of a coffee drinker.  I really don’t like the bitter, burning taste.  I like all things tea.  In fact, my favorite hot beverage at Starbucks is the green tea latte with an extra shot of syrup, topped with whipped cream.

Now on occassion, if I am extremely tired, I will have a cuppa Joe.  However, my cup consists of more  heavy cream and sugar than actual coffee.  And strangely enough, I even love coffee ice-cream.  But the actual drink itself simply does not appeal to my taste buds.

My mother was a true coffee fan.  She liked it straight up black.  When feeling adventerous ,she would maybe add a scant teaspoon of cream and a packet of Splenda.  Mommy even drank it faithfully in the summertime–steaming hot, not the iced down watery version loved by many.

So last week on the way to dropping Nic off at school, we stopped by Dunkin Donuts.  I decided I needed a little jolt and ordered a small latte.  It was not sweet enough for me, so when I got to work, I added a few teaspoons of sugar.

About an hour later I started feeling really strange.  I felt nervous and jittery.  I could feel my heart racing and jumping.  I was dizzy and nauseous.  And I had an incredible amount of energy.  I was rapidly floating past cloud 9!  It was so scary!!!  A few of my students commented on my extra pep as I raced down the halls.   Feeling so weird I wondered to myself if they had put a shot of speed in my cup!  It was both awful and awesome.  I felt sooooo bizarre!

As the day wore I on, I felt very sluggish.  My heart was thumping slowly.  I was tired and crabby.  My attention span was short.  Honestly, I felt terrible!  It was like my system had ben poisoned!

When I got home I called my husband to let him know about my caffeine induced coma.  He commiserated with me and suggested that I take a nap.  Two hours later I woke up and called my stepfather, another true coffee drinker.   I wanted to tell him all about my near death experience. He laughed as he described my reaction as a “caffeine rush.”  He said he was familiar with the feeling as he is a regular drinker of this brutal brew.  It’s how I get through the day most of the time he informed me.

Well, not me.  I’ll  have to pass if that’s what it takes to get through the day.  It was simply the worst malaise I have felt in a long while.  I don’t want anything affiliated with coffee.  I get the shivers just looking at a coffee maker. 

In my opinion, it should be an illegal drug the way it left me reeling!