Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Waste Not, Want Not

My lady is a good lady, but she has one fatal flaw: she doesn't always finish her coffee.

Not infrequently, as I pick up around the house, I find her long-forgotten morning mug with coffee still in the bottom—an inch, sometimes more. For shame. Waste coffee? There are children in Africa having a hard time waking up right now! She says she doesn't want it anymore once it gets cold. I say: cold coffee, where's the problem? And I can't throw it away, so—like a teenager getting drunk on the dregs of his parents' cocktails—I swig it down.

I confess, though, I'm not motivated merely by coffee-frugality. I actually get excited when I find a tiddle in the bottom. (Ooh, there's more!) That doesn't make me in the addict, does it?*

* This morning, I married the remnants of three separate mugs and happily walked out the door with a new almost full Franken-mug. That doesn't make me an addict, does it?

10 comments:

  1. pookie11:17 AM

    Lucky you. You did not have to make another cup of coffee. It was just there waiting for you!

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  2. My thoughts exactly.

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  3. Sounds like a perfect match to me! I'm with her on the cold coffee though. :)

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  4. Are you certain she is really finished with that coffee? My husband sometimes finishes up my last bit of coffee, cocktail, piece of steak, etc. and claims it is because he thought I was done--but I wasn't! I was just taking my time and looking forward to savoring that last little bit. Argh!

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  5. Francine5:21 PM

    Likewise. Christian does the same thing, drives me nuts. Have you heard about the study showing that a daily dose of 3-5 cups of coffee reduces the risk of alzhemiers and dementia by 65%? Feed that addiction, baby. In fact, perhaps we need to feed our spouses more coffee so they won't be so forgetful about those half cups.


    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/24/health/research/24coffee.html

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  6. Excellent. I'm confident that, in time, science will prove that coffee is the best-est thing ever-est for us and, if we can only drink enough, we'll actually become immortal.

    And Cameron, I'm quite sure the coffee is fair game. She's rather persnickety about it being fresh, and this is often hours after the fact. (But I have, on occasion, been guilty of pilfering not quite abandoned orts of food.)

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  7. This morning, I found a full mug abandoned by Sarah. (Thought she needed to get up early. Turned out she didn't. Went back to bed.) I was giddy with excitement.

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  8. Its good hot, its good warm, its good iced, its nasty cold. Nasty.

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  9. I was with you up to the Frankenmug. I'll drink cold and day old coffee, but don't mix them!

    Re: Cameron's dilema - I am pretty sure Matt has eaten food off my plate also...

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