Pizza and Coke

There really are a lot of perks where I work. For instance, there was pizza delivered for lunch. Afterward, I wanted something sweet and realized I didn’t have any chocolate, so I decided a Coke would have to do. It’s been a very long time since I’ve had a real Coke, loaded with ice like every Texan ever…. except in Texas, the type of Coke would be a Dr Pepper… we just don’t have any. Such a pity. Samantha thinks that it’s probably my blood type…. and she might be right.

Although since I’ve moved here, I’ve started buying the generic sodas at Giant, because I like the fruit ones without caffeine. They’re killing me, though, because the last two times I’ve been there, the diet grape has been out. Right now I have diet cola with lime (which turned out to be really good and doesn’t taste like Pledge™), diet root beer, and diet orange.

The diet orange tastes like diabetes.

I also bought a mixed case of Zevia when it was on sale at Whole Foods, because I had never seen it so cheap and probably wouldn’t again.Dr Zevia is quite tasty, and I’m glad that I don’t have any in my fridge because I am sure that the amount I drink of it is unhealthy entirely.

I also found Diet Gosling’s at Wegman’s, and oh my fuck. It is everything I have ever wanted in a soda. I’m getting a jones right now. I wonder if I could con someone into driving me.

I talk about diet soda a lot because it’s my only true vice. I only drink alcohol occasionally, because I’ve had my fill. When I was at Biddy’s, we used to get one shift drink every night, and I used it to try everything in the bar. I never ordered the same thing twice.The other fun night was when we found a cheat sheet of cocktail recipes behind the cash register and started trying those. The best one I found was called a “Pineapple Bomb.” 1 oz Southern Comfort, 1 oz Amaretto, 5 oz pineapple juice.

Treat yo’self.

For the record, I hate Southern Comfort, but it’s good in this.

The surprise in the bar was that my favorite turned out to be currant vodka and 7-up, or Tullamore Dew and soda with a bit of cherry juice to bring out the undertones of the whiskey.

I am a great mixologist, and I like to play around. But if I had to choose what Katt Williams calls “a drank, and a backup drank,” it would be Old Overholt and Jack Daniels. It’s best for your backup drink to be something everyone carries.

I drink both with a tablespoon of water to let it bloom.

And for those of you in Houston who like this sort of thing, Spec’s has a house brand of coconut rum that I used to drink straight out of the freezer, because it makes a coconut slushie. Tread carefully. Your ex doesn’t care about you, and no, you cannot do a handstand.

Going straight edge with the occasional drink has been the best thing I’ve ever done for myself. I used to have a drink every night after work, which invariably turned into two or three over the course of the evening, just laughing and talking with friends. It wasn’t enough to make me drunk over that period of time, but it affected the way my medication worked and I wasn’t sensitive to it when I clearly should have been.

Now, I feel better. Just don’t take away my diet soda. I will cut a bitch.


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