Monday, May 27, 2013
So many funny things happen every day that remind me I'm no longer a 20-something college grad, enjoying single life in a big city...although I still think of myself as young, life seems intent on reminding me that I'm 39, married with kids, living in smaller-town-America, and B-O-R-I-N-G!
For example - I enjoy coffee. I limit myself to one large mug in the morning, so I don't get too over-caffeinated during the day. I'm also a stay-at-home-mom...which means we don't have an extra dime to spare. I run a tight ship--and our finances are in great shape, because we don't spend money on "frivolous non-necessities" like coffeehouse lattes, or fast-food, or movies at the theater, etc.
I make my own coffee, and I have even been know to re-brew grounds to save a penny or two. (Hey, you load coffee with enough sugar, chocolate, creamer, etc, and it doesn't matter how cheap it is to begin with!) :)
So a friend gave me a Starbucks gift card as a thank you for lending her some baby clothes. Wow! What a rare & special treat! I promptly logged online, as the card instructed, to register my "rewards"--knowing full well that I'll probably never waste money on reloading the darn thing.
But surprise surprise--the rewards card gave me a FREE drink for my birthday last week! WOO HOO! A double bonus! Not only a gift card with money to burn....but a free drink on top of it all! WOW!
So here's the "Getting Old" part of this blog.....I wanted to head to Starbucks today to treat myself to something, and I realized I have NO IDEA WHAT TO ORDER! 15 years ago, I would've been able to stride into any coffeeshop & rattle off the proper espresso lingo...but NOW?!?
Ridiculously enough, I had to do research on the Starbucks website, so I can go today & not embarrass myself! I now know the difference between Tall, Grande & Venti. I now remember some of the Non-Fat Mocha No Whip lingo.....and it totally makes me chuckle.
I guess things really do change in life! There are so many more important things in my daily world than overpriced coffee beverages.....that I am happy to live in the dark. And for today, at least, I've been enlightened enough to treat myself. As long as it's FREE............. ;)