The Daily Diet Coke

Tuesday, April 20, 2010



Hello, Friend.

That's right, Friend. When you are at home with your children all day, every day, you develop certain rituals. The days have a pattern, and you must, yes you must, sprinkle in a treat for yourself: play time, snack time, outside time, craft time, lunch time, nap time. . . Mommy's Diet Coke Time.

Ahhh.

I don't know when I realized it was a ritual, but at some point I recognized that I was drinking one every day. At least. I decided I should limit myself to one a day, so then it became a treat. Something to save for after lunch, when the boys are asleep. I have these dreams of me sitting down at 1:30 with a Diet Coke, feet up, magazine in hand - but that never happens. Usually, the Diet Coke accompanies me to the computer, where I do a little (paying) work. Or sometimes the Diet Coke helps me do chores - fold laundry, clean floors, dust. . . I hate dusting. So sometimes we play hookie and actually sit down for a minute with a magazine.

The point is, the Diet Coke is with me during my me time. It is my me time. Every sip reminds me that the kiddos are asleep and I've made it to the half-way point of the day. That even though I've spent most of the morning talking about trains, dinosaurs, and who gets to play with the swiffer, I am still an adult who is allowed to drink caffeine whenever she wants. I am still an adult! Sometimes I even put it in a vacation coozie: Peter Island, BVI (honeymoon, ahhh. . . ) Margueritavilla, Jamaica (college spring break - whoo hoo!) Derby Day 2005 (huh? no idea how we ended up with that).

So, is that depressing? That one of the highlights of my day is a Diet Coke? Heck, no! I'm proud of it. And I could have worse vices, right?? The thing to keep in mind is, the Diet Coke is just one of many highlights. I also get hilarious quotes, races across the lawn, snuggles in my lap, made up songs, and crazy dances. On the days when the highlights are overshadowed by meltdowns, sharing battles or whatever, then the Diet Coke is my carrot on the end of a stick - if I can just get there, then I've accomplished something.

So to the makers of DC, I say, Thank You!

And to you I say: What is your daily indulgence?


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8 Responses to “The Daily Diet Coke”

  1. I have to have my Diet Coke everyday too. Mine is when I first get to the office and it has to be in the glass bottle. For some reason, a Coke or Diet Coke is sooo much better out of the bottle, ice cold. I can't seem to start my day without it! :-)

    I'm writing this from the Corporate headquarters of The Coca-Cola Company. :-)

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  2. Oooh - a glass bottle! That would be a treat. If I had your job, I'd never be able to limit myself to one Diet Coke a day!!

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  3. I wish I could have something like this...but, alas, the 4-yr-old doesn't nap anymore and the 2-yr-old sometimes skips as well. Zero downtime...grrrrrrr......!

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  4. mine is watching the young and the restless. i hope more people share their little indulgences because i'm in the market for a new one! : )

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  5. Mine is a Coke - it usually is after lunch when we're having quiet time and I need that caffeine boost to get me through the mid-day slump. I drink mine in a tervis tumbler without ice (it's cold from the fridge) - I don't want it "watered down" by ice cubes. And, like you Courtney, I limit myself to one a day!

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  6. How soon you forget Derby Day 2005! Let me refresh your memory: You, Jim, me, Alison. Pre-kids. A bus ride away from sunshine, horse racing, & unsupervised day drinking... As was typical in those years, your husband & I were not on our best behavior. (I can't wait for your blog about double-decker bus rides to Braves games and VFW Bingo wins...)

    As for my daily indulgence: 1-2 cups of GOOD coffee prepared in a French Press.

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  7. How soon you forget Derby Day 2005! Let me refresh your memory: You, Jim, me, Alison. Pre-kids. A bus ride away from sunshine, horse racing, & unsupervised day drinking... As was typical in those years, your husband & I were not on our best behavior. (I can't wait for your blog about double-decker bus rides to Braves games and VFW Bingo wins...)

    As for my daily indulgence: 1-2 cups of GOOD coffee prepared in a French Press.

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  8. I wish I could have something like this...but, alas, the 4-yr-old doesn't nap anymore and the 2-yr-old sometimes skips as well. Zero downtime...grrrrrrr......!

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