Yes, it is National Beverage Day and I'm more than a Fan - I'm an ADDICT!
My beverage of choice is a Starbucks Iced Grande Toffee Nut Latte -- EVERY MORNING. And my family knows that it is not wise to try to converse with me until I've had mine. (Because I am NOT a morning person it seems . . .)
So great is my need for this particular latte that I google Starbucks locations when we go on vacation. We never stay in a hotel if I can't walk to one (because no one wants to vacation with me when I'm off my Starbucks).
In 2004 I added up all my Sbux costs at the end of the year and immediately knew I needed to buy an espresso machine! So I have made my Sbux latte at home every morning since 2005. Suffice it to say, the espresso machine paid for itself very quickly!
I can't say for certain, but I am pretty sure my lattes are a weird, but tasty, form of hormone replacement therapy. With each passing year, I get grouchier if I don't have my Sbux. I was in a restaurant one day and I saw one of those signs featuring a 50's housewife saying "I haven't had my coffee yet, don't make me kill you!" and I knew I needed to buy one. But my waiter informed me that the sign was decor and wasn't for sale. "If only I had a photo of myself looking like a 50's housewife!" I thought to myself, "Then I could make my own sign!"
Later I remembered that I had a photo that might be retro-ish enough. That's only because I was a BIG fan of the movie Blade Runner when it came out in 1982. I loved Ridley Scott's future world-scape and most of all, I loved the costuming. I wanted to dress in that futuristic-retro style and so I did my best to emulate the style with clothes and a Sean Young forties hairdo; which I wore to work as a waitress in an all-you-can-eat seafood restaurant in South Carolina at the time. I'm not sure if the hair helped regarding tips . . . People may have feared that I was a replicant. They definitely pegged me as a Yankee.
Anyway, I dug up my old Sean Young-ish photo and created my very own warning sign for my family.
It's just one more example of how being bit of a fangirl can help you stay sane!
(And even protect your family!)
PS: I am not holding a real cigarette in the photo.
It's rolled up paper, just so you know.
Smoking is bad.
(But lattes are good. And so are most Ridley Scott films.)