December 26, 2007

In My Cups

Hot Cocoa Cups

Not disposable, but Earth-friendly

I’m busy in the office at work today. Only Derek is here, and we’re both quietly being productive. But before I get back to coding, I wanted to share these fun ceramic cups Maggie got for me from Crate and Barrel. (Wow - this is my most masculine post ever!)

They look like disposable hot chocolate hot-and-cold cups, like from a vending machine.

I’m going to make tea in the brown one and stare at some lines of Java. I hope you’re all enjoying whatever you’re doing, and I hope it’s not work!

Bonus Fact: “In his cups” is a euphemism for being drunk. Usage example: “He’d rather be in his cups than working on December 26th.”

Posted by James at December 26, 2007 11:27 AM
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Just a little color... the girls decided we were going to do "Secret Santa" among the family members. This was back near the beginning of December, and we happened to be going to Target that night. So they asked if they could go off together and do some shopping. I said, "can you do that?" and they said "yes." After James and I had finished our shopping, we treated ourselves to Starbucks. James said, "I know who everybody's Secret Santa is." I asked, "How do you know that?" And he said, "If they can go off shopping together, then I know who everybody's Secret Santa is." I said, "Well I know for a fact that they can't go off shopping together." He said, "Okay, well now I know who everybody's Secret Santa is."

By the end of the night, we all did, because K watched M buy her a bunch of gifts (poor little M), and then something K bought for me was damaged, and I actually repaired it and gave it back to her so she could wrap it for me. LOL. But who cares?

James was my victim, but I didn't want to give up anything I'd already bought for him, because I didn't feel I had that much. So on Sunday night, in that awful rain storm, I ran up to the Providence mall. Let me tell you, at 8:30 pm, it was not too bad! I easily got a parking space, actually got a Christmas pint glass at Newbury Comics for him. (It's got Toothface or whatever his name is as a Nutcracker. I said, "He's beautiful, just like the ballet!" to the clerk, who either didn't hear me or who possibly agreed that it was a lovely glass, I was, of course, being sarcastic.)

Then I went down to Crate and Barrel and picked up the two little mugs. James had admired them on another trip to the mall. The young man who checked me out was not at all masculine and he oohed and ahhed over them and said he hadn't seen them before, which I find hard to believe. I do love Crate and Barrel, I could have spent all night there. But I went home and wrapped them up and then we did our Secret Santa.

Posted by: Maggie at December 26, 2007 3:17 PM

Maybe the checkout guy at Crate & Barrel was doing his impression of the Target lady from the Saturday Night Live skit.

Posted by: Julie at December 26, 2007 8:47 PM

OMG those would totally mess up my head. I bet money I'd throw one out before the end of the first day.

Posted by: pippa at December 26, 2007 10:18 PM

Like you, I too worked today. It was both productive and relaxing. The main benefit of working this week is that my commute time is cut virtually in half. Plus, I get twice as much work done in half the time, since I don't have all sorts of helpless people interrupting me with their 'fire of the moment', while I'm busy trying to put out the last bonehead's 'fire of ten minutes ago'.

*sigh* Did I mention, I'm taking the 2nd off? That will be SWEET!

Posted by: Kitten Herder at December 26, 2007 10:54 PM

I may be taking the 2nd off as well. They're doing work on the internets at work which will render us cut off from the civilized world.

Pippa: that might be a danger except that they totally feel like ceramic when you pick them up. They've got a heft that would remind you not to toss 'em.

Here they are in the espresso size on the C&B website. Even cuter.

Ooo - check it out. Maggie got me a half dozen of these other inexpensive espresso cups and saucers. The mugs are just big enough to hold a decent shot of espresso (i.e. tiny). Perfect for sipping. $0.95 Seems like a steal to me. With saucer!

No, I don't get a kickback from Crate and Barrel. And if I did, I imagine the kickback on a 95-cent-espresso cup wouldn't be enough to buy bubble gum.

Posted by: James at December 26, 2007 11:36 PM

He was *just* like the Target lady, only he didn't go running off. I actually had the Target lady at Target one day, when I was in a hurry. That was fun. I was buying a colander and she said it "made her want to cook!"

Posted by: Maggie at December 27, 2007 9:30 AM

That could potentially be very annoying, but truthfully, it's so rare to see someone enjoy their work at that kind of job that I think it'd be refreshing. (As long as they don't run off.)

Posted by: Julie at December 27, 2007 11:45 AM

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