January 21, 2013 | 2:52 pm
January 21, 2013 | 2:52 pm
Thank you, Jeana, for gently reminding me that it’s been some time since I’ve written anything here. She (as well as many of you) know how much I have going on, but it’s nice to know that some of my friends miss my online voice — as do I!
I’m going to start very gently, and definitely not jump into discussing the very intense last few weeks (some good intensity as well as some very, very bad).
Instead, I’m going to tentatively* announce that my new year starts now. Push the reset button, please! It’s a good day to declare this — it’s MLK Jr. Day and Inauguration Day and a very pretty, warm, not-too-windy day.
[*oh so tentatively: we're not completely out of the muck that mucked up the first part of January.]
SEGUE ALERT, BEEP BEEP BEEP
Reset buttons … buttons in general … speaking of buttons!
The east coast in winter is about being overly hot with periodic blasts of being breathtakingly cold. But what you remember is the hot. And the dry, oh so dry. Crackly static and nosebleeds and dehydration are always threatening, at least for me.
I came back to California to some chilly weather (and lots of pictures on Facebook of FROST! on the LAWN!) Again, it was dry, and now we’re experiencing Santa Ana (or Santana) winds. AGAIN, dry, and this time creepily hot.
All this is to say: I have been unbelievable thirsty almost all the time. So I did it, something I was too cheap and cautious to do before.
I bought a Sodastream.
The Sodastream, despite all the myths and legends, does exactly one thing and one thing only: it makes bubbly water. That is all. Nothing else. You screw on a bottle containing cold tap water, put a button a couple times, and there you go, soda water, the end.
But (in line with all the other myths and legends) I love it. It’s big and unwieldy and red and there are lots and lots of rules and warnings and it’s spendy but — I love it.
World Market has a sale on some syrups and mixers and so I bought some and now have flavored bubbly water (add the flavoring afterwards) when I want it, too.
Don’t use it wrong, like not screwing the bottle on tight enough or doing short enough blasts with the button. Only a tiny malfunction here, thank goodness.
Elderly Relative likes bubbly water, too.
You BET that’s the Christmas tree still up! Walk a January in my shoes and see if your tree’s still up (it will be).
This is an unpaid endorsement of reset buttons, magic buttons that create soda, and these keyboard buttons that keep me writing.
To a clear, nourishing, balmy new year of your choice and making. And to blue skies ahead.