Thursday, January 27, 2011

My Cup Runneth Over

Somehow, in one way or another, I end up writing (even if in brief) about coffee in my blogs.

This is a habit (not just the writing, but drinking) for a lot of writers, because it really may be the only thing keeping us in our chair -- trying to do what we were called to do -- but suffering horribly at times because of that enormous wall called “writer’s block.”

But this post isn’t about walls, and blocks and such. It’s again, about the coffee. Did you know that Swedes (as in the folks of Sweden) are the highest coffee drinkers per capita in the world?

My maiden name is Swedish, even though I’m a mix of all things European. And a whopping ¼ of me is Finnish. Though Finland isn’t Sweden, it IS next door to it. And I think that counts as a good explanation as to why I love the black gold so much.

This picture is of my most favorite coffee mug in the world. My blog friends Erica and Christy are having a blogfest about coffee cups today. Each blogger is supposed to post their favorite cup and why it is their favorite. That's pretty darn unique and clever of them -- not at all like my cup.

My mug is simple, a lot like me. There are no frills or fluff. Not that I’d mind a frill or two. But, you know what I really love about this cup? The size. It’s not 8 ounce or 10 ounce or 20 million ounces. It’s only 6. It holds just the right amount of coffee and I can drink it in the right amount of time before it gets cold. A little half and half, and I’m really doing great.

The thickness of the cup is key too. Not too thin, not too thick, just right. I think the coffee is actually better from this cup than any other in my kitchen. No really. It truly tastes better.

This cup is from the 1950’s as well, so we’re talking vintage here. Called Fire King, and made by the Anchor Hocking glassware company, this is not just a mug -- but a treasure. And I’m taking care of it. I’d like to believe this cup is taking care of me too.

The third resolution from my New Year's post is for all of us to have our writing “be just what the editor was looking for.” With this cup in one hand, and my other on the keyboard, I’m bound to keep writing -- and rewriting-- to where this (an editor fawning over my words) is an actuality. I may have to put the cup down for a bit to work both my hands. But hey, that’s good too.

Blood, sweat and coffee (or maybe for you, it's tea or something else.) This is what writing is all about! And when I am in the midst of my work, I really do feel like my cup runneth over. Running over with coffee, ideas and blessings.

17 comments:

  1. It's so simple that is calming. an't knock that.

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  2. Loved the post, not allowed my favourite cup as my husband makes the coffee and prefers to use a mug, easier for him. I prefer one of those wide French cups that they use to serve hot chocolate, but this means he would have to search for it in the back of the cupboard... oh well...

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  3. This is a very appropriate post - in light of hte fact that I went to bed last night already salivating over the cup of coffee I would drink this morning! Coffee drinking is a special routine, particularly among writers. Got our special mug? Check. Got our steaming cup of joe? Check. Got our writing cap on? Check. All systems go!

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  4. yeah, this is simple but I like it. It's somehow refreshing, and vintage too, :)

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  5. Sometimes the simplist mugs are the best! I never knew Swedes were the biggest coffee drinkers. I bet they have great coffee! I might have to add it to my list of places I want to visit :) Yeah, I'm that big of a coffee drinker, haha.

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  6. i love it and the history...
    Jeremy
    [iZombie]

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  7. Fascinating about Swedes drinking so much cofee - who would have guessed?

    I like your simple mug - clean lines and fit for purpose!

    My Mug

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  8. My favorite cup? A perfectly glossy, green mug that fits my hands perfectly!

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  9. Perfect! I DO have the coffee getting cool too quickly problem. Hmmm... Need to find a six ounce mug. I love how much you love your mug. THANKS SO MUCH FOR PARTICIPATING AND SHARING THIS WITH EVERYONE!

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  10. Lovely post ~ and hey! Sometimes simple is just right. :)

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  11. Ooh, a vintage cup! Very nice! I'm glad that someone loves the small mugs, since I'm into the humongous ones myself. :)

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  12. Mugs are great in all shapes and sizes. I love having bunches around- plain or fancy and vintage mugs are awesome!

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  13. I really like that mug. You can see how much you have left too which would come in real handy for me because then I wouldn't assume there is no tea and up-end it on myself. Plus I think the simplicity is pretty neat.

    :)

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  14. This is awesome. Really enjoyed these. I'm a follower now.
    Christian Woman

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  15. I love that it even makes your coffee taste better! I need one like that :)

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  16. I love learning new things and I had no idea how much Swedes love their coffee. I know what you mean about just the right size mug. I HATE cold coffee.

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  17. Thanks everyone for your lovely comments. Glad to hear your corroboration that simple is nice too.

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