by Laura DiSilverio
I recently participated in an interview on Hollywood in Toto.com in which I apparently said that "writing doesn't happen without caffeine." Raise your hand if virtually nothing in your life happens without caffeine. My buzz-delivery product of choice is tea. I prefer Irish Breakfast, but will drink other types as long as they don't have frou-frou flavorings in them. (Pet peeve: servers at restaurants who don't understand that Earl Grey is NOT unflavored black tea.) But I digress.
Not only am I picky about my tea, but I am also picky about the vessel I drink it from. Don't get me wrong--I will slurp tea from a Styrofoam cup or discarded soup can if it is the only receptacle around. However, I prefer a mug. We have enough mugs in this house to stock a coffee shop, but among them I have clear favorites.
The Perfect Mug
The perfect mug has to have a certain heft to it--not too heavy, not unbalanced. It has to have a pleasing shape, fit comfortably in my hand, and hold a lot of tea because I don't like to interrupt the writing process for refills more than once a morning. (I don't mind if my tea gets cold.) Here is a picture of my three faves.
I got the yellow one at a garage sale--the color cheers me. My daughter gave me the white one for Christmas, decorated with drawings of trees and birds which washed off almost immediately, despite manufacturer promises that they would remain forever once baked on. It doesn't matter--I find the clean lines and the shape very appealing. The blue one was a gift from a dear friend. I will wash one of these mugs to brew my morning cuppa, even though we might have twenty other clean mugs.
I also have mugs that I rarely drink from, but which I keep because they were gifts from people I love, or because I find them pretty in their own right, even though I don't want to drink from them. Here's a couple of those.
Finally, I suspect most of us own mugs because they have some sort of catchy slogan or image on them, whether it's something about grandmas, a workplace logo, an inspiring quotation, or a humorous joke. Hubby and I have several from our time in the military and I've posted a photo of them, along with a couple of others . It's not everyone, after all, that has a mug with Kim Jong Un riding a nuke.
So, tell me . . . Am I the only one who is choosy about mugs? How many mugs do you own? What's your favorite? If you send me a photo of your favorite and a sentence about why you love it (ldisilverio at gmail dot com), I will try to post them here, on a date to be determined.