New things come into the store every day.
It can be a little distracting. I often find myself side tracked just walking from one side of the store to the other.
Something new and shiny always catches my eye and it sometimes can take me 10 minutes just to get from my office to our employee break room. It can shorten my lunch break significantly.
Right now the culprits are the powder coated insulated beverage transportation systems; cups, bottles, and tumblers.
I go from staring at a computer monitor to dreaming of all the warm weather adventures I could participate in and enjoy.
The story starts to unfold behind my eyes… camping, fishing, hiking, tubing the river, and days on the beach.
Sometimes it’s the simple pleasures like rooting for the home team or just sitting on the porch with friends; even driving back and forth to work with a cool iced tea.
Every time I try to walk by those colorful cups and bottles, some new possibility springs forth fully formed from the part of my brain ruled by and obsessed with weekends and vacations.
I won’t call it the lazy part of myself. It’s more the part of me that can walk away from the hustle and bustle of modern life. The part of me that can turn the cell phone completely off. No vibrate… no lowered ring tone, but all the way to paper weight mode.
But, reality intrudes. Lunch is finite.
The to do list I leave sitting at my desk to remind me what needs to get done before the day ends steals my attention and my earlier musings slip quietly into the background. Gone, but not forgotten; sleepily waiting for the next burst of inspiration.
Until critical mass is accrued.
Which is where we are now.
I can no longer resist.
The lure of the colorful beverage holders are just too much and I just happen to have a bit of mad money burning a hole in my pocket.
You see, I can be a little tight with myself. Spending money on non-essentials requires a bit of internal debate.
So I sat down last night and did what any good geek would do.
Bottled water is at least $1.00. Over the course of a year, I buy at least 100 bottles.
That means buying and filling a colorful, powder coated, insulated beverage container would actually save me money.
I love math.
At least math like that!
That startlingly over simplified piece of logic might not have been enough to push me into a purchase, but the timing is too much to resist.
Two more occurrences have conspired to make my desired purchase a reality.
One: my tax return finally came in. That’s where the mad money comes from.
Two: it’s the Summer Kick Off Sale next week.
The cups and bottles aren’t on sale. But if I buy two items from the sale room then I get 10% off all my regularly priced items AND my sale room items.
Which works out cause I really need a new pair of boots and there just happens to be a pair in my size that are 30% off. And with so much getting moved into the sale room for next week, it shouldn’t be too hard to find one more thing that needs to come home with me.
Not a bad haul.
And all backed up by math.
The only thing left to decide… which color?
Written by L.H.