1.25.2012

SODA TAX

so, here comes my dumb story.

on sunday morning, as i traveled blearily and zombie-eyed to the airport after a ridiiiiiculous bout with the stomach flu that i only felt mostly somewhat recovered from, i dropped a not-totally-closed bottle of diet pepsi into my purse, which totally hooked up with my macbook pro and, well...

they made broken laptop babies.

i am such a doofus.

so while i scratch my head over my next move, here's this post, which i wrote in oregon for a just-in-case rainy day.

well. it's a rainy day... on my macbook. (shed a tear).

take it away, me of the past!

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since we've been in the suburbs, we've been more than indulgent of my love of soda fountains and drive-thru windows and that black, sultry elixir of life. oh suburbs, i like you.

now, huck's father introduced huck to the black devil himself last week (rookie mistake), and ever since, huck has been ob-sessed with the stuff, and has been ever-so-kind as to take care of that sparkiest first sip of a new soda for me. you know, a soda tax. 

photo via catcox

you know what, you couldn't say no to that face either.
you can't fool me.

44 comments :

  1. I love you. That is all.

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  2. Sorry to hear about the broken laptop babies! Love seeing pictures of cutie-faced Huck!

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  3. sad, sad story. i had a similar one last week... only i wasn't the one who did the spilling. but i also wasn't the one who did the buying of the new macbook, so. better luck than i had!

    p.s. is the the michael kors watched you once longed over, my dear?

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  4. Oh gross! MBP + wet= major disaster.

    Do you have renter's insurance? If so, call up that agent! Can't do much about data loss, but the computer might be covered.

    Oh, as a first step, you should take it to the Apple store (make a free genius bar appointment) They'll collect your MBP and get back to you about whether or not it can be repaired or if the data can be recovered. Good luck!

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  5. Sad day! I hope Mr. Mac recovers quickly! May we all be warned to properly close our sodas from now on.

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  6. I have an equally sad Apple store story but this is your blog.......

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  7. this is too funny! it's really unfortunate (but actually fortunate) that my work has a free fountain soda machine. I could now never kick said habit.

    aforbeslife.blogspot.com

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  8. This summer, my adorable not-quite-one-year-old niece knocked a soda over onto my MacBook Pro while we were vacationing. My husband leapt into action, grabbed a hairdryer, and proceeded to dry all of soda that had gotten under the keyboard. Promptly melting about half of the keys. I made him close the laptop and refused to even look at it again until he could get it fixed, I was so distraught! Fortunately, the warped keys could be replaced and the MacBook still (mostly) works. It just has to be "woken up/put to sleep" manually now - it doesn't do so automatically when I open and close it. It's a good thing my niece is so stinking cute...

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  9. ugh, sorry to hear about your mac. :(

    www.modernsuburbanites.blogspot.com

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  10. Oh noooo!! That is soooo awful. My sister had a water incident with her brand new macbook air not too long ago.
    Sadness abounds.
    Email me, cuz I know peeps...
    kelly{at}kellywestover{dot}com

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  11. The black elixir is referred to the sweet nectar of life in this house and has killed three of my very expensive phones. Let's just say I am not allowed to carry liquids in my purse anymore. Sorry about your computer. Love huck's sweet face.

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  12. So sorry to hear about your Mac! That is simply the worst. I had to laugh because when I read this post in the Google Reader there was a sponsored ad below it from the Corn Refiners Association talking about how great high fructose corn syrup really is. More soda for babies! :)

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  13. Yeah...my brother is always the one to introduce his children to "the black devil," as you so eloquently put it. We start 'em young 'round here...

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  14. my mom used to take "french fry tax" on the rare occasion we went to McDs as kids. I think mom's are allowed to tax what they choose =)

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  15. oh my heck! I would cry and pee my pants at the same time if that happened to my mac baby, i'm so sad for you!!!!!!! but funny soda tax :)

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  16. Urk. In three years, I've lost three cell phones: one to the bottom of the washing machine, one to a water bottle that tipped in my purse (insert sympathetic tears HERE!) and one to THE TOILET OH MY NASTINESS. Needless to say, Karl has no taken out insurance on my phone(the cheapest one Verizon sells). Can you imagine what he'd say if I asked for a smartphone?!? So so sad.

    And diet Pepsi is the only way to start the day. Anything fizzy and caffeinated, really. Totally a breakfast food.

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  17. Sorry--I'm typing on an iPad and thus appear illiterate.

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  18. sad story! I melted chocolate into all of the nooks and crannys of mine.

    Oh and by the way -- cutest baby boy ever. and I'm not just saying it. it's really true

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  19. You've crossed the threshold into "That's a mommy drink" territory. He won't question it for about 4 years and then he'll ask, "Why?" (Always one step ahead of you over here, Nat! I've got your back.) So then you start saying, "You can drink Diet Pepsi when you've had 4 babies." At least, that's the rule at my house. Because I don't like to share.

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  20. Oh no! I hope that you're able to get your computer fixed/up and running somehow!

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  21. Sad about the Mac. Funny about the DP!! We use the "that's Mommy's juice" excuse. And now they know they don't get any, because clearly its a mommy thing!! They even say "Mom's juice, no touchy". It's awesome!!

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  22. Macbook-hyper-ventilation-happening-right-now. Oh that would make my heart momentarily drop really far into some abyss! Hopefully it's gon git all fixed up. My nano went through the washer and dryer and still works, so you'll probably be just fine!

    Oh..and yes, dp has a special power over us at times as well.

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  23. Nooooooo! (That's me moving in slow motion trying to save your MBP) I shed several tears on your behalf. (I'll send ya the bill later)

    My 10yr old knows the value of a full on straight Dr. Pepper (o diet junk) with crushed ice and KNOWS she is NOT to ask for a sip...only because then I'm more likely to share. BUT Mr. Pepper is reserved for migraine days when I load up on drugs. I have a secret stash. Of the Pepper, that is. Shhhh.

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  24. A soda tax or a tithing, however you want to say it, it kinda stinks to share. Sorry about your laptop...can it be fixed?

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  25. Ooh, this IS sad. (This sounds just like something I would do. I'm totally shocked that I still have my iPod. *knock on wood*) But the adorable Huckleberry picture makes up for it. I hope you get your Mac back soon.

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  26. after over a year of religiously reading your blog, I am commenting! I dont know how it happened but I am on my computer and both children are asleep and I have a spare minute, the stars alligned. I wish I had something better to say that this story is radical, and the sexual innuendos are huh-larious. thanks nat!

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  27. In the non-mormon world "DP" means something WAAAAAAAY different. Had me scratching my head for a second there.

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  28. oh, the macbook part is saaaad! :( sorry to hear about that!

    i know just what you'll be going thru w/ the huckster, tho. leyton snagged his first cherry limeade when he was a year old & my drinks have been a free for all for him ever since. of course, now i've switched to diet pepsi as well, but he doesn't care. he wants a drink of whatever it is i'm drinking. and like huck, he's too cute to deny!! : )

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  29. ah the black elixer of life...does the Holbs support your soda habits? Because My Hubs is always telling me that I need to drink more water and I'm always like "dude, this is made with water..hello!?!"

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  30. i would give that face my kidney.

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  31. I hope you get your Mac back soon- I adore your blog- just stumbled across it am now thoroughly hooked. Uh oh. Lets hope the baby takes some long naps!

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  32. Sad rainy day indeed--I hope you aort it all out!

    And i couldn't say no to that face either--not a chance!

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  33. Ahhhhh the early morning diet coke/pepsi fix...it's a must! And my kiddos love taking sips too, you're right who could say no to that face, I know I couldn't and can't :)

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  34. The best part is when your wee one learns to say coke/pepsi/whatever, and then shames you screaming it at target.

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  35. sosad! this same thing happened to me on my way to a job interview with the govt. they run you through a metal detector before they let you into the building, and make you turn on your laptop...but mine wouldnt turn on and was dripping with diet coke. needless to say the job interview didn't go so well. :)

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  36. nat! are you wearing double shirts here? i need to know...cuz i love it. please and thank you. also love the stack of gold rings! layer it on!

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  37. I love this because my Dad drinks about a gagillion DP's a day and always offered to my baby. After his first sip he had full blown "Pepsi Fever" (it's a medical condition of course) He grabbed for the can and waved his arms and wailed. Quite the sight. I also like Kacy's saying, "it's a mommy drink" I use it allll the time.

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  38. hah - nope, i definitely couldn't!

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  39. I am soooo glad to see this picture. Totally made my day (sorry to hear about your mac). My guy and I always lecture each other about the badness of soda for our little guy, so then comes the TON of guilt when each give him sips on the sly. You've helped me say no to the guilt. Thank you....

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  40. How do you BUY soda in the city? I can't imagine hauling a 12 pack of deliciousness back to my city apartment along with the rest of my groceries...Of course, soda could certainly warrant a special trip just for itself.

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  41. Glad I'm not the only mommy who has a babes in need of a morning cup of caffeine. Baby girl likes the green godess (mt dew) just like her mama.

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  42. @allison--it's one shirt! from forever 21 of course!

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  43. I knew I couldn't be the only person who drinks pop before noon - it's too bad you can't just stick your MB in a bag of rice to dry it out like when I dropped my iPhone in the toilet (twice in 2 days - womp) I hope everything works out!

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  44. Oh yes, the old Am-I-Showering-Today debate. Whilst you lie in bed and evaluate the oiliness or cleanliness of your scalp. Ha! :-)

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