You see, when people get together, they drink. Coffee, tea, iced tea, wine, beer. I don't like coffee, tea, iced tea, wine or beer (not that I think we should be drinking wine or beer at 9 o'clock in the morning)--none of 'em. Heck, I don't even like soda all that much. Hot cider and cocoa are fine, at least I don't hate them, but I'd really rather just have ice water. Or skim milk.
It's a real conundrum. I want to be social, but I just don't like those social drinks, and I can't bring myself to drink them. OK, I can bring myself to drink them, but I can't do it without making tortured looking faces. I can never invite another mom out for coffee, because I don't like coffee. The baristas (and my invitee) might look at me a little funny when I say, oh, I'll just have ice water, especially when I do not order a pastry to go with it because 1. mine taste better, 2. theirs are overpriced, and 3. I just don't need the calories.
So I'm currently agonizing about social drinks for this little gathering. Should I make a pot of coffee? Make hot water (in the coffee pot) and set out instant coffee, hot chocolate, and tea bags? Do nothing? Break out the candy cane cocktails and grasshoppers?
I have to tell you, I'm leaning toward the hot water, because I can make a mean hot cocoa station. I'm a little reluctant to implement this option, however, because I know that there are people out there who feel this way about coffee: