Okay, I’ll admit it; I can be obsessed with coffee mugs. It’s an addiction that I’ve struggled with off and on since I first started drinking hot beverages as a kid. My collection has grown and then dwindled over the years, and I’ve really worked hard to abstain from buying every cool or interesting new mug I encounter.
But then it happened – the slip. I turned down the kitchen accessories aisle of our local market, which can be an iffy proposition. I was just cutting through to get to the dairy section when this mug caught my eye. Even the pattern name “Galaxy Jade” was alluring. Before I knew it, she (my new mug) was safely tucked between the frozen corn and the barbequed potato chips, and I was on my way to get yogurt and butter.
My overabundance of mugs has been an issue between my wife and I since we first moved in together, so I knew this could be trouble. She simply doesn’t understand how I could need (really?) another mug when we have plenty of perfectly good coffee cups sitting in the cupboard. I definitely got the stink eye when it showed up on the counter, full of coffee, the next morning.
“Where’d that come from?”
“I bought it.”
I hesitated for only a moment.
“Because I wanted it.”
Sometimes, you just have to own your addictions, take responsibility, and move on with the determination to do better next time. After all, I haven’t bought any new pens or notebooks (another obsession) in quite a long time… Oh wait, scratch that. I did just buy a three-pack of green notepads on sale at Target the other day. But I offered to share.
What are your obsessions and how do you deal with them?