Feelin’ smug about my mug

I don’t know how it happened, but I have developed a serious Starbucks habit. It’s not like I’m a hard-core coffee drinker. In fact, I think the reason I am so loyal to Starbucks is that I can order a ridiculous “grande non-fat no-whip two-pump mocha” and still sort of feel like I’m drinking something for a grown-up.

Anyway, in addition to racking up ever-increasing charges on my Starbucks card, I have also been accumulating a disturbing number of paper cups on my counter awaiting recycling. I decided it was time to get a reusable mug — one that I WOULD actually use. And then I found these for the bargain price of $8.95 at Whole Foods (of course!):

They are made by a company called DCI. Aren’t they pretty? My first instinct was to grab the green one, but I thought it might be too much to have my cup match both my coat AND iPhone cover. So I opted for the blue. But I kind of want them all… they’re just so cheery and bright.

So far I have been very happy with my cup. There was a moment of panic the first time I used it fresh from the dishwasher and I kept SMELLING the lid… a weird, sweet chemical smell that did NOT complement my mocha. But I have determined that it’s the dishwasher, not the lid itself, that makes it stinky. So I hand wash the lid and it is now seasoned with a nice coffee smell. I get compliments on it wherever I go, and also 10¢ off each cup of coffee I buy at Starbucks. Plus I get to feel superior to all of those folks with their wasteful paper cups.

But here’s the burning question: Is it okay to drive five miles out of my way to a Starbucks if I use my own cup? I think I know the answer…

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