Tuesday, December 13, 2011

DAY 347 -- Thinking outside the box.

My sister told me about a card she sent her daughter.  The picture on the front showed a group of cats sitting around a large conference table -- a business meeting with cats.  On the center of the table was a litter box, but there were a couple "piles" on the table.  The head cat questioned, "Alright... who's been thinking outside the box?"

Ok... sometimes I forget to think outside the box.  I get my routines going and that's the way it is.  For instance, I usually drink filtered water from our fridge, which comes out chilled. That's great in the summer, but in the winter I don't feel like drinking cold water first thing in the morning.  I kept trying to remember to set a glass of filtered water on the counter before going to bed so it would be room temperature when I got up.

Then one morning, when I realized I had once again forgotten to set a glass of water out, I happened to see the faucet at the sink.  DUH.  I filled my glass with tap water, not too hot and not too cold.  Just right.  Sheesh.  Why did it take me so long to think outside the box?

Perhaps because for a long time I avoided drinking tap water, due to the taste.  (We've lived in some areas with nasty tasting water.)  And I also avoided it because I thought tap water was not healthy.  I think my attitude changed when I started reading reports a few years ago about some bottled water actually being water from a tap.  And recently, an article (titled Big Gulp)  in the August 2011 Reader's Digest listed some brands of tap water:

Alaska Premium Glacier
Glaceau Smartwater
Nestle Pure Life 

While in Italy, I drank water pouring from beautiful stone fountains, so I'm not sure why it's taken me so long to finally catch on...to finally see the kitchen faucet as a source of drinking water!  Of course filtered water is my preference, but I have no qualms about drinking from our tap, especially since it tastes good.

So, yeah, I've been thinking outside the box, but I promise...I didn't leave a mess!


  1. Dasani claims they filter theirs; that's what I drink when I do have bottled water, and it always tastes good. Aquafina, on the other hand, usually has an off taste, like many city systems.

    If you lived in Magna, you would not drink unfiltered water! It is full of minerals, and so hard that is is practically off the scale for water hardness. If the sprinklers go off next to your car, you get permanent waterspots on your windshield! I am not exaggerating! I promise! Our basement windows had a permanent white film; you don't need frosted windows out there, just turn on the sprinklers every day for a week or so.

  2. Lynn... I know you are not exaggerating. When we first moved to Utah my husband had to park on the street where his car got sprayed by sprinklers. His car had permanent water spots. :(

    We've been to places where the water tasted like sulphur! YUCK