On Coffee Mugs (As Seen on Television)
-By Sunny DuPree
Good Morning, Push! It is always such a pleasure to be asked back to write my column for the Push Times. But this week is especially exciting...my first "online" column. Congratulations PushTimes.com! Now that I'm working for such a modern paper, I better brush up on my computer skills. I just learned how to check email last week, so I've got a long way to go! I can guarantee those adventures will be fodder for a column coming to this space soon.
But this week I want to talk to you about something I do understand: coffee mugs.
That's right. Now a lot of people assume that, as host of a morning news show, I'm a morning person. Well, nothing could be further from the truth! Left to my own devices, I could sleep the day away, staying tucked away until 7:30! So what's my secret to getting up-and-at-em before the sun? Coffee mugs.
You heard me, mugs. Sure, having coffee inside helps, but, you'll be surprised to learn, not necessary. Don't get me wrong. I love coffee. But my friends and co-workers have strongly suggested that I cut back (I personally don't think "too chipper" should be a phrase, but I'm not one to argue with the group). Anyway, the great thing is, you don't need to drink coffee to be perked up by a coffee mug. You can get your morning pick me up straight from the cup. Here are a few simple tips to starting your day right, with or without caffeine.
First off, no other office supply offers the healing power of coffee mug wisdom: "Don't let the turkeys get you down;" "There's no 'I' in 'Team';" "Not Overweight. Undertall." Even our new "Good Morning, Push!" mugs can put a spring in your tired step: "Sure it's early, but, now that you mention it, it is a good morning, and, by golly, I'm lucky enough to be in Push!" There's a shot of wake-me-up right there. If your place of work isn't already stocked with a variety of mugs, make it your goal to bring in a few to wake up and inspire your co-workers...and yourself.
Or, even better, start a Mug Trading Club with your friends. It's like turning a Tupperware party into a Book Club! Instead of trading salad crispers, you trade literature...on a cup! It's a great way to expose yourself and others to new ideas and life philosophies. You'll start the next day with a new outlook, and what's more exhilarating than that?
For a more personal pick-me-up, try a make-your-own-mug kit (available right in town at Heidi's Hardware). Emblazon it with a favorite picture of your cat (you know, the one where he fell in the basket. Silly cat!). Go crazy and make your mug square. Create your own mug, and then wake up to the artist inside you.
Finally, don't forget, coffee mugs don't have to hold coffee. A favorite, brightly colored mug makes a great jellybean holder or planter. One caveat here, and this is for the men: it's a planter if you put the plant in yourself. Neglected mugs, left partially full on the back of your desk may look like planters, but they are just gross. Not to name names, Ed.
Well, I hope you've enjoyed these tips as much as I enjoyed writing them. And I do hope you'll put them to use. Because the next time I say, "Good Morning, Push!" I expect you to be as awake and chipper as I am.
See you on Television.