Are you the type to have a cup of water next to your bed every night? I am sort of hit and miss on this. Yet, I find it’s a great way to get a jump on my daily water intake. When your aiming for an excess of 64 oz of water per day, every sip helps. On these nights/mornings, I can finish 16 oz before breakfast.
Lately, I’ve been trying to remember to have a bottle of water by the bed more so because I’m waking up with a dry throat as a result of allergy related snoring. (My husband is so lucky) I prefer to use a water bottle with a lid and straw as opposed to an open glass. The first reason is that a lid will debar spilling or dribbling down my front. Also, I like the safety of a lid for preventing flies, moths, or no-see-ums that snuck in through an open door or hole in a screen from landing and drowning in my water over night.
It’s a win-win situation. I get comfort and progress all from my bedside water bottle. As a matter of fact, just the other day, I stumbled out of bed at the insistence of my alarm. Smacked my parched lips around the straw of my water bottle and took a nice long pull. With this setup, you don’t even need to wake up fully or even turn on the light to see what you are doing.
My kids love to “eat” those super cheap freeze pops. I haven’t met a kid who didn’t want to down six of those in five minutes. People give my kids freeze pops wherever they go. Of course, it doesn’t matter how many times I’ve shown them how to open them, they always bring them to me. I put it in my mouth, bite the edge, grasp the top with my teeth and rip it right off. Then I spit out the gagged plastic piece rolling around in my mouth into the proper receptacle, of course.
Back to the other morning and my water bottle, in my semi-conscious state, the image a gagged edged freeze pop popped into my mind right as I sucked in that water. Realizing that image was conjured from the feeling of something in my mouth very much not water caused me to spew the water and the mystery thing toward but mostly missing the sink. Then I frantically swat at my mouth, face, and front of my shirt just to be assured the thing was well away from me. I flipped on the light switch desperate and fearful of what I would see.
I saw this in the sink:
Photo credit to Animal Planet
Earwigs like dark, moist places…like a straw in a water bottle at night.
Yeah, I’ve been doing the Ew-Creepy-Gross shudder dance ever since and have developed a slight phobia of drinking through a straw. Sure, I’m burning a few extra calories with each shudder but my water intake is at an all time low. I have to admit, I think I’d rather swallow a bunch of no-see-ums because they are more like no-feel-ums when they’ve drowned in your water unlike the jagged, hard-shelled, still alive earwig. At least, with no-see-ums, I’d be sipping in ignorant bliss.