Though many who know me well would think I’d select wine for this entry, sparkling water would actually be at the top of my list. Thankfully, I can say that I drink much more of this beverage than wine. Truth be told, I just really like drinks with bubbles in them. There’s something about a bubbly drink that makes it a happier experience for me. It’s like it’s got real energy in it and isn’t just something flat and wet. A long time ago, I stopped drinking sodas because no human should ever have that much sugar at once and later diet sodas because they’re basically poison, so sparkling water is the primary way to quell my bubble cravings these days. Well, that, and the occasional champagne.
A couple Christmases ago, understanding my bubble obsession, Philippe got me a SodaStream. It’s a beautiful red cordless contraption that takes ordinary water and turns it into bubbly bliss. It came with various syrups to add to the water claiming to transform it into flavors that resembled store brand sodas. We tried them all and found them to be perfectly gross, so instead, we opted for a tiny trio of all-natural flavor essences of lemon, orange, and the unfortunate-tasting raspberry that we ended up throwing out. The machine is super loud which makes it extra satisfying. The best part is when you release the bottle and it makes a sound like five bus doors opening at the same time.
Of course, as I rapidly type whatever is coming out here, those of you who know me can rest confident in the knowledge that I’m not drinking this at all in this moment. I’m drinking wine. It’s Friday night. I say that as though it implies some additional celebratory act, but I won’t be going out to dinner or dancing this evening as usual. I’ll be staying safe at home with a lovely Frenchman and a boisterous basenji, eating popcorn and watching whatever Netflix tells us we would like to see next. It doesn’t sound like much, but it’s really the perfect night. Like adding some bubbles to a little water, sometimes it’s the simplest moments in life that end up sparkling.
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