Monday, April 20, 2009

Confessions of a Pepsi Addict

Hi my name is Pamela Holloway and I am a Pepsi Addict. (clapping)

I must confess that I have a serious problem...I drink. Diet Pepsi that is. I have been drinking Pepsi for as long as I can remember.

My earliest memories are of my family vacations in Utah to visit my grandparents, both sets, and there has always been Pepsi involved. There is ALWAYS Pepsi in the house of both grandparents, at every meal there was Pepsi, at every Pinochole game there was Pepsi, on every camping trip there was Pepsi. Our family LOVES Pepsi!!!! Can you tell? There was always Pepsi and ice in our homes. Most of us LOVE Pepsi on the rocks. I personally can't drink it if it isn't on the rocks, the ice waters it down so it doesn't mess up my stomach. Do you think that maybe that's a sign to give it up? I don't know, I'll have to think about that one for a bit longer.

Every babies' pacifier, binky, dummy, whatever you want to call it, was dunked into a glass of ice cold Pepsi in order for the baby to hush and take that pacey. Was that a smart move? Probably not since most of us have craved Pepsi since we could ask for it. So far FOUR generations have loved the Pepsi!! Some of us have been good and given up soda all together, others have given up caffine, others have given up the sugar. I am one that has given up the sugar. (This is NOT a picture of anyone in my family, but represents how bad we had it.)

At one point in my life I would have taken an IV drip of straight Pepsi. Now it's an occassional ice cold Diet Pepsi on the rocks (ice). At one point I would have highjacked a Pepsi truck to get my fix. Now it's just the expired cases that the stores are supposed to take off the shelves, but sell it at a reduced price one week before they expire. Great deals can be had!!! At one point I could have easily gone through three cases a day. Now it is an occassional can.

I have tried going cold turkey off of the Pepsi, but the migraines have NOT been worth it. I did go off for two years beginning with my pregnancy with Kaitlyn, but when the stress of life got to me, I went straight back to my old friend, Pepsi. What does that say about my ability to deal with stress? I guess it's a good think I'm not a 'coke' addict or an alcholic. But then again maybe that means I could step over the line really easy? No way!! I much prefer the Pepsi thank you very much.

When we were getting ready to move to Italy I was told that they didn't have Pepsi there, I thought I was going to die and have to have my parents ship a case a week in order for me to survive. Happily there was Pepsi to be had at the Commissary. I have been disappointed that Pepsi is not served in the restaraunts here, only Coke. I know that was blasphemy, but it had to be said. Any way, when we go out I usually drink water.

I realized today that I haven't had a Pepsi in about five days!!! I can't believe it. I didn't realize it until this stupid headache started and I asked Wendy to fix me a SPRITE. Wendy hasn't ever fixed me a Sprite and so when I have asked her the last time, five days ago, she fixed me a Pepsi!

I remember as a child living at Edwards AFB my mom having me fix her a Pepsi each morning before she would even get out of bed!!! I have never been that bad, but pretty darn close. Caffine isn't good for pregnant women or nursing mothers, but Mom and I both have drank the Pepsi during those times. Except of course when I was pregnant with Kaitlyn and nursing her.

Now this post isn't to make anyone feel bad or sad for me, but to make you laugh and reminds me that there are many good memories that I have of my childhood. There are many things that can trigger our memories and Pepsi is one of mine, maybe that's why there will ALWAYS be Pepsi in my home. I like to remember those good times and those good things and Pepsi helps me to do that. I have great memories of my life and I like to reminisce of those carefree days.


Kari said...

Pepsi is a good memory for you. Mine is of the smell of coffee! Mmmmm. My grandparents would come down to Phoenix every year and stay for a couple of weeks or so. Every morning the smell of percolating coffee would permeate the house and Mmmmm, what a way to wake up. Now, every time I walk down the coffee aisle, I have to stop and smell the coffee. That's a good memory for me! It reminds me of my grandparents. :)

The Christensen Family said...

Yes, I remember those times at Grandma and Grandpa Crook's, drinking pepsi. They always had pepsi. Maybe they are the ones that started it. We drink pepsi up here also. Rick has quit and so have I. I thought I would miss it, but actually once I got past the 2 or 3 days of a mild headache, I thought wow! Pepsi brings back lovin memories of my childhood also. Actually, my family say if I drink Tomatoe juice I have flash backs. lol It's just that I am the oldest and remember a little bit more. lol Thanks pepsi!

Sandra said...

You and my Mom too! I think my sister as well. =)

heather said...

I'm throwing up a Mr. Linky on my tuesday confessional tomorrow, this would make a great one! You should come link. :)

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