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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

My new bff arrived today

This arrived today. It's my new BFF. It's a carbonated water maker. It took me a long time to decide to invest in it. I've been dithering about it since before the winter holidays.

One of the odd things about chemo is that it alters your ability to taste. Sometimes, people develop an affinity for tastes they've not before liked. One friend tells me she had never been a pop drinker before, but during chemo, she couldn't get enough of it. Others suddenly don't like favorite foods. I've developed an overwhelming hatred for the smell of cooked green peppers. They were never a favorite food, but I never turned them down. In fact, I usually didn't really notice them. Now, though, they are everywhere. I smell them while I'm walking down the street. Other people who never before ate fast food, find themselves compelled to eat Burger King. There's no rhyme nor reason to any of this (although, I do have a theory about some of the more common attractions/cravings).

One long standing drive I've had is for soda water. It's all I want to drink. I've been buying cans of it at an embarrassing rate. It doesn't have to be flavored. Plain is fine. I've tried less expensive methods of satisfying this urge. Two litre bottles don't work because they don't maintain the carbonation well enough.
So, I took a leap of faith and bought a sodastream with some of my Christmas money.

All I can say is wow, wow, wow! It's awesome. For starters, it doesn't use batteries or electricity, so finding a place for it in the kitchen was easy. Second, the bottles are reusable, which makes the green in me feel good. Third, the water tastes wonderful, much nicer than something coming out of an aluminum can. Fourth, it's easy to operate, which is really important for me, because I am sort of mechanically impaired. And, finally, it's red, which is my favorite color for the kitchen.

I'm happy I took the leap.

Welcome my new bff. May you serve me well.


indigogirl17 said...

I'm so glad you did this, my friend. It really struck me because I had a craving for soda water, very cold, with lots of ice, during the six years I was anemic. I'm not sure there's any connection..just responding. Know that you are in our hearts and prayers and good healing thoughts.

Pancake Goddess said...

oh. my. gollywow. I did not know such a thing existed. Good for you. We might soon have the same BFF. I drink it out of cans and worry about aluminum.

dawn said...

Interesting to think about a connection to anemia. Even when I'm not doing chemo, I tend toward being anemic, since I have thalessimia. Right now, my hgb is, I'm guessing, hovering around 8.0 (it was 8.6 two weeks ago).

dawn said...

Amy, you should get one. They rock. I regret waiting. I'm leery about the CO2 exchange, but I've heard from others it goes smoothly.

Pancake Goddess said...

That is exactly the part I'm holding back on, now that I've spent too many minutes of my day reading about it. Which model did you get? Is it more cost effective to get the one that can use the bigger canisters? If UPS has to do the pick up, will they still come get it off my porch or do I have to go to UPS? It looks like it costs around $25 per carbonator which makes the equivalent of 30 2-liter bottles. That's actually not much of a savings, although there is still the environmental aspect. Am I looking at this wrong?

grilledcheesegoddess said...

It's only a savings if you drink from cans, really. I can't stand the soda water in 2-litre bottles. I have the Genesis. So far, I've discovered that the bottles do an excellent job of keeping the water carbonated.