If Necessity is the Mother of Invention...

... then Mom's been good to me.

From my improvised MP3-ripping setup, my kludged together internet connections, and my cocktail skills, I am truly thankful for being blessed with my (creative) problem-solving ability.

Today was no exception.

Someone (the boss) forgot to buy sugar for the coffee yesterday... something I didn't notice until after I'd made a pot this morning and poured myself a cup.

Reaching for the sugar container, I realized it felt a little light... looking inside, I realized it was empty.

What to do, what to do...?

I set my mug down on my desk, grabbed a handful of peppermint candies from our candy dish, threw them in a parts bag, then proceeded to smash the candies into crystals with a hammer.

I put two teaspoons of the smashed candy into my coffee, along with a bit of coffee whitener and a small shot of Carolan's.

Wow - this mess is actually pretty good! My boss and inside sales cohort were both howling at my ingenuity.

Yes, as you may have guessed, it's a slow day at work today.

Happy New Year to all!


  1. CJ,

    Adaptation is the spice of life! Happy New Year!

  2. Really?

    I thought it was paprika?!

    Happy New Year, you two! I look forward to seeing what 2009 brings you ;)

  3. Yeah? Well I once used the handle of a fork to stir my coffee when I couldn't find a spoon. How's that for ingenuity, huh? Pretty humbling, isn't it?

    Happy New Year!

  4. Hey, hey, hey! Hold it right there! Back it up!

    I'M the conceited one here, a'ight, and YOU'RE the one who's smarter than Steven Hawking. Let's remember our roles, m'kay?

    All the best to you in 2009!

  5. my work was also sooo boring today as well.
    And, as much as you may be a modern day MacGuyver, candies in coffee sound royally disgusting. But what do I know, I also don't put sugar in my coffee.
    Have a good new year...I'm trying to stay awake. Real party animal here.

  6. Way cool. The only question I had (after reading this entry) is what FLAVOR was the crushed candy?

    You're a genius. I agree w/the bosses. :D

    Oh . . . and the spice of life is actually NUTMEG. (That's my vote anyway.)

  7. Thanks for the kind words!

    Nutmeg? Sounds plausible ;)

    As for the candies, they were peppermint-flavoured.

    Coffee, peppermint, CoffeeMate, and Carolan's may sound like a disgusting combination, but it's really not bad!


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