November 18, 2011

Y3W: Starbucks Peppermint Mocha

It's almost Thanksgiving, which means consumer-driven-gotta-have-it-now America has already gone Christmas CRAZY! Something I may or may not participate in by listening to Josh Groban's Christmas Album starting oh, about two weeks ago. Speaking of which I am so excited to get the Michael Buble and GLEE albums!!! Squeee! I love Christmas!

Anyway, now that my freak out is over I'd like to talk to you about my biggest guilty pleasure.

Three Words: Starbucks. Peppermint. Mocha.

I discovered this little treat, oh round about 2004, and ever since I've longed for them all year long. I dream of them through the doldrums of January, the rains of March, the bitter heat of July and August, and the pumpkin craze of October. Every November they arrive and I make myself wait. I wait until December 1 for my first Peppermint Mocha. I do this for two reasons: 1) Antcipation is half the fun. 2) Starbucks is freakin' expensive and when I was in college "the elves" would conveniently show up in December and leave a Starbucks gift card by my stocking and I would ration that thing out for as many Peppermint Mochas as I could get. It just became habit.

As an aside, since I got married and moved into my own home "the elves" no longer visit me. They must not visit married people. I wonder if they'll come back now that we have Evie. Or maybe I should've left a forwrading address.

Now on Tuesday I was particularly stressed. If you follow me on Twitter, you know how sick Evie has been and how upset I have been. So on the way to the pediatrician's office (yet again) I stopped at McDonald's for a coke. When I got to the speaker I saw they had a Peppermint Mocha and I thought, "What the hey, I'm stressed, tired and in need of a little pick-me-up! I'll break the rules just this once!" and placed my order for a medium Peppermint Mocha. "That'll be $3.15", said the attendant, "please drive around!"

And I was flabbergasted. $3.15??? For a cup of joe from Mickey Dees? Methinks they are getting too big for their britches.

The real issue: I've been freaking craving peppermint mocha for two days now and it's only the 17th. Thirteen more days to go!

{Do you have a favorite Christmastime treat? What is it?}