Most of the adults in my immediate family go through various stages of drinking caffeine drinks or non-caffeine drinks, usually depending on how
b) health conscious
they are feeling at the time.
( "health conscious" in this context is a relative term. just go with it. we'll all be happier, k?)
You never really know who's doing what, and so when my brothers and sisters and their families all get together, we usually just make sure there's a supply of both. You can pretty much count on the fridge of whatever location we converge on being stocked with Silver Bullets (diet coke), Golden Drinks (caffiene free diet Coke or Pepsi), and Black Pepsi (Pepsi One).
(Because if you're going to poison your body with chemicals, some people are choosy about which chemicals exactly those should be.)
(In case you're wondering, if you're not drinking Silver, Gold, Black, or Water, you should probably bring your own drinks. You can put them in the bottom corner of the fridge, and I promise, no one will touch them.)
SO about a week ago, in a spurt of health consciousness, I bought a case of Golden Drinks to start alternating with, trying to get off the caffeine. It was a whole elaborate plan, and I won't bore you with the details, but it involved an overly complicated rotation of silver, gold, and water, at the end of which I would be completely caffeine free, and twice as thin and healthy. Also my kitchen drawers would be clean, the dog would mysteriously disappear, and my kids would have straight A's.
I'm almost a whole week into my plan and I figured out today that the genius marketers at Pepsi have switched the colors on the cans for the diet and non diet -- and I have almost completely weaned myself onto the new Golden Drink - which is full sugar, and not diet at all, and adding about 300 calories to every day last week.
I was so mad, I went to Sonic and bought an extra large fully caffeinated Diet Coke.
I guess I showed them.