Last year, this cup became the bane of my existence. It is an insulated, hard plastic cup that Starbucks released for cold drinks. My first experience with the cup was when a work colleague started bringing one into work. It was very cute and kept her water nice and cold. I then told my best friend Kristen about the cup and she immediately expressed interest in it. I had this great idea of getting her this cup and some Starbucks’ gift cards as her Christmas gift. In theory, it was a good idea. In reality, it was a wild goose chase. Not one of the
100 Starbucks in town had this cup in stock. I tried their website, but they were sold out. Friends who lived out of state were contacted to check their local Starbucks. I even went on ebay where I found out why they were sold out everywhere. There were hundreds of them for sale for $40 - $70 a cup! Are you kidding me?!?! I finally resigned myself to the fact that this Christmas present wasn’t meant to be and turned my buying interests elsewhere.
The tides changed however this past spring. My Starbucks’ cup saga was well known at work so one afternoon I got a call from our resource teacher. Apparently the Starbucks down the road had the cups in stock. “Yes!” I told her when she asked if I wanted any. I actually asked for two; one for Kristen and one more me – after all the hoopla, I had to have one too! Unfortunately, when she arrived at the coffee shop they were all out except for one venti and one grande. She picked up the venti for me, so I at least had the one for Kristen.
Shortly after purchasing this one, my mom called from Hawaii to tell me her local Starbucks had the cups and even better they had a cute Hawaiian flower on them. “Yes!” I told her when she asked if she could pick one up for me. I was thrilled, now I had one for me and one for Kristen. However, when my mom arrived into town with the cup, it was actually a grande cup, the smaller one. Neither Kristen or I wanted to the smaller one.
Over the summer, I met another work colleague at Starbucks in order to work on the writing training we do during the year. While we were texting back and forth to schedule the meeting she said she brought me back a surprise from her trip to Hawaii. When I arrived at our meeting time, she pulled this venti cup out of her bag.