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A Little Honey

I’ve had a cold for 10 days now. Nothing horrible (except over the weekend when I developed a fever, stopped wanting to eat, and thought I might die, but didn’t, so I guess it’s all good), and I’m much better now, thank you. But through it all I’ve been craving lemon tea with honey.

What with rules about food in my library (which I’m sure apply to sticky sweetness like honey) I can have my thermos of hot water and my tea bag in my office, but when I want to make myself a cuppa I have to trundle downstairs to the staff room, find my little bottle of honey, disengage it from the plastic bag that catches all the extra stickiness, put a dollop into my travel mug of tea, and trundle back up to my office.

Normally this wouldn’t be a problem. In fact, normally I look on such things as an excuse to get up and move around a little. But from the onset of the cold until today, stairs had a curious and unpleasant effect on my heart and lungs. I’d get honey into my tea, trudge up the stairs, pant for a minute while I waited for my legs to stop shaking, and then continue on my merry way. Now, before you start feeling all sorry for me, consider whether the honey was really worth it…

Nope. I didn’t think so.

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  1. Joshua M. Neff Joshua M. Neff

    As a fellow cold sufferer who had a sore throat the other day that demanded hot tea with honey, I feel your pain. I tell you what, there are times when a library’s “No Food, No Drink” policy really chaps my hide.

  2. Iris Iris

    There are times when I agree with you… and then times when I don’t. Chalk it up to me being fickle or plain old unable to make up my mind about stuff, but there you have it. Mostly I’m in favor or liberalizing what we’ve got, but not to the point of pizza parties in the PS section.

  3. Joshua M. Neff Joshua M. Neff

    That reminds me of when I was an undergrad, and some grad students were found in the stairwell by the Asian Literature collection, cooking up tasty food on a hibachi.

    I definitely think there’s a middle ground, like having certain areas designated as “Food & Drink OK.” Or allowing covered beverages–such as a closed, contained cup of hot tea with honey–anywhere in the library.

  4. Iris Iris

    We’ve got the covered beverage container clause up and running, so no worries there. But I don’t think the honey bottle counts as an “approved container” for a “beverage.” Although I suppose that argument could be made…

  5. Julian Julian

    Looking at the acceptable beverage containers, it would take a lot to make one of those containers work well for honey. The clean-up would not be friendly once the container is (mostly) empty.

    I’m kind of weird, I guess. I keep my mugs on my desk, but there’s never anything IN them when they are on my desk. I just wouldn’t want to have an accident that causes damage to thousands of dollars worth of new books that might be lying around.

  6. Iris Iris

    I’m imagining a travel mug or a soda bottle full of honey… not a pretty sight. :)

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