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Adulting [Jul. 25th, 2015|12:49 pm]
I was contemplating what it means to be an adult today, triggered by reading my "On This Day" in Facebook. Two years ago today we were in Kauai, and one of my posts read, "Hello, Kauai! I'd forgotten the joy of coconut syrup!"
Of course, I immediately remembered that forgotten joy, and wondered if it was something I could acquire in the states.

Kauai's coconut syrup is a unique product, cloyingly sweet, and it is the one item that overcomes my dislike of sweet things for breakfast. I dislike maple syrup, and generally am not fond of pancakes. But give me a bottle of Kauai coconut syrup and I will DROWN those flapjacks in it.

So of course I was curious as to whether this product is something that one can get via the internet. And the answer is, only sorta. You can get Hawaii coconut syrup, which claims to be just like the syrup served in island restaurants. But it's a different label, and I am suspicious.

Alternatively, you can get a dried version of the real thing, to which you just add boiling water to reconstitute. This makes sense to me. Shipping from Hawaii is prohibitively expensive, so why ship the water if you can avoid it. It's not quite the same, but it's the same company, so I bet it's close.

And that's when I began contemplating adulthood. There is nothing of nutritional value in this syrup; it's almost certainly 99% sugar. And while it's a wonderful treat when I get to Hawaii, is it something I want to have in my home for mundane use?

If I was a kid, I could whine and beg and probably storm away in a rage at the unfairness of life when I was refused this silly thing. But I'm an adult. I have a credit card. I could click the button and make Kauai coconut syrup appear in my house.

Which means when I look around for someone to tell me yes or no, that someone has to be me. I'm adult enough that I can choose what I want. I'm grown up enough to make those choices be smart.

I closed the amazon page.

[User Picture]From: ba1126
2015-07-25 05:04 pm (UTC)
I know just what you mean.

I would love having deep chocolate muffins every day!! But Hubby buys me one every few weeks and I make it last for several days by only eating a quarter of it a day!!

My reminder to myself is; "you indulge, you bulge." Not to mention what a faster/higher consumption would do to my arteries!!
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[User Picture]From: hippie_mamabear
2015-07-26 02:39 am (UTC)
i'm adulting pretty hard myself right now.

the laptop i thought i would be using for internet things (previously used very hard by my kids) is most definitely in its death throws. i dont need anything fancy, but would very much like a full-sized screen and keyboard for photo uploads and general browsing. no gaming or videos, so i can get by with something fairly cheap.


There are four phones, three nooks, two netbooks, and a brand new kindle fire in the house that *can connect to the internet.

So i'm thinking this purchase is going to have to wait. *sigh*
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[User Picture]From: lawchicky
2015-07-26 05:57 pm (UTC)
I'm at a stage right now where as long as it's not a big expense, I allow myself to be spoiled by things like that. It's so rare that I actually WANT something that I know will make me smile and so much of my income goes to BILLS. It's nice to be able to reward myself with those little joys.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2015-07-28 06:11 pm (UTC)
I do indulge myself with some things, but some things I have to make the choice that they are Bad Enough For Me to stay away.
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[User Picture]From: sylphon
2015-07-27 12:28 pm (UTC)
I know what you mean. There is a pineapple jam from the Dole Plantation down there that my mom ADORES. But to buy a bottle the shipping costs as much as the bottle. So I buy 10 at a time to give them to her throughout the year instead of multiple purchases. Even so though a 45$ 10 pack costs over $120!

Personally I'd make do with the way less tasty ones you could find at the grocery (If I ate it, which it is so super sweet I don't really touch it), but she love em too much to consider it. Guess she hasn't quite reached adulthood :-)
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From: serakit
2015-07-27 02:26 pm (UTC)
My version of adulting is that I'd start buying pineapples and try to replicate it in my kitchen, but I freely admit I'm kind of weird about where I choose to adult.
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