Saturday, August 08, 2009

RRPC: We Bottle Our Own

For this week's Round Robin Photo Challenge, "Bottled Up!", I rashly combined three similar topic suggestions. I wanted to see bottles, Kim of Nekked Lizard Adventures wanted to see labels on bottles, and Carly wanted to see the drinks themselves.

From Round Robin Photo Challenges

I'm afraid my own response to this Challenge is not my best work. Unusually for me, I took the photos a couple of weeks ago instead of a few hours before the Challenge date; but I didn't look at or edit them until Friday night. They're mostly pretty grainy, too yellow or orange because of the light source, and lightstruck on the ones that used flash or an adjacent lamp. But here are the best of them.

Checking out at Safeway - a nearly all-beverage purchase.
The fast hand belongs to Cliff, world's greatest grocery clerk (no, really!).

As I keep mentioning, it's been a hot, unusually dry summer in Tucson. This is the time of year when I sometimes go to Safeway and buy $30 worth of flavored water: diet soda, beer for John, sugar free Popsicles and maybe even bottled water. Any food purchase, such as the Italian sausage above, is almost incidental.

Recently, however, our summer drinking habits have changed. It used to be that I was hauling in four or five 12-can cartons of diet soda from the car, or getting John to do it. But recently we've switched to 2-liter bottles, sugar free Kool Aid if available, which it mostly isn't anymore, and Crystal Light.

Only one of these bottles has its original contents.

What's slightly unusual about our use of drink mixes is that it doesn't go into pitchers, or alternatively, into bottled water. The night I took these shots, I did purchase a gallon of refrigerated drinking water, but only because I was in a hurry to have nice cold water to add to the powder. We mix it up in bottles that originally contained an apple-pomegranate-blueberry juice blend. In the photo above, the bottle on the left has this blend still in it; the other bottles, not so much. The bottles are handy because we can just pour the mix in the bottom, add a bit of water, shake it, fill it up the rest of the way, cap it, shake it a little more, and stick it in the fridge. No stirring, no measuring, no open container to spill or attract bugs. A splash of the juice blend can be added to the Crystal Light for flavor and extra antioxidants.

Tonight's reshoot

The other advantage to these bottles is that we can have several of them in the fridge at once, in different flavors. In this weather, we get through two or three bottles a day, sometimes more. I try to have different colors in the three bottles so it doesn't all look the same; there's always a choice in what to drink.

Unfortunately, nearly all the flavors are some variation of red. I recently drank a couple of quarts before a Wednesday effort to give blood, and again before I successfully gave blood two days later. I would not be at all surprised if my blood was extra red by Friday from all that food coloring!

Now let's see what everyone else came up with for this Challenge:

Linking List

Karen - Posted!
Outpost Mâvarin

Carly - Posted!

ellen b. - Posted!
The Happy Wonderer

Martha - Posted!

Beach Bum

Sandra - Posted!
A cappuccino a day

betty - Posted!
a corgi in southern california

Sherrie - Posted!
Sherrie's Stuff

Suzanne R - Posted!
SuzyQ421's Photo Blog

Linda - Posted!
Mommy's Treasures

Molly Mavis - Posted!
Visual Dialogues

Linda - Posted!
Linda's Window

Jama - Posted!
Sweet Memories

Gattina - Posted!
Keyhole Pictures

Teena - Posted!
It's all about me!

Peggy - Posted!
Holmespun Fun

And don't forget the Weekend Assignment writing prompt, in the entry below this one!



Sherrie said...

I like your idea of mixing in those bottles. Much easier and convenient. Have a great day!


Linda said...

Love those landshark bottles especially!! Sometimes my grocery trips look like that, too!

Linda said...

Nice work! I should think about using the Crystal Lite more. We're still hauling the sodas. Very pretty, all those different colors in the bottles!

Sandra said...

What a colorful photo!!

Gattina said...

Now I really need a drink after all these bottles !

ellen b said...

Hi Karen! I can relate to the beverage purchasing with the hot weather we even experienced while I'm in the Seattle Area. It was hotter here then in so. Cal.
Thanks for the challenge. It's always fun coming up with the photos!! Hope things get cooler for you.

Anonymous said...

Cheers!What a treat to see your lovely pics, better yet if I could drink up!

I'm so thirsty, it's balmy hot in Hong Kong hitting as high as 35C today.

Thanks for sharing!

a corgi said...

I liked all of your bottles; very clever idea to mix the Crystal Light the way you do! it is more economical that way for sure!!


Carly said...

Hi Karen

Yeah, we drink a lot of Crystal Light too! I haven't seen the Green Tea variety in my area, that one sounds delicious.


Suzanne R said...

Lots of bottles you have there, and smart of you to mix the Crystal Light in them. I personally don't drink a lot of liquids except for 1% milk and canned diet soda. You make me thirsty to try others.

Jama said...

I personally don't drink sugared drink, always prefering the tap water. There's always a big bottle of that in the fridge for the family.