Friday, September 24, 2010

I'm a Pepper, You're a Pepper

Years ago, before there was even a hint of a gaggle, we lived in Arizona. One of my baseball friends had me over one day and she had a new drink in her fridge. I am not a fan of anything cherry, but I really didn't want water so I gave it a go.

And it was awesome.

I fell in love with Diet Cherry Vanilla Dr. Pepper. That is until we came home to Kentucky for the off season and they didn't sell it here.


But I put on my big girl panties and got over it, because after all, it was just a drink.

Fast forward about five years and three children later, we're in Buffalo. I put regular old Diet Dr. Pepper on the grocery list for my hubby and he accidentally grabs

Diet Cherry Vanilla Dr. Pepper.

Hellllloooo Buffalo!

I knew that this would just be a summer crush. A short term thing. It couldn't possibly last forever, because there's always an off season. The end of the end. (Does anyone else feel like breakin' into Grease's Summer Lovin? Anybody? Alrighty, must have just been me.)

When the girls and I packed up to come home this season, I just threw the half a twelve pack in the van that I had left without even thinking about stocking up. I like to break up quickly, it's less painful.

My mother-in-law, Lesley, saw it in our fridge a few days after we got back. She asked about it and I said

If you EVER see this in any store, anywhere, BUY IT.

Apparently she took me seriously. I don't know if it was how loud I stated my demands or the crazy look in my eye, but she heard me.

And she became a woman on a mission.

A few weeks later, my birthday rolled around. I'm not one of those hide-your-age (33) kinda gals, but I'm also not the person who's all


So I was thankful for a quiet morning of resting and showering before 10 am, breakfast in bed (thanks babe) and later that day a great dinner at my sister-in-law's house. (Who, by the way is my husband's favorite cook. No, that doesn't hurt my feelings. She's my favorite cook too.)

I found it a little odd when Lesley asked Andy to help carry my gift in. She's great about getting my favorite scent from Yankee Candle or a book I've been dying to get my hands on. But a heavy box? What in the world?

And then I opened it. And I squealed like a 13 year old girl.

She found it. She took her mission straight to the top.

The woman called Dr. Pepper.

She called Dr. Pepper! Hello, why didn't I think of that?

Apparently she sat on hold for quite some time, argued with an automated machine that wanted to help her find Diet Berries and Cream Dr. Pepper (blech!) and finally reached someone who could help her.

She then drove almost sixty miles (one way!) to a Kroger that carries it.

That's love.

And determination.

And a little bit crazy.

And I am so thankful that she took the time to do something so special for me!

I'm also wondering if there is anyone in Shelbyville, KY that would like to become my supplier? Anyone?

Anyhoo, little did we know how much this mama was going to need that caffeinated deliciousness. Because starting that very evening..........

My next post may contain words like poop and vomit. Also a possibility are phrases such as "oh crap", "not AGAIN", "help us, Jesus" and "where did you put the carpet cleaner?". Consider yourself warned, and have a pleasant day.


  1. Im are hilarious! I love that stuff too and haven't had it in ages!!! xo

  2. Oh Jessie, you're so funny! Anytime I need a happy moment, I can always turn to your blogs:) Happy Belated Birthday!!

  3. This story is amazing. And hilarious. Thanks for sharing:)

  4. Really? Who are you to make us wait for the ending????? Did you go off and become a Chuck Lorre who keeps me waiting week after week with cliff hangers that would make a grown man cry? I mean I'm sitting here reading and looking for that ending that I know is going to be killer and then you take a break for the season? Do I have to wait until December to find out the conclusion to this dramatic episode as I do for all my favorite summer TV shows? What airing schedule do you work on? Are you on the summer to December "off season" rotation or are you on the high drama fall season? PLEASE don't make this mama wait for anything else. I need to know!

  5. well, i am not too excited about poop. but am very glad that lesie had a calling in life to find things that no one else can. what a wonderful bday gift!

  6. You can name me in that "shout out" if you want! Oh, memories. I still have some in my fridge NOW!!! YUMMY!!!

  7. I'm just now reading this. Cracks me up. :) That's one awesome mother-in-law!

    And please keep your funny stories coming. It's not like you're busy or anything.