Forgive Me Readers; I Have Lied.

Dear Readers,

It is with much sorrow that I come to you today, humbled and apologetic.  Humbled and apologetic indeed…for I have lied to you.

Yesterday, I blithely proclaimed to all the internetting world that I, Camille of Archives of Our Lives, would skimp on anything if it was necessary.  In the height of my martyrdom, I proudly implied that I am the best scrimper and saver in the world, and the only thing I don’t ration is the air I breathe.

Dear Readers, I have lied.

I am not the most frugal or most thrifty person in the world.  Nay, for even now, in these most perilous of eek-onomic perils, I have purchased an extravagance. And I don’t regret it, readers—I don’t regret it one bit.

The one thing I will NEVER skimp on is…


Now, lest you think I am a cola-drinking machine, let me clarify: If times were dire enough, I would go without soda altogether, and drink only water.  However, since times are only a little dire (i.e. common newlywed poorness, as opposed to completely poverty-stricken and destitute on the streets), I still make 12-packs of soda a fairly regular purchase in this household.

About twice a month, Poor Kyle and I each get a 12-pack all to ourselves.  Last month, Pepsi™ and Diet Pepsi™ were the only two brands on sale.  Poor Kyle enjoys his ice cold Pepsi™ as much as any other soda, so he was fully willing to drink the stuff.  I, on the other hand, will drink Diet Dr. Pepper or no soda at all (almost always).  That being said, it was with some doubtful hesitancy that I purchased my case of Diet Pepsi™:

“Is it really a deal,” I wondered, “if it doesn’t make me happy?”

And indeed, readers, it did not make me happy.

Readers?  Hi.  Just wanted to make sure you were still with me.  No.  No, it is not a deal. For 12 days I carried a Diet Pepsi™ with me to school, left it in my car until lunchtime (to chill, you see), and at the appointed hour, I drank the vile stuff.  No longer was lunchtime the solace and joy it once had been; with a Diet Pepsi™ waiting for me in my car, I lost my thirst.

Now it’s a new month with a new grocery budget, and you’d better believe I bought my DDP with a vengeance.  It still wasn’t a good deal, but when I was drinking Diet Pepsi™, I wasn’t happy.  It all goes back to Quality of Life, like Jordan Ferney was saying…


I wish you all Quality of Life, whichever soft drink (or fruit juice or liquor) can bring it to you.

About Camille

I'm Camille. I have a butt-chin. I live in Canada. I was born in Arizona. I like Diet Dr. Pepper. Hello. You can find me on Twitter @archiveslives, Facebook at, instagram at ArchivesLives, and elsewhere.
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21 Responses to Forgive Me Readers; I Have Lied.

  1. anonymous says:

    I am FIRST!!!!! I’m sorry for your addiction Camille, but as long as it makes you happy thats all that counts.

  2. Geneva says:

    That’s a pretty awesome sweatshirt. I still have it too. And quality of life should be maintained as much as possible.

  3. Alex says:

    Hi Camille. I’m a pretty frequent reader and I really like your blog, but I’m not a frequent commenter (sorry, it must just be lazyness). BUT today I have something exciting for you! I saw a link on someone’s blog to a band they are currently listening to, and the band is called The Rural Alberta Advantage! Their band info on the site says they sing all about Canada & growing up there. They are a small, unsigned band, so the recordings sounded a little rough, but I liked “Don’t haunt this place.” Anyway, thought you might like to hear another non-radio band – plus, they’re Canadian-themed to boot!

  4. HeatherPride says:

    Well I had to overcome my Starbucks addiction, so I feel it’s my duty to inform you that Wal-Mart has a generic version of Dr. Pepper – I think it’s called Dr. Thunder?? Might I suggest a blind taste test?

  5. Holly Decker says:

    definitely cannot relate to you on this one.

    me and Dr. pepper have never been close friends. me and soda in general- we have a love affair only once in a while… i enjoy a glass of rootbeer or sasparilla every now and then… but even then- its a very rare occasion.

    but hey, as Sheryl Crow says, “if it makes you happy… it can’t be that bad.”

    carry on, Camille. you and Dr. Pepper look splendidly happy :)

  6. jami says:

    DIET dr pepper is no way! I LOVE LOVE LOVE DR PEPPER, but I can not make the change to DIET.
    Now I can however LOVE Diet Coke or Diet Pepsi, or diet cherry coke, or diet wild cherry pepsi (although the cherry flavored ones are WAY better in the regular). When I first started eating healthy I couldn’t stand the I would let myself drink as much diet soda as I wanted. I only did that for 2 weeks, till my stomach could shrink back to normal size. Now I have given up pop completely except on my cheat days.
    Now I remember you saying something about wanting cookies all the time on my blog. I have to tell you that at 11:30 PM last night Spencer thought it was the perfect time to pop in our frozen cookie dough, and make a dozen cookies. Well I was woken up by the smell, and ate A LOT of cookies. I couldn’t resist ( I told SPencer never to make cookies in our house till I was at my goal weight, so he waited till I went to sleep to make them…little did he know that the cookie smell could wake me up) anyways, I stopped counting how many I ate after 4…so don’t despare…we all have our weak moments. What I really need to learn is to just eat ONE and be happy!

  7. Camille says:

    anonymous– YOU ARE FIRST!!! Thanks.

    Geneva– Are you reading my blog at work? Sweet.

    Alex– A NEW FRIEND!! Sweet. I like comments, so thanks. And thanks for the pointer! I’ll make sure and check it out when I am not at school.

    HeatherPride– Oh, I know it exists. It might be something to consider, though I’d have to go with the safeway brand, because I don’t shop at Wal-Mart (four months strong and loving life!).

    Holly Decker– That’s okay. I’m sure you do things that I wouldn’t do (like buy my husband a bidet). People are different. Embrace the differences, that’s what I always say.

    Jami– I THINK DDP IS THE BEST DIET COLA EVER MADE. I quite like it. That’s okay that you don’t, though…I am not so die-hard that I’ll stop being your friend. That would be silly. As for the cookies, I am proud to say that, despite my cravings, I have not caved. I threw away the last of the delicious-looking chocolate chip cookies I made for the Superbowl, without even tasting ONE. I did try and make sugar-free peanut butter ones, but they were horrid. Now, I have some sugar-free caramel/vanilla ice cream that I am eating in MODERATION, and it’s getting me through the low points. I feel so strong!

  8. niki says:

    I’m not a big soda drinker…but I would consider myself a social drinker(of soda of course) and I used to be all about DC. I’ve had a change if tastebuds however and now I’m all about the DDP! I crave it. It’s my poison.

  9. Allan says:

    OK, since you’re doing it, i’ll fess up too. I won’t skimp on BEER. Eeek. However, my brand, which shall remain anonymous, is 7 bucks for a six-pack. I guess i have low brow tastes. Maybe Neanderthal low.
    I’m glad you’re back on the DDP…some things are too good to give up. I’m just saying..i’ve not had the DDP.

  10. Camille says:

    niki– Ah, a fellow supporter. Nice.

    Allan– Whatever floats your boat, my friend. If I was a drinker, I’d probably be an alcoholic. I can tend to go overboard. I’m just glad DDP doesn’t cost $7 for a six pack, or else I’d have budgetary issues.

  11. Deemarie says:

    I don’t drink soda much, but if I do, it’s always Diet Coke. But you suddenly have me wondering if I should try some DPD! ;)

  12. bRAD says:

    Uh, since when was DP/DDP a cola?

  13. anna says:

    Sanity is priceless.

    So is honesty. :)

  14. NobodyNose says:

    Doin the Dew is the only way to get me through a stressful situation….no lie.
    And DDP is DDDDDiiiiisssgggguussttiinngg!!!!
    Just thought I’d let ya know.

  15. Camille says:

    DeeMarie– Yes, you should. The answer to the question, “Should I try a DDP?” will always be YES.

    bRAD– Uh, since forever? Actually, I have no idea what the exact definition of “cola” is. I assumed it was any dark, caffeinated carbonated beverage. Apparently not. I failed to correctly research this post, and one of my readers has called me out on it. Thank you—you just made one of my worst fears a reality.

    anna– Sanity is my most prised possession (though some might argue I’m not sane to start with, so…).

    NobodyNose– Well, I guess I won’t judge you if you won’t judge me.

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  17. I gave up drinking soda a coupe years back. 98% of the time I’m really happy with my carbonation-free life. 2% of the time, however, I could be really happy with some root beer…

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