When it comes to mugs, I have my standards. I’m trying to collect a mug from every state, in addition to running a race in ever state. Actually, I collect mugs from almost every where I travel — I have one from Montreal, from Paris, from Prague, from Dresden. I’ve missed a few countries and a few states, but considering the size of my kitchen, maybe that’s a good thing.
It all started with a trip to NYC and a hotel room with no mugs. No flimsy paper cups for me, thank you very much. Since then I’ve acquired a travel tea mug, but on that trip I bought myself a mug. And an obsession was born.
The mugs are put to good use, too; I drink multiple cups of tea a day, all year long. Hot day? I’ll use the mug from Paris (the trip was a cool & foggy). Bitterly cold day? I’ll use the mug from Austin, which was actually bought long before I raced there and my cat Simba decided I didn’t really need that handle. Hard run? I’ll use the mug from MA — if I’d bought a mug when I did ZOOMA Annapolis, I might have been tempted to use that, but the trip was too short and I didn’t have enough time to find a mug I truly loved.
Yes, I love symbolism and visualization.
It’s free Friday this week’s Friday Five from Cynthia from You Signed Up for What?, Courtney from Eat Pray Run DC, and Mar from Mar on the Run — I think I can safely say I’ll be the only blogger writing about mugs.
I must love the design
No kitschy mugs for me — I must truly love the design.
Small in size
This one is often tough, as mugs are as oversized as everything else in the US these days. I find that hot liquids cool off quicker in large mugs.
Microwave and dishwasher safe
I have not yet bought a mug that couldn’t go in the microwave or dishwasher. I’m not going to wash my mugs by hand every day. I don’t often put my mugs in the microwave, so I suppose that really shouldn’t be a deal breaker, but I do make my mug cakes (been a while, though) in the microwave sometimes.
Made in the US
This is also not so easy to find these days. I don’t think I’ve bought any mugs made in China.
Preferably made in the state I’m in
This one is really tough, and if I really like the mug, I’ve been known to bend the rule.
My mugs are a reminder of my races.
Do you collect something, besides tees & medals, that reminds you of your races?
Or if you just collect something, what is it?