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Beverages....I like a wide variety of beverages and often I like to have both hot and cold beverages handy to drink at the same time. I don't know where I picked up that habit, but I've passed it along to a number of other people.
It might be Itzl's fault.
Once I started taking him everywhere with me, I usually carried bottled water for him, but at some point I either ran out of water or forgot it, so I ordered a water for him so I could pour some in his water dish, and a drink for me (hot tea, hot water to brew my own tea or bouillon, cocoa, occasionally coffee...), and I'd drink part of his ice water - because they seem to be chronically incapable of bringing water to the table without ice.
Then I did it again. And again, until it became a habit.
And colleagues and friends eating out with me would see me with two beverages, and they'd order two. Now, it's common among us all when we have to eat out that we order two drinks, and when we eat at one another's home, we provide two drinks for everyone.
Usually the second drink is water, but not always. And now, it doesn't have to be one hot and one cold, it can be two cold drinks or one hot and one cold. I don't think anyone's gone for two hot drinks yet...so room to expand!
At work, I often have multiple drinks happening - hot tea, water, lemonade or iced tea or flavored water, and every now and then a juice or a soda. There are some days when I have as many as 4 drinks on my desk, plus Itzl's drinks.
Why yes, he indulges in the two drinks habit, too. One is water, and the other is broth or stock or flavored water.