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How to really clean a coffee pot

No matter what topic I decided to choose this week, I was going to have to tie in the fact that the DETROIT LIONS just won the Super Bowl! Well, that's how I feel today. As a 40-year-old, lifelong Lions fan, that's how it felt watching them beat Kansas City IN Kansas City and I'm not embarrassed to admit it. I loved every minute of it.

That being said, the first night of football is always the non-official start of the fall season for this guy. Even though it was 92 degrees just a few days ago, it's chilly and damp out there and the leaves are definitely making a turn. And as the weather changes, I notice my thirst for morning rejuvenation makes a change as drastic as the leaves, or maybe the NFL week 2 Power Rankings. I switch from the summer thirst quencher of sugar-free Monster energy drinks to the warm, soothing, aromatic comfort of a personally made mug of fresh coffee.

But I have a confession to make. I sometimes forget to clean the coffee maker and pot after, and then I generally follow up that bad habit by not thinking about it again until I go to make another pot a week (or more) later. Now, I could just give it a little rinse and not think about it, and realistically, I'd probably be just fine. But I do think about it. And then I think about all the nooks that had stuff sitting in it for all that time and I can't help but want to clean every bit that I can see. So, I spent a half-hour taking the filter holder apart, cleaning those pieces in the sink, and scrubbing hardened stuff in the pot. Running water and vinegar through the system. It's unfortunate how many times I've done this.

Moral of the story. Take care of it every day. Which is an easy segway into a lesson I've learned in recovery. Things pile up if you don't address them. If I don't address my responsibilities in life and recovery every day, it only makes for more of a mess down the road. Don't even get me started on laundry.

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