On this, we differ.

June 13, 2010


I have a whole routine when it comes to breakfast. After my shower, it’s grab a bowl, grab a spoon, grab cereal box, pour milk into bowl and replace milk in fridge, carry everything over to the computer. Sprinkle a layer of cereal over milk, eat until gone, repeat sprinkle/eat until all milk is gone. (I hate soggy cereal.)

Lloyd doesn’t eat cereal during the school year, he just grabs a cheese stick and a piece of fruit to eat in the car on the way to Lincoln. In the summer, though, he’s been known to eat some Special K Strawberry – and leave the milk on the table.

Ugh.  Surrounded by room temperatures.

ARRRGGHH! He’s eating it right behind me. Doesn’t he know that that gallon of milk is losing degrees by the second? I hate warm milk! What if I want a glass of milk!!?! Grrrr…. Can’t he feel my angry typing?? How on earth is he going to know that milk can’t be out of the refrigerator longer than 30 seconds without going rancid???

I know – I’ll tell him.

Lauren: “Please put that milk back in the fridge. It’s getting warm.”

Lloyd: “Do you know where this milk started out?”

I can’t help being crazy.

About Lauren

Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

View all posts by Lauren


Stay connected as you care to...

20 Responses to “On this, we differ.”

  1. Amy Said on:

    I always have the milk out… what if I need more milk!?!


  2. Brad Said on:

    Ha! I’m moving the cursor back and forth over the picture really fast and making Lloyd dance.


  3. Gretchen Said on:

    I’m with you, Lauren. No soggy cereal, and no warm milk.


  4. Beth Said on:

    If I recall correctly, Brad left an entire gallon of milk on the counter overnight once….

    And then he stuck it back in the fridge to cool and drank it anyway.


    • Brad Said on:

      I did do that, but it was fresh from the grocery store and not opened. I think the pasteurization was good enough to prevent overnight spoilage


  5. Kristi Said on:

    How long does it take him to eat the cereal? Does the cereal get soggy?


  6. bekahcubed Said on:

    I agree. Never leave the milk out any longer than absolutely necessary. Even if you cool it back down, it won’t taste the same as if it had stayed cold.


  7. Peggy Said on:

    Lauren, I LOVE your new animated pictures!!! LOVE! (Do more, do more)

    And I’m with you 100% sista! I put the milk back in the frig too. Sometimes I even pour the milk out of the bowl towards the end and pour in a refresher because it’s gotten warmish & seems unfresh. And I hate soggy cereal as well. I wish Frosted Flakes would work on their soggy factor, because I love them but unless you eat them one flake at a time…you’re gonna have soggy Frosted Flakes.

    And usually when I eat cereal, I stick to one kind, but on occasion I want a bowl of say Honey Smacks & a bowl of Corn Pops. I have to get new milk for the Corn Pops. I don’t like my milk contaminated with different cereals.

    So you see Lauren, you are not crazy at all!


  8. Lauren's dad Said on:

    Grandpa Ernie liked to mix two kinds of cereal for breakfast. I think he had good tastes.


  9. Curt Said on:

    I wish I wouldn’t have missed out on this conversation. This is my expertise. I have a couple of questions for those of you that won’t keep the milk out while you eat your cereal. First, how long does it take you to eat your cereal that your milk gets warm? Second, how cold is your milk in the first place? If you can’t leave it out 10 minutes than your refrigerator isn’t set low enough. Now I do agree that you shouldn’t leave the milk out that long and I prefer ice cold milk. Here are some tips for those that want cold milk for your cereal. Put your milk on ice before you pour it on your cereal. Add an ice cube to your bowl of cereal. Keep your cereal bowls in the refrigerator or even better the freezer. Get a small refrigerator and keep it right next to where you eat your cereal. Eat your cereal inside the fridge.


    • Lloyd Said on:

      I LOLed.


    • Peggy Said on:

      HA! You don’t know how badly I wish I could live inside of a refrigerator! I love being cold!

      But really, back off Curt (and I mean that in the nicest possible way ;)). Everyone knows that ceral makes the milk in your bowl warm up faster than normal.


      • Curt Said on:

        Yes, cereal does warm up milk faster, that’s why I use these methods to keep my milk as cold as possible, except for the eating inside the fridge. I can’t fit in mine and I am too cheap to buy a walk in. Another solution is to store your cereal in the fridge. I haven’t tried this one yet.


        • Lloyd Said on:

          Ideally, you would store your cereal and bowl in the freezer, so that when you add milk to them the milk actually becomes colder.


        • Peggy Said on:

          I didn’t mean to be a smartalic…I thought you were giving us ‘cold milk’ lovers a hard time. I didn’t think you really put an ice cube in your milk…I can’t do that…I already drink skim milk and an ice cube would really make it too watery.

          What we need is a thermosy bowl. Oh Lauren…prototype please…to keep our cereal milk ice cold thru the whole eating experience. You could make millions! (I get a 1/4 for the idea)


Leave a Reply