Just discovered this group while searching the web.
I have been crunching ice for well over 5 years. I leave for work every morning with a large (40+ oz.) insulated cup filled to the top with ice. In the winter (when it will stay cold sitting in my car) I bring an extra plastic cup full that sits in my car in case I run out and need more! We have 2 trays at work, I try to just stick to my own, but sometimes (particularly in the summer) I grab a cupfull before I leave for my (10 minute) drive home. I onyl work 5 hours a day - I hate to think of how much I would have to drag to work if I worked a regular 8 hour workday!
Although I know what "Sonic Ice" is, it isn't my favorite. I don't live where we have any Sonic Drive-Ins right now, so I guess that is a very good thing. We have BPs and some other convenience stores that sell ice that are similar to the soft-sonic type only they are much larger - I do like these! As I rule I prefer the ice at home (1/2 moon shaped) the most. It is best if it sits for 5-10 minutes and gets soft. I HATE the saucer shaped, clear kind. They are too hard, never soften up and sometimes taste funny. Yuck! I will avoid restaurants and convenience stores that have this kind of ice. It is so disappointing to go through a drive-thru and and end up with this lousy ice. I am always happy with the squares that are hollow on the inside. Wow - so much talk about different kinds of ice!
My sister is 8 years older than I am and was just as ice-addicted until she was through menapause, now she has no interest in it at all! I can't imagine! I am not quite to that point yet (I am 51) but it would probably make my family REALLY happy if I would quit. The crunching drives my husband and 2 of my 3 children crazy. If we are in the car they turn the radio up - if we are watching TV at night I have a specific place where I sit where they can't her me, but it doesn't stop the griping!
I don't know how many times we have all been ready to leave and go somewhere and I would say "Hang On" and run into the house to pack a cup of ice for the trip. I can't drive unless I am eating ice. Of course I have to take it easy on long roadtrips (unless I am alone, of course!) because no one takes pity on me when I have to use the bathroom (about every hour) and I have been tortured many times with a missed potty-stop!
One last thing. My boss keeps our office SO COLD in the winter, but I dare not complain. YOu really can't sit there with a barrel of ice, chewing away, and say "Hey, It's cold in here! Turn up the heat!"
My other two obsessions are sunflower seeds and Atomic Fireball cinnamon jawbreakers. Crazy stuff?
I know that I am anemic - I have tried taking iron but it really hasn't had a big effect. It also bothers my stomach - and of course, I would miss my ice if I didn't crave it!
Well - thanks for listening. I know exactly where you are coming from!!