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7 Life Rules You Need in Writing

May 23, 2012 4 comments

I was on the phone with a friend last week and she was frustrated.  Her husband was trying to help out by making bacon, but he was burning it.  I teased her by saying, you can’t ask him to be more helpful and then criticize him when he tries.  She disagreed. 🙂

This sparked a conversation of the “life rules”.  The ones that we want others to follow, but that we occasionally want to break, such as ‘don’t ask for help then criticize it’.  So I have decided to publish in writing a “new” set of life rules to use at your discretion when you need life to work in your favor:

  1. Life IS fair.  This means that if something is unfair, you have the right to be upset, cranky and consume chocolate and wine.
  2. You CAN have your cake and eat it too.  Especially if you wash it down with wine.
  3. You CAN look a gift horse in the mouth. If you don’t like the gift or the strings attached to it.
  4. Treats others as you would like to treat them. Especially when you’re mad at them, they deserve it or you have run out of chocolate and wine.
  5. A penny saved is a penny wasted… if there is a sale on shoes!
  6. Good things come to those who DON’T wait.  Carpe diem baby, make things happen, take action!
  7. If you want something done, don’t give it to a busy person.  I am a busy person and can’t handle anymore.  Why should the people who aren’t busy get a pass?

And a few that are perfect just the way they are…

  1. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned – Two words: Lorena Bobbit.
  2. Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die – Even if we know we will live for years, eat, drink and be merry!
  3. Tomorrow is another day – which means I have another opportunity to be a better mom demonstrate that I am enough.

What other life rules do you love or need revised?

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A Mother’s Day Drinking Song

May 11, 2012 6 comments
In honor of Mother’s Day-
(Sung to the tune of “If You’re Happy and You Know It”)
 
If you’re a mommy and you know it, clap your hands drink some wine.
If you take phone calls in your closet, clap your hands drink some wine .
If you’re exhausted and you’re cranky and your kids beg please don’t spank me,
If you’re a mommy and you know it, clap your hands drink some wine. 
 
If you’re kitchen floors are sticky, clap your hands drink some wine.
If the kids you feed are picky, clap your hands drink some wine.
If you’re overwhelmed with laundry and all you hear is ”Mommy!”,
If you’re a mommy and you know it, clap your hands drink some wine.
 
If you’re kids are always fighting, clap your hands drink some wine.
If your wrinkles need less lighting, clap your hands drink some wine.
If your kids are being naughty and there are Legos in your potty,
If you’re a mommy and you know it, clap your hands drink some wine.
 
If homework is harder on you, clap your hands drink some wine.
If their library books are overdue, clap your hands drink some wine.
If you’re shelling out the dough for soccer, ballet and Tai Kwon Do,
If you’re a mommy and you know it, clap your handsdrink some wine.
 
If you can’t keep up with messes, clap your hands drink some wine.
If CPS knows what your address is, clap your hands drink some wine.
If you bribe to keep them quiet and lie to avoid a riot,
If you’re a mommy and you know it, clap your hands drink some wine.
 
If you heart is filled with pride, clap your hands drink some wine.
If homemade gifts have made you cry, clap your hands drink some wine.
If you wouldn’t trade it all for a maid and the Taj Mahal,
If you’re a mommy and you know it, clap your hands drink some wine.
 
If kisses make your day, clap your hands drink some wine.
If you love to watch them play, clap your hands drink some wine.
If you know how lucky you are, to raise your little stars,
If you’re a mommy and you know it, clap your hands drink some wine.
 
Happy Mother’s Day and please don’t hate me for getting that song stuck in your head!

Beer and Poptarts

June 1, 2011 6 comments

I am a professional.  I am a mother.  I am human and need a coping mechanism, for life’s normal stresses.  I have tried cocktails, sweets, exercise, retail therapy, gossip, movies and have done many of these things at the same time!

Below are a few words of wisdom that I either personally learned or discovered through a friend.  Stress is unavoidable, but follow these lessons to get the most goodness and least ill-effects form a popular mommy coping method – cocktails!

  1. Beer and Poptarts will cure a hangover brought on by Jager and Root Beer
  2. If you run our of shot glasses, a belly button makes a good substitute
  3. Using reusable ice cubes is far more acceptable than putting ice that can melt into your white wine
  4. If you suspect your friend is drunk, but there is no alcohol in sight, give her a second hug and take a deep breath.  You can’t hide the smell.
  5. If you stupidly decide to give up alcohol during the week unless you’re with friends, start returning dishes, kids clothes or anything else you can find.  When they invite you in for glass of wine, it would be rude to say no…
  6. Liquor is a requirement for karaoke, either for the singer or the listeners, but everyone can’t be sober.
  7. Wine doesn’t have to be expensive to be effective.

What lessons can you share?

What Was I Thinking?!

March 23, 2011 8 comments

What?  Where is Wine Wednesday you ask?  Well, let me tell you-

Lent is hard!  The Girl Scout Cookie deliveries, the dinner parties with margaritas, the wine book club meetings, the post t-ball practice beers (wow, yes, we have a drink for every occasion) and I CAN’T HAVE ANY OF IT!

We went to a dinner party on the first Sunday of Lent and I lapsed into vice exchange.  For those of you not familiar with this proven phenomenon.  If you give up one vice, you find another.  On the first Sunday of Lent, I traded booze and sweets for a pound of tortilla chips.  Okay, a pound may not be accurate, two pounds!  I woke up the next morning parched and feeling like I had been drinking out of the ocean.

So I did the logical thing- I gave up tortilla chips too.

To summarize: no sweets, no booze, no chips = STUPIDITY.

What was I thinking?!

But I will not quit, I will not edit my Lenten promise.  But I may be in a straight jacket by Easter!

So, no, there will be no more Wine Wednesdays during Lent, because frankly, I am not that big of a person to write about things I love, but cannot have.

I am, however, an optimist and on the bright side: I have lost 5 pounds!  Go ahead and place your bets on how fast I will put that back on. (Hint: Easter Sunday would be a safe bet)

Wine Wednesday – Insatiable Red Wine

March 16, 2011 4 comments

After my kids pushed me into the mommy wall this week, I could really use a glass of wine!  But, I am sticking with this Lent thing and actually doing pretty good.  As long you don’t count sniffing people’s wine glasses and trying to lick my daughter’s cookie crusted face.

This is a bottle that I selflessly drank on Fat Tuesday in order to have a wine review for today.  Yes, I am a giver. 

Insatiable Red Wine California

Alcohol Content: 13.5% 

Price: Purchased for $5.99

 Insatiable Red Wine (non-vintage)

Description per label: We have been insatiable in searching all of California’s premier growing regions to bring you this mesmerizing and exotic blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Barbera, Zinfandel and Syrah.  We invite you to be insatiable in your quest for incredible wine at a great price. 

Review:

Insatiable means always wanting more; always needing more and impossible to satisfy (thank you to the label for the handy definition). 

I want to squeeze life for every drop of enjoyment, excitement and experience.  I will always want more vacations, more career success and more… [edited to keep the blog clean].  Needless to say, I am insatiable.  I found this bottle on the night I was grocery shopping to host a Passion Party – coincidence, I think not.

This wine is a fraternity boy’s dream.  It has a catchy label and is cheap enough to buy enough to get enough out of his date.   In college my husband’s fraternity used to host wine and cheese parties- they would refill the bottles with boxes of wine in a back room.  College girls rarely have a well-developed palate (I didn’t back then) so the guys usually got away with their “refills”.  Insatiable is a great second bottle, once your palate is muddled, your sense of taste dulled and your sense of adventure heightened.  Just drinking a wine called Insatiable throws a particular mood in the room. And there’s no need to take the bottle in the back room to refill it.

It has a fruity nose with hints of blackberry and currant.  It is surprisingly smooth and balanced for the price point.  It presents as jammy and slightly spicy.  It has a reasonably smooth finish that blends tannins with a tartness.

On a scale of 1-10, I rate the Insatiable Red Wines a 5 for being a cheap way to set the mood. 

Suggested pairings: Tacos, skirt steak, chocolate and candlelight. 

Wine Wednesday – 2008 Cakebread Pinot Noir

March 9, 2011 7 comments

I am sitting here drinking this delightful Pinot Noir on Fat Tuesday before I give up wine for Lent.  A couple of  thoughts come to mind – why am I giving up wine?  And if I am, I had better drink something good tonight.  The Cakebread Pinot did not disappoint.  In fact, I have never met a disappointing Cakebread wine, have you?

2008 Cakebread Cellars Carneros Napa Valley Pinot Noir

Alcohol Content:  14.7%

Price:  $49.00

Description per label: We craft this complex, aromatic Pinot Noir from multiple, high quality clones grown in several outstanding vineyards in the Carneros district of southern Napa Valley, a cool-climate region renowned for its peerless Pinots.  In 2008, spring frosts in Carneros reduced yields, concentrating flavors in our Pinot Noir grapes.  Vinified exclusively from free-run juice and aged 15 months in French oak barrels, our 2008 Carneros Pinot Noir boasts vivid black cherry, blueberry and rose petal aromas.  Its succulent cherry, plum and red berry flavors are lifted by fresh acidity and fine, supple tannins.

Review:

I first discovered Cakebread before I had children.  It was an idyllic point in my life when I had an income, without the financial (but worthwhile) drain of children.  I drank good wine, ate in great restaurants and had wild adventures.  This Pinot Noir took me back to that time of civility and excitement, it is the perfect balance of spicy and smooth.  The wine leads with a smooth and supple blend of dark cherry flavors.  It reminds me of my organized, serene life before my priceless children.  The finish is brings the excitement and adventure of the spice.  It’s reminiscent of salsa dancing at the Capitol Club in the Bay Area.  

Cakebread harvests their Pinot Noir grapes at night to protect workers from the summer heat.  I can relate to this, as I do my best work at night, when protected from the distractions of my children… usually.

On a scale of 1-10, I rate the Cakebread Pinot Noir a 7 for its complexity and ability to transport me back in time.

Suggested pairings: Salmon, barbecue, Thai food and any time you want to reminisce.

 

Wine Wednesdays – The Naked Grape California Chardonnay

March 2, 2011 7 comments

Gosh, Wednesday comes up fast!  As promised here is a review of a bottle of wine for under $10.  I went in search of something new and cheap that I had never had to add to the fun of Wine Wednesday.  I admit it, the immature part of me (aka the real me) could not resist the “Naked” title.

I served this at my Book Club and they loved it and we went through several bottles!

The Naked Grape California Chardonnay

Description per label: Light bodied and smooth with aromas of pineapple and peach.

Review: My six-year old son recently took his pictures for the basketball team and then had to go straight to his basketball game.  As we went from the pictures to the game I told him to flip his jersey inside out to change the color from purple for pictures, to white for the game.  I didn’t think much of it, until another dad looked at us and chuckled.  I looked over to see my son standing in a public area with his shorts around his ankles. My perfectionist son didn’t simply take the jersey off and flip it inside out.  He took it off, flipped the jersey inside out and dropped his shorts in order to appropriately tuck in his jersey.  “Honey, we don’t get naked in public,” I had to remind him.

Went I went in search of an affordable, every day, Chardonnay, “The Naked Grape” seemed to understand my life and my need for wine.   

 This wine far surpassed my expectations!  It was smooth and buttery.  There was less fruit than I anticipated and the subtle blend of flavors was well balanced.  The finish was slightly sweet, with a hint of Riesling, but I tempered the sweetness by keeping it cold while I drank the whole bottle.  (I had four children in the house, the dosage seemed appropriate).  As I took sip after, deliciously smooth, sip, I realized that if one was not careful, this easy to drink wine could lead to one getting naked from consumption.  The name began to make more and more sense.

As a mother of two young children, wine is an everyday occurrence, and at $6.99 per bottle, I have just found a wine that I can drink as often as my kids get naked.

On a scale of 1-10, I rate the Naked Grape Chardonnay as an 8 for being smooth and affordable.

Suggested pairings: Salmon, chicken and every time your child strips down in public.

Alcohol Content: Not listed

Price: Purchased for $6.99 – What mom doesn’t need an affordable bottle case of wine?!