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Weekend recharging

I had a lovely, relaxing weekend. If I could have weekends like this all the time, goodness knows what I could get accomplished.

  • I wrote a long overdue thank-you note and sent a birthday card to my aunt.

  • We went to The Wine Store and got a great mixed case of goodies for 20% off as part of their anniversary celebration. While there was no Tintara to be had, we did pick up a bottle of French rosé, two bottles of Red Knot shiraz, and -- best news of all -- they had the Chehalem pinot gris! Yes. On this coast. Here in this city. We got the two bottles that they had in stock, and were assured that they'd have more in the future. I hope the 2005 is as good as the previous bottle we had (think it was a 2003). The only minor disappointments were the aforementioned lack of Tintara, and that we didn't find any more Chandon Riche, but I suspect we can find that elsewhere. Oh, and they were flat out of Vinho Verde, but it was still quite a good haul. As a side note, Pinot Noir prices are still ridiculously inflated post-Sideways.

  • I made a little progress on my current crochet project. Nothing massive, but I finished two more complete rows. I'm really enjoying working with the cotton string and this particular crochet hook. I'm not sure why. Usually I have no real preference between the Susan Bates hooks and the Boye hooks -- I have some of each -- but for this project, the flatter head of the Bates hook is making it go really smoothly. I so hope it turns out well, because I really have no idea what I'm doing: I'm just trusting the pattern.

  • I actually got to sit down and read a book. Usually, my days are so chopped up with activity that it is difficult to find a stretch of time that I can actually commit to that, but I made it about halfway through Andrea Immer's Great Tastes Made Simple.

  • We had a nice chat with the new cheese guy over at the Fresh Market (where we picked up the watermelon). I think they keep losing cheese staff because what corporate wants is not in line with what the cheese guys want, but I hope this one will stick around for a little bit because he seems to know what he's doing. We picked up some Mimolette, and D. chose a white cheddar that turned out to be underwhelming. Hmm, he picked Lady in the Water for this weekend, too. Perhaps his stars were out of alignment or something.

  • Saw Robots on DVD. It looked good, but had a so-so plot.

  • Fixed the aforementioned plate of goodness for dinner.

  • Made a lovely, simple brunch of warm, buttery croissants and slices of fresh, ripe tomatoes from my co-worker's garden.

  • Saw Lady in the Water.

  • I finally got my druid to 38th in World of Warcraft, and my mage is halfway to 36th.

I didn't get by Cook's Warehouse as I'd planned, but that's about the only thing that I had tentatively planned that I didn't get done.


( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 1st, 2006 01:28 am (UTC)
I really cannot stand the bulbous heads of the Boye hooks. Bleh!
Aug. 1st, 2006 01:51 am (UTC)
Sometimes I like their pointiness for when I'm trying to go into the work, but what's your favorite brand of hook, and/or favorite hook material?
Aug. 1st, 2006 03:56 am (UTC)
Do you have YahooIM or AIM?

I like my bamboo hook but mostly I use Susan Bates. I'd love a complete wooden set someday.
Aug. 2nd, 2006 01:36 am (UTC)
Bamboo sounds interesting. I have no instant messaging programs of any sort, I'm afraid. :)
Aug. 2nd, 2006 01:42 am (UTC)
One advantage to bamboo is if you are working with a slippery yarn or your yarn tends to slip too often bamboo will help hold it better. My mother prefers bamboo knitting needles over plastic or metal for that reason.

A shame it would be nice to chat in real time.
Aug. 1st, 2006 01:55 pm (UTC)
Somewhere along the way, I missed that you, too, have become an oenophile (though I should have guessed it long ago). A couple notes:

1) Have you discovered wine.woot.com? Truly one of the greatest wine-lover bargain sites ever!

2) If you've developed a taste for Rieslings, you might want to consider a trip to upstate New York. No really... there are TONS of wineries up in the Finger Lakes region, some with some very tasty (and cheap) whites. And the B&B rates are quite affordable. Delta and Continental offer weekend getaway rates quite often, so it might be worth a quick trip...
Aug. 2nd, 2006 01:57 am (UTC)
Re: Vino
Huh, I figured you knew that one already -- my Dad's been an oenophile just about since grapes were invented, and because of him, I was a wine aficionado well before we met. Surely we discussed it when you were trying out home brewing? Perhaps not. Ah, well. let's put it this way: I've been a fan long enough to remember when everybody was drinking Chablis. We've got a wine fridge and everything. :)

Places like wine.woot.com, sadly, only work if you live in a state to which they can actually ship. :(

I've heard that there are some decent wineries up Nawth. As for Riesling, it depends. Most German Rieslings that I've had have been too sweet for my taste. I prefer drier Rieslings, like the ones produced in Alsace.

You got a favorite?
Aug. 2nd, 2006 08:08 pm (UTC)
Re: Vino
You may well have mentioned it, but as you recall, I only had eyes for beer back then.

Some of the Finger Lakes wines can be much too sweet. Like you, I prefer a drier Riesling - and thankfully, many wineries offer those. Fulkerson makes a very tasty one. We bought a couple bottles our first trip, then made sure to buy a case on our next. My favorite of the white wines from the region is a Vidal Blanc from Atwater Estates. It's a semi-dry white varietal, but very very good. (Bought three cases.) We've only found one good source of red wines up there - Thirsty Owl. It doesn't compete with some of the California reds, but it's several classes above anything else in the area.
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