Sunday, July 08, 2007

Does This Make Me an Alcoholic?

During my visit to Hilton Head last month, I did a little wine tasting at the Island Winery. I brought back two bottles and one's been chilling since then. About two weeks ago I attempted to open the bottle and for the life of me, the darn cork didn't want to come out and I gave up.

Yesterday I attempted again and started picking away at the cork. I'm not sure what I Googled, but landed on the blog of the Amateur Gourmet. I quickly read through his posts (and didn't read the comments with other suggestions until I was sipping my glass of wine).

I grabbed a butter knife and hammer and proceeded to hammer the cork into the bottle, until the bottle lip broke a bit! Doh! The butter knife was wider than the bottle! I found a thinner knife, washed off the glass and proceeded with hammering the cork in. At this point, I felt it was a conspiracy between the wine bottle and me and I wasn't going to let an inanimate object win!

The cork eventually gave free and like the Amateur Gourmet's experience, a bit of wine splattered about. I filtered the wine through a paper towel and strainer, to make sure there wasn't any glass (didn't find any) and poured the strained rest into a gallon plastic pitcher.

This is just one reason why all wine should come in a box...

Did Anyone Get Lucky Yesterday? 07/07/07

Yesterday was supposed to be a lucky day for love and riches. Well, neither Mr. Right (or Mr. Wrong) nor the Publisher's Clearing House Prize Patrol came knocking on my door, but it was a good shopping day.

I found a $25 Gap gift card in my wallet I forgot I had and scored some good deals - a top for $1.97! Better yet, I was able to fit into a size 12 skirt, which I find VERY exciting (and I don't CARE if their sizes run big).

Also had $15 in freebie coupons to go grocery shopping with including one for a free packet of the new Spam Singles. The last and only time I had Spam (that I'm aware of) was at a business function two years ago. The hotel was going for the Speakeasy theme and served spam with mayonnaise and wine in coffee mugs. I was not impressed. Anyway...

Over at Barnes & Noble, Starbucks was giving away free samples of an orange (or tangerine) Frappuccino - I'm not a coffee fan but LOVE (and I know too much) Frappaccinos. It wasn't as bad as I thought. I also noticed they were selling presidential voodoo dolls, almost like these:



And, testing your geography, have you checked out to see what the New 7 Wonders of the World are??? Guess a good thing about the trip to Italy is I'll see the Roman Colosseum, one of the NEW 7 Wonders.

So back to my original question, did anyone get lucky yesterday?