On An Island

I bought this dress in April:

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Pretty, eh? It’s from Peter Som’s DesigNation collaboration with Kohl’s – I actually bought a few frocks when that collection was released, but this was by far my favorite. Sadly, I don’t look like the beautiful model in that picture up there, but….there’s something kind of magical about that dress. Whenever I put it on (I wear mine with a belt cinching the waist), I seem to somehow feel better about myself – which, in turn, leads to an absolute ton of compliments. I don’t know that the dress is particularly flattering on me (I have eyes, I know what I’m working with), but apparently I feel like a sexed-up glamour puss when I put this on, because I work it like nobody’s business and I hear so much positive feedback on how great I look. I’m not talking just catcalls from horn dogs, but real compliments from people…it’s interesting. I guess it just goes to show that when you feel good, you look good. When I put this dress on, it’s insanely comfortable (like jammies comfortable), yet it does a fab job of showcasing my boobs, emphasizes the waist, and flows nicely due to the super-high slit in the front. I find that when I wear it, I imagine that I’m back on a Greek island, making my way through the winding streets of Crete or Mykonos again, smelling the salty air and taking in the blazing sun. When I’m wearing this dress, the slightest breeze will pick up the edges and blow it around delicately, yet somehow I don’t seem to suffer as many wind-dress-ass situations as I usually do. It’s magic, I’m telling you!! :-)

The really important takeaway from my strange little story about my dress is the importance of doing what makes you feel good…and how that feeling good will transfer  into other areas of your life. When I feel good about myself, I think I look better, and I approach the world with an open heart and mind. I’m kinder, more patient, and more accepting of those around me. I feel like I’m more fun to be around when I’m feeling good about myself, and I feel decidedly more confident and capable in my job. There’s really no limit to what we can accomplish when we are feeling good about ourselves, so….why is it so bloody hard to sustain? Why do I (and a zillion other people) spend so damn much time beating ourselves up and being such haters about ourselves when we should be our own biggest cheerleaders? It’s baffling to me, yet I’m one of the biggest offenders of this particular sin around. The other day, I was speaking with someone and in typical me fashion, I was insulting myself. I’ve done this my whole life, thinking it makes me cute and quirky and in possession of the most charming self-deprecating sense of humor. It does not. What it does is make me sound like a real arsehole who is fishing for compliments like it was my bloody job!! Pathetic!! Grr!! I must have been in rare form that day because as I was pulling in the driveway at home, I received this text message: You know what? You need to stop having your opinion of yourself and start using mine: awesome.  Nice, eh? I know…I am really lucky to know so many good people. :-) But it’s true…I do need to learn to change my attitude, to be more positive about me and the space I take up in this world. I need to be my own biggest fan.

 

And I need to wear that dress more often. :-)

 

xxx

Monterey

I recently visited downtown San Antonio restaurant The Monterey for the first  time…and I cannot wait to go back!!! What a FABULOUS experience!! Have you been? If not, and you are local, RUN there now….you will thank me!! :-)

Yaaa!!!! The Monterey!!!

 

First, let’s talk about the ambiance….it’s such a cool place. There is outdoor seating, which is really quite pretty, but there was no chance in hell that I was going to sit out there, as south Texas is currently hotter than the surface of the sun. Instead, I got a wee table in the corner, with a view of the place. It’s not terribly large, but what it lacks in size, it more than makes up for in quirk and charm. There are tons of cool pictures on the walls, and the symphony of color is welcoming and exciting, all at the same time. I felt like I was home, and I can guarantee that if I lived closer, that place would be my Regal Beagle, and I would be Jack Tripper! :-)

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Now…on to the reason for the season – the food!! I started with an appetizer of house-made pickles….random, I know, but the palette wants what the palette wants.  Believe me, your palette is going to so want to try this!! I received a plate with a trio of pickled goodness – kimchi, curried pickled pineapple, and pickled watermelon rind with black peppercorns and anise. I’m aware that these probably don’t sound over-the-top appetizing, but they absolutely are! I’ve never had kimchi before, and the flavor was surprisingly pleasant, if a bit salty. The pickled watermelon rinds were fabulous – who knew? (Apparently the peeps at The Monterey) The real winner was the curried pickled pineapple….sweet and spicy simultaneously – bloody mouth magic is what that was!! Awesome!!!! :-)

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Here’s a couple of items from the entrée menu – the first is a brisket burger with umami cheese. I’m not entirely sure what umami cheese is, but I totally intend to Google it – I’ll get back to you. The burger was really, really juicy and flavorful – and the fries were simple, and outstanding. I will have to return here with the Wee One – she’s a lover of good fries. :-) Another entrée I tasted was the seared beef shoulder with shallot chimichurri, and a salad on the side. The meat melted in your mouth (for real), and was perfectly, simply seasoned. The vinaigrette dressing on the lovely salad (major eye appeal on that bad boy – it looked beautiful) was outstanding, and I remain hopeful that someday that dressing shall run out of my taps when I turn on the faucet. So. Good. However, the real star of this dish was the shallot chimichurri. No lie, when I  die I want to be buried in a tub of that stuff, so I can spend eternity just chowing down. It was THAT good. Yum. :-) Here’s more pictures:

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Overall, The Monterey is a super-lovely place to meet friends for drinks (their bar menu is out of this world, and remember I’m Canadian, so I know my way around a bar menu! ;-) ), a really great spot for a romantic dinner, and just an all-around great place to eat some damn amazing food!!! :-) I can’t wait to go back….let me know if you want to join me!! :-)

Xxx

Seven Spanish Angels

I decided to try a recipe for Sugar-Free Granola this morning – how disgustingly healthy of me, eh? I know! It’s not ready yet, but I will share the recipe and details once I know that it’s turned out decently enough to share with you – hopefully it’ll be gooooood! :-) After mixing my chia seeds and assorted other healthy ingredients, I thought I had better do something “ME”-style to counteract all the healthy Martha Stewart-esque juju vibes that were in here – so I made sangria. :-)

I cheated a bit by using a bottle of sangria that I’d bought at the store yesterday, but I doctored it up with a TON of fresh fruit: apples, oranges, peaches, and strawberries. Yummy!! :-) Here’s how it turned out:

I layered the fruit in my favorite Maggiano's decanter (which was a gift - I swear I didn't swipe this one!!!) - apples, strawberries, peaches, and oranges on the top!

I layered the fruit in my favorite Maggiano’s decanter (which was a gift – I swear I didn’t swipe this one!!!) – apples, strawberries, peaches, and oranges on the top!

Ready-to-go sangria! :-)

Ready-to-go sangria! :-)

Yuuuummmmyyyy!!!! :-)

Yuuuummmmyyyy!!!! :-)

Ta-dah!!!!! :-)

Ta-dah!!!!! :-)

 

It’s five o’clock somewhere….time to dig in!!! :-) It’s going to be a great day!!!! :-)

 

xxx

Lucky Star

I visited new San Antonio eatery Starfish last Wednesday night, and I can’t wait to tell you all about  my visit! I ended up there accidentally, as my friends and I had a different dining destination in mind. However, one of the hostesses came out and spoke with us outside when she saw us stop to take a look, and as the door opened, the most gorgeous smells wafted out behind her…and I was sold!! While the service was odd (too much crossover between servers on our table, unusual timing on food delivery, and a never-ending friggin wait for bread), the experience was pretty much incredible…and since this was their fourth night of dinner service since they’d opened, I know that their lovely manager Logan will rectify the front of the house hiccups very quickly. Here are the highlights of our meal:

 

I started with Bread Salad - I've never had Bread Salad before, but this very simple dish is one of the most delicious things I've ever eaten. The ingredients were simple, but the depth of flavor was incredible. Love!!! :-)

I started with Bread Salad – I’ve never had Bread Salad before, but this very simple dish is one of the most delicious things I’ve ever eaten. The ingredients were simple, but the depth of flavor was incredible. Love!!! :-)

Grilled Calamari - my dindin. Mighty tasty, friends....the sauce was divine!! :-)

Grilled Calamari – my dindin. Mighty tasty, friends….the sauce was divine!! :-)

One of my friends ate shrimp and grits - this bowl had a chorizo vinaigrette in it that pushed the dish to a whole other universe. A-ma-zing!!! :-)

One of my friends ate shrimp and grits – this bowl had a chorizo vinaigrette in it that pushed the dish to a whole other universe. A-ma-zing!!! :-)

Their bouillabaisse was extraordinary...just look at it! It was served in a very cool angled bowl (I'm a sucker for good presentation),and the broth....oh,friends, the broth....insane. The very delicious bread they served was unreal dipped in that broth. Yum. :-)

Their bouillabaisse was extraordinary…just look at it! It was served in a very cool angled bowl (I’m a sucker for good presentation),and the broth….oh,friends, the broth….insane. The very delicious bread they served was unreal dipped in that broth. Yum. :-)

This pork chop was one of the most beautifully-presented dishes I've ever seen....and it reportedly tasted incredible!! Juicy and flavorful, bursts of yummy in every bite! :-)

This pork chop was one of the most beautifully-presented dishes I’ve ever seen….and it reportedly tasted incredible!! Juicy and flavorful, bursts of yummy in every bite! :-)

The kitchen action - check out the jellyfish lights!! :-)

The kitchen action – check out the jellyfish lights!! :-)

 

Dessert #1 - fruit, peanut butter, some tasty cream stuff. Good,but not worth the moolah.

Dessert #1 – fruit, peanut butter, some tasty cream stuff. Good,but not worth the moolah.

Dessert #2 - Key Lime Pie. I know,I thought this thing - pretty though it is - was unlike any key lime pie I'd ever eaten,either. But guess what? It's earth-shatteringly delicious!!!!! Woohoo!!! Plus, anything that throws a macaron on top is cool with me. :-)

Dessert #2 – Key Lime Pie. I know, I thought this thing – pretty though it is – was unlike any key lime pie I’d ever eaten, either. But guess what? It’s earth-shatteringly delicious!!!!! Woohoo!!! Plus, anything that throws a macaron on top is cool with me. :-)

Dessert #3 - the menu calls this Banana Story, which I hope they change because that's a dumb name. What's not dumb, though, is this dessert: banana bread, chocolate mousse, brûléed banana....it was freaking amazing!!! :-) Don't let the name out you off! (Perhaps they'll rename it Leanna Banana in my honor??! ;-) )

Dessert #3 – the menu calls this Banana Story, which I hope they change because that’s a dumb name. What’s not dumb, though, is this dessert: banana bread, chocolate mousse, brûléed banana….it was freaking amazing!!! :-) Don’t let the name out you off! (Perhaps they’ll rename it Leanna Banana in my honor??! ;-) )

Dessert #4 - Basil sorbet, with a mint macaron. It comforts me to think that there might be a heaven...and they might serve this there. Otherworldly, my friends....for realz. :-)

Dessert #4 – Basil sorbet, with a mint macaron. It comforts me to think that there might be a heaven…and that they might serve this there. Otherworldly, my friends….for realz. :-)

 

Starfish is located on South Alamo, my favorite neighborhood in San Antonio. Here are a few pictures of the things I saw in their neighborhood:

The Friendly Spot - my favorite watering hole :-)

The Friendly Spot – my favorite watering hole :-)

I want a letter box like this on my house SO much...and I don't even have mail delivery to my house.

I want a letter box like this on my house SO much…and I don’t even have mail delivery to my door.

Few things are more beautiful than a secret garden! :-)

Few things are more beautiful than a secret garden! :-)

 

 

I hope that things go well for Starfish, and that they are super successful. Everyone there seemed to be really great, and there is a heap of talent in that kitchen…I was humbled by the artistry that went into this meal. I hope you’ll check them out…let me know if you need a date!! ;-)

xxx

 

Shine Bright Like A Diamond

I treated myself to a new piece of jewelry recently – a diamond in the rough ring. I’ve wanted one for ages, so I decided to just go for it and have one made for me a few weeks ago. It arrived this morning, and I could not be happier!!!! Loooove!!!! If you’ve ever tried to photograph jewelry, it’s really hard, but….I tried:

Pretty, right? :-)

Pretty, right? :-)

 

Ta-dah!!!! :-)

Ta-dah!!!! :-)

Here’s a description of the ring: This ring features a beautiful white/ silvery uncut, raw conflict free diamond set in a solid handmade recycled 14k yellow gold setting. The diamond sits atop a solid recycled sterling silver ring band which measures 2mm in width. This is a high quality, natural earth-mined certified conflict free diamond. This diamond ring is made to be incredibly durable and suitable for everyday wear.

* The exact diamond in these pictures has been sold. Another diamond of the same shape and carats will be used to make this ring. The diamond used to make this ring is .75 carats.


This diamond as well as the other diamonds I use are certified by the international standard for certifying conflict free diamonds, which is known as the Kimberly process. You can receive a copy of the Kimberly process certificate if you would like with your purchase.

The Kimberley Process Certification process was established to prevent “conflict diamonds” from entering the mainstream rough diamond market. The KPCS was introduced and established by the United Nations General Assembly Resolution. The process was set up “to ensure that diamond purchases were not financing violence by rebel movements and their allies seeking to undermine legitimate governments.”

Eco Friendly and Sustainable: This ring is eco friendly and made from sustainable sources. Because the gold and silver used is recycled and from non-mined sources.

 

I love it so much!!! :-) It’s so different looking, and so sweetly and beautifully made…I’m thrilled with it!! :-) It was made by PointNoPoint Studio – check them out on Etsy!! :-) I kind of like to think of the rough diamond as a bit of a metaphor for me and my existence – I’m rough around the edges, kind of awkward, not the best or the brightest, but…inside I’m still a diamond. :-) And it’s what’s inside that counts the most, right? :-)

 

xxx

 

 

Baby Girl

Yaa!!! :-)

Yaa!!! :-)

My baby girl turned 8 yesterday!!! I can’t believe it!! It seems like just last week that she was a wee three-pounder wearing teddy bear clothes (for realz, the poor little tiny baby friend!!)…but look at her now! She’s so sweet, kind, smart, funny, beautiful…I could not be more proud of the girl that she’s become. :-) We spent the day together for her birthday – the weather here in San Antonio was rainy and rather miserable, so we ended up heading downtown to take in a Matisse exhibit at the San Antonio Museum of Art – it was GREAT!!! :-) Here are some pictures:

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Beautiful! :-)

Beautiful! :-)

Another Tony Danza!! :-)

Another Tony Danza!! :-)

:-)

:-)

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After the Matisse exhibit, we checked out some other collections in the museum – here are some of our favorite pieces:

 

Love these fishies!! :-)

Love these fishies!! :-)

This is a neon pink chair, and I can't even tell you how much I want it!! :-)

This is a neon pink chair, and I can’t even tell you how much I want it!! :-)

The colors in this are mesmerizing!!! :-)

The colors in this are mesmerizing!!! :-)

The birthday girl and her new baby Merry! :-)

The birthday girl and her new baby Merry! :-)

Pretty :-)

Pretty :-)

:-)

:-)

Isn't this just the best? Love! :-)

Isn’t this just the best? Love! :-)

 

The rest of our day was lovely – drink at Starbucks, playing together at home, a piano lesson, dinner with the grandparents at Kona Grill…movie night snuggled up on the couch at home, and a camp out sleepover in the living room. :-) I had the greatest day just hanging with my tiny baby friend…and I’m looking forward to more time like this with her this summer. :-)

Happy Birthday Baby Girl! :-)

xxx

 

 

Marigold

I have all sorts of troubles with makeup. First, I’m mighty pale, meaning that I have a tough time with colors that look good (and not whorish) on me. Second, my skin is über-sensitive, so I have to tread carefully lest I use something that I’m allergic to -I found out the hard way that I was allergic to makeup from Estée Lauder: I tried some eyeshadow and mascara, wore it to work, and then frightened the bejeezus out of my students when I began bleeding from my eyelids (no joke)…it was gross!!! It also took ages for all of my eyelashes to grow back (the Estée Lauder mascara caused them to fall out, too, no doubt in solidarity with the bleeding eyelids). I’m always on the lookout for new makeup that will work for me – and not cost a fortune. I might have found it in the Flower line, by Drew Barrymore. I’ve always loved her – I dig her movies, but more importantly I appreciate the unapologetic way she’s lived her life. I admire people with the nuts to do as they please in a very public way…I think that’s fabulous! :-) As she’s grown up, Drew has diversified – she has a winery now (that makes DAMN good wine, no joke!), and a line of low cost-high quality cosmetics. I ordered a bunch of things online, and so far I’m right pleased with what I’ve received. Here’s what I got:

I am completely in love with this lip color - it's rich, moist, and is true to the color in the tube...even on my odd lips. It looks very berry-ish!!! :-) Love!!! :-) Bonus - it lasts!!! :-)

I am completely in love with this lip color – it’s rich, moist, and is true to the color in the tube…even on my odd lips. It looks very berry-ish!!! :-) Love!!! :-) Bonus – it lasts!!! :-)

This one - Tender Tuberose - is positively stunning!! I love the richness of the color, and the lasting power. Yaa!!! :-)

This one – Tender Tuberose – is positively stunning!! I love the richness of the color, and the lasting power. Yaa!!! :-)

I ought to be better at wearing blush - I need it because I'm so pale! However, I fret that I go from rosy glow to street walking whore far too quickly, so....I get nervous. As well, I've always feared using bronzer for contouring purposes, even though I need it badly. I tried this duo out this morning, and good news: I resemble neither whore nor pumpkin! Woohoo!! :-)

I ought to be better at wearing blush – I need it because I’m so pale! However, I fret that I go from rosy glow to street walking whore far too quickly, so….I get nervous. As well, I’ve always feared using bronzer for contouring purposes, even though I need it badly. I tried this duo out this morning, and good news: I resemble neither whore nor pumpkin! Woohoo!! :-)

This palette is on my eyes today....and it's pretty great! I think my eyes are probably my best feature, so I try to play them up as much as possible. I also ordered a really good black eyeliner from Flower, and it used in combination with this palette has really upped my eye game today!! That plummy color in the corner? Dy-no-mite, friends! :-)

This palette is on my eyes today….and it’s pretty great! I think my eyes are probably my best feature, so I try to play them up as much as possible. I also ordered a really good black eyeliner from Flower, and it used in combination with this palette has really upped my eye game today!! That plummy color in the corner? Dy-no-mite, friends! :-)

Haven't tried this yet, but I will give 'er a go tomorrow. I love the sandy colors, they remind me of a palette that Revlon used to do that I looooved!! I'm planning to use the darkest color to really smoke things up on my eyes. What do you think? :-)

Haven’t tried this yet, but I will give ‘er a go tomorrow. I love the sandy colors, they remind me of a palette that Revlon used to do that I looooved!! I’m planning to use the darkest color to really smoke things up on my eyes. What do you think? :-)

 

All in all, I think that some of these Flower products are going to be fun to use, and a nice, inexpensive change to mix things up this summer. I won’t give up on my staples (I’m talking to you, Chanel foundation and lipstick #45), but I’m excited to experiment with fun colors for summer. Thanks Drew!!! :-)

xxx

 

Simple Stuff

My boss’s daughter got married this past weekend, and I played the piano for her wedding. Fifteen years ago this would have been a minor situation, as I played the piano all the time and was accustomed to playing for people. However, I don’t get to practice nearly as often as I’d like, and my poor left wrist has deteriorated so much that I never know from day to day what feeling – if any – I will have in my fingers. FYI – playing with numb fingers is much harder and less fun than it sounds. Anyway, I’ve been practicing, and I played for the ceremony on Saturday. Clearly, this was not an engagement I wanted to bomb (boss’s daughter and all that) – and I’m happy to report that I didn’t screw it up. Was it my best performance? Nope…but it was okay. :-) I survived….and hopefully nobody noticed my wee mess-ups. :-)

I want to talk about the wedding itself for a minute….I do think it might have been the most lovely wedding I’ve ever been to! :-) There was nothing over-the-top about it – everything was simple, tasteful, and sweet. From my spot at the piano, I could see  the groom’s face as he said his vows, and I’ve never seen such sincerity or raw emotion in my life. It was really emotional, and I ended up weepy myself. It was awesome! :-) The ceremony was performed by a pair of older gentlemen who bore more than a passing resemblance to Waldorf and Statler from The Muppets – they had the witty banter, the sweet way about them….we all giggled throughout the beautiful ceremony.

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I was really struck by the romantic simplicity of this wedding – every detail had a beautiful, sweet, homemade vibe to it, and I felt like I was being embraced by love the whole time. I know that this sounds all mighty hippie-ish, but…there was something very different about this wedding. I felt the love…and that’s not something that happens often. Here’s some pictures:

This is so cute! :-)

This is so cute! :-)

The bride and groom are artistic, creative people :-)

The bride and groom are artistic, creative people :-)

They had wedding-themed Mad Libs on the tables...Wed Libs!!! Loooooved this!!! :-)

They had wedding-themed Mad Libs on the tables…Wed Libs!!! Loooooved this!!! :-)

Pretty :-)

Pretty :-)

The piano :-)

The piano :-)

Where I played my part :-)

Where I played my part :-)

All I need is love :-)

All I need is love :-)

:-)

:-)

The father of the bride made this cake - awesome or what??! :-)

The father of the bride made this cake – awesome or what??! :-)

One of my thank you gifts for taking part in the wedding - cute, eh? :-)

One of my thank you gifts for taking part in the wedding – cute, eh? :-)

My other thank you gift - yum yum yummy!!!! :-)

My other thank you gift – yum yum yummy!!!! :-)

 

 

I loved this wedding, and I wish the happy couple so much love and happiness….may he always look at her the way he did on Saturday – and may we all be lucky enough to be loved like that.  :-)

xxx

Summertime

…and the living is easy! Well, it will be once I go on vacation time and am away from work for a bit! :-) I’m really loving our summer schedule, though, as it offers more time for a real life, and there’s not many evening events. Woohoo!!! :-) Last Friday, I took the Wee One and met some dear friends for a picnic at Boerne City Lake. I had never been there before, but I had such a gorgeous time, I can’t wait to go back!!! :-)  These sweet friends of mine were kind enough to take care of all of the details – and what glorious details they were!!! They barbecued chicken on skewers, hot dogs, had wine/beer/wine cocktails/soda/water, chips, snacks, veggies…it was AMAZING!!!! :-) They also invited another friend of ours who has a little girl close in age to the Wee One – they played in the water and had a whale of a time! :-) The girls got taken out in the boat to do a wee spot of fishing, while I lounged around on shore enjoying the day and the beautiful breeze. It really was one of the very best days I can recall having in AGES, and I love and appreciate my friends so much for planning something so lovely for all of us. :-) I am so lucky! :-)  Here are some pictures:

Paradise :-)

Paradise :-)

Adorable :-)

Adorable :-)

The best hot dog EVER!!! :-)

The best hot dog EVER!!! :-)

:-)

:-)

 

This gorgeous day reminded me so much of my childhood, and the very best times I had then. My family had a tiny little cabin on the lake near our hometown in Canada, and that place, to me, was heaven. It was by no means fancy (as evidenced by the outhouse in the yard and the lack of running water and telephone inside), but truly – those things were a big part of what made it so awesome! :-)We used to go out there and stay for weekends, or a week at a time…and I loved it so much! I would spend most of the day swimming and playing in the lake, reading in the sand, wandering around and hanging out with whichever other kids happened to be down there at the time, and playing board games. My lifelong love and obsession with Clue came out of time spent at the cabin. In the evenings, we’d have a bonfire and sit around outside with whoever…and it was awesome. I never slept so well in my life as I did there…the combination of the sun, the fresh air, all of the swimming and playing, and the magic mattress on my bottom bunk were all I needed for a great sleep. :-) My memories of the cabin are so vivid – I remember everything that I did there, especially the time I put my brother’s underpants on my head and danced around in front of him and some company that he had…which resulted in him hitting me, me falling over, smashing my head into a magazine rack, and pushing my letter L earring 3/4 of the way through my ear. The doctor was down the road at his cabin, so he came to help my parents remove it. It wasn’t pretty. :-(

As I got older, my family quit going to the cabin – once I could drive, though, I went all the time. My friends and I used to love going out there, lounging around with no one to call us or bug us for anything…it was so peaceful. :-) I was heartbroken when my parents sold the cabin when I was in university, but I was is in no position in my life to maintain it, so….I understood their decision. It has since been torn down, with a new property built on that lot – I drove by a few years ago on my way to see one of my girlfriends at her family’s place. (Fun Fact: That same sweet friend of mine was there the night of the underwear and the letter L earring – I’m sure she’s still traumatized by me, my stupidity, and my howling) While driving by, I pulled off the road for a minute, stepped out of the car, and put my feet on the ground that had been such a big part of my life for so long. I marveled at all of the beautiful changes around me, and heard the sound of children laughing and playing down by the water…it sounded like the echo of me in the distance, and I swear I could smell the wieners cooking over the bonfire, and the can of Heinz pork and beans heating on the little stove. :-)

 

xxx

 

Strawberry Wine

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I visited a cool place the other night – Wine101 – in Helotes…it was GREAT!! :-) A coworker of mine is a member there (which is cool – you pay a monthly fee, get a few bottles of wine, your own glass, discounts on additional purchases, and invitations to tasting events. Sweet, eh? :-) ), and we met for some good wine and a visit. Here’s what the place looks like:

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I’m a lover of white wine in the summer, especially Sauvignon Blanc. Some of my current favorites are the Franciscan Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc and the Lake Chalice Marlborough SB. Yummy!! I’m still a Pinot Grigio girl, and have had a few great ones lately – the Altanuta Pinot Grigio, Danzante, and the other worldly Santa Margherita PG!! Divine!!! :-)

If you happen to be in Helotes, check out Wine101…it’s a cool way to spend an evening. If you fancy company, give me a shout – I’m in!!! :-)

Xxx