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Yes, Loudmouth Golf, I sure can.

Had I known the Norwegian curling team was sporting such snazzy pants I might have actually curled up and watched a game or two! Or is it a match? The pants are made by Loudmouth Golf, a company out of Sonoma, and have also been spotted on golfer John Daly. I can’t say John Daly’s look is one I want to know better, but a big “hi-five” to the Norwegian team for adding flare to their team uniform!

I was looking for an inspirational phrase in Norwegian, but found this one instead “Luftputefartøyet mitt er fullt av ål”…or for us english speakers “my hovercraft is full of eels”.

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Power is out! More to come on this tomorrow…me and my candles are throwing in the towel and calling it a night. (Thanks coffee shop next door for your wireless connection)…

UPDATE: Yes, the power did go out last night…twice! I have to say that I love a good power outage! It’s always a surprise and great fun to see how prepared or…ahem…unprepared I am.

The first time it was out for about 30 minutes. Luckily, I had 3 decorative candles on hand so I lit those guys right away. (I also had a box of tapers from work so I knew I could light the place up like the 4th of July, if needed). I REALLY wished I’d charged my computer and phone…mac had about 20% of the battery left (which is nothing) and my phone was at 50% (a semi-relief). After learning I had no entertainment except tripping over stuff, I decided I might as well grab my flashlight, curl up, and read. Great idea, except by the time I find my $1.99 flashlight I also find it in pieces. How did this happen?! Ok, fine…I have a lot of candles so I’ll light more of those and read. OK. The stress of having 5 candles  that close to a comforter and 5 pillows is soooooo stressful. And, reading by candlelight is hard. How come in the movies people can read with one candle? Lies, I tell ya! I was worried one would fall over and burn the place up, or get a piece of my hair and light my head on fire!

Anyhow, luckily the power came back on and I reset all the clocks and put my candles back in there place and was pleased with my ability to go with the flow. No biggie. And just when I was feeling the joy of my success…the power went out AGAIN. Now, I have to reset all the clocks AGAIN! I’m sure I’ll get to it by the weekend…I’m silently protesting PG&E by not resetting them. I wonder if they’re getting the message…

So, a few lessons learned here: Always keep mac and phone fully charged during questionable weather, buy a flashlight (or two), and wait a good hour before resetting clocks.

What fun!

Last Friday I opened my mailbox to find an absolutely stunning Valentine card created by my Aunt Jill. She makes the most beautiful note cards by hand and each one is a work of art. Receiving a card from Jill has to be like finding the “golden ticket” in a Wonka bar. It instantly makes you feel like the most special person in the whole world. My eyes get bug-eyed and I’m left in awe. I mean, HOW on earth does she make them SO perfectly, amazing?? I’ve saved every card she’s sent because one of these days I’m going to figure out a way to display them.

This Valentine was also extra special because usually I find a handmade Valentine from mumsie in my mailbox. It was comforting to get this very thoughtful, snail mail hug.

My lucky valentine

Masterpieces 1, 2, & 3

Today my Uncle Pat and my Dad’s high school buddy, George Taber, stopped by for lunch. He happened to be in the area doing research for a new book. In case you’re not familiar (to be honest I wasn’t until about 3 weeks ago), Mr. Taber wrote the 1976 Time magazine article titled “The Judgement of Paris” and in 2005 wrote a detailed book about the California vs. Paris blind taste test. The event was also the subject of the movie “Bottle Shock” released in 2008. Dad and George (I like to assume that we’re on a first name basis now) talked about old times, new times, and wine while I mostly listened and tried to learn something.

After lunch we persuaded George to join us at the Corley’s Monticello Vineyards for a tasting of their Big Reds. We tasted 7 wines and I fell head over heels for #6, the 2006 Corley “State Lane Vineyard” Cabernet Sauvignon. I loved it so much I bought a bottle…the most expensive bottle of wine I’ve ever purchased in my entire life. I mean, it’s not sell a kidney expensive, but $60 for a bottle of wine is “high-end” to me. To do it up right I think I’ll have to buy a decanter too. Look at me…in a mere 24 hours I’ve taken the jump from “two buck chuck” to wine needing a decanter. I think I’ll save this bottle for a special occasion…perhaps share it with my teammates after we complete the 39 mile Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in July?! Hmm…

And if that wasn’t enough my Dad and I also headed off to #1’s in-laws in Walnut Creek for a feast – BBQ tenderloin, mashed potatoes, cauliflower, carrots, peas, delicious Franciscan Cab and for dessert a lovely sponge cake topped with berries and whipped cream. Yes, I will be taking a loooong walk tomorrow.

It was definitely a difficult and exhausting week, but as promised I will keep up my blog and get back in the swing of things.

Sooo…on Friday, back at my parent’s house we had a feast! Not only were we entertained by #3 and #4’s friends from high school who are HILARIOUS, but we had BBQed crab legs (along with filet mignon & Caesar salad). Who ever heard of cooking crab on the BBQ? Not me, that’s for sure. I have to say that everything was outstanding…not only because crab is my most favorite crustacean (and & I picked the meatiest of legs), but our friends made me realize that I can still laugh until my sides hurt. I also really like how #3 takes over the kitchen and rallies the “boys” to help while the “girls” take up residence in the living room with a glass or two of wine…teehee. Is there any chance that #3 will be back at the helm next Friday? And any chance he’ll add dish duty to his repertoire?

Fresh off the BBQ

I usually write about things that make me chuckle, but lately it’s been hard. I thought my mom had beat breast cancer in 2007, but it came back with a vengeance in August. She fought so hard and never, ever gave up. I just can’t believe it. How can someone who lived so well, been married to her love of 50+ years, raised 7 children, and had 17 “little loves” be gone? God has a plan. And even though I’m not a fan of his plan right now, I know she wants me to continue my crazy little musings. But not today. Today, I miss her.

Great laugh...