(From the May 8th broadcast of the Today show)
Martha E had forgotten all about the purse she’d lost back in the 50’s. Then construction workers rebuilding her high school found it – with all its contents intact.
One can only imagine what turned up under the bleachers.
(Images from Pixabay.com)
In honor of the coming weekend, and on the off chance that alcohol may be involved, here are a few items I found interesting this week.
First up, I’m sharing a hack from KellysDIY blog on improving the taste of cheap vodka. Haven’t tried this myself but it’s an intriguing idea:
Pour your cheap vodka into a water filter pitcher. It will remove the impurities that make inexpensive vodka taste, well, cheap.
Another great tip: Baking soda removes wine stains.
Speaking of wine, the industry’s latest annual report cited some millennial trends that will impact not just this age group (currently 23-38) but the rest of us, too, as winemakers take notice. Cheers to healthy wines at a reasonable price!
- Tend to prefer craft beers, spirits (e.g., whiskey) and/or cannabis to wine
- Less interested in accumulating “stuff”; experiences mean more
- Health oriented (wine’s competing with kombucha, for heaven’s sake!), which means a preference for wine that’s organic, sustainable and local
- Don’t have a lot of money. They’re still dealing with fallout from the 2008 recession, student loans, and establishing themselves in their careers
- Want their drinking experience to be fun (hence the appeal of inventive cocktails and entertaining mixologists), not precious or snobby
- Turned off by pretentious tasting rooms (and high prices) they associate with their parents
- Inclined to reject “safe” choices like pinot and chardonnay in favor of something unexpected. (Barrel-aged sauvignon blanc, anyone? Oenologists describe this rare specialty as having a creamier texture and more rounded lemony/crème brûlée flavors than flinty Sancerre or herbaceous New Zealand offerings.)
Are you a millennial? Do you agree with these general observations?
Incidentally, did you know that rosé is the fastest growing wine segment in the US? If you’re of the generation that grew up on Mateus and have shunned them ever since, one of Oregon’s lovely, fresh, pinot noir rosés will be a revelation.
And finally, some fun facts:
- Milkshakes originally contained alcohol.
- Red wines have higher alcohol content than white wines.
- Moonshine accounts for around 30% of the world’s alcohol drinking.
- A bottle of champagne contains 90 PSI of pressure — three times the pressure in your car tire.
- A gin & tonic will glow under a UV light because tonic contains quinine, which is UV light reactive
- Fear of an empty glass has a scientific name, Cenosillicaphobia.
These two ideas are simply genius.
- Prevent silver tarnish: Don’t toss those little silica packets that come in bottles of vitamins, supplements etc. Instead, put one or two in a closed bag with your silver. The desiccants help prevent corrosion by absorbing the moisture which reacts with sulfur in the atmosphere to create tarnish. This hack also helps keep gold jewelry shiny and bright.
- Easy jar cleaning: When you’re stuck with jars of sticky stuff like peanut butter and honey, try this process:
- Scoop out as much as possible
- Add a teaspoon of baking soda and fill jar with hot water
- Put the lid back on and shake vigorously
- Let it sit for 10 minutes, then dump out the dirty water.
- Reuse or recycle!
Here’s a cheery story to kick off your week!
Sadly, having an ass in the White House is less amusing.
It’s been a crazy few weeks.
DH has been busy with end-of-term meetings, presentations and the like. I’ve been in charge of scheduling contractors for lingering punch-list items including a sink replacement — it is SO much fun to have your children visiting when you can’t use the kitchen sink –, replacing two window blinds that had arrived damaged, painter touch-ups, fixing the garage door, etc. Plus finding someone to clean the windows, finding someone to cut the grass, and everything else we have to squeeze in before we leave for the summer.
I don’t do well with stress. (Does anyone?) So I try to remind myself to do these simple things:
- Walk whenever possible. We now live about a quarter mile from the supermarket so, instead of driving over when I need a few things, I take the rolling grocery cart or a couple of shopping bags and walk there. It takes longer but is weirdly relaxing.
- Buy flowers. They smell lovely, look pretty, feel indulgent, and improve air quality.
- Spend time alone. Go for a stroll, take a bath, exercise, give yourself a facial… whatever clears your head (literally or otherwise).
- Read or watch something funny. Laughter is the ultimate stress buster.
- Do something creative. It doesn’t have to be award winning or museum quality: Bake, garden, rearrange your closet — anything that fuels your imagination.
- De-clutter. If there’s no time for a full reorg, even neat piles on my desk help me feel more in control.
- Simplify entertaining when you’re short on time. Unless you find it relaxing to make a fancy dessert or bake bread, don’t bother. Your friends want to spend time with you, not admire your gourmet prowess.
- Do the dishes tomorrow. Guests stayed late? Put the food away and let the dishes soak overnight.
- Don’t overschedule. This usually happens because I (and you, too?) want to make everyone happy, often at our own expense. Be realistic about how much you can fit into a given day. If you have to cancel, do so as early as possible to minimize other people’s inconvenience or disappointment. And try not to feel guilty.
- Remember to breathe. Inhaling lavender helps.
Special shout-out to MSW blog for more thoughts on this topic.