Weekend Wines and Vines

Two weekends ago we hit the vineyards of NEO with our friends (more specifically the Madison/Geneva area).

We started off with lunch and tasting trays at Debonne Vineyards. The food was okay, but the wine was excellent. Brad and I had “paninis” which were more like melt-style sandwiches and they were good. Our friend Tyler had a Chicago-style hot dog and reported that it was okay. Natalie ordered a burger and it was not good. Since they were grilling it in the outdoor pavilion, we saw how they cooked it and if I’ve learned anything from Brad’s and my reality TV guilty pleasure Bar Rescue, you should not be cooking a burger under a dome the way that they did.

But the wine was the main attraction here. I discovered that even though I love blueberries, I do not like blueberry in my wine. Peach Grigio is a whole different story though! A couple of my favorites that we tasted were the Razzbery Rieseling and the Peach Tree Grigio, the River Blanc was also very good.

We went down the road a bit to the Red Eagle Distillery, which is NOT a winery, but was still pretty cool. It’s an old barn that was converted into a distillery where they distill whiskey, bourbon and vodka. The atmosphere was cool and the cocktail menu looked amazing.

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All Clear. See You Next Year!

I had my annual dilated eye exam last week, and it was kind of hilarious.

The Waiting Room

I was unknowingly scheduled for the last appointment of the day. I always schedule this particular exam in the afternoon so that I don’t feel obligated to get back in front of a computer. This meant that I spent a lot of time in the waiting room. My ophthalmologist recently moved from the basement of the building to the 4th floor. The basement was good because the waiting room wasn’t blinding, but the phone reception was not good. So this time I had my phone to occupy the long wait… and an animated toddler.

Sitting across the waiting room from me was a teenage girl and her little brother (who appeared to be about 3). There’s no such thing as a private conversation with a bored toddler, so I learned via unavoidable eaves dropping that their mother was currently seeing the ophthalmologist. And the child was bored. He wasn’t a terror thankfully and could be kept contained to their corner of the waiting room and climbed on all the chairs in the section then announced that he had to go potty.

Upon returning from the bathroom, he resumed climbing the chairs and then promptly announced, “I farted!” before dissolving into giggles.

His sister told him he was gross and was able to entertain him with a game on her iPod for a bit before I heard this conversation: Continue reading

The Two Dollar Tunic

Awhile ago, I tweaked this dress top that I got at Nordstrom Rack for $2. Yes, I got a clothing item at Nordstrom Rack for only two bucks! Even better, it was on the Rack’s clearance rack sandwiched between a top that was $79 and one that was $120… they were also on “clearance.”

I just never posted the project until now.

So here’ the dressing room picture that I took.. more than 2 years ago.

Can I say that I hate the lights they put in dressing rooms? It’s not the best picture, but you can probably tell that the shirt was long and made me look wide. You probably can’t see that the whole neckline is too low (even though it was “my size”).

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Friday Five: Falling In

I know we have a couple of days before it’s truly fall but I’ve succumbed to the autumn around me… fallen in so to speak.

1. This week I embraced the chilly mornings and pulled on leggings and boots for the first time since spring… if that’s not a sign of the season, I’m not sure what is!

2. The fall beverages have made an appearance in the fridge. Oktoberfest beer and pumpkin pie flavored things. Continue reading