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Happy Virtual Girl's Night Out-The Mighty Four

Our Hostess Ann is at it again (and again). This week we are celebrating with a "Back to School" theme with an appropriately titled cocktail to go along with the festivites so get your driniking caps on and join the class!

My daughter Kimmie will be starting 6th grade on Tuesday and to tell you the truth, I will miss her! You won't see me doing the dance of joy at Office Depot. She really is a great kid.

That reminds me, Kimmie's teachers have had pretty interesting names the past few years. Last year's teacher was Jennifer Lopez and this year's teacher is named Jenna James (isn't that the name of a certain, ahem, actress?) Yikes!

Let's drink our lunch, shall we...

Teacher's Pet Ingredients: 1 oz Scotch 1 oz coffee liqueur milk or cream Preparation: Pour the Scotch and coffee liqueur in an old-fashioned glass filled with ice. Fill with milk or cream. Shake by placing a mixing tin over the glass and giving it one or two good shakes. Time For A Party Game! "The Mighty Four"

Four places I go over and over:

1. Target (I have my own cart with my name engraved on the handle) 2. Sam's and Costco (where I buy lots of wine at the cheapest prices) 3. Disneyland Resort(because it really is the happiest place on Earth! except in 102 degree weather like today!) 4. Damien High School ( where my son Bubba goes to school-it's 108 degrees there!)

Four places I would rather be:

1. Anywhere cooler than here, USA 2. Napa or Temecula, CA 3. London 4. Paris

Four things I have for breakfast (not all at once):

1. Coffee 2. More Coffee 3. Even More Coffee 4. Toast

sorry for the jumbled paragrahs. Blogger doesn't always allow me to place spaces between paragraphs or sentences for some reason. I hope all you Moms had a great summer with the kiddies and I hope they have a smooth transition back

Summer is The Time for Re-Runs

Back in April I blogged about this interesting wine gadeget called the Vinturi. Here's what I wrote... I discovered a little gadget on my recent trip to San Diego. It's called a Wine Aerator. Using this little doodad allows you to enjoy your glass of wine in an instant. Simply pour the wine through this plastic thingy into your glass and voila! it's ready!. There's no need to wait 10 minutes for your vino to breathe and open up.

I tried it during a tasting but I actually continued to let my wine sit for a while and even swirled it more(I'm the Swirl Queen). I find that the longer a wine sits in the glass, the better. The wine continues to evolve and therefore your wine takes on diferent qualities that, in my opinion, make your wine experience that much more interesting and enjoyable. So if you are in a hurry or just like cool little gadgets, the Vinturi Wine Aerator is for you! But if you are the laid-back type and don't like to rush your wine, don't bother spending the $40.

Happy Anniversary To Us At The Vineyards

BTW, Hubby was my Knight in Shining Armor and saved the day by slaying the evil serpent (the harmless snake in the driveway). Thank you Hubby! He was kind enough to take me wine tasting today in the Temecula Valley Wine Country here in Southern Cal. He did it as a preamble to our 17th(yes, we were two crazy kids! what were we thinking!???) wedding anniversary extravaganza. We deviated from our usual course and visited the smaller, boutique wineries rather than the larger producers in the area. We drove a little out of the way but it was worth it. The rolling vineyards provided the sensation of a secluded area catering just to us. The wines were more eclectic varying from the fruity sweetness comparable to a treat from Willie Wonka all the way to a wine with the bravado of a bacon and mushroom bisque.
Here I am cradling a grape bunch just a few weeks before harvest.

Tasting in a bona fide barrel room.

View from a winery farmhouse

No truer words have ever been written

We concluded our lovely trip by stopping by the outlet stores and buying our son Bubba a pair of Vans. Turns out, the shoes were for women. Moral of the story? Don't make any major purchases whilst under the slightest bit of "influence". You will never hear the end of it!

An Unwelcome Visitor

Imagine the horror when I found this in my driveway a few days ago. Have you had any unwelcome or frightening critters visit you lately? It's Aloha Friday so click on the button below, join in the fun and link up!
An Island Life

Coach Purse For Sale-Auction Style

My daughter Kimmie is auctioning off this cute, authentic COACH purse. It was given to her by her grandma but never used it. It's in perfect condition and has a beige leather bottom, leather arm strap, tassle and trademark leather "COACH" charm. The striped fabric has a satiny finish.
The funds will go to help pay for her trip to the Catalina Island Marine Institute. Kimmie will get to travel to Catalina Island, a small island an hour off the coast of California, and study at the institute for 4 days along with her 6th grade class. As you can imagine, it is a wonderful yet expensive trip so we are auctioning off some great stuff to help pay for it.
The auction will start at $45. Please make your bids in $2 increments. Please email me or leave a comment with your questions. Thanks so much!

Happy Virtual Girl's Night Out- 80's Style

All of us 80's brat packers are sort of feeling nostalgic these days with the recent death of the genius who brought to light our teenage angst with such movies as Pretty In Pink, Sixteen Candles, Breakfast Club and so on. The picture below is of my big brother and I getting our drink on back in the day. No, we were not "of age" but I don't really know what we were drinking to tell you the truth. Could've been Hawaiian Punch for all I know(yeah, right). But check out all the Coronas in the background!

Our lovely hostess Ann is at it again and again with her party game. So here is my response...On a side note, I don't think I ever wore an argyle sweater or hung out at the arcade.

Dear Diary,

My best friend TIFFANY and I went shopping for AN ARGYLE SWEATER. We wanted to show them off when we went to hang out at the ARCADE. You won't BELIEVE who we saw at the mall. MEL GIBSON! We screamed so loud they had to call Security. It was the best day ever!

My Summer Essentials

Here's my list of Can't-Live-Without Summer Stuff...
Plastic Wine Glass for Poolside Use In One of My Favorite Colors... (I don't actually have one but I wish I did)
And Something to Pour Into This Lovely Glass...Fuerza Blancos from Argentina. It's light, cool, refreshing and perfect for Summer. It's only $4 at your local Trader Joes. Delish!
A pair of sunglasses. The bigger the lenses, the better (no need to flaunt the crowsfeet)

Finally, no summer is complete without a visit from Paco The Poolboy...

A Day at the Theme Park, No Not That One!

Yesterday I spent the day here. This is usually #2 on your list of places to visit on your trip to sunny Southern California. Disneyland is #1 of course.
We munched on boysenberry funnel cake

Took a ride on the bumper cars

we paid our respects at Boot Hill

I wasn't crazy enough to ride this wooden bad boy ! Hubby accompanied the kids and is now traumatized for life!

We took a ride on this authentic steam engine train that was hijacked by outlaws

We took family pictures Finally, we enjoyed a great dinner of fried chicken, biscuits, mashed potatoes and boysenberry pie. Yum!