Stuff That I Was Into: Summer ’19

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Renata Klein. “I will NOT NOT be rich!” She does not apologize for who she is. I loved her. #Bosslady

This.

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Fleabag. Flawed, awful, delicious “Fleabag.”

I talked them into letting me sabrage. Again. #stregispuntamita

Platform Golden Goose sneaks.

Tacos. Always tacos.

Bose Soundsport earphones. I did not go into the Apple store expecting to buy these, but they came home with me and they are awesome. The case will charge them and the sound quality is excellent. Penny and I spent nearly every morning together, jogging at sunrise and rocking out.

Speaking of rocking out, we certainly loved Lizzo in Summer ’19. I just took a DNA test, found out I’m 100% Fancy.

Opening Bubbly

Our neighbors gave us a bottle of sparkling wine recently as a thank-you for the numerous times that Ever Patient Spouse helped them load and unload their kayak from the roof of their car.

Last Saturday night, it was a gorgeous summer evening that seemed perfect for sipping some bubbles.

Don’t be intimidated to open champagne or other sparkling wine.

The cork only flies off haphazardly in movies, not real life, nor does it spray wildly out of the bottle unless a pro athlete vigorously shakes it before it’s opened at the end of the Super Bowl.

To open:

  • Remove the foil.
  • Untwist the wire cage. Keep your thumb on top as a precaution while you untwist, but it’ll be fine.
  • Hold the bottle in its mid-section with your non-dominant hand.
  • Cover the cork with a towel and grasp the top with your dominant hand.
  • Turn the bottle, not the cork. It should release with 3-4 turns.
  • Pour, toast and enjoy!

Cheers!

For a really spectacular presentation, consider sabering the bottle. This isn’t as hard as it seems, and the WOW factor is extreme.

Here’s how to do it:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Valentine’s Gifts

When I was a kid, my mom always gave me a small gift on Valentine’s Day. Sometimes it was candy, maybe a small stuffed bear, and once there was even a red sweater. It wasn’t big, it wasn’t necessary, but it was nice.

As an adult, I’m not crazy over Valentine’s Day. In fact, I usually barely remember and find myself selecting a card for Ever Patient Spouse from a picked-over rack at the grocery store (“To a Special Dog Walker.”)

But as a consummate shopper and gifter, I am susceptible to sweet ideas like these, if you are so inclined:

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  • Cristal. Rappers love it for a reason. It’s delicious. Don’t knock it until you’ve tasted this splurge-y champagne.

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  • The title of this clever book by Leanne Shapton is a mouthful: Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion, and Jewelry. It’s a love story from start to end presented as an auction catalog. Beyond original. 

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Order now and you’ll look like a star when February 14th rolls around.