The Sisters’ Favorite Things

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens

Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens

Brown paper packages tied up with strings

These are a few of my favorite things

Cream colored ponies and crisp apple streudels

Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles

Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings

These are a few of my favorite things

Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes

Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes

Silver white winters that melt into springs

These are a few of my favorite things

When the dog bites

When the bee stings

When I’m feeling sad

I simply remember my favorite things

And then I don’t feel so bad


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A wine tasting/expierement

Had to get some cheap red wine for the chili – and picked up a couple “okay” bottles as well, and by “okay” I am rating purley on price at this point. Once back home I arranged it so I had 3 glasses with labels on the bottom that I couldn’t see. I mixed them up, then had SuzShe mix them up and we tasted each and took some notes. Our opinions were for the most part identical. The real game was “which is the cab” – and we both failed. We both knew what 3 wines we were tasing, but not what glass held which. Here are the results.

Property Wine 1 Wine 2 Wine 3
Legs Good Legs No legs Legs
Nose Acid – Strong Mild/Smooth Very Mild
Mouth Even from start to finish different in the middle, but smooth/even overall a distinct middle taste
Swish dry even even
Favorite SuzShe:3
M@:2
SuzShe:2
M@:3
SuzShe:1
M@:1
Wine Kendal Jackson
Merlot
2004
$17.99/750mL(bottle)
Yellow Tail
Cabernet Sauvignon
2006
$14.99/1.5L ($7.50/bottle)
Turning Leaf
Merlot
2006 Reserve
$6.99/750mL(bottle)

Results weren’t really definitive, except perhaps the order. It got me thinking that if I could devise a system for tasting 2-3 wines at a time and arranging them in order – I could use the results to have a complete list of how the wines compare to my taste. Always having 2 or 3 “standards” that most wines fall around – the complete list could be ordered with a high degree of accuracy. This is something I must discuss with “The Doctor.” It could lead to “adjustment tastings” where wines that aren’t fitting with the statistics are rated in a special tasting.

I was about to use the wine chiller to get them to the right temperatures – but the Yellow Tail came in a big bottle that wouldn’t fit in the chiller. I am, however, chilling the Kendal Jackson as I type this.

2 Playoff Games

Was able to score tickets to the ALCS games 1 & 2 at Fenway. The first game was a triumph and a lesson in how to enjoy Fenway. CCS & I had great seats, and were able to get to the standing room Green Monster as well. We we’re briefly on TV wearing Bud Light boxes on our head, in homage to Jonothan Papplebon. I believe this might be my biggest moment of fame – 5 seconds on national television. SuzShe missed us on TV, but I was able to show it to her later.

Game two was a disappointing extra inning loss that didn’t end until 2am. It was close to a $100 baby sitting bill by the time we finally got home. Getting the tickets for this game was an adventure as well. I bought them from the phone sales line. I was given a hint that they were on sale, and called. Had to redial through a busy signal maybe 30 times, then was on hold for 15min and after being told I could get 2 bleachers I gave them my credit card info only to be told I couldn’t buy the tickets becuase I already had tickets to game #6. He told me I could have someone else buy them and change the pick-up name. I would have to call back to do this – another 30-40 redials, on hold 20min this time, and I used a colleague’s credit card. After buying 2 bleachers I tried to change the name only to be told I wasn’t allowed to change it to my name beucase I’d already bought tickets.

So heading into the game (with CCS+) we didn’t know if we’d get the tickets. Waited in will-call for 10min or so, and tried to pretend I was my colleague when I got to the window. Ticket guy asked me for ID, I said I forgot it. He looked up the tickets – and asked me the address on the credit card. I kicked myself – becuase I thought about calling my colleague to memorize his address – but I didn’t. So the first guy didn’t give me the tickets. SuzShe and I were thinking we had to watch the game at a local bar, but I went to ticket services and laid it all on the line… the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. The guy there stopped me mid sentence with a “Yeah, hold on…” and low and behold – he pressed a button and my tickets came out of a little printer. Oh joy of joys! The night turned from a miserable failure with a bunch of money lost (tickets + baby sitter + gas) into a night at Fenway with my favorite co-fans.  Would have been more fun telling that story if the game had turned out better.

Business Card Scam : No Free Lunch

I put my business card (personal one) in one of those fish bowls that say, “Win a free lunch” a few weeks back. Today I got a call from a guy from an investment firm saying I’d won a free lunch for me and 10 other people. I was phychsed for about 2 min until he explained he’d be giving us a “presentation while the food was being prepared” which is most of a meal – actually, it’s the ONLY part of a restaurant meal where you can talk to your friends. Another hitch – everyone had to be over 21 – so no kids. No way I’m gonna get a baby sitter so someone can talk me into investing in something.

More technical difficulties

I’m wondering if this should just be a weekly segment – a list of the things that went wrong with the technology today. Got 2 in the past 24hrs. First was the server I host the new Wiki on blew a power supply… about 3 hrs after I sent an email introducing the technology to the beta audience… so the email goes out, and the site goes down and don’t I look amazing.

2nd problem is the dell is fried again – blue screens this time. Smells like bad memory, but both 512M chips produce similar results. The people on the support chat site are pretty good though – minimizing the painful troubleshooting steps. I’m glad we have MoJo pack, so she can use my machine. I think I’m gonna cough up the $50 for it.