Sunday, May 31, 2009

Good Books and Good Looks

So my book club had their first discussion via video conference online today. We decided that since we were national (1 person in FL, 3 in IL, 1 in AZ, and 1 in OR) we would have a wine night using video call. I got to catch up with some friend discussing both what we had reaad in May as well as what we drinking tonight. I was drinking House Wine white; a white blend of chard, reisling, and moscoto... the best way to sweeten a chardonnay; among other popular choices tonight were Barefoot Pinot Grigio (I dare to find a better PG under $10) and other were enjoying some Pinot Noir... although I can't recall the winery. What did everyone else enjoy this weekend? Anything new?

PS Bookclub pick last month was "Next Thing on My List"; June's pick is "Wednesday Sisters"

Saturday, May 9, 2009


And the only cure is another bottle of Pinot Grigio!

It's over 100 degrees in Phoenix and I am in dire need of light wines...

Swine Flu

While tearing down a wine display I had already built and rebuilt the Creepy Old Greeter (hereby referred to COG) at the store was hovering over me watching me closely.
"Can I help you," I ask politely, because I have proximity issues and she was a little bit close and a little bit distracting.
"Just watchin'," COG replies and continues to hover.
After successfully tearing down and rebuilding the display for the third time in a week I start loading up the display piece to take to my car. I bend down to pick it up and as I rises, the COG is back hovering over me and COUGHS ON ME!!
The very fact that I am touching wine bottles, grocery carts, door handles, etc., that people have been touching all day long makes me a bit of a germaphob to begin with, but this sends me in to a panic.
COG is currently in a state of shock that I am yelling.
Now, I am pretty sure COG is going to slap me. I also realize about 2 hours prior to this happening I was having a conversation about how the media has blown the whole swine flu out of proportion and how irresponsible Matt Lauer is, etc. This has all brought me back to the fact that I am yelling at COG and how this can get me in a bit of trouble over at work so I simply grab my work stuff and haul ass out of the store.
PS COG didn't recognize me next time I came in to the store, so my lesson is learned. But since she didn't recognize me, I'm thinking she didn't learn hers. FOR THE LOVE OF SWINE FLU, COVER YOUR MOUTH WHEN YOU SNEEZE/COUGH/YAWN

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Scottsdale Culinary Festival/Flavors of the World '09

Lots of great events in past few weeks. I have basically been living behind folding tables serving wine nonstop on the weekends and and working nonstop in stores all week. Culinary fest was as crazy as could be expected. We ran out of beer and wine coolers within a few hours and spent the rest of the time eating and drinking. Flavors of the World was so cool. Some people who were insulting us for being "Barefoot"... "From Modesto"... "Under $10", followed directly by them hanging out at the table for 20 minutes STUNNED that they could love an inexpensive wine... lame. But nonetheless we had a great time at the events and definitely got the hookup on free wine, food, and entertainment. I heart spring in AZ :)

Great Event for a Great Cause

Valley of the Sun Active 20-30 Club put on an AMAZING event last night benefitting the Valley Kids Foundation. I was there serving Barefoot Bubbly and hanging out with one of the best crowds yet. I've been volunteering at events for the past two months but everyone from the women from the 20-30 Club to band to the fun, funny group who attended made the event SUCH and great time.

I spent some time in the gated off smoking area having a cigar with my bubbly. I also got to hang out with the guys from the band, Easton Ashe. They were great guy who were also incredibly talented. They did mostly covers all night but also included some of their own music (not enough if you ask me); they traded us some Cd's for some champagne... after listening to it on my way, I was hooked.

I'm always excited for an event that contributes to a good cause but this was by far the most fun I've had at work in awhile (at least since the last event). The swag bag at the end of the event also helped :)

Some Barefoot Bubbly ideas that we were drinking last night: Barefoot Bubbly Pinot Grigio with a splash of Pomegranet juice. Barefoot Bubbly Brut with Barefoot Moscoto (which is a cocktail I may have mentioned before).

Okay, I'm beat, enough blogging for awhile