Three things for the start of February, Friday kudos, wine for your weekend

It’s Friday, and it’s February! The shortest month of the year features Groundhog’s Day, the Super Bowl, Valentine’s Day, and these three things to kick off the month of love!


Have you heard, conversation hearts, the most popular Valentine’s Day candy in 2018, won’t be on store shelved this year! Personally, I always found a box of candy hearts to be the most disappointing of holiday candy offerings, but something was obviously driving the market. If we’re honest, it was probably 2nd grade Valentine’s Day parties! But if you’re really missing this seasonal sweet, rest easy knowing that they’ll be back for 2020. Also, drop me a comment and let me know how and why you love them. I mean, the white ones were palatable, but beyond that, it was kind of like chewing chalk!

2Where are my reality TV loving, wine drinking, Bachelor fans at? Colton’s season is in full swing, and while my money is on Cassie as the winner, most of the contestants’ money is, at least momentarily, tied up in the wardrobe and beauty products they are required to supply for themselves on the show. The good news, they’ll make it all back and more on instagram when the season is over. How much is A LOT? A new article reveals the hundreds of thousands of dollars of potential revenue they may generate from a social media presence post show.

3When I bought my wedding dress, I was a bit mortified to learn what size I would need to order. Don’t get me wrong…I felt gorgeous in my wedding dress, zipped myself right into most of the sample sizes, and was as thin as ever having run a marathon a few months prior, but the number on the tag would be three sizes bigger than most of the dresses hanging in my closet. This led my husband to suggest that bridal shops should stop telling brides a number and correlate all their sizes to superlatives. Size 8? Now you’re a “gorgeous.” Size 14? Now you’re a “stunning.” Size “bombshell” feeling a bit snug? You might consider sizing up to a “radiant.” Seeing as the sizing numbers were pretty much all insignificant to begin with, it’s probably a million dollar idea!

Friday kudos…

Our downstairs guest Sunday night, who shoveled us out Monday morning before we were even up yet! I’m not sure what it’s going to say on our review that he did his own shoveling, but we sure talked him up for his generosity!

Farmers, snow plow drivers, law enforcement, and everyone else who had to deal in an extreme way with this week’s horrendous weather. It’s easy to be a teacher on days when school closes and I can work from home. But there are A LOT of people who don’t get that break from the winter weather!

Hey ink. readers, I see you! This week ink. published its 100th post! Nine months ago today, this little blog launched into the vast expanse of the internet, and you found it, and your likes, comments, follows, and encouragement have kept it going. Thank you!

Wine for your weekend

img_5325It’s Super Bowl weekend, which means that many will gather around their TVs this weekend eating chicken wings and nachos and swigging beer. Yours truly will also be tuned into the game, with an artisan twist on the normal Super Bowl fair. Our Super Bowl spread features “foodie style” homemade pizza (read: arugula, prosciutto, and that fabulous smoked Gruyère cheese I wrote about not long ago) and what we were hoping would be an east coast vs. west coast wine pairing to go along with the east coast vs. west coast Super Bowl lineup. Unfortunately, finding an easy coast wine around Minnesota in the middle of the polar vortex proved to be an exercise in futility. There wasn’t much to be found, and the places that offered to order an option for me, couldn’t get it shipped now because it would certainly freeze in route.

Instead, we opted for an import that’s managed by a New York wine label. It’s not exactly the head to head match up we were looking for, but it’s likely still to be unique as it is a middle eastern wine. I guess, in essence, that’s even farther east than the east coast. (It’s a stretch, but we’re trying to make the pairing work!) As we won’t open the bottle until Sunday, I can’t offer a full review just yet, but if you’d like to play along at home this weekend, our head to head matchup features: Alexander Valley Vineyards Merlot against Yarden Merlot from Galilee. That’s Galilee as in the biblical location where Jesus was often hanging out. Josh thinks perhaps Yarden Merlot is actually just a bottle of water that changes to wine as you pour it in the glass! 😅 I found both bottles at Costco, in the $15 range, so they should be a readily available and reasonably priced edition to your big game festivities.


Published by Kate

A former Wisconsinite, Kate now resides in southeast Minnesota with her husband where she teaches high school English and theater. She recently completed her master's degree in learning design and technology, and continues to study and advocate for arts integration in the classroom. A recipient of the RISE America grant for high school theater, Kate is working to innovate and expand theater opportunities for the students at PIHS. An avid distance runner, concert pianist, and want-to-be wine aficionado, Kate's blog "ink." is a passion project, embodying all the best parts of life: friends, food, wine, thoughtful conversation, style, and sass!

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