Wine for your Weekend: QuarantWINE(s) #2

Shout out to my sister-in-law who text messaged me this week for wine recommendations before she sent my brother-in-law to the liquor store to stock up before the shelter in place order went into effect! They are sheltering the right way! This week in Minnesota, like many places in the world, things escalated in theContinue reading “Wine for your Weekend: QuarantWINE(s) #2”

A book for the moment

Every now and then, a book lands in my hands at precisely the right moment. Which is how it felt when Rebecca Solnit’s A Paradise Built in Hell became available at my local library just hours before they closed their doors to the public in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Subtitled: The Extraordinary Communities thatContinue reading “A book for the moment”

Wine for your Weekend – A Tale of Two Pinot Noirs

Last week, a wine loving friend sent us a text letting us know that Sam’s Club was running a clearance sale on wine with many bottles marked down 50%. As it was dress rehearsal week for the play I was directing, I could not immediately rush off to the liquor store, but I did manageContinue reading “Wine for your Weekend – A Tale of Two Pinot Noirs”

Waking with the artificial sun – Two weeks with a sunrise alarm clock

A couple of weeks ago, Josh went to a conference during which one of the breakout sessions was about the effects of phones on your home, health, and relationships. Part of that talk had been about charging your phone in your bedroom, particularly on your nightstand next to you while you’re sleeping. Having the phoneContinue reading “Waking with the artificial sun – Two weeks with a sunrise alarm clock”

Wine for your Weekend – Super Bowl edition

The Super Bowl should essentially be considered an American holiday. In fact, I know a lot of people who essentially make the day after the Super Bowl a holiday by talking PTO. Even non-NFL watchers tend to at least turn mild attention towards the big game. If nothing else, the commercials are funny and theContinue reading “Wine for your Weekend – Super Bowl edition”

Half way through a social media blackout

On December 31st, I posted a New Year’s post on Facebook including a youtube video of ‘The Tenors’ singing Auld Lang Syne. It’s one of my favorite versions. Then I logged out of my account, took Facebook and Messenger off my phone, and haven’t touched them since. On December 31st, I systematically deleted over 200Continue reading “Half way through a social media blackout”

Wine for your Weekend: Five star wine at a one star price!

Last weekend I walked into Costco wine and started browsing the bins. As I browse, I always keep my wine scanner app at the ready should I come across something that I don’t know or is potentially an excellent deal. As I came around one side of the red wine selection, I recognized a tagContinue reading “Wine for your Weekend: Five star wine at a one star price!”

Digital Minimalism – A Book Review Resolution

Sometimes the right book plops into your hands at exactly the right moment, which is how I stumbled into Cal Newport’s Digital Minimalism here in the waning weeks of 2019. Subtitled “Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World,” I found it of particular interest as I have recently been considering how to get moreContinue reading “Digital Minimalism – A Book Review Resolution”

The Barnes and Noble Date

I’m a dedicated online shopper. I want to support small businesses and shop local, and I do try, but especially this time of year when the weather gets bad and the parking lots get crazy, and I’ve got a dozen different types of things to find for a dozen different people, it is almost tooContinue reading “The Barnes and Noble Date”

Wine for your Weekend: Being “that” wino

Last weekend, the high school musical I direct ended, and in the relieved, exhausted, blissful state that exists in the moments after the final bow is taken and the stage is cleared, I set off to pick up pizzas and a bottle of champagne on the way home. But a funny and strange thing happensContinue reading “Wine for your Weekend: Being “that” wino”