I am wearing my breakfast, AKA it’s a Monday.

Welp, my morning started off with yogurt squirting all over my jacket upon opening it, and then I promptly flung more yogurt all over my leggings when mixing it up. Merp. It’s definitely a Monday.

  1. Despite the yogurt fiasco, my Monday morning has actually been pretty good otherwise. My Club W package was delivered to work – woop woop! This month I chose a 2014 Passarola Vinho Tinto, 2012 Upswell® Cabernet Sauvignon, and 2014 Passarola Vinho Branco. I really need to stop getting so attached to wine bottle labels – there are too many bottles hanging around our house right now. Maybe I’ll start soaking them off and putting them in a journal type thing? Some of my favorites are screenprinted on though. Hmm.
  2. Joe and I went to the outlets this weekend (he needed to finish putting together his Dossin Museum Gala ensemble) and of course a trip to the outlets isn’t complete without something from Kate Spade. I might have a problem. Despite finding a purse I really liked, I ended up just getting a cute wristlet to go with the dress I’m wearing to the gala..assuming I can get it tailored to fit in time.
  3. Someone is coming to fix a bunch of things in our house today! Hooray! Our disposal has been on the fritz for a while now and finally died on Thursday. You don’t realize how vital a disposal is until you’re making Bloody Marys for work (which you and your husband both hate) and the smell just seems to be hanging around the kitchen for hours and hours and hours. Yuck. We also don’t have a working hose thanks to a busted pipe in the basement (found that out the hard way…) so hopefully that will be taken care of too.
  4. Barb is getting better and better (well, usually) about sleeping in our room. It’s like our baby is finally sleeping through the night! Hah. Really though, not being woken up at 4am to incessant meowing is pretty great.
  5. My friends are visiting this weekend! And learning to climb on Saturday! And we’re going to a movie at the Alamo! (…assuming they’re showing something we want to see.) And yay! I’m excited. They haven’t been out since October, so it’ll be fun…even if we won’t have Spring-like weather. Sigh, Michigan.

Hope everyone’s weeks are off to a great start, and apologies to my coworkers if I smell vaguely of dairy for the rest of the day! 😛


It’s Friday and I like wine.

Welp, this post started as a wine down wednesday post, then moved into a thirsty thursday/happy national drink wine day post, buuuut life got in the way – primarily due to an 11-hour graphic design summit for work yesterday (concluding with a viewing of Zoolander 2!) annnd now it’s just Friday which is pretty great, but as far as I’m aware Friday doesn’t have any cool drinking phrase/title to go alone with it. Friday is just that awesome…it can stand alone and everyone will still love it!

Sigh, rambling. It’s been a long week. The good news, scientists say that drinking a glass of (red) wine before bed is good for your health! Shout out to you, resveratrol – the real MVP.

Anyway! Wine! A while back – maybe a year or so ago, one of my friends that lives in California mentioned to me that the drought that California has been dealing with has also been affecting the hundreds (thousands?) of wineries that exist throughout the state. Maybe they’re not using the cleanest water, or they’re adding things to the water that we just don’t want to be consuming, I don’t even remember the specifics of what he said. Whether or not this is true? I have no idea. I haven’t done much research at all, but I decided that I would stop buying wines from California if they were bottled after 2014, kind of as a challenge to myself (which yes, means sometimes I have to pay more than $8 for a bottle of wine,) but also just as a way to stay cognizant of what I may or may not be putting in to my body. If Joe and I are going through a bottle of wine in a week (hey, it happens on occasion) I’d like to feel 100% confident that what we’re drinking doesn’t have trace elements of arsenic (or poopy water. Yep, I said it.)

As some background: I used to be one of those people that would make a scrunched up face after drinking the tiny cup of wine at communion – until we visited my sister in South Africa, where we spent an entire day drinking our way through the winelands of Stellenbosch and some other towns I can’t quite remember. Well, that and realizing that if everyone else on social media drinks wine while watching the Bachelor, it can’t be that bad! (Kidding. Kind of.)

Okay back to avoiding California wines. So this challenge has in fact beenwell, challenging: almost all of the best labels (I’m suchhhhh a sucker for good labels) at Target were from California in 2015. There were a few outliers, but in varieties I didn’t like, or simply out of our budget. Enter: Club W. A few weeks ago two of my friends were talking about the wines they were going to be getting in the mail..and as soon as they mentioned I’d get a free bottle with my first order, I was sold. I’m easily convinced when it comes to things I like, what can I say?

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Club W does have a huuuge selection of California wines, but also a pretty wide variety of wines from other countries…Chile, Argentina, Spain, Italy, France…etc. – and enough of those ‘other’ wines to make good a good selection for my box. I really appreciate that there’s a small description along with where the wine is from easily accessible from the main screen – it makes choosing my 3 wines much easier…even though sometimes that requires me passing up a great label. The prices are great too – primarily $13 bottles, with an occasional higher price point for wines that would generally sell for more in a store. And I gotta say, waiting for a shipment of wine at work definitely makes the day better (they need someone 21+ to sign for the delivery, so it can’t be delivered to our house.)

My first 3 bottles of wine - One From the Quiver went to my mom for her birthday, and as far as I'm aware, she liked it! The other two are yummy too :)

My first box o’ wine included:

One from the Quiver – 2015 Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina (went to my mumsie for her bday)

Sapore Locale – 2014 Falanghina from Campania, Italy

Les Bobos – 2014 Carignane from Minervois, France

I didn’t even know Falanghina or Carignane were types of wine! They’re all yummy though, and I already have my 3 wines picked out for next month (Alma Libre 2014 Red Blend from Chile, One From the Quiver 2015 Torrontes from Argentina, and L’Atelier du Sud 2014 Sauvignon Blanc from France) 🙂 Definitely a special treat for me and Joe – it keeps the guesswork out of finding a wine we think we’ll like (and let’s be honest, saves about 10-15 minutes during any given shopping trip!)

A few details: 1) If I’ve intrigued you, and you sign up using this link, we both get a $13 credit (which means a free bottle of wine for both of us! Woohoo!) 2) It is a monthly subscription, so if you forget about it, you’ll still be charged/sent a package of 3 wines that they’ve chosen for you. So remember to either skip the month, or choose your wines if you don’t like surprises!

Whew. Who’d’ve thought I could ramble on about wine for this long? Not me! If you sign up, let me know what wines you chose – I’m curious! Also if you’re thinking to yourself “Claire, you’re crazy, California wines are just fine” feel free to let me know that too 😉

Hope everyone has super fun weekend plans – I’m highly highly looking forward to tomorrow’s 90 minute massage.