I keep coming across little bits I want to share, but none of them seems worthy of an entire post. So, because Sunday should always be a fun day (which for me includes washing sheets, cleaning bathrooms and baking muffins), I'll include them here in a neat little bundle.
1. New (cheaper) Wine to Try
Over at Refinery 29, they asked wine experts their favorite wines under $12. Readers, I can get on board with this because between getting a dog and developing a penchant for wines in the $20 range, my grocery budget is busting at the seams.
So, I went through their slideshow and came across some type of Portuguese variety of wine/grapes that is supposed to be some sort of magic for boring ol' Tuesday evenings, light, crisp, slighting bubbling.
That last bit scares me a little after the fiasco of the Walmart Italian wine a few months back, but according to Sayle Milne (who sounds incredibly sophisticated and European):
"It is light, ever-so-slightly frizante (sparkling), and is what would happen in your mouth if you bit down on apples and pears at the same time. It is also SUPER inexpensive."
Also, these wines have a lower alcohol content, which means I can sip away and put the kids to bed.
As if that little find isn't enough, apparently some Zagat-rated eatery in SoHo pours this as their house wine:
I'm heading to the wine store today. Today.
On a whim, and defying my no-shopping rule for April, I bought a box of Brix chocolate at TJ Maxx for $8.99.
I didn't know it was almost $10 before I paid for it. I was purchasing new workout pants (I needed those due to holes in my others), and I just sort of grabbed this chocolate and tossed it into the cart.
I know. Have I learned nothing?
I got home and felt pretty ridiculous but didn't want to take the chocolate back, so I begrudgingly took a piece out and figured it would be average, at best.
Readers - this chocolate is good.
As much as I think it will make me hip and healthy and all sorts of swank, I can't get on board with legit dark chocolate. It's too bitter, too hard to get down, too lacking in gluttony for me to feel as though I've had my treat.
These little chocolates are the perfect balance between milk and dark chocolate. They taste like a really fancy, high-end hot chocolate, which I'm not sure pairs well with any wine, but for me isn't the point. I don't do anything sophisticated like pair wine with certain foods.
Last night, while checking the house for burglars and hidden bombs (I need to stop watching Homeland), I noticed a few empty Brixx wrappers behind the sofa upstairs.
My son will have some answering to do when he gets home from soccer today.
I think I'll charge him $8.99 for his offense and possibly head straight back to TJ Maxx.
3. Life of the Party - Melissa McCarthy's New Movie
I'm not a huge fan of slap-stick comedy. I've never seen Dumb & Dumber or any of the other long list of movies men have tried to discuss with me over the years - and by discuss I mean quote to me and expect me to roll with shared laughter.
Still.....tell me you're not tempted:
I'm binge-reading this blog after finding it through another of my favorite blogs: Not Afraid of Stripes.
This couple lives out of a van and travels the world doing it. They talk money, trips, cooking, photos and more. I'm finding the whole thing oddly compelling in a way that includes hours flipping through their posts and mentally doing the math on what I'd have to sell, store and give up to make this sort of life happen.
Then I remind myself that I'm 42, have two children and get constipated when I travel. So, you know, maybe I can just live vicariously through them.
That's it for what I'm loving right now.
I got a fancy body measurement yesterday where I stood on a machine and didn't move or talk for 45 seconds and then learned how much each of my limbs weighs, how much water I'm lugging around inside my body and my body fat percentage. Fascinating. More on that this week.
I hope everyone is having the loveliest of weekends.