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Archive: November 2010

the wonderful world of vodka.

This weekend I discovered cotton candy vodka. Now, I generally consider myself a classy girl when it comes to alcohol. I tend to stick to red wine or Grey Goose and soda or dirty martinis when I’m out on the town. But I’m also a sucker for fun alcohol. I can’t resist a candy-flavored drink. And cotton candy vodka just spoke to me. In so many ways. Does this bottle not speak to you, too?

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And yes, it was absolutely incredible with a splash of soda. It tasted like childhood, minus the sugar high and crash. Well, plus a little vodka buzz. Being an adult is so much better than being a kid anyway.Thank you, Pinnacle Vodka for making my life just that much better.

And then I realized there are all kinds of alcohol I haven’t yet had the honor to try. That I really need to get themselves in my liquor cabinet ASAP. My liquor cabinet is pretty much always stocked with fun stuff like Absolut Boston, Absolut Vanilla, and Skyy Ginger, but now I’m realizing it’s not nearly stocked enough.

Adult Chocolate Milk. Come on. Are you even serious right now? Chocolate milk is my drink of choice when I’m feeling crabby and just want to escape back to my childhood. But add a little alcohol (please, is there some reason I can’t even tell what KIND of alcohol is in this milk?? Not that it really matters) and my crabby mood just picked right up.

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You might also be excited to learn this company will soon be coming out with “adult” orange cream, fruit punch, and limeade. I am. I’ll take one (or 10) of each, please.

I’ve already had the honor of trying this one, but I’m pretty sure it needs a spot in my liquor cabinet. Three Olives bubblegum vodka.

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OK, yes, it was ridiculously sweet. And no, I couldn’t drink more than one in an evening, but it’s probably the most fun alcohol I’ve ever had in life. It tastes EXACTLY like bubblegum and will not let you down. In fact, you’ll probably try to chew it.

And speaking of Three Olives, I would just like you to file this under things I would like to try ASAP. There’s not much I love more than a good bloody mary and I’m pretty sure this tomato vodka would make it complete. I’d probably sip on a tomato vodka and soda from time to time too. If that’s wrong, I am not interested in being right.

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OK, so say I happened to buy that tomato vodka. And say I wanted to make a bloody mary with it. Well, what exactly do you think would happen if I added in a splash of this?

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Would the world implode on itself? Probably. This is Bakon vodka. And while I’ve always dreamed of making my own bacon vodka, I didn’t realize it could be bought already in the bottle. It’s worth a taste, right? Shut up- you know you wouldn’t turn it down. I don’t even care that “bakon” is spelled so horribly wrong. And that’s not like me at all.

I mean. I mean. How did I not know this existed?

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I’m completely disappointed in myself for haven’t yet discovered this. Don’t get me wrong, I recently learned how to make a mean pumpkin spice martini without this. BUT I wouldn’t mind sipping on this pumpkin pie spice vodka over some ice. Allegedly this distillery also makes a celery peppercorn vodka and a freaking black truffle vodka. BLACK TRUFFLE. Please, Modern Spirits, hire me as your vodka taste tester. No offense, but you guys have a pretty horrible PR team considering I haven’t heard about you and your heavenly vodkas (and cannot for the life of my find your website). I can help. But I’ll need to try them all first.

Belvedere obviously makes a super delightful vodka. But how about adding pink grapefruit into it? Well, don’t mind if I do.

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I already eat pink grapefruit by the bushel, so why not drink it instead? I guess all the health benefits won’t be there, but I won’t complain.

Other vodkas I really need to get my hands on? Absolut Brooklyn is made with apple and ginger and Vincent Van Gogh’s vodkas are all awesome-sounding (dutch-caramel? Yes!).

Wow, I can’t quite say where my head is that I’ve got so much vodka on the mind. It sounds like I need a vacation. These liquors are all good beach drinks, yes?

Now, if I really want to bring out the kid in me, I’ll have to mix all these “fun” alcohols together… And call them SUICIDE!

Probably a bad idea. Huh.

my bookshelf exploded on the internet.

I’ve always been a reader. I know, everyone says that. But I was the type who would get grounded for reading (truth be told, I’ve actually only been grounded once and it was for riding my bike out of my driveway without looking both ways. On my street that has 3 other houses on it. Baaad was my middle name). How on Earth did I get in trouble for reading? I’d stay up way past my bed time with a flashlight under my covers. I had flashlights hidden all over my room.

I often got reprimanded for trying to take more than 20 books out of the library at once. And my parents constantly had to tell me to put down the book and talk to our company. Ugh. I even tried bringing books when we went out to eat. Clearly I had a few social issues there, too. Thankfully my parents nipped them in the bud. Though I still consider how much more entertaining some social events would be if I had a good book in my hand.

My love for books never dissipated, but, of course, time has dissipated over the years. But I’ve always read and cannot imagine a life without books and reading. How can you get a deeper understanding of history without books? And an understanding of people who aren’t like you? People who are so, so different than anything you can imagine? I just do not get people who say “I don’t read.” You’re missing out on a heck of a lot, man. World you don’t even know exist*.

Also, when I was 10, I never could have imagine social media for books. Every summer, I wrote down every single book I read so I could turn it into my library and win an ice cream party. These days? I put it all into a social reading site. My bookshelf is literally exploding on the internet. Except I can truly hide all those really embarrassing books like Dr. Phil’s Love Smart. Have I mentioned I love life?

Over the past year, I’ve been using Shelfari to track my reading. I started the year with a goal to read 50 books, but I knew that wouldn’t likely happen. After all, there are only 52 weeks in a year (duh) and I didn’t want to limit myself to short books just to reach my goal.

I’m currently at 31 with 2 months to go.

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I love that Shelfari monitors my books like this. I can see what I’ve read and what I want to read. I can also review the books and recommend books to others. But I hate the most popular books feature in Shelfari’s database. I’d generally use a feature like this to get recommendations on what to read next. But for some reason, on Shelfari, they’re all kid-type books. And while I enjoy the good young adult novel now and then (see below. and, ok, maybe Twilight a tiny bit), I am a grown woman and want some quality reading geared toward me. It kind of makes me feel like it’s all kids using Shelfari. Perhaps I’m using the wrong social reading website? There are many of them out there, so maybe I should “shelf” around.

Here’s a sampling of what I’ve been reading this year:

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I’ve often thought about starting a book review blog, but I’m really not that good at reviewing books. I can tell you if I like it or not and I can get all incredibly excited about it, but then I’ll mostly just blabber. And re-tell the entire story to you. So, I think that’s why I’m kind of in love with social book sites. I can share what I’m reading and offer my thoughts and ratings without any greater pressure.

Now, where will I be documenting my book reading in the next 30 years?

*Speaking of worlds you don’t know exist, has anyone else read The Hunger Games? I read it because I always feel left out if I don’t get into the current books of hype. And OMG it was blow my mind good. Talk about worlds you didn’t know exist. Sheesh. I’m currently starting the third one, but am waiting for a stretch of time where I can stay up until 3 a.m. without causing any major damage to my schedule or self. These books are the definition of page-turner. Ignore the fact that they are “young adult” and Go. Read. Now.