Archive for March, 2011
My chimes are spiraling frantically in the wild wind this morning. I watch the young green leaves outside my window waving enthusiastically to me, and notice they have replaced most of the buttery blossoms I so loved for so brief a time. The sky is glazed with white and gray wisps of moisture, but there is no rain in sight.
The first strong wind of a new season always brings with it turbulent potential, a bit like being on a plane that bounces and rocks just enough to bring you fully to the present moment.
Excitement is by nature a neutral thing – not positive or negative, or both positive and negative. And sometimes this conundrum, the unknown, and the unsettling they bring awaken us just enough to be somewhat suspiciously and playfully on guard.
Let the spring-like energies of Mother Nature enliven you this week, and try a new approach to something.
Weather and Wine… For wine growers, the two are inextricably (and sometimes excruciatingly) mixed. For wine enthusiasts, there is an anticipatory pairing between the two, paying attention to harvest, crush time and release dates. And for humble wine lovers? Well, it all depends.
For me, I have tendencies when it comes to wine and weather, being more likely to drink reds when the weather is cold and whites when it is warm. It’s not rocket science, but neither is it foolproof. This winter, for instance, I’ve been drinking more whites than reds… as if my palate is as confused as our weather patterns.
But regardless the season, there’s always good news ahead for wine lovers. And since Spring has officially just sprung, what better way to celebrate its arrival than with good wine, food, music and the great outdoors?!
Spring Fling, a Picnic in Clarksburg Weekend Wine Tasting Event, will be under way the first weekend in April. Less than a nickel and dime away from Sacramento, Clarksburg is actually the closest wine region to the river city, but that by no means makes it any less significant. An undeniably beautiful area with a hefty handful of reputable wineries, Clarksburg is home to Bogle Vineyards, Heringer Estates and Carvalho Family Wines to mention just a few. There will actually be twelve wineries in attendance and over 50 wines available for sipping.
So bring a picnic and blanket or take advantage of the food vendors when you get there. Tickets are a steal at just $12.
Saturday and Sunday, April 2 and 3rd, 11AM-5PM
Brought to you by the Clarksburg Wine Growers Association: http://www.clarksburgwinegrowers.org
Are you old enough to remember ‘9 to 5’ the movie? Have you ever heard Dolly Parton’s song ‘9 to 5’? Have you ever had to work a 9 to 5 job, Monday through Friday, or had a chauvinistic boss? Have you ever wanted to get revenge or just facilitate some level of justice in the world around you? Do you like to be entertained by good old-fashioned fun?
I know there’s a “yes” in there somewhere…
Before ‘The First Wives Club’ with Goldie, Bette and Diane, there was ‘9 to 5’ (1980) with Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton. So it only took about 30 years for this cute classic film to get its due recognition. I mean, you know you’ve made it when they make a musical about you.
‘So grab (well, don’t literally grab – have I learned nothing from this movie?!) your mothers, grandmothers, daughters, friends and any willing males because 9 to 5: The Musical’ is coming to Sacramento. Call it entertainment or call it education, but admit we’ve come a long way, Baby.
Brought to you by Broadway Sacramento, ‘9 to 5: The Musical’ is playing March 9 through the 20th at the Community Center Theater. For more information visit: http://sacramento365.com/event/detail/440912413/9_to_5_The_Musical
I sit and stare out my lofty windows to see a thin layer of wispy clouds traversing the sky and perky white blossoms bobbing amidst nubile little green leaves. Am I uninspired to write today? Or just inspired by something I haven’t yet identified…
It can be difficult to transition from a weekend of leisure and freedom to a week of deadlines and regimented productivity, and yet we often have to force ourselves to do so. What I’d really like right now is to meet a friend for a hot cup of something at a cozy corner café, talk about whatever moves us, and watch the world go by outside ~ knowing we will eventually catch up with it.
Some people understand – and accept – the rhythms of our lives, flowing with them faithfully and managing not to freak out. I’m still learning to hold on loosely to my own expectations, learning to trust my own moods and follow where they lead. But getting a slow start when we feel we should be hitting the pavement running always causes a little bit of angst in me where the shin splints should be.
So I’m having a philosophical Monday morning so far… things always level out somehow. I’ll probably be making major headway on my projects this afternoon, making up for my laissez-faire morning two or three-fold. And I will eventually get back to that feeling of productivity that makes me so proud and appeases the do-gooder in me. But for now – no sense staring at a bunch of foreign symbols that I can’t compute when there are dishes in the sink that, frankly, seem much more appealing at the moment.