Sunday, December 27, 2009
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
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Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
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Sunday, December 20, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Each year, our office goes out to a nice restaurant for the holidays. This year we went to Pomodoro Grill & Wine Bar. Was fantastic... absolutely wonderful. Food was great, I had a delicious 16oz steak, and had a great time exchanging gifts, laughing about the events of the year, and having a couple glasses of wine. Sooo much fun.
Posted by Luke at 11:03 PM
Sunday, December 13, 2009
(WARNING. A lot of self-pics ahead.)
I've been replacing my entire wardrobe. I was going to wait until after Christmas, but in my travels over the past two months, I've been finding such great deals, and I'm now a size medium in many of the things I'm buying, so I figure.. hey, why not. I'm about $770 into my $1500 budget, so about half way. I'm having a ton of fun shopping too, and can't wait until after the holidays to finish up.
I have always wanted a pair of white, all purpose, tennis type sneaker. Love it.
I just realized a couple days ago that I don't have a great pair of non-work dress shoes. Found these yesterday.
Also realized a couple weeks ago I don't have a pair of dress brown shoes. NOW I do.
All my old sweaters are two sizes too large, and I haven't worn them in 3+ years. So I've started buying a couple sweaters, and want to get a few more.
I have always hated coats because they just have always made me look huge. But I've bought three new coats recently (plus another one my mom is giving me).
I've also always wanted a pea coat. Came across this one yesterday. It still looks a little bulky, but I like this as a dressier warm coat for nights out.
Not pictured, but along with this, I bought a bunch of running gear. My run last weekend was COLD, and I need more gear to stay warm in the winter, and needed matching running shorts for when it gets warm.
I've bought four hoodies, as you've seen in pictures on the blog already.. and I'm looking for a few more colors/designs.
Also not pictured are the new BB's I bought that are just really nice (and fit like a glove!), these awesome Reebok knit low socks that have done wonders for my feet, the new V-neck shirts, the dozen or so new t-shirts... Uhh! :) Love it so much.
Though I'm starting to think my shoe desires are culminating in obsurdity. I now have four shelves of shoes. Haha!
Also made a trip to Century Wine and Beers of the World yesterday to restock my wine collection, buy some gifts of liquor, and find this awesome beer that came HIGHLY recommended from a friend called Victory Storm King Stout, made at a brewery in PA. Can't wait to try it.
Posted by Luke at 9:55 AM
Last night was a surprise zombie themed birthday party for Michael F. at the CNY clinic on East Ave. Everyone came dressed up as zombies or survivors. What a great place to have a party! Beautiful leather couches, awesome chairs, four rooms... so much space.. the food was amazing, and there was enough wine to get us through five hours of partying. Michael has a lot of people in his life, and they were all there. Over 20 people in attendance, if not 30, and the ambiance was astounding. Jake had made a playlist of zombie related songs from the schlocky movies we've watched over the last year, and many people brought goodies to eat for dessert. It's great to see the friends so much this weekend, and I don't think I've had this much wine in my life in such a short time. Soooo much fun.
Favorite Quotes from the evening:
"You're very stealthy as of late...!" Haha, double meaning. Awesome.
"It's like watching South Park... but with real people." after the party was winding down, and the dancing started
"Wow. You don't look like you have a single carb on you!" haha, in reference to me being a little more svelt by a guy I don't know very well
"I only make an ass of yourself when you don't make an ass of yourself." in reference to Jake's behavior
Posted by Luke at 8:51 AM
Friday, December 11, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Cindy and I visited a bunch of wineries while I was in California. I have a simple rating system for every wine I ever try. Four stars is perfection, which I have never given. But in California, I gave a couple 3 1/2 stars, and a HECK of a lot of 0 stars.
A large tasting room, this was the first stop on our tasting adventure. The whole feeling was extremely sophisticated, the servers young and knowledgeable, and we tried a couple whites, a couple reds, but nothing stood out. I enjoyed the 2007 Cabernet Franc Rose and the 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon (both 2 stars), but not enough to consider buying any bottles.
Fess Parker Winery
This winery was refreshing, intriguing, generous with their tasting, and had a really cool gift shop. The server was charismatic, funny and dynamic. We would try, walk around, browse, come back, try again... it was very laid back, but BUSY. Owned by a celebrity, I most enjoyed the 2005 Syrah, "Rodney's Vineyard", which had hints of cherry, blackberry, smoked meat and chocolate. VERY good, with three stars. Also VERY expensive, haha.
Zaca Mesa Winery
Zaca Mesa was amazing. Not only was it entwined in the midst of a mountain, but it had an amazing hiking path that Cindy and I took advantage of. Their tasting room was bright, their wines were good, and we had a great time.
This tasting room had a ship theme, and was attached to a secondary tasting location, though we only tasted here. I wasn't impressed. The wines had bad scents (and not the OLD wine scent), and I barely gave the 2006 Syrah from the Tinaquaic Vineyard wine 2 1/2 stars. This winery harvested grapes from other people's vineyards, so I wasn't keen on them at all.
This was an extremely cute winery up on a hill with a great backyard tasting area and farm animals roaming about. We tasted a bunch of wines and then migrated outside to pet the goats. We tried six wines. I most enjoyed the 2006 Magia Nera Estate, with 2 1/2 stars, and retairs for $35 a bottle. Well worth it.
Buttonwood was pretty much just a tasting room, flat, with a fake-ish looking "grounds" and really bad wines. The highlight was their bathrooms and their persimmons trees right outside the room. But I was sooo unimpressed with the white wines, but I really enjoyed the 2003 Trevin red. Gave it a full 3 stars.
Blackjack Ranch & Winery
We saw this stop on our first day, but we ran out of time due to all tastings ending at 4:45p. But we stopped the next day, and really enjoyed ourselves. This stop had the best tastings, and there was one wine I would have purchased if I could have brought it home. (I don't have my notes.) We brought a picnic lunch, and ate and laughed under a beautiful pavilion in the middle of the vineyard. A lot of fun, and a great ending to a great wine weekend.
Posted by Luke at 10:00 AM
Saturday, December 05, 2009
Friday, December 04, 2009
Wednesday, December 02, 2009
The nine days since I got back from vacation have been a whirlwind of adventures, non-stop action, tons of work, lots of fun interesting people, and plenty of emotional ups and downs. I'm really enjoying the new take on my life as of late, and it's rewarding me with more joy that I've had in awhile. I knew something was amiss, and the changes I've been making I think are leading me somewhere I hope will keep me on a progressive incline. OK, that sounded random, but suffice to say, I'm very happy, and I love my life right now. Thanks to those people that make it happen, it's much appreciated.
Posted by Luke at 10:32 PM