It’s time once again for some Friday fill-in fun, the perfect way to wrap up the week and kick off the weekend!
From Ann of McGuffy’s Reader:
“The Friendly Fill-Ins are four fun and easy statements to complete. Ellen of 15andmeowing provides the first two statements and the final two are offered by myself. We try to make sure they will be fun to both answer and share. On Friday, the linky will be posted at or about 12:00 AM. Please come back, link up, and share your thoughts!”
And away we go! Here are this week’s statements with my fill-ins:
Week 12: July 29, 2016
1. One quirk I have is… every morning when I’m filling my red stainless steel travel coffee cup, since I use the refrigerated version of French Vanilla creamer I put some in a mug and zap it in the microwave to heat it up so it doesn’t cool down my coffee (an additional quirk is I like my hot stuff hot and my cold stuff cold). I can’t heat the creamer in my stainless steel cup for obvious reasons.
While that in itself may be a quirk (or genius, just sayin’), I always take the tiniest sip of the creamer before placing the cup in the microwave. It’s kind of like a ‘wet your whistle’ moment.
The hubby thinks I’m crazy, but he already thinks I’m crazy using any creamer that’s vanilla, since he hates anything vanilla. Because of his hatred for vanilla, it guarantees I’ll always have soda in the fridge, though, since he powers through his extra fast between grocery shopping trips, but won’t touch my Vanilla Coke.
2. My favorite comic strip is… this was a tough one, since it’s been awhile since I’ve actually read any comic strips, and because it’s been so long I can’t remember the names of them off the top of my head. But then it dawned on me there’s one I follow on Facebook. Well, not just follow, it makes me laugh every time – Fowl Language. The comic strip they post daily always hits home, like the one from yesterday:
And they always have a ‘bonus panel’ which hits a home-run as well:
3. I am really happy… when I’m making wine. It’s an intricate process, but that’s what I love about it. It’s like being a mad scientist with the ingredients and the blending and getting it just right. I miss how I had things set up at our old house in PA – the biggest thing I miss is having a basement where the temperature doesn’t flux as much. I can’t wait until I have something set up here (my SheShed I’m working on) so I can get the momentum going again – I used to always have 36 or more gallons going at once – right now I only have 12 gallons bulk aging that’s ready to bottle.
Mark my words, our next house will not only have a basement, but if it doesn’t come with a wine cellar, I’ll be building one. Hopefully that will happen in the next few years! Meanwhile, I’ll have to make do with what I have and get creative.
4. If I could go anywhere on a road trip… I would go to down the Washington, Oregon and California coast – I’ve done it a couple of times years and years ago, and it’s a beautiful drive:
But this time, I’d make it a wine tour to scope out all the small wineries along the way. You had to know that was coming, right? Maybe do the coastal route of Highway 101 on the southbound route, then return via I-5 to hit more wineries.
This particular winery looks like it’d be so cool to visit, and it’s perfectly positioned closer to the Highway 101 route vs. the I-5 route:
That’s the Castello di Amorosa – an authentically-built, 13th century inspired Tuscan castle and winery in Napa Valley. There are multiple levels of the castle to explore, it has a moat, drawbridge, defensive towers, interior courtyard, chapel, torture chamber and great hall. And of course wine. I’d probably not want to leave! Ever!
Of course another option for a road trip would be to go back to the Grand Canyon – the hubby and I have been there independently years ago (one of my very first vacations as a young adult), but I bet the kids would get a kick out of seeing this for themselves (and I’m not gonna lie, I’d love to go back and enjoy the view, too):
Looking at the route from the Castello di Amorosa winery and The Grand Canyon, no time would be added to take a slightly different route and stop in to see my best friend near Reno before heading to the canyon. Maybe we could talk her into joining us on our trip there.
I love road trips and the kids certainly don’t mind them provided they have things to help pass the long hours on the road – especially when it’s so much easier to stop and check out things that catch our eye as we drive and explore. Do you like road trips? What’s a road trip you’re jonesin’ to go on?
That’s a wrap! Hope you join in the fun!