Hello Kittens! Bonus drive by today. It’s 16 days until the AIDS ride. 13 days until my broker’s exam and the day before I do a rescue presentation at the NorCal Doberman Pinscher Club’s Specialty in Vallejo. The good news, I got a couple of buyers into their homes. The bad news, I’ve barely cracked a book for the broker’s exam and that’s not going to bode well for me. Somehow it looks like I’m going to get through this May after all. God williing with my broker’s license. But that’s the one that’s really worrying me. Once I get through Saturday I’ll be banging the books until June 1. Saturday is our last long ride before the AIDS ride and then it’s taper, which is good. My body is exhausted. I haven’t been on the sunny side of 4:30am for a month now. I’m not sure why I’m up now. I missed a workout yesterday just because. No reason. I just couldn’t. So I didn’t. I’m not missing cycling work outs. I was out in the sideways rain on Tuesday. Weightlifting I’ve given myself a break on.
Yesterday turned into an accidental day off. I wasn’t completely off, but I sure as hell didn’t do much. I had a closing and managed to get all of the disclosures to my transaction coordinator by about 5pm yesterday. I went up to Mutt Lynch Winery, a great little family owned winery who does great things, Bubba got to go for that ride. They donated a nice package for the silent auction at the show tomorrow, I went to pick it up. Of
the thousands all the wineries I asked, Mutt Lynch did not hesitate to step up and help Doberman Rescue. They make some very nice juice, I’ve reviewed it here before. Give them the nod, they’re the real deal.
I came back and wanted to work for the two hours before my haircut but Healdsburg is almost 2 hours each way. I was beat and dozed off in my chair after lunch. Except every time my phone got an email it said “Droid” and Ike lost his mind, which involved banging into my chair, trying to crawl under the chair and generally making himself über obnoxious. Nap aborted I got Rita and headed for my haircut. Rita was invited because the next stop was the vet. The glop in her eyes had turned from the normal grey goop to wads of white and yellow ick. Somehow they know when I get paid. A c-note later she’s got antibiotics and her eyes are already clear this morning.
The final screw around of the day was some wine fueled jackassery. About two weeks ago a friend of mine asked if I wanted to be involved in a Twitter Taste Live. I said yes, but didn’t know if I’d be able to or not. Little did I know this was a special invite and they SENT ME THE WINE! UPS shows up on Monday with a bottle of Peter Lehmann Wines 2008 Barossa Shiraz. I didn’t have to order it or pay for it. So there’s your disclosure, somebody gave me this wine for free. I don’t really know who. That being said, I had to show up and drink it with them and tweet about it. It always starts out serious with wine notes and then moves on to jackassery. I will say this Shiraz was wild. It’s a screw top, that’s ok. Easier to close since I really don’t drink a whole bottle in a night. Lots of chocolate on this one. Others had chocolate in their house and they said it was very good with a 72% chocolate. My original plan was to make a Farro risotto with asparagus and fava beans since my fava’s are ready to pick. By 4pm when I still didn’t know where to find Farro, it had become apparent that the dish was to be saved for another day. Sadly the pairing would have been amazing. I still might try today to pick up some farro. Back to the wine. Tart plums on the front palate which became riper on the back palate. Chocolate on the finish. The winemaker, Ian Hongell participated from Australian and the whole thing was part of the thirstygirl project with Leslie Sbrocco. You may have seen her on the Today show. Or not. Anywho this Shiraz has a lot of high heat that calms with food. It’s a lively wine with a lot going on in the glass. Did I like this one? You bet Shiraz!