A nurse who knits…

November 20, 2008

Hightail it to BevMo…

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for a great deal on wine. I love me a great glass of wine. Or even a so- so glass of wine hits the spot most of the time. Matt and I got to know each other via deep conversation aided by more than a couple bottles of two buck Chuck. For those who are totally clueless about two buck Chuck, this was a surplus bottling of Charles Shaw wines that was sold by Trader Joe’s a few years ago for $1.99, hence the name two buck chuck. There was merlot, chardonnay, and Cabernet. Now that my palette has evolved slightly, I don’t know if two buck chuck is still available. Over the years, Matt and I have done several wine tasting weekend get aways to Napa, Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, and of all places, Niagra Falls in Canada. Good times… they are often accompanied by a glass of vino.

But I digress… BevMo is having their $0.05 sale. Basically, you buy one bottle of wine for regular price and the next bottle is $0.05. I picked up 3 more varieties to add to our wine fridge. Which if you do the math, adds up to 6 bottles. I plan on picking up more since the sale is going on for 2 more weeks. Yippee! I bought some Domaine Alfred Pinot Noir the 2006 variety. Matt and I have had the 2004 version at the winery a few years back and enjoyed it. I also got some Tapiz Malbec from Argentina. I also got a rose version of Malbec. Unfortunately, I forgot the name of the winery and am too lazy to look. In case you can’t tell, I love Malbec. It’s somewhat similar to Pinot Noir which I’m extremely partial to as well. I used to love merlot but now, I kinda turn my nose up to that. I do like my white and dessert wines as well. What’s not to love about wine.

While I snapped up bottles of wine, I walked down the beer aisle. I was pleasantly surprised to see a variety pack of Leinikugel’s. Leinie’s are brewed in Wisconsin and they were one of the culinary delights available in Michigan. I drank at least a 6 pack a week of the Leinie Red’s. I saw the variety 12 pack was $12.99 which was kind of expensive but that’s the cheapest I’ve seen out here in California. Into the cart it goes. I wheel the cart down a few feet in the refrigerator aisle and what do I see?

Coconut Porter

Coconut Porter

This beer is the elusive coconut porter brewed by the Maui Brewing Company. This beer is hard to find in Maui! I was in total shock to find it hear in San Diego. BevMo also carried the Bikini Blonde and the IPA but I picked up the porter. I paid $11.99 for a FOUR pack people. It’s that good. Definitely the most I’ve spent on beer outside of a bar/club.

Finally, an end to my exciting trip to BevMo. Besides alcohol consumption, I’m still knitting. I have 3 WIPs that seem to have no end. My Feather and Fan Shawl is at row 169. So close, I can almost taste it. I’m also working on a generic pair of stockinette socks knit with Berroco Sox. They are a fair isle pattern that I’m usually not too fond of but these aren’t bad. My Somewhat Cowl is coming along. I’m knitting up the second sleeve. I slightly modified it with long sleeves. Not really a mod, since Wendy B. gives instructions but different from most that you see on Ravelry. Still not sure on the yarn/project combo.

Here are some random pics from the wedding that I haven’t shown yet. Mostly of the church.
Me and Matt at the church.
Matt and I with Father Gary
Thanking one of our littlest guests for coming.
Random waterfall during the Drive to Hana.


November 7, 2008

Honeymoon pictures

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The past two days I’ve been attending the Intermediate Fetal Monitoring class. Some good information was presented although I do think it would have been more helpful in the very beginning of my career as a Labor and Delivery nurse. And if the docs would take the same class so we can talk in the same language. Oh well…

Here are a few more pictures.
We begin our journey on the road to Hana. This is at the famous Hookipa Beach. Where all the windsurfers hang out.
We stop at Paia to pick up a picnic lunch and look what I found!
We found a wonderful gelato shop called Ono Gelato . I was very impressed with Paia in terms of the amount of healthy and vegan food available for such a small town. In the picture you see a scoop of lilikoi gelato which is vegan so I guess it’s more of a sorbet. They also have organic milk based ice cream. Matt got the Big Island Macadamia Nut Chocolate Chunk.
This is where we got our picnic lunch. I got a vegan sandwich and chips. 10-25-2008-25
We see tons of waterfalls on the road to Hana. Here’s Matt in front of one. We tried to stop at all the famous stops but Hana is very humid and wet which means mosquitoes. If anyone read this blog from when I was in Michigan, I am highly allergic/sensitive to mosquito bites. When I get them, the bites swell up to double their size. After the first stop at Twin Falls and about a dozen bites, that put a stop to hiking to get up close and personal with waterfalls.
At the black sand beach, we stop to have our lunch. Yummmy… we have sandwiches, Aloha soda, and Hawaiian style chips. 10-25-2008-29
After 5 hours of driving and stopping we get to Hotel Hana Maui. It’s a beautiful resort in the tiniest town that I have ever had the pleasure of visiting. I have just two pics posted here. I’ll put more in my next post because I just realized this one is huge.
This one is the sunrise from our porch.

Just a quick aside: I’m so glad that so many participated in this historical election. I finally got a president that I approve of in the White House. The proposition that sticks out in my mind is Proposition 8. I hoped that that one wasn’t going to pass. California had just stopped discriminating against gay and lesbian couples from marrying in June. I find it disheartening that Californians voted to keep discrimination a part of this state. I keep telling myself, it’s just 40-50 years ago that mixed couples could marry. What if Matt and I couldn’t get married because we were “different”? Just as these couples are. Only, I don’t think they are that different. They just want to pledge their lives and love together and have the same rights and privileges as every other couples do. We are taking a huge step backwards for civil rights. I hope we’ll all wake up soon and work to reverse Prop 8. I don’t know what I can do yet to help the cause, but I’m sure I’ll figure something out. And I will vote to overturn it when the issues comes back onto the ballot.

November 3, 2008

November 4: Get out and vote!

Filed under: Life in general — yarnnut @ 7:58 pm

I have to say, I’m impressed with my fellow Americans. I went to the Registrar of Voters in San Diego last Thursday to vote because I was scheduled to work on Tuesday. I had expected to wiz thru the line because, who has time to vote on the weekday. Except for me of course. I waited two and a half HOURS!!! Instead of feeling annoyed because I had to stand in such a line reminiscent of Disneyland, my heart swelled with pride that Americans are turning out to vote in such a historical election.

So whatever party you support, get out and vote. There is time to do it today if you have to work tomorrow. If you don’t vote, you can’t complain. I voted every election since I was 18 so all that complaining I’ve been doing has been valid. LOL…