Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Wine Review - Bulk Discount

So I've been slacking a bit and now I have three bottles stacking up.

The good news is that I recommend all three of these wines, though not at the same time. Of course I didn't have them all at the same time, so I guess I can't really not recommend them at the same time. Sort of like "don't knock it until you try it" - an expression I've never liked because I am pretty sure I can recommend not getting punched in the face without ever having tried it...pretty sure it's gonna hurt. Wow, I went off on a tangent there...

Back to the post - the Dancing Bull Zin I believe I have reviewed before and saw it on sale so I picked it up again. It's always good to have a favorite on hand.

Now the Tapiz Malbec (2007) was excellent! I've had a few Malbecs over the past few years, but unless I hit up Cost Plus or Bevmo I don't come across them too often. So the last time we were at Bevmo we picked up this one. I must say was surprised. Not sure what I was expecting, but man was this one good - very fruity/jammy, soft and well balanced. At only $12 I'd recommend this to anyone, especially to anyone who has never had a Malbec before. And if you do end up buying this one to enjoy with a good ribeye steak, I think I'm free that night and I can bring my own glass if you like.

Marquis Philips - Sarah's Blend 2007: I think the first time we had this one (or a similar one - I only remember the eagle/kangaroo creature) was at a wine bar when we were looking for something new and exciting. This is an excellent blend of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot and very juicy and smooth. A quick google search shows this wine also receiving high ratings from those with better palates than mine. You can find this one at Bevmo too for about $15.

Up next, some Fry's clearance wines (that I am enjoying right now) - Lindeman's South Africa a Cabernet and a Merlot.

Bouncing Baby Boy

My first video post...and Nathan's! Thanks to a friend of ours we have a new activity for Nathan. At first he didn't like it, until he figured out how to bounce, and then...Jump around, jump around, jump up, jump up and get down...

He even waves bye bye at the end of the video. I think he is ready for his next feature.

Weeds Update

So we are now through season 4 - season 5 is currently on Showtime, so we can't watch it until at least next summer (I assume) when it is released on DVD. But, it has taken a bad turn. The first two seasons were great; the third was good; the fourth, meh. Of course you may have a different opinion and I would still recommend season 1 through 3 if you are looking for an entertaining distraction, but I might be good with ending my habit here. We'll see what's available next summer...

Friday, July 17, 2009

You Put Your Weed In It

I don't remember what that was from, but they kept saying it over and over until it became funny. Anyone know?

So summertime TV sucks. Nothing good to watch unless you are in to those "reality" shows. Like So You Think You Can Dance or I Want To Date A Large Person. Thank god for TV shows on DVD. I think we started with Rome and The Tudors last year, both HBO shows, I believe, that we wouldn't have seen otherwise. I would recommend both, but each season is fairly short and Rome only lasted two seasons, so they won't get you through the whole summer. We then proceeded to catch up with the rest of the world on Grey's Anatomy and Desperate Housewives (we had to see what all the fuss was about). But now we were looking for a new show to watch and we came across Weeds, partially from the description, but more so from the cast - the main character appeared on the best TV show ever, The West Wing!!!!! Okay, best drama, Seinfeld was pretty darn good.

After one weekend we are already on season two. A quick overview: Widow mon of two sells weed to support her family. No it's not a role model show, but it is freakin' funny and original. I think it is in its fifth season sow, so this should keep us busy for at least another week or so. I would recommend checking it out unless you are overly offended by drug references.

And if you haven't seen The West Wing, you're missing out. Definitely put it on the top of your list if you love intelligent dramas that bring the funny.

Thursday, July 16, 2009


This little guy is guilty! That's why he is being fingerprinted, or rather hand-printed. We'll figure out the charges later. No, he's not guilty of anything, he's a little angel. We were just getting a handprint to frame. Since he is so squirmy, we actually had to do this while he was sleeping...he had no idea what was going on. Kind of like at summer camp, you know, when you play tricks on the other kids. No, well neither do I since I never went to summer camp, but it always looked kind of fun on the movies. Unless you were that kid that everyone messed're just trying to sleep and someone comes along....

Time Lapse Nathan

Today Nathan is 4 Months Old!!!!! Holy cow!!!! He used to be this itty bitty teenie tiny guy who just ate and slept, and now he is rolling over and laughing and talking and doing calculus...okay so maybe not, but man has he changed. Anyhoo, here are a few pictures of Nathan falling over...hee hee

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Pope Puts Faith In Carbon Dating

I had to laugh at this:

"Scientific tests prove bones housed in the Basilica of St. Paul in Rome are those of the apostle St. Paul himself, according to Pope Benedict XVI."

So, let me get this straight, when it supports your view, you're all for science, but if it questions your beliefs, well then, hold on a second. No, no no, that fossil cannot possibly be that old, your "science" is bunk, but, hey, how about you try that carbon dating thing on these old bones of ours... Of course, maybe my view has been conditioned by society, maybe even my conditioning has been conditioned.

The quote is actually the lead in from's article. Here are the next few lines

"Tiny fragments of bone" in the sarcophagus were subjected to carbon dating, showing they "belong to someone who lived in the first or second century," the pope said in a homily carried on Italian television.

"This seems to confirm the unanimous and undisputed tradition that these are the mortal remains of the Apostle St. Paul," Benedict said in Sunday's announcement.

Well that's a big jump. The remains are from somewhere between the year 1 and 200ish, so then it must beeeeeee, Bob.

Now, I don't know what the actual quote was, but all that splicing makes me wonder if CNN is manipulating the "news" since the article never actually quotes the pope validating carbon dating. Of course maybe the Pope was just rambling and CNN just wanted to connect the dots for me before I fell asleee.......

Just for fun, a link to the FSM: