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Sun
31
Mar '13

Easter Sunday.

And The Return Of Couchsurfers.

Easter Sunday at the shop – some panicked people needing wine for the lamb (or whatever). I was surprised that we did as well as we did on the till. Had to rush home and meet some CouchSurfers on my porch – two gay boys from Las Cruces. Reminds me that I need to get […]

Sat
30
Mar '13

Day 8 of 16 – The Half Way Mark For Markie!

Slept in a bit this morning since I don’t have to be into the shop until 1:30. Did get some grocery shopping done, but didn’t have time to mow the lawn. It might be time to hire help, especially with my allergies to grasses. The tasting wasn’t slam packed, but there was a steady crowd […]

Fri
29
Mar '13

My Good Friday At The “Blood Of Christ” Shop.

So nice to just sleep in…. when work isn’t until noon. I know – no sympathy from the 9-5er’s – I’m still spoiled. It’s my monthly Friday at the shop – I’ll be missing April and May due to the other job, but back to a Friday in June, probably late in the month. 8 […]

Thu
28
Mar '13

I Can’t Add.

Way More Workdays.

I can’t add, or count calendar days – seems I’m working 16 days straight, not 10. So really the 6 of 16. I guess I can look forward to the cruise in May that I arranged off as part of the job acceptance. First day off – the 8th of April. Worked at the print […]

Wed
27
Mar '13

Long, Long , Long Day

At the print shop at 10, left at 2:30. Then the plan was home for a bit, then off to a Wine Tasting downtown from 5-6 PM –a nap was a better option Got up and did a little electronics project – making a liquids alarm for the initial catch jar for the still. I […]

Tue
26
Mar '13

Day Four Of Ten.

At the office at 10, lunch at a little after 1, off the clock at 2:30. Feels like four jobs today. Print Shop, Consulting, Faeries, Wine Shop. Work, then UW Surplus sale (Tuesday 12-6) which netted the following: 8550 Yellow Toner Cartridge (normally $175, today $10) for Scotty Dog Duplo 11×17 folder with electronic settings […]

Mon
25
Mar '13

Day Three Of Ten, No Break For A While.

First day on the new job – training day. But also day three of ten days running with no day off. In at 10am – out at 6pm. A stroll for lunch that put me over the “30 minutes” for lunch. Not that much workload early in the season so assuming no grief. Just less […]

Sun
24
Mar '13

Work.

Dinner With Bliss.

Cocktails With Swanda.

Sunday at the shop wasn’t too bad, not as good as the last three Sundays, but respectable for a Sunday. A big shout to Swanda – today’s “whale” who called in two orders (first was six assorted Sauvignon Blancs under $15, second was for two Proseccos, also under $15) over the course of the afternoon. […]

Sat
23
Mar '13

Scholarship Time,

After Shop Time.

Opened the shop today, and it was dead until 1pm, so basically two hours of quiet time, then, by 1:30 when Jim showed up, $450 in sales. The “whale” showed up – he tends to by his wine by the case and half-case from the Saturday tastings and then picks them up the next week. […]

Fri
22
Mar '13

CaddyDaddy For Dinner.

Maybe That Should Be Dinner With CaddyDaddy.

Took off around no one to run errands (Post Office to drop off taxes and other things and Safeway for food) and on my return found CaddyDaddy waiting for me. Usually he comes up mid-afternoon. Not this trip. Luckily he knows the combination to the side gate and the code for the key box with […]

Thu
21
Mar '13

Finally, Taxes In Order.

Well – once again it’s time to put the massive pile of papers in order and get the tax information to the accountant. And what a pile it is: While I was sorting paperwork, the still was gurgling with another run of H20Blanco’s Elderberry Wine. Now that’s multitasking. Finished the taxes after a nice lamb […]

Wed
20
Mar '13

Not The Day I Imagined…

My plan was to get caught up on some stuff before work begins next week. And to organize my tax documents. Instead I got the blog caught up and some stuff cleaned up, and opened the other box that arrived yesterday…two at-home HIV tests. Every time I go to the doctor my out of pocket […]

Tue
19
Mar '13

Drinks With Swanda, Dinner With Myself.

Spent most of the day trying to get the damn Excitation (my new job). Got it to work once, and then after a reboot, nada. At least I got the procedures manual printed and the calendar to consistently load into a browser. Spent a couple of hours hanging out with Swanda having cocktails after I […]

Mon
18
Mar '13

Of Wine, Status, And Miles

Big day in the wine world. As its Washington Wine Month, two of our distributors are showcasing their French Wines (well, a few Spanish and New World Wines thrown in). Two hours of tasting (and nibbles) at the Corinthian Yacht Club (two floors, probably a couple of hundred bottles open) and then a half an […]

Sun
17
Mar '13

Sunday With An Art Opening.

Good day at the shop – third Sunday in a row following a not so bad Sunday four Sunday’s ago – confused yet? There was an art opening from 3-5pm, but you know artists – they aren’t buying the expensive bottles. Interesting art, still need to find out if any of it is for sale. […]

Sat
16
Mar '13

More Feedstock Arrives.

I was just out of the shower when the phone rang… delivery of feedstock: It was supposed to be 10 cases (which was on the bill), but turns out it was 10 1/3 cases. A free extra four bottles. Le Conte des Floris Ares Blanc 2005 which is 60% Marsanne, 15% Terret Bourret and 25% […]

Fri
15
Mar '13

Normal Friday.

I love my clients – one day I get a “we are slammed, check back in a couple of weeks for our comments”, and then less than 24 hours later… comments come in. Something for me to work on this weekend. Meanwhile I’m on the search for replacement plastic bags that we use at the […]

Thu
14
Mar '13

18 Hours In The Air for Dinner At Swandas.

Hong Kong to Seattle via Tokyo. That’s today. Up at 6:30am, checkout and check-in at the desk… which didn’t open for 15 minutes after I got there. The good news? My boarding pass now says Star Alliance Gold (on the way out it said Silver) which gets me into the Club Lounge. Picked up some […]

Wed
13
Mar '13

Disney Night’s Dinner.

Stayed at Disneyland until around 5 then grabbed a cab to the Novatel Citygate. Here is a great shot from the bathroom, through a glass shower wall, past the bed and out onto the bay view. The clerk was right when he said he’d given me a nice room. And here is the “odd” thing […]

Wed
13
Mar '13

Disney Day!

Today is all about Hong Kong Disney. Started out with an “odd” breakfast. What I ordered: What arrived… Yes, that is macaroni soup. Too bad the eggs weren’t in the shape of Mickey Mouse, everything else seems to be. Met Michael at the front gate at a little after eleven and it was lunch followed […]