We Made It

Well…it’s Election Day. We made it. For good or for bad we are here and hopefully the end is nigh. I’ve got my bubbly ready to celebrate our first female POTUS. My daughter has a onesie that says “Future President” on it. It’s laid out for tomorrow. I am ready to hear the sound of glass shattering.

Pardon while I go obsess over the polls while my bubbly chills.

broken_glass

Tomorrow It Ends

Win, lose or draw, tomorrow MIL’s land line better STOP RINGING.

For a person with phone anxiety, this election has been extra difficult. When we first moved here, we put MIL on the Do Not Call List. Since she still works, she had no clue how often her phone was ringing during the day. It seemed to help at first but then the campaigning ramped up and now the phone freaking rings NON STOP.

Add to that, mentally unbalanced BIL sometimes calls repeatedly as well. Or knocks/rings the bell after being told he’s not welcome today.

My anxiety is already up and my concentration down due to just the general facts of this election. The incessant ringing of all the things has not helped.

MAKE. IT. STOP.

ringing phone

This is how bad it is, folks. I’m using effing Clip Art. Next stop: Comic Sans. It must end here.

Writing Prompts That Don’t Suck

So the child decided not to nap today. Which means my brain is fried. And therefore incapable of fleshing out any of the posts sitting my drafts. I went searching for #NaBloPoMo writing prompts but didn’t particularly like them. Then I found Writing Prompts That Don’t Suck. It seemed particularly relevant to my current state of mind. So, without further ado…

The Broken Coffee Maker

One morning Lucy awoke to the sound of her pre-programmed coffee maker sputtering and dying. There would be no coffee for her morning commute to work. “Oh well,” she thought, “I’ll just stop at the coffee stand outside of my office building.” She managed to dress herself (mismatched socks) and hop the bus downtown. She arrived at her building groggy but otherwise OK.

To her horror, she found the coffee stand was closed.

Increasingly irritated, she pulled out her phone to find the closest Starbucks. She walked the three(!) blocks, stood in line for 20 minutes and finally got her Americano. Just having the caffeine in her hands perked her up and she headed back to the office. But, of course by this point, she was late. Her boss was not happy about it. She had managed to salvage her uncaffeinated good mood up to this point. But her boss was in a bad mood and after yelling at her for being late, her mood finally succumbed. She went about her daily, mundane tasks but all she could think about was the way her boss had treated her – a good employee with a good record – for being late this ONE time. She was preoccupied the rest of the day with all things she should have said in response.

Finally it was quitting time and Lucy simply could not wait to get home, get in her jammies, have a glass of wine and watch her favorite TV show. And that’s exactly what she did.

Only then did she realize that her favorite show was not on tonight. Because it was election day. And she had forgotten to vote.

Turns out a lot of people’s coffee makers were hacked by the Russians that day. Including her boss’s.

And THAT is how Donald Trump was elected POTUS.

You didn’t realize this was a horror story…did you?

Election Night Bubbly – The Pink Edition

Yesterday I wrote about the many options for bubbly to celebrate our FIRST FEMALE POTUS. It was brought to my attention that several people are interested in pink bubbly (because, duh, she’s a girl and I’m the only girl on the face of the planet who hates pink). Pink bubbly is really sparkling Rosé. I had actually intentionally left those out of my previous list because they used to be horrible (except the pricey ones). You remember the movie Sideways? He hated Merlot because it had become so popular that the market was flooded with BAD Merlot. Well, the same thing happened to Rosés not long ago.

But here’s my attempt to rectify my error of omission. Disclaimer, I have not actually tried all of these, but there are wineries I trust to do it right.  So here goes…

Once again, in order of price…

Super Cheap

  • I mentioned Bellinis yesterday as a cocktail made with Prosecco. But they can be pink. You can make them with Prosecco and pretty much any juice you choose. But you can also buy them pre-mixed. Now, this is not in any way fine wine, but if it’s your thing I say go for it. They are sweet, FYI. And Trader Joe’s has them for cheap (like $5.99). Below is a review of the Peach Bellini from Trader Joe’s. There is also a Strawberry flavor. I have actually tried both (my MIL LOVES them). I recommend the Peach even though I’m normally a bigger fan of Strawberry flavor. I enjoyed one glass of it but it was too sweet for my taste to drink any more than that.

Affordable

A Bit Pricey

  • My advice here follows my previous post. If you find a Rosé from Bollinger, Argyle, Laurent Perrier, Taittinger, J, Pol Roger and you can afford it – Buy it.
  • Another recommendation from Twitter was this Soter Mineral Springs Brut Rose. ~$60.

So there you go!

I’m sure there are plenty of other good options. The important thing is to CELEBRATE this historic moment. And, if the unthinkable happens, and you need to drown your sorrows…my partner has recommended Strychnine and Jack Daniels.

Election Night Bubbly – A Guide

I’ve been pondering what kind of sparkling wine I want to be drinking and toasting with when the FIRST FEMALE POTUS is elected next week. I still haven’t decided. But I thought a guide might be useful for those who don’t know much about bubbly. I’ve organized it by price point so there will be something to fit everyone’s budget. It’s not an exhaustive list so please feel free to contribute other ideas or ask questions in the comments.

champers

  • In the < $10-15 range I generally recommend Spanish Cava. Cava is Spain’s answer to champagne in that it is made in a very similar style. But far less expensive (usually under $10). Brands such as Freixenet and Segura Viudas are both good choices. I’ve yet to meet a Cava at this price point that I hated. I can’t say the same for other bubblies (like Korbel or Cook’s) commonly found in the supermarket.
  • Most Cava is Brut or dry. Which means not sweet. If you prefer sweeter wines, then I recommend Italian Prosecco which can also be commonly found in supermarkets and convenience stores in the $10-15 range. I’m not personally a fan, but many people love it. And even I can admit it’s good for Bellinis.
  • If you want to spend ~$20, the field thins considerably. I like Graham Beck (South Africa) but it’s not always easy to find. Argyle, from Oregon is more readily available – on the West Coast anyway. Roederer (California) may be the easiest to find at this price point. Also, there are some “higher end” Spanish Cavas in this price point that will not let you down.
  • Around $30 the field opens up, particularly if you are feeling patriotic and want American bubbles. You can never go wrong with Schramsberg, J, or Gloria Ferrer – all good. There are even some proper French champagnes like Bollinger available.
  • If you want the real stuff, the French Champagne, it’s generally going to cost you > $40. Bollinger, Pol Roger, Taittinger, Veuve Clicquot, and Laurent Perrier all have tasty options starting around $40. And they go up from there.

If you’re looking to spend more than $50 on a bottle but aren’t sure what you like, I recommend heading to your local wine store and asking. Not everyone has the same tastes. I’ve listed here what I prefer, and they are all good options, but you may like different styles. And that’s OK. Even Julia Child liked to eat McDonald’s sometimes. 😉

And if bubbles are not your thing [you’re a communist], I suggest a Nasty Woman cocktail. I tried it and it’s pretty delicious.

Vertical Champagne Tasting

Vertical Champagne Tasting with Pops, 2007

Coolest Job

I couldn’t find any writing prompts for this month’s #NaBloPoMo. I have all sorts of ideas and drafts but I wanted to see what prompts were out there for today. Last year’s November 3rd #NaBloPoMo writing prompt was this:

What did you think was the coolest job in the world when you were younger? Do you still feel that way now?

This prompt immediately reminded me of a project I did in 5th grade. The project was to write about our past, present and future. A sort of 10 year old’s biography and future hopes and dreams. Except…I was a very practical child. While I always loved the arts, I knew that making a living from them was practically impossible. I dreamed of a life where I could pursue what made me happy in the off hours, not in the on hours. So I wanted something that would pay the bills but not require blood, sweat and tears (read = overtime). I never wanted my job to define who I was. I craved adventure more than anything.

But don’t take my word for it. Read it from my 10 year old self. 😂

Wait for it…

X Marx the Fox

What to do with this space? I originally created this space because I felt I’d outgrown my old blog which was all about infertility. I didn’t really want to turn that blog into an adoption blog or a parenting blog so I created this space. And then continued to periodically blog in my old space because it still felt…comfy. Meanwhile, this space sat dormant.

Mainly because it has no focus.

But maybe it doesn’t need focus? I named it X Marx the Fox. So it should be whatever I need it to be for wherever I (aka the Fox) find myself. Right? The X can be whatever I need it to be. I still don’t want to have an adoption or parenting blog. But maybe I should just write about whatever here and not worry about a theme.

So. Where is the Fox right now?

I’m in transition. I’m between permanent houses, living with in-laws. I’m a new adoptive Mom. I am faced with a lot of in-law drama I’m not sure how to handle. And I can’t really talk about half it. I’m worried for my country and the strain of this election. So much of my life is characterized by uncertainty at the moment.

So perhaps it’s best that the X be a moving target for now.