Saturday, July 6, 2013

Cuz we're proud to be North Americans

With both Canada Day and 4th of July in the same week there was plenty of celebrating going on at the Hartman house. Though, to be fair, I did completely forget his special day and made him wait until our glorious 4-day weekend to celebrate. And by "celebrate" I mean go to Grocery Outlet for some pretty trashy treats;
Seriously. When we ran out of pretzels we just started eating it by the spoonful. How can you say 'no' to mocha hazelnut spread when it was only 89 cents? And to wash it all down;
We bought all three flavors of White Zin Strawberry, Blackberry Merlot, and Crisp Pear Pinot Grigio. You just throw the bags in the freezer for 5 hours and then squeeze out the contents into a pint glass and enjoy!

Besides loading ourselves up on gloried chocolate frosting and frozen wine coolers, I finally managed to make it over to the new olive oil tasting room by the Safeway on East Ave. Just like the oil place Wilson took me to in Old Pasedena, they have tasting bottles of all of their oils and vinegars to sample. It didn't take me long to choose two oils and two vinegars to buy.
A white balsamic vinegar of cara-cara oranges and vanilla (great for homemade salad dressings), a dark balsamic of cinnamon pear (fabulous over fresh tomatoes and cucumbers), basil olive oil, and garlic olive oil. The only complaint I have is that the lids are corks so it takes a little bit of muscle to pry them off which can be a recipe for disaster should I not have a great hold on the bottle.

Today was the first day in a week that we've been able to open the windows in the morning because it was finally cooler outside than in. Two days ago it was still 88 degrees at 6:45 am. We even set our alarm this morning so that we could get up and take an early walk and vacuum out my car before it got too hot.
Once it warmed up outside we settled in and watched our second Redboxed movie, Gangster Squad (Josh Brolin & Ryan Gosling). It was okay, I'm glad we didn't go to the theater for it. Last night we watched Flight (Denzel Washington). Again, just okay, nothing great. What was great was The Heat (Sandra Bullock) that I went with a co-worker to see Thursday afternoon. Hilarious! The boy was absolutely uninterested and declined to join us. His loss because I, and all the blue-hairs, laughed the entire time. Apparently old people love Sandra Bullock and tons of gratuitous cursing. Who knew?

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