Friday, 18 January 2013

Focusing on life–week 3–a dash of pink

Hey, look at that it’s Saturday again! Where did this week go?  I didn’t make it around to all of last weeks photos so I will be playing catch up.  This week you will find links to everyone’s little stolen time for themselves on Sally Russick’s blog.  Yes, Sally told us all to take a moment, take several and have it all to yourself and do NOT feel guilty about it.

Honestly….

As soon as I read that I felt I’ve been really selfish with my time staying up late working away on creating.  Creating ideas, objects, connections – a business.   This isn’t a bad thing per se, but there are other household things that are falling behind and probably becoming quite irksome for my long suffering husband.  There needs to be a better balance and I suppose that will come over time, with a proper effort.

This week I spent a copious and really insane amount of time comparison shopping and researching various tools.  There are so many variables when you are Canadian and many retailers are in the US and each has their own convoluted shipping vs buying it in Canada and paying more tax.  Seriously the savings I get is probably minimal because of the time I take to get it.  But I can’t leave it alone!  Then if I see a space for entering a coupon code I will spend at least 10 minutes trying to find one and apply it.  I’d say overall, I’m usually successful. 

For various reasons it’s been a pretty futile and frustrating week.  Boring stuff really, so I’ll spare ya the rest of my whine.

This evening, once my little one was in bed and good and asleep I decided to do as I was told and take a moment.  Hmm, what to do.  I’m going to have a good old Gin & Tonic – it’s been so long.

ingredients for a moment

Gin – check.  Two bottles actually.  I’ve always been a Gin drinker, so it’s a sure-fire gift from those who know me. [and I debated hard, do I have the Bombay Sapphire which is open, or go ahead and open the Tanqueray which I really love – in the spirit of the challenge – Tanqueray it was]
Tonic – check. One can Canada Dry must be in my fridge at ALL times. Other tonics will simply not do.
Lime – damn!
Bitters – check. You haven’t lived until you’ve had it with bitters.
Ice – groan.  Why is there no ice?  I never use ice and the one time I want ice there are barely cubes at all!  Why fill the tray only part of the way?  Why is this tray totally empty?  Why does this one have just one cube? How much longer can I bitch about my drink before it gets warm and these shavings melt and then I have warm gin….

Instead I fixed one for my hubby who apparently stopped keeping up with the ice when I got him the perfect water bottle for Christmas that really keeps it cold.  So you see it’s my own fault.

pink g&t

Then we enjoyed the moment, together.  I totally cheated but in the best way.

34 comments:

  1. ahhh! a G&T can't beat it!! though i'm a gordon's and schweppes gal, myself :)
    glad it helped you unwind...
    [no. 13 this week]

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  2. I'm a vodka and lemonaid girl myself and taking the time for one really is a relaxing treat! Funny post!

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  3. Bitters in a gin and tonic??? Something for me to look foward to!! I MUST try this next time! You always write the cutest posts! Have a great wek!

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  4. Good for you!! It's nice to sit down with a nice drink now and then!

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  5. I haven't had a gin and tonic for awhile. It is a summer drink in my mind for some reason. A yummy thought!

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  6. I'm more of a pinacolada girl--love the sweeter stuff. I'm glad you could unwind and enjoy a few moments with your honey.

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  7. Ah .. That last picture looks so tempting. I am glad you went for the good stuff. :). I hope this week is a better one.

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  8. G&T's take me back to my field work --my adviser was British, and we had gin and tonics each day when we got back in from the field.

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  9. Oh, those drinks look refreshing. Your post made me laugh because it's always the times when we finally decide to do something simple for ourselves that things are never there when you want/need them - isn't that so true!!

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  10. Love your photos and the story of making the drink ;) Of course I am a wine and beer girl, so haven't tried drinks like this. Going to have to give it a try sometime!

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  11. Okay, I'm putting it out there... those who know me know i'm a tequila girl! Give me a big ole margarita on the rocks with salt on the rim and I am such a HAPPY girl!! I loved how you shared your "me" time! Those drinks look wonderful!

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  12. Yay! Pink G & T...one of the inventions that puts the Great in Britain!

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  13. :) Love it. I am reading all the comments and realize I like almost all of them. Geesh maybe I shouldn't admit that. Glad you took the time to enjoy.

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  14. Sharing a drink with my hubby is always one of my favorite relaxing moments too!

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  15. Oh, I so wish I could have sent you some cyber-lime! Been using it in water lately.

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  16. Gin and tonics are my favorite drink. You also use my gin of choice as well. ;) Boy, your photo sure does demonstrate your indulgence beautifully!

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  17. I enjoyed your steps along the way and laughed when you discovered 1 or 2 ice cubes in a tray. Seems to be what happens here too. Makes me want to go fix a drink! If I have ice that is!

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  18. I don't think I ever had Gin & Tonic - at home I am a wine girl. Must try it :) Your pictures are beautiful - and your choice of sharing your 'me' time wise!

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  19. I am whiskey and bourbon girl. But I will have to try yours!

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  20. Loved reading your post and a nice cocktail is always a treat!

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  21. I enjoyed reading your post! The part about the ice reminds me of days when my kids were still home. They never refilled an empty ice tray. Thank goodness for automatic ice makers! Anyway, I like how you relax!

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  22. Good job on relaxing. Sometimes a drink can really be relaxing. Your pic certainly looks tempting. I want something that tastes good like apricot brandy or peppermint schnapps in cocoa.

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  23. Oh! I need extra lime in my G&T! Great picture. :)

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  24. I loved this post so funny, but in the end worth the bitching! I think I will be fixing myself a martini later for a night cap.
    Therese

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  25. enjoy the moment - hope you found a few minutes to yourself!

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  26. Making ice cubes and changing the paper towel roll ... aparently I am the only person in our family gifted enough to successfully execute these tasks. I plan on adding those rare skills to my resume. As for the T&T ... my favorite drink!

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  27. I'm glad some one is enjoying a cocktail...I hardly drink, but my fav is a nice G&T with Bombay Sapphire. A nice chilled Agavero (http://www.tequilas.info/english/agavero.htm) is also great with a little lime. I too have all the makings on hand except the ice!

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  28. G&T is one of my husband's faves, so we always have the ingredients on hand! What a way to spend some time to your self :)

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  29. Great post...I like to relax with a glass of wine every now and then...:-). Have a great week! PS: Tim Horton's is my fav...I load up on coffee when I go home.

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  30. I love this post! You have me smiling the whole way through. Especially the part about the ice cubes. Too funny! Too true! I would opt for vodka. Absolut in particular. ;-)
    Enjoy the day. Erin

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  31. mmmmmm I could use a gin and tonic-never tried it with bitters. how much?

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  32. Hah! Love the pics. As far as gin, I have never acquired the taste being more of a beer girl. My stepson says he thinks gin tastes like Christmas trees - makes you wonder how he can make the comparison. But you make it sound wonderful!

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  33. Fun! Good luck with your business - it really can be hard balancing the various different demands on our time and attention.

    And we have the same problem with our ice trays. We use ice so rarely that half the time when we pull out the ice trays the ice has evaporated down to tiny nubs. :)

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