Sending You Out Confused

This is the most random post ever. It includes a meme (I'm always too lazy to do these, but I got tagged by two people for the same one, and both guys are cool dads and I can probably get a round or two out of it), a link where I send you elsewhere to see random pictures I took, and a recipe to get you nice and festive on New Year's Eve.

The Meme

So I'm sitting at my desk last week minding my own business when I get two emails almost back-to-back from two dad blogger buddies of mine: Eric from Oh My God I'm a Daddy and Daddy Joe from Daddyus Dorkus. That can only mean two things: the underground dad collective has hacked a password to a *ahem* really interesting website or they tagged me for a meme. I have too many bookmarked sites anyway. Sour grapes...

  1. Take a picture of yourself right NOW!
  2. DON'T change your clothes, DON'T fix your hair... Just take a picture.
  3. Post that picture with NO editing.
  4. Post these instructions with your picture.
  5. Tag 10 peop*tchhc* *beeeeep* *chhhh* (Lost that last instruction due to, um, driving through a tunnel).

So here it is. Just me at work. Probably writing some exciting web copy or customer newsletter (or lamenting over being tagged):

But in all fairness, I look pretty good when you give me a good half hour to do my hair and makeup. Here's this year's Xmas card pic of me and Fury:

The Recipe: Godfather Sangria

My friend Rachel (who doesn't send me passwords, but makes up for it by posting food porn like you wouldn't believe) has this weekly thing called Mouthwatering Mondays. If you have recipes, jump on in and add your link to her page. It's a great way get your recipes out there and discover new ones. Last week I posted a recipe for Cashew Brittle. It's been getting rave reviews. If you consider "you'd make an excellent grandma" (spoken by my friend Joey the Fireman) a rave review. This week, I hope to earn "you'd make an excellent Spanish Innkeeper" with this one. This is a recipe I like to call my "Godfather Sangria," coincidentally named in honor of Joey the Fireman (who is Fury's Godfather).

1 bottle red wine
1/2 cup brandy
1/2 cup triple sec
1/2 cup superfine sugar (regular sugar works too if that’s all you have)
1 bottle (6 oz.) club soda
1 orange (sliced and triangled)
1 lemon (sliced, full circle)
1 lime (sliced, full circle)
1 red apple (bite sized wedges)
1 peach (bite-sized wedges) - I often substitute a pear or handful of sliced strawberries for this last one, especially during the summer.

Combine wine, brandy, triple sec and sugar into pitcher and stir well. Cut all fruits as specified and add to pitcher. Let sit for 2 hours or more. Add Club Soda into pitcher before serving. Serve over ice. I promise you, this is a total party pleaser. Easy to drink, with plenty of kick.

Sending You Away

Notice how I have this tendency to waste perfectly good blog posts by posting my everyday happenings on my Twitpic sidebar? Well, the people at Nokia must have picked up on it, because they sent me a Nokia 6650 phone and asked me to document one week of my life with it for their website. I'm going to review the phone later next month (because I always wanted to be a CNET reviewer for the alpha nerd status, and this is as close as I will ever get). But for now, check out my pictures at (click on Chapter 4, as that was my week along with 2 other bloggers).

That concludes my blogging responsibilities for the rest of the year (actually, I'm doing a guest post over at Mr Lady's place for New Year's Eve, be sure to check it out). Have a Happy and Healthy 2009!