This week’s liquid offering is a dry red wine, Cantina Zaccagnini. I discovered this wine when dining at one of my favorite haunts in Ocean City, Maryland. The restaurant/liquor store, Liquid Assets, is a nice bistro with casual elegance. In addition to a large bar, there are comfortable sofas, chairs and tables throughout the restaurant. There is also a separate area with more traditional tables and booths. One of the things I like best about Liquid Assets are the shelves and shelves of bottled wines available for sale. I love looking at the labels, trying to decide what each bottle of wine might taste like. It is a wine lover’s paradise.
While Mr. Loveton and I were sitting at the bar, we struck up a conversation with three young women seated near me. They had purchased a bottle of the Cantina Zaccagnini, saying it was their favorite dry red. Intrigued, I asked to see the bottle. They then offered me a glass (nice girls they were!) and I ended up purchasing two bottles to take home.
If you’re ever in Ocean City, Maryland, and you like wine and interesting food, check out Liquid Assets. I think you’ll like it.
I started to tell you about my day. It was busy from the time I started (7:20 AM) until the time I left (6:45 PM). In fact, the last three days have been busy. And why? Because yours truly was on vacation all of last week and is now paying the price. Have you ever noticed that no matter how much work you get done the week before you go on vacation, you are still behind when you return? Sigh… What can you do but grin and bear it? And, perhaps, have a glass of wine at the end of the day.
Anyway, I walked in the door this evening at 7:30 PM, ate dinner, did my workout, and decided I’d let the Wednesday Whine go for this week. I didn’t think I had it in me to write a blog post after such a tiring day. Somehow I’ve managed it, though, so here I am – whining!
Vacation was good – really good! We had one day of misty coolness, but all in all it was nice spring weather in Ocean City. We walked the Boardwalk a great deal, we walked along the surf, played miniature golf, went biking, ate way too much and just thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
Speaking of miniature golf, I never seem able to defeat my husband when we play. He is too good for me, and I generally lose by a stroke or two. In spite of several holes in one in each game, I still managed to lose every game we played. That’s not good for a girl’s ego! In order to keep things interesting, I play for jewelry. If I win, I get VICTORY JEWELRY. If I lose, I get a piece of CONSOLATION JEWELRY. (Mr. Loveton, contrary gent that he is, insists on calling it LOSER JEWELRY.) Well, if you stop to consider, I’m a winner either way. Ladies, I strongly recommend you consider playing for jewelry if your husband drags you out to play miniature golf or any other similar activity. Here is my latest piece of consolation jewelry. Since Maryland is known for crabs, this necklace seems rather symbolic of my time in Ocean City.
My favorite thing about being by the ocean is watching the sun as it rises above the water. I was up bright and early to make sure that I didn’t miss it. Would you want to miss this? I don’t think so.
Here’s a picture of Mr. Loveton heading to the beach. Actually, he is supposed to be on his way to the hotel lobby to bring his wife her early morning coffee (this is for his own well-being since I’m pretty unbearable until I’ve had my first cup of joe in the morning); instead, he took a quick detour onto the beach. He didn’t think I was looking! Doesn’t he realize yet that Mrs. Loveton sees and knows all? I forgave him the delay. However, notice he has his OWN coffee in hand (you have to look closely) as he heads out to take a quick walk on the beach. The devil!
The ocean water is pretty cold in early May, as we found out when we stripped off our sandals and walked in the surf. Some might call it bracing. I think shocking is more fitting! I think I quickly lost all circulation in my toes. It has yet to return.
I really had a relaxing week. I actually caught up on all my favorite blogs. (So, how come I’m behind again?) I managed to write and post one of my Alphabet Soup stories. I even managed to clean up some of my email! Most of all, though, I just chilled. There’s something about being by the water that is calming. It soothes the spirit and just makes me happy.
Apparently, it also makes a certain husband a better photographer. You may recall that I posted a selfie several weeks ago, explaining that Mr. Loveton tends to cut off heads when he takes photographs. This time, expecting the worse, I told him to have at it. He suprised me! He managed to take a photograph of me – and, as you can see, my head is still firmly attached to my neck and shoulders. I like to title this photo: A Ravens Dork at the Beach.
Even though this girl now lives in Pennsylvania, her heart and soul are still in her old hometown – and she still roots for her beloved Baltimore Ravens.
This weekend, I hope to get back into my writing. Here’s what’s coming in the next week:
A long promised review of M.C. Dulac’s latest book. I also have a brief interview with Ms. Dulac to share.
A new Alphabet Soup story. This one is titled “D is for Delilah” – and, no, it is not a take on the Biblical tale of Samson and Delilah. 😀
Have a wonderful week, everyone! And if you try the wine mentioned above, let me know how you like it.