I have two announcements to make.
- Today, I am headed to the Boston for what has become my annual pilgrimage to visit with family and sample what a real winter feels like just as Southern California is expecting 80-degree weather. I know, I know, it seems like I spend most of my time on vacation, but I really do hold a full-time job (one that may see me getting even more time off).
- This is Defining Wonderland‘s 100th post! I can’t believe how quickly it took to reach triple digits and I am so grateful to the Wonderlings who have been around for the last year and the new ones who have joined this blogging adventure. To the next hundred!
For the Taste Buds:
It’s that time of year when you can’t go to the grocery store or pass a coworker in the hallway without being questioned about your flavor of choice. That’s right… it’s Girl Scout cookie season! With those adorable green uniforms with matching sash, the girls are around every corner ready to sell you your favorite delicacy. Are you a Thin Mint kind of person or a Tagalong? Do you prefer Do-Si-Dos or Lemonades? I’m a Samoa girl myself. Something about the caramel-y goodness and the crunchy-soft cookie makes my mouth salivate at the thought. What I didn’t know is that there are a dozen different flavors to choose from, but that they are not available in all areas. How disappointing! At least cash is not the only payment option anymore.
For the Ears:
I’m not entirely sure why, but I have been really digging some of the great older music choices lately. Funkadelic favorites, Rat Pack melodies, and classic country ballads have been frequent guests on my iPhone’s playlist. I’ve been walking the line with Johnny Cash, flying away with Frank Sinatra, and asking the pussy cat “what’s new?” with Tom Jones. I often forget how much I adore these timeless songs.
(Am I the only who thinks that Dermot Mulroney would have been a better choice than Joaquin Phoenix to play Mr. Cash?)
There are so many great tunes out there that everyone can instantly sing along to as the first note begins to play. Whether you’re belting Judy Garland in the shower (for the best acoustics, of course) or sashaying to “Build Me Up Buttercup,” there are always go to songs that everyone knows and can instantly join in the musical fun. What are some of your favorite everlasting songs that immediately bring you to a place of joy?
For the Celebration:
With March right around the corner, it’s time to pull out all things green and proclaim—whether accurate or not— that you are Irish. St. Patrick’s Day is a time-honored tradition of corned beef and hash, shamrocks, and lots and lots of drinks. People can dress up in silly leprechaun costumes and rock out to U2 and Flogging Molly while searching for a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. McDonald’s has brought back the Shamrock Shake, a green and minty milkshake that was a big hit when I was a kid. Maybe this year, I’ll revisit the frosty treat for old times sake.
My favorite adult beverage is the Irish Car Bomb. A shot of Bailey’s Irish cream liquor is topped with a floater of Irish whiskey (your choice) and then dropped into a half pint of Guinness. As soon as you drop the shot into the stout, you chug your beverage down and by golly, it takes like chocolate milk. But be careful, too many Car Bombs can creep up on you when you least expect it. I learned that lesson after St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in college and one too many Peppermint Patty shots (peppermint schnapps with a squirt of chocolate syrup). Just because it doesn’t taste strong doesn’t mean it’s not.
And now, to finish packing.