Dear Dad and Mom,

I’m so glad you’re enjoying your Alaskan cruise this week. Showny and Blessong have been having tons of fun. We’ve really been pulling out all the stops to make sure they have a great time. It’s been a priority to make sure that this week is really relaxing for them. Honestly, it’s been just like a cross between VBS, summer camp, and the spa. Here’s a few pictures of them relaxing by the pool, drinking ice tea in the hammock, and of course…watching tons and tons of TV. They keep saying they can’t wait till you guys get back, but I think they just mean they miss you.

Love you lots,

-me

6-25-06

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Texas to Secede

So apparently the governor of Texas was quoted as saying that Texas could(not necessarily would) secede from the union, during a speech at a tea party rally yesterday.

Dear Texas,

Please don’t secede. If ya’ll left us, we’d be screwed.

Much obliged, Pearl.

In other news, I went wine tasting today. For my brother’s birthday, we went out with him, his girlfriend and my parents to two different wineries in the area. Between the six of us, we bought seven bottles of wine. They were sogood! I really like sweeter wines and dessert wines, although sometimes drier wine is nice with some spicy Italian food. My personal favorite (which I didn’t buy because it was expensive) was this white dessert ice wine, where the grapes are left on the vine until the outside temperature drops to 15 degrees. Only at this point are the grapes harvested and pressed–still frozen. The two wineries we went to were the Carpenter Creek winery¬†and the Pasek Cellars¬†winery. Pasek Cellars is known for their fruit wines, of which they have an amazing selection, including everything from Pineapple to a Late Harvest Voignier–which is made of grapes that have been left on the vine as long as possible to get that vine-ripened sweetness (I bought a bottle of this).¬†Carpenter Creek is more of a wine-drinkers winery with a mostly dry selection, but an amazingly fresh and crisp quality to the wine–not unlike drinking from a mountain spring. So, your task should you choose to accept it: Go on a wine-tasting tour.

Afterwards, we all went a local tavern and had some pan-fried oysters. Yum!

Last but not least: Easter candy is now 75% off. Yay!

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