Somehow, by being disgustingly lucky, I have managed to develop a rather snooty palate. This is particularly true in terms of my drinking style. No matter what the liquid is, the more expensive it is, the more it attracts me. I love those stupid minted waters, the fancy teas, microbrews with strange flavors, fancy wines, and pretty much anything with bubbles in it. If it’s foreign or imported? Even more alluring.
So when I go out on the town to drink, I’m always looking for something that I can’t make at home myself. I have one expensive drink and I nurse it as long as possible, for as I’ve said before, I’m pretty much broke off my ass. The old saying “champagne tastes on a beer budget” is very, very true for me at this stage in my life. But that doesn’t get rid of the craving for expensive things. That’s where friends and family with kitchen toys come to the rescue.
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Well, my big plan was to post a how-to on pie crust after making 5 for Thanksgiving, but unfortunately I’ve been afflicted with a glitch on the memory card of the camera I was using. Hopefully I can get that sorted out before Christmas.
But let’s turn away from digital mishaps and towards what’s really on all our minds: Holy crap I have to assemble Christmas presents. Yes, there are still two or three weeks left, but I have finals, so if I don’t plan NOW, those presents around going to get shoved into a three day rush to assemble everything.
Second thing that pops into my mind: Holy crap I have no money. Nobody does! Because of the total systemic break down of our global economy, luxurious presents are one of the many casualties scattered in the wake of our scramble to keep our lives together. And really, it’s not something to get too broken up about, because there are great, cheap(er) ways to check everyone off your list, from your friend’s friend who you don’t really remember their name but they’ll be showing up at that party to your neighbor who refuses to cut their lawn to people you actually want to give a gift to.
I’ve decided to give everyone booze. Holidays make people drink anyways, so why not aid and abet? By investing in some shockingly large bottles of alcohol (thanks to my mother’s trip to Nevada, where the liquor taxes are MUCH lower than Washington’s) and some small jars scrounged from Goodwill, I have a gift that can be divvied up and spread around.
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