Posted in Drinks Galore, It's Artistic/Creative

I CAN Be an Artist

It seems there is a growing trend of learn-to-paint classes, which encourage novice artists to gather with a group of friends and create a piece of artwork, all while enjoying a cocktail or two.

This is not an item written down to check off my list, but it is something I’ve thought would be fun. March 2014, I went with a bunch of friends in my Active 20-30 Club to a place in town called the Painted Cork.

Have you ever felt like taking a painting class to unleash your inner Picasso, but felt as though you couldn’t even paint a stick figure? Are you looking for something different and new to do for a birthday party, ladies night out, team builder, first date, couples or even as a single person who is looking for some unique social interaction in the Folsom or Midtown Sacramento area? The Painted Cork “paint and sip” Art Studio creates a comfortable, fun, hip and exciting atmosphere where you and your friends can enjoy a fantastic time while a professional art instructor teaches you a step by step 2 to 3 hour painting classes. The Painted Cork offers a completely relaxed and social painting class/party where guests are allowed to bring with them their favorite wine or beer and delicious snacks to enjoy throughout the class!

I’m definitely not an artist, so I was guessing that my painting would turn out really bad. Got to the place and found the easels and paints all set up at tables. The artist instructor told me to grab an apron and then drinks, snacks, and a seat. I put down the bottle of wine and snack mix I brought and grabbed a glass and apron and a seat. The canvas had a penciled outline of the skyline we were going to be painting. Up front there were different paintings that were completed, the instructor told us to take a look at each one to use as a baseline for inspiration or ours. Then we started painting.

It was a very simple step by step processing. Mixing colors and watching what she did and then doing similar. By doing it this way, I realized that each person is different in how they paint the same object. This in turn means that no one is a bad artist. I don’t think I’d be able to do a painting like that without watching the steps to get it done.

Overall, it was a very fun evening and I’d totally do this again. I can see why it’s become so popular.

Posted in Drinks Galore

Cocktails #50 Irish Car Bomb

from the 111 cocktails (you must try) challenge

Read about this challenge and see the list here

Ingredients: Guinness beer, Bailey’s Irish cream liqueur, and Jameson Irish whiskey

Drank on: St. Patrick’s Day – March 17, 2016

Location: Pine Cove, Sacramento, California

Notes: I have had an Irish car bomb once before but it was before I started going through this list, so to check it off, I had to drink it again and get a photo. It had been so long, I had forgotten the trick of dropping in the shot and then drinking fast. The bartender said I could just pour in the shot instead of dropping in the glass. My friends said that would be cheating.

Down the hatch! Slainte

Posted in Learning Lessons/Research Discoveries, Super Duper Easy

#819 – Know the difference between ʻAʻā and Pāhoehoe

Time to look up the words in Wikipedia. Turns out these words are for two different types of Lava.

Photo from United States Geological Survey (USGS)

ʻAʻā means “stony rough lava”, but also to “burn” or “blaze”) is one of three basic types of flow lava. ʻAʻā is basaltic lava characterized by a rough or rubbly surface composed of broken lava blocks called clinker. The Hawaiian word was introduced as a technical term in geology by Clarence Dutton.

The loose, broken, and sharp, spiny surface of an ʻaʻā flow makes hiking difficult and slow. The clinkery surface actually covers a massive dense core, which is the most active part of the flow. As pasty lava in the core travels downslope, the clinkers are carried along at the surface. At the leading edge of an ʻaʻā flow, however, these cooled fragments tumble down the steep front and are buried by the advancing flow. This produces a layer of lava fragments both at the bottom and top of an ʻaʻā flow.

Accretionary lava balls as large as 3 metres (10 feet) are common on ʻaʻā flows. ʻAʻā is usually of higher viscosity than pāhoehoe. Pāhoehoe can turn into ʻaʻā if it becomes turbulent from meeting impediments or steep slopes. ʻAʻā lavas typically erupt at temperatures of 1000 to 1100 °C.

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Photo from United States Geological Survey (USGS)

Pāhoehoe means “smooth, unbroken lava”), also spelled pahoehoe, is basaltic lava that has a smooth, billowy, undulating, or ropy surface. These surface features are due to the movement of very fluid lava under a congealing surface crust. The Hawaiian word was introduced as a technical term in geology by Clarence Dutton.

A pāhoehoe flow typically advances as a series of small lobes and toes that continually break out from a cooled crust. It also forms lava tubes where the minimal heat loss maintains low viscosity. The surface texture of pāhoehoe flows varies widely, displaying all kinds of bizarre shapes often referred to as lava sculpture. With increasing distance from the source, pāhoehoe flows may change into ʻaʻā flows in response to heat loss and consequent increase in viscosity. Pahoehoe lavas typically have a temperature of 1100 to 1200 °C.

And that concludes the lesson for the day. Bucket List mission accomplished!

Posted in Drinks Galore, Super Duper Easy

#1225 – Have a V-8

I used to drink V-8 as a kid ALL THE TIME. Then got sick of it and couldn’t stand drinking it anymore. Recently I’ve been drinking it again, and back to enjoying it. Now, V-8 has also created fusion drinks with fruit added. Will try one of those some point.

I also want to try juicing my own V-8 some time. But at least I can check this off my list of things to do.

I always think of those old V-8 commercials when people are walking around sideways until they have a drink.

Posted in Drinks Galore

Cocktails #26 Chocolate Cake

from the 111 cocktails (you must try) challenge

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IMG_1246Ingredients: citrus vodka, hazelnut liqueur, and sugar coated lemon

Drank on: October 28, 2014

Location: DeVeres Irish Pub in Sacramento, California

Notes: Had to try this one around my birthday! I have no idea how this drink came about or how it got it’s name, since it doesn’t have chocolate in it. Except when you do drink it, it’s very much chocolate tasting. a little on the sweet side with the sugar rim but yummy.

Posted in Bon Appetite

#1313 – Eat One Raisinet at a Time

image (1)I wasn’t sure why this would be a bucket list item. But when I got a box of raisinets and opened them, I understood. Shaking out into my hand, I had a whole bunch and I just wanted to throw them into my mouth. It takes patience and control to just pick up one little chocolate covered raisin and put in the mouth. I solved this by putting them into a bowl and leaving it on the kitchen counter. Whenever I go by it, I pick one raisinet up and eat it. Doing it this way is taking a lot longer to finish the box but it’s kind of fun.

How would you get yourself to eat one piece of candy at a time when you would rather throw a mouthful in?

Posted in Movie Madness, Super Duper Easy

#172 – Watch Spinal Tap

Spinal Tap Movie PosterOne might ask what is this movie about?

Let’s jump over to Wikipedia and do a search for a definition:

“This Is Spinal Tap is an American 1984 rock musical mockumentary directed by Rob Reiner about the fictional heavy metal band Spinal Tap. The film satirizes the wild personal behavior and musical pretensions of hard rock and heavy metal musical bands, as well as the hagiographic tendencies of rock documentaries of the time.”

Was able to get around to watching this movie and I don’t really see why it is considered a “cult” classic. I understand the standardizes that they were making fun of. The number of British bands coming over to America, the bad luck that followed some bands, in this movie it was the accidental deaths of their drummers, and last the ending with them getting a resurgence of their fame over in Japan. I was surprised that several big name stars had small appearances in the movie. Like Billy Crystal playing a waiter at a party dressed as a mine.

This is NOT going on my “let’s re-watch this movie lots of times” list.

Posted in Drinks Galore

Cocktails #18 Bocce Ball

from the 111 cocktails (you must try) challenge

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IMG_1528Ingredients: vodka, amaretto, orange juice, and soda water

Drank on: October 19, 2015

Location: Fanny Ann’s Saloon (in Old Sacramento), Sacramento, California

Notes: I asked the bartender here, what was a popular cocktail. He mentioned “Bocce Ball” and “Hop, Skip, and Go Naked”. I got excited when I heard Bocce Ball because I knew it was on my list and I haven’t really felt like trying any drinks from it in a while. This would be perfect to be able to cross one off and see about getting re-motivated.

I liked this drink, reminds me of a screwdriver. if you like orange juice drinks this one is for you. it can sneak up on you as you don’t really taste the alcoholic part.

Posted in Generic Ones, It's Artistic/Creative, Super Duper Easy

#775 – Permit Yourself to Like a Piece of Art Without Knowing Why

I have enjoyed several pieces of art without really knowing why. It truly is amazing the way artists can capture moments or inspire emotions with abstract. And the different types out there: charcoal, water colors, oils, photography, just to name a few mediums.

I wish I had a fun game room and could afford some paintings from Michael Godard. I first saw his olive and grape paintings on a cruise ship a few years ago. He’s my most recent favorite. The paintings are just so much fun to look at.Michael_Godard_I_Lost_My_MarblesDo you have a favorite artist? Own any of the paintings? Do you like a piece just because?

Posted in Drinks Galore

Cocktails #16 Blow Job

from the 111 cocktails (you must try) challenge

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P1100214Ingredients: Irish cream liqueur and amaretto

Drank on: December 18, 2014

Location: Pine Cove in Sacramento, California

Notes: (while on a ugly sweater/crazy santa hat pub crawl) I told my friends that I decided to give this shot a try. They were all for it and proceeded to tell me there is a specific way to drink it. You can’t use your hands (and one person said that afterwards you have to find a guy to give a kiss to) They also said that this location does it pretty good. So, I went up to the bar and asked for a blow job. The bartender gave me a strange look. She thought I said blue dolphin (which I learned is code for water). My friend repeated what I wanted. The bartender looked for whip cream to add. She made the shot for both of us.

I tried to lift up the glass with my teeth, which I realize now was dumb. Should have just been the mouth. It started spilling, so I put it down and then laughed which spilled it more. Finally I used my hand to shoot what was left. Guess I need to practice more 🙂

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Posted in Generic Ones, Home Town, Super Duper Easy

#1297 – Hula-Hoop

I was volunteering with my Active 20-30 club at a children’s home. We brought games to play and lunch for the kids. We also had sports stuff like kickball and hula-hoops that we donated to them. Hmm, what a perfect opportunity to borrow a hula-hoop and spin it around.

Of course I did this as a kid, but I am taking photos and videos to officially check the items from the book. So I had to do this again. I didn’t even make it 3 seconds. Apparently I don’t have the rhythm down anymore. I will have to work on that so I can make a video.hulahoopHow long can you hula-hoop? And can you hula more than one hoop?

Posted in Bon Appetite, Generic Ones, Requires Travel, Super Duper Easy

#529 – Eat a Hot Tamale

This could be for eating the candy ~ Hot tamales

 

or for eating the dish. By definition a tamale is “A Mexican dish of seasoned meat wrapped in cornmeal dough and steamed or baked in corn husks”

tamaleI’ve enjoyed hot tamales wrapped in corn husks several times from the grocery store. In 2012, I was coming home from a trip and had a layover at an airport in El Salvador. While there I had my first experience of eating a tamale that had been wrapped in grape leaves. It didn’t taste all that different.

 

What are some different ways you have received and eaten a hot tamale?