We have some fresh strawberries today, so I used the Cocktails+ iPhone app (hey, free this week only!) to make a “Blood-Hound Cocktail”:
- 1/4 dry vermouth
- 1/4 sweet vermouth
- 1/2 London dry gin
- 3 crushed strawberries
- Shake with ice, strain into cocktail glass.
It is delicious. Shannon is generally anti-gin and yet agrees that it tastes like a field of fresh strawberries. I heartily recommend that if you have the implements on hand, you should whip yourself up a Blood-Hound. (I believe that’s 1920’s-style hyphenation.)
What else? I owe you some updates, people.
So, we’re on a budgeting binge. Shannon’s working on replacing all of our cleaning solutions with vinegar, baking soda, and a giant bottle of Dr. Bronner’s, which should be easy on our wallet, but I suspect our house may just start to smell like salad dressing. She also ordered some Crunchy Clean All Natural Detergent, which she claims is 100% “green”. It’s 9 bucks for 80 loads, so I’m a fan, as long as the “crunchy” part of the equation is purely metaphorical.
We’re going to cut back on cable. When we bought our HDTV — a magical wall of beautifulness — we also upgraded to The Digital Cable Premium Ultra Plus Pack, or whatever. In true Comcast style our promo period ran out, and our bill mutated into a sentient, malevolent being and rampaged through our wallets on a monthly basis.
No more, I say! We can watch Netflix Instant Watch on the iMac and on our TV (through the XBox), we have $30 in gift cards to iTunes, we have the 1-disc plan with Netflix, there is a Blockbuster down the street, and Hulu exists. We don’t need OnDemand, and we sure has heck don’t need 200 TV channels. We’re going down to Arbitrarily Limited Basic, as soon as I gather up the necessary personal constitution necessary to dial 1-800-COMCAST and battle the evil robot lady voice.
I’ve also listed a bunch of stuff on Craigslist. Hopefully somebody will take our electric organ (I impulse-bought it for $50 a while back but can’t actually play keyboards), or our Dance Dance Revolution mat (it came with a GameCube system and pile of games that I bought off of Craigslist, but the only DDR game on GameCube is Mario Mix, which features Mario characters throwing down to techno remixes of various public-domain songs, like Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, not kidding) or this pile of movies (because we got 3 free Blu-Rays of lousy movies when we bought our TV, and while we like VHSes in some respects, nobody actually needs Quantum Leap: The Leap Home in VHS format).
Saving money. It’s what’s happening with the Daigles! Oh, and drinking Blood-Hounds. Mix yourself up a Blood-Hound. Or at least have a strawberry.