Phew, trying to get back into blogging gear since we were busy with our Labor Day weekend trip and some house projects (always with the house projects).
And being that it’s Friday, and we have not had a favorites post in far too long (please forgive us!), hopefully you know what that means! A few of our favorites of late.
Grand Theft Auto V – Look…before I get chastised about how horrible these games are, let it be known that I’m not the guy who spends his time doing obscene things. Rather, I enjoy the vast wide open format of these games and the freedom to do anything I want. Base jump of a mountain? Okay. Ride a dirt bike on the beach? Sure. Drive a motorcycle off a bridge onto a boat? You get the idea…there are no limitations to what you can do. And with each passing installment, GTA has gotten better at their environments and storytelling. One of Rockstar’s latest efforts was Red Dead Redemption. And that my friends, was storytelling at it’s most compelling. But even when I was done with the story, I still found myself saddling up on my horse and just riding around admiring the amount of detail Rockstar put in the vast, seemingly unending environment. GTA V is no different. I may never uncover all the stuff the latest landscape has to offer. I mean…underwater alien shipwreck? Shut the front door.
Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest – It’s that time of year when beer companies ’round the world start churning out Octoberfests & Pumpkin ales. I say bring it on. I know that Sam Adams makes one fine Octoberfest and it’s actually one of my favs, but in my mind nothing can compete with Hacker-Pschorr. I had the opportunity to try this fresh from the tap at our local German institution – Restaurant Linderhof. It was phenomenal and launched a city-wide search for me to find some. Yeah, it was that good. In fact, it’s so good that it started a cultural phenomenon. The story behind this beer is a good one. King Ludwig 1st tasked a few brewmasters to craft new beers in order to celebrate his upcoming nuptials. Among them was Josef Pschorr who crafted this original Oktoberfest. It was so good the party lasted for days and became an annual tradition…one the world commonly knows as…you guessed it, Oktoberfest. How’s that for a history lesson?
Clarks Chilton Side-Zip Boot: It’s finally cooling off enough for me to wear long pants to work again. (Backstory: I work in the loft of a 35 year old cabin, it gets REALLY hot, so I wear shorts). Anyway, my job occasionally requires me to get dirty, stomping around in mud, gravel, sawdust, job-sites, etc., so I needed something rugged and comfortable but also nice and professional looking. Enter these boots. Kinda perfect. Super comfy, and super easy to get on and off with the side zip. No laces, no straps, just unzip and slide ’em off.
Honeycrisp Apples – Words cannot do these apples justice, therefore……………….
Kate Spade crossover purse – I managed to pick this up for $38 at a sale at the Kate Spade outlet during our trip to DC. I love it. So handy for outings when I don’t want to lug around a purse full of junk, but just need the essentials. It even has card slots in the side to hold your id and credit cards, so no need to fool with cramming a wallet inside. This little beauty is the perfect size for my phone, sunglasses case, lip gloss and hand sani.
Oil Can Glass Soap Pump from Target – I actually spotted these in the restroom of a local restaurant, Tomato Head, and then found them at Target. I bought it in clear glass, but it comes in green and pink as well. The green and pink also have a shorter, fatter size that is cute. The best part? They are under $10 each! I feel like a real grown up having actual nice looking soap pumps in my bathroom and kitchen. Yes, I’m weird.
Dr. Bronner’s Almond Soap – I’m trying to move toward simplifying things around our house, including things as small as hand soap. I used to buy Bath & Body Works hand soaps when they would go on sale and I still love them, but am moving towards a cleaner look of a nice glass soap pump (see above) filled with a clean scented hand soap. This almond castor soap from Dr. Bronner’s fit the bill perfectly. It has about a million multi-uses too. The other great thing? The hubs loooooves it too.
Shock Top Honey Crisp Apple Wheat – perfect for fall. I haven’t seen too many yet around these parts, but I did notice Honey Crisps out in the Whole Foods market in Fairlakes Virginia during our recent trip up to D.C. If you love a good honey crisp apple as we do and a light drinkable beer, then you will love this one. I’m a sucker for a good beer, but I also enjoy a refreshing hard apple cider. So in my opinion, this combines the two and packs a crisp apple flavor punch. 🙂
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