Beer | Supplication by Russian River Brewing (GF People DO NOT READ – you will be jealous!)

I was really thankful when my tests came back negative for being allergic to gluten/wheat. That being said, if you are and are bummed that you can’t drink amazing beer, please proceed with caution…

Russian River Supplication Beer

Brewed in Santa Rosa, CA

Supplication is a sour ale that is barrel aged for 12-15 months in Pinot Noir barrels with cherries added. Russian River Brewing Company from Santa Rosa, CA produces this sour, dry and crisp American Wild Ale (7.75% ABV, Drink Responsibly) as thirsty beer lovers like me wait, with bated breath. This beer is really out of this world amazing…it makes you wonder if you have an additional flavor palette that just hasn’t been used until the moment you taste it!

The bottle I picked up was around $15 and was just under 13 oz. Small beer for a chunk of cash, right? WRONG. This beer is HUGE in flavor depth and I’m pretty darn sure it’s my favorite beer.

Quality, not quantity people!

The Power of Words

I have been coaching girls volleyball since 2007 in the San Diego area.  I annually wretch and complain throughout the season to my loved ones…mainly about what I refer to as, “Non-Volleyball Related Things”. This is usually related, but not limited, to players misbehaving (expected), parents misbehaving (I hate conflict), general scheduling issues. I just love the game so much, that I hate to let emotion interfere with it.

As I looked forward to the end of our 5 1/2 month season, pushing the team’s athletic/mental abilities, I came to the stopping point that I get to every year. Do I want to do this for another year? Those of you who know me expect this every year and also know the outcome…

I LOVE VOLLEYBALL and my volleyball family! Being able to coach somewhere where I can help young ladies build character, integrity, and at the same time, compete athletically is extremely valuable to me. I am grateful for SBVC and for my players and their amazing and supportive parents/grandparents this year. THANK YOU!! Below are a few of the reasons (some easier to read than others) why I find it nearly impossible to not continue my “volleyball career” with [the non-profit] Solana Beach Volleyball Club. Long story short, this is the best end of the year coach’s gift I have received yet. To have the parents take the time to write a few sentences is so much more meaningful than that thank you card with everyones names signed on it.

Thanks Team – You kept a smile on my face for days!

Local Art | San Diego

There’s nothing better than local art – especially when you get to buy it from the artist! We thought that Harry Holiday was just a friendly face we saw as we shopped around the Hillcrest Farmer’s Market in San Diego, but little did we know we would be taking a piece (or pieces) of him home with us last Sunday. All that I know about Harry Holiday, is that he’s nice and he’s from Ocean Beach.

Harry sells prints for $10 each or 3 for $20 – so we opted for the 3 because we loved them and hey, it was a hell of a deal!  We picked up the framed from Craig Frames Inc. online for around $20 each, including shipping. All of the frames arrived safe and sound, and it was easy for me to unroll the prints and mount them.

Now to choose the wall they will call their new home…

Mindless Escapism

How aware are you of mindless escapism? The first thing I thought of when I heard this was television. TV is definitely mindless, we can all agree about that. But are watchers trying to escape life by blankly staring at the screen, or do they watch for enjoyment?

My least favorite monthly bill is the cable bill because it is so expensive, and I feel like I’m paying for us to waste our lives doing nothing. Now don’t get me wrong, I enjoy programs on TV, I can lose myself watching Portlandia and How I Met Your Mother marathons easily. I don’t think I would actually miss anything on there if I were given the option to read a book or go DO something. I’m going to watch less TV and see where it takes me.

All in all, I think that television is the main contributor to obesity. Encouraging people to stay and watch those extra minutes of whatever, sitting on the couch, doing nothing.  The blame doesn’t fall only on TV, but on those that watch it. What’s the remedy? Just pick up that remote and TURN IT OFF! Go try something new, don’t just come home and sit in front of the TV and call it your plans for the evening. You might have a meaningful conversation! :)