I know what you're thinking. Only Freddy could write a SWL about band-aids, but it's totally reasonable I swear. I have proof why band-aids are awesome. If you get squeamish easily don't look at the next photo. (It's totally not that bad).
Last Wednesday I was attacked by this blister! I didn't even notice it until after it had torn open (<---- same person who walked around 3 days with dislocated elbow), but when I noticed it, I did because it hurt. Isn't the blister in the most inconvenient spot? That part of your toe bends all the fucking time. How is a band-aid suppose to stay on that sucker? 'Cause you want one when wearing shoes and walking around all day. Otherwise all sorts of crap ends up in it and you could get an infection. (Not the best way to lose a toe BTW, or foot really. Or a leg. That could happen too.) )
BEST BAND-AIDS EVER! They stay put. They don't feel funky. And they come off when you want them too. TRIFECTA. So, yes, my Stuff We Like post is about Band-aids, but who hasn't had a blister from hell?
As some of you know, the individual releases from Cabin for Two have been getting some anniversary updates (cosmetic stuff - covers). The last two on the docket are Freddy's Dirty Little Secret and Toni's A Bear in the Woods: Smokey Mountain Bears 1.
Freddy's story is still up, but we have pulled Toni's story down while undergoing renovations ;). No worries, A Bear in the Woods will be back shortly, with a couple surprises planned as an anniversary gift to fans. We are certainly looking forward to it, so we hope you will too.
The MCB Crew
Freddy here with another fun-filled SWL. Oh, Beer, how I enjoy you to the fullest.
I know some people are beer drinkers. I am. There are so many different types out there these days it's hard not to enjoy them. Now don't get me wrong, I enjoy alcohol of many different kinds, not just beer. Wine often gets its due, as it should. It's great stuff. The hard liquor does as well, depending on what it is, otherwise it can be shunned just as badly (if not as worse) as beer.
Beer often gets the reputation of being uncultured, low brow, piss water. Times are changing, not fast enough for me though.
I was born when the microbrews really started taking off in the US. People took a look around and said "We can do better." And they have. Just walk into your local grocery (or alcohol seller) and you will see a humungous selection. All you have to do is find what type you like. And there are a TON.
There are two main types of beer: top-fermenting yeasts which produce our Ales, and bottom-fermenting yeasts which produce our Lagers (most beers are lagers). The ales are produced using warmer temperatures while the lagers are produced at colder temperatures. There is Belgian style of spontaneous fermentation, referred to as lambic, that is gaining some traction too. Beer styles are so much more than the fermentation process though. Beers are categorized by factors such as colour, flavour, strength, ingredients, production method, recipe, history, or origin.
Case in point: IPAs - Indian Pale Ales - have been popular over the past five years, though their traction is slowing. It was getting to the point they were so hoppy you could only taste the hops, no balance to the other flavors in the beer.
And yes, beers should have lots of different flavors. Just look at the picture above. Do you think those beers are going to taste the same? Up there is a blonde ale, a stout, an IPA or pale ale, and an amber ale or dark larger. (Please note, these are mainly guesses based on the coloring - that's why there are some "ors" in the bunch.) Each of these have been made using different ingredients and methods producing a vast array of flavors to enjoy - Yeast, Grain, Hops, & Water all mixed together to produce something unique and ready to go hand in hand with a meal. All good beer goes better with a meal after all, just like wine. You just have to know how to pair it. (Sound familiar?)
I had Wine Appreciation in college (quiet, it was a hard class - not just drinking), and my Professor Vine (yes, that was his real name) had some good advice.
"Don't listen to the snobs, they're drinking to impress and mostly crap is coming out of their mouths. Drink what you like. Enjoy what you drink, whether it be wine, beer, or something else."
Those words stayed with me, as did his lessons in enjoying food with alcohol and not just alcohol to get drunk. There were $20 bottle of wines that we tasted alongside some $200 bottles, because he wanted to prove a point. Sometimes a name sells the bottle, sometimes it's the taste. Go with the taste—the expensive bottle didn't always win. Pair what you like to drink with food and your taste, sometimes the rules help, but don't force yourself to drink something because tradition said so. Sometimes beer is the better choice.
I loved him.
Beer has come a long way since the seventies, when people started thinking the could really make something out of it. I encourage everyone to go to a tasting, because yes, there are beer tastings all over the place, and see if you find something you like. You never know. You might find a beer just for you.
Freddy here with another Stuff We Like post. I had to think long and hard over the post this week. Last week's post is hard to follow up. I finally decided I couldn't so I went with something simple.
Yes. My post this week is about the star at the center of our solar system.
Why is it something I like? Well, how could I not? Because of sunshine we have beautiful trees and flowers - oxygen to breathe, nice side effect if you ask me - and it helps us feel better. Sunshine is something people need. Their body needs it. And after a long, cold winter (though I admit I'm one of the freaks who love those), it is nice to have the sun back.
I was out geocaching with friends Saturday. All I wore were pants, t-shirt, and a light cardigan (which was kinda hot but I've been sick, so better safe than sorry). It was in the 50s with the sun, and I was in heaven. I could barely contain my excitement as we walked around looking for caches, skipping and hopping along head of them more than once, happily putting my hands in holes and dirty concrete looking for the hidden finds. For me it was perfect. Sunshine, cool air, and playing around outside with friends.
And we were only geocaching because the sun was out, warming us, gracing us, allowing the weather to be nice enough for us to run around. My friend P wouldn't have gone with A and I if the sun hadn't been out, toasting us on a lovely winter day. Some people, like P, aren't big outdoorsy people, but if the sun is out, half the battle is over. At this point in the year, with spring so close, we crave the sun, need it to keep moving forward into another season and another change in our lives.
Winter can beat people down. The cold, the snow, all the nice and salt building up around the city, not to mention the long dark days or overcast days with no sun. (Yet despite all this I love winter time, there are some great aspects to the season). But our bodies get to a point in which it says "Something's gotta give" because as lifeforms on this planet, the sun is something that we need. We wouldn't be here without it, and I am grateful its there to break the cold, dark days.
A lovely review from Teresa at Prism Book Alliance gave Freddy's Sock Poacher 4.5/5 Stars.
"I found the Sock Poacher and the Shower Thief charming! Despite starting out on a misunderstanding, this is a couple that do well together."
"It was quirky, fun and a little over the top; from the meddling grandmothers to the sheriff, everyone’s love was evident."
You can find the whole review HERE.