Monday, August 20, 2012

Virgin Atlantic (Almost) Saves My Life

Summer Travels, Part Two 

Pairs well with: Badger Golden Glory


After Florida, my husband and I agreed to take my 9-year-old niece to London to visit her mom (my sister), who was working at the Olympics (yes, my sister is much cooler than I will ever be).  We got super cheap tickets on Virgin Atlantic airlines, which turned out to be an AMAZING airline to fly.  During the 8-hour flight, I got two fairly decent meals and my own TV to watch.  (And if you know me at all, you realize those two things are high priority on my top 10 list of essentials for happiness at any given time.)  I think they also take my safety quite seriously, as evidenced by this sign I saw at the check-in counter:

So if you're planning a trans-Atlantic flight anytime soon, might I recommend Virgin Airlines?  Great meals, ready entertainment, and absolutely no chainsaws allowed.  

We made it to London in one piece (ha), and settled in with only a few small missteps along the way, including someone forgetting the passports in a hotel safe and traveling to another hotel almost two hours away, and then getting her niece's phone stolen on the trip back to retrieve said passports - but I'm not naming names.  

Coming up in my next post, I'll tell you all about my savvy little niece and how she schooled her Uncle Shawn.

Badger Golden Glory Ale:

According to their website, a crisp winter's day is the perfect time to enjoy the deliciously balanced peach and melon flavors of this award-winning classic.  Golden Glory is an ideal complement to sticky bbq ribs or an indulgent vanilla cheesecake.  (So how could I not love it?)


Thursday, August 16, 2012

Wal-Mart (Almost) Saves My Soul

Summer Travels, Part One 

Pairs well with: Redneck Cocktail

Four states, two countries, and 14 flights (whew!) over the last three weeks have prevented me from doing any significant DIY projects around Hamlin House, but fear not!  I have some interesting (read: random) stories from my travels to share with you instead.

Let's start with Florida, shall we?  

More specifically, let's start with Wal-Mart.  Oh Wal-Mart, you treasure trove of curiosities and disturbia.  While shopping there over vacation (I know, I know...but when a multinational corporation offers me cheap milk, how can I refuse?), I found a collection of notebooks in the back-to-school section that I found... shall we say, perturbing?

Now, if you want to use your school supplies to advertise your religious affiliation, I'm not gonna judge (mostly).  However, including the "You need Jesus, I'm just saying." among the other more (presumably) serious phrases is just in poor taste.  I would love to meet the person who sees this message on their classmate's notebook and says to themselves, "You know what? I do need Jesus!  I'm so glad I saw that!"  If it were just this notebook on its own, I could possibly appreciate the implied irony.  But put together with the other cringe-worthy notebooks, well... it seems very a la Mandy Moore in Saved

And the kicker is... I'm not seeing this in a Christian bookstore, but in Wal-Mart.  So the real bottom line is that the store has found yet another way to make a profit off of peoples' embarrassingly poor choices.  Another shining example of this at Wal-Mart: Pajama Jeans.  (Or maybe that's just the result of Wal-Mart's executives getting tired of people wearing their actual pajamas to the store.)  

Coming up: Summer Travels, Part Two - Virgin Airlines (Almost) Saves My Life
Redneck Cocktail

Southern Comfort peach liqueur
Mountain Dew

Mix one part Southern Comfort peach liqueur to three parts Mountain Dew in a mason jar.  Add ice.