Tuesday, May 25th, 2010
Today I was writing my CEO a note on one of my fun post-its and I realized after I had given it to him, that it said, “why yes, I am overqualified” on it. Hmmm. Well, even if he thinks I’m being annoying, it’s all worth it because I have officially banned all boring office supplies for the amazing creations of Anne Taintor!
I have been using her cool vintage paper etc. for years, without ever knowing the story behind it. But today, as Kelly and I passed back notes on our jocular little post-its, I decided to Google them and discover the story behind the 1950s housewives and their sardonic sayings. It turns out that all those pin-curled beauties come from the mind of Anne Taintor, a Harvard grad who lives in a town of 80 people in New Mexico. On her website it says that in college she “focused on collage, and her work always incorporated a subtle humor and playfulness.” Really? Collage at Harvard? I love this woman! Who knew Harvard even offered anything but history of old dead men. Plus, anything that can make a post-it note more interesting and inspires me to do my hair while also mildly insulting people, really is a good thing.
This one is a personal favorite. We had a total lunatic call the office today. Ali decided to hang up the phone after he asked her why she loved Ali McBeal and mentioned "metaphysical tunnels." I imagine he looked a bit like the man pictured above.
We are on deadline, which means I type out articles as fast as humanly possible while daydreaming about my boyfriend oiled up and mowing the lawn in his underwear or something like that.
Thursday, March 18th, 2010
Who needs green beer? Last night Grey and I joined Karin and our friend Amy for the finale dinner of the Capital Wine Fest. Despite being St. Patty’s Day, there wasn’t anything Irish about it — but we had a fancy meal out and a babysitter, so they could have served cocktail weenies and I wouldn’t have cared.
The five course spread was hosted by Dan Duckhorn, owner and founder of Duckhorn Wine Company in Napa Valley. This is a guy who pretty much has everyone’s ideal job: drinking wine and traveling the world. He’s known as “Mr. Merlot” (uh, dream title, right?!) and he produces over 100,000 cases of vino with names like “Decoy” and “Migration” per year.
Aside from liking Dan simply because he has a great name (he sounds like a mallard superhero or preppy adult film star), I also LOVED listening to him uncork tons of interesting tidbits about wine. For instance, did you know pinot noir wasn’t that popular until the movie Sideways? Or that wine snobs say, “ABC: anything but chardonnay?” He explained about the legs and body of the wine and for a girl who thought Coates Law of Maturity was something related to the Periodic Table, I was thoroughly impressed!
Karin and I with Mr. Duckhorn (I am was so thrilled to be standing close to this God of Wine that I am actually mid-faint)