Sunday Sips V. 1

sunday sips insolence + wine

Welcome to Sunday Sips, where I talk about whatever the f*ck I want while I drink a glass or six of wine. Drunken rambles can sometimes be amusing, right?  

Currently sipping: 2011 Alois Lageder Conus Lagrein Riserva, Alto Adige. You can buy it here.

It’s savory without being too full-bodied which makes this a perfect wine to enjoy while eating left over pasta or alongside your barbecue lamb or veal. On the nose it’s fruity (dark fruits) with a hint of dried herbs. In your mouth, you get more of those rich blackberry and blood orange flavors with a hint of earthiness. 

Here’s an old article from The New York Times talking about Lagrein in case you’re thinking of hunting down a bottle of your own. (And you totally should.)

With a new year and all, we’ve been reevaluating what we want out of insolence + wine: redesign, produce fresh content that our readers actually want to read and most of all: we want to stay authentic and genuine to our vision and own unique personalities. What that means: the personal stuff will only be posted at random and on Sundays and for the most part, everything will involve food & wine pairings (recipes), home entertaining tips and informal (or satire) wine posts. If you have an idea of what you want to see or what you think should be changed, fill out our survey or e-mail us.

Speaking of it being a new year... Everyone’s going nuts with their affirmation of 2016 and I’m still writing 2015 on checks and invoices… well, if there’s any word that describes my outlook on this new year, it’s to be content. 

Content; adjective: satisfied with what one is or has; not wanting more or anything else.

A few nights ago, I was talking to an old friend from college commiserating about life, you know, the usual things that women like to do. Like so many other people our age, we’ve found ourselves making really good money at jobs that are sucking the lives out of us. Maybe we’ve simply grown out of the job or perhaps they’ve always been that draining, we just failed to realize it until recently. Which is why I asked this question on Twitter: would you rather have a fulfilling career (that you love) that pays so-so or a job (that you hate) that pays well?

In my 20s, I would have said I wanted a job (that I hate) because it pays well. When I was in my 20s, I foolishly believed that being successful financially meant I made it. I’ve had jobs where I made $2,000 a month and others where I made $15,000 a month. Obviously the $2,000 a month job made living a little difficult because I was living paycheck to paycheck but I was miserable when I was at the higher paying job. I hated every single second of it, minus lunch hour and when I finally left for the day.

My point? As we grow older, it’s so important to do what you love. If you can afford to quit your soul-sucking job and go volunteer at an art gallery because that’s your passion, do it. If you can’t afford to quit that job, map your way out and work your ass off to improve your situation. It’s been my experience that when I’ve been unhappy at work, it carries into my home and negatively affects my relationships. 

If you’re one of those people who are currently feeling stuck, what are you doing to dig your way out of the massive hole (you’re figuratively) in?

Links I’ve Loved This Week

  1. One of the things my husband and I said we wanted to do more of in 2016 is travel. I have a friend who is always broke, but yet he manages to travel more places than even the wealthiest people I know and I always wondered how he does it. How To Get A Flight Deal from the Power Couple basically answers 80% of my questions. 
  2. Have you ever come across a blog and been like, whoa, this person could be my BFF? That’s how I was when I (re)discovered The Middle Finger Project. I mean, she says the f-word as much as I say it (and want) to type it, and our haircuts are virtually the same. I’m not sure what she calls it, but I call it The Drop Dead Fred and I love it. In her piece Better to Be a Mouse With a Backbone, Than a Lion With No Spine: On Writing Voice I found myself nodding as I scrolled down the page. For those of us who don’t want to be carbon copies of the blog down the road, it’s so important to use our authentic voice, represent ourselves truthfully so you don’t feel like a fraud. 
  3. At the start of a new year, everyone’s like “I’m going to do this, this and this.” Over at the Daily Tay, she’s talking about The Secret To Success
  4. I came across Chelsie’s blog Life With Rosie via one the more enjoyable blogging groups I joined on Facebook. In her 2015 Blog Report, she discusses what worked for her and what didn’t when it came to blogging. 
  5. 30 Ways to Grow Your Blog + Biz This Year from the Wonderlass has probably been the most helpful piece of information I've read about blogging and the business behind it so far in 2016. 
  6. Last but not least, this Babka recipe from Food & Wine. I’d never had babka before, but since the weather has been so crummy the past several weeks, when I’ve been home, I’ve been a lean, mean baking machine. It’s really a miracle that I still fit into my clothes with all these sweets I’ve been “testing.” 

What have you been loving this week? Did you choose a word or affirmation for 2016? Share in the comments below!