Biggest (Christmas tree) Balls of Them All~

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As dievca and Master were traversing Midtown to get some Holiday Photos, lo and behold they ran into some Really Big Balls… Master got on to a roll of quips that had dievca in stitches and, of course, dievca couldn’t remember any of them for today’s post.
So, she asked Master if he remembered what he said:

“In New York City, even the buildings have big balls.”

“If you have big balls, you don’t need to show them.”

from dievca:
Would you mind giving my balls a quick polish?
Size up those balls, Boys!

Not as delicious as Schweddy Balls.

video: NPR’s Delicious Dish: Schweddy Balls – SNL

On their Christmas show, NPR hosts Margaret Jo McCullin (Ana Gasteyer) and Terry Rialto (Molly Shannon) welcome baker Pete Schweddy (Alec Baldwin) to “The Delicious Dish” to discuss his famous holiday dessert: Schweddy balls. [Season 24, 1998]

Do you have any good quips?


dievca is on Champagne this Morning

Apparently the ADA’s came into a Court Room of the NYC Grand Jury and it smelled heavily of wine, so alcohol has been forbidden in the Courthouse – a memo went out~

Yes, dievca did ask the Warden if the Jury could do something afterward. No go~

she will work the morning holding a coffee, do her Jury Duty, have one Prosecco before hopping on the bike to get to work for the second round.

An extra 20 hours a week (that includes the commute) has taken its toll. dievca needs to celebrate the end.

Who better to celebrate with than Talullah Bankhead?

If I had to live my life again, I’d make the same mistakes, only sooner.
Nobody can be exactly like me. Sometimes even I have trouble doing it.
I’m as pure as the driven slush.
The only thing I regret about my past is the length of it..
Only good girls keep diaries. Bad girls don’t have time.
I read Shakespeare and the Bible, and I can shoot dice. That’s what I call a liberal education.
(On seeing a former lover for the first time in years) I thought I told you to wait in the car.
Here’s a rule I recommend: Never practice two vices at once.
I’ll come and make love to you at five o’clock. If I’m late start without me.
And the quote dievca feels strongly about:
I’d rather be strongly wrong than weakly right.

Now let her get that damn 8 year pass for doing Grand Jury Duty….


Found! Mulled Wine

dievca met Master for a walk in Midtown with a plan to take Holiday photos…she thought because she drove up 6th  Ave. on Thanksgiving and it was relatively quiet – Friday would be the same.  she completely forgot that Black Friday shopping thing…

Photo: dievca Midtown 11/2018

Master was kind enough to slog through the crowds for dievca’s photos. And they decided to finish off the evening with a warm drink.

After heading to the UWS, they couldn’t find the bar/restaurant where Master had seen the placard advertising toasty drinks. As they canvassed the Avenue, dievca spotted a board offering “mulled wine” at a brick oven pizza place. They decided to give it a go~

A good choice!

Glögi, also called Glühwein or mulled wine, is a spiced, usually alcoholic drink, served warm. The original form of Glögi, a spiced liquor, was used to revive messengers and postmen who traveled on horseback or skis in cold weather in Scandinavia.

It revived Master and dievca.

dievca used to get some great mulled wine in Maryland and was happy to finally find a place in NYC. The pizza was pretty good, too.

And if you don’t have a place in your ‘hood, here’s a simple way to make it.

MULLED WINE

Make on the stove-top (or simmer in the slow cooker) and it’s easy to customize with your favorite spices and add-ins, and it is cozy and delicious.  Perfect for winter and holiday entertaining!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 (750 ml) bottle of dry red wine (inexpensive as the mulling spices and citrus will take over)
  • 1 orange, sliced into rounds
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks (stirring in powdered cinnamon works in a pinch)
  • 2 star anise
  • 2-4 tablespoons sugar, honey, or maple syrup to taste (or your desired sweetener)
  • optional add-in: 1/4 cup brandy (or your favorite liqueur)
  • optional garnishes: citrus slices (orange, lemon and/or lime), extra cinnamon sticks, extra star anise

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan, and heat just barely to a simmer over medium-high heat.  (Be careful not to boil the mulled wine — you don’t want to boil off the alcohol.)  Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and let the wine simmer for at least 15 minutes or up to 3 hours.
    (You can use a crockpot or instapot, too)
  2. Strain, and serve warm with your desired garnishes.

*Feel free to use your choice of sweetener here, or leave the mulled wine un-sweetened.

**You can also place the oranges, cloves, cinnamon, and star anise in a cheesecloth. Then simply pull out the bundle and strain when ready to serve.

Here’s dievca’s next plan:


The first snow of 2018 and something of use.

Yes, dievca knows that there was snow in January and February 2018 – but there was snow already on the ground from 2017….

This is the first snow of Autumn.

It’s now become a wet rain/sleet mix – a mess. Walking to work and home entails carrying items in the mess and dievca isn’t known for remembering umbrellas. Her suggestion for getting by is a water-resistant backpack. And the gold standard, by far, has been her Patagonia Black Hole 26L Pack.
she has two colors:

Paintbrush

Beryl Green

Let’s just say if you are going to give up space in a NYC apartment for a second water-resistant backpack…it better be good.

(Now, dievca understands the true space-saving way would be to have just one black water-resistant backpack – but the colored ones act as reflective colors on the bike or walking. Duality.)

Click photo to buy the backpack!


Done

Nice mix of people: all races, genders, sexual-orientations, ages , economic groups– good to see.


And here we go….wish dievca luck~

dievca deferred once because of the business trip to Europe in the Summer (and the side trip to Normandy, afterward). she has to show up today. It doesn’t go away easily. (Caregiver, lack of English, Medical Issues)

If you are an American or someone from another country who wants to review what the Grand Jury is – here is a nice article describing the NYC experience (click here). dievca cannot confirm or deny until she shows up today.

And, yes, she served on a regular trial jury about 6 years ago….yeahhhhh. Purse snatch.

A cup of coffee would be great, right about now.

 


Sharing 16 hours….Union Square to Chelsea.

After work on Saturday, dievca hustled across to the Union Square Farmer’s Market to shop with a friend, she wanted to get apples or pears to make another Crisp for when Master returns. It ended up being apples.

Realizing that she didn’t eat since 6:30 am, she and her friend ambled over to The Coffee Shop – a NYC, Union Square staple. It was closed. dievca was just there at the end of September. The place was hopping at 3 pm~

Devastated that another NYC landmark was dropping out due to rents, they wandered into Flat Fix, a taco shop owned by the same people. The Manager confirmed the heavy rent increases (plus higher minimum wage and food/beverage costs) forced The Coffee Shop to close. Rumors about a bank and two chain restaurants taking over the space. FlatFix is staying.

dievca left her friend at the subway station and started to meander home. Seeing silly things in the City:

Yes, that water-resistant cashmere Herno coat is something dievca would love to buy for Master…..the hefty price tag (about 2K) will limit that purchase. It was GORGEOUS….

The next morning, with the time change she got up early and walked the High Line to meet a friend for breakfast and saw a bit of Fall Colors. Supposedly the colors in Upstate New York are not very good because of the super hot and wet Summer.

On the way home, she investigated two options for her “money from the sidewalk” homeless donation jar.

  • Church of the Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen (dievca sees that it is heavily in use)
  • Antonio Olivieri Drop-In Center (across from Penn Station – also heavily in use)

OK, the money collected off the street may only be $50, but that is $50 put towards helping someone eat or shower.

dievca hopes you have enjoyed your “Fall Back” time change as much as she enjoyed her 16 hours. XO

Photos: dievca 11/2018 NYC