If there is one thing I love in life, it’s to turn over a new leaf. Or, I should say, I like to read about how to turn over a new leaf. 12 weeks to be bikini ready, or a 3 day cleanse, or basically every month of O magazine. But something always gets in the way of completion of my self improvement. (The main thing that gets in the way of completion is that I do not start.) For example, Dr. Oz’s 3 day cleanse lost me at sauerkraut. The most recent thing I read was the Jerry Seinfeld productivity method. The gist is, you get a giant calendar, and you do your thing (for example, exercise, or writing, or flossing your teeth, or meditating) and after you do your thing that day, you put an X on the calendar. After you have a string of Xs, you don’t want to break the chain. Then once you are doing something every day, yea for you! I printed a thing that just had squares that started at 1 and ended at 365, and I told myself I could put an X through the day if I did one of three things.
1.) wrote a blog post
2.) worked on my book
3.) did a writing exercise from a book that I have.
I lasted around 16 days straight before I missed a day, and then another day, and then the next thing I knew, there was no way I could figure out where I was because the dates weren’t on the calendar, and if I started on March 3rd, then I’d have to add 3 days to whatever day it was, and let’s just forget the whole thing.
But it’s a Monday, and it’s the unofficial start of summer, which is a perfect time for starting or restarting a project so here I am.
And where am I? Sitting on the patio, thinking of the potential unofficial drink of the summer. Remember when I discovered Hendrick’s gin? Then, last summer or so, I had a few gin drinks with my good friend, and I asked for the recipe at least thrice, and all that I remember from it was “gin” and “cucumber dry soda.” Alas, more ingredients than that=too complicated. Hendrick’s is sometimes recommended to be garnished with cucumber, so I had a brainstorm a few days ago that Hendrick’s and Cucumber Dry Soda could be the drink of the summer. But I only like to buy Hendrick’s on sale, and the Memorial Day ads led me to believe that no sales were imminent. Also, I hadn’t seen Dry Soda anywhere, but their website led me to believe it was at Whole Foods and King Soopers. I struck out at Whole Foods, and King Soopers, and was very sad and frustrated. Summer is supposed to be relaxing and carefree. Had I picked the wrong potential drink of the summer? Maybe it wasn’t meant to be? But if it wasn’t meant to be, then why did I keep thinking about it? Well, last night around 5:00 pm, I called King Soopers and yes, in fact, they do stock Dry Soda, and it’s on the top shelf of aisle 4. By the time I got off hold and had my answer though, it was 5:49 and the liquor store closes at 6:00. I pedaled so fast, I was just a blur on a cruiser bike. I stopped only when I was in the gin section and I took some heaving breaths and thought at first that they didn’t carry Hendrick’s. Turns out there was one bottle left, but I couldn’t reach it. Yes, top shelf liquor. So top of the shelf, that I, and adult woman, was not capable of reaching it. I must have looked forlorn, and possibly dangerous, like the type of person who was considering climbing the shelves, because someone asked if I needed help. I did, in fact, need help. And before I knew it, I was on my way to King Soopers with Hendrick’s in my backpack. (AND IT WAS ON SALE!) And of course, the reason I couldn’t find the Dry Soda at King Soopers the first time I was there, was that they were on the very top shelf, where I couldn’t see or reach them, in the “healthy” drink section. Once I had gotten to the coconut water I guess I gave up. So I found the Dry Soda, angels were singing, the sun was shining a beam straight down onto me, harp music was playing, until there was a giant scratch of the record and all my dreams came crashing down to earth. There are 7 flavors of Dry Soda, and King soopers stocked 3 of them. Note, cucumber was not one of the three stocked flavors. Curses were uttered. I just bought the darn blood orange dry soda, and a cucumber, and I made a drink with Hendrick’s and blood orange Dry Soda over ice, and garnished it with some cucumber slices.
It was the most anti-climatic delicious cocktail I have ever had.
Mike buys that Cucumber Dry Soda at Niwot Market. go north, young woman, go north
Have Mike mix it with some Hendricks and tell me what he thinks. You know I never leave Boulder unless I have to! Plus I haven’t exhausted all my in town options yet.