#DrinkUpLinkUp — Blackstone Pumpkin Ale

It’s Thirsty Thursday, and I’m participating for the first time in The Purple Giraffe‘s “Drink Up Link Up.” I was introduced to it last week thanks to Twitter and immediately went, “That’s right up my alley!”

(No really, I literally tweeted that.)

So with much thought and care, I chose my first brew for the challenge of featuring an “adult beverage” of my choice. Oh okay, I picked the last beer we had left in the fridge, but its still a good one!

I introduce to you Blackstone Pumpkin Ale!

Blackstone is this awesome brewery right here in Nashville, and I love supporting local shops/stores/breweries. As a bonus, I love fall seasonals.

A lot of people did a Sober October. Well, I think I gained all the weight those participating lost, because I upped my beer consumption a bit due to all the amazing beers out right now.

Blackstone Pumpkin Ale was one of our fall seasonal splurges. I really liked it! Just enough pumpkin flavor without being overbearing. Its rare, but I HAVE had a few pumpkin ales that left me reaching for water to cleanse my palate after being assaulted with all those strong fall spices. This… this one I like!

NOTE: According to the Blackstone Facebook page, their distributor is out of Pumpkin Ale. So this fall seasonal is ending its run as the last six packs are sold off the shelves.



Online image

NaBloPoMo October 2012I got behind this week — actually missing posting a few days. As such, I am digging back a few days into the NaBloPoMo blog prompts. Today’s prompt is from Wednesday: 

Do you give a lot of thought to your image online?

The short answer: YES!

I strive to be a diverse individual. One of the things I loved about majoring in journalism was the many, many electives my degree plan gave me. It let me branch out and sample many things that interested me. (At least in theory. Many classes I wanted were either full or restricted to specific degrees.)

When I started this blog, I had a hard time deciding what to focus on in its content. To be truly successful in the blogging world, I feel like you need to hone your topic to one, maybe two, topics. It’s why there are photo blogs, recipe blogs, review blogs, religion blogs, etc. However, my interests are so vast, and all so important to me, I couldn’t focus on one topic! So this blog is as much of a mish-mash of things as I am.

And that… that can be very stressful for me. Because I am very aware of my online image.

For example, I recently gave my blog link to a colleague of my husband’s. Immediately, I started fretting over what my latest posts were about. I knew I had a few short moments to draw this person into my writing and hopefully gain their respect as a writer and photographer. (And by extension, would my posts shine weird on my husband some how?) Would my last post turn them off in seconds? Or would it just give them a glimpse into another facet of who I am?

I occasionally do a Google search of my own name to see what someone might find if they do the same search. I scour my various profiles at least once a month. Do I still stand behind what I’ve shared? Does it present to the world the truth without over-sharing? Am I professional where I need to be professional? Am I open and honest where that is required?

There are warnings all over the place about not sharing too much about yourself for security purposes. In the same breath, its advisable to be open so opportunities can present themselves to you just as much as you chase them. Where is that line? Where do you find the center of that balancing act?

All I can do is keep in mind everything I do online stays out there online, wide and varied as it all may be. It’s all true to who I am, and I suppose if there is anything that is most important in my online image its that I am honest. And that is something I can always stand behind proudly.

Fall Views

Oranges. Reds. Brilliant Yellows.

Even on warm days, there’s a crisp feel to the wind.

Pumpkin flavor in overload.

A change in the air.

I’ve always loved fall, but every year it still takes me by surprise, how much I enjoy it. I love digging out sweaters and sweatshirts. A hot cup of coffee just feels right. The glow of the fireplace. Laughter and shrieks in corn mazes and around bonfires.

A close to summer, giving warm afternoons to enjoy the changing colors around you.

An open to winter, where jackets and scarfs are welcome warmth.

My only complaints of the season are that allergies seem to flare up, and the days pass too fast as things seem to all happen at the same time. I can’t attend every event I want to attend. Something ends up being missed. But perhaps its more like something left to look forward to next year.

I’m getting ahead of myself, thankfully. Still plenty of time to enjoy some fall fun, before it fades away into the holiday season. If you get a chance to get out and enjoy it, I highly recommend it. Take a moment and soak in the season.

The wife of a touring musician tells it like she sees it…

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