I’ve been raving over a new find in the liquor store lately. Jack Daniel’s Winter Jack.
Now, Winter Jack is not as new as it may seem. It launched last year in New Hampshire, and let me tell you those New Hampshirians (New Hampshirites?) are some lucky people. They got the jump on all the rest of us.
This stuff is DANGEROUS because it is SO GOOD.
A step away from their usual black label, Jack Daniels goes into winter snowy white with this Tennessee Cider… perfectly made for a night by the fire while the wind howls outside.
At 30 Proof, this Tennessee Cider goes down easy with no need for any sort of mixer or chaser. It’s meant to be enjoyed hot, straight up, in your favorite coffee mug. I have had it in a hot toddy, though, while I had a cold recently. I mixed it in my cinnamon tea with some honey… oh my word. It took that hot toddy to a whole new amazing level.
But seriously, no need to mix it. Just sip it hot out of a coffee mug to warm up on a cold night. It’s more apple cider and cinnamon flavor than Jack Daniels, though you do get that classic woody, smokey taste on the back end of every sip.
This will make a great gift at Christmas or bring it to Thanksgiving dinner. Or better yet, just go grab a bottle to enjoy any night of the week! But do it quickly, because this goody will only be available until February and only in the following states: Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington and Wisconsin.
* Opinions here are all mine. I’ve not been paid in any way, shape, or form for said opinion. Just love sharing good new booze with the world. LOL! ;)
So, yesterday I turned 33. Since I consider 3 my lucky number, I’m going to say 33 will be my most lucky year. How’s that sound to everyone?
The day started a little bumpy, simply due to trying to figure out when my husband would be in off the road, and within that when I would get to sleep. I ended up getting 3 hours of sleep before doing a photoshoot that just made for a wonderful way to spend the day.
Over the last few years, especially since I started bartending and even more since we moved so close to downtown Nashville, I’ve become more and more extroverted. I still think I’m an introvert at heart, but I find myself craving and enjoying the company of others more than ever before these days. So to spend the day with my husband taking photos of a beautiful family and then having dinner with friends (and being sung to for the first time in a restaurant!) just made for a fantastic way to spend my birthday. I’m so thankful for how it all went, and I sit here feeling very content.
Four of the last five years, I’ve done a “Project 365″ starting on my birthday. It’s a fun way to advance my photography skills, but also to look back over the last year of life.
With how much I am now photographing professionally, I’m going to take a P365 break for this year. I “phoned it in” much of the last year anyway, so I think I need to give that little project a break. Nonetheless… click here for a little look back at the last year of my life in photos.
Photo Share is my personal replacement for Weekly Winners, since that link exchange is no longer happening. It’s just my own challenge to take great photos through the
week month, as it gives me a venue to share some of them on this blog. Consider it my own little P.S. on the week month before.
I dropped my husband off at the bus lot this morning to drive this weekend. He had the weekend off, but he was offered a fill-in gig as a bus driver for the next couple of days. Going into winter, you take every gig you’re offered when you’re offered it.
This meant seeing the sunrise as we drove north on I-65, a sight that we just never see given the night owls that we are. We see sunsets, but rarely do we see sunrises.
After I dropped him off, I got to experience something else I rarely get to see. The early morning sunlight (as any photographer will tell you is some of the most amazing light you’ll get to experience) dancing with the fall leaves on all the trees.
We’ve already had our first freeze of the season, and as such the leaves on almost all the trees have turned brilliant shades of yellow, orange and red. It’s beautiful any time of day, but that morning sunlight transformed them into something extra special… something almost magical. I was as enamored with them as a child is with fireworks. They are gorgeous. Stunning. Awe inspiring.
I chuckled to myself as I called my run to and from the bus lot a “color run” of a different sort. (Referencing, of course, my participation in the 5K last month.) One I don’t have to shower after, and one made by God’s own hands. We had bad storms on Halloween, but those have long passed now. Now we are left with a beauty that only the fall season can bring.
Next time you head out, take a moment to take in the changes of the season. Take a moment to go on your own little color run. Enjoy!
OKay, so its technically Tuesday, but the blog was down for two days and then I was away from the computer all day yesterday. So MiHM is being posted on Tuesday. I’m such a rebel. Or something.
In the last few weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to spend a lot of time with people who really lift me up. I’ve found myself surrounding myself with positive people… and its really given me a boost I didn’t know I needed!
I have always known the idea that your friends are an extension of who you are. You tend to be friends with people who have similar thoughts, morals, beliefs, goals, etc. And I love all of my friends. I see them all as professionals in their fields, and they often (unknowingly) challenge me to do better in my own field(s).
All that being said, life gets crazy. People ask me how I’ve been these days and I respond with, “Busy!” Sometimes when I say that and end up wondering what I’ve really been doing to be so busy. I think it mostly comes down to the fact that I don’t have a definite set schedule. My life is pretty random and I rely on my calendar heavily. No two weeks look the same. No two DAYS look the same! So I’m left feeling very scattered and spread thin.
Lately, though, my calendar has included time with friends. The Road Widows meet up. The Color Run. A scavenger hunt. All included sitting down around a table to eat at some point giving me much needed time to just talk with friends. Catch up on what we are all doing. We laughed together and discussed things that might be bothering each other. Every time, I left feeling much more centered and focused.
We often may feel we can’t rely on others. We feel like if we want to be successful we can only rely on ourselves. “It’s all up to me to get it done RIGHT.” And in some ways, that might be right. But you can’t forget how your personal needs can affect your professional goals. Personally, you need positive people to give yourself that boost and put you back in that right mindset to truly succeed.