Game of Thrones Wine

game-of-thrones-wines-vintage-wine-estates-fwx-1024x1024While at the grocery store the other night on the eve of Episode 1 of the latest season (7) of Game of Thrones, I happened across a beautiful bottle of chardonnay with gold etching. This glimmering glamour caught my eye as I took in the class of wine which was contained within, but no sooner did it dawn the white wine origins did I happen to glimpse the most wonderful inscription: Game of Thrones.

Now, I am sure it is pretty obvious by now that I am a total fan girl when it comes to GOT, so it shouldn’t surprise you that I have been in search of these elusive bottles. I have looked at any number of locations, even considered purchasing it online, but something about shipped wine makes me feel like I might have a problem, so I patiently waited until one fated day that I might happen upon one of these ever coveted bottles.

And then, as if by fate as determined by the Old Gods and the New, there it was, sitting on a few unopened cases, ripe for the taking! Unfortunately, I did not find its sisters, Red Wine and Cabernet Sauvignon, but Chardonnay had never looked so beautiful. I happily skipped the entire way to the self-checkout lane and popped that cork right as Episode 1 began.

Now, the flavor. Per the website, enticing aromas of stone fruit and white blossoms lead to a rich, creamy palate of peaches, apricots, tangerine, Meyer lemon, baking spices and honey, balanced by mouth-watering acidity. A touch of oak on the lingering finish.

As most Chardonnays go, the citrus warmth hit my palate with ease. I prefer white wines, and this one absolutely delivered! As the array of fruits and blossom swirled within my mouth, the warmth of honey slithered down my throat and left me with sweet after tones. This glorious first sip christened the episode as the wonderful opening static and HBO logo light up the screen. It was the perfect way to bring in the new season, and I truly hope the Lord of Light will allow me to find another bottle of Game of Thrones wine soon!

Game of Thrones – Season 7 Episode 1

HERE WE GO!

I am a diehard GOT fan! I admittedly found the show before the books, and I have yet to finish the novel series, but I do aim to one day complete them. The show, on the other hand, I have been a fan of since day one! The actors are perfectly cast. The plot is well driven. And, even though there are so many characters to get to know, I have love for them all. Some I hate, but deservedly so (aka Bolton’s!). I have even found a Game of Thrones wine that helped christen this episode tonight! A review on that part of the night to come.

This series has me captivated, and I cannot wait to see how this season unfolds as we gear up for the final season. Now, on to the review of the episode!

***SPOILERS***YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED***

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Graduation, Here I Come!

snhuI know I have been talking about it quite frequently, but I have to give an update on my schoolwork. I have less than two terms before graduation! My second to last term has already started which I am taking two courses then I have one class in my last term, and then this lady will have a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration!

I have worked my butt off the past almost two years, and I cannot wait to close this chapter of my life. I will have accomplished something that I honestly wasn’t sure I would ever have started again. When I finished my Associate’s Degree, I honestly thought I was done with school, but here I am, three months away from earning my Bachelor’s!

And although I love writing these posts and need them for my down time, I have homework to do! Good day!

Autonomous Cars

In the movie Back to the Future Part II, Michael J. Fox heads into 2015 where there are hover boards, automatic shoe fasteners, and interactive advertisements for movies. While some items from this movie have come to fruition such as the Cubs winning a World Series and a prototype for a hover board released, we are all still patiently waiting for the day when cars fly.3364_back-to-the-future-part-2_c61e

While flying cars may still be a way off dream, autonomous cars or self-driving vehicles may not be so far-fetched. I have been saying it for years that I believe the various aspects of a driverless car are being tested to ensure they are perfected before combining them into one vehicle. Think about the park assist that some cars have, or the lane assist, emergency stopping and collision detection, and even blind spot detection. All of these “smart car” options are only steps to the ultimate goal of a fully automated vehicle.

What I didn’t think about on our journey to automization, though, was how vehicles were going to be able to one day coordinate with each other. If all cars become autonomous, there would surely need to be a way for them to see or talk to each other in order to plan a route with ease. Detection once close to another vehicle would be too late for correcting a potentially traffic-y route, so knowing where other cars are heading could alleviate that if they were able to communicate. Well, according to Volkswagen, as early as 2019, pWLAN (Public Wireless LAN) technology which will allow vehicles to talk to one another wirelessly and within a certain distance range for such coordination purposes will be standard on their vehicles.

SAY WHAT? Just another piece in the puzzle toward autonomous cars!

Game of Thrones Season 7 is coming!

One week people! In less than one week, we will have the next season of GOT!game-of-thrones

I’m over the moon excited! I cannot wait for the continuance of this series as I have so many questions, and so much anticipation for what is to become of these characters. Let’ be honest, I think we all want to know what is going to happen between House Baratheon/Lannister versus House Stark and maybe House Targaryen, but it may very well be versus, too. Not to mention the looming White Walker battle! So much to cover, so much giddiness! Hurry up!!

All the while, I’m also silently agitated that this season is only going to be seven episodes! What the actual eff?! How are they going to fit everything in that will need to be covered as the pre-face to the FINAL SEASON in seven episodes?! There will not be any time for filler or facial expression captures. It is going to have to be BAM, BAM, BAMMM!! Action, movement, continuous scenes driving the story forward in order to capture everything they will need to in order to bring some type of closure to the series.

All I am going to say is, they better not end it how they ended Black Sails because I couldn’t even bring myself to write about it. I want real closure, real fictional justice and a happily ever after. Do not give me this open ended crap! Like what happened to Madi? Who took possession of the island? Close the darn series, and let me live my life without questioning what is going to happen to Jon or Daenerys!

Sorry, bringing back my sanity now. Stupid Black Sails..

I will be posting weekly about the episodes in hopes that we can get through this maddeningly short season together. I can only image we will be left with more questions than answers, but by golly, at least we will have each other!

New season of Game of Thrones to begin July 16 on HBO.

 

Gordon Ramsay #MCE

I’m not sure if I have ever divulged one of my guilty pleasures that is Gordon Ramsay, but let me just give you a quick insight to my infatuation. 

I love this man! He is gorgeous. He is the epitome of a leader. He’s a smart businessman, a wonderful father and husband. He just oozes appeal to me, and I will fully admit that I adore him! 

His children have all been on one of his shows one time or another, and they are adorable. His wife is gorgeous, and after their recent miscarriage, seeing the love and support they share for each other is awe inspiring. His television shows may seem crass with his reputable temper, but at the end of every episode, he is able to pull (and at times drag) the best out of people.

I have watched at least one episode of every single show he has ever starred in. From Kitchen Nightmares to Hotel Hell, Hell’s Kitchen to Master Chef, The F Word to Boiling Point, I love his shows!

As I catch up on Master Chef season 13, I am sitting here staring at this magnificent man as he shouts his tenth F bomb thinking how beautiful he is. If I mention this admiration to any of my friends or family, they all look at me like I’m crazy, but I don’t care. I’m sure he has his flaws, but from what I have seen, he is a gorgeous man inside and out. Plus, it’s a fun drinking game to take a shot for every F word he says.

Happy Independence Day!

On this wonderful day full of the most American-like activities, I hope you are filling your stomach with many grilled assortments of goodies. We should all take some time today to appreciate all that we have for those of us residing in this country of dreams, and don’t forget the fireworks!trent-yarnell-19728

My family and I will be celebrating this great day by watching the various activities on TV and going to bed at a normal bedtime with cook-out full bellies! Our celebration has taken the span of the entire long weekend, and I’m sad to say that tomorrow’s work day is coming quick. We are going to char some burgers and hot dogs, pop some tiny pop-its, hit the pool and lake, and watch a few telecast events for our firework fill.

It has been an overall great July 4th weekend, but I can’t go to bed until I say this one last time, “God Bless America!”

 

Sweet Summertime

Sjason-long-718un peaking through the blades of grass and dancing on the dandelions delicate seeds,

secretly wishing their own little wish to be whisked away to your little hands.

Warm nights spent filled with late evening rays and brilliant mornings crowning each memory

with more heat than can be felt in the dog days of the Sweetest Summertime.

Light and warmth is what makes it summertime, but family is what makes it sweet. We’ve already begun our summer of memories, so instead of pining with anticipation, I’ll say that I am eager to make more!