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When You are the Designated Driver!

Monday, March 21, 2011

I had a blast this weekend wine tasting with the girls. The pleasure was ALL mine to be the "Designated Driver".

We are lucky to have fine wine tasting all over California, we went to Temecula.

We had a delicious brunch. Wilson Creek Winery and Vineyard was first rate.

We shared Chicken and Waffles off the brunch menu. If you have never had this dish, it is a must at least once. Our meal was perfect and we were seated in the enchanting Barrel Room.

The restaurant served their signature Almond Champagne with our brunch. As the D.D., I was "forced" to load up on these yummy little cookies for the drive home. Oh, torture! My GF bought me a box to enjoy at home, thoughtful.

I was diligently sober for the ride home.

When you are the Designated Driver you do have the best seat in the house.

You get to delight in watching your friends have fun. The one of a kind look on their faces as they taste the various wines is matchless! The joy of watching their pleasure is grand. Make no mistake, if you ever have the opportunity to be a D.D. for your friends, the pleasure will be all yours.

I just love this papyrus card I gave to my GF saying:


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1BEACHWALKER 3/26/2011 2:02AM

    My sisters and brother in laws are avid wine tasters and collectors. I always get to be the designated driver, because I don't like to drink that much! So I know what you are talking about! Glad you had a great time. That looks like a gorgeous place! emoticon

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HICKOK-HALEY 3/22/2011 10:57PM

    Your a good friend. What a fun time for you all. Love the card!

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EGRAMMY 3/22/2011 9:49PM

    Will share with GD in CA

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 3/22/2011 9:44AM

    I was in the same area last weekend but since neither DH and I drink, we spent our time hiking in the Santa Rosa Plateau just outside Murrietta.

Glad you had such a great time - it's always fun to get together with friends like that!!


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CHERIRIDDELL 3/22/2011 1:03AM

    I love Papyrus cards! I don't drink much so I am often the designated driver too.I do like the odd glass of wine though.

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IUHRYTR 3/21/2011 10:03PM

    Maybe next time you can be the DS -- Designated sipper -- or the DT -- Designated taster -- or even the DD -- Designated drunk. emoticon emoticon Glad you had a good time. The dining room looks wonderful. emoticon -- Lou

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LESSOFMOORE 3/21/2011 10:00PM

    Victoria, I'm glad that you and your friends had such a lovely time!

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JHADZHIA 3/21/2011 7:07PM

    So glad you had a fun day!! That room looks awesome! I don't get chicken and waffles in the same sentence, different.. I don't drink, but I don't drive either, so I guess that would be lose, lose lol.
Sweet card!!

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  Sounds wonderful! I am planning a California vacation for September, hopefully we can take in some wineries then as well.

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KLAD_COCKERS 3/21/2011 5:43PM

    Sounds like a GREAT time Victoria!

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SPLASHDOG1 3/21/2011 5:14PM

    Hooray for designated drivers! Woohoo! I loved the picture of the dining room. Sounds like a wonderful day!

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PURPLESPEDCOW 3/21/2011 5:05PM

    I don't drink but would enjoy a trip like that!

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LESLIES537 3/21/2011 3:33PM

    Sounds fun! emoticon

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LAURELSPARK 3/21/2011 3:27PM

    Sounds like you had a great day. I don't drink much, and am sometimes DD. I get a charge out of my friends also. We have a wine tasting area around here but it's always so crowded that we seldom visit it. My DH's idea of a good time is buying wines to serve to guests at home.


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CARLANNIE 3/21/2011 3:25PM

    Fun, fun!

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ANGIEN9 3/21/2011 3:21PM

    I am so glad that you have a good time being the designated driver!! I have never done that with the girls. I was always the one for my ex-husband and that was not fun!! I no longer drink alcohol, but would be a designated driver for good friends for a fun day like you had!! Thanks for giving me a different point of view on DD!!


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Giving to Japan the Smart Way!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Hello SparkPeople, we have all been concerned as we watch Japan endure this ordeal with dignity and strength. I know we all want to do what we can to help. I am thinking we should educate ourselves and give the smart way.

I found this organization that will match your donation to Japan.

Purchase: $5 for $10 Donation to Red Cross Relief Efforts - LivingSocial


Also Groupon made a similar offer:

Donate $50 to Red Cross relief efforts for Japan, we will match ... Japan Earthquake and Tsunami relief efforts. Donate $50 to Red Cross relief efforts, we will match every $50 donation.

Lady Gaga is selling a Japan Earthquake Relief Wristband for $5.00 all proceeds to go to Japan. This is yet another smart way of giving. This is the gift that keeps giving because as you wear the wristband, the message lives as a reminder.

I googled donate to Japan and came up with multiple organizations that are collecting. Please check out any organization you donate to. In today's financial climate, the cons are on the prowl as well.

Have a good weekend,

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ANGIEN9 3/21/2011 3:26PM

    Thank you for giving us such great information about donating to Japan. I wanted to donate, just wasn't sure how or to who.

Thanks Again!! emoticon

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AZURELITE 3/20/2011 9:10AM

    Thanks for the reminder... going to our UC of Canada website right now!

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1BEACHWALKER 3/20/2011 12:58AM

    emoticon emoticon You are a sweet, caring person. I will check all this out, because this is heart wrenching and they need all we are able to give!

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MYOWNHERO 3/19/2011 5:53PM

    Great info...thanks!

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CHERIRIDDELL 3/19/2011 1:34AM

    Brilliant thoughtful ideas , we can always count on you to be socially responsible ,thank you for your thoughtfulness!

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IUHRYTR 3/18/2011 10:46PM

    Creative suggestions. A few dollars may not seem to be much but multiplied by a million or more donors and the total can lead to huge improvements. -- Lou

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ROCKYCPA 3/18/2011 10:22PM

    Thanks for the great ideas to contribute to Japan relief.

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ILOVEROSES 3/18/2011 10:14PM

    Thanks for sharing. Great ideas!

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EGRAMMY 3/18/2011 7:27PM

    emoticon Thanks for caring advice.

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 3/18/2011 6:15PM

    Thanks for sharing this info - unfortunately, whenever there's a tragedy like this, there are also a huge number of scammers that pop up to gather up money intended for the victims - I hope all of us who do want to contribute, whether $1 or $1 million or somewhere inbetween, can make sure we get it to legitimate organizations!

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LAURELSPARK 3/18/2011 5:41PM

    Thanks for sharing. Everything that I give will just be a drop in the bucket. If enough of us contribute we'll fill the bucket.

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MIMIKK7 3/18/2011 5:37PM

    Thanks for sharing! Awesome ideas!

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  My employer is matching contributions to help the aid efforts in Japan. It's important to help when we can.

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LESLIES537 3/18/2011 4:44PM

    These are great ideas on how to donate! I love Lady Gaga just a little more now, too! Thanks for the tips! emoticon

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Give your GREEN to the Organizations helping Japan

Thursday, March 17, 2011

I put green workout pants on just to get that whole color thing out of the way.

I have been pinching the un-green people and I just love that part of this day. Cracks me up when they don't even know what day it is & they just yell "Hey, why did you do that?"

Sure would like to write something exciting like I am going down to the pub for some green beer. The only fun I am having on this holiday is changing my Spark Page!

My morning news weather man, Mark Kriski at KTLA made a comment this morning I liked so much I wanted to share it with all of you. He said everyone should take their green and donate it to the various organizations that are helping Japan. BTW, He is a Canadian Native

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CHERIRIDDELL 3/18/2011 5:46PM

    What a wonderful suggestion.Today I am waiting patiently my friend Holly teaches at the International school in Kobe Japan and she should be on a flight out today .Here's praying she gets out ! love and hugs,Cheri P.S.I should have your hiking hat next week they were all sold out they offered me an olive drab one but I made a funny face so they knew I was waiting for the shipment with pink and airforce blue !!!!

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LESLIES537 3/18/2011 4:42PM

    As they should be applauded! I'm like you, I love Sandra just a little bit more now! Thanks so much for sharing this! emoticon

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 3/18/2011 11:56AM

    Little update, I heard on the news Sandra Bullock & Demi Lovato donated 1 million dollars EACH to Japan. Nice to know someone as young as Demi Lovato has a big heart. I love Sandra Bullock even more now that she has raised the bar. Let's hope the other celebrities follow their example!

Our small contributions are important, their large contributionsget the job done. I applaud these women for their generosity!

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LESSOFMOORE 3/17/2011 10:02PM

    A great idea! Thanks for sharing! Like you, I wore my green worklout clothes today! emoticon

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IUHRYTR 3/17/2011 9:29PM

    Tragedies like this one, Haiti, floods in Indonesia, hurricane damage, mudslides and all the rest should make us wonder how we'd feel if we were involved in one and the Red Cross and others came to our aid. We may not be able to afford much but multiplied by millions of people, donations can add up quickly. BTW, love the green. Today is also my "baby" brother's birthday. -- Lou

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JHADZHIA 3/17/2011 9:29PM

    Good for you! I am lucky my jacket and hoodie are a brilliant bright green :) No green workout clothes though..
Awesome for Mark Kriski!

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 3/17/2011 8:19PM

    It's so horrible over there - thanks for the suggestion!!~

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The Big Lunch-A Rant

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

I am a huge fan of making my own meals at home. Call me crazy, it is just my way. I will eat out when I don't want to clean or when there is nothing to make at home.

I just had a very delicious, social lunch. The food was great, the company was better. I ate most of my meal. I had a steak, white rice and plantain. You could say the meal was just perfect.

Now I feel like a

I am thinking a nice batch of homemade cookies should make me a complete whale and do the job right!

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LIBBYFITZ 3/17/2011 12:16AM

    Tomorrow is a new day! emoticon

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MARAHAB 3/16/2011 7:33PM

    That won't change your plan too much--forget the cookies, though. Nobody can have just one, right!

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LESSOFMOORE 3/15/2011 9:54PM

    Victoria, I know that tomorrow you'll be on the elliptical and back to clean eating. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MIMIKK7 3/15/2011 9:38PM

    Love the cute whale emoticonSo today you had emoticonand tomorrow you get to start again! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EGRAMMY 3/15/2011 9:11PM

    emoticon wow that's a big whale

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 3/15/2011 8:26PM

    Lunch was tasty, except, I don't eat white rice any more & I don't eat steak for lunch. I had four huge homemade cookies because I was angry at my lunch. Not sure what the point was to making those cookies. emoticon

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HICKOK-HALEY 3/15/2011 7:59PM

    Awww, hugs... emoticon

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IUHRYTR 3/15/2011 7:38PM

    At least you didn't post a picture of a blimp, Victoria. emoticon Lunch actually sounds rather tasty and healthy. I know when I eat out now I have to take half the meal home with me because I'm not used to such big meals anymore. I think I'll keep your whale picture handy, though, as a reminder to not overdo it. Now, about the emoticons, send me some, please, then you won't have have as many to tempt you. emoticon -- Lou

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NTSOHLTHNT 3/15/2011 6:26PM

    LoL - love the whale! I know how you feel -- I ate my way through the pastry cart today--nothing else but an Atkins shake, 2 small cinnamon rolls, some unidentified buttery pastry and a slice of spice bread. I did have plans to eat a salad, but so much for the best laid plans of men and mice...and it's way too late to feel. Back to normal tomorrow :-).

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JUSTBIRDY 3/15/2011 6:17PM

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MACKANDME 3/15/2011 5:29PM

    I love the whale, and it even says fat whale at the bottom to finish your sentence. I am a big fan of picture blogs. Go ahead and have your cookies. Over all your lunch was not really that bad. And tomorrow you can eat clean and make up for those cookies!

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Annoying Baily

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Baily spends a considerable amount of time nagging us & I hug her so much it actually gets on her nerves. I had noticed she leaves me alone after the longer hikes. This is my poor Boo after a 5 mile hike. You almost get the impression it is Baily who tolerates me.

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 3/15/2011 1:31PM

    Thanks for all of the compliments for Boo, she sure Sparks our world. You guys are all so kind.

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TRACEYMOMOF3 3/14/2011 11:26PM

    How precious!

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HICKOK-HALEY 3/14/2011 10:13PM

    Alice has the same peek lol. Boo is so adorable!!

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KLAD_COCKERS 3/14/2011 12:19PM

    Oh she is definitely tolerating you! Poor Boo!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 3/14/2011 12:10PM

    Baily loves having her picture taken. She is all about posing and she is a complete ham. She was just incredibly tired. When you say the word "walk" she runs to the steps to have her collar put on. When I play this video she hears the word "walk" she goes ape thinking we are going on a walk".

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1BEACHWALKER 3/14/2011 1:24AM

    emoticon You know my dog Rawley used to hate to get his picture taken. Everytime I'd get the camera out and put it up to my face he would do the same thing Bailey-Boo did! Then after awhile he would start barking at me! Too funny! That was cute when you asked about the walk and how she just gave you a look like are you kidding me, we just got back and then laid down! emoticon emoticon

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LESLIES537 3/13/2011 8:56PM

    Awe!!! Too cute! emoticon

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MIMIKK7 3/13/2011 11:00AM

    Way too cute! I love it! emoticon emoticon

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LIBBYFITZ 3/13/2011 10:55AM

    That was a classic! I loved those eyes!

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CHERIRIDDELL 3/13/2011 1:00AM

    Baily and True seem to feel the same way about naptime Victoria !

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PEGGY-BEE 3/12/2011 11:57PM

    Bailey has the prettiest eyes!

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LYNNOTT 3/12/2011 10:58PM

    So cute! She certainly knows how to ignore you! When I ask our one cat if she wants her face washed, she puts her head down and walks away from me! Gotta love pets!

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GRACEISENUF 3/12/2011 9:26PM

    My little Sammy gets annoyed with me when I smooch on him too much!, tee hee!

Baily is adorable and looks so smoochable too! :)

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DETERMINED_SOUL 3/12/2011 8:03PM

    So cute, she looks so tuckered out.

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EGRAMMY 3/12/2011 8:00PM

    Bailey, you are beautiful And so cute. Love your video

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LESSOFMOORE 3/12/2011 7:06PM

    Victoria, nice to see you had a good time with your furbabies!

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BLEIGH711 3/12/2011 5:58PM

    Too cute...reminds me of my furbabies after some quality outdoors time

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 3/12/2011 5:26PM

    Mooooommmmmmm, chill out and leave me alone - I just need my own space sometimes!


Moani does not like the camera - even when I take pictures of her with my Blackberry! I think there may be some sound she can hear that's annoying but not really sure what it is....at any rate, I have lots of blurred pictures of her turning away and lots more of her rear end as she's running off - don't know what it is about cameras but dogs can sure get funny around them!!


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DFROMTX 3/12/2011 5:01PM

    She is precious and seems to be saying, "We already walked....let me rest already!"

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LAURELSPARK 3/12/2011 4:52PM

    She's a riot.......wouldn't you love to know what was going on in her little brain!

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JHADZHIA 3/12/2011 4:05PM

    aaawwww! What a sweetie! I can see why you would be giving her plenty of hugs!!!

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IMNENA23 3/12/2011 4:00PM

    Too cute!

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CAROLIAN 3/12/2011 3:00PM

    What a pair of cuties emoticon

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JUSTBIRDY 3/12/2011 2:48PM

    That's the most conflicted no I have seen in a long time!

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