Saturday, August 14, 2010

Bottle 6

Koehler Sauvignon Blanc 2005

Last Friday night we celebrated the publishing of my husband's first novel, "The Familiars". He and his partner, Andrew, have been successful screenwriters for a few years now, but this is their first novel. Two big boxes arrived at the door and inside were many shiny blue covers. It is very exciting. It is going to be really cool to be able to go to the bookstore and see it on the shelves. The main character is based on the cat that lived in the backyard of our old house. He just sat outside the back door from the day we moved in to the house. He is black and white and has a chip missing from one ear. Even after 7 years of feeding him he would still not let us get too close. I named him Ben. I fed him scraps pretty regularly and he would just lay in the yard or press his little face against the window when I was cooking.

Adam had told Penny a while ago that the book was written for her (Olive was a mere twinkle when they wrote it) and her showed her the part of the dedication that says "For Penny"- being 3, she cannot read, but she does recognize her name in print and being in school where they want everything labeled with the kid's names so things don't get lost, Penny, understandably, thought ALL of the books belonged to her. We had to explain that she can have one book and though she may see the books in stores (or hopefully in people's hands) that they, in fact, do not all belong to her.

The delivery of the books coincided with "indoor date night". Adam and I started the Friday night tradition when Penny was around one. As most parents know, it can be hard to find a sitter and get quite expensive to go out- so this is our answer. Every other night of the week we eat an early dinner with the girls and then watch TV after they go to bed. On Fridays, Adam and I put the girls to sleep and then get sushi take out and actually get to talk. I love date night. It is a great time to relax and enjoy each other's company and catch up. Lately we have to make sure that each of us are caught up on popular events. Having 2 small kids, I will admit, I haven't looked at a newspaper since Penny was born and I cannot watch the news because our TV is permanently set to Nick Jr. I am embarrassed to admit, but I find out most news now from Facebook updates. If I see a friend posted something interesting then I Google it and catch up. So last night we discussed how we were glad that Prop 8 is unconstitutional and how we are glad that we are usually in agreement with our political views. Oh- and we discovered a bonus to our new house. It happens to have a terrific (and cheap) sushi place around the corner!

Even though we were celebrating a pretty big deal, I chose to open a not so pricey wine since Adam doesn't like wine that much and I can only have a glass a night since I am breastfeeding. This wine was a great example of a great food pairing. Neither Adam or I liked the wine much on it's own- it tasted very much like apple juice to me, but we both agreed that drinking it with our sushi elevated it an made it not so sweet. It made for a great date night celebration.


  1. can't wait to see the book! that is so funny about penny thinking they are all hers. in a way though, they are. every girl or boy opening one will think of penny when they read the dedication!

  2. such a great reason to celebrate! congratulations to your whole how penny thought all the books belonged to her.

  3. That is so sweet, indoor date night. I'd love that.
    I just finished breastfeeding after 16 months and I drank almost an entire bottle of organic wine by myself the other night. It felt like Christmas. AND I discovered that organic wine--even "too much" of it- doesn't leave me with a headache.
    Congrats on the novel!