I’ve decided that Monday needs to be official cocktail day here on my blog. For many reasons, but the biggest being that, well, it’s Monday. Even doing a job I love, Mondays aren’t my favorite day of the week. I used to love them, I used to get excited about the prospect of a new week. Now, my weeks are the same. I wake up, cook, photograph and write. Every single day. Even though the dishes change and the articles are different, it’s still the same exact thing. I hate to complain about a job many people dream of, but it’s becoming a little monotonous.
Which is why I’ve started applying to full-time jobs in the travel/food industry! I know, big shock, but I’ll be honest, there are many things I really miss about an office setting, and a more “traditional” job. For one, I miss the interaction. Right now, my colleagues only communicate with me in the form of a loud, annoying bark. Another thing I miss is shopping for work clothes and dressing up everyday. Sure I could dress up now, but what’s the point of wearing a cute pencil skirt and blouse when it’ll be doused in flour in 3 minutes? I also miss the exciting possibility of promotions, of working your butt off and working your way towards the top of a company. I really miss bonuses, steady income, having my own health insurance.
These sound like little reasons, but when you add them all up, they make a huge difference. I love my job, and I have no intentions of quitting once I get a new one, but I want something else in the meantime to really challenge, push and excite me. Plus, this whole “food writing” gig isn’t doing my waistline any favors. And because I’m a bit of a masochist, I decided it might be fun to try on my old pencil skirts and cute skinny work pants this weekend. Let’s just say a bottle of wine and more tears than I care to admit followed after they didn’t zip up. So the idea of going back to an office where I’m not tempted with mac n’ cheese and boozy milkshakes everyday sounds even more appetizing.
I also hope this doesn’t make me sound like I’m complaining about this job I have. I love it. I do, but I just need something else right now, especially financially, since we plan to buy a home in the third most expensive city in the country. I’m grateful for my job and my life, I just need a little change of pace right now.
Summer Fruit & Rose Sangria
Serves 4 -6.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Chill time: 1 hour
- 1 bottle dry rose wine
- 1/2 cup whiskey (I used Makers Mark)
- 1/4 cup triple sec or raspberry/citron vodka*
- 2 nectarines, sliced
- 1 cup raspberries
- 2 cups sliced strawberries
- 2 cava oranges, sliced
- 2 – 2 1/2 cups ginger ale
- 1/3 cup sugar
*I used triple sec, but flavored vodka would also work.
- Thoroughly wash the fruits completely. You want the nectarines sliced thinly into small wedges and the oranges sliced whole (so you have circles, not wedges). Hull the strawberries and slice.
- Place all of the fruit (reserving about 1/4 for garnishes) into a large pitcher. Add the vodka/triple sec and whiskey. Carefully stir in the sugar until it dissolves. Chill for about an hour, stirring the fruit occasionally.
- To mix the sangria together, add the bottle of rose and ginger ale, stirring to combine. Mix well and serve immediately.
Nutritional information per serving (1 glass):
Fat: 0.5 grams
Carbohydrates: 37 grams
Fiber: >1 gram
Protein: 1.3 grams
Weight Watchers Points: 3