I’m going to take advantage of the 3-day weekend and try to catch up on stuff — reading and answering email, taking a chunk out of my reading pile, finishing some more reviews, updating this blog, updating my website …

Oof.  It’s a lot of stuff.

On the plus side, I should definitely have some extra time on Monday.  Because I’m a very good girlfriend, I told my boyfriend that IFC is having a Three Stooges marathon from 6am to 6pm on July 4th.  Maybe I can use that time more productively!


To celebrate having three days off in a row, I took ALL of my stuff out of ALL  of my dressers and proceeded to make some tough choices.  Most of the results were pretty mundane — some stuff will be thrown out and some stuff will be donated to charitable causes.  BTW, Dear Readers, does anyone have a suggestion for where I could drop off used eyeglasses in NYC so that my old frames don’t go to waste?

But I did find a few items that had been hiding in the spaces behind my dresser drawers, and I also discovered a Latvian coin inside one of my mother’s old fancy purses!

One of my boyfriend’s Valentine’s Day presents was a tour of the Woolworth Building. Today was the day, and the tour was both informative and entertaining. And as an added bonus, our tour guide was the great-granddaughter of architect Cass Gilbert! 

My boyfriend and I are going to see a live showing of the Comedy Bang Bang! podcast, which was a present I bought for him that was really a present for both of us.

We’ll be taking a tour of the Woolworth building, which was a present he bought for me that … well, you see where this is going.

We’re going out to dinner with the Geek Patrol.

I have several committee meetings, plus my YA Book Club meeting after work.

Now that some of my major work hurdles are finished, I’m catching up with my medical appointments.  This first one is this month, when I’ll see if those “first signs of cataracts” I was warned about last year are developing into the real thing.  Bleah.

Oh, and I might also be doing more class visits, but I’m waiting to hear back from my contacts to see if they can fit me into their schedules.

Plus I have so many review books to read that it’s not even funny!

ETA: AND we’re having a Mother’s Day shindig at my boyfriend’s parents’ house!

Busy, busy, busy, busy …

Since my boyfriend had this week off, we spent part of today in Chinatown.  We wandered around and had lunch at Tasty Hand-Pulled Noodle Inc. on Doyers St.  Then we walked north up to Houston Street before heading back to the subway …

Since my boyfriend had this week off, we spent part of yesterday wandering around Chelsea and going shopping at Chelsea Market …

During a recent expedition to Brooklyn, my boyfriend and I looked in the windows of Greenpoint liquor stores to check out the displays of Polish vodka.  We always see lots of bottles of different types of vodka, often made from potatoes, which totally makes sense if you’ve ever had a Polish meal.  But during our latest visit we noticed something new.  This vodka was a light green color, it was marketed as Bison Grass Vodka, and each bottle had some of the grass floating inside it.  As we were getting ready to leave Brooklyn my boyfriend mentioned that he’d be curious to try that vodka someday, and so I bought him a bottle for his birthday.

When I went online to see where I could buy it (I did find a place in Manhattan), I discovered some more information about this unusual drink.  I discovered that it had been banned in the United States for years, and I also discovered that some bartenders are big fans of it and have developed bison grass-specific drink recipes.

When we examined all of the labels on the bottle, we saw that we were in for an unusual experience …

Bison Grass Vodka 1

Bison Grass Vodka 2

Bison Grass Vodka 3

Bison Grass Vodka 4

But here’s the question: What does it taste like?

My main conclusion, after trying it straight and mixed with orange juice as a screwdriver, is that it’s very very WEIRD.  I also shared some with a few more taste testers, and “weird” was the #1 most used term when we tried to discuss it.  The longer discussion was along the lines of it tastes strong, it smells weird, and it tastes weird.  It doesn’t taste or smell like grass clippings as we know them, but there is a taste that’s very hard to define.

We still have most of the bottle left, so we’re going to check out some of those bartender recipes and see if we’ll find a recipe that helps tip the balance between weird and awesome.

This would probably be a good purchase for vodka afficionados (which, admittedly, we are not).  But at the very least it definitely makes for an excellent conversation piece!