• Kate


The polar vortex hit Chicago at the end of January, it was cold as crap. Actually, “cold” could not even describe how it felt outside. Chicago at the time was colder then Everest, so I guess I don’t really need to make that legendary climb in my lifetime...so..there is that.

A few fun things with the polar vortex, some may have seen the videos of people throwing hot liquid into the air and having it turn to snow. My brother tried to convince me that I had to do this with a cocktail, that I would need to construct a plastic wrap net system with a stick to catch the snow and return it to a glass. The cocktail would go from warm to a slushy. Cool idea, but it was damn cold outside and I had heard stories of people ending up in the emergency room with burns from the hot liquid. I know my luck and that would have been me.

So instead I held up in my home Wednesday, it was so cold that work was canceled and most of the city was closed. Too much time outside, being only 5 minutes, could cause frostbite. And I wanted to keep all my extremities.

Melody was braver then I, she took the trip of a whole city block to have a Handmaid’s Tale marathon. It was about time! We had put this show on hold for far too long and I needed to figure out how it ends. The only thing I will say is that it was frustrating as hell, when the main character moves through escapes she moves extremely slow like she has all the time in the world!! That and Josh Lyman from West Wing made an appearance which was a cool surprise because he turned into a very interesting character.

The only question now is, what show will be next now that this one is over? Will there even be enough time for a show? Honestly, I don’t think so. It is hard to dedicate so much time to a ritual and the ritual may be over. That doesn’t mean the cooking and drinking has stopped. It just means I need to be more fluid to make it happen and I am always up for a challenge.

To finish off our tradition I made Veggie & Bean Tacos and Pineapple Upside Down Cake cocktails.

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