Friday, July 3, 2009


After recent unsavory events, I am pleased as punch (pun intended) to be playing at the Virtual Girls' Night Out this weekend. It's just too dangerous to party in public these days.

I do have a meeting tonight, so I'll be bloghopping and partying through the weekend. I hope you enjoy hopping mine.

The Fourth of July always makes me feel like my small hometown is the best place on the planet. I think this holiday was made for small towns. The feeling of community and friendship is amazingly cool, and provides a recharge to drained mommy batteries. On Sunday, Chelan will be having a cool "Fifth of July" event, too, with more fireworks and activities. I'll be on the old bridge, holding down a table at the Historic Downtown Chelan Association's event. Here's the bridge:
That photo, by the way, was taken by my friend and talented photographer, Richard Uhlhorn. He took the floating head photo that appears at the top of my newspaper column. I adore Rich, and I hope he doesn't sue me for stealing his photo. Thievery really is the best form of flattery, don't you think?

In honor of my town and small towns across America, let's groove with John Mellencamp, singing "Small Town" live (be sure to yell "SMALL TOWN" when he pauses for audience participation!):

Oh! Let me offer you a drink! This recipe is my very own creation, from back in my bar managing days:

The Gonzo Mama's Apple Martini

You will need:

1 oz. Stoli Vanil vodka
1 oz. De Kuyper Buttershots
1 oz. De Kuyper Apple Pucker


a Granny Smith apple (left over from dutifully baking your family's apple pie for the Fourth, of course!)

a martini shaker

a large martini glass

a soft place to land after six of these

Put all of your liquor into the martini shaker. Fill the shaker 2/3 full with ice. Put the lid on and shake until your hand is freezing and a thin layer of ice forms on the outside of the shaker. Strain into the martini glass. Garnish with a thin slice of fresh Granny Smith apple.

Mr. Wright bought me the most fabulous shoes for our anniversary! Since I am neither a photographer nor motivated to stray far from the bed I am lounging on as I type, you get to see my impromptu photo shoot from the bed.

Aren't they adorable? Isn't Mr. Wright the best husband ever for finding them? Aren't shoes a totally hot anniversary gift?

What did I get him? Well, um... I got him beat up when I tried to make the world a better place. If you see Mr. Wright out tonight, buy him a drink. He needs it.

If you're new to VGNO, head on over to Ann's blog for the 4-1-1 and to sign the Linky so we can party together. Happy Fourth, and happy VGNO!

Appletini photo by capn madd matt


  1. CUTE shoes! Love them!

    Great pic of your town.

    Happy VGNO!

  2. I so agree about your small town comment. My little town comes alive on the 4th and during festivals. I love it!

  3. Love the pics. I always like John Mellencamp too.

    Happy VGNO

  4. I'm lovin' smaller town living compared to the city.

    Happy VGNO!

  5. Are you serious? He picked those out all by himself.
    Mine would give me the credit card, or a gift card, but hasn't actually bought me shoes yet.
    Wait, that's not true. I got slippers for Christmas.
    appy VGNO!

  6. Very nice shoes! what a nice Hubby! Happy VGNO and Happy 4th of July!

  7. Your 4th of July celebration sounds like so much fun. And the shoes? Tres adorable!

    Happy VGNO!

  8. Love the shoes... I remember the days I would (could) wear shoes like that! I'm lucky if I get out of flip flops. Happy Anniversary, and ENJOY the 4th.

    Stopping by from VGNO!

  9. Enjoy the small town spirit.
    Love those shoes as well!

  10. Wow, my husband has never even attempted to buy shoes for me. He practically has a panic attack anytime he's near a shoe store, too funny. Happy VGNO you lucky lady!

  11. Happy VGNO! Hope you have a happy and safe 4th of July.

    Stop by Lin's Duck and Wheel With String to vote for me in her First Official Dork-Off Contest. Vote for my photo, because my kindergarten photo is THE dorkiest.


  12. Awesome shoes!!! What a guy!

    I love small town. People started setting chairs out on the sidewalks last week to "save" their spot for the parade today. It's too funny.

  13. Love the shoes! Grew up in a small town...they are the best place to be on holidays like this! Happy 4th...and VGNO.

  14. Those shoes rock! You should have that man of yours take them off your bare feet with his teeth (while you're both seductively naked). And then blog about it. ;-)

  15. LOVE the shoes and the drink, I think I have all that stuff in my cupboard right now, of course it's Tuesday, 9:25am & even I shouldn't stay "it's 5 o'clock somewhere" before the kids get up!


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