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Cabin Fever

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The cemetery disappeared in fog all day yesterday and I’ve been nursing a severe case of cabin fever the last couple of days. I had the day off Wednesday of work and I kind of just wondered around the shops in town. Most of the time I can handle being couped up in the house but after several months of it my brain just cannot handle much more. It happens every year. It’s just part of life living in Michigan I suppose. (Or anywhere with heavy winters.)

I’ve been slowly working my way through the first book in the Wheel of Time series, The Eye of the World. I’m enjoying it but my brain isn’t letting me read it for any extended period of time with it’s current state of cabin fever eating the fun out of everything. My husband even bought me this great new reading lamp for V-Day and I can only sit still for an hour.

Next week is something to look forward to. Not only is it meeting time for book club, I’ll also finally be seeing Ignited Moth and getting to exchange Christmas presents and celebrate her birthday. (She’s old.)

What do you do when cabin fever hits you?

 

 

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Winter of Epic Fantasy 2017

It has snowed and thus the time for Winter of Epic Fantasy is nigh! So wouldn’t you know, my brain decided it was a perfect time for a reading slump. D:

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Winters in Michigan last months so there is plenty of time for me to jump in but it’s not often I get into a reading slump and this year, as soon as the snow hits, my brain just says, “No.”

Not to mention that I have a metric butt-ton of epic fantasy books on my shelves just waiting patiently to be read.

Maybe tonight my luck will turn around and I’ll make a decision but for right now, I need to fill myself full of coffee and go adult at work.

 

Snowbelt Brewing Company – Brewery Review

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Brewery Location: Downtown Gaylord, Michigan.

Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

It’s been a hot minute since my husband has done a beer review, so while we were in the great, white Northern Lower Michigan we stopped at a couple of breweries. Why not rate the entire experience? (Note: 1 of the 2 breweries we were so excited about we didn’t remember to take pictures or rate anything.)

Now we had only heard mediocre things about Snowbelt and thus went in not expecting too much. Maybe a decent beer and some half way decent food. Turns out, it was much better than expected. (Always a pleasant surprise!) They had pretty damn good beer and pretty damn good food.

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Downtown Pumpkin Brown, Rolling Belt, Sunnyside Hop & My Chest Hurts.
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Soft Pretzel bites with beer cheese and beer mustard, both of which were great.
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The winning beer of the night was the My Chest Hurts IPA. ABV: 7.2% IBU: 100+

The atmosphere was laid back with classic rock and 80’s ballads playing on a Friday night. It wasn’t packed but it deserved to be. This will be a new must-go-to stop when we are in the area from now on.

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You can sneak a peek at where the magic happens as you walk out the back door.

Recommendation Level: Do it. 

Frost & Flurries

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If I’ve mentioned it once, I’ve mentioned it a thousand times. Michigan is always drunk when it comes to weather. We can have all four seasons in one day. This morning I woke up to the first full frost of the year. I have a feeling we’re in a for a nasty winter since last year’s was so week. (It rained and was cold the whole winter. It maybe snowed twice and neither time did it stay for longer than 24 hours.) My dad texts that they’re about to get hit with a snowstorm tonight, less than two days before we venture up to where I grew up in Northern Lower Michigan.

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I’ll make the trip up north, snowstorm or not because I haven’t been up there in over a year and a half. We deserve a mini-vacation. Plus, when winter does hit, I fully intend to become a hermit and never leave my house except for work and food. (It will probably be my busiest blog season yet! Cabin fever is real thing.) I look forward to an awesome Winter of Epic Fantasy once the snow descends.

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Autumn Rain, Goddamn Squirrels

I’ve kind of ghosted all social media this last week, sorry. Guess I just had the anti-social bug. I’ve got the day off of work, it’s lightly raining while feeling exactly like autumn, so I’m catching up on all the things on my patio with my animals. Cursing loudly every time a goddamn squirrel shows up and Ozzy does his best to bust out a screen and take down his arch nemesis.

This past weekend we attending Sweet Endings at the Michigan Renaissance Festival in honor of our 11 year dating anniversary. (I know a lot of people stop counting that anniversary after they get married but, we put in a lot of damn years before getting married. I’m not about to stop counting that!) It was crazy packed, hard to walk and had to stand in line FOREVER for food or beer/mead. They also decided to make some GoT inspired pubs, Throne of Swords (where they had a fake iron throne you could sit on) and The Three Eyed Raven. It’s not like they need to make more money, but damn did adding those in rake in even MORE money.

October has arrived since my last post. Even though I started early in my celebrations, it’s time to hit that celebrating even harder! We’ve been doing a lot of Pokemon Go in the cemetery behind our house so look forward to a post with super cool tombstones sometime in the near future.

I’m currently reading a witch inspired book, I think witches are going to be my Halloween inspiration this year. There are several tombstones in the cemetery that are said to belong to witches and really, they’re just the epitome of Halloween.

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When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. I win.

It’s Wet Here

Come off it perverts! I’m talking about the weather here. It’s raining and grey, and normally I would say perfect reading weather but I have to get some shit done this weekend. Our house warming party is two weeks away as of today and we still have a lot of unpacking to do. On top of that, I’m in a bit of a funk. My husband wants to throw on another bill that we can’t afford right now but I hate being THAT wife that says no to something that he’s passionate about. So I’m a bit ornery right now and have been thinking about things to try to put myself in a better mood and what is better than books?!

I’m slowly crawling my way through this one:

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It’s not any fault of the book’s, in fact it just hit optimal interesting, but between work and stuff to do around the new house, reading has been put on the back burner. Saying that just feels icky. I’m hoping to hit the library this week and pick up a comic book or two to pad my reading for a summer reading program at the library that results in getting free stuff for reading. I’m running behind because I forgot about it altogether. The program started in the beginning of June and I didn’t remember until half way through July.

I’ve been storing up a lot of reading for this autumn. I’m trying to save all paranormal/horror stuff for October and stocking up on books for Science Fiction month in November. I had a lot of fun reading and reviewing all that stuff last year and then promptly burned myself out on those genres for the majority of the year. I’m feeling the itch again finally and now just have to hold out a couple more months.

Hopefully this year Michigan cooperates and I’ll have a more successful Winter of Epic Fantasy.

In conclusion; once I get past this summer, there should only be awesome reading for the rest of 2017.

There. That helped my funk a little bit. What do you do to get out of a funk??

Beer Style Guide

Here is a small introduction to the world of beer styles. These are among the more popular and for any that we come across in our brew review adventures that are not included on this list, I’ll explain on that specific review.

Ale – Sweet, full-bodied, fruity in taste. Brewed using a warm fermentation process. (Brown, black, red, and cream are just a few examples of the variations of ale.)

Pale Ale – Amber-gold beer with fruity, fresh citrus aromas. Relatively low alcohol.

India Pale Ale (IPA) – Hoppy beer style within the category of pale ale. (Double, triple and black being a few variations.)

Sour – Acidic, tart or sour taste.

Stout – Dark beer using roasted malt or barley, hops, water and yeast.

Lager – Conditioned at lower temperatures than ale. Pale, golden, amber or dark.

Porter – Dark beer developed in London from well-hopped beers made from brown malt.

Pilsner – Light straw to golden in color, it is a type of pale lager.

Late Night Session – Beer Review

Okay, okay, I know. I said I’d do a beer style guide first BUT I’m too pumped from a fun night out so that will come next time.

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Name: Late Night Session

Brewing Company: Stony Lake Brewing Co.

Location of Company: Saline, MI

Style: Pale Ale

ABV: 5.2%

IBU: 38

Rating: 3.75 out of 5

Description: Light, sweet nectar. Hoppy deliciousness.

Beer Reviews – New Section

That’s right. The long awaited new section of the blog is finally ready to begin posting.

I’ve mentioned once or twice or three times that craft beer is HUGE in Michigan. I swear I read somewhere recently that said we have 444 breweries in Michigan, now that I’m googling it again it’s saying 122 craft breweries. We’ll go with 122 but that was from 2012, five years later and we can probably safely round up to the 200 marker. Practically every city is sporting it’s own personal brewery. The city I live in has two and Ann Arbor right next to us has six. I should notate that I’m only counting actual breweries, not brew pubs, tap houses or taverns. As our friend from New York who is in town as we speak says, “You Michigan people take your beer seriously.”

It’s true. In fact, it is so true that no one I know even drinks anything else besides craft beer. I personally do not drink beer, carbonation hurts my tongue, I’m weird. However, as someone who doesn’t drink beer, I know far too much about craft beer. My husband loves it, my uncle brews his own, and if you bring Coors, Miller or Pabst to a party, well you’re a dick. You’ve just become the pariah of the party.

We have craft beer festivals, home brew competitions, beer guilds and beer guides.

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http://www.michiganbeerguide.com

All of that being said, my husband will be providing beer reviews. Mostly Michigan craft beers, but you know, one or two other states hit the nail on the head when it comes to beer too. Each review will be of a specific beer, and once in a while, when we actually go to the brewery itself, we’ll review our experience as well.

To gear you up for future reviews, the next post in this section will be a beginner’s guide to styles of beer. Yes you heard me right, styles. IPAs, stouts, lagers, we’ll learn the differences between them all. Not every style is for everyone, just likes genres with books.

Do you see how much I care about you dear readers? Not only do I guide you to awesome reads and awesome eats, now I’ll guide you to awesome (and warn you away from not so awesome) beers as well.

Read, eat, drink and be merry!