How to be a Happy Camper in a Concrete Jungle

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Sometimes I get really frustrated. If you are like me, you wake up exhausted, get in your car, and drown yourself in enough caffeine to launch a space shuttle just to be cognizant enough to face another day.

I am a firm believer that people were not meant to live the way we do... it just doesn't seem natural!

I'll save my rant about traffic for another post but I will say that I think most people believe that merging is a legal form of the game "chicken". Its all about who shows fear first. Show weakness, and you are destined to get creamed. Driving to work every day feels like a game of Russian Roulette. By the time I walk in the door of my office, I am just thankful to still be alive.

The best part? After 48 ounces of Diet Mountain Dew and ten long hours later, I get to do it all over again. Awesome! :(

I was going to go into a rant today about things that piss me off. Instead of dwelling on the negative (there's plenty of time for that later), I would like to share something that makes my daily struggle seem to melt away into a cloud of bliss...

My secret? No, it's not drugs!(unless of course you consider alcohol a drug)

When things don't seem to make sense in the world, there is a recipe that is sure to provide comfort for the soul. It's the only thing that can calm my nerves while re-energizing my morale at the same time. I don't have to travel far from home to enjoy it. In fact, I am usually much more content enjoying it in the comfort of my own home.

The formula to the remedy to my daily worldly woes is simple:

  • Mix one juicy, thick, rare steak cooked to perfection.

  • Add in one beautiful bottle of lush red wine:

  • And serve alongside the company of the woman I love.

Last night, this recipe melted an otherwise horrendous day into a wonderfully relaxing evening. I came home from work, cooked up a thick crimson heap of 1.5 pounds of beautifully carved tenderloin and served it alongside a charismatic bottle of 2005 Clos du Bois Marlestone (decanted liberally). The conversation flowed as liberally as the wine, and long outlasted the meal... these moments remind me of the real reason why people were put on this earth: to live, love, and be happy!

Speaking of which, it's time once again for me to serve up today's heaping portion of this amazing recipe for happiness. I hope wherever you are when you read this, you remember what's important and take the time to enjoy those around you instead of just fighting them in your daily struggle to survive.

We are all out of time for today�s session. Tomorrow, I will announce some exciting news. In the meantime, share the little things that make YOU a happy camper here. Also check out Jen's site for more cool wine photos like the Happy Camper pics included in this post.

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Shelly said...

Food and wine. Just the thought and promise of a great meal (with wine) can get you through. It's nice to have something to look forward to.
I don't miss the working days. Mine were more like 12-16 hour days and left little time to enjoy much else.
There's always the weekend to look forward to

The Wine Whore said...

Hello Shelly,

I wish I could do this as a full time gig. At least I would be in control of what I get to do and it would get me out of my horrible commute! :)

What gets you through the day?


Virginia Reuter said...

Thanks so much for the reminder of what is important in life. There is so much pleasure out there--and it helps to get a little distance from that which is making you crazy. Thanks!

The Wine Whore said...

My pleasure!

So what helps you stay sane?


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