Friday, March 26, 2010

Martini Nights

Last Monday was definitely classified as a "martini night" in our household.  After the shock of arriving at the Carlsbad house and finding the first floor flooded and the hours spent with contractors and insurance people learning how to deal with the problem and getting all the steps lined up, we were certainly ready for a Bombay Sapphire martini when we arrived home at 7 p.m.  Dinner was "fashionably late" - maybe 8:30 p.m.? - and consisted of a Bertolli skillet meal and a quick salad.  I love having these quickie meals in the freezer!

It was probably fortuitous that there was a great story on NPR on Sunday about martinis.  How timely.  If you have a minute, listen to this story.

DH has made many drinks for me over the almost 40 years that we've been married, but if you are someone who enjoys a good cocktail, there is nothing quite as soothing as a martini made with quality gin by a bartender who knows what he is doing - and my DH definitely knows how to make a good martini.

My dad was a martini drinker.  Mom always made his martini at 5:00 p.m. and placed it (in the glass) in the refrigerator to chill.  When Dad arrived home at 6:05 p.m., on the dot, he would give Mom a peck on the cheek and then go to the refrigerator for his martini.  Then, they would sit on the enclosed porch and go over the details of the day until dinner was served at 6:30 p.m. (never earlier, never later).  I guess part of the reason I enjoy our "martini nights" is remembering how comfortable my parents were while having these few minutes alone before kid time set in - baths, homework, etc., etc.

I'm pretty sure there will be a handful of martini nights before the Carlsbad house is back to normal!

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