A Thousand Threads

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Happy Long Weekend!

secret pool iceland

I swear to you, it’s the weirdest thing, but just taking a few minutes to set a really specific goal can make all the difference in the world.  Remember my lists?  Well I’m happy to say that over the past week and a half, I really do feel like I have been so much more productive!

I’m fully aware, of course, that it’s all a mind trip.  I made a conscious decision to be happy with each individual item I was able to check off my list, rather than strive for an empty slate, and ta-da!  Jedi power.

I’m not sure if it’s just that I have myself so completely fooled or if I really have gotten more done, but it really doesn’t matter.  I’m feeling a lot better about my accomplishments, and a whole lot better about myself, just in time for a nice long weekend.

Do you use any little mind tricks on yourself to accomplish your goals?

** Also, you guys, thank you for the big boost of confidence you have all given me this week.  Your comments have been so wonderful and supportive.  I hope you know just how much love I have for you all.  xoxo **

Here’s an extra long list for your extra long weekend…

That picture up there?  That is where I want to be this weekend.

This beautiful pottery.

Queen Elizabeth, rollin’ in her Range Rover.

Basically, this looks like the tastiest mimosa ever. Yum, Rhi!

I need to see this movie.

Pure. Genius. Lena, I die.

10 little things that will make you an exceptional client.

A refrigerator-free kitchen?

Emerson. Fry.

How to stage a strong comeback.

Girls, you have me so inspired to get organized this week!

I’m not sure I agree with everything in this article, but it’s interesting nonetheless.

Good advice.

I was really moved by these words (this is a little older, but I just came upon this blog this week, so it’s new to me… and maybe to you, too).

My Grandfather’s Singapore Sling

The Singapore Sling is a funny drink. Order it up on your next vacation and you’re likely to receive something that closely resembles a Mai Tai… a slice of pineapple, maybe even a tiny umbrella. But the history of the drink is much more complex.

It is generally agreed that the Singapore Sling was created by Ngiam Tong Boon at the Long Bar of the Raffles Hotel in Singapore sometime in the early 20th century, but that’s where the agreement ends. While the Raffles still serves a version of the drink, and proudly displays the safe in which Mr. Ngiam locked away his precious recipe books, they admit that the original recipe was lost long ago. The current version was formulated by Ngiam’s nephew during the 1970s… but a quick search will reveal that even the “original” remains far from the only version.

The Singapore Sling has been interpreted and re-interpreted many times over, but to me, my grandfather’s will always be the one.

I wish I had a beautiful story to share with you about my grandfather’s holiday recipe… how it evolved through the years to become the very best representation of the drink. The truth is, it might not be the best, but the very sight and smell of it reminds me of the holidays, even if I wasn’t allowed a taste until well after I’d moved away from home.

Today, many of my family’s longstanding holiday traditions have faded, a sad side-effect of living so far from each other (and one that I swear every year I will remedy) but the sling remains. Wherever we all might be on Thanksgiving and Christmas, it just isn’t the holidays without this drink.

… and maybe a little Tom Waits, but that’s another story altogether.

Singapore Sling

1/2 Lime
1 oz Gin
1/2 oz Sloe Gin
1 oz Cherry Brandy
7-up

Muddle 1/2 a lime in a rocks glass, fill halfway with ice. Combine gin, sloe gin, and cherry brandy in a shaker with ice; shake for 10 seconds. Strain into glass and top with 7-up.