It’s a quiet Sunday morning and after two cups of coffee, baking oatmeal cookies, and humming Gray Skies Are Gonna Clear Up, I am getting ready to head out to my first barbecue of the season. The weather isn’t being overly cooperative, but the wind is frisky and so here’s hoping we see some sunshine. I don’t have too much to report today, but it makes me sad to see the story about Cinder every time I open my blog, so I thought I would write a little something.
Earlier in the week I met a lovely couple from South Carolina who after we chatted for a minute asked me if I was the author Jenny Criswell. After I affirmed that I was, they ebulliently informed me that they’d read my book. ROCK STAR. MOMENT. It was awesome. Not only did they gush about me to the other poor souls who were on our afternoon wine tour, but I am giving serious consideration to asking them to handle my publicity. Seriously, they know my life better than I do. I met them for drinks the other night and we chatted about Montepulciano. They come here frequently, so they get my love of this place.
But probably the biggest news of the week is that I passed the first level of my FISAR Sommelier course…. in Italian!!!!! We celebrated last weekend with a dinner with many many bottles of wine… and now I eagerly await the second level of the course in the fall. Not only was the course fun and instructive, but I have gotten to know a lot of wonderful new people. I also want to say thank you to Christian and Bianca, my Poliziano clients from Germany who when they heard I passed my exam came back the next day with chocolate cake!
The book continues to do well, so thank you to all of you who have read and rated online. I am grateful for your support. And not just support on the book. All of the love and messages that I have received since Cinder died have been appreciated. My house is still lonely, but I am accepting lots of invitations and getting out more.
Here’s to sunny skies all around. Buona Domenica!