I was doing some creative research yesterday looking for something I can’t remember now but instead I found Pinterest and ended up convincing myself I could draw.
I typed in ‘how to draw cocktails’ in the search bar and Pinterest apparently knows that I actually cannot draw so it just shows me cocktails instead. I see some I like and realize that Pinterest now preemptively assumes which board I want to save it to when I hover over the pin and I start clicking away. I must have presumed they were based on my original search and that all of them were going to my ‘Cocktails’ board so I didn’t bother looking again until I noticed that Pinterest thought I would want to save the ‘Cosmopolitan’ pin to my ‘School Lunches’ board. Yeah, probably. **click**
My Apple watch buzzed to shame me for sitting too long and I realized I hadn’t eaten lunch yet. I get up to check the fridge at the studio and Peace the Puppy follows me down the hall because he thinks the fridge is his personal food box. I don’t want to burst his bubble so I give him some doggy bacon and watch him twirl down the hall to his bowl. Nancy is gone for a few days so I open the fridge hoping she left something lunch-y and instead find a fizzy sugar-free calorie-free grapefruit energy drink that she’s had in there since before Michael Jackson died (RIP).
For some reason this actually sounds appealing except for the fact that it’s unsweetened (WHY), but then I notice that we have Truvia packets at the studio so I figured I’d just sweeten it myself. Then I saw limes on the counter and realized this was a sign that I needed to add gin. But we’re out of gin at the studio so I had to add vodka and that’s how I ended up day drinking yesterday.
You can't argue with science (unless you're the President).
The Harvard Business Review states that drunk people are better at creative problem solving and who am I to argue with Harvard? But then I remember oh… vodka… so I realize I have pace myself with the day drinking because if I stop I’ll end up napping the rest of the day with Peace the Puppy and if I drink too fast then HANGOVER even though I never get hangovers.
Mid-afternoon I remember that Dash Three has a volleyball game that evening and I have a volleyball committee meeting for Dash Two’s school team across town right afterwards and I text my cousin Michele to let her know that she has to take me to both of them and keep me company because day drinking unless she can’t. Thankfully she can because Dash One was working at her job where SHE GETS PAID TO PET DOGS and it’s more fun going with Michele anyway.
Slow and steady for the win (at least for me).
We have a great time at Dash Three’s game even though her team lost and the committee meeting was incredibly productive but I may or may not have created an entire marketing plan for the teams and shared it with everyone which means I think I’m now in charge of it. But that’s ok because when you’re in charge all you have to do is tell other people what to do and they do all the work so I think that counts as my creative problem solving for the day.
Afterwards we head to Michele’s house and I decide she’s going to be my taste tester for this month’s cocktail recipe. We realize this would be great to make a few pitchers of and after inviting over some random neighbors who helped us finish them we’re happy to report that the blueberry-lime fizz was a hit.
Note: I realize this post is just an endless stream of run-on sentences but apparently life begins at the end of your comfort zone and that’s where the magic happens so I decided to make myself uncomfortable by breaking all the grammatical rules that Mrs. Scott taught me in high school English and see if I become a magician. But now I’m so uncomfortable because I’m a grammar freak that I’m expecting David Copperfield to arrive at any moment and tell me not to quit my day job.
Teamwork makes the dream work.
I’d love it if you’d make a cocktail for yourself, too, and join me in the Unconventional Creative Facebook Group for happy hour.
And while you’re at it, make a second drink for a friend and invite them along. Go ahead, I’ll wait.
THE BLUEBERRY-LIME FIZZ
1/2 of a lime, cut into wedges
1/4 oz. simple syrup
1/4 cup blueberries
1 1/2 oz. Vodka
Put the lime wedges, simple syrup, and blueberries in a cocktail shaker. Muddle until the fruit is crushed and the limes are fully juiced.
Add the vodka to the cocktail shaker and then shake vigorously for 15 seconds.
Strain the mixture into an ice-filled pint glass or mason jar. Top with club soda and stir. Garnish with lime wedge and blueberries.
Repeat as necessary.