Pregnant and Over It

Wine: Fre Brut Sparkling

Mood: Frustrated

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I know there are pregnant women that glow, get energy, and feel amazing...and let me just tell you...I'm not one of them.  I thought my first pregnancy was tough, but that was a walk in the park compared to this one.  For those of you that may be reading this and are currently struggling with fertility, I want you to know how sorry I am and by no means am I ungrateful for being pregnant. I'm very thankful for the gift of being 10 days away from meeting this little man.  He's just not made it easy on me.  

Adding insult to injury, my whole family is on our annual family vacation without us right now.  We go to a small town called Downieville, CA and we couldn't go because it's 5-6 hours away, too far to travel, this close to him making his debut. 

This is the one vacation that I look forward to all year.  We've been going since I was 6 years old and growing up, this was often our only vacation of the year.  It's pretty hard to explain the charm of this place, but I'll try (see pictures from last year's tip at the bottom of the post).  We rent cabins on the north fork of the Yuba River at a place called Sierra Shangri-La.  We have no agenda except we have to take turns cooking a meal.  We often have a cocktail in hand and are floating in the river by noon.  We read books, take walks, fish, play card games and Scrabble.  Whatever we want.  It's just heavenly.

Being home, not on vacation, you know what I did today?  Went to Costco.  Yup!  My family is swimming and having a great time and I took Lucy to Costco.  Womp womp.

Fre Brut Sparkling Wine

Ok.  I'm done being a Debbie Downer.  I did stumble upon something that is kind of fun and wanted to share it with you.  It's called Fre wine.  They say that it's wine that has the alcohol removed.  I'm not really sure how it works, but supposedly there's a spinning cone involved.  Anyway, the result is kinda-sorta like wine.  It's kind of grape juicey with a little more tang that makes it wine-ish.  I liked the sparkling Brut wine vs the still Chardonnay wine.  I added some sliced strawberries to my champagne flute and pretended I was on vacation.  

There are a bunch of recipes for mocktails on their website that I haven't tried, but I'm sure are delish!