A night in Napa
We’re here in San Francisco — my mom, our 9mo and I. Matt took the boys up to Fargo to free me up for a girls’ getaway. And tomorrow night, while our 9mo cuddles with Grandma, I’ll be enjoying wine pairings and Italian cuisine with Rocco DiSpirito at the St. Supery winery in Napa Valley. What will this delightful evening cost me? Nothing. Thanks to Bertolli. I won the Bertolli Night in Napa with Star Chef Rocco DiSpirito contest. They flew me out today and put me up at The Clift Hotel.
I happen to be a big fan of Bertolli (and an even bigger one now). My friend Meg introduced me to their frozen meals. She’s very picky about which brand she’ll buy; if I’m looking for, say, enchilada sauce, she’ll know which brand is best. And she says Bertolli’s frozen meals come with the freshest veggies and they don’t skimp on meat, so I have them in our freezer for nights where I’m too lazy / tired / (fill in the blank) to cook.
My mom and I walked around San Francisco for a few hours today with my 9mo nestled in her carrier. We stopped in Macy’s and noticed they had installed Purell hand sanitizer dispensers at the base of the escalators. Have we become this scared of the swine flu that we have to disinfect before we shop? Of course, I took some. Not to kill germs, but because it was free (what is wrong with me)?
Then we stopped in Walgreens so I could buy some contact solution. While there, I decided to buy some Motrin just in case our 9mo came down with any symptoms of the swine flu (darn that Purell). I noticed the baby formula was locked in a plastic case, and that made me sad. You should lock up diamonds and watches and pearls, but baby food? Nobody should have to steal that.
But people do. According to The Hunger Challenge, more than 35 million people in our country live on a food stamp budget, and in California, that’s $4 per day.
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