Simple pleasures, that’s what it’s all about.  For Christmas I had this huge box/present that I could not quite figure out (from the exterior).  It did have the very fashionable type of Crate & Barrel all over the exterior.  I finally opened it, then dug through layer upon layer of bubble wrap, then, oh, layer after layer of some kind of paper, oh, then tissue paper and tissue and tissue paper.  Inside I (finally) found a beautiful decanter.  How perfect!  Somebody must know me.  I broke it in on New Year’s Eve with a magnificent red from Washington — Eleven La Ronde.  It tasted even better than usual.  Simple pleasures.


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