At the moment, my washer and dryer are sitting in my kitchen. They’ve been there for four days. Not that I’m counting.
In case you’re wondering, they don’t belong there, and my kitchen is not particularly big.
You see, we had this wacky idea that we should re-do our entry/mudroom/laundry/guest bathroom. This may seem like an epic undertaking, but because the entire space is only about 10 feet x 20 feet (if that), it seemed simple and quite sensible. We thought “gosh it needs an update” and “how much trouble could it be?”
Ah, every renovation starts with such optimism.
We have lovely plans, drafted by an old friend of ours, and the space will be much more functional. Someday.
When might that be?
It’s a mystery.
Have I mentioned the guys told me three days ago we needed a new toilet in the guest bathroom, they took out the old one, and have yet to replace it? I have both out-of-town guests and dinner guests coming this weekend. A toilet might come in handy. Just sayin’.
The good news is, we have a great contractor, and he is working very hard… but there are always setbacks in such a project. It’s just the way construction works.
After the guys left (after over 10 hours or so of sawing tile and hammering and painting), I decided I needed a cocktail. Thought that might lessen the anxiety of watching my laundry piles grow. (I do realize they needed a cocktail far more than I, but concluded offering cocktails in to-go cups would be bad form.)
I’ve been eyeing a recipe for a Joe Rickey for some time. This intriguing Slate piece pointed out it is Washington DC’s official “native cocktail.” As I’m in my third decade of living in and around DC, I’m nearly native… seems overdue I should indulge in the native drink. And it has bourbon.
I found the combination of lime, simple syrup, bourbon and a splash of sparkling water quite refreshing, and dare I say relaxing?
Really, who needs a toilet in a guest bathroom anyway? I think I’ll mix up another…
The Joe Rickey
Adapted from Bourbon and Bacon, by Morgan Murphy
- crushed ice
- 1 1/2 ounces bourbon
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- 1 tablespoon simple syrup
- 6 ounces sparkling water
- lime slice to garnish
Place the crushed ice in a highball glass. Pour in the bourbon, lime juice, simple syrup and sparkling water. Stir to combine. Garnish with a slice of lime.