Do you remember the book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad, Day?
(Full disclosure: I didn’t really either, except for a vague version of the title. Wikipedia to the rescue.)
The book follows a little boy through a day where everything goes wrong. He doesn’t get the window seat in the carpool, his cereal box has no prize in it, and he must eat lima beans for dinner. Life is tough.
Last week, I had a truly Alexander-esque day. Spilled water on my laptop (hence the dearth of recent posts), went to the Apple store to learn it would cost an exorbitant fee, took the train to NJ for a late rehearsal, missed the first train back, arrived in Brooklyn past midnight to find my brand new bike had been stolen, and walked home, preparing myself to walk to work the next day for a 6:30 am start time.
Not my finest hour. Some tears were shed, some whiskeys were consumed. Some dramatic screams to the sky were contemplated, but not actually followed through with.
But what seems like the End of the World at first, usually isn’t. (In fact, hasn’t ever been yet.) I am lucky to have such a great support system, and now, a week later, I am poised to inherit an old laptop, my waterlogged computer’s hard drive was pried out and backed up (a million thank yous to Daniel), and the credit card company thinks it can reimburse us for the bike.
AND I managed to take a mini-vacation for some much-needed TLC to my parent’s beautiful home, where my sister painted my nails while watching the Food Network, we drank wine while putzing down the Charles at sunset on the parents’ little boat, and made the best fish tacos I’ve ever eaten. Not a bad way to regroup.
Even adults have Alexander days. When we do, there’s family, friends, and spicy micheladas. Make this. Drink to the end of summer and first world problems and supportive family and to the sunshine of tomorrow. Cue end of sappy post.
from spoon fork bacon
1ish T honey (enough to fill the rim of a shallow bowl)
1/2 t smoked paprika
1/4 cup kosher salt
1 T Worcestershire sauce
2 t hot sauce (vinegar-based is best)
1 t soy sauce
2 limes worth of juice
1 light Mexican beer (we used Negro Modelo)
Mix together smoked paprika, salt, and cayenne in a shallow bowl/plate. Dip rim of glasses you plan to drink out of into honey. Then dip into smoked paprika/salt/cayenne mixture. (Plastic take-out containers, like from Thai restaurants, are perfect for this purpose!)
Combine all other ingredients in a shaker with a healthy dose of ice. Pour into two prepared glasses, add a lime wedge and a giant ice cube, and enjoy.