Thursday, February 4, 2010

The Big Four-Oh

We’ve had some pretty wild winter weather here in North Carolina, so it has been quite a week. I went sledding last Saturday! My kids have forgotten their locker combinations and their teachers’ names. I’ve eaten lots of cold weather foods like meatloaf and cheese fondue and hot fudge sundaes. Hey, it’s always ice cream season. I’ve also had the opportunity to partake of some choice, special occasion-type beverages. Lillet. Champagne. Negronis. An ’89 Grace Family Cab. Some Riesling in a box.

Yes, indeedy, it’s been quite a week. And this is good. It is an excellent lead-in to the coming weekend.

The Big Day.


February 7. Yep. It’s my birthday. I’ll be 40.

I know. I know it’s also the Super Bowl. WHO DAT. And, um, whatever Colts fans say. Can we talk about me, now?

I love my birthday. I can’t help it. You can tell I’m excited when I start using ALL CAPS. This is how I was raised, I swear. Birthdays rule. When I was a kid, I thought February was ALL MINE. No matter that my younger sister’s birthday is also in February. All mine, I say. Valentine’s Day, are you kidding? Chocolate, flowers and cards? Mine. Ash Wednesday: a no-brainer. My name on the calendar page in February? Must be a special day for yours truly. Obviously, we did not do Lent.

But I never, ever co-opted the Super Bowl. EVER. Never occurred to me. We do ACC basketball around these parts. Pro football, not so much. Eh.

This year, however, I have decided to be a fan. I actually know who is playing ahead of time. I've decided which team I’m pulling for. I plan to actually watch some of the game and not just run over to the television during the commercial breaks.

I’m thinking it’s the only way some people will come to my party.

I’m excited about turning 40. Really. I think it’s going to be a great year, full of all sorts of new experiences. And if you are feeling adventurous and thinking that “all sorts of new experiences” sounds promising, I have a special offer for you:

Through the end of next week, get 40% off of one case of any new-to-you Oenophilia product – one that you’ve never tried, or one that you have not ordered in at least 2 years. All you have to do is ask for The Ashley Atkins Big 4-0 (Ta-dah!) Birthday Adventure Try-Something-New Special. Or something along those lines.

The fine print is down below. Let me know if you have any questions. Isn’t February fabulous?


The Deal:

Get 40% off of ONE case of any new-to-you Oenophilia product – one that you’ve never tried, or one that you have not ordered in at least 2 years.

Regular minimum order requirements and shipping charges apply. May not be combined with other offers. Offer not good on distributed products such as Vinturi, Pulltap’s, etc. Minimum order amount must be met prior to adding discounted case.

For example, if you need 2 cases of Maximus corkscrews and 4 Vinturis, you’ve got a subtotal that meets the minimum reorder amount. If you’ve been wanting to try, say, the Hammock rack, you could add it to your order for 40% off, or $56.40 instead of $94.

Purchaser pays freight on discounted item. Orders must be placed by Friday, February 12, 2010. If you want, you may delay shipping until as late as February 26, 2010.

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