i know it's been a little quiet around these parts, but i'm just enjoying the end of summer, where the whole world seems to slow down a bit. last night i found myself behind the bar, instead of sidled up to it, pouring pints and perfecting my martini. that's right - i was a bartender for the night. a bar my co-workers frequent has a guest bartending series in the summer and they asked if i would want to do it - and the answer to that was yes. i've found that saying yes to the oddest opportunities can usually make for a good time. so for one night i was a bartender in manhattan - i poured perfect pints of guinness, made my first martini and perfected the gin gimlet i love so much. i can't wait to do it again next summer - they asked if i wanted them to hold me a spot and i, of course, said yes.