***Re-read in progress***
I SAT AT A TABLE IN MY SHADOWY KITCHEN, STARING down a bottle of Boone’s Farm Hard Lemonade, when a magic fluctuation hit. My wards shivered and died, leaving my home stripped of its defenses. The TV flared into life, unnaturally loud in the empty house.
I raised my eyebrow at the bottle and bet it that another urgent bulletin was on.
The bottle lost.
I didn't notice before just how lonely and almost depressed Kate sounds at the beginning of the series. She is really, really lonely. Kate also mentions in later books that she used to drink too much so she makes a point of drinking water and skewing hard liquor.