Current time: 6:00 a.m.
Out the window: Unbelievably, we got even more snow this week. I heard the other day that Winnipeg has received 65 per cent more snow than average this year. Enough already.
On the menu: I think I'll make some borscht today. The recipe I use is from Joy of Cooking. It's quick and easy, and very yummy. Side note: I love the colour of beets. Which is good, because inevitably my hands will be stained that colour by the time I'm done.
Reading: Still making my way through The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag. My favourite quote so far:
"I have never much cared for flippant remarks, especially when others make them, and in particular, I don't give a frog's fundament for them when they come from an adult. It has been my experience that facetiousness in the mouth of someone old enough to know better is often no more than camouflage for something far, far worse."
Listening: I've been streaming the Jazz Masters channel on cbc.ca. Perfect background music - it makes cleaning the house seem way cooler than it actually is.
Watching: I can't deny it. I've been glued to the Olympics. And that makes me feel so conflicted. There is so much that I feel is wrong with the Olympics - especially that they cost such a HUGE amount of money that could be better spent elsewhere. And this year in particular, there are issues concerning the human rights policies of the host country. And it's ridiculous, really, to feel patriotic just by watching someone else compete.
But there I sit, watching with bated breath. I'm blaming it on the fact that these are the winter Olympics, and I am Canadian. I think they put something in the water here that makes us watch hockey and curling whether we want to or not. And it doesn't hurt that the Canadian women, in particular, are kicking ass. Just yesterday they won gold in both curling and hockey in absolutely stunning fashion. Yay team. :)
Side note: I once heard the greatest idea from a local radio host. He said that the only way that the Olympics would be in any way fair is to pick the teams via a lottery of the general population. As in, one day you receive a letter, and "Oh look, honey. I'm in the luge this year!"
Out and About:
- How to Use Your Flaws as Creative Inspiration
- LOVE Brenda Blethyn in the iTV series Vera. She's interviewed here.
- How Smart is Your Right Foot?
- When, exactly, does watching a lot of Netflix become a "binge?"
- "The only reason I work out is to live longer so I can eat more cheese and drink more wine." An interview with Ricky Gervais.
That's all for this week.