Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Birthday Extravaganza, continued

The final part of my birthday week went like this:

Day Six: In Defense of Food by Michael Pollen. The set of three were on sale at amazon so I got all three, in separate packages.

Day Seven: The Spice and Herb Bible by Ian Hemphill. Explains spice by spice, with recipes. Husband made me promise to use it with the final gift...

Day Eight: A Le Creuset pot. I have decided that my next set of cookware will be Le Creuset and my experience with this one has only decided that more. Until then I have to work on destroying my analon set from 9 years ago and saving for the complete set. Maybe that will be what I get for a year without soda, candy and chips.

We had taken Wednesday-Friday off for a trip that got canceled so we just stayed home on Wednesday. On Thursday we headed downstate for a few days. We spent Thursday night at the Copes, catching up and reminiscing about the old days in Provo. I'm so glad they live so relatively close. We also introduced them to banagrams, the game, and I allowed Kendra to school me at nertz because I need some humility in my life. Not much, so we're not playing for a few months.

We got up early Friday and began our day by spending some time in the LDS temple in Manhattan. Possibly the prettiest temple I've been to, at least on the inside.

Then we headed down the street to Whole Foods for lunch and some Raclette cheese. Then up a few blocks for birthday cupcakes, which we took back to the Copes since Kendra's birthday was the day after mine. I went with the red velvet but the oreo, grasshopper and peanut butter cup seemed well received too.

We couldn't stay too long, because we had tickets to see the Nets v. the Raptors that night in New Jersey. Because the Nets are lousy we were able to get seats 14 rows behind a hoop for $15 each. We spent more on parking and food (hotdogs, popcorn, etc). It was the first NBA game either of us had been to that wasn't in Salt Lake, and our first game together.

Saturday we came home and just relaxed. It was an excellent birthday week and trip. Husband did very well and has certainly upped the ante for August.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Birthday Extravaganza 2010-February Edition

One of the nice things about being childless is that Husband and I spoil each other more than we otherwise would. This is especially true during holidays and birthdays, and as the 31st anniversary of my birth is coming up, he has not disappointed. The gifts began last Friday.

Day One: Richard III dvd starring Gandolph. It is a great adaptation, though I admit that I am not a Shakespeare purist. I still love the Baz Luhman Romeo & Juliet.

Day Two: The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan. Because, apparently, I wasn't a picky enough eater before.

Day Three: Star Trek, the new film. Husband wins. I am a nerd. I play Munchkin with him (and win!) But my dad deserves some of the blame since I watched TNG with him growing up.

Day Four: Patty Griffin's latest album, Downtown Church. Not her best album, but I LOVE her version of All Creatures of Our God & King. And I'm hoping that with this new album, she will go on tour again, and maybe end up at Albany's The Egg again.

Day Five: Food Rules by Michael Pollan. I'm telling myself that the muddy buddies I made on Monday don't break Rule #6. Chex, chocolate chips, peanut butter, vanilla and powdered sugar. Five ingredients. And Rule #60 says we can have special occasion foods. My birthday week is a special occasion.

What does the rest of the week hold? We are going away tomorrow and I get to decide what we do. Which may include a giant cupcake on the actual birthday.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Really Canada? Really?

I, like so many of you, love the Olympics, especially the winter games. There are three main reasons for this love affair. The first two are fairly obvious: 1. Biathlon, 2. Curling. The third reason lies in my inability to perform in any of these sports, well perhaps curling because it's basically shuffle board on ice. During my one foray into any of the winter Olympiad sports I managed to knock my two front teeth out, I was 26 at the time.

Of course having the Winter Olympic games in this hemisphere is fantastic as it minimizes time zone lag which ruins the games in my opinion. Well I'd rather the games be in Lake Placid, I'm sure America's hat, or toque as they'd say, will do a serviceable job hosting the games. Although as Bob Costas was wont to point out tonight, Canada hasn't won a gold in an Olympic games that it's hosted. I'm not saying, I'm just saying.

The opening ceremonies were quite nice. I liked the use of color and lighting. Canada's celebration of their indigenous populations was quite moving, especially compared to China dressing up Han Chinese and passing them off as Uighers in the 08 games. I loved the fact that the torches for the relays looked like joints (that was hilarious). I loved the giant glass/ice/plastic totem guys at the beginning. Lastly, I'm not sure what those crazy Newfies were doing with the tap dance fiddle routine but that was AWESOME, as is having a province who's residents you can nickname "Newfies". We don't have anything that cool in the States.

All that said I have four complaints about your ceremony.

1. Bryan Adams! Honestly? Canada doesn't have another male singer good enough to do a duet (oh and that song was horrendous) with Nelly Furtado? I'd take the mmmm...mmmm...mmmm guy over him. Or maybe convince BTO to come out of retirement to back her up, or the Tragically Hip (Canada's greatest band). Anybody's better than the gravelly voiced "All for Love" guy.

2. Beat poetry? Really? I was expecting to see Mike Myers bust out a "Harriett, Harriett" poem. Why not? He's Canadian after all.

3. The torch lighting. Now I'm sure bloggers everywhere are harping on the torch malfunction of 2010. I just want to make one suggestion that would have been much cooler than watching Steve Nash try to figure out where he's supposed to stick his Olympic joint. Here it is. Nash gets the torch, lights a hockey puck filled with whatever crazy gas they use to keep the torches lit. Gretsky skates onto the floor, slapshot into the torch, and VOOMMMMMM! That would have been cool.

4. Lastly, I know it's hard to include all your national treasures, but honestly how could you have forgotten this one:

Remember "keep your stick on the ice."

(If you're on facebook come to the blog to see the vid, it is the punchline after all and me telling you to come here is like explaining Far Side comics to my mother. Yes it's funny she doesn't get it without the explanation, but it's not haha funny.)

(I shouldn't be allowed to post blogs at 1am. I get offensive.)

(Oh wait that's how I am normally)