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Monday Funday

Monday Funday

Before I get started, for those of you paying attention, pup has had her ACL surgery and she’s doing just fine. Feeling pretty sorry for herself and keeping very low-key, but her own personality is still there. Now we just need to hop through the next 6-8 weeks.

  • Have you seen the knitting Finnish snowboard coach at the Olympics? He’s been all over the news and I just love it. That and the Norwegian curling team‘s outfits. I’m definitely planning a trip to a Scandinavian country someday soon.
  • Speaking of planning trips, I’ve been off and on obsessed with doing a Great American Roadtrip for many years. Friends are talking about it and it’s reignited the obsession so I’ve been spending time looking at routes, etc. I think it would be a blast to do with the British hubby. I recognize that I have completely overly romanticized notions about this trip, but still… (And, let me tell you, growing up we spent a LOT of time driving one way and then the other across the seemingly endless midwestern states. We lived in places like Wisconsin and Indiana or Pennsylvania and grandparents lived in Colorado. Or came to the Adirondacks for vacation. These trips felt never-ending and the bigger my sister and I got, the smaller the cars we owned became. We fought about that line down the middle of the back seat.) I feel like, once again, my parents were right and this kind of trip could be really fun. Or, at least I’d get to ride in the front seat this time.
  • Have you read about the lottery winner from New Hampshire? The single winner who won the last huge lottery? She still hasn’t come forward because she wants to remain anonymous and, because she followed the directions and signed her ticket, New Hampshire won’t allow her to be anonymous. There are some crazy awful things that have happened to known lottery winners. She’s already got a security detail and she’s not even come forward. The hubby is always planning our lottery win, but I’m not so sure it will be as great as he thinks.
  • We’ve had just a tiny bit of warmer weather (and I like winter, so I’m not trying to rush things) but it got me thinking about rhubarb. Did you know that in the UK they grow rhubarb in complete darkness? And harvest it by candlelight. Doesn’t it look magical?
  • I read about this Oscar nominated documentary called Knife Skills, which follows the opening of a fancy French restaurant in Ohio, almost entirely staffed by ex-prisoners. Most with no prior restaurant experience. I believe in the many different ways that food can heal. And admire people who believe in their fellow human beings and give chances. And think restaurants can be little magical universes sometimes.
  • This article about growing up a bookworm, just the title caught me. I was that bookworm child and still very much am a bookworm adult. And then the author mentions the Milly-Molly-Mandy books! I loved those books. (I’m sure in large part because Molly wasn’t a name you saw very often when I was growing up. I never knew anyone else with my name until I was in college, where there was one other Molly. Around about then I started babysitting for them, so presumably there are a bunch about 20 years younger than me.) Anyway, I’ve just realized that in my stack of childhood books there are no Milly-Molly-Mandys and I’m distraught!
  • I’m horrified by the shooting in Florida last week. And I’m just stunned, almost paralyzed, by the thought that we can’t, as an entire country, have a logical conversation about the gun situation in America. I have no wise words, I just don’t know what to say. This New Yorker opinion piece says a lot of what I’ve been thinking.
  • So as to not end on that note, I’ll also tell you that I am a HUGE fan of Penzey’s Spices. Now, this fandom goes way back to my Milwaukee childhood, where Penzey’s got their start and where mom bought her spices in person, and then by mail order, for years. I’ve given their spice mixes as wedding gifts several times. Our cupboards are full of their labels. They have also started using their voice to speak out, in a kind yet considered way, about injustices in our world. If you follow them on Facebook you can keep track for yourself. This was last week’s post.

I’ve got a birthday banoffi pie order for this week, an enormous head of cauliflower to put to use (thinking about hubby’s cauliflower gratin from our inn days…..yum…..) and I just might make a Funfetti Cake just for fun. Have a great week.

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