Feel Like Whistling Even With a Shoe Full of Slush

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  1. Robin says:

    Most outstanding list. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Even made me ponder some swimming, which is saying something because of my objection to coldness and wetness, which in my experience ALWAYS go together.

  2. I think I would like Nordic skiing. I’m not a balls-out downhiller, but I don’t mind a little speed.

    That must be some book–I will have to check it out.

  3. ilyanna says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for that magical video. I let everything else stop for a moment while I watched it. Wonder-ful in the sense-of-awe-and-gratitude sort of way.
    Let’s see: something that makes me happy recently? I’ve taken up writing smut. I have no idea if I’m writing it well, or if anyone will ever be allowed to read it, but merely doing so has fueled happily ridiculous dreams of “Tawdry Cover” fame and “Fortune with a capital F”. Plus I get to spend an inordinate amount of time in my own head crafting Bodice Rippers with Handsome Throbbing Manly Men, which is just about the only way to get through February as far as I am concerned.

  4. Choochoo says:

    Layers are da bomb, or something. And that is a very purdy sweater.

  5. Lil says:

    We too are in the middle of a snowstorm today (sob). Unlike you though, I can find nothing to like. Would that I could find a place to hibernate till this crap is over and done with.

  6. I’m with you on “relict crop.” What a metaphor! What a concept!
    And Hilary Mantel. Genius. I’ve shared her with a dear friend of mine and we gossip about the Tudors like other folks gossip about the Housewives of Wherever.
    Stripes. That might help cheer me up in this final stretch of winter. Thanks for the suggestion!

  7. Pearl says:

    You poor, dear, crazy woman. Come down to Minneapolis, where we sit in taprooms and wax poetic about thrift stores finds and, and WAAAAAAAH! More snow! There’s more snow, Joce, and I’ve had about all I can stands!


    Just wrote down “Wolf Hill”. If you like it, and Green Girl is off in Wisconsin liking it as well, that’s enough for me.


    p.s. Cross-country skiied in high school. I sucked. 🙂

  8. Erin says:

    You crack me up! I too loved the wedding episode of Parks and Rec. Ron Swanson is hilarious! Were you sad too when Amy Poehler and real life hubby split up? It made me much sadder than any celebrity type relationship has a right too. And, I wanna come swimming with you! That sounds like a seriously fun way to exercise.

  9. Meg says:

    Our sensibilities run parallel, as always. I simply MUST have another child just so that I can name her “Harmony Borealis”- a moniker so entirely perfect that I only wish you had suggested it 11 or 13 years ago. I enjoy a mean and vigorous sidestroke in between my underwater tea parties, though the triathletes tend to stare – jealously, I’m sure. By the by -za’atar happens to be my favorite additive to green salads. I get mine in bulk from Penzey’s. I’ll bet you could season deviled eggs with it and garnish with sumac for a Middle Eastern-spring equinoxian treat! Mixing cultures is yet another uplifting winter activity.

  10. Deborah says:

    Shitshitshitshit. I just wrote a HUGE long comment and lost it!!!! It’s late and I’m frustrated and don’t want to do it again. Maybe tomorrow. But wanted to know how I love that you make me snort-laugh.

  11. chlost says:

    Yes, surviving winter with creativity….you seem to have found the secret. But the key is that you start out with liking winter. I, on the other hand, do not. And at this point, I am ready to lock myself in my bathroom with the heat lamp turned on high, and just wait things out until May.
    I used to enjoy swimming, but it is such a chore just to get there, and me in a bathing suit in PUBLIC??? No. Way.
    I am also going to check out Wolf Hall. That’s more my style for winter survival.
    Oh, and I think I heard that same pretentious conversation that is at a volume just too perfectly right for casual eavesdropping. Hate that-on any subject.

  12. vagabonde says:

    It is true that winter is leaving us – well, here, it never came really. I like your striped sweater. I can see it with a pair of white slacks on a sailing ship….

  13. Jess says:

    It’s spring here (thank the good lord) but your blogginating is helping me get through morning sickness, which is almost as bad as never ending winter.

  14. kmkat says:

    Za’atar, huh? I may need to check out the Penzey’s website or the Midtown Market for some of that there stuff. Here’s one for you: replace (or augment) the pepper shaker on your table with marash pepper. I got it online from Vann’s Spices. It’s a little hot, a little earthy — delightful on Kraft Mac ‘n’ Cheese or anything else that needs some zip.

    This winter has been very, very beautiful… and very, very long. I haven’t minded it much, but then I don’t have to shovel or drive to work every day in rush hour. The streets of Mpls are getting dangerously narrow, as is the initial part of our driveway. Where to put all that snow? Maybe… Alabama.

    • Jocelyn says:

      We got the za’atar at the Midtown Global Market, so it’d be a sure thing for you there. Byron’s addicted to some pepper, and I’m wondering if it’s marash. He puts it on EVERYTHING.

  15. Ya know, I SWEAR I commented on this. Must ave been in my sleep, tough, because I can’t even remember what I said.

    I go after wiki info all the time, in spite of my deep skepticism about the validity. Still, I figure n much of it, it gets me closer than I was before. Spelt. Damn. Now I’ll have to look that one up, too.

  16. magpie says:

    you always make me smile.

    here’s a recipe: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/19/health/mixed-greens-galette-with-onions-and-chickpeas-recipes-for-health.html – it has whole wheat flour AND za’atar. it’s delicious.

    also, a cookbook: Good to the Grain, by Kim Boyce – it is full of butter and sugar, but it is a terrific intro to a bunch of oddball grains.

    i loved those hilary mantel books, as did my husband. really, so good.

  17. I’m with you on DJs but when Fatboy Slim is completely out of this world. I mean in that video he’s got Christopher Walken. CHRISTOPHER WALKEN! Pulp Fiction comes to mind. He stole the show even though he was only on screen for ten minues or less. Same with Harvey Keitel in the same film.

    Sorry, I digress.

    I love Fatboy Slim. Check his “Praise You” video. Great stuff.

    Greetings from London.

  18. Bone says:

    This is one of those posts that I really need to take notes in order to comment on, because by the time I get done I’ve forgotten most of my cleverest comments. To wit…

    Love the shirt. Though I did read something disturbing on an Uberfacts tweet last week about Dr. Seuss.

    I’m mildly certain one could spend the rest of one’s life inside Wikipedia, and never get bored, never get to the end, and never read the same thing twice. I’m doing research daily on this hypothesis. I’ll get back to you.

    “Anthony works at the grow-surrey store, savin’ his pennies for someday…” (If I knew how to make a little musical note character, I would have inserted a couple of them here.)

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