I guess it seems redundant that I've been thinking about winter during winter. But this is the first year in memory that we've actually HAD a winter here in Southern California. Usually, we just go straight from fire season to rainy season to June gloom to...summer. But this year it's been nippy! TWO mornings this week it was 37 degrees when I drove Jude to school. That's WINTER, y'all! I've been wearing my big puffy coat and snuggly boots. I'm loving it! Of course, now the Santa Ana winds have blown in and it's heating up, but I'll take what I can get.
We have been living dangerously out here, tempting fate by not getting flu shots. My mother-in-law, Mommy, has been nagging me constantly, because she sits and watches cable news all day, and all those tv doctors have her scared to death. This week, Jimmy and I have been taking turns feeling achy and headachy. The other night, I was sure he had finally succumbed, but the next morning, he woke up and felt fine. So I decided not to risk it anymore, and made us all flu shot appointments. Actually, when I took Jude into his pediatrician for the mist thingy, they let me get the shot at the same time. So anyway, I'm determined that we will NOT give in to the flu monster! Have all of you received your flu shots? Did it do any good?
Wicked nail polish
I was a big Essie "Wicked" fan about 10 years ago, and then went brighter. But suddenly good old Wicked called my name and damn if my toes don't look cute.
Sigh. I finally saw it. Boo hoooooo. It left me feeling tres miserable (pronounced the French way). Yes, I cried like a fool. It's all I can think about. I even bought the soundtrack, and have been obsessively listening to it. Last night, I was making dinner, listening to the soundtrack, singing along and sobbing. Jude walked in, looked at me and sighed. First he said, and this is a direct quote "I'm afraid you are listening to music that Dad and I don't really appreciate." Then he patted me sweetly and said "Mom, you should probably stop listening to this music so you can stop embarrassing yourself." Hah! I thought that both Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway were FABULOUS. This is difficult stuff, people, this singing and acting at the same time. And I'm afraid that Russell Crowe, who has always been a fave of mine, just didn't have the chops for it - he's a wonderful actor, and has an okay singing voice, but he just lacks the ability to express emotion through his singing. It's a different muscle. And that scene when Hathaway sings Fantine's big "I Dreamed a Dream" song? Oh my God! Killed me. Please notice that it's all shot in one take. Of course, an actor performing it on stage does it in one take 8 times a week! But it's basically unheard of in a film. I'm hoping Oscar is in her future.
For the first time in 4 years, we've actually had SNOW for Jude's Cub Scout Winter Camp. The camp takes place every year up in the mountains in Lake Arrowhead, CA, where there should technically be snow, but we seem to always miss it. But this year...
Jude became a tobogganing fool! He's such a daredevil! It's actually a relief that we don't live closer to the mountains, because he'd become one of those extreme sports/Shawn White kind of kids. But I must admit, it was crazy fun! He finally lured me onto his toboggan with him, and WOOHOO! Here is video, shot by Jude as we careened down the hill together. Please forgive our mutual "woohoo"ing and"yeah"ing.
Bacon and Leek Risotto with Poached Eggs
This is so crazy good I can't stand it. It's the ultimate wintry comfort food - like breakfast for dinner.
I bought myself a new fuzzy sweater the other day. Here it is...
You will notice that it is neither attractive nor stylish. But I don't care. It's all I want to wear lately. Num, num, num, num.
Nothing warms your bones like a nice hot cup of coffee laced with booze!
1 cup freshly brewed coffee
1 tbsp. brown sugar
1 jigger Irish whiskey (1 1/2 ounces)
heavy cream, lightly whipped
Pour coffee into cup (a footed glass cup is traditional). Stir in the sugar, then the whiskey. Top with a couple of tablespoons of cream.
Illume Red Cedar candle
I think that's about it. What winter things have you been thinking about lately?
Don't you dare skate away without checking out this week's Winter Spinners...
Mimi at Magical Mystical Mimi - NEW to the SPIN CYCLE!
Ginny Marie at Lemon Drop Pie - NEW on FRIDAY!
Next week on The Spin Cycle...
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House cleaning, spring cleaning, dental cleaning.
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