Another great weekend with Extremely Canadian. I can’t recommend them enough.
Starting off our break with a kir royale.
A slightly longer list this month.
Cataract City by Craig Davidson was the first book this month. I enjoyed it and without giving too much away (I mean, you might want to read it yourself), I liked the way the story came full circle and the opportunities for the characters to redeem themselves.
Next up was one from the “work in progress” pile: Michael Winter’s Minister Without Portfolio. I left this one half-read for the best part of the month but the second half seemed to flow much better than the first. I finished it off with ease and liked the portrayal of small Newfoundland communities but probably wouldn’t recommend it.
I also borrowed Donna Tartt’s The Little Friend from the library. Since finishing the book I’ve read various reviews of it and for me, David Hare summed it up best when he wrote “For most of its length, The Little Friend lacks the drive of a book that needs to be written, even if it offers the considerable pleasures of being the work of someone who knows how to write.”
I read three more Janice MacDonalds as well (all out of order as I read them in the order the library brought them in). Sticks + Stones was light easy reading. The Monitor was multiple flashbacks to the days of web-based chat rooms and irc. Hang Down Your Head was probably my favourite so far, making me reminisce about last years trip to the Edmonton Folk Festival and getting me excited about trying to get some tickets to go this year.
The final one completed for the month was Emancipation Day by Wayne Grady, another book from the Giller Prize Longlist and my favourite from there so far. I started it one night while waiting up for Dan and completed it the next afternoon. The story was compelling, it’s written well and the insight into race in Canada (inspired by the author’s own family history) make it worth a read.
February saw me running a lot more; and swimming and cycling and rowing a bit more, but that’s a different story.
I only had one outdoor run this month - it was supposed to warm up to about -2C but it didn’t so I sucked it up, layered up and headed out. I really am looking forward to being able to run outdoors without looking like the michelin man (for an idea of what to wear to run in the cold, see Dan’s post). The treadmill is getting more bearable for the most part and this was helped by the constant Olympic coverage. I’ve found that watching sports is the best for distracting me, even if it’s a sport I don’t care about.
March will be tough as all the running will be in addition to all the skiing. The plan is to stick to the plan so that I can make the most of the 6 or so weeks between the end of our Whistler trip and the first race of the year.
I made this Spinach Turkey Lasagne for dinner on Tuesday night. It was delicious* and I only feel marginally guilty that Dan and I decimated two thirds of it then and there. Thoughts of eating leftovers for lunch are what got me through 5.5 miles on the treadmill earlier today and thoughts of what I have planned for dinner will hopefully get me through a swim tonight.
*I didn’t use balsamic vinegar because I couldn’t get the bottle open and I didn’t use basil because there was none in town (the joys of small town living)
I’ve been meaning to take a picture of this yarn bomb at the library for a while. There’s one at the gym too and I think they’re pretty funky.
I think someone likes his birthday present.
Dan and I went shopping on Saturday and landed up buying road bikes. We were lucky because MEC was unusually quiet and we were able to test a couple of bikes and play around with frame sizes and seat/handlebar adjustments for a couple of hours without interruption.
Of course, it’s still a bit too icy to do anything other than stare lovingly at these beauties but we’re both excited for lots of riding in the summer. We were making anniversary plans last night and while we are pretty sure that we’ll be returning to Lake Louise, we couldn’t quite decide whether to take our skis or bikes (or both) with us. We skied at LL for our anniversary last year and I wasn’t a fan because it was so incredibly icy, but this year with the race training and the race skis we’re both better able to cope with icy conditions. On the other hand, it was also warm enough and snow free enough to go running outdoors on the same trip (having been equipped with bear spray by the hotel staff) and it would be nice to get some rides in (I’m looking at the Great Divide trail and the Bow Valley Parkway). We have a couple of months before we need to make a decision but it’s pretty clear that whatever we land up taking we’ll be working up an appetite for dinner at the Post!