Wintery Weekend

Sunday, March 02, 2014
Its a stay inside kind of weekend here in Edmonton.  Temperatures dropping down to between -35C to -40C (or colder with the windchill) means going outside only when its absolutely necessary.  I love winter and the cold weather but I'm getting a bit sick of this and would welcome the return of spring.  So, other than a trip for groceries yesterday morning, I haven't left the house.  Heck, I haven't even changed out of my jammies (except for the trip to the store)!  And, because this weather makes you want to eat comfort food, I opted for pizza.  Rather than subjecting a delivery driver to the frigid temperatures, I ended up making it myself.  Mmmm, veggie pizza!  I forgot pineapple but I added ... brace yourselves ... mushrooms.
Homemade veggie pizza - with MUSHROOMS!
Me! Mushrooms!  Bet you never thought you'd see the day when I willingly added mushrooms to anything. I'm trying to eat more veggies so I I decided to go for it.  There's only a little bit on there and its diced VERY finely but I ate them.  And I didn't throw up so I'll call it a success.

I dropped out of the Classics reading group I had joined earlier this year on Goodreads.  I'm still in the non-fiction group but I have to really be in the mood to read "classics".  And to be honest, I wasn't.  However, I am ahead of schedule in terms of my 2014 reading challenge and am currently reading Bob Brier's latest book on Egypt.
March's non-fiction read
Loving it!  Brier is one of my favourite non-fiction authors.  During the late 90s and early 00s I read a number of his books - I was going through a big Egyptology phase and it coincided with Anubis and I finding each other (hence, the name).  In other reading news, I won't be writing posts/reviews for all the books I'm reading.  For those that really stand out, I'll probably write something.  Instead I'll just add them to the list of My 1000 Books.

My super duper sister in law, Mommikins and I have started attending a series of lectures at the Royal Alberta Museum.  Mom and I joined Chandra a bit late in the series but enjoyed Melissa Bowerman's lecture A Geological Pattern Mystery.  Truth be told, I didn't read the description properly and thought it was going to be a general discussion about patterns in geology.  Oh well!  A pleasant surprise.  We're all looking forward to the next two in the series:  "Our Changing Relationship with Bears" and "Unwanted Guests: Prisoners of war in Canada during the Second World War".  The Royal Alberta Museum offers so many things to do outside of their normal exhibits:  classic movies (Monday nights - we're going to see The Killers), their uber-popular Time Travellers series of lectures in the fall, and special public programs for kids and families.

In other news, it looks like Chandra and I will be joining some other friends/family members, starting up a gaming group on Thursdays.  Its been FOREVER since I played any role-playing game so this should be interesting.  However, I'm not the only relative newbie in the group and my brother in law John, who's running the game, has promised to take it easy on all of us.  Now, I just have to figure out what Gnomequest is...


Eugene Knapik said...

Now when we get cold temperatures here in balmy Ontario like we've experienced that past few nights, I will think, it could be Edmonton. Pizza was a smart move and homemade pizza even smarter.

I hope you enjoyed the mushrooms. It's a slippery slope. Once you like the grocery store varieties, there is a whole world of tasty edible wild mushrooms to explore. Yum!

Crystal Rhyno said...

I always forget about Goodreads! I should get move involved in the groups. I try to read as much as I can when I am not in the thick of work. Right now I am reading the books in the Canada Reads series. I've read most classics. I think that's what I score so well in those "XXX Books You should read in your lifetime." In my younger days, I was a classic reading freak (not to mention one of my majors was in English Lit)

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