Monday, February 22, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
I have to confess that I'm watching an awful lot of TV right now. You see, I am an Olympic nut. I have a passion for the Olympics that is difficult to explain. Somehow, I am reduced to tears by events that I'm not even all that interested in. But two nights ago, a young mogul skier, Alexandre Bilodeau, from Canada raced to the gold in honor of his older brother, who is afflicted with Cerebral Palsy. Alexandre said that on the days when he just didn't feel like training or when things just felt too tiring, he would think of his brother, who is confined largely to a wheelchair. "My best friend and brother can't walk. How would I feel if I were him?" Alexandre would ask himself. He said that he wouldn't even be an Olympic contender without the inspiration of his brother.
This, my friends, is what the Olympics is all about for me. Inspiration. Pushing onesself to excel, especially when it feel hard, impossible, or futile. Even though I'm never going to be an elite athlete, I realized that there are lessons that I can learn from these young and genetically rare people: we are all special and not that different from one another. You know what seperated the Gold medalist from the fourth place finisher in the men's alpine skiing race? 0.21 seconds. We make a lot of winners and "not" winners, but really, they're so close as to be statistically insignificant. It's nice to get a medal, and maybe that motivation helps to push through the pain and discomfort of training, but really the honor is in the journey, not the podium. I find myself asking, "Am I doing my best today?" "Am I bringing dignity and honor to myself through my actions?" In my own way, I am in training to be an Olympian of my life, through my community, by being a good Friend, Mother, Wife, and person. So in a wierd way, being on the couch, watching TV for a couple of hours each night, I am inspired to better myself. It's not often that I could say that!
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
1 TB Ground (powdered) mustard
2TB Bouillon (I like the brand, "Better Than Bouillon") either vegetable or chicken
Salt, to taste
Ground Pepper, to taste
8 Cups of water
In a large soup pot, heat the olive oil and add the leeks and onions. Sautee until the onions begin to get soft and then add the potatoes and the ground mustard.
Sautee a little more (5 minutes) and add the remaining ingredients.
Simmer until the potatoes are tender, adjusting seasonings to taste.
If you like a smooth soup, you can blend it, but I personally like mine more chunky.
Serve with a lovely french bread, and feel better!
Monday, February 1, 2010
It may only be the beginning of February, but look! It's spring in my neck of the woods! This is a leaf emerging from one of the Red Flowering Currant bushes that populate our yard. This plant is a favorite of the hummingbirds, and so it is also one of mine. Daylight is coming back; we get an extra 5 minutes every day until the Summer Solstice and it feels so so good.
I'm also celebrating my third year on Etsy; it's my Etsy-versary on February 5th! To share the love, I'm offering 15% off everything in both my Artfire and Etsy shops for the entire month of February! On Etsy, your discount will be refunded after the transaction is complete. On Artfire, type in the coupon code, "Etsyversary" and your discount will be automatically applied. And here's the fine print: this discount cannot be combined with other discounts (sorry).
I just sent out my Spring Newsletter, did you get it? Do you want to get it? If so, sign up right here.
Happy Daylight, Northerners!
Posted by Colleen MacDonald at 1:05 PM