#LoveIsInDaBlog Day 20 – Spicy

I’ve been completely obsessed with the Olympics this year.  It’s to the point that I’m getting pretty bored with the things I don’t really like and I am absolutely sick of watching the same commercials over and over again.  However, I keep watching it.  My favorite event to watch is ice skating.  I see it as an art form, since it is, and I love watching it.

I love watching all the jumps, but I’m more interested in the way the movements match the music and how the partners (if it’s partnered) respond and react to one another.  I’ve watched some pretty amazing things this year, but none compare to last night’s ice dancing free skate.  Holy cow!  I was on pins and needles watching the last few dances.

The best one I’ve seen probably ever was Virtue and Moir from Canada.  If you haven’t watched it, I’ve been instructed to include a YouTube video in today’s post, so you are in luck!  When I was looking for the video, I saw a tag-line for a video that said something about one of their moves being “too hot for the Olympics”.  I can see where this comment is coming from because the routine is spicy, but it is also very tastefully done.  I love how it pushed the edges, but I feel they kept it balanced in a masterful way.

I will compare it to the Russian pair who skated last week.  Their final dance music was Christina Aguilera’s “Nasty, Naughty Boy” which I thought was ridiculous on all sorts of levels.  I honestly couldn’t believe they picked that music and the whole thing was just off, in my opinion.  Even the commentators mentioned that their music didn’t do them any favors.

Speaking of the commentators, has anyone else wondered what new spiciness Johnny Weir will concoct the next time we see him?  I’m sitting here watching the ladies short program as I type this and I’m in awe of his newest get-up.  He is spicy on all sorts of levels and I love it!

Anyway, here is the video.  The only thing I could find that included the whole routine was Virtue and Moir performing at the Canadian Nationals this year, so it isn’t quite the same because I think their performance last night was ridiculously good; but, you’ll get the spicy with the music and their chemistry

I obviously do not have any rights to the video. No copyright infringement intended.


Love Is In Da Blog is hosted by Bee Halton. Today’s prompt was “spicy”.


#LoveIsInDaBlog Day 18 – A Question of Taste

As promised, I’m going to fill you in on how our little episode of Chopped went yesterday.  It all turned out much better than I could have imagined.  The part that really surprised me was that they all finished their dishes way ahead of the thirty minute time-frame.  When we first started, we were thinking that we shouldn’t time  it because we didn’t want there to be too much pressure, but it ended up not really mattering.

I put all the “baskets” together and then the three chefs threw some dice to determine the order.  My sister went first and she chose a bag at random.  She ended up with tomatillos, zucchini bread, Clementine Izze (sparkling fruit juice) and scallops.  Out of all the cooks, I feel like she looked the most chef-like.  She used a blender and one of those little grinder things.  It was so much fun to watch her put those ingredients together.  Her dish ended up being way too sweet (too much zucchini bread) but we all agreed that her dish had the best presentation.

My hubby went next.  His bag had rainbow chard, cinnamon roll, Grapefruit Izze and shrimp.  He looked like a professional!  He was super calm and basically did a fabulous one-pot wonder.  I kept reminding him to not forget ingredients, but he was completely under control.  I think he finished with ten minutes to spare.  We all agreed that his had the most balanced flavor.

(It’s crazy to me how we all sounded just like the Chopped judges.  “There’s too much of this” or “I like how this ingredient did this” or “I can’t taste the fruit juice at all”.)

My sister-in-law went last.  I think she probably had the hardest basket.  She had to cook with beets, pumpkin bread, Blackberry Izze and beef tenderloin.  She did a vegetable hash and charred the pumpkin bread and put it on top of the beef.  The beef was undercooked, but at least it wasn’t blue.   Despite that, I think I liked the flavor of hers the most.  I really loved the pumpkin bread with the meat, even though that sounds really weird just thinking about it now.

Everyone agreed that it was a great time and I believe we are planning to do it again soon.  I enjoyed judging and trying each dish, but I can honestly say that I wouldn’t enjoy the cooking aspect of it.  I just don’t understand how ingredients work and how to use an ingredient in a different way. What I can say is that everything was perfectly edible.  I was honestly slightly worried that things would taste awful.

I’m kicking myself now that I completely forgot to take pictures!  How awful is that?  I guess you will all just have to use your imaginations or have a little episode of Chopped on your own and try to throw a dish together using the four ingredients they had to use.  If you do, I hope you have fun, and let me know how it goes!

Love Is In Da Blog is hosted by Bee Halton. Today’s prompt was “question”.


SoCS and #LoveIsInDaBlog Day 17 – Passionately calling for a change to the idea of “his and hers”

Anyone who knows me realizes pretty quickly that I’m a passionate person.  When I feel something, I tend to feel it wholeheartedly.  Sure there are things that I’m blah about, but when I care, I’m passionate about it.

I think about how I raised my kids, and honestly, if I had to do it all over again, there are some things I would change.  Granted, some of the decisions weren’t completely mine to make.  Now that I’m truly thinking about it, I did try to let my kids explore, but that wasn’t always allowed by their dad; such as my boys playing with dolls.  Their dad would make comments and say things, and before too long, they just stopped doing it.  If dad doesn’t approve, then it isn’t OK.  Some of it was friends, too, though.  Kids can be so mean, but some of that can be traced directly back to their parents and what they are being taught at home.

I hate the idea that gender is such a “thing”.  Why is it bad for me to lift heavy things?  Why are women not treated them same in the military?  It’s so frustrating that so many things have become “his and hers”.  It’s not as bad as an adult, necessarily, but it’s truly awful for kids.

When my daughter was about ten, she decided that she didn’t want to wear girl’s clothes, not even underwear.  It was really hard at first, but there was a point that I decided it didn’t matter.  The more I fought it, the more she rebelled, so I decided to embrace it.  I bought her the clothes she wanted to wear and accepted her for who she wanted to be.  She wore dreadlocks in her hair and I’m pretty sure she didn’t wear shoes her entire sophomore year of high school.  She eventually grew out of it and now she loves to pretty up.  She will always have that tough side to her though, which I find completely endearing.

She’s faced a lot of bias at her school.  She works in a scene shop and most guys freak out when she tries to lift things or, I don’t know, use a power tool.  It’s ridiculous and I wish the world was different for her, but it’s something I’ve dealt with my whole life too.

It can be hard for boys as well, especially when they decide to do something other than what is considered “a boy thing”.  The thing that I’ve realized is that it’s rooted deep in our society, and while there are changes being made, I think it is going to take a long time to change it completely.

I honestly didn’t mean for this to turn into a rant, but there is that passion I warned you about in the very beginning.

Love Is In Da Blog is hosted by Bee Halton. Today’s prompt was “passion”.


Stream of Consciousness Saturday is hosted by Linda Hill.  Today’s prompt was “his/hers”.

#LoveIsInDaBlog Day 12 – The Kiss

Two eyes meet with unspoken words
Like humming birds
Singing the song
It can’t be wrong

Bodies draw closer, inch by inch
Oh, please don’t flinch
It must be right
Too late for flight

Feath’ry soft or brazenly bold
It’s liquid gold
When eyes are closed
And lips are posed

Love Is In Da Blog is hosted by Bee Halton. Today’s prompt was “kiss”.

All of these prompts seem to inspire poetry in me, but today I went searching for a different type of poem just to keep things interesting.  This is my very first crack at a Minute Poem.


#LoveIsInDaBlog Day 11 – Perfect Joy

That lovely smile
When I open my eyes
The sun shining through the window
The touch of your hand
At just the right time
To let me know I’m not alone
The feel of your lips
Against my skin
That unmentionable, tingling bliss
Laughing at the words
Just between us
Wearing clothes not meant for me
What’s yours is mine
What’s mine is ours
Sharing life with you
My love
Enveloped in perfect joy

Love Is In Da Blog is hosted by Bee Halton. Today’s prompt was “joy”.


SoCS and #LoveIsInDaBlog Day 10 – Infatuation and Tails

Who doesn’t have an infatuation with puppies?  As far as I know, everyone loves puppies.  As soon as we moved into our new house, Jaxon was asking about getting a puppy.  I told him that they eventually grow up, but he said that was OK.  They were still cute.  I suppose that’s true, but they’re not quite as cute when they’re older, are they?

I remember when we got Max and Melody for our kids for Christmas one year.  They are brother and sister and are a black and chocolate lab, respectively.  They weren’t quite a year old when they had another dog visitor.  They were so excited.  They chased that poor dog all over the house while she just tried to get away from them.  At one point, they both grabbed onto her tail and she basically carried them on her tail, trying desperately to swing them off.

I ended up having to make a tough decision during my divorce to give Melody away, but I think she went to a better place.  There’s just something about the dynamic between a male and female dog that isn’t quite healthy.  At least, it wasn’t in this case.  I would say Max was misogynist, if I didn’t know better.  He pretty much controlled everything and wouldn’t let poor Melody play or have the ball.  She even ate less than he did.  Perhaps they were picking up on the dynamic in that household.  I’ve always said that animals start to take on characteristics of their owners, which is odd if you really think about it.

Max is now, of course, full grown.  I’ve written about him quite a lot on my blog, but perhaps not as much as his sister Sammy.  (They were all from the same litter.)

I really do miss Max.  He was one of my “tragedies” during the divorce.  I told the kids just the other day that maybe we should have shared Max too.  He could have followed the kids back and forth each week.  Probably not the healthiest of situations for a dog… maybe even worse than it is on the kiddos.  That was never even a likelihood, though, because for whatever reason, Max became  my ex’s dog.

Anyway, the one other thing I wanted to mention was Max’s tail.  That thing can hurt!  If he was excited and standing right next to you, you would for sure come away with a bruise.  I used to push him away or try to stop the damn thing from wagging, but when dogs are excited, there’s just no stopping that tail.

My hubby and I are still in debates about whether or not to get a dog.  On one hand, we look at pictures and become infatuated with those cute little faces.  On the other hand, they are a lot of work and they require attention and house training and all sorts of nonsense.  Is that cute little face worth all that trouble?

Tune in sometime in the future and that question just might be answered, for us at least.

Love Is In Da Blog is hosted by Bee Halton. Today’s prompt was “infatuation”.


Stream of Consciousness Saturday is hosted by Linda Hill.  Today’s prompt was “tail/tale”.