Yes, we've frozen over. But I am grateful that we don't have as much ice as we had last year (which is when this picture was taken). Last year we were snowed in and stuck in our house for three days. That was neat for the first day, but then the power went out and all the fun quickly went away. Fortunately, this storm looks like it has passed; it's warmed up to a balmy 34, so the ice is quickly fading. We're lucky...Portland is still iced over.
My week has been much busier than I expected. Wednesday I spent the day finishing the reading assignment for my class: Reading in the Dark. It is such a good book. The writing is superb. Take this passage, for instance:
When we came into the kitchen, my mother looked up and the whole history of his family and her family and ourselves passed over her face in one intuitive waltz of welcome and then of pain.
Isn't that beautiful? Highly recommend reading it.
Thursday was spent running errands (not so exciting) and spending time with two of my former students-now friends (very exciting). I made Thai chicken with peanut sauce, and even though I was a bit skeptical about the recipe, I must say it turned out quite nicely. I don't get to cook much with peanuts since Jason is a member of the Peanut Allergy Club (no, it's not a real club). He wasn't around during dinner (basketball practice), but he was still a bit disgruntled that he couldn't eat leftovers. So he fixed himself a quesadilla. Too bad.
Had quite the grand time with my friends. Good food, good laughs...played the game of Life (I won with 2 million dollars!) and watched Napoleon Dynamite for the benefit of Devon, for she hadn't seen it before. I am always refreshed after an evening with friends, aren't you?
And then Friday I visited my parents, who were missing Sydney terribly since they hadn't seen her in two whole weeks. No matter about me, mind you, I'm just the transportation.
That about sums up where I've been, and so hopefully you'll find those acceptable excuses for my blogging absence. But, here, I'll teach you a new Irish phrase: Go raibh mile maith agat (pronounced: Gurrah MEEL-ah MAH hahgut). It means "One thousand thanks to you!" (A phrase which I'm certain to remember because when the professor wrote it on the board he wrote "1000 thanks to you" and due to some penmanship issues I was thinking 'What the heck does 'looo thanks to you' mean?' Ah, yes, still a bit on the sleep deprived state, can you tell?)