Friday, November 12, 2010

Friday Five: Winter's on the Way...

The Friday Five prompts come from here.

SingingOwl writes that she needs to plan ahead for the winter activities and seek a little inspiration. I just chuckle because, though it might technically still be fall, winter's been in my neck of the woods for a while.

1. What is your favorite movie for watching when curled up under a wooly blanket?
Something sweet or funny. I don't like violent or scary movies. When people hear that, they often tell me that I need to toughen up. I just point out that I have actually seen people die and I'm tough enough. I don't need that in my escapism. I also love to have a mini-marathon of television episodes. Frasier and Big Bang Theory bring on the giggles and make me feel cozy.

2. Likewise, what book?
In my quest to reach 1,000 new books, I hardly re-read these days. However, Bill Bryson's travelogues In a Sunburned Country (Australia) and A Walk in the Woods (Applachian Trail) always make me happy to read them again. And, of course, nothing beats Luther's Small Catechism for a stimulating and, simultaneously, comforting read.

Just kidding.

3. What foods do you tend to cook/eat when it gets cold?
Moose chili, homemade pretzels, brownies, spaghetti with bison, peppers, mushrooms and lots of garlic, snow cream, bread, oranges, clam chowder, lentil stew. Grilled chicken is for the summer. I like red meat, tomato sauces, butter and slow cooking in the winter. Mmmm...

4. What do you like to do if you get a "snow day" (or if you don't get snow days, what if you did)?
The first snow I remember I was probably 4 and my family lived in Wake Forest, NC. My mom spent a while suiting me up (probably equal to the amount of time I actually spent outside) and I remember her putting plastic bags over my socks before I put my feet in my shoes, so that my feet would stay dry. (I came in fairly quickly because I got scared by a neighbor's dog.) However, I've never forgotten the plastic bags. Now, where I live requires real winter shoes. My 14-month old has snow boots, so we don't often use the plastic bag scenario.

To wit, snow days don't really happen here.

5. Do you like winter sports or outdoor activities, or are you more likely to be inside playing a board game? Do you have a favorite (indoors or out)?
I like cross-country skiing. I'd like to try snow-shoeing, but I need a companion. My husband thinks, "Why walk when you can ski?", so he's not much help. I also like winter photography, so that lends itself to more walks, but cold hands. And winter is a good time for Scrabble tournaments.


Diane M. Roth said...

"why walk when you can ski" -- I have to try skiing one of these winters. great to get to know you! good luck with the every day challenge! I did it last year, and I'm doing that well this year.

Cookie said...

I have yet to watch a Big Bang Theory that has not made me giggle. I'm with you on the violent and scary movies. I can enjoy a good action flick, but not when it revolves around a lot killing.