Food, Literature, and Art

Here we are- another cold, wet, grey February day in Paris. Wait- I’m not in Paris- I’m in Houston!  Where has this winter come from, anyway?  Most of my friends are grumbling about the cold that just keeps coming back, but I am content in my little cocoon, cooking and reading and occasionally venturing out with Wonder Chien.  Although walking the dog in the yuck is not fun, it’s probably the only reason I have not stayed in my pajamas on these cold days, so for that I thank him, I guess.  I just wish he would learn to wipe his paws before coming back inside.

Yesterday I felt a hankering for pulled pork, and the aroma of the meat slowly cooking in the oven all afternoon made my townhouse even more cozy. I used this recipe from Food Network but cooked it at 300 for 4 hours rather than in a slow-cooker. It was fabulous.

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For weeks I have been reading Donna Tartt’s new novel, The Goldfinch.  If you have been living anywhere but under a big rock, you probably have heard about it, or at least seen it on lists of notable books of 2013.  Weighing in at 800 pages, it’s not a book to be undertaken lightly (especially if it’s a hardback like mine).  The title comes from a painting of the same name which figures prominently in the story.  The book is about life and art and how the two influence each other.  I just finished it this afternoon, and was thinking about art, when I read a blog post from a fellow Houston blogger about a new app called Waterlogue.  It converts photos into beautiful watercolors!  What will they think of next?

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Painted in Waterlogue

Isn’t that fun? Yet another way to waste time on a dreary winter day.  Thanks, Carrie, for contributing to my mismanagement of time!

So what have you all been doing to evade the Winter Doldrums?

Painted in Waterlogue

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One response to “Food, Literature, and Art

  1. Cynthia Kuhn

    I also nested at home. Had to read all afternoon because it’s REQUIRED for my job. That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it. After having a lackluster opinion of the first part of “Under the Wide and Starry Sky”, I decided to stick with it and was glad I did. Now back to the real world….

Hollah back y'all!

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