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.
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?
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?
One response to “Food, Literature, and Art”
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….