Thursday, March 30, 2017

What to watch next... decisions, decisions...

So, yesterday I let all my Gilmore Girl thoughts out in an attempt to "move on", but guess what.  I still miss them.  *sigh*

I've been battling a headache off and on since last Friday, and yesterday was the worst day yet.  By the end of the work day, it had turned into a real thumper.  So I abandoned my plans to go for a big long walk after work, and instead retreated to my cool, dark bedroom, popped a couple advil, and slept for an hour.  I woke up and still had the headache. urgh.  These headaches are soooo frustrating.  But I couldn't sleep anymore or I knew I wouldn't sleep come bedtime, so I made myself get up and move to the couch.  Over the next few hours, I got all caught up on Suits (the rest of Season 5 was released while I was all caught up in the Gilmores)... and so that left me pondering, where do I go next with Netflix?

I have eighty billion shows and movies saved to My List.  The options are endless.  But I need to narrow it down somehow.  Here are the Top 10 shows I'm thinking of diving into next:

  • Scandal - The latest season is being added week-by-week right now, so while I don't have the full slate of episodes to blow through like I have in the past, there is at least 8 or 9 up now I think.  I could start there, or I could wait until the whole season is out and binge it.  Undecided on which way I want to go.
  • Riverdale - This new show intrigues me.  I was a big fan of Archie comics as a kid (and still read them now, thanks to Rev. Nancy giving me a few new editions over the past few years!)  So I love the idea that they've brought the gang from Riverdale to a Netflix series.  I'm told not to expect good ol' clean Archie fun though.  I honestly don't know anything about it beyond that.  However, like Scandal, episodes are being added weekly, so I kind of want to wait and binge the whole season.  It's definitely on the "to watch" list, though.
  • Wentworth - This one wasn't on my radar at all, but my friend Stacy watched it and loved it.  I gather it's like Orange Is the New Black, but more serious.  OITNB is also on my "to watch" list (I read the book years ago, and have always wanted to watch the show too, but haven't got to it yet) - but after hearing Stace talk about it, I'm wondering if I should put Wentworth ahead of OITNB...
  • Santa Clarita Diet - This is another newer Netflix series, starring Drew Barrymore, and I love Drew.  I hear it's about zombies, and I hear that if you can get past the first few eps, it's really good.  
  • Life In Pieces - This is another one that came recommended from a friend.  It's only one season so far, and I hear it's a quick watch, 20 minute episodes and you can easily blow through the whole season in a few days if you have nothing else to do.  So maybe just what I need after a three month commitment to the Gilmores?
  • Nashville - I had high hopes for this show when it first aired on TV.  I watched the first episode, and was severely disappointed.  How could a show that sounded SO much like my cup of tea end up feeling so lacklustre and boring?  I gave it up right then and there.  Since then, I know of lots of girls who watch it and love it, and it's on Netflix so I could catch up.  Time to give it a second chance?
  • Breaking Bad - It's been on my "to watch" list for.ev.errrrr.  I remember feeling so left out when Breaking Bad was on the air, and every week, my friends on FB were posting things like, "OMG!!! Breaking Bad!!!  Craziest episode everrrr!!  So good!!"  I wanted to know what BB was all about.  Now I have the chance, but... just haven't got to it yet.  Maybe it's finally time.
  • House of Cards - This one also comes highly recommended by a friend. Lolly has asked me several times if I've started HoC, and always says, "Jilly, you have to get on that one."  So yes, it's on the list for sure!
  • Homeland - Another one that comes highly touted by several friends and family members.  My aunt & uncle were in the middle of it when we visited them in Florida, and they really seemed to be enjoying it.  I've always like Claire Danes, too, so I think I'd enjoy it.
  • The Walking Dead - Yet another one that has been on my list for a long time, and so many folks I know who love it.  I'm not sure if I'm into zombies enough to want to watch a whole series, but I'm definitely willing to give it a shot.
I also need to keep in mind that the Prison Break re-boot is coming out soon, and I NEED to have that in my life!  Oh my God!!!  I think PB is the only show I've ever loved more than Gilmore Girls.  My goal was to have GG done before PB started.  Mission accomplished!!  But I don't know the details... is PB going to be on regular TV, or will it be a whole season released on Netflix at once?  I'm kind of hoping they go the Netflix route.  I've also thought about re-watching the whole series first, but I think it's all pretty fresh in my memory.  I've never really gotten over Michael Scoffield, y'know...
(I'm seeing "FOX" written at the bottom of this promo poster, so I guess it will be a regular network show, not on Netflix yet.  booourns.)

The list above is literally just a snippet of what I have on my Netflix list. There are so many I could do.  I've heard people complain about the content on Netflix, but seriously, I think I could go for 20 years on my current list without adding anything new and still never get through it all.  The Killing, Call the Midwife, Downton Abbey, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Once Upon a Time... I could go on and on.  Something else I'd like to do is implement a "one movie a weekend" rule.  My friend Lindsay has been doing that, to make herself watch something other than whatever series she's into.  Lately, I haven't been watching any movies at all, just totally absorbed with my TV shows, and I have soooo many movies saved that I want to watch.  So yes.  Starting this weekend:  at least one movie or comedy special or documentary a weekend is the rule!  I think I'll start with recently-added Goon!!

Early in March marked my one year anniversary with Netflix, and I think it's the best $8 a month I spend.  It has definitely been worth it in my house!  Just to re-cap, here are the shows I've finished, or caught up on, so far:
  • Fuller House
  • Making a Murderer
  • The Mindy Project
  • Suits
  • The Office
  • Bloodline
  • Stranger Things
  • Scandal
  • The Crown
  • Gilmore Girls
  • Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life
Not bad, right?!  Yes.  TV rules my life. ;)  

So, what are your favourite Netflix shows?  What is your recommendation for me to watch next? I'm excited to move on to something else!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Gilmore Girls: I miss them already...

As promised, today's post is all about my latest obsession:  Gilmore Girls.

Confession: Despite having several friends who had strongly recommended this show to me, I really had no interest in watching it until Jimmy Fallon started talking about it in the weeks leading up to the Netflix reboot last fall.  Jimmy's a big fan of the Gilmores.  And I only do things Jimmy tells me to do.

So, in early 2017, I decided to tackle the Gilmore Girls.  That's where I've been the past three months.  With the Gilmore Girls.  Hanging out in Stars Hollow, having coffee at Luke's Diner, Friday night dinners with the grandparents, movie night binges with Lorelai & Rory, going through the ups and downs of trying to get into Harvard, falling in love with all the boys...  But it all came to an end for me on Monday evening, as I watched the last "season" of the Year In the Life re-boot, and it was such a bittersweet moment.  I honestly don't know what I'm supposed to do with the rest of my life.  And yes, I know I say that after every good show comes to an end, but right now, I really really don't know what I'm going to do with the rest of my life.

So I have to write a blog post about it.  I have to let it all out.  Otherwise, I won't be able to move on.

*WARNING* In case you are like me, and joined the GG bandwagon about 15 years too late, and are still just watching the show now as if you were living in the early 2000's, *THERE MAY BE SPOILERS AHEAD*.

First of all, let me just say... Luke & Lorelai.  Has there ever in the history of television been a couple so made for each other?  So destined to be together?  And has there ever been such a long lead-up to the couple finally realizing what their audience has known all along??  7 seasons.  7 SEASONS, they dragged this on.  And even more hiccups in the re-boot. Like, just LET THEM BE HAPPY TOGETHER ALREADY!!!!  Oh my God, I love Luke and Lorelai.

Now, Jimmy did this fun thing back in the fall that I did not get to participate in, because I had not yet started watching the show, but he discussed his top 4 favourite characters on his show (not including the Girls, they are obviously everyone's fave), and at the time, invited fans to hashtag their top four on Twitter.  As usual, I'm late to the party, but here's my #top4gilmoregirls:

#1:  Luke - Of course. Was there ever any doubt he'd make my list?!? I want a man just like him.  *sigh*. *drool*.  More on Luke to come.
#2:  Jess - Of all Rory's loves, he was by far my favourite.  I'll elaborate more in a minute.
#3:  Babette - The Girls' quirky neighbour, Babette is played by Sally Struthers, who was once upon a time Gloria on All in the Family, which gives her instant bonus points.  And I think one of the biggest laughs I ever got watching this show was a Babette scene - I think it was when Rory and Lorelai were in their first big fight, and word was spreading around town that there was a rift, and Babette, Queen of the Gossip, went running through the town square, holding her boobs and screaming at Luke to wait for her, so she could check with him to make sure everyone was OK.  Big LOL's!!!
#4:  Kirk - I had a hard time picking my #4, and I didn't think Kirk was going to make my list. Originally I picked Zach, Lane's beau and bandmate, because I kinda love Zach.  But really, how could Zach make the list ahead of Kirk?  Kirk is everywhere in Stars Hollow.  He has 8 million jobs, is involved in every happening in the town, and provides some awesome quirky comic relief.  Kirk is the best.
(Invisible #5: Sookie) - Jimmy forgot to put Sookie in his top 4, so he added her as his Invisible 5.  And I am too.  Lorelai's best friend, esteemed chef, and probably the biggest cheerleader of the Luke & Lorelai relationship... and played by Melissa McCarthy, so yes, Sookie is amazing.

(For those of you wondering, Jimmy's Top 4 was 1 - Taylor Doosey (the town mayor), 2 - Luke (of course), 3 - Kirk, and 4 - Paris Geller.  Invisible 5 was Sookie.)

So, as I've previously mentioned, I loved Luke dearly.  Gruff and grumpy extrerior, but with a soft ol' heart of gold, and always there to help and take care of Lorelai and Rory, even before a romantic flame flickered between he and the elder "Girl".  Very early on in the series, I texted one of my GG friends, Sharon, to tell her I was already in love with Luke, and she replied something like, "Oh of course you'd go for the old guy."  And I was like, "HUH?  Luke is not OLD.  He's like the same age as me!"  But then, when I thought about it, it made sense.  She watched GG in real time, so back in 2000 when it started, she was closer in age to Rory, and hence would be more interested in her boys.  Watching now in 2017, I'm closer to Lorelai's age, hence more interested in her men.  Ah, the trick of TV time... Anyways, one of the best things about Luke was that he never changed.  I loved his "uniform" - plaid shirts, jeans, backwards cap, green jacket.  And Luke's still wearing the same clothes in the re-boot.  Classic.  Timeless... That's Luke. *sigh*

Now, when it comes to Rory's boys, I'm most definitely "Team Jess".  For the record, Jess is played by Milo Ventimiglia, who currently plays Jack Pearson on This Is Us.  And I, of course, have been This Is Us'd.  I heart Jack-slash-Jess.  Rory's first love was Dean, who you would think I'd be all over because he's tall dark and handsome, and that's usually my thing, but I was never on-board with Dean.  Dean was possessive and jealous and blech.  Then there was Logan, the cute little blonde rich boy that Rory meets and falls in love with at Yale, and while I didn't dislike Logan, he was never #1 in my heart.  For me, it was always Jess.  The bad boy who is shipped off to Stars Hollow to stay with his Uncle Luke and immediately sets his sites on sweet Rory.  The brooding, bad-tempered, fist-fighting boy, with the sweet, artistic side, the boy Rory can't seem to resist.  Oh Jess.  How could anyone resist?!

I also want to shine a spotlight on Lorelai, because, my God, I want to be Lorelai Gilmore.  Much like how I felt about Tammy Taylor, Coach Taylor's wife on Friday Night Lights, I admire Lorelai, so much.  She's seriously the kind of woman I want to be.  Sure, we had a few times where we weren't in sync - usually when she was running away from Luke, and making Christopher mistakes - but overall, Lorelai felt like my kindred spirit.  My TV best friend.  And she loves snow just as much as I do... Aw!  Lorelai!!!

So, if you are a GG fan, you probably already know all about "the final 4 words".  Early on in the series, creator Amy Sherman-Palladino knew she wanted it all to end with 4 words.  But there was some kind of dispute going into the final season, and she and her husband and co-creator Daniel Palladino were not involved in the finale.  There was plenty of speculation amongst fans as to what those final 4 words would be, and a lot of angst over the fact that they never got to know.  But THEN!  The re-boot!!  Netflix put out a GG reunion, "A Year in the Life", last fall, and it DID involve the Palladinos.  And they DID finally get to use their "final 4 words".  I'm not going to tell you what they are, because there's no SPOILER ALERT big enough to cover that one, and I don't want to ruin it for anyone else.  I managed to get right to the end without finding out, and I am so glad I did not google and ruin it for myself.  But let's just say... not  what I was expecting.  They made me gasp.  I was shocked.  And it very much felt like a cliff-hanger to me. Like, it feels like there is more to come.  I have googled, and apparently there are no plans or promises of more, which to me feels ridiculous.  I mean, there HAS to be more.  You can't just leave a legion of fans on the BRINK like that!!!!  Fingers crossed that there will be more.

(Funny side-note:  Knowing the "final 4 words" were going to be big and important, and knowing they were coming as the final episode of "A Year In the Life" was winding down, literally everything that was said in the last ten minutes of the show, I was counting the words to see if it was the final 4 words. LOL)

Oh, and might I just say, I was thrilled with the re-boot.  I can only imagine how wonderful it must have been for the fans who watched the series in real-time and had waited ten years for more.  I loved that they were able to get so many of the past characters to come back, and all the references from the original that they tossed in.  I also loved the way they addressed the passing of Edward Herrmann (who played Richard Gilmore) in such a bittersweet and sentimental way.  It was lovely and very real.  And I loved how they split it up into seasons, like four movies.  My only advice to anyone who hasn't seen it yet, is to make sure to either read the book or watch the movie "Wild" first.  There's a big chunk of "FALL" that you won't get if you don't know about "Wild".  (I was thankful I'd seen the movie. lol)

OK.  I have to end it now.  I could write about this show and it's characters all day.  I loved loved loved my time spent with the Girls in Stars Hollow.  Jimmy Fallon described the show as "comfort food", and he couldn't have been more right.  This show felt like cuddling up in a cozy blanket.  It was so nice to get wrapped up in their story, For three months, I lived and breathed Gilmore Girls, and it was such a cozy, comforting way to spend my winter.

I'm really not joking when I say I miss them already...

So, any Gilmore fans out there?  Who are your #top4gilmoregirls?  Were you Team Jess too?  What did you think about the "final 4 words"??  GG fans, UNITE! ;)

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

What's Up

Hey there, pals!  I know...another lengthy bloggy break...didn't mean to! Let me go random today, I'll catch you up on what's up with me these days.

  • I feel like I've been in procrastination mode, BIG time, lately.  Things that used to come easily to me, for some reason I now keep putting them off... Like blog posts.  Exercising and eating healthy.  Taking photos for my Project 365 and keeping that album up to date.  Updating the photo frames in my home.  I got the pics printed off like a month ago, and they're all just sitting there on my dining room table, waiting to be framed, motivation to do so.  
  • I guess you'd call it being in a rut.  I've been feeling extra hermitty.  All I want to do is watch TV and read.  All other jobs when I'm home seem to be getting back-burnered.
  • You know what?  Let's blame it on the Gilmore Girls.  Because, quite frankly, I've been obsessed.  After struggling through the first two seasons, I got totally wrapped up in it by Season 3, and literally got obsessed.  When I was home, all I wanted to do was watch it.  Everything else fell by the wayside.  The good news (sorta) is that I finished yesterday.  Including the "A Year in the Life" reboot that Netflix released last fall. So I'm done.  Gilmore Girls is over.  And so, I guess I can move on with my life now.
  • I have more to say on GG, but I'm saving that for its own special blog post.  Maybe tomorrow.
  • What will I watch now?  Well, I'm not sure, to be honest.  There are episodes of Suits that have come out that I need to catch up on, and another season of Scandal that has come out since I fell into the Gilmore Girls wormhole, but I'm really not sure what my next series to binge will be...decisions, decisions.
  • I finished the book Reconstructing Emily by Kimberly McCreight last week.  It wasn't my most favourite book ever, but it got better as it went on.  I was glad to be done with it so I could move on.  I started the book for our June book club meeting, which was my suggestion of The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger.  It bothers me that I'm a Liberal Arts college graduate, and yet there are so many literary classics that I somehow missed out on during my school years.  The Catcher in the Rye is one of them.  You hear it referenced so often, I always wanted to know what it's all about.  It's moving along quickly for me so far, though I can't say I'm madly in love with it.  Still, glad to finally be reading it!
  • Can you believe I'm still curling?  I am. And will be for another three weeks.  Curling is never-ending.  That said, I am glad I finally started enjoying it somewhere along the line, because I don't dread curling nights anymore.  In fact, dare I say it? - I might actually be enjoying it!
  • Music I'm obsessed with right now:  Anything by Ed Sheeran, Chris Stapleton, or Drake White.  Literally, these three artists are all I listen to these days.  On repeat. Steady.
  • I had a great time last Saturday with friends doing an Escape Room in Renfrew.  It was a gypsy-themed room.  Most of us had never done an Escape Room before, so we struggled.  It took us probably too long to catch on to what we had to do, and that put us behind the eight-ball, so we didn't even come close to escaping.  BUT it was so much fun, I really enjoyed it, and can't wait to try it again!
  • I should give a little Lent update:  Aside from one goof, I've been steering clear of potatoes, as promised.  The one slip-up happened on St. Patrick's Day.  My niece and nephew had a PD Day that day, and I was off, so I went to my mom's to hang out with them.  She told me she was making turkey dinner for supper, and it didn't register.  I watched her peel and cut the potatoes, and it didn't register.  I watched her cook and mash them, and it didn't register.  I piled them on my plate and smothered them with gravy, and it didn't register.  During supper, my sister said something about the food truck outside their building serving corned beef and mashed for lunch that day, in honour of St. Pat's, and I was thinking, "Welp. I couldn't eat that." and then I glanced down and literally cried out in panic.  I startled them all.  They thought I'd found a bug in my food or something. "MOM!!! POTATOES!!!"  They all thought it was pretty hilarious that I'd eaten almost all of my potatoes and gravy before realizing what I'd done, but it did disturb my soul.  I couldn't believe I'd eaten them without it dawning on me.  I take my Lenten promises pretty seriously, so ...yeah.  It troubled me that I'd so foolishly abandoned them, without even realizing.  
  • I have rebounded though, and so far so good since then.  And it hasn't been easy.  The chip wagon in town opened early, and it's just not the same when I can't get fries or poutine.  I've been subbing onion rings, and I'm getting soooo sick of onion rings.  I can't wait to have potatoes back in my life!
  • I kind of can't believe March is almost over.  I consider the end of March as the end of my hibernation period, and that's probably a good thing.  I'm ready for warmer weather and evening walks and busting out of this rut.  I'm ready for April. :)
Happy Tuesday!  I'll hopefully be back tomorrow with a more in-depth look into my obsession with Gilmore Girls! ;)

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Looking forward to...

... A day off tomorrow, and doing NOTHING.  OK, that's not entirely true.  I have a few odd jobs to do around the house, and I need to give myself a little pedicure, but otherwise, I'm doing NOTHING but watching Netflix and working on a puzzle and reading.  No cooking anything, no baking anything, no creating projects for myself.  Just chillin'.  I have Mondays and Fridays off this time of year, and I've been packing them with shopping trips and activities galore.  I need one of 'em to be a "nothing" day.  Need some solid quality time with the Gilmores!

... A "Wine & Sign" Party Friday night. I've been invited to one at a friend's house, and it sounds like fun.  We will each be creating our own signs (the design I chose says "grateful, thankful, blessed") and just hanging out and chatting (with wine, of course).  Should be a fun evening!

... Another day at the curling rink on Saturday, this time for the Canada Day Committee's first-ever fundraiser bonspiel.  For someone who started out the winter hating curling and wishing I'd never bothered trying it, I'm becoming quite a regular. haha!  I've promised myself to be better behaved than last Saturday, though.  I got a little rowdy last weekend.  I need to re-establish myself as a respectable citizen. ;)

... Appointments on Monday morning.  NOT REALLY.  But I've been putting off going for blood work for over a month now, and I also have a dentist appointment, so I figured I'd better kill two birds with one stone and get them both over with on Monday morning.  I'll feel better for the rest of the week knowing they're done.  (I hate appointments.  so much.)

... Our church's annual Irish Tea, which is coming up next Saturday.  We always have fun putting together this little fundraiser for our church, and treating the folks in our community to a tea with fancy sandwiches and squares in celebration of St. Paddy's Day.  Always a great time!

... St. Patrick's Day!  Our little town does it up big, with several well-known parties, and I'm not sure yet if/where I'll be celebrating, but it's always a fun vibe around town regardless.  I usually like to don my green and make an appearance at the big shindig at Gavan's, even if it's just for a little while.

... An upcoming "Escape" with friends!  We've picked a date, now we just need to finalize who is coming and what time we want to book the Escape room for.  I've always wanted to try this, and I can't wait to do it with great friends :)

... Easter.  OK, it's still super far off, and Lent literally just started, but I'm already daydreaming of how good the potatoes will taste. ;)  (oh, and also, all the Easter candy.  God, I love Easter candy.)

... Choosing a new workout program.  I've been in an exercising rut and trying to decide what to do about it.  I keep telling myself once the weather is nicer, I'll get back to walking/jogging every night, but my best success has always come from doing a program, and I need a fresh new one.  I've been researching this week.  I'm very intrigued by Pound, but thinking I might be better off with Beachbody's Country Heat. (I've always had a soft spot for line dancing. lol)  I won't be purchasing for a few more weeks (need to get a few other bills paid off first), but I definitely want to get a new program to freshen up my desire to work out!

... A weekend trip to TO in May.  Ever since I went to Toronto several years ago with friends, I've wanted to go back, especially for a Blue Jays game.  I loved the experience of being there to watch the game live, and it's just nice to get away for a few days and spend time in TO.  Tickets are booked and I can't wait!

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Lent 2017: Cutting ties with potatoes

Last night, our community gathered at the Lions Hall in town to feast on pancakes, a symbolic "Fat Tuesday" tradition where we load up our plates and celebrate before having to give something up on Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent.  I did just that: I enjoyed my pancakes smothered in butter and real maple syrup, and all the fixin's that came with it.

And then I went home and finished off the last of a bag of potato chips too, knowing it would be the last time I tasted them until Easter.

After giving it a lot of thought, and tossing around a multitude of ideas, I've decided to stick with my resolution to give up potatoes for Lent.  I'm still haunted by the memories of going sugarless several years ago, so I wanted to make sure this year it was something that wasn't going to become as all-consuming as that endeavour was, yet was still difficult enough to be considered a real challenge.

Potatoes really aren't all that bad for you.  I mean, they are a vegetable after all.  But truth be told, I'm not a big fan of potatoes, at least not in the traditional sense.  I don't crave them mashed or baked.  Unfortunately, my preferred form of potatoes is any way I can make them unhealthy - as in potato chips (with dip, of course), French fries (doused in salt and vinegar and dipped in ketchup, or smothered in cheese and gravy), I only eat mashed if they come with gravy, and if I'm eating a baked potato, it has to be fully loaded with butter, sour cream, green onion, and bacon.

Therein lies the reason I've decided to cut potatoes from my diet.  I've been eating them - in their most unhealthy forms - far too often these days.  Chips & dip are a frequent evening snack, I rarely eat out that it doesn't come with a side of fries or poutine, and my willpower to resist either had become non-existent.  Lent offers the perfect opportunity to cut my addiction and maybe even kick-start some much-needed weight loss right now.

I toyed with making it even harder, by cutting all things "white" from my diet, as I've heard of others doing, but man-oh-man, that's a lot of stuff.  That's harder than cutting just sugar.  That would also mean white flour, salt, potatoes, pasta, milk, sour cream, yogurt, even bananas...eep.  Too much stuff.

Then I thought of doing potatoes, white bread, and pasta.  White bread wouldn't be that hard, I don't eat it often to begin with, but my beloved pasta...that would be tough.  Too tough, I think.

So potatoes it is.  No more chips, french fries, homefries, or any other form of potato.  I'm also giving up sweet potato fries (because we all know I'd opt for that side in a restaurant, and it's really no healthier).  The goal here is to choose a salad for a side instead, or have a salad entree when dining out.

What I AM allowed: popcorn, pretzels,  corn chips, and kind of snack cracker that is not potato-based - BUT the goal is to cut out night-time snacking altogether, so I'm not planning on chowing down on these snacks instead at night.  It's just an alternative if I'm at a party or something, if I can't dive into the chip bowl, I can have a handful of another snack that is not potato-related.

As I said - not as hard as giving up sugar, but still not easy.  I have already had my first dawning moment of realization, as I discussed the upcoming curling bonspiel on Saturday with my friend Lindsay.  I told her I thought it might be a good idea if I got away from the rink, went somewhere to eat during the break between games, so that I'm not just sitting there drinking all day.  I already had visions of a chicken finger platter with poutine on the fries from Hursty's dancing in my head when it hit me:  "Oh wait.  Shit.  I can't eat fries. UGH."

It will be good for me, though.  Hopefully a kickstart to some healthier eating habits.  I have a new little goal in mind.  I'm going to a Blue Jays game on May 13th.  I was gifted a Josh Donaldson tee for Christmas that is a bit too tight, and my goal is to have it fit comfortably by the time I go to the game.  TOTALLY doable.

And potato-less Lent should help.

What are YOU giving up, or doing to mark this Lenten season?