Every Canadian winter is hard. With this particular one, I was popping Vitamin D like Tic-Tacs because I was combating fatigue like a motherfucker (I had a very serious and deep moment when I had to ask myself if I was pregnant… that was terrifying). But I will suffer through the sunless, bitter Canadian winters for the Trump-free freedom we are blessed with up hurr (by the way, what a fucking mess it is down there and the jokes are getting less and less funny as it's realized more that people are creating enough energy and force behind Donald Trump to make him an actual leader and a representative of a country. Are people losing sight of what all of this is actually leading up to? Nevermind, doesn’t concern me, I’m Canadian, as I’ve made painfully clear)
Aside from my diet of Vitamin D pills, here are the things that successfully got me on this side of this winter—and I didn’t have to cut off a limb turned black from frostbite, plummeting me into madness (yay, small wins)…
Matt, my boyfriend, number one with a bullet. Matt is objectively awesome and together we make such a solid team. He makes me stupid happy and I’m stupid in love with him. He will also serve as the basis for most of the subsequent bullet points as that is how deeply entrenched he is in my life.
Rick & Morty. I’ve obsessively watched the only two available seasons literally three times around. It was recommended by Matt because he gets me that way. Now I crack Rick & Morty jokes whether the moment permits or not, like an annoying pet parrot. And I don’t care if it’s tiring out everyone around meWUBALUBADUBDUB!!!!
Reading ‘Underground’ by Murakami, recommended by Matt’s sister. Not super into non-fiction, but this has been absorbable for me because: a) I’m a little familiar with Tokyo’s metro system already; and b) I can totally see Alfonso Cuarón directing this. Not recommended to read while you’re commuting.
CYCLING obviously slows to a crawl, but this off-season, I bought a bike trainer (Tacx Vortex Smart). I never thought I’d get to enjoy the luxury of falling out of bed and climbing onto the trainer wearing only bibs, but here we are, gleefully skipping spin class on the reg and all (sorry, Sensei! It's not you, it's getting to spin class that I hate). Granted I’m not training nearly as hard as I did last winter (I didn’t do track this winter). But ‘Zwift’, a.k.a. the Mario Kart for cyclists, has been a really cool experience and makes lone, indoor training far less chore-like and depressing. But despite loving Zwift, I REALLY look forward to the new season and riding with actual humans again.
I took a prelim baking class at George Brown College (see pics on my Instagram), which I arrogantly strode into thinking they were going to teach me how to crack an egg and burden me with like remedial shit. NOPE! NOPE, NOPE, NOPE. It has been a fuckin’ rude awakening. This wasn’t baking chocolate chip cookies on a Sunday while blowing kisses at myself in the reflection of the oven door. This was some industry-standard shit where you’re asked to pipe rosettes uniformly on a cake that you used a palette knife to “mask” on a turntable because saying “frost” exposes that the kitchen equipment you own at home is by Fisher Price. It’s been an exceptionally challenging course, one that I’ve barely scraped by the skin of my teeth completing, one that has held hostage my sanity, and one that has made me gain an all new respect for the legit bakers and pastry chefs in the industry. I don’t know what the next step is after this, but it’s never crossed my mind that being a chocolatier could be a thing. Until now. I dunno, we’ll see, I hate trying to predict these things.
And this fucking pie:
So coming up this Spring and Summer…
- My birthday up in Cambridge, ON (where Matt lives, temporarily). He is throwing me a bicycle birthday party where—my cyclist friends and family won’t be pouring one(s) out for me ‘til the wee hours because everybody is racing the next day for Paris to Ancaster. I am not racing (I do not race). Instead, I’ll be on the sidelines cheering on Matt and my friends like the bra that I am (very supportive)
- It’s road season so if I’m not with Matt, I’ll be on the saddle all the livelong day. I will be riding with Dark Horse again and any other groups I feel like hitching a ride with.
- B.C. in May: I have to attend my cousin’s wedding in Vancouver and then my other cousin, her boyfriend (Sensei), her siblings/more cousins and I are gonna do some biking up to Whistler and then go to Tofino to surf.
- I’m going to continue at GBC and learn how to temper chocolate……. to the delight/chagrin of my closest peeps (all of the stuff I bake gets unloaded on them).
- And I guess I’m participating in TO Food Fest? …I should come up with something for that soon.
Mkay, that’s it. Catch you on the flip!