Ah, it's Valentine's Day. And while my original plans may have fallen through due to economic concerns, Plan B is looking pretty sharp. I've been working on prepping dinner for the better part of the last hour. I have a couple of new variations I'm going to try out on some recipes that I feel really good about. I've attempted these recipes in the past and fell just short of culinary goodness, but this time around I think I've made the needed adjustments for it to work out well.
The prospect of my first full week of being unemployed looms before me and I have to say it doesn't look as bad as I once thought it was going to. I'm seeing an opportunity here to get ahead on the photos waiting to be processed and the writing that needs to be done. Since I'm pretty comfortable staying cooped up the house for long days at a stretch, the prospect of staying home doesn't bother me at all. The only thing I see cutting into my productivity is the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
The Olympics are addicting. I only watch skiing, bobsledding, skating, luge and all those other various sports once every four years. And though we missed the opening ceremonies, Bethany and I have been glued to the Olympic competitions ever since. I can't imagine how amazing it must be to stand atop that podium with a gold medal around my neck and knowing that I'm the best in the world at this sport for the next four years. It has to be an incredible feeling.
There are always compelling stories to be found in any sport and the Olympics are no exception. I can't wait to see them unfold over the next couple of weeks. I'll definitely be looking forward to Sports Illustrated's phto coverage of the Olympics. Next to National Geographic there's no organization whose photos I enjoy looking at more.
And it's time to go see how this dinner is going to work. I'll post reviews later. The menu includes homemade oregano & garlic bread, steak with white mushrooms sauteed in port accompanied by hand cut grilled potato wedges with a light Italian seasoning.