Good morning, friends. Today is Super Bowl Sunday, but around here the really big game happened last night: #DUKEvsCUSE. The Syracuse University men's basketball team defeated Duke 91-89 in OT. In addition to improving to 21-0 (their best start in school history), it was the largest on-campus crowd ever, the official birth of a new rivalry, and, quite possibly, one of the best college basketball games ever... what a night!
Sure, we'll watch the Super Bowl, but it can't possibly match the excitement of last night's contest. I like football, but without a real stake in today's game, food and commercials become the main attractions.
January Wrap-Up// Well, January sure was a long month. It actually seemed more like two separate months to me. We began with a couple of beautiful weeks in Florida and ended with two (can it really be only two?) weeks of bone-chilling cold, battling the lake-effect snow machine here in central New York.
On the plus side, time on the beach plus time holed up indoors allowed for some pretty decent reading. A book a week is generally as good as it gets for me, and I finished five books this month:
- Julia Child Rules: Lessons on Savoring Life by Karen Karbo
- The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes
- Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussmann
- The Gravity of Birds by Tracy Guzeman
- The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert (audio)
And now it's February...
Current Reading// We Are Water by Wally Lamb, on page 200 (of 561) and fully invested in the story.
Current Listening// This is The Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett, read by the author is amazing. I'll have a hard time picking a favorite essay from this bunch.
On the horizon// The Boys in the Boat for my book club meeting at the end of the month, I'm still trying to decide whether to read or listen.
In the kitchen// Lots of soup! There's nothing better than soup on a bitterly cold day. Butternut Bisque from Susan Branch has become a new favorite. This afternoon I'll whip up some Buffalo Chicken Dip for the Super Bowl party... calories don't count today, right?
Will you be watching the game? What about the conflict with Downton Abbey?