Apparently blogging about blogging is really not on. Totally off, in fact. Utterly not cricket in the blogosphere, wherever that is. I learn these things from my husband, who has been blogging longer than me and hates the fact that I get more readers. I keep telling him that I will not sink to his level, I will not play these sick little games of whose blog is better, then I find myself obsessively comparing our stats and laughing to myself (more Mwah-ha-ha, than hee-hee-hee).
The thing he finds most difficult is that the top search, the main reason, the path that leads my readers to me is, in fact, Sushi. Last week I wrote about the women’s locker room – surely naked women would be a more frequent search subject than sushi, yes? It was a post I wanted to write, but I will admit that I felt pretty smug including “women’s locker room” in the tags list. But no. Top Search again is, of course, Sushi. And “knitted Marmite” (if you are the knitted Marmite person, let me know if you find a pattern – I quite fancy a cuddly jar of Marmite.)
I have been writing for my own creative outlet, and for the benefit of those who might be considering taking this giant leap of faith to another country, or who have recently done so and are asking the inevitable questions (“Will I ever feel comfortable saying pants instead of trousers?”, “Will the roadworks on Highway 1 ever be finished?”, “What the heck is Poutine, and should I be innoculated against it?”*) I’d like to feel I’m doing a small public service, but apparently I am helping those who are confused about sushi (and want knitted Marmite).
So today, I’m just going to tell you what I have been up to this week and include the word Sushi in the tags for the fun of it. If you arrived here searching for Sushi, there’s a blog post here.
It is Spring Break this week in British Columbia, or at least in School District 41 (Burnaby). School holidays are not standardized across the Province, so many schools have started taking a 2-week Spring Break. Without half-term holidays, the long drag from January to July is very, very long and this is a much needed break; 2 weeks would be nice. I decided to take the week off and, as we could not afford a real ski holiday staying at a real ski resort, I designed our own. Every day this week we have loaded the car and driven 30 minutes to Grouse Mountain, where we have had a lesson and spent an hour or two skiing, skating or hiking the trails, followed by hot chocolate in the cafe. The whole week has cost about $1000, which includes a private instructor for the 2 eldest children, lessons for me and Tiny Weasel, rentals and some ski passes (we bought annual passes for the girls at the end of last year, for $60 each). Not bad, really.
Dim and I also visited our local Garden Centre on Saturday to buy a blueberry bush for the hamster’s grave (have we really been here as long as a hamster’s life cycle?). The Garden Centre was hosting a whole weekend of speakers and free workshops on all subjects – planning your garden, arranging plants in planters, composting, and our favourite, the Forest Grove School Garden with guest speaker, our friend, the wonderful and inspirational Barb McMahon, of Sprouting Chefs.
Barb’s passion is food – growing it, cooking it, introducing others to it in all its infinite variety, which is why she is such a key part of The McTraslerRomeroMahon Dining Club. Three families, one English, one Canadian (with Japanese in the mix), one Mexican, with 8 children ranging from 4 years old to 16 years old, meeting monthly to experience new cuisine wherever we find it. My children are shamed into trying new food by their adventurous and confident friends. Any day soon we’ll be trying the Chinese Dim Sum at Yan’s Garden on North Road. February was Korean Barbeque at Insadong, also North Road, and January at Fuji... can you guess? Yup, Sushi!
*the answers are yes, no and don’t ask, don’t touch, avoid at all costs.