I Can’t Believe We Ever Considered This a Fun Game

Feet First | 131

Sunday, 16 January

Feet First | 131

My household spent six hours in the basement Sunday taking care of a situation that was bordering on an audition for Hoarders. Much progress was made as we reclaimed the space and revealed the carpet that has been hidden for months under piles of accumulating stuff.

We weeded through a bunch of old board games. This one from our youth didn't make the cut. It's Pay Day, the "where does all the money go" game. I think we all know the answer to that one only too well.

I got a kick out of this:

If only. That's the fee just to have them show up at your door.

And back then, it seems we were already shopping at Whole Paycheck Foods:

But this was my favorite spot on the board. Foreshadowing, perhaps, that I'd one day end up in Chicago and the great state of Illinois?

Bacon Thursday: Bacon Ice Cream!

Happy Bacon Thursday everyone! And have I got a treat for you.

Actually, it’s for me, but I absolutely had to share. Allow me to present the ultimate in sweet-meets-salty:

Maple Brown Sugar Bacon Brittle Frozen Custard!!!!

How awesome is that?! My friend Victoria, a culinary master with a creative streak a mile wide, created a specialty ice cream treat for me based on my love of bacon. I have to say, it’s probably one of the oddest things I’ve ever eaten and I had to laugh as I took the first few bites, because there’s REAL BACON in the ice cream!! But I also have to say, it’s really good. And complex. There are lots of different flavors and you taste them all in turn with each bite.

I shouldn’t be surprised though. I mean, what’s not to like, right? Maple? Oh yeah, show me a box of maple candy and I’ll show you an empty box. Brown sugar? Everything’s better with brown sugar. Bacon? Hell yeah.

This ice cream (I guess it’s technically frozen custard, but I’ll keep calling it ice cream because it tastes just like premium ice cream) is terrific. Creamy and delicious, full of real maple flavor; that alone would be worth sitting down and devouring the entire pint. But the bacon brittle is the star of the show here.

If you look at it and think, there’s meat in that ice cream, you might
not get any further, but trust me, it’s good. Bacon brittle is the perfect description. The bacon bits are crispy and hard like candy and as the ice cream melts in your mouth, the bacon gets chewy like caramel. As the maple flavor that hits you in the beginning of each bite gives way, you really taste the bacon. And it’s good. This is rich stuff, as you can imagine bacon in cream would be–a little goes a long way.

This Creamotherapy takes Bacon Thursday to a whole new level. Victoria, I can’t thank you enough!

(And Victoria, you might want to patent this idea. People would buy this. Oh yes they would.)

My New Theme Song: This Too Shall Pass

I previously mentioned the very clever videos the band OK Go created for their song This Too Shall Pass. I finally got around to downloading the song itself to my iTunes library, and in listening to it anew, I realized the lyrics were especially apropos for me right now.

So here it is again, in case you need a little something to get the weekend off on a positive note. Personally, the marching band version seems to fit my upbeat outlook right now more than the Rube Goldberg machine version. (Which, if you're a fan of and what to know in detail how they did it, there's a great interactive feature on their website here. Click on the map and have fun.)

Operating Room Mix Tape

There is a soundtrack to my life and music is a very big part of it. Music, all kinds of it, elevates my mood, fuels my walk, energizes my life, and speaks to my soul. So, it was very natural for me to want to know what music, if any, would be playing in the operating room during my surgery. What soundtrack would be feeding my subconscious (or should I say unconscious) while I'm out on the table and the medical team is doing their thing all around (and in) me?

I was curious, so I asked, near the end of my meeting with my plastic surgeon. (I kicked myself for forgetting to ask my primary surgeon.) The plastic surgeon was a bit vague. She wouldn't commit any songs or artists, just mentioned that she likes to listen to mellow music and that the team usually plays something more upbeat to get them going for the closing (no pun intended.)

Karen (who was there when I asked the original question) took the idea and ran with it on a recent Facebook post and I'm doing the same here.

So, surgical mix tape ideas?

Everybody Hurts by REM, Bodysnatchers by Radiohead, Brickhouse by The Commodores, How We Operate by Gomez, Comfortably Numb by Scissor Sisters…

You get the idea. Go crazy.