In case you hadn't heard, it's Valentine's Day.
And so, I feel I must follow suit with a themed post. Except there are far more talented bloggers than I who have already tackled the subject. As a lifelong Anne of Green Gables fan, I was overjoyed to see Haley of Carrots for Michaelmas write a Green Gables themed post. My joy grew once I read it. For all you Anne fans out there, you must read How to Marry a Gilbert Blythe. It's truthful, thought-provoking, and guaranteed to make you grin.
Since we're talking Anne-and-Gilbert levels of love, let's talk Shakespeare.
I've always had a love of Shakespeare, although I never got into any Anne-ish scrapes reenacting my favorite scenes. I suppose I still have time. You're never too old for a bit of whimsy.
My favorite sonnet of Shakespeare's has always, always been Sonnet 116. I first read this sonnet at fifteen, and it left an indelible mark on me. If we're to talk of love, I cannot let the subject go by without posting this sonnet.
Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.
Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle's compass come:
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.
I'm still loving the Olympics, particularly my favorite "Plushy."
I love Evgeni Plushenko and his over the top routines, his cocky arrogance, and his unabashed mullet. He's what makes figure skating so fun. I was deeply disappointed to see him withdraw. So, to remember better time, I bring you this epic dubbing of an exhibition skate:
Since I'm now on a love-theme, I have to share my love of Idina Menzel and the brilliance of this mashup.
I only wish it was the whole song(s). As soon as I heard "Let It Go" from Frozen, I thought of "Defying Gravity" from Wicked. These songs were made to be blended. Enjoy!
I also have a new gastronomic love: Korean food.
We tried a new Korean place last weekend - Kabuki. I was initially skeptical, because the restaurant was named Kabuki, and it had an expansive sushi menu. But I am so glad I took a risk! I had never tried Korean before, and I really enjoyed what I ordered.
First, I had some sort of "pancake" with kimchi, which came with some sort of soy-sesame-scallion type sauce.
My parents and I split the pancake as an appetizer, and I ordered bibimbap dol sot, which is basically a bowl of rice with a little bit of everything, topped with a fried egg, seaweed, and spicy-sweet sauce. I have no idea how authentic it was. All I know is that it was delicious.
Side note: I really need to work on my photo editing skills, if I am going to be posting food pics.
For those of you lovingly coupled, Pope Francis apparently doubles as a marriage counselor.
Pope Francis talked to a crowd of engaged couples today. (How cute!)
"Living together is an art. It's a patient art, it's a beautiful art, it's fascinating," Francis replied.
He spoke of the need to communicate with respect and attention, "to request politely so that you enter with courtesy into the life of the other."
That isn't easy, he said. Each half of the couple must learn to say thank you, and to apologize for his or her mistakes.
"We all know there isn't a perfect family, neither a perfect husband nor a perfect wife. Of course, we are not talking about the perfect mother-in-law," he joked.
"Do not end any day without asking each other for forgiveness, having peace back in your house and your family," he said. "Never end a single day without being at peace with each other. This is the secret in order to preserve love."
And finally - I would love a box of chocolates today!
There are no words!
Linking this post up with others doing 7 Quick Takes at Conversion Diary.