Last night’s dinner was such a win.
I like salads. And veggies. I don’t eat meal-sized salads too often anymore (my digestive system doesn’t appreciate that much veggie-heaviness in one sitting) but once in a while, nothing sounds better than a salad the size of my face.
Eric’s view on leafy things is another thing. He’ll eat them as a side (when I make it), but there’s no way he’ll consider a salad a meal. He’s got an Irish background – he is all about the meat and potatoes.
But he has told me in the past that he would eat a salad for dinner if there was bacon in it. Well, the spring weather we’ve had the last few days (I wore workout capris outside yesterday! And I wasn’t freezing! Yay!) had me wanting a big dinner salad, so I put it up to the challenge.
Hello, Cobb salad.
I threw together a bed of romaine (+ spinach for me), shredded chicken, tomatoes, avocado, crumbled bacon, a hard boiled egg, and feta cheese.
Delicious. And got full boyfriend approval Salad victory!
Name of the Wind
I’m a little overdue on this one, since I finished reading it a few weeks ago. But nonetheless, The Name of the Wind.
I had heard great things about the book first from Amanda, and then from Caitlin and Lisa, so I decided to pick up a copy for myself. I mean, I had to get my fantasy fix while I was waiting for Game of Thrones to come back on TV
Even though I had heard good reviews, I didn’t go into the book with overly high expectations. The Name of the Wind is Rothfuss’ debut novel, and I’m too caught up in GoT to pay attention to much else in the fantasy world. To be honest, I hadn’t really been a huge fantasy fan beforehand – I’ve been resisting everyone who’s tried to get me into The Wheel of Time and I’ve tried to read Margaret Weiss’ novels before, only to fail miserably.
But…wow. This book was pretty incredible. It follows the story of Kvothe, an innkeeper with a mysterious past. Although it takes place over a very short period of time, the novel covers from events from Kvothe’s childhood as an actor in a troupe of travelling performers, through his experiences as a child beggar, and covers the beginning of his time at the University as an arcanist in training.
As an individual, Kvothe is incredibly talented. His skills at the university and at playing the lute, his intelligence, his wittiness…they’re all pretty incredible. In fact, it seems almost unbelievable, until you realize he’s capable of making some very human mistakes. Although, I think I would have to name Denna as my favourite character. She’s so sweet, but it’s clear that she’s a fighter. She’s trying so hard to make it on her own by any means necessary, something that I can appreciate and sympathize with.
I think what I loved most about this novel was the believability factor. Any aspect of magic, Rothfuss explained in a way that made it seem real…almost like I wasn’t reading a fantasy novel at all. I think something that frustrates me about some fantasy stories is the whole “look at me, I suddenly mysteriously developed magical powers! Hurrah!” Definitely not the case here, as Rothfuss is able to explain the studies and skills learned at the university in almost a scientific way.
And the writing style itself is incredible. This is Rothfuss’ debut novel, but I would have thought he’d been writing for decades – the book flows so naturally. His descriptions are so enthralling that he makes you feel like you’re lost in Kvothe’s world. I spent many nights up late reading in bed, unable to tear myself away. He makes you feel everything that Kvothe is feeling – all of his sadness, his heartbreak and his joy.
I didn’t think I could like a fantasy novel as much as GoT, but I think this one may have done it for me. Seriously, if you’re a fan of The Song of Ice and Fire series, Lord of the Rings, or even the Harry Potter series, you should pick this up.
This is the first book in a trilogy – the third hasn’t been released yet, but the second is entitled The Wise Man’s Fear. Somehow, I think I know what my next book purchase will be!
<— Favourite meal-sized salad toppings? Crumbled bacon is now high on my list. Goat chevre is up there too.
<— Have you read Name of the Wind? What did you think?
<— What are you reading right now?