Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Unconscious Enjoyments

A friend told me she was so sick on the weekend that she actually found herself watching golf on the TV. I said it would take more than a simple illness to find me watching golf. I would, in fact, have to be in a coma. And yes, I realize if I was in a coma I wouldn't actually be able to watch the golf match. That's the whole point.

While I was on the exercise bike at the gym today I was thinking about what other things I would have to be in a coma in order to enjoy. This is one of the downsides to exercise bikes - they are deadly boring. After the first five minutes all productive thoughts have been used up and the rest of the time is spent pondering these useless kinds of things. Here is what I came up with.

1. Listening to opera. I'm sorry, I know this makes me sound very uncultured, but I can't seem to get past the point where I want to plug my ears and/or pull my hair out.

2. Reading science fiction. If this genre of books got swallowed by a black hole it would be fine by me.

3. Eating lima beans or liver. When I was a kid my mom would cook these horrid frozen mixed vegetables that had carrots, peas, green beans and lima beans in them. I would carefully move each lima bean to the edge of my plate, making sure it wasn't in contact with anything I was going to put in my mouth. I loathe lima beans.

The only food I loathe more than lima beans is liver. Many years ago Jay and I were staying with one of his relatives in England and they made liver for dinner. Now the thin-sliced liver I had the misfortune of being exposed to in North America was bad enough, but this stuff was several inches thick. Even worse, it was not cooked all the way through. The second our hosts turned their backs I slid that thing onto Jay's plate. After all, they were his relatives.

4. Listening to Fordyce's sermons. Okay, I made this one up. But Jane Austen makes it sound pretty boring in Pride and Prejudice.

So, as you can see, my body is getting more fit by going to the gym, but I am clearly losing my mind.

I hope my list of unconscious enjoyments hasn't offended anyone. It's fine with me if you want to eat liver and lima beans with opera playing in the background. Please just don't invite me over.

Besides, I know some of you are thinking knitting would be on your personal coma list. And I'm fine with that. For those of you who do enjoy being conscious when around wool, these are Thujas, knit with Rowan's Purelife British Sheep Breeds yarn. Amazing yarn. Fun, quick to knit pattern.




33 comments:

  1. HAHAHAHA!! Those would all be on my coma list too! Like, exactly, to the bean. No point in doing my own post on the topic since it'd look exactly like yours. :)

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    1. That's funny! Well, if we ever have the opportunity to have each other over for a meal we will know what NOT to serve, read aloud or listen to. :-)

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  2. I highly recommend an iPod or such for cardiowork at the gym. And then load up either music and/or audiobooks.

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    1. I actually have one, but the trouble is sometimes there is a Zumba class going on in the next room and it drowns out all sound. At least it isn't opera music they are playing for that class though! :-)

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  3. I can't watch golf, so I'm with you completely on that. As for opera, I enjoy it in small doses--like the amount in a Bugs Bunny cartoon. And speaking of cartoons, sufferin' succotash, lima beans are awful. :) Plenty of limas and peas got hidden under hollowed out baked potatoes--sometimes that worked and sometimes it didn't. Liver got cut into small pieces and encapsulated in mashed potatoes. It was still awful.

    Am I a bad parent for not making my kids try liver???

    (All is fair in love and the diposal of liver)

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    1. I think you get a father of the year award for not forcing the stuff on them. I noticed you remained politely silent on the knitting even though i am sure it must make your coma list. :-)

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  4. Love the socks. I still need to finish the baby blanket, but the heat is killing my motivation. :(

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    1. You would like them even more if you could feel them. They are soft and squishy, and will be great to wear next winter.

      Could you please send some of Korea's heat this way?

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  5. Hmmm. On my list would be: watch an entire major league baseball game (yawn), watch the Friday the 13th movies (oh the gore), eat caramel custard (yuck, just plain textured yuck).

    And I say congrats on being at the gym on the bike still!

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    1. I'm with you on the horror movies and custard, but I don't mind watching a good baseball game once every five or six years. :-)

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  6. I have what I think is a funny liver story. I had to eat liver at home (because Mom said so) and managed it by drowning it in catsup. Then in my late 20s I got a job at a company with a cafeteria. One day when I went there for lunch, I could not believe my eyes. The line for the hot food was longer than I had ever seen it. What delight could possibly be on the menu? It was liver and onions! I don't know how they fixed it but it was the best liver I had ever eaten.

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    1. Catsup can cure most things, but I don't think it would be enough to enable me to swallow liver. That's weird about everyone wanting to eat that liver. I would have been suspicious that it wasn't really liver. Especially since you said it tasted good. :-)

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  7. lol, love your list, mine would be similar!! I also LOVE your socks, they look deliciously comfy!

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    1. The picture doesn't do the socks justice. That Rowan Purelife wool is so soft and squishy. I will definitely be using it again!

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  8. I used to loathe lima beans. As a kid, I swallowed each one whole like a pill. My husband loves them, so I agreed to plant some in the garden. Eaten fresh, tiny, and cook greek style with olive oil and garlic they were quite tasty. I still wouldn't put them on my list of favorite vegetables, but I accept them. My Jamaican housemates used to cook liver in a way that was also pretty good, but I don't seek it out.

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    1. That's interesting about the fresh lima beans. I don't think I will waste any precious garden space trying them, but maybe if I see some at the Farmer's Market I will give them a second chance.

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  9. The eating of liver would be on my list as well. Just the smell, makes me gag. How people can eat organs when you think about their function in the body is beyond me. I do love opera, lima beans & some science fiction.

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    1. I am in complete agreement about eating organs. I have another story I might blog about involving steak and kidney pie. :-)

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    2. My mum's steak and kidney pie, with homemade crust on the side, was one of my favourite meals as a kid. Liver and onions is delicious. When we first left home, we were so broke that practically the only meat we ate was liver for about six months. We don't eat it much anymore :)

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    3. It must have been totally subconscious, but when I went to reply to your comment I hit the delete button instead. :-)

      My mom loves liver and onions too, and will order it if it's on a restaurant menu. Once in awhile when I was growing up she would cook it for dinner. NOT a good memory. :-)

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  10. I'd have to be in a coma to enjoy riding an exercise bike - thankfully, I live in a climate that allows outdoor exercise every day of the year!

    Opera: yes, I do like it; science fiction: as with all genres of fiction, I like the 5-10% of it that's any good at all; lima beans: dull but edible.

    Both my parents hated liver. I've never even tasted it, so who can say? I might like it!
    -- stashdragon

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    1. That's funny! You are right, the exercise bike would be better done when completely unconscious. :-)

      If you decide to try liver please let me know what you think. Good luck getting past the smell.

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    2. I've never even smelled it either - that might be a hurdle too far. Should I try chicken livers first, for a run-up?

      Also, I forgot to say that I'll even watch (glance at) televised golf, but only for scenic views of Pebble Beach or the Olympic Club.
      -- stashdragon

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    3. On a sliding scale of repulsiveness, chicken livers rank slightly lower than beef liver.

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  11. Hahaha. I'm totally with you on the golf; not so sure about the rest, but golf... definitely.

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    1. To be honest I don't like playing golf either! Watching it is much, much worse. :-)

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  12. Thuja are actually the only socks I've ever knitted, but my dad loves them so much that I've made them about four times over now :)

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    1. I love this pattern too, and this was my fourth or fifth pair. It's nice you have been able to make them for your dad. :-)

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  13. Hahaha! I have to agree with you on all points, except for LIVER because I love liver and I don't know why because I grew up with sisters who hate them and so it was really just me and my dad. Anyway, this is a very interesting thought, and I've started thinking about my "coma-only" activities and I've decided it would have to include:

    listening to my mom's sermons nonstop. I love my mom, okay? but just like her mom, they love to talk!

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    1. Ooops! If you have time, I have a blog contest going on in my blog
      http://www.thedramaqueencantellstories.com/2012/06/drama-queen-giveaway-alert-how-about.html

      I'd love it if you could join!

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    2. Liver seems to be one of those things that people either love or hate. I think the liver lovers like yourself are far outnumbered by the liver haters though. :-)

      Thanks for letting me know about your contest! I'll definitely check it out.

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  14. Those socks look soooooo warm! It is a lovely yarn isn't it :D

    Totally agree re. opera and mostly agree with the sci-fi ... there are some brilliant classics in the genre (1984, Day of the Triffids ... I could go on). But, though I generally don't like meat I do like liver, and all the other kinds of offal. Lima beans though ... eugh!

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    1. I could knit with nothing but that Rowan yarn for a whole year and not get tired of it!

      I have a theory that you Brits like offal more than we Canadians and Americans. I wonder why that is?

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