Friday, April 26, 2013

Overcoming Paranoia...and Feeding Paranoia

***Warning*** This post contains scenes which may be offensive to some viewers. Viewer discretion is advised.

We are approaching the beginning of May, and my mother mentioned today that it is surprisingly chilly in Mississauga this week. We know what she means - we still have 15 foot snowbanks in some parts of town, although it is warming up. Today was only -18°C, a veritable heatwave by Baker standards. 

Today, Lily overcame one of her biggest fears, and as her husband, I am extremely proud of her for conquering this particular demon. What did she do, you ask? She bought a second-hand freezer. On the surface, this may not seem like a big deal, but Lily has long held an unshakable belief that all second-hand freezers have held, at some point in their history, dead bodies. It doesn't help that shows like Criminal Minds (one her her favourites) occasionally shows killers using chest freezers to store human remains. 

We have passed up several good deals in the past because of this deep-seated fear, but I am happy to report that we brought home a used freezer today. A good thing, too, since the weather has been warming up so the carry-all in our backyard has been failing to keep its contents frozen. I spent the morning cleaning our new acquisition, and thankfully, there is no indication it was ever used for the dastardly intention my wife was concerned about. 

With far fewer entertainment options than the South, television has garnered more of our evenings than before, and there are so many great programs these days. We are ardent fans of Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, Once Upon a Time, Elementary, and of course, Criminal Minds. On the Food Network, classics like Chopped, Top Chef Canada, and America's Worst Cooks are always entertaining, as is Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. Canada's version of this show is called You Gotta Eat Here, and we were thrilled when one of our favourite restaurants Mickey's was showcased this season. If you want to try the best pizza in Mississauga, you gotta eat there! Lastly, Lily's obsession with the Pioneer Woman is fully realized with her show airing on Sunday mornings now.

Also, because of this extra time to relax in front of the TV, we have had the opportunity to watch some shows that are scary, disturbing, and in some cases, hilarious. Shows that fall into this category include Paranormal Witness (re-enactments of hauntings), Hoarders and one of the weirdest shows I've ever seen, My Strange Obsession. If you haven't had the pleasure yet, watch this show just once. I guarantee you will feel better about yourself after you do, because the people on this program make you realize you're way better off that they are. The last episode featured a man who quit his job to spend more time maintaining his 2,300 jars collection of mustard. He shaves with mustard, and brushes his teeth with it. That he only wears yellow clothing seems almost normal, comparatively. 

I have some odd quirks of my own, but thankfully, I am not a condiment addict. If this situation changes, there will be a funny blog post to follow, to be sure. 

-J

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