Have you ever sipped a London Fog? Half a mugful of strongly brewed Early Grey tea (not longly brewed, strongly brewed - longly will make it bitterly) and half a mug of sweetened steamed milk with a wee vanilla. I love it to my toes.
When I watch Mark's hockey games I pack a (not so) little bag of goodies. I do this because I have to reprogram my brain - "sports are great", "I like sports", "hockey is the best", "it's not that cold", etc. This is where the bag comes in of which The Drink ranks as most important. In tightly descending order:
- The Drink - I'm cold, I don't understand what I'm seeing, I am needy and out of my element therefore a hot and steamy drink is necessary. If you don't understand the link between these two I'm sorry I can't help you. Enter London Fog.
- The iPod - running beauteous music as a sort of epic backdrop to the skating makes hockey fun! It's exciting when the music matches the action on the ice or, even better, it doesn't match at all and makes me think how things are deeper, darker, better, brighter, sadder and funnier they what they seem and I'm the only one who knows.
- The Book - a big juicy tome of a book is vital for reading in between periods and waiting before and after the game so I do not have to fake my way through sports conversation with a Knowledgeable Someone ie "yeah, refs. That no-icing call completely winged the defense high stick". Also, I like to read.
- The Daytimer - in case I have a brilliant thought and I need paper and pen to scratch it down. I haven't scratched yet but ... I'm hopeful.