If you're like most Winnipeggers who've had it up to here with cold, harsh conditions, the last thing you want to think about is anything else with the word "winter" attached to it.
But what if winter wasn't something you had to do? What if, for the next couple of weeks, winter became something you could just watch, a spectator sport that you could enjoy from the snuggled-up comfort of your couch?
Well, hello, Sochi.
Beginning this week, the TV schedule will become jam-packed with around-the-clock coverage of events from the Olympic Winter Games, starting early Thursday with a snowboarding qualifier and ending on Feb. 23 with what most Canadians hope will be one of the Games' marquee events, the gold-medal game in men's hockey.
In between, Canada's Olympics-broadcast rights-holder, CBC -- with sub-contracted assistance from TSN and Sportsnet -- will provide more than 1,500 hours of live TV coverage from Russia.
The TV package will be augmented by two-tiered radio coverage on CBC Radio One and TSN Radio, as well as new-media components that will afford sports fans access to layers upon layers of additional content on various digital platforms and devices.
Stateside viewers will have access to an even more ambitious collection of Olympic access points created by NBC and its various broadcast partners.
But for brevity's sake, let's focus on Canada, because most folks on this side of the border will opt for homegrown coverage of the Games. Listed below is a quick rundown of how a few of the higher-profile sports will be covered during the Winter Olympics (full broadcast schedules are available on the channels' websites).
Bundle up. Sit back. Relax. And for the next couple of weeks, let's just watch winter.
Snowboarding: men's & women's slopestyle qualifying, Thursday at 5 a.m., CBC
Freestyle skiing: women's moguls qualifying, Thursday at 8 a.m., CBC
Pre-show begins Friday at 9 a.m., CBC; opening ceremony begins Friday at 10 a.m., CBC, TSN, TSN2, SN, SN1
Opening ceremony rebroadcast at 1 p.m., CBC
Canada vs. Switzerland, Saturday 7 a.m., CBC
Canada vs. Finland, Feb. 10 at 9 a.m., CBC
Canada vs. U.S.A., Feb. 12 at 6:30 a.m., CBC
Quarter-finals begin Feb. 15
Semifinal games, Feb. 17 at 6:30 a.m. and 11 a.m., CBC
Gold-medal game, Feb. 20 at 11 a.m., CBC
Canada vs. Norway, Feb. 13 at 11 a.m., CBC
Canada vs. Austria, Feb. 14 at 11 a.m., CBC
Canada vs. Finland, Feb. 16 at 11 a.m., CBC
Quarter-finals begin Feb. 19
Semifinal games, Feb. 21 at 6 a.m. on TSN and 11 a.m. on CBC
Gold-medal game, Feb. 23 at 6 a.m., CBC
Men: Canada vs. Germany, Sunday at 11 p.m., CBC
Women: Canada vs. China, Feb. 10 at 4 a.m., TSN
Men: Canada vs. Switzerland, Feb. 10 at 9 a.m., TSN
Women: Canada vs. Sweden, Feb. 10 at 11 p.m., CBC
Men: Canada vs. Sweden, Feb. 11 at 4 a.m., CBC
Women: Canada vs. Great Britain, Feb. 12 at 4 a.m., TSN
Men: Canada vs. Russia, Feb. 12 at 9 a.m., TSN2
Women: Canada vs. Denmark, Feb. 12 at 11 p.m., CBC
Men: Canada vs. Denmark, Feb. 13 at 4 a.m., TSN2
Women: Canada vs. Norway, Feb. 13 at 11 p.m., CBC
Women: Canada vs. Japan, Feb. 14 at 11 p.m., CBC
Men: Canada vs. Great Britain, Feb. 15 at 4 a.m., TSN2
Women: Canada vs. Russia, Feb. 15 at 9 a.m., TSN2
Men: Canada vs. U.S.A., Feb. 15 at 11 p.m., CBC
Women: Canada vs. U.S.A., Feb. 16 at 4:15 a.m., CBC
Men: Canada vs. China, Feb. 16 at 9 a.m., TSN2
Women: Canada vs. South Korea, Feb. 17 at 9 a.m., TSN2
Men and/or women: tie-break match, Feb. 17 at 11 p.m., CBC
Women: semifinal, Feb. 19 at 4 a.m., CBC and SN1
Men: semifinal, Feb. 19 at 9 a.m., SN
Women: gold-medal game, Feb. 20 at 7:30 a.m., CBC
Men: gold-medal game, Feb. 21 at 7:30 a.m., CBC
Pairs short program, Feb. 11 at 8:45 a.m,, SN; 1 p.m., CBC
Pairs free program, Feb. 12 at 11:15 a.m., CBC
Men's short program, Feb. 13 at 9 a.m., TSN
Men's free program, Feb. 14 at 9 a.m., TSN
Ice dance short program, Feb. 16 at 9 a.m., TSN
Ice dance free program, Feb. 17 at 8:55 a.m., TSN
Women's short program, Feb. 19 at 8:55 a.m., TSN; 2 p.m., CBC
Women's free program, Feb. 20 at 8:55 a.m., TSN
Gala exhibition, Feb. 22 at 10:25 a.m., TSN; 7 p.m., SN
Freestyle: women's moguls, Saturday at noon, CBC
Alpine: men's downhill, Sunday at 1 p.m., CBC
Freestyle: men's moguls, Feb. 10 at 7:55 a.m., SN; 8 a.m. and noon, CBC
Alpine: women's downhill, Feb. 12 at 1 a.m., CBC
Freestyle: women's aerials, Feb. 14 at 7:30 a.m. and 11:25 a.m., TSN2; 2 p.m., CBC
Alpine: women's super G, Feb. 15 at 12:55 a.m., TSN; 2 a.m. and 3 p.m., CBC
Alpine: men's super G, Feb. 16 at 12:55 a.m., TSN; 2 a.m., CBC
Freestyle: men's aerials, Feb. 17 at 7:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m., SN
Alpine: women's giant slalom, Feb. 18 at 12:55 a.m., SN; 1 a.m., CBC
Alpine: men's giant slalom, Feb. 19 at 1 a.m., CBC; 4:30 a.m., TSN
Alpine: men's slalom, Feb. 22 at 6:30 a.m., SN; 6:45 a.m. and 1:15 p.m., CBC
Feb. 23 at 10 a.m., CBC, TSN2, SN, SN1