Tuesday, July 29, 2014

French, Our Anniversary, And Hiding Zucchini

We are in complete French language immersion over here.
At least it feels like complete immersion.
Realistically it's about three hours a day.

It's really not that bad, but it is tiresome.  It requires using a different part of my brain than has been used for awhile.  We're talking the 1990's.  And we're aiming for speaking French somewhat fluently by the time we move to France.  For me, it's not so desperate as it is for Michael, our breadwinner.  But he needs someone to stay relatively close on par with him, in order to practice.

In other news, it's our anniversary today.  Obligatory schmaltz alert.  :) Happy to be married to my best friend.  Happy for his ideals and ideas.  Happy for his vision of a life lived well and a life without fear of new things.  Happy that he jumps into new things with both feet forward.  Happy for his quiet and often unrecognized service daily.

We're celebrating by staying home as a family and eating zucchini soup and cucumber sandwiches with some peaches for dessert.  The boys and I were out and about this morning and were going to run to Trader Joes for some flowers.....until we got to the parking lot and realized they weren't yet open.  Sometimes I forget that the whole world is not yet awake just because we are.  Ah well...it's the thought that counts.

On another note: for those with children (or spouses) who shy away from veggies, I'll share my perpetual summer hint.  Zucchini.  Eat it.  Hide it in any dish that you are using ground beef.  It's almost unrecognizable in tacos because of the seasonings.  Last night we ate it in enchiladas, and Michael didn't even know it was there until I told him.  Our boys don't shy away from veggies (except for raw green beans currently?), but it doesn't hurt to add a little green here and there, even for us.  I've also heard of using a little tool to make zucchini noodles, but I've never tried that.  

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