Thank goodness, the wind died down a bit today so it felt much better outside. I made a trip to the Walmart-esque store to buy a folder this morning, something I’ve been putting off for two weeks. Some may call me unnecessarily picky about choosing school supplies; I call it having high standards. Needless to say, France does not always carry the same brands or even similar products as Walmart. After clogging up the aisle for at least ten minutes, I ended up buying a fun rainbow accordion folder that has straps to hold individual papers in place rather than pockets. Hey, at least it’s colorful. I’ll get used to it.
Today was another wonderful day for food. The usual baguette and Laurent’s homemade honey made a fine breakfast. We had hamburger steak and mashed cauliflower and carrots for lunch. Tastes just like mashed potatoes, I promise! Every time we eat meat, I’m a little concerned about the bright pink center, but I haven’t gotten sick yet. This is full cultural immersion, people! For dinner, Martine and I made miniature onion tarts and vegetable soup. Of course, lunch and dinner always include bread, yogurt, a cheese plate, fruit, and coffee. Talk about living the good life. I know I write often about food here, but it’s just so interesting to me to see how other families and cultures differ in their everyday ingredients and preparation.
Also, I just really like food.