Hello from England!
It snowed yesterday! It started out as little ice chips that melted as soon as they hit the ground and evolved into fluffy tufts of real snow that melted as soon as they hit the ground. It made me think of home. Then it just made me feel cold.
Someone said to me when I first got here, "If you don't like the weather, wait five minutes." It's totally true! In one day it will be sunny, then rainy, then windy, then foggy. I like variation, so I'm enjoying it. Except when I didn't bring an umbrella on a walk to get the girls from school because, foolish me, I thought because it was sunny when I left that it would still be sunny on our way back. Tsk, tsk.
Our ward is having curry night tonight and I'm making green Thai curry. They eat a lot of curry here. I've heard it's because the food used to be considered so bland that it's sort of like a backlash--they went for the exact opposite. I love it, of course.
Cooking for the kids continues to be a "growing" experience. I'm enjoying it, but I'm not sure they are. I've made some vegetarian stuff for dinner at least twice a week at Tim's request. The other night I made some vegetable chili with brown rice and it looked and smelled really good...until I put almost two tablespoons of hot chili powder in instead of two teaspoons. The boys liked it, they said, their noses dripping and their eyes watering. We put lots of plain yogurt on it so it would be tolerable. I made a note in the recipe book to be sure to add mild chili powder next time. Then, even if I do make the same measuring mistake, it won't make them rue the day I entered the house and began cooking for them.
Bubble and Squeak. Saw it on the canned food shelf about a week ago. I started laughing and asked my dear spouse what in the heck that was! I told him we had to buy a can just because of the name. He said it's a term for leftovers that you pull out of the fridge and put together and eat with meat or something. I just like the name.
He also bought me a can of Mushy Peas. Haven't tried that yet. We had fish and chips last Saturday at my request. The fish and chips place is also a Chinese food take-away. They say take-away here, not take-out. Oh, and a "bap" is a roll you put hamburgers on. I laughed about that for awhile. Bap. What the heck?? It doesn't stand for anything. I don't know what it means. Well, I do. It's a roll you put hamburgers on.
Kathryn will ask for her vitamins the way I pronounce it and the kids will shriek, "NO! It's not VItamins! (long I) It's Vitamins! (short i)" So now she will say, "You say vitamin (long I) and I say vitamin (short i)." She does that with a lot of words now, like tomato and tomahto. She's sitting right next to me playing and I hear her mix in the American pronunciations for some words along with all the English pronunciations My beloved husband's right. By the time she is 5 she'll have a very strange accent. Amerglish?
We go food shopping, not grocery shopping. Sweaters are jumpers. Tennis shoes are trainers. The garbage can is the rubbish bin. Compost is pronounced compahst. I still say compost. We recycle and have compost bins. I take it out to the garden (not the yard, of course) because the kids get grossed out by all the worms eating up the material we put in. We had a big debate about the correct pronunciation of parmesan. Do not say pants instead of trousers. If you do, you're referring to underwear and it could make for an embarrassing situation. I've done it. Don't do it.
Tim and I will probably be taking a long weekend for his birthday in June to....Venice. Um. Yeah. It's so close we can go for a long weekend. Amazing. For our summer vacation we'll probably go to Cornwall. They all love it there. I want to plan a fieldtrip to Bath to see the Roman ruins and I need to familiarize myself with all the other things we have around here. There's so much to see and do. I'm still trying to discover all the things to see and do in this house and garden...
I'd better go and make some lunch for Kathryn. She'll be off to nursery in an hour and then I'll have 2 hours to get some things done around the house before everyone comes home from school.
Hope you are all well.