Tuesday, March 24, 2009

raspberries strawberries milk and sugar

Well folks,
for the first time in my life I may actually be getting my 5 a day of veggies and fruit. Admittedly its mostly fruits but dinner kids, dinner I have been learning to cook vegetables and more vegetables. Example: Yesterday's meals.
Breakfast. Raspberries and strawberries milk and sugar, a little quiche lorraine
Lunch. Banana, Salad with tomatoes, apples, walnuts, smoked ham, cheese, a bit of baguette
Dinner. Sean made me some rice with stir fried carrots, peppers, green beans, mushrooms, onions.

So far this morning I have had a big ole hunk of watermelon and special K fruits rouges with additional fresh strawberries and raspberries. My school lunch consists of an apple and a plum and hopefully a slice of Pizza Capri anchois. Yum.
(Post script fruit's good reputation got sullied a bit this afternoon by a gross and unripe plum. Bummer, or maybe plummer.)

Father, mother, are you proud of me?

I don't really feel any healthier but the produce here is just so appetizing and cheap and flavorful that I can't resist. Who knows how I recovered from my aversion to bananas. The day I arrived in London I was walking down the street my hostel was on eating a banana and an old man joyfully called out to me "Bananas! Is good for you!" made me smile.

In other news, it is almost my birthday and I will be 21. I haven't really celebrated my birthday in a long while but this week I am planning to have a good ole time. Tonight Pony is DJing at Sunset Cafe for the second time and I will help her out a bit in between dancing myself silly. Thursday I am going to have a Pizza Capri Pizza Party and make everyone watch a movie with me, and Friday night we may actually have a real soiree. How pleasant things seem.

Our warm weather seems to have left us for a few weeks unfortunately, and rain is coming Saturday which crushes my hopes of hiking by the sea again this weekend. Despite that I seem to be having a thoroughly pleasant time. I got to enjoy both Dimitri and Antoine's company last night, strengthening my budding French friendships. I also got to enjoy one of those rare but absolutely perfect moments when something innocuous becomes very beautiful. We were sitting at Eva's kitchen table listening to music and outside her window across the street we had this wonderful view of a salsa dancing class through the bare branches of a tree. Then the Arcade Fire song Une Année Sans Lumiere (which has always been my favorite of their tunes) came on. Well of course the dancer's movements matched the song exactly and they kept twirling grooving perfectly in rythem, dancing in and out of my view through the tree, they sped up and slowed down incredibly keeping time and then their dance ended when the song did. Somehow it was just a simply beautiful moment and I actually had tears in my eyes for a second till I caught Dimitri's glance and he said "We'll have to put a scene like this in the movie you want to make." Happy moments.

Song here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btqpJOvk1z4


Dr. Random Order said...

Ah...glimpsing the transcendent in a golden moment and finding the joy of fruits and vegetables. France really is a magic land.

Melanie said...

So, I was reading all about this your growing appreciation for fruits and vegies and wondered "Who ARE you and what have you done with my Hannah Rosie???? Then I read about dancing couples viewed through a tree perfectly in sync with the music you were listening to... and I saw. There you are, that's the magic that surrounds your life my sweet.