Written on Sunday, February 27th
So, I have been putting off writing a post, because I feel like all my posts are the same. Sick kids and snow. And if I had written last week I would have talked more about sick kids (seriously, getting ridiculous.) We didn’t have any snow. Knock on wood.
Since my last post, both boys got sick again. I am dumbfounded at this point. These kids have been sick since the 3rd week of January. And another amazing story, they both got sick again yesterday. At this point, whenever I find out one of them is sick, I just laugh and then want to cry. I am so ready for wellness in this house.
In good news, I was able to go into downtown Kifissia last week. We had a beautiful day and I walked the 30 minutes into town. I walked around for about 1 1/2 hours and then walked back. It was relaxing and a nice break from the house, though I wore a new pair of shoes and got a blister.
We also had an amazing day on Saturday. It got up to 70 degrees. Perfect! The kids, Loukia, and I played outside for hours. It was so nice. I am definitely hoping for more days like this coming soon.
*Soooo excited for warmth!! Photo courtesy of one of the children.
Today was a more interesting day. Monday is Clean Monday here and the beginning of Lent, which means traditional food and no meat products except seafood. Easter here is a huge event and even families who aren’t religious still participate in many of the traditional meals and festivities. So, obviously today we cooked octopus. Ha. I said it was interesting.
So, just like the fish incident, today I opened up a bag to find 2 whole octopuses (and yes that is the plural form.)
Debbie told me to wash them and then reach inside the hole and pull out their beak. Sounds just as gross as it was.
*Definitely felt like I was back at Shades Valley High School, in either my Marine Biology or Anatomy and Physiology classes.
Then we boiled one of them and the other put in a pot by itself until it turned bright red. They were both chopped up into bite size pieces with one being used in a pasta dish and the other on its own with white wine and oil.
I was definitely a bit hesitant to try this, but I can honestly say…that octopus is amazing. It has almost the same consistency as scallops except for the suckers and it has a similar but saltier taste as scallops, as well. Debbie also made a dip with fish eggs called taramosalata, that could rival my obsession with hummus.
So, I have a cousin who is from Greece and currently lives in Italy. He comes into Athens one week every month and tomorrow we are meeting up. I am pretty excited to talk to someone outside of the kids and their friends. Not sure what we are doing yet, but I’m sure it will be fun.
I also finally decorated my room. Usually when I move in somewhere I do this immediately. But it’s done and I’m glad.
So, the boys will be staying home all week so they can hopefully stay well this time. Unfortunately, this means I won’t be going anywhere again. So, send good vibes our way that they get well and the three of us don’t kill each other while being stuck in the house all week.
Peace, Love, and Wanderlust