Fridays are my favorite, unlesssssss of course my husband is traveling for the weekend like he is this weekend. As soon as I remembered that he was jetting off to Ireland for work bright and early this morning, my pre-weekend excitement was promptly replaced by pre-weekend anxiety and I rushed to verify that I had enough coffee and chocolate stocked up to keep me sane.
Given the stack of dark chocolate bars my husband brought home earlier this week, he must think I’m going to have a tough time in his absence. I’m still trying to figure out if there was a big sale on Lindt chocolate or if he was desperately trying to compensate for having to skip out on us this weekend. I get the feeling it was the latter and I’ve gotta give the man some credit – he knows the way to my heart:)
Okay, let’s move on to some Friday fun with another round of Friday Favorites / Five on Friday / Oh Hey! Friday:
ONE: Collagen Peptides – If you read my post about my Whole 30 experience, you may remember me talking about how bad my nails are. They’re so bad – I’m not even kidding. And, since we’re already discussing my flaws, I might as well tell you that I’ve got crazy deep wrinkles on my forehead – who knew being expressive would wreak such havoc?!
I’ve recently seen an influx of Insta posts about these Collagen Peptides, so finally decided to order some! I’ve started adding a big scoop to my morning smoothie and afternoon coffee, all the while praying they’ll work their magic on those two little issues I mentioned above.
TWO: Nail Polish – Speaking of nails, I’m in the market for a good white / cream-ish nail polish and these two colors recently caught my eye on Instagram:
THREE: Strikes – Striking should be officially declared France’s national sport. Public transportation, pilots, nurses, doctors, teachers – someone is literally ALWAYS on strike. Sometimes you feel the repercussions, like when taxi drivers block access to the airport because they hate Uber and you, as a direct consequence, miss your flight. Other times, you can get by relatively unscathed. I’m always impressed with how laid back French people seem to be when a grève inconveniences them. But, then again, striking is an inherent part of French culture so I guess it’s only normal for them to embrace the chaos that strikes bring.
Aston’s preschool cantine (cafeteria) has been striking regularly since early in the school year, but usually on Wednesdays. As it turns out, Wednesdays are a great day for strikes in my book because he only goes to school for a half day anyways, meaning I pick him up before lunch regardless. Just as I was thanking my lucky stars not to have been too affected by the strikes, they upped the ante and went on strike for 4 out of 5 days this week. Talk about killing this maman’s productivity!
I’ve been holding my breath and praying things would get back to normal after this week, but alas – no such luck. Yesterday the school sent home a note announcing grève for the next two weeks. And I get the feeling that we’re no where near the end of this mega strike….
Vive la France.
***Note: I really shouldn’t whine because at least I don’t work outside of the home so can manage to organize my days around school strikes. For families with both parents working outside of the home, school strikes are a nightmare!
FOUR: Split Pea Soup – The last time I had split pea soup I was about 8 years old in Las Vegas and recovering from what they were calling Vally Fever – a.k.a. The Worst Stomach Bug I’ve Ever Had in My Entire Life. We were staying in the MGM Grand and some restaurant there sold soup Split Pea Soup by the cup. That magical concoction was a God-send and was the only food that I could stomach as I recovered. To this day, when I think of Las Vegas, I think of Split Pea Soup.
Fast forward almost 24 years. I finally decided to try to mimic the soup that made such an impression on my young, nauseated soul. A quick Pinterest search led me to this recipe and to days of soup-filled bliss!
FYI – I’m dairy-free so I swapped the butter out for ghee. I also used French lardons instead of ham, because well – lardons.
FIVE: Bolo Necklace – How do you ladies feel about Bolo necklaces? At first, I wasn’t sure I liked the trend but then I ran across this picture on Pinterest and had a change of heart.
That’s all for now! Thanks so much for reading.