Yup, squid

giant-squidWhen last you heard from this clutch of intrepid diners, we were contemplating the mystery packet in the freezer. Though Google Translate didn’t know what to do with “rabas,” el Guapo was clever (I keep him around for more than his good looks and his great photographs) and consulted the ingredients list. He then hunted up a translation of potón del pacífico, the main ingredient, and found that we were, in fact, in for squid, and giant squid at that.[More….]


mom oofLast night I felt the Ooof that comes from being hit low when you realize that someone is angry with you, and you’re not sure what to do next. A parenting choice made at least 4 years ago appears still to rankle the affected offspring, but after apologizing (again) and recognizing that there’s no going back or undoing (even if that made sense), I’m left with various neurotransmitters and hormones sloshing about, and the opportunity to think about managing my reactions to bad news.[More….]

I do not think it means what you think it means.

Decorative_cake_in_shape_of_a_present,_with_large_orange_bowSometimes in the course of learning a new language it can seem like you’re in over your head. You work on your vocabulary, you listen hard to the nuances of the accent. Even if you seem to do well with your flashcards, when it comes to listening to the language spoken, and especially when you’re being addressed by someone talking at lightning speed, you think you may drown. But then, miraculously, you hear a word you recognize![More….]