Saturday, March 17, 2012

Lovely Saturday

Today has been one of those rare, blissful Saturdays. Sleeping in, Starbucks breakfast, first day of the farmer's market, walking around downtown and getting our special cinnamon hot chocolate. The day will end with a family St. Patrick's Day dinner of corned beef and cabbage and a birthday celebration for my sister, though her birthday is actually Tuesday.
Being from Chicago, St. Patrick's Day has always been a big deal, even though we aren't catholic. I think I just liked the huge parade, dying the Chicago River green, drinking green river pop and eating corned beef and cabbage with red potatoes and plenty of mustard! But out here in the pacific northwest, where there aren't as many people of Irish descent, it's not such a big deal. It's just another day to everyone.  Today, as I was looking for spots of green on people (and not seeing a lot!) I was trying to contemplate why I even acknowledge this holiday. I am not catholic, only partly Irish (altogether, I think I'm half) and I don't drink so the idea of drinking "green beer"is just repulsive. I suppose it's the idea of festivities that I enjoy. It's just one of those extra holidays to break up the mid-winter blues, have a special meal, and wear green. I like the idea of everyone wearing something in the same color on the same day. It's something small that, for a day, unites a random group of people. It's not about making a political statement, or a religious stance, or awareness for some disease; it's just a festive day that people can celebrate. Yes, it is considered a religious holiday, but it's still a fun day of spontaneous celebration! And, the idea of everyone having to wear green is pretty awesome to me, cause green is the best color, so everyone should wear it every day anyway. So, those are my thoughts on this holiday.
 Of course, there wasn't a vast array of vegetables at the market, but I was able to score my favorite salad mix! I put together a little video showing my haul and how I wash and store my vegetables. Have a gander!

ps-this video doesn't show it very well, but my sweater is actually kelley green, not hunter. just wanted to clarify!
pps-first video on the ipad! lol

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