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Sunday, February 08, 2009


Our shopping trip on Super Bowl Sunday in San Diego kinda turned out to be a memorable event. Usually we have a picnic on the lawn of Mission Bay to watch the ocean and sail boats coming by. People around us rollerblading, walking, playing soccor. Just a community feeling. This day was much colder than it looked like with the sun shining, so we ended up eating our lunch in the car.
Before we went to dinner at one of the best Lebanese restaurants I know of, we stopped at Henri's Market for their amazingly fresh peanut-mixes.

Suddenly I remembered "ham hocks."
"I promised to take better care of myself when you are in class on Tuesday night. So, I'm gonna make green pea soup from scratch. I found a recipe on one of the blogs I read, so I need ham hocks", I told my hubby while walking to the meat department.

I had no idea how those things looked like, so I asked the man behind the counter if they had some.
"Yes, on the bottom shelf there should be some", he told me.
I look and look, and finally I find a package with the label "smoked pork ham hocks."

"Smoked," I thought, "that's good."
My hubby is trailing behind me, but not really searching for the item.
"Do they have something else?" I ask puzzled.
I am holding up the package to my hubby.
"I'm confused.
It says pork ham hocks.
Is it pork or is it ham?"
One of the corners of my hubby's mouth starts pulling toward his ear.
"I didn't realize I was being funny..."I thought.

Finally he says slowly, "It doesn't matter, does it?"
"Yes it does, I need HAM hocks.
I see on his eyes that he is doing his best not to laugh. And I am perplexed.

I continue, "If it's pork maybe this is not it."
Now, my hubby laughs openly, while saying,
"Whether it's pork or ham, it both comes from pig."

Still confused, I respond, "Well, I don't KNOW...I didn't grow up with pigs, horses, or cows (obviously he DID). I'm a city kid."
No wonder people were against us getting married. Different backgrounds, different race, different interests
(But none of the crazy predictions came true - we're on our 37th year now).

He laughs, and can't stop. He laughs all the way to the cash register. But he is nice. He tries to pull himself together when it's our turn to pay.
Leaving the store, he bursts out in laughing again. As he puts his arm around me, I sigh, "I'm glad we're having fun."

Go ahead, have a good laugh about it (and you may tell me so, too). I made worse mistakes than this! Now if we would have watched the Super Bowl, wouldn't it have been hard to come up with a funny story like this?
On Tuesday I did make my pea soup. Thank you dear blogger, it was well worth it.


Michelle said...

Ahem...I am giggling madly.



jeannette stgermain said...

Michelle, are you one of persons? just don't tell me, "no, I'm a city kid too, but EVERYONE knows THAT." (Just joking)

sparkyballet said...

Loved the post, and you had me laughing with your search for genuine ham hocks, no pork just won't do!

Sorry it has taken me so long to get back to you, I have been traveling through Lao and internet connections are slow and expensive.

Of COURSE you can paint my photo. Feel free to pain any of the pictures you see on my blog. If you do end up painting any of them, I would love to see a copy though.

By the way, the photos you have on your post about celeb flowers, did you paint those all?

jeannette stgermain said...

Hi Kim,
I was just thinking yesterday that I didn't see any post for a few weeks - glad that it was, because you were having fun!
Thank you that I can paint those cute little kids, and whenever I finish them, I'll show it, or send you a copy.
Yep, I painted ALL of the celeb. flowers - most of them are 24x24 inch, and some 24x30 - big, eh?
have a great week, jeannette

Chrisy said...

oh lord...this could be scit for a television show!

Michelle said...

Thanks for your kind comments. I had a quick peek at your site today and was most impressed..."Rocks Cry" tugged at me in particular....will be going back for more.

jeannette stgermain said...

Thank you for looking at my art website - the "outlook express" (to write me) does not work, so if you like to leave more comments, please go to this blog - it never ceases to amaze me - most people like the same paintings; One of them is Rocks Cry!
Do you have the same with your paintings?
I better go to bed now -it's almost 2 am here.

jeannette stgermain said...

Dear Chrisy, but I wouldn't have a sequel for the first show :) ...glad you like it! cheers.

Anonymous said...

Loved the story. I was raised in Nebraska which is an agricultural state but my father was an insurance salesman and I lived in "town" not on a farm. There were all sorts of terms I wasn't familiar with and the only way to find out was to ask.

redchair said...

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Regina Marie said...

Thanks for your comments on my blog..glad I found yours as well- You said
"In Holland where I'm originally from -if we had a temp. change of 5 degrees - it was the talk of the town! Most people there have some indoor plants. They even make the window sills wide enough for potted plants" This is exactly what or at least one thing I think of about Holland.
Is that a bottle brush- beautiful shot next to this exquisite looking building. Your paintings are lovely-

jeannette stgermain said...

Regina Marie,
You have a cool blog with those moving reflections - besides you're the first one I see here from Hawaii! So I'm a follower of your blog now. Yes, that is bottlebrush that yousee - it's in San Diego, CA. Thanks for visiting - welcome any time:)