I've always been a cram your day full of a zillion things kind of girl. I like to take Niall to the library in the morning, for a walk in the middle of the day, to the park in the late afternoon, and throw an art project in there at some point if there's time.
If there's a spectrum for this sort of thing, Matt would be on the complete opposite end. And we're starting to appreciate this about one another. It has taken some time, but I've learned that Matt just doesn't have the energy to do 20 things in a day-- and that's ok.
So the one thing that we've really been enjoying together lately is going to the market every Saturday. We pick up some fresh seafood, enjoy a knock-your-socks-off pulled pork sandwich, and prepare an elaborate meal when we get home.
This weekend, it was lobster risotto made with homemade lobster stock. Everything was from scratch. All in all, it's a good 2 hour process to make this fancy version of rice with this fancy version of lobster water. But, oh was it worth it.
What I was not expecting was to have an emotional breakdown in the process.
One minute, I'm joking around, dangling the lobster up in front of my face... and the next, I'm blinking back tears as Matt and I submerge the lobsters into boiling water.
Despite my beaming smile in that picture, the next 5 minutes that followed were really horrible. I actually contemplated becoming a vegetarian for a minute there. Or at least saving this one particular batch of lobster friends. Until I remembered how much I love eating all kinds of once living creatures.
Even Matt was having trouble with the whole thing. We kept looking at each other, saying "this is so wrong" (with our eyes). Especially the part where the lobster re-enacted the crucifixion while I was completely unaware of what was happening.
I think the kicker was that they didn't even put up a fight. They just kind of gave up and went under on their own-- like the girl in the end of "Open Water."
But rest assured, the lobsters died for a worthy cause-- the best lobster risotto ever! Even Niall ate a few bites. Have you ever known a baby lucky enough to eat such fine cuisine? What a sophisticated palate ;)
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