in france :: my friend, meredith, alerted me to this time magazine article about school lunches in france. this made me remember seeing a french lunch menu on stephmodo‘s blog and thinking that i need to make myself a lunch menu like that. the part of the time article that struck me the most was the last few sentences:
Public schools in France are overcrowded, rigid and hierarchical. And parents, who are never addressed by their first names, are strongly discouraged from entering school buildings, let alone the classrooms. I cannot tell you what my child learns, paints or builds on any given school day. But I do know that on Feb. 4, he ate hake in Basque sauce, mashed pumpkin, cracked rice, Edam cheese and organic fruits for lunch.
while i love that the kids are fed so well (who wouldn’t want a daily lunch like those kiddos are getting?), isn’t it a bit of a red flag that parents are expected to be so out of touch and hands-off with their child’s learning? i can’t imagine being discouraged from visiting my child’s school. interesting…
in puerto rico :: so, did you hear the one about 40% (!) of all united states identity theft stemming from fraudulent puerto rican birth certificates? it’s a good one. the crisis has evidently gotten so bad that the confused puerto rican government decided that the best thing to do was make all puerto rican birth certificates null and void as of july 1. but omar can get his birthday and proof of existence back if he sends 5 bucks to the puerto rican government. along with a self-addressed stamped envelope. oh my. i’ve read that there are so many birth certificates in circulation because puerto ricans living on the island are often asked to use their birth certificates for various applications, so a lot of copies are issued. will that habit change, too, or are they just going to be flooding the world with over 700,000 new birth certificates to be stolen and copied??
in florida :: well, i guess florida would be considered international to the french and puerto ricans. but where else could i post a picture of the girl? i’ve got some medical issues that require me to have a monthly ultrasound (definitely the upside to lots of extra doctor’s visits). today i had one and was hoping that she’d cooperate and give us a good 4D smile like you see in all those 4D ultrasound ads. not so much. she’s getting too big and it just made her nose look all funky and smooshed. but we did get a pretty good shot of her last month. she was still only 27 weeks and i was hoping one today would make her a little less troll-like looking, but i still can’t get over how cool this is. (for those of you stumped by ultrasound pics, this is her profile)