Killing Two Birds

Who came up with that idiom? If you think about it, it’s downright mean. When my family traveled to Virginia for a vacation when I was about ten, I remember going to a wildlife park and hearing a small boy say to his father “Dad, look! A bird! ……Can I throw a rock at it?” I wonder where he got that idea from.

So, I’m on a mission to change the phrase to something much more pleasant. How about we feed two birds with one scone instead? (I know, it will never stick).

Nonetheless, I killed….err…fed two birds with one scone yesterday as I had some bank business to attend to. One of my legs felt really tight, almost like I had pulled a tendon, so I thought I should go for a nice long walk to stretch it out. I comboed exercise and my bank business by walking the four miles there and back. It was a beautiful day for a walk. Apparently it was also a beautiful day for road construction and that, paired with the erratic presence of sidewalks in Green Bay, made for a very interesting journey. I pretty much zig-zagged the whole way there.

Dave took care of dinner by himself last night, partly because when he asked if I wanted to cook the vegetables, I said “If you want me to…” 😀 I’m getting used to being incredibly tired on Mondays, because I’d rather play outside when it’s nice than go to bed when I should.

On the menu: mussels for an appetizer.

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I was a bit of a drama queen when it came to eating the mussels last night. Those buggers are hard to open! I ended up slicing part of my hand open with the butter knife, which felt just lovely with the acidic mussel juice seeping into it. Sometimes I don’t like working for my food.

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I opened two myself and Dave helped me with the other two. I topped mine with a little bit of cocktail sauce (though Dave prefers his naked), and the flavor was definitely a nice reward for the work.

What a lovely start to dinner! The meal was just as good.

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Pork chops and roasted potatoes marinated in orange marmalade (we buy the low sugar kind) and za’atar and green beans stir fried with balsamic.

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‘Twas a delicious dinner. My man sure knows how to cook.

What idioms do you use regularly?

I use “piece of cake” and “it takes all kinds to make a world” regularly; Dave is always saying “six of one, half dozen of another.”

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2 thoughts on “Killing Two Birds

  1. Ouch! Sorry about your hand – although I love seafood I am not a fan of the work that is sometimes involved, either. That said, the mussels look delicious. As does that orange marmalade! I’m trying to think of idioms that I use a lot, but my mind keeps going back to puns. Now *those* I use all the time…almost annoyingly so. Keyword “almost,” right…? 🙂

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