A day for cheese lovers and penguins

If it was up to me, we’d be celebrating National Cheese Lovers Day with a table full of different varieties of cheese. Brie, Cheddar, Edam, Feta, Goat Cheese, Gouda, Manchego, Mozzarella, Pepper Jack, Provolone, Swiss. You get the picture.

But when I mentioned National Cheese Lovers Day to the kids, they weren’t quite as enthusiastic. One kid even said, “I don’t like cheese and I don’t like lovers.”

But they did want macaroni & cheese so we had that for dinner, along with my husband’s  famous (in our circles) Caesar Salad. (Click here for the recipe.)

It’s also Penguin Awareness Day.

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The older boys were watching a hockey game (Go Coyotes!) so me and the youngest watched a penguin show on Netflix: “Penguins: Spy in the Huddle.” It was pretty incredible – it’s a BBC nature show that includes robotic penguins with cameras in their eyes (and there was a “rock” cam, too, as well as an “egg” cam), which allowed for close-ups of the penguins as these robots travel with the penguins. The show we watched was called “The Journey” and followed the regal Emperor penguins in Antarctica; rockhoppers who lay their eggs on giant cliffs; and the tropical Humboldts in Peru.

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This robotic has a camera on its chest and rolls around on the ice. Other scenes show robotic penguins that waddle upright.

Here’s a synopsis:

Emperor penguins cross a treacherous frozen sea to reach their breeding grounds, and on the way one becomes lost in a blizzard. Once there, the females flipper-flight over the males and those that succeed waddle-walk with their partners. They must lay their eggs without touching the ice, but it is the males that face the greatest challenge – overwintering alone in the coldest place on earth.

Rockhoppers brave the world’s stormiest seas, only to come ashore and face a daunting assault up a 300-foot cliff, hopping most of the way up. Having laid their eggs, these plucky birds face airborne attacks from skuas and vultures.

Humboldts are a strange tropical penguin that have rarely been filmed. To reach their desert nests they negotiate 20,000 predatory sea lions, dodge vampire bats and battle half a million sharp-beaked seabirds.

The hard work for all the penguins finally pays off when their tiny, vulnerable chicks begin to hatch.

Their journey is pretty incredible.

And, as I mentioned above, we had Caesar Salad and macaroni and cheese for dinner.

Maybe next year it will look more like this (along with Caesar salad):


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