Monthly Archives: May 2011

Sunday, bloody Sunday!

“Are you kidding me?”  I ask MB as I look up from my grocery list.  It is a beautiful Sunday morning; I didn’t have a drop of alcohol the night before and I’m ready to go out and run errands … Continue reading

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Congratulations! You’re having a cheese baby!

For most of my life I have basically fluctuated between the same ten pounds; I have either been at the low end or the high end since I was about 16.  In recent years, (years spent in outdoor adventure lands … Continue reading

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Of Notes and Neurosis

One night out at a bar, I got up to use the restroom. I asked MB to point it out, and walked up to the door he indicated that said ‘toilettes’. Naturally, I assumed that either there would be two … Continue reading

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Le Fromage: Part 1, The Faith

(Part 1 because one can only assume that there will be further cheese posts as this is a blog about France) This is how it goes:  I’m having a nice, quiet evening at home, alone.  I have a glass of … Continue reading

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Will you be my friend? Check ‘yes’ or ‘no’.

 “What are you doing?”  I bury my face in my hands.  “Oh my god, you are so embarrassing!” “Quoi?” replies my boyfriend (his typical response to everything).  He is standing on the edge of a group of people at a … Continue reading

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Laugh to Keep from Crying

As a good ol’ Anglo-Saxon, the idea of kissing strangers is extremely uncomfortable to me.  Growing up in my household, it was considered perfectly adequate to give a firm handshake to family members, let alone strangers.  So, arriving in France … Continue reading

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Dinner will be from 6pm-2am

The French do not know how to leave a dinner table.  This may sound quite basic, and one might think, “yes, of course, we all know that they like a long dinner.”  This is not what I mean; I like … Continue reading

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Small Victories

“Immersion is the best and easiest way to learn a foreign language,” everyone says.  This may be true in the long run, but in the short term it’s madness.  You have to battle anxiety just to take a walk around … Continue reading

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Bonjour!

France.  A country that is, by many, considered the most romantic place in the world.  A country hailed for their culinary tradition, a country that conjures up images of sunny vineyards sloping down into luscious green valleys, a country of … Continue reading

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