Nancy Kate Ryder (that’s me) is a 30-something Tennessee girl who managed to find her untitled-96way to Grenoble via New Zealand and Australia.

Now I am happily (most of the time) installed in France with my French husband (MB) and writing about all of my various and sundry cultural mishaps. I am also in the midst of editing my first novel, a comic romance, which is a task I love/hate…and a reason why I only post a couple of times a month (yep…excuses).  I also have a passion for eating cooking and occasionally throw a new recipe up on the food version of Bread is Pain: Bread is Pain Food…I’m very clever with blog titles. I love long walks on the beach, drinks at sunset, and self-deprecating humor.

Thanks for stopping by and please feel free to contact me!  Cheers!

23 thoughts on “About

  1. Hey! It’s Crystal from yesterday :p Dana sent me a link to your blog. I’ve met so many friends through my blog, and I’m so pleased we got to meet yesterday. Hope to see you again soon!

    1. Hello!!! Was great meeting you yesterday – sorry I had to scurry off so quickly, the danger of ‘working’ from home – its all about the self-motivation! Hope we can all get together again soon for a proper wine night/dinner. Great to have another North American in the neighborhood!

  2. Hi breadispain. I see why Cécile nominated you for the award; your type of humor iis similar to hers, i.e. we (especially males!) get to learn lots of new things while being entertained with tons of laughs. I was unable to get to the bottom (end) of your posts – I’d read one, then another, and it then it loads ten more. I’ll have to take a rain-check. Are you going to play the pyramid game and meet all those new people; I think Cécile may be kidding us, but I’m glad to have found your site. So here’s a hi from the land of bread-trees and breadfruit too. A+

    1. Hi Whitt!! Thanks so much for the feedback! I look forward to checking out your blog as well – it really is one of the things that is great when someone gives you a ‘shout-out’. It certainly sounds like you are living the exotic and adventurous life!! All the best!

  3. Great post – I am a rosbif learning the ropes in France and finding much to amuse/frustrate me over overt “frenchiness”

    1. Hello!! Thanks so much for this – sorry it has been ages for me to reply but just been swamped over the past couple of months (wedding stuff). Am going to put up a post on this soon!!!!!! 🙂

      1. Hey, sans souci! I’m just glad you haven’t given up the blog. I love your conversations with France too much. h

    1. Thanks so much!! Haha – glad you like my title – not gonna lie, I cracked myself up with that (nerd alert). 🙂 Love Lost in Arles – glad you found me through her!

  4. I am having so much fun reading your blog! I too am an American (though raised in Germany) married to a Grenoble native. We met at university in New Orleans and then moved to Memphis for several years, (and regularly spend some of the summer in Grenoble) so I know just what you are talking about as you describe these places. No one who hasn’t experienced these culture changes can really understand, nor are they usually super interested in hearing the comparisons, so I really enjoyed reading and laughing through your posts. I am not alone! 🙂

    1. Oh wow – how cool?!?!?!?!? So many similarities – where did you go in New Orleans? I am a Loyola grad (long time now…haha). I’m so glad that you are enjoying the blog and can relate to it – fun to know that someone who is familiar with all these places is reading.

      You’ll have to send me an email next time y’all roll through Grenoble and we’ll have a cocktail! 🙂

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