Tag Archives: everyday stuff

Just normal stuff…nothing special

Love and happiness

I sometimes wonder if some of my friends think I’m a nut.  I usually choose to be happy and positive.  Even the smallest things can put a smile on my face.  The little red cardinal I saw this afternoon made me race for my camera.  There he was, hopping around my mother’s garden.  It was […]

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Embracing French

Much like the weather in Nice the past two days, I’ve been a bit depressed.  We’re not talking clinical depression or anything; I’ve just been feeling low and without energy.  It happens to even the happiest among us.  Really, all I wanted to do was crawl back into bed and let the day pass.  I […]

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You know you’re in France when…

Certain things probably spring to mind when you think of France.  Baguettes,  pains au chocolat and yummy pastries  Pompidou and de Gaulle.  The Eiffel Tower and the Louvre.  Wine and cheese. Ask a français or an expat and they would probably add:  le mouvement social(aka the strike).  It’s a popular activity among the French.  Love […]

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Nice: blue skies and money trees

In the spirit of walking and getting out, D and I headed out again on Monday night.  We walked to the port again but this time we had the big camera with us.  Usually D allows me to “play” with this camera but he had ideas in mind.  I was relegated to being his assistant, […]

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My empire

D has taken to calling me Calamity Jane.  It sounds funny (in a cute way) with his French accent.  I chuckle… I think he should call me Bathrobe Girl.  I’ve been in my jammies and bathrobe since waking up, a little late I might add, at 9:15 this morning.  Had D not woken me up […]

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You can reach me by mail

D and I have moved in. We arrived on Monday morning to meet with the real estate agent  to go through the état de lieu.  There are a few things that aren’t perfect but the apartment is great.  The kitchen update is wonderful.  We have brand new appliances — dishwasher, fridge, hot plate, oven, washer […]

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Of mice and men…

Yeah, now I’m getting all literary and channelling Robbie Burns.  Such is my life. My inspiration today is Robbie Burns’ poem “To A Mouse”.  I don’t feel mouse-like nor do I mean anyone harm nor does anyone mean to do me harm.  It’s just that for all the planning that can go into an event, such as […]

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Cultivating jet lag, staying up late, and eating lettuce at 2 am ET

 I do this all the time.  Whenever D leaves for Europe, leaving me in Toronto, I stay up until the wee hours of the morning until I get an email or text from D.  It’s 2:20 am ET on Tuesday.  D left last night for Paris and unbeknownst to him the air traffic controllers are […]

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The final countdown

D and I believe there’s a song for everything.  Well, one song has been bouncing around in my head for more than a week now.  I’m talking about The Final Countdown by Europe.  Yeah, you know the song I’m talking about.  It came out in ’86 I think and it’s got that keyboard riff.  I was […]

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I ken nut bee buzz erd

D and I are back in Toronto and that means I get to speak English again.  So, with the English language in mind, today’s post is dedicated to a few English words that have found their way into everyday French.     1. cheez keck:  have you tried ordering cheese cake in France yet?  What a trip.  The […]

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