Monday, December 3, 2012

we have a winner and some other stuff

The winner of the Le Petit Village notecard giveaway is...

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... Milsters!Congratulations Milsters, send me your address and I'll send a little piece of The LPV your way.  

+++++++++++++++++++++++++AND NOW FOR SOME OTHER STUFF+++++++++++++++++++++++++

++ Remember when I told you that I got The Husband hooked on The Real Housewives of New Jersey? Well I've outdone myself, now he's hooked on Downton Abby too. I feel like the luckiest girl in the whole wide world. Every spare moment is spent cuddled up on the couch watching what's going down in the Crowley house, which is just about perfect because cold, late autumn days are made for cuddling up on the couch. 

++ There's something about Downton Abby that reminds me of Christmas, I'm not sure why, but it does. And more specifically, it reminds me of Christmas in Dublin. Whereas Thanksgiving finds me crying for the U.S., for me, Christmas is all about Dublin and with only 21 days to go until Santa's arrival, I'm missing Dublin something fierce. I swear, it's the most magical place to be at Christmastime (other than the North Pole of course, but who really wants to be at the North Pole at Christmastime, I bet it's freaking freezing. I spent a Christmas in Bucharest once, and the was cold enough for me thank you very much). Long story short, I'm missing Dublin, and if you ever have the opportunity to spend Christmas there, I urge to, you won't regret it, and that's a Sara Louise promise. 

++ Do you see that fire hazard in that picture up there? Well besides The Husband's malleable television habits, there's another reason why I'm the luckiest girl in the world... the other day he came home from work early and busied himself upstairs in a very secretive manner. It turns out it was the fourth anniversary of the day we met (although I had completely forgotten) and he had lit all of those candles to surprise me. It was the sweetest fire hazard there ever was.

++ Do you watch Sons of Anarchy? If you don't, you should. You so should. Honestly, I'm borderline obsessed, and that's OK, I'll admit that. Recently I came across this article in Rolling Stone about it... see, Sons of Anarchy is practically Shakespearean, totally highbrow.

++ At this very moment I am drinking the most perfect cup of tea (Barry's of course). It's so perfect I had to stop and tell you about it. I'm a firm believer in celebrating small victories and making a perfect cuppa qualifies.

++ My favorite new way to practice my French is by watching Le Juste Prix, it's the French version of The Price is Right. I'm really, really good at it. Instead of being on during the daytime, it's on at night, right before the news, and sometimes I watch it with Papa. We shout at the TV together. It's a fun way to bond.

++ And now that I realize that this whole post is practically about television (minus a fire hazard and a cup of tea) I feel like I should take this time to mention that I am reading too... New York by Edward Rutherford if you'd like to know, but since my kindle is telling me that I'm at 59% I guess I'll be finishing it soon.

So what are you reading? 
My goodreads wants to know.



  1. YAY!! I just saw this now and am so psyched!! Will send you an email with my (temporary) French address - it'll be easier and cheaper for you to send them there. Thank you so much!!! :) :) :)

  2. I love watching Une Famille En Or, because when you survey 100 frenchmen and their top 5 answers are listed . . . you get some interesting responses an American would never guess.

  3. I would love to spend a holiday season in Dublin! How sweet is that hubster - and thoughtful!!! I have heard amazing things about Downtown Abbey. I should check it out I think! xo

  4. I spent Chrismtas in Bucharest once, and it will also be the last. Besides it being freaking cold, I didn't think the city was very "Christmas-y". I expected more and was very let down. You live, you learn.

  5. Le Juste Prix! I just watched my first episode after you posted about it. The demo girls are so slutty looking - yikes! Believe it or not, going to Hollywood to be in the audience of The Price is Right is on my bucket list but it's just not the same without Bob Barker.

  6. so many things about this post:

    a) tell me your secret - I need Jon to NOT BE SNARKY when I watch Downton Abbey! at least when I watch it with his mother and sister we can gang up on him and get him to shut up :)

    b) that anniversary surprise is the sweetest ever!

    c) I love Edward Rutherford. If you're missing Dublin, you should read his two about Ireland! Princes of Ireland (the first) Rebels of Ireland (second)

  7. omg I wonder if there is a German price is right, love that.

    Oh, and the Downton Abby Christmas episode season 2. Love.

  8. The day I get my husband to sit through an episode of DA, there will be pigs flying around and snowballs in hell...never gonna happen. But he will tolerate the train wreck that is RHONJ because it really is fascinating to watch.

    So cute that the husband made that lighted heart! Really darling of him.

  9. I would love to see the French Price is Right. Seriously, it must be amazing!

  10. I really need to check out Downton Abbey and Sons of Anarchy! I want to do that forever! I have seen the first episode of SOA and I loved it but never had the time to watch more. It is a shame!
    Haha, I always watched the German version of The Price is right, Der Preis ist heiß (hot). Weird.

  11. What an awesome sweetie with that candle display!!
    I am watching a lot of French movies with subtitles on Netflix to practice in the most lazy way learning French. Most recently was Mozart's Sister...quite lovely, set in France. Reading? Words In A French Life. Making this language learning easy on me, lolol, I am so lazy girl. The Price is Right in French is a GREAT suggestion...I have a French channel line up on Roku so will have to see if I can get that program!!!

  12. Ding ding ding!! You have yourself a winner!!

  13. That's awesome your husband enjoys Downton. My husband just makes fun of my obsession with it.

    I read New York a while ago but thoroughly enjoyed it. Another New York (with a bit or Ireland thrown in) book I would recommend is Pete Hammil's Forever. I think I liked that even more.

    I myself literally just finished Tatiana de Rosnay's latest, The House I Loved which was quite sad.

  14. perfect husband who remembers anniversaries that not even Shakespeare would AND watches girly TV just for you
    perfect cup of tea AND
    french price is right

    do you also burp rainbows and sneeze sprinkles?

    Love, Your Bitter American Friend ;)

  15. Christmas in Dublin ... has a nice ring to it. Someday I would like to experience that.

    Of course, Christmas in France doesn't sound half bad either.

  16. Sharing the same taste in entertainment really makes a difference and it's also such a bonding activity! Do you guys discuss the characters? I have to check out Downton Abby. Everyone seems to really like it.

    My friends work over at FX, I'll tell them to keep their eye out for any SOA swag for you. : )

    We're just finishing up Twin Peaks (for the 4th time - we're obsessed) and then I want to introduce him to Gossip Girl. Oddly enough, most guys get hooked on the show. I've tested it several times...hopefully Seb won't fail me.

  17. I'm reading A Long Long Time Ago and Essentially True, by Brigid Pasulka (about Poland during the war and present day)and it's excellent. I know you probably wanted me to tell you that on Good Reads but I'm not on there (yet). Dublin at Christmas? You've set me to dreaming...

  18. Sara! I missed you! My aunt is obsessed with Sons of Anarchy and now with your suggestion I may just have to check it out...Have you ever watched Girls? This is my TV suggestion for you. Warming: It's quite bad.

  19. I LOVE Downton Abbey! I won't even go into all of the TV I've been watching lately, it's kind of embarrassing.

  20. Um, love the candles and G for doing them. How adorable is THAT???? And he loves Downton Abbey! It makes me think of Christmas too :)


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