Thursday, December 13, 2012

wrap it all up with a bow

++ Nicola from Growing Berries sent me this pillow. Isn't it the cutest thing? The LPV has been immortalized in the coziest way. I love my Le Petit Village pillow!

++ My mother arrived safe and sound yesterday. I was too lazy to cook (plus I figured that after a flight from Texas to Chicago to Paris and the the TGV to Aix and the car ride to Le Petit Village, she'd be too tired to care) and since Thursday night is Pizza Night in The LPV, pizza it was! Total daughter fail I know, but I am planning on making up my laziness to her... with cheese.

++ On Saturday night we're having a Raclette (tis the season you know). We're going to Toulon to watch Mr. London play on Sunday, so we all thought, why not go on Saturday night and hang out? (Actually, this was totally Mr. London and The Husband's idea, and in the interest of full disclosure, Mr. London really wanted us to come down today, but c'mon, I've got stuff to do for heavens sake). Not only will this be my mother's first Raclette, but it's Mr. & Mrs. London's as well. I'm super duper excited. I love spreading the joy of cheese. I'm like the Ambassador of Cheese.

++ When The Husband and I first met, it was the beginning of the holiday season (28th November to be exact) and before going on dates, we would meet up in front of the large Christmas tree on O'Connell Street in Dublin and then stroll hand in hand under all the festive lights that were strung about the city. Because of this memory, Christmas lights make me feel all warm and fuzzy. Just felt like sharing I guess.

++ Remember how The Husband had never seen Harry Potter until a couple of months ago? Well the other night, we watched the second one, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets ('Harry Potter et la Chambre des Secrets'... that's not too strange at all). I'm pretty sure we'll be watching all of them over the holidays. Fine by me. Harry Potter is one of those things that feels Christmassy.

++ I can't stop listening to French pop songs from the 60's (like that Zou Bisou Bisou song that Megan sang on Mad Men) specifically Laisse Tomber Les Filles. I'm driving The Husband batty.

++ So now that we've passed 12/12/12, let me ask you a question, do you think the world is going to end on 21/12/12? Do you think anything will happen at all or do you think it will just be a day, like any other? (And yes, I wrote 21/12 and not 12/21 because I'm European like that.)

++ And one more thing... The 2012 Expats Blog Award will be announced tomorrow. With so many amazing expat in France bloggers out there, I barely stand a chance, but I thought I'd give it a go anyway, and maybe if I'm lucky, can end up in the top ten. If you would be so kind as to leave a little comment love (comments = votes), I would be ever so delighted. (To leave a comment you can either click here or on that blue button).
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S'il vous plaît et merci.



  1. okay, I can understand how that song is driving your husband batty! I only listened to it once, and while it is extremely crazy, I'm already feeling battier. but that could also be the crazy final exams schedule talking...

  2. Love the cushion - Nicky is a sewist extraordinaire!
    Just popped over and left a comment for you, good luck my dear!

  3. SO many lovely things in this post! Yay for mommy! And clearly, French cheese makes up for any wrongs and especially when it comes off a raclette. I'm jealous that sounds heavenly. The pillow is adorable as well as the story of you and the hubbs. I am totally into HP for the holidays. I miss ABC's HP marathons on the weekends haha. Nerd alert? Maybe. I write the date that way now too and I am legitimately confused when I read American things with the date the otherway around. Going to take some getting used to. Also, the whole 24 hour clock thing. And going to!

    Sorry for the world's longest comment. haha enjoy your cheese and your momma!

  4. omg. Why, why, why, do you torture me with the Raclette??? Swear to me that we'll have raclette soon. VERY SOON!!!

    And Harry Potter is the best. I love me some G.

  5. Voted for you in the awards!

    I have to go to the store today to buy some Raclette cheese, so pumped!

  6. I hope you're getting a gym membership for Christmas with all that raclette ;o) She says, having a rather nice mushroom and bacon fondue planned for Hogmanay.

    Have fun with your mum, and yeah, HP does Christmas well, in fact I think there's an HP weekend coming up on Sky...

  7. I love the pillow! I love Harry Potter! I love flashy Christmas Lights!

    um..not sure where else to go now that I've proclaimed my love. ha! I don't know if you've had other people say this, but I cannot for the life of me comment on your blog via my cell phone. I wonder why?

    I hope you have a fun time with your mummy and that Fifty gets spoiled rotten. :)

  8. I love that pillow! And the story with your husband is so romantic! My idea of a fairytale :)

  9. Omg, that pillow is so amazing!! Bloggy friends are the best, aren't they?

  10. I can't figure out how to leave a comment on the Expat BLog Award page, but if I COULD I would say that Sara in le Petit Village is my absolute FAVORITE French blog. It's a must read every morning, and I've been known to pout when there isn't a blog entry to read with my coffee! I guess I'm a little remedial, and I'll need some tutoring if the chance to cast my vote for you arises again! Good luck and have a wonderful time with your mother!

  11. Oh, I hope I can still vote for you! Need to go and check!
    So glad your Mom is there! Have a wonderful time!

  12. boo! I just went on now and comments are closed! I would have voted, so sorry!

  13. ah, that pillow is so cute! i also love france gall!!!!

    lindsey louise

  14. We have a pound of raclette cheese in our fridge for Christmas feast. I'm so pumped! I'm also excited to share this tradition with my mother. I hope you're enjoying your time with yours! TX to CDG to TGV to LPV to long drive?!?! Holy merde....this whole time I assumed there was a closer airport. Oy vey.

    Happy Holidays and congrats on 3rd place in the Expat Awards! xo!

  15. Aww that's a cute memory about you and your husband!

  16. Awww! Maman! If I were you, I would also be: super excited/way to lazy to cook/equally sure I could win her love back with cheese. Have a fantastic Christmas in the LPV!

  17. Hope you have a great holiday and enjoy the Raclette! We are breaking out the machine this weekend as well! Cheers!

  18. that pillow is pretty badass. i want one (ill even take one that says LPV!)

    and, prepare to be shocked, buttttt....i have never seen harry potter.

    there i said it.

    but i DL'd them all so i plan to change that soon. ;)


  19. I love that she sent you that pillow - too cute! So glad Mom arrived safely. xo

  20. I wish I had read this sooner and known about the raclette. I totes would have flown in.

  21. Okay, I am freaking in love with that pillow. It's so cute!

  22. Ah, french pop songs! Do you like Francoise Hardy? She was always my favourite!


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