Monday, September 2, 2013

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// I've been cheating on Fifty... shhh... That guy with me in the photo is Boris, Boris Bastareaud to be precise. He's my buddy. He is one of the dogs that hang out in the village and I've kind of adopted him. I don't know what his real name is but Mrs. London and I have christened him Boris Bastareaud because he looks like that's what his name should be. He's big and fluffy and kind and I wuv him so berry much.

// It's officially rentrée; that time of year where everyone goes back to school and back to life as we lose that summer feeling. Meh. This September we're watching La Petite go through it for the first time as tomorrow she starts l’école maternelle. La Petite is off to pre-school! Wasn't she born like yesterday?

// Do you know that after the French Revolution, France adopted a new calender? I didn't until the subject popped up in a book I was reading. I can't tell you how happy I am that France decided to ditch it though because I cannot begin to fathom how confused I'd be right now if they hadn't. (Perhaps with that calendar though, today wouldn't be Monday, and it wouldn't be September.)

// Remember the photo of Gregory dripping wet after he had been pushed in the pool? Well I left a couple of bits out. First of all, it was Mrs. London who had pushed him in, and second, he retaliated by pushing her in the pool, summer dress and all. I ran down to the house to tell Mr. London what had happened and he ran up to the pool terrified... terrified that his wife was going to kill his boyfriend. Now for giggles Mrs. London and I like to recreate Mr. London's reaction... we do a slowmotion run while shouting things like, "NOOOO! Not my sweet vanilla sugar dumpling!!!" It's pretty funny. (Pretty funny to us anyway.)

// A few days ago a delivery man called asking for directions to the house. "Je ne parle pas français" I said and then I continued on and on (in French) about how it would be easier to meet me at the fountain in the village in front of the small hotel rather than me trying to give him directions to my house since you know, I don't speak French. He was quiet for a bit before he said, "but you're speaking French now." Oh yeah. I have a tendacy to forget that I do actually speak French. I'm not sure when this fact will fully sink in.

// If you've been around these parts before, then you might know that I have a bit of a Sons of Anarchy addiction, so imagine my delight when I saw that Sesame Street made a parody, Sons of Poetry. Since I love Sons of Anarchy, and Sesame Street and since I love you too, I thought I'd share it with you. Enjoy.



// Please forgive me for a second while I do something very nepotistic (that's a 25¢ word right there). There are four people on twitter that I think you should absolutely be following... Gregory (because he's The Husband), my sister (because she knows lots of stuff about health and wellness and what not), my mother (she writes books) and Fifty (no reason necessary, it's Fifty!). If you tell them I sent you, I just know you all will happily tweet away. Nepotism over and out. Tweet tweet.



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26 comments:

  1. A very funny start on Monday morning, thanks. I do love a Bernese Mountain dog, and that guy is gorgeous! La Petite, in school? No way! I know they start 'em early here, but where did that time go? Tres jalouse on the French front...when I say je ne parle pas Francais, I actually mean it! Hope I'll learn as quickly as you have.....

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  2. Love Boris!! He does look so cute and loveable! Yeah! - It's La Rentree!! So tell me does the LPV get packed with traffic/pedestrian jams as everyone is hopping back to work and school? My girls start tomorrow - yeah!! It will be a bit calmer with 3 in 2 schools instead of 3 in 3 schools!! Enjoy your week!

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  3. My favorite is when the telemarketers call and I pretend that I don't speak Dutch, ha-ha! :) Danica

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  4. Boris looks blissed out because you are petting him and I am crazily jealous that you look so cute in your HORIZONTALLY STRIPED, STRAPLESS dress. I shudder to think what that would look like on me.

    Stupid rentree. I have to be really careful about timing when I take the dogs out in the morning since we live by a private school and I tell you those moms are ruthless when it comes to pick up/drop off--seriously, you would think it was Cannonball Run!

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  5. I love your summer dress!!!! You look great!!

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  6. He does look like a Boris! I would love a dog like that...he looks like a huge teddy bear!

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  7. I'm like Danica: whenever I get a telemarketer on the phone I'm all "Oh, pardonn, maize je ne parler paz francaise. Je sweez anglaize. Excuze moi."
    Which is fine, until one of them says brightly "That's okay. I speak English. Now..."

    Rats!

    I love that dog. He is gorgeous (but of course, not as gorgeous as Fifty!)

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  8. Two things-first, I'm reading the same book now. It's on my lap as I type. Loving it so far. Second, I've learned it's always best to claim not to speak French. Then when you can actually communicate, people are pleasantly surprised rather than utterly annoyed by lack of perfection. The next question then is often "vous etes canadienne? Les Americains ne parlent pas francais." Do you ever get that?

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  9. LOL at the post and at the comments! A fun way to start the day! Have a good week.

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  10. Aww, that dog is adorable! I am sure Fifty can understand that you like him. And I think the name is perfect for him.
    Haha, love the language story. :)

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  11. My dog George thought he'd be the one to usurp Fifty!

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  12. Hmm, so if his sugar dumpling ended up in the pool, does that make her a dunkin' donut? ;o)

    Loving Boris, dogs ought to be that big and furry

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  13. That puppy! (I know he's probably not a puppy, but for some reason I call all adorable dogs puppy...) I've also got a dog that I adopted in our village, I named him Oliver. He came around for a few days, I left water out for him, he would sit while I gardened...and then he dumped me. Love is fickle indeed...

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  14. My baby starts Maternelle tomorrow too! She is so excited. Hope she still likes it once she realizes it will be all in French! Hopefully it won't be long before she forgets she speaks French just like you - then I can get her to talk to the telemarketers! Bonne Rentrée!

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  15. That pup is adorable, and most certainly looks like a Boris! He also looks like a Bernese Mountain dog, aka one of my favorite kinds. :) Thanks for the chuckle with the "I don't speak French" story, I hope to be that accidentally good at German one of these days! :) Happy Monday!

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  16. hahahaha I love that story about you speaking French and forgetting. I tend to "forget" I speak German, too, mainly because I still hate doing it. But I am laughing even harder that you just told the delivery guy you'd go meet him, that's how you know ti is indeed a le petit village.

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  17. But you're speaking French right now... :) Love it.

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  18. I'm adding "adopt Boris" to the list of reason I need to visit LPV!

    and you speak french?!?! vlog vlog vlog....all the people are demanding it...and by all the people, i clearly mean me!

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  19. I can't believe it's the la rentrée already!!! Enter my slow motion "Nooooooooo"...back to the real world! Blah.

    I'm like you! From time to time, I forget that I speak French too. It must be a 4 year thing. We have a Franceversary coming up. ;) !

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  20. Boris is beautiful! I'm quite surprised someone from the village hasn't officially adopted him! Does Fifty need a buddy? :o)

    Wait, so France adopted a calendar that was different than everyone else? I'm confused about how that would work exactly...

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  21. Ok, I LOVE that dress! and your cutie boyfriend!

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  22. is Boris a stray? CAN you adopt him? ooooh please!

    also, they are all now followed. I actually followed Fifty twice because I was so excited about it.

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  23. Glad to catch up on your life! Summer has gotten away from me, and I've been a very poor Bloggy friend. Bisous!

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  24. First of all, I love Boris! What a cutie. And I always say the same thing about my pup activity too. "Cheating" seems to be the only word that fits, and my dog would be so upset to see me loving on another dog. your "I don't speak French" story was classic. I did the same thing all the time when I was in Thailand. It's a culture shock finding out you have properly assimilated!

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