I’m Back! I Think….

So it’s been a while. Going from blogging every day to not blogging for almost three weeks is a little odd. Then again, I’m at home so it’s just like it was before when I wasn’t blogging. I don’t have a desk (or room for one) in my room so I’m using the dining room table. I’ll eventually move down to the basement, but I’m kind of just in the middle of everything right now and I don’t think of blogging. I have a ton of pictures from when I got back, all the snow that started the day I got home and my room, but I can’t upload them (or charge my camera) because I can’t find my camera cord! That’s kind of bumming me out.

Once I get around to writing my remaining posts about London, and about the day I got back I won’t be writing on this blog anymore. But I have another started if anyone still wants to follow and check it out. I don’t know what I’ll be writing about, but lets hope it stays interesting!

                                                                                                                        

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Blogging Everyday Is Hard

My To Do list went from 12 items to 16 today, but I’ve already completed 9 items. And yes, finishing the last 2 posts about London is on my To Do list. I don’t know why I keep putting that off. The pictures are up for Day 2. I don’t have as many for Day 3, so it really shouldn’t be so much of a problem. But apparently it is.

Oh! This morning Sylvain said something else. Sort of. When you want someone to give you a high-five you say ‘top la’. Sylvain vocalized something that sounded a lot like that and raised his hand to Bastien. It was awesome. And this afternoon – after I got back from picking him up – Adeline was going through the bag with the gifts in from Sunday and she took out mine, gave it to Sylvain, and told him to give it to me. I was sitting in the coat room taking off my boots. She didn’t point him in any direction just told him to give it to me. He figured out where I was and handed me the box! Then he walked back towards the play room and she told him to go take off his boots. So he came back to me and the bench to take off his boots. He’s starting to understand and respond now! So exciting.

Wow. I just got a little sad thinking that this time next week I will be home and won’t be waking up and seeing them the next day. I’m afraid I might smother the boys a little this week. It’s going to be…odd being back home. Not more odd than it was coming here and being in a different environment. It’s all just change. I wonder what it will be like fitting back into my ‘old’ life and how long it will take for my parents to get sick of me and want me to move out ;).

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Is it dead or what?

I went to bed at a reasonable time last night and so I actually woke up on my own, half an hour before my alarm. Earlier enough to have breakfast with Adeline and Bastien (Greg was just leaving to take Sylvain to Little Gym). After we finished eating Bastien was using a stick he had from a balloon and was pushing a dried up pea across the table. The following is an attempted recreation of the conversation that came with his actions. It might not be exactly accurate (with my memory and all), but it’s close enough.

Bastien: What is that? A little pea?

Adeline: Yes.

Bastien: I don’t like little peas. *he rolls it around with the stick* Is it dead or what? *said in a somewhat severe manner*

*Insert raucous laughter here.*

Adeline went on to explain that, well, yes I guess the pea is dead, it is no longer connected to the plant. It’s so hard to describe Bastien’s tone of voice when he says things like this. Severe isn’t really the right word…but I can’t think of a better one at the moment. Let’s just say that as soon as this little episode was over Adeline and I both thought ‘blog!’.

Other than that it was just your regular Saturday. Adeline went to a friend’s birthday party tonight. Greg was supposed to go, but he’s not feeling very well (cough and all that) so he stayed behind. Tomorrow we have a big day ahead of us. Lunch and a hunt at Grandglise, and a birthday celebration in Louvain-la-Neuve.

                                                                                                                      

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Bah, who needs pictures anyway?

Ugh. I really don’t want to complain about my computer again because I’m really fortunate to have one that sort of works, but I spent 4 hours trying to upload photos to Facebook today. And I still have 26 that I want to add to the album – “Lazy” Sunday in Bruges and Ypres – you can check it out on my FB page (see side bar), but I might break something if I keep trying. Something like my glasses which I keep wanting to throw around and I really need those. You see, they just get in the way. I can’t rub my face with them on and if I writhe around in a fit I risk them falling off and crashing to the floor. Have I mentioned I hate glasses? I want laser eye surgery…

I really was planning on writing about Bruges today. I thought it would be fitting because it’s been a week now since we went. But alas, after sitting here all afternoon trying to deal with photos (God forbid I try to do more than 1 thing at a time when my computer’s throwing a fit), then Skyping with my Mom to talk Thanksgiving stuff, and after now trying to add the link to the existing album I really don’t have the patience. Boo. I’m just making excuses. You see, I feel like I’ve built up the potential greatness of the post by delaying it and I’m afraid it just won’t live up to it. Then again, I think the pictures will do it justice – if I can ever get them up :P.

So I will leave you with a couple of pictures (mine this time) of more than just chocolate. Maybe balance it out with some fries and medieval architecture.

Freddy and a view of the Markt in Bruges (Brugge)

 

So this is how lace is made!

 

Who knew there were so many different kinds of potatoes? I sure didn't.

                                                                                                                      

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Pay it forward…

About 10 days ago I was very honoured to have a 2nd ‘Versatile Blogger’ Award bestowed upon me by the illustrious (at least to us CC’s ;)) Lafemmeroar. Being nominated for 4 of them herself – at the same time – she found herself in an interesting position. Instead of nominating 60 blogs and writing 29 personal details, she decided to alter the rules a bit. Instead of 15, or even 10 as some others have done, she nominated 2. And I was surprised, pleased, literally tickled pink at being chosen as one of the 2. I’ve mentioned this before, but Lafemmeroar has done quite a wonderful job at bringing together bloggers from all around and helping us connect through our ‘craziness’. Her goal is to make us laugh and laugh we do. Whether it’s by reading posts about her misfortunes in dating, her short Lafemmeroarisms about how the world works, her interesting and entertaining definitions for words not found in any dictionary but they should be, or her unique versions of common – or not so common – acronyms, you’re bound to find something to make you laugh, smile, and maybe even ponder.

Thank you Lafemmeroar & Aurora Morealist.

The Rules:

1.  Thank the person who shared the award with you by linking back to them in your post. 

2.  Pass this award to 15 recently discovered blogs and let them know that you included them in your blog post. 

3.  List 7 things about yourself. (end of post.)

In the past couple of weeks I have been in the process of discovering new blogs, new people to share common interests and opinions with. In that time – since my 1st award – I’ve connected with 1 blog in particular. And so I have decided that I am going to nominate 1 single blog this time around.

music.unrenowned. 

Brandon is a guy who loves music. I guess it’s no surprise then that I should have stumbled across his blog. And while he states his taste as being “pop-punk alternative metal”, he includes on his blog much more than that. In fact, he is also open to suggestions. His main objective is to bring attention to bands that don’t get much attention, bands that are not necessarily known outside of the people who listen to their genre. For all the bands/singers/musicians that are universally known – whether you listen to/like them or not – there are so many more that remain in relative obscurity because people don’t always go searching for music outside of their specific tastes. This makes sense. I am one of those people. This is why I decided to give Brandon and his blog a chance, because I thought it would be good to expand my horizons a bit.

He is versatile in his choices. He includes anything from Rascal Flatts and Brad Paisley to Hedley. From up-and-coming singer Lights (that I’d actually heard of somewhere else) to bands I’ve never heard of like Icon for Hire. Yes, some of these bands/people are more well-known then others, but not for everyone. If you never listened to a country song in your life would you know who Brad Paisley is? Probably not. I like how Brandon tries to include something for everyone in his blog.

For me, music isn’t all about genres. Sure, there are some I like better than others, some that I will appreciate more music than not, but sometimes it’s simply one song. One song that happens to be in a genre or by an artist/band I don’t normally listen to. As a rule I dislike rap music (but that goes back to my high school days and my ‘music snobbery’ which is another story, for another day), but there is the odd rap song or two that I like. It’s not all about labels, it’s about finding what makes you happy, what makes you sad, what makes you get up and go, what makes you clear your head. It’s about finding the right music to fit your mood – every mood – and having fun while you do it. Forget genres and artists – you might write off a song before you’ve even heard it (totally guilty [*cough*Justin Beiber*cough*]) just because you think you won’t like it or because all your friends think said performer(s) is not worth listening to. You won’t like everything, but it’s important not to write something off without giving it a try. This goes for more than just music. Maybe I should try taking my own advice some time…

Here are 7 more things you don’t need to know about me ;):

1. My main interest when it comes to music is – in no particular order – musical theatre, country, classic rock, ‘classical’* – and everything that encompasses, epic film scores (like Lord of the Rings, or Pirates of the Caribbean to name but two), big band, and well, I could go on. But I don’t just like this stuff. I like other stuff too, other stuff that I don’t even know where to begin to place because when it comes to genres of music, when you start getting down to all the sub-categories and the like I’m totally lost. Except in the case of ‘classical’* music, then it’s just a case of me losing my memory ;).

2. I love my privacy and ‘me’ time – and yet I tend to constantly talk about myself with other people. Like in blog comments I always include way to much information as if everyone wants to know… What’s up with that?

3. I don’t like wide open spaces. I could never live on the prairies. I need trees and cover. Hills, rocky outcrops, interesting scenery. Right now my dream home would be somewhere lakeside in Ontario, in the middle of the woods, where getting snowed in for half the winter is a guarantee. Of course, a job would be an issue in that case.

4. In May 2006 we had a house fire. My room was the second most damaged room in the house. I thought the melted plastic that was my TV, DVD player, and other plastic bins looked pretty awesome and made for some wicked cool modern art. It wasn’t so cool that all my graduation stuff and music awards were ruined/gone. But the thing I miss the most? Christmas time in the living/dining room. More specifically, the lights for our Christmas tree. They weren’t harsh, white, or coloured LED lights – they were soft, warm, and yellow with a glow that made the exposed logs look so homey and inviting, away from the biting December wind. And the red bows dotting the branches. Oh boy, now I’m sad…

5. I lived with my Grandma (my Mom’s Mom) while I went to university. We developed quite a bond and I was sad to go because she lives all by herself. She grew up speaking English and Pennsylvania Dutch. My last two years at school I took German and we had some interesting discussions on vocabulary. ‘No Grandma, *that* is not a scarf, *this* is a scarf!’ I always thought PD was a German dialect, in fact, I’m pretty sure I was told/led to believe that. It might even be true, but since coming here I’m of the opinion that it’s more of a Dutch dialect (Pennsylvania Dutch anyone?), or at least a Dutch/German combo of some sort. Based on a book of poems I saw in PD and the Dutch I see here everyday on things like milk and orange juice cartons, that’s what I believe. Even more proof of this is the word (and I’ll probably spell it wrong) jammer – said with a ‘y’ sound, not a ‘j’. At best in English it’s kind of like ‘oh shoot/shucks’ or something like that. My Grandma says it all the time. Bastien said a word in French and I asked Adeline to translate it. She couldn’t tell me in English, but she knew the Dutch word for it: jammer. So thanks to my Grandma I was able to discover the meaning of a French word by way of Dutch.

6. I do my best to see the silver lining in every situation (ie. ‘Oh well Mom, now you’ll get your new kitchen!’ – see #4). I don’t always manage, but it makes life a lot more bearable.

7. If I ever have a date/boyfriend/husband on Valentine’s Day I’d much rather get a single rose than a bouquet. In fact, I think in any situation less is more. Sure they’re beautiful, but they die. And roses are expensive! Plus, each flower has a meaning and even though I don’t know them anymore (I knew a few in high school) I would rather have one flower that is specific to what they’re feeling at the time (I would look it up!) than a whole bunch of random flowers that don’t mean anything. Not good with words? Bring me one flower that tells me what you’re trying to say. I also think that way too much pressure is put on guys for Valentine’s Day. And anniversaries. I think so many forget because they’re trying so hard not to forget. I don’t need jewellery or other gifts – just a simple ‘I love you’ or ‘You make me so happy’ or something like that and a nice cuddle, maybe a movie you would never normally watch (and normally I wouldn’t make you), and that would be fine. Save your money for the important stuff, like vacations!

So if you have a chance, go on over and give Brandon a visit. And while you’re at it maybe you could let him know what you like to listen to and maybe he’ll mention it in a post some time. Who knows….

*When I say ‘classical’ I’m referring to everything that I studied in university and what is commonly lumped under that title – Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic. I studied 20th Century as well, but that’s another whole ball of wax all together…

                                                                                                                  

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Train ticket to London: Booked, paid for, & printed.

So it turns out all I had to do was go to the Belgian train website and book a ticket on the Eurostar from there and not from Eurostar’s actual website in order to use my debit card. All is well. Now I just have to wait a month and a bit…

One thing I’ve been inspired to do is visit an old bookshop and buy an old-looking book :D. I love old-looking books. The inspiration comes from a blog post I read by the blog One Book on the Shelf. The writer lives in London and wants to visit all the bookshops she can find and write a post on each of them. She’s already recommended a couple of places for me to check out!

This morning I finally got around to continuing my viewing of Band of Brothers. I’m almost half way through having watched 4 episodes. I then booked my ticket to London. I ended up chatting on Facebook with another friend from university who is studying is Salzburg (Austria) right now and is actually spending this weekend in London. She thought I was going to be there this weekend as well and said we should try to get together. That would have been so cool. She says I should come visit her in Salzburg (I wish!), but that’s a little harder to swing. There are no direct ways to get there. I would have to take a train to Munich and then from Munich have a bunch of different options (based on speed or scenery) and the possibility of multiple trains before reaching my destination. If I flew I would have to also take the train. It’s all so complicated for me. And it would take a really long time. I could probably actually drive there faster than flying or on the train. 8 hours. That’s like driving to Elliot Lake from New Dundee. I have never driven that far myself, but I’ve been in car rides longer than that since I was a kid. But there’s the issue of time as well here: I could leave early Friday, spend Friday evening, all day Saturday there, and leave again Sunday morning. It’s not really worth it. Also, I don’t actually know, but I get the feeling Austria gets more snow then Belgium…so you run into weather problems as well. And mountains…I don’t think I should drive in mountains. If we had discovered we were both over here a few months ago maybe we could have worked something out, but I don’t think it will work now. I’d love to go (my Mom would be so jealous!), but I’m just not sure it’s feasible at this point. Plus…I would totally get lost in all that train/plane switching around :P.

On another note, I think my ticket for home is booked. My Dad emailed me a few times today to let me in on prices; how come a one-way ticket is so much more expensive than a round trip? If I understand correctly, he ended up booking a round trip ticket on British Airways – I flew here on Jet Airways, which was a non-stop flight (the only one from Toronto to Brussels) – so I probably have a layover in London. I guess someone’s going to be missing their flight back ;). I don’t have all the details yet, but I think it’s December 29. I think I’m leaving here December 29…because Ontario is 6 hours behind, I would get there when it’s still December 29, right? Ha ha, I’m useless! It’s a good thing my residence permit is good until January 31, 2012!

This time last year I was also in über-organizing mode: I had to get everything organized to come here – criminal record check, contract signed, passport updated, international driver’s license (actually, that was Dec.), so many horrible pictures taken for permits and the like, high school transcript acquisition for proof of previous French experience, doctor’s check, my one mid-term for my last university course that I forgot about and therefore couldn’t graduate June 2010 as planned…is that it? I can’t even remember, it feels so long ago. At this point last year actually getting here seemed so far away. Now the time is speeding away from me at an alarming rate! I’ve tried to take my aunt’s advice (thanks Aunt Wendy ^_^) and enjoy my time here as much as possible instead of missing home. When my cousin Katie was in France for 8 months she missed home and wish she could be there; then when she got home she wanted to come back. Unfortunately you can’t have both and so I have to do my best to enjoy what I have when I have it! I am so very blessed to have been basically handed this opportunity and I’m trying to live up to that by making the most of it. I could have done a much better job of that, but I think I’ve done okay.

I also look at it this way: if I never would have done this, I most likely never would have started a blog.  Therefore I would never have made friends with all the wonderful bloggers I’ve been so fortunate to have connected with!

                                                                                                                    

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A, B, C, D…

We were sort of under the impression that the French course hadn’t started yet because they didn’t have a teacher. Well, it’s the same teacher as last year so I don’t know what the hold up was. Last year the beginner class was on Monday nights. This year course A (beginner) is on Thursday nights. I have moved up to class B which is held on Mondays. So for me everything is the same minus some different classmates. They’re supposed to be at least 3 other people from my class last year that have moved up, but they weren’t there today. We basically went through introducing ourselves and we all had to make sure we paid attention because we were asked to repeat the answers when Madame Colette (I’m not sure if that’s how her name is spelled, but that’s what I’m sticking to) would ask us. Thankfully, including me, there were only 6 of us. We also went through numbers and the vocabulary for things like week, millennium, day after tomorrow, century, etc.

For me the most interesting part was when we were given a sheet that I had the International Phonetic Alphabet symbols. We also went over the alphabet. I had to read it through and this may seem like a very simple task, but when an ‘e’ is pronounced like the ‘oo’ in book, and ‘i’ is pronounced ‘e’, ‘j’ is a soft ‘ji’, and ‘g’ is a soft ‘jay’ it can get confusing. Of course I’ve said the alphabet in French many times in my life, but it’s been a while. I felt like I was back in 2nd year university sitting in my Vocal Diction class with Les De’Ath sounded out all the intricate vowel sounds that are foreign to English speakers. For the life of me I can never make the ‘u’ sound (IPA symbol ‘y’) properly. Ever. I’ve sung it countless times, I know what shape to make with my mouth (a tight ‘oh’ shape while saying ‘oo’ in book again…the symbol is an upside down ‘e’), but I can never get it right when I’m trying to speak. I think part of it is trying to get it to work with the ‘r’s, and the ‘oh’s and everything else. On its own as a sound I can do it, but in a word, forget it! It’s going to be the bane of my French forever.

Bastien also went to school today. He won’t be going tomorrow, or at all this week, and Adeline will be staying home as well. They’re both sick, sore throats and the like. I’m the only one who hasn’t gotten sick yet….what do I have an immune system made of steel or something? I don’t know, I just hope they all get better soon and I can still make it through without catching anything. I guess that Vitamin C is helping!

Today has been quite the day. I’ve smiled so much my cheeks hurt. Part of it was Sylvain. Even though he still cries when he has to go through all his chicken pox stuff I was able to get him laughing instead of crying and we had quite the gay old time. Plus with the blog award I was nominated for and everything – all the wonderful comments I’ve received from those I nominated and the new people I’ve connected with from being nominated myself, it’s just an amazing feeling. I realize not everything is all sunshine and rainbows in the blogging world, but I’m on a high right now and I don’t feel like coming down any time soon.

Thanks to all the old-faithfuls who continue to follow me through cyber space. Thanks to all my new connections for joining in my adventure and at the same time I’m excited to join you in yours. I hope everyone had as good a day as I did. Thanks for taking the time to visit!

                                                                                                                       

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Me, a versatile blogger? Aw, shucks.

Today as I sat at my computer excited about the prospect of Glee starting up tomorrow and wondering if I will still be able to see it online the day after, I decided to check and see what all the fuss about this Glee Project was. So I watched the first episode. I might watch the last one just to see who won, but I’m not sure I want to take the time to watch all the middle stuff because I’m not really sure what my opinion on the subject is. Let’s just say, I used to like Glee a lot more than I do now. The newness and ‘shiny-ness’ of it has worn off a bit for me, although I am still excited for Season 3.

After watching said episode I checked my email. Lo and behold a wonderful surprise! I was nominated for ‘The Versatile Blogger Award’, by the wonderful Aurora Morealist. Although I haven’t read as much of her work as I’d like,  so far I’ve found her writing to be thought-provoking and challenging. The best writers are the one’s that force honest reactions from you that you couldn’t hide if you wanted to. This has happened to me a lot on WordPress.com.

As I read through the list of nominees I saw some blogs I recognized and many I didn’t and then suddenly I saw mine and was literally jumping for joy. I know I’ve mentioned it many times in comments and the like, but the blogging community on WordPress.com is outstanding, one in a million, and something I’m so happy to be a part of.

I love how it's green! Among other things ^_^

There are a few rules that come along with the award and are as follows:

The Rules:

1.  Thank the person who shared the award with you by linking back to them in your post. 

2.  Pass this award to 15 recently discovered blogs and let them know that you included them in your blog post.

3.  List 7 things about yourself. (end of post.)

I have quite a few blogs I follow and some were actually nominated by Aurora (that I wanted to nominate) so I won’t list them again. But you are loved! Since part of the rules say recently discovered blogs I actually took a bit of time today to search out new ones. I think it’s always worthwhile to expand your list, even when time is short. Two on my list are very new for me, but I searched through a number of new blogs today to find the one’s I like the best. I am excited to be following them and learning new things. The following list is an eclectic one! I think it has a little something for everyone from a fellow Canadian living and teaching English in Korea to the journey of motherhood. From a friend from university recounting her adventures working in Liverpool to a friend from high school describing her new life in Minnesota. From poetry that will get you talking and discussing to little ‘nuggets’ of life that can be so inspiring I really think everyone can find something to enjoy on this list.

  1. As a Linguist
  2. Becky in Liverpool
  3. Borealsultana
  4. Broads of the Beltway
  5. Cheap Ass Fiction
  6. Gin & Lemonade
  7. Insatiable Booksluts
  8. It’s Always an Adventure
  9. Life’s Little Slices
  10. Morning Wood
  11. Sharp Little Pencil
  12. Sparkylaurie
  13. Stupid Ugly Foreigner
  14. Tinkertoot
  15. We’re Jumpin’
And now, the part you’ve all really been waiting for (ha!)…7 things about me (in no particular order of importance):
1] If I had to choose between being a professional singer or a professional dancer, some days I would choose dancer – which may surprise some people. Then again…if I had it my way and had the talent I’d be a triple threat!
2] I still don’t know if I want to be a Mom someday…
3] I’m a hopeless romantic who reads way too many Fantasy novels.
4] Everyday I’m getting closer to being able to legitimately claim I am bi-lingual. Then again…where’s the guide that tells you when you’ve reached fluency? [English-French]
5] I love the fashion trend of skinny jeans/leggings in tall boots (even if I don’t have the legs for it) because then your pants stay dry. Gotta love practicality.
6] I haven’t been kissed since I was 15 – a whole 10 years. Although I’d rather say I’ve never been kissed at all.
7] I’m still learning how to live my own life instead of living the lives of characters in books. It’s an ongoing process. Thankfully I’m not independently wealthy or I might just become a hermit.
I hope that gives you some insight – wanted or not – into who I am. For those of you who know me personally did I surprise you? Maybe not. I talk so much it’s hard to remember what I’ve already revealed….;).
Thanks again to Aurora for the nomination! I hope that some of you will have a chance to check out at least some of the blogs listed above, because they’re worth it. See you all later!

                                                                                                                       

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Brocante de Wasseiges et un Fête locale.

Today I was up in time for breakfast. That hasn’t happened on a Sunday (or Saturday) for a while. I was awake around 7:30 and already people were outside setting up for the big garage sale/town party that was going on all day (see title ;)). Later in the morning we went out garage sale-ing. They bought the movie Robots (with the voice talents of Robin Williams, Ewan McGregor, Halle Berry, and Amanda Bynes to name a few) and we watched it tonight. I forgot how funny that movie is. We watched it in French for Bastien so I had to read the subtitles, but all I kept thinking about was how funny Robin Williams is and his voice.

I can’t believe the change in weather from yesterday to today. Yesterday it was hot and sunny. In the 30°s at least. Today, well, today was overcast and cooler with rain on and off, but it was still humid. The problem was that it was chilly enough to wear a sweater, but then you felt almost too hot with one on.

We met a couple of girls who are interested in babysitting and they live super close. Adeline told them that they probably wouldn’t be needed until January because I’m here, but who knows. Super handy though, they (or at least the one) live just a couple of houses away. Well, on the other side of the Pharmacy. Everybody kept asking if Bastien had the chicken pocks. We all thought it was rather obvious with all the red dots (really red because of the stuff Adeline puts on them) all over his face….

Then we came back for lunch and the boys went down for their naps. Adeline had one as well and Greg was working up in the attic before he left to take his tux back (the one he wore last night). So last night. I guess it was sort of a party/show. There were people/groups that showcased different dances and then there were also times when everyone could get up and dance. I guess it was basically eating, dancing, eating, dancing, etc. At the beginning Dominique got up to say a few words and a song and then the party really began. It sounds like it was quite the party!

I basically spent the afternoon going through old blog posts. I’ve got Dec.-Mar. tagged and categorized, as well as most of the ‘special’ things put in their place. I have to back through part of Jan. and Feb. to check for some stuff I missed, as well as through Dec.-Feb. for any food I missed. I’m going to be cleaning up some of my pictures eventually as well. Now that I’ve got a page set up on Facebook it will be the easiest to share photos with everyone (even those who don’t have me on FB). Those will be the one’s that I would put up here anyway, but don’t have room for. I feel like it took me such a long time today to only get through one month because of our Switzerland trip. I had a lot of stuff to do for that! While it’s taking a lot of time to separate things and re-post them (well, the links anyway)  I think I’m going to be really very happy with the end result. I still might change my theme again in the next couple of weeks, but that’s okay.

                                                                                                                       

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Rien à Déclarer

That’s the title of the movie we watched tonight. In English Nothing to Declare. Even between trying to listen to the French and trying to read the subtitles I found it absolutely hilarious! A lot of it was the acting and the situation, but still. It’s a movie about elimination of the France-Belgian border in the 90’s. A Belgian Francophobe custom’s officer teams up with a French customs officer as part of a mobile border patrol experiment. I’ve never thought of it while I’ve been here, but how many people were forced to find other jobs when customs checks were no longer necessary at the borders within Europe? There’s a Romeo & Juliette element thrown in as well. If foreign films (well foreign to me anyway!) interest you at all, and if comedies interest you at all, and you don’t mind reading subtitles I would definitely try to check it out. I suppose you could watch it in English, but I’m thinking it would lose a lot/most of what makes it a great movie. And besides that, it’s always best to watch a movie in its original language if possible. I know during one particular scene the Frenchmen was trying to pass off as Belgian so he was trying out different accents. First he was trying out the Liège accent. That didn’t work. Then he was trying to do a Brussels accent. Again, didn’t work. I was able to catch a little hint of a difference, but it was hard because they talk (for me) so very fast and it all sounds French to me! I guess it would be the same for a non-English speaker to listen to someone try different American, United Kingdom, Canadian accents. To us English speakers they all sounds drastically different, but for others they might not, I don’t know. It’s the only comparison I can make.

I definitely want to watch it again. I was laughing so hard. Actually, some of the translations were a little odd; in the subtitles the Belgian called the Frenchmen ‘frogs’ all the time. But what he was saying in French was ‘Camembert’. It’s a type of cheese. One that Greg and Adeline happen to like a lot. And he kept calling them ‘cheese-eaters’. At least that’s what the subtitles said. I’m so glad I watched it with them. Hilarious. ^_^

That’s the most exciting thing that’s happened all day. I spent most of the day glued to my chair organizing my blog. And then I go and make more work for myself, but in the end, I think it will turn out great. I’ve only managed to get up to February 18th in the categorizing and tagging process, and I guess that far in searching out, what I feel to be, the ‘most adorable moments’. As far as the food and drink portions go, well, part of that was I’m having fun creating pages, and part of it is because if people do happen to be interested in that stuff me separating it like that will be easier than using the search option. And maybe people will be more inclined to look if it’s all laid out for them. Of course, it’s going to be a while  before it’s all ready and in some ways doing it now is kind of silly since I only have 4 months left (of this blog anyway), but still, it will be here forever essentially, so someone is bound to find it useful…….

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