Disappearing spots.

First off, Sylvain is getting much better. The spots on his face are disappearing nicely. The spots on the rest of him are being clingy, but they’re also reaching the end of their visiting hours. Today while we were cleaning up from lunch Bastien was drawing on his white board he got for his birthday. He drew something (I didn’t really see it) and told us it said Bastien  T—-. Then Adeline actually wrote his name out. Somehow they started going through all the names (I wasn’t paying close attention) and he said Mamma T—, Papa T—, Sylvain T—, and Holly T—. Again, he was corrected. My last name is in fact not T—, but Brenneman. Then he said something about Sylvain Brenneman. Kids really do say the darndest things!

I’m not sure what else to mention…I mostly just played with Sylvain when he was awake. Bastien went to get a haircut with Adeline. He also went to Little Gym this afternoon. Sick or not he really needs to burn off a lot of energy.

*Attention: tiny Glee spoiler alert. Just as far as a certain song goes.*

For all you Glee fans out there I did catch the first episode of season 3 today. I will not get into what I really thought about it or we’d be here forever and it would just be a big rant. I will say that in some ways I’m on the fence as to my allegiance to the show…it was ok, but it’s really the same stuff over, and over, and over again. Just with different music. The one thing that really stood out to me as being something I hated strongly disliked was when they did ‘You Can’t Stop the Beat’ from Hairspray. Once they got past the slow part it was decent, but very little of Hairspray is meant to be slow. It was one things when they slowed down Lady Gaga’s ‘Poker Face’ to a turtle’s pace (I did not plan on rhyming there…), but this song? No. It’s just plain wrong! I love Lea Michele and how she puts everything into her performances, but I wish I could forget this ever happened. Not right, not right at all. Of course, this is just my opinion. If you happened to like it that’s great! We can discuss if you want, I won’t get angry if anyone is a fan of the Glee version. I just didn’t like it.

*Spoiler over 😉 *

That’s it for today. Man, I really need to clean my room….

                                                                                                                      

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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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Cheesy Goodness

Tonight for dinner we had fondue! Yum. Cheese is good (unless you’re lactose intolerant….then I’m sorry).  And again, Bastien finds the fact the I say having two left feet is impossible absolutely hilarious. I just keep saying it’s impossible to make him laugh, it’s highly entertaining.

I went for another walk today. This time I retraced our steps from that first long walk through the muddy tractor road in between two fields. I decided I would go that route again 1. for a change and 2. because I knew that the ground would be hard enough because of the cold that I wouldn’t be up to my ankles in mud. It was so grey today and at first it seemed a little warmer than it has been (and I thought maybe it was going to snow), but on the second leg of my walk the wind picked up and of course I was walking right into it! This route took me about 55 min, instead of the 1hr 8min that skipping the field road would take. So, I can do about 5km in just over an hour…that means that 11km should take me around 2.5hrs give or take? I’ve decided that eventually I want to tackle the route that I take when I pick Bastien up from the babysitter’s. It’s about 11km round trip. I’m going to start tomorrow. I probably won’t do the entire thing, but we’ll see. I know when the weather’s nicer I want to take my back pack with me with water and snacks/lunch and make a day out of it. Explore on foot. You see things differently that way and you have more time to look at things. Not only is this a great way for me to see the country side, but it’s a great way to get fresh air and exercise!

Well, that’s all I’ve got at the moment. Also, I’m bemoaning the fact that I will miss Glee. It starts on Sunday…I can’t watch it on Global.ca, it’s doesn’t work here, but I’m still going to search for other places to watch it. I know, I’m bad. But you gotta love it…sometimes. Most of the time. It’s so silly/ridiculous/over the top, but entertaining at times too. I’ve been introduced to quite a bit of music that I might not have found were it not for Glee. That means that I look up the originals as well as listening to the Glee covers. So for all of you who like the show, have fun watching it and think of me when you do!

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