Maybe more like Edward Scissor Hands…?

Today at breakfast Greg made the comment that Sylvain kind of looks like Edward Scissor Hands and I realized good old Edward was more what I was looking to match Einstein with yesterday. Poor guy. His hair makes it look like he’s in a play and trying to look old…like Benjamin Button or something. I swear he has more spots than Bastien. He’s actually covered. His legs not so much, there are some, but it’s his torso and face that have the most. Around his eyes too which can’t be nice. There are a few on his back and a few on his chest that are quite big and look like if you touch them they’ll pop open. To top it all off he’s still teething. He still only has the one tooth, but there have been signs that more are on their way. We’ll see. There’s been false alarms before! All I know is that by supper time he was so tired, had a fever, and all those bumpy spots. He napped this morning, but not really this afternoon and by the time I got him in his pj’s and he ate his bottle he looked exhausted. He wasn’t falling asleep in his chair, but once I put him to bed I didn’t hear a peep out of him.

It was a full house today. Everyone was home. Greg talked to his mother today and we found out that he might not have had chicken pox as a kid. Uh oh. Adeline is getting sick now, so far it’s just me who isn’t. Let’s hope it stays that way. I think I should grab a carton of orange juice from the basement and chug it! Get some more vitamins in me. The morning passed normally and around lunchtime Adeline took the boys grocery shopping and I made soup. Yes it’s the same soup that I wrote about back in January so it’s super easy, but this time I did it totally without supervision. I didn’t have enough water in it though. That’s better than too much which is what I normally do. Greg had a point; right now it doesn’t take up as much space to store and the next time we go to eat it we can add more water.

After our late lunch we all went down for a nap. Well, I know the kids did and I flopped down in my room. I wasn’t planning on sleeping, but I did on and off for about 3 hours. During this time Adeline also took a nap, but Sylvain woke up so he was with Greg. I guess it’s a good thing, sleep is important and I really don’t want to get sick. I made a comment that all the germs were upstairs because everyone who sleeps upstairs has gotten sick.

Tonight I watched Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis (or in English Welcome to the Sticks). Greg and Adeline said it was funnier than Rien à Déclarer, and it sure was funny, but I think I liked Rien à Déclarer better. Maybe it’s because I saw it first. The movie is about a Post Office Administrator who worked really hard to get a promotion to move the southern sea-side (in France) and doesn’t get it. He applies for another one, but says he’s handicapped (they gave the first transfer to a handicapped person – that’s why he does it). He’s found out and is ‘banished’ to the North. The stereotypes are slightly different (ie. no igloos), but think of all the stereotypes Americans have about Canadians and you’ll understand. It’s always freezing, they always drink beer, they’re basically uncouth rednecks (to use a familiar term), etc, etc. They also speak a dialect of French called Chtimi. Replace ‘S’ with ‘SH’ and a bunch of other things. It might as well be another language! Because of this and because of the speed it was harder for me to try to follow the French than it was for the other film, but I did catch a few things. There was one subtitle discrepancy in particular that I caught, but when I had a chance to think about it, it made sense. They were talking about an office. Because of the dialect in the subtitles it was spelled something like offish. Then they kept putting ‘offish’ and ‘fish’ and ‘offish’ and ‘fish’ and I was confused because they were clearly saying ‘chien’ (dog). However they were saying ‘office’ in the movie sounded (to the guy from southern France) like ‘chien’ and there was all kinds of confusion. Which is part of whats so funny. So while I was confused based on what I was hearing and what I was reading at the time, it makes sense now. Watching “foreign” films when you actually speak some of the language can be trying sometimes because the subtitles don’t always actually reflect the literal translation. Or the translation that you know. I definitely had many ‘laugh out very loud’ moments. I kept apologizing after them because I was afraid I was going to wake the boys up! I’m sure if I laughed as loud with the other movie, but I still like that one better. I can now say with certainty that I am a Dany Boon fan. At least his comedy. I haven’t watched him in anything other than that.

So that was my day. Full of laughter near the end. How was yours?


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Is it that time again already?


I can’t believe the day’s almost over. Honestly, I watched movies all day. I watched Friends with Benefits, The Help, and the latest version of Jane Eyre. I’ve seen the original movie adaptation of Jane Eyre and I’m not sure which one I like better as it has been a while. I might have to go with the new one, but I’m not sure. I started watching Transformers 3 and an hour into it I got bored. Normally I like action movies and stuff, but I think I have to be in the mood for it and after Jane Eyre I’m not really in the mood for something so high-octane. Maybe it’s the movie itself, maybe it’s my mood. Maybe they should have stopped making them. I don’t know. All I know is that I might watch another movie before bed or I might do some reading, but either way this blog post is done!


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Productivity is subjective

At least I woke up for my walk this morning, woot! Go me. I did spend most of my day planted on my chair in front of my computer, but I wasn’t just fooling around. For some reason I’ve been on a movie kick the last couple days. I just want to watch movies all the time! Today I watched Invincible with Mark Wahlberg. I don’t know where the idea to watch that came from, it just sort of popped into my head yesterday. I can never remember the name of that movie though, odd. And I’m not a fan of football. Double odd. I like football movies though, or rather, I like sport movies and most happen to be about football. Even though I’ve seen it a few times before I didn’t remember everything and for some reason I got really into it and was on the edge of my seat waiting for the football scenes to play out and… Wow, cool it Holly.

What else did I do? Well, I posted about 93 photos from our trip to Paris! Complete with tags and descriptions. I commented in a heated discussion on the Laurier Musical Theatre club group on Facebook. I said Happy Birthday to a couple of people. And I organized some other pictures. When you put it all down here it doesn’t sound like much….. I mean, there were dishes that I put away, filled the dishwasher, folded a little laundry, helped Adeline fold the big sheets and covers, had lunch, watched a little bit of a French game show with Adeline… Is that really all?

Like I said, subjective. Here’s the link if you want to check out my Paris pictures. ^_^ Enjoy.

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…….

I can’t believe I forgot Jeff!

I had a major brain fart yesterday. I forgot that Jeff (Aurore’s husband) will be in Switzerland with us! After a week in the house by himself, Greg will be joining us for the second weekend.

Today Bastien spent the day (well, from noon on) at Greg’s parent’s house. He went for two walks, baked, and I can’t remember what else. Greg spent the day at a friend’s house, so it was just Adeline, Sylvain, and I. I did a couple of devotions from the Daily Bread book Mom sent me, some other reading, and letter writing. During/after lunch Adeline and I watched ‘Music and Lyrics’ with Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore. I had never seen it before, but I had heard of it. It’s good! I especially like the catchy, gets-stuck-in-your-head-for-hours 80s style pop song ‘Pop Goes My Heart’ from the made up group Pop. Hugh Grant’s hair was interesting…it wasn’t as bad as a mullet, it was just longish and in his face. I will say, he had some pretty sweet dance moves (mainly this crazy hip jutting/thrusting thing going on). He can sing to. After watching it, Adeline said it was like ‘That Thing You Do’ (which, if you haven’t seen it, you NEED to). I have it at home. I’ve actually wanted to watch it for a while. Too bad.

So that was my day. The sun was shining and I should have gone for a walk, but I didn’t. I should really be going out and walking more, taking advantage of having time to explore. I gots to get me the willpower!

Why do people obsess over celebrities?

I’m including myself in this bunch, although I’m not as crazy as some people. I mean sure, when I see a show or movie I like, I tend to inform myself about the actors in said show or movie, because I’m curious. But once I get the basics, I’m good. I don’t need to know their every move as if their entire life is a movie made solely for my benefit. They’re just regular people who happen to work in the spot light. I am a little embarrassed by this admission, but we all do embarrassing things, just not all of us post about it on the internet. Oh wait…Millions of people do that everyday, it’s called YouTube.

You might be wondering what brought this on and what it has to do with my day. My day was uneventful. I picked Bastien up from school and then went to my French class and while I was in the office getting some paper work taken care of, Adeline called me to say that my teacher had canceled class because she is sick. At least the trip wasn’t a total waste – what with the paper work as well as picking up Sylvain – because I was already out and about and not that far from the babysitter’s.

When I got home Adeline was watching a movie. I’m not sure what it was called (she told me, but I forget, of course). It was in French, but not originally. I think the original is in English and based on the fact that the cars had the steering wheels on the right, the landscape/weather, and the school uniforms these girls were wearing, I’m going to guess it’s set in England somewhere. So I didn’t know exactly what was going on, except that there was this house in the country where a group of writers were staying because it was peaceful and conducive to good writing. One woman was dating a singer (I think) and that’s where the crazy celebrity obsessing question comes in.

There were these two girls, and they were acting crazy over Ben (the singer). The one girl’s entire room was covered in his name and pictures of him. And they were stalking him at this house…they even broke in and went in the room him and his girlfriend were staying in, and stole a jacket and I think a pair of boots. I tell you, insane.

I guess I can’t completely condemn the quest for knowledge of celebrities because we’re all a little interested in the lives of celebrities; but my question is why? Is it because their lives seem so much more exciting than ours? Because they get to do things that most of us only dream of? Pfsh. I don’t know. Most of you who know me know that I love performing and that I would love to be able to make a living doing that. My dream is NOT to become rich and famous, I like my privacy thank you very much. I just want to perform, but it will just be a hobby and I think I’m ok with that. I mean, my dream won’t get anywhere at this rate. I’m not a huge fan of big cities and I’m a total chicken…not once I’m on stage, but just in the getting there. We can’t all be like Justin Bieber and become YouTube celebrities overnight. You have to go out and make your dreams happen…I just don’t know if I have the guts to do that! The answer is, I don’t. I guess it all comes down to God’s plan for my life. If it’s meant to be, somehow I will (only with God’s help) gain the courage and strength to at least try.  Sorry I’m being such a Debbie Downer. That wasn’t what this post was supposed to be about!

I guess I just let my fingers run away with me there. Sometimes that happens. This can be good or bad. I’m going to just leave it. Maybe it will give you all a little insight into just who I am that you weren’t looking for! Ha! Such was my plan. MUWAHAHAHAHA!!! Just kidding. Again, fingers just ran away and took my brain with them, but I think it’s funny so I won’t delete it. What’s going on? It’s not even that late. Maybe it’s because of that piece of chocolate I had a little bit ago…Remind me to stay away from chocolate just before posting on my blog.

Sorry for the long post about nothing. I hope you were able to chuckle at least ONCE during this entire thing. If not, I have failed at my job and should just give up….

….Got you! I won’t give up. Not until the year is out! I have to do strange things like this every once in a while to make sure you’re still reading and interested. Besides, there will be a quiz at the end of the year. And you must pass. Just like my grade 12 English grammar quizzes, a pass is not 50%, but 70%. And if you fail, you have to try again…until you pass.

***Note to all readers: There will in fact NOT be a quiz, I repeat, there will NOT be a quiz. That would take way too much effort on the part of the author and is also not in her contract. Thank you for reading, good night. ***

Rapunzel? Or Tangled?

Either way I want to see the movie. Not much to report today. I went to the Friterie to get fries for supper tonight (all by myself!). It’s just down the street. And of course Sylvain is as adorable  – and chatty – as ever.

So today I spent some time on my old friend Computer. I would say it moves glacially slow, but with global warming, these days, glaciers are melting pretty fast! Faster than my computer at any rate. It’s had a good run. 4.5 years now, and as I understand it, for a general run-of-the-mill (non-mac) computer, that’s decent. I was doing some ‘research’ on Zachary Levi (Chuck Bartowski in ‘Chuck’) just to see what else he’s been in. Turns out he is the voice of Flynn Rider in ‘Tangled’. Also, he has an amazing singing voice! He sings a duet with Mandy Moore in ‘Tangled’ and he also sings a duet with Katharine McPhee called ‘Terrified’. It’s an awesome song. He’s pretty cute, but I will say I’m almost more attracted to his voice than his looks (tee hee hee). I have a new celebrity crush (:b). I haven’t had one in a while so I would say I’m due.

Last night after writing my post I watched the movie Avatar: The Last Airbender with Adeline and Greg. I also tried a peach flavoured beer called Peach Mel Bush. I have a couple of pics, but I don’t feel like hooking up my camera at the moment, so I will post them some other time.

Oliver? No, everyone-ver!

Ok. So I know my title will only make sense to Greg, Adeline, and me so I will explain it. A couple days ago Adeline went grocery shopping and picked up 3 DVDs for 5 euros each. One was The Breakfast Club, Oliver, and a French film that I can’t remember the name of. So when she was telling Greg at supper about these movies Bastien heard Oliver and thought she said Holly-ver. So he started saying Mama-ver, Papa-ver, Sylvain-ver, Bastien-ver…It was one of the cutest things he’s done so far. We laughed quite a bit. Of course there’s also the issue of my name and ‘au lit’ (which means ‘to/in bed’). One night they spent the time helping him differentiate vowels between my name and to bed. Sometimes I still get confused because I think I hear my name, but no, they’re just saying it’s time to go to bed.

Today Adeline and Greg went to the theatre so I was with the boys for the afternoon and for bed. Mind you, they left during nap time so there were no teary goodbyes from Bastien. He knew they were going though, so it wasn’t a surprise when he woke up. It was easier than the last time. I assume that with practice and with Bastien getting more comfortable with me it will be easier. Or at least I’ll have a rhythm down better the more I do it!

Tonight when I was changing Bastien into his pajamas, he found something extremely funny and had this great laugh/giggle going on. Oh! I remember what it was. I was putting his pants on and said something like ‘left foot, ok now right foot’ and he goes ‘no left!’. As if both were left. And I said ‘no, it’s not possible!’ This went on for a while, he was laughing his head off. Also, when we were watching a movie Sylvain was talking and he did this little giggle and Bastien thought it was funny and started laughing. He’s been really great and gentle with Sylvain the last couple of days. He’s wanted to hold Sylvain more than when I first got here and he’ll give him kisses with lots of care. It’s adorable.

For his stories tonight we read two Diego books. He loves Diego. He even said ‘thank you’ in English (after prompting from me). Because of course here Diego is in French teaching English (instead of in English teaching Spanish). The first one was about sea creatures and erupting volcanoes…I made a big deal out of (very dramatic like, you know how I am) and he got right into it. It was great, lots of fun. He wanted more stories, but I knew that if I let him we’d be reading stories all night. Of course he didn’t want to go to bed (but this time there were no tears :D) so I said I was going to sleep in his bed. Then he followed me in his room because that wasn’t right! He went to bed easily after that. I had put Sylvain in his bed so that I could read with Bastien without distraction and when I was done with Bastien, Sylvain was asleep. Woohoo!

So, good day today all in all. Hope everyone else had a great weekend!

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