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francophony 8:07pm, 3 January 2007
Being that I only signed up for this today, I've already broken the rules... being unaware of the diary yesterday, I didn't take any pictures. Oops. Let's hope that having already messed up once will bring me good luck.

Orange Coat!

I live in Le Havre France, teach, study, blog, etc. Whee.

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satrina* 12 years ago
Hello! today's my first post too, so you're not alone ;)
PutYourFlareOn PRO 12 years ago
HI Kim! Just post pictures for the days you missed...

Looking forward to seeing your year in photos.

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PutYourFlareOn's 2007 Daily Photo Diary
francophony 12 years ago
January 1st:

Camouflage.

My husband can be a real goofball. I get a kick out of it (well, most of the time).
alert chicken [deleted] 12 years ago
welcome!
francophony 12 years ago
January 3rd:

ABC Muffin Up for Grabs.

I made up my own recipe for the first time ever, and after dinner the husband and I decided to split one and try it for dessert. But he got impatient with my picture snapping and snapped his half right up!
sarahwoo 12 years ago
Yum! Looks good....
AliThinks 12 years ago
That reminds me, I have some candied cranberries (candied by yours truly!) lurking in the bottom of the fridge. Those muffins look delish.
PutYourFlareOn PRO 12 years ago
So, how did the muffin's turn out? They look moist!


-Aimee
PutYourFlareOn's 2007 Daily Photo Journal
francophony 12 years ago
Quite scrumptious!

I made mine with fresh cranberries, although I didn't think thoroughly beforehand and starting chopping them up by hand. Chopping up little round berries by hand is not suggested. Next time, the food processor is doing the hard work for me!
francophony 12 years ago
January 4:

Clems!

I've been spending the last week in the apartment revising for my exams, so I've seen very little outside of my living room. Studying is often accompanied by a cup (or two or three) of tea, but sometimes, for the really boring subjects, food is a necessity. I've consumed so many clementines over the last week that I am expecting to wake up orange one of these mornings.
sarahwoo 12 years ago
I am exactly the same way....when I study I have to have something to munch on. Unfortunately for me, lately it has been chocolate...well, it is not that unfortunate. But, clementines have had their moments too...they are perfect for keeping the focus. (Good luck with your exams!)

Sarah My Photo Diary 2007
Wespionage PRO 12 years ago
Somehow I've resisted the urge to binge on Clementines this year. But I have a feeling that my will power is fading...
francophony Posted 12 years ago. Edited by francophony (member) 12 years ago
January 5:

AWESOME HAIR!

Took a short study break this afternoon to take in a movie on tv. And I was sucked in... by the magical, gravity-defying hair.

Sure, I lived in the 80s. I had a skort. I had bangle bracelets. I didn't have one of those T-shirt rings you could wear off to the side to gather your t-shirt all weirdly, but I wanted one. But never, never, did I have hair that could compete with Melanie Griffith's hair here.

I haven't stepped foot out of my apartment since Monday. Life should get more exciting soon. Promise.

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(et en français, car j'ai vu qu'il y a plein de français par-là qui font des efforts d'écrire en anglais, donc pourquoi je ne ferais pas le contraire?)

J'ai fait une petite pause de mes révisions cette après-midi pour regarder un film à la téle, et j'étais prise en otage par ces cheveux magiques qui resistent aux lois de la nature.

Bien sûr, j'ai vécu pendant les années 80. J'ai possedé un vêtement moitié-jupe, moitié-short. J'avais des gros bracelets en plastique. Je n'avais pas un de ces machins circulaires qu'on mettait sur le côté du t-shirt bizarrement, mais j'ai voulu en avoir un. Mais je n'ai jamais, jamais eu des cheveux qu'on pourrait comparer aux ceux de Melanie Griffith.

Je n'ai pas mis un pied dehors de mon appart depuis lundi. La vie devrait bientôt être plus intéressant. Promis.
AliThinks 12 years ago
Ah, super idée d'écrire en français aussi! Je commencerai demain...

And gawd, I love clementines. My 80s hair was more Spandau Ballet than Melanie Griffith. I'm not sure which is worse.
Heidulius 12 years ago
Oh the 80's :) How I loved that movie! I went to school with an older girl who used egg-whites, sugar and a vacuum cleaner ( along with a perm job gone wrong or so rumour had it) to get her hair close to Melanie's supernatural do. I gave up on my own hair decades ago - it lies flat even in a hurricane ;D

Heiða (My corner of the house 2007)
francophony Posted 12 years ago. Edited by francophony (member) 12 years ago
Ecrire en français est une bonne idée, c'est clair, mais j'ai déjà cliqué sur "edit" au moins trois fois depuis j'ai appuyé sur le bouton "post now" car je me rends compte de mes erreurs petit à petit. :x

Mais je devrais me dire qu'au moins je me rends compte des erreurs toute seule. Comme une grande! ;) heh
francophony 12 years ago
January 6:

Domokun.

Meet Domokun. He keeps my couch warm.

(Testing the husband's birthday present, a new lens for the good camera. Loving it!)

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Je vous présente Domokun. Il garde le canapé au chaud.

(Un essai du nouvel objectif pour le bon appareil photo qui mon mari a réçu comme cadeaux d'anniversaire. Je l'adore!)
francophony Posted 12 years ago. Edited by francophony (member) 12 years ago
January 7:

Snow White.

Galette des Rois. This French tradition and I have somewhat of a love/hate relationship. I absolutely love the concept: eat cake, end up with the little figurine, and get to wear a crown. For a girl who at eighteen owned furry pants and multiple boas and whose hair changed color on a weekly basis, a socially acceptable reason to wear a crown as an adult is, to put it simply, f-ing awesome!

But the cake itself? BOR-ING! No chocolate! Just almond paste! Blah. So I never eat it. So I can't win!

But most adults hate winning and therefore don't really wear the crown afterwards anyway. So I just lurk in the shadows and snatch it up when the winner promptly abandons it. Works for me.

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La galette des rois. Cette tradition française est un peu mi-figue mi-raisin pour moi. J'adore le concept : manger du gateau, tomber sur la fève, et porter la couronne! Pour une fille qui, à ses 18 ans, avaient des pantalons en fourrure, des boas et des cheveux qui changeait de couleur avec chaque nouvelle semaine, un moment où on peut porter une couronne sans être prise pour une folle est carrément merveilleux!

Mais la galette dans elle-même? EN-NUI-YEUX! Pas de chocolat! Seulement de la pâte d'amande! Bleh. Donc je ne la mange jamais. Donc je ne peux pas être la gagnante!

Mais comme la plupart des adultes détestent gagner à ce jeux et donc abandonnent leur couronne très vite, j'attends sagement dans l'ombre, et le saisir brusquement dès que le gagnant refuse de la porter. Ca marche pour moi!
PutYourFlareOn PRO 12 years ago
I absolutely hate the cake! We didn't even celebrate this year because I don't like the cake. I've had a version without the crust on time with pears mixed in, that was okay. And the very first time I had galette des rois, I nearly chipped a tooth because I bit the figurine. GO figure.

What kind of lens did you get David for his bday?

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Aimee, PutYourFlareOn's 2007 Daily Photo Diary
francophony 12 years ago
Um, some kind of macro lens? Our circle of friends and I did a piggy bank and let him order it himself, because uh, he knows what he wants far better than I do. I'll ask him during dinner and let you know.
francophony Posted 12 years ago. Edited by francophony (member) 12 years ago
David's response: Canon EFS 60mm macro USM.

If you can decipher that mumbojumbo, kudos to you! heh
PutYourFlareOn PRO 12 years ago
oooh, sweet lens.

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Aimee, PutYourFlareOn's 2007 Daily Photo Diary
AliThinks 12 years ago
Domokun!

And please, if you have another galette, please think of me. I miss that tradition, and completely forgot to think about trying to make a galette (frangipane and all!). LOL.
francophony 12 years ago
We have a friend who makes his own galette every year, but the sad part about that is no crown! I mean, what's the point?

They have started making apple and chocolate galettes too, but I never find them in the bakeries here, only in the inferior grocery-store already-made versions. But David's uncle was telling me that in Lorient the apple versions are far more common than the frangipane ones. Go figure.
sarahwoo 12 years ago
I love galette - I have made two myself this year and included feve in mine and we had a crown. Thibaut feels the same as you though...no chocolate=no good. That's fine, more for me.. :)
PutYourFlareOn PRO 12 years ago
Kim, I can confirm that that the apple versions in Lorient are everywhere and I much perfer them. I had one over Christmas with apples and Salidou, caramel with sel de geurande, it was amazingly good... But i guess if there's no crown what's the purpose, right? Listen to me, I don't eat the cake at all... and have never won the crown. Maybe that's why I don't like it! *grin*

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Aimee, PutYourFlareOn's 2007 Daily Photo Diary
sunshinecity 12 years ago
i love the Domokun! Adorable!!

great pictures!

~ sunshinecity - a picture, a story
Samrag 12 years ago
Hi Francophony - just bookmarking you now, and looking over your photo - not going to read the whole diary but will visit now regularly ;-)

- 1.jan: Great to have some laughter in the house!!!!
- 2.jan: hhhmmmm
- 3.jan: food and you wanted him to wait... hhhmm
- 4.jan: more food....
- 5.jan: I would guess Working Girl
- 6.jan: Like this one...
- 7.jan: even more food....

...have a feeling you like photographing food - but, hey maybe that is just me ;-)

Sam (2007 in Iceland)
francophony 12 years ago
Samrag, Working Girl indeed! Two points or you!

And it's not so much that I enjoy photographing food, but more that I enjoy food, period. Unfortunately, my waistline hasn't been liking it so much lately. I need to start being a bit more careful...
francophony Posted 12 years ago. Edited by francophony (member) 12 years ago
January 8:

Latin.

After a few hours of lesson planning at work, I decided to take a short detour before heading back home. I only got as far as Notre Dame (every French city seems to have one) before the sky began to drip, drip, drip on my head.

Don't ask me what it says. I didn't do Latin. My high school only offered French or Spanish. Perhaps there's an enlightened commenter out there?

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Après quelques heures passées à préparer des leçons, je me suis décidée de faire un petit tour à pied avant de rentrer chez moi. J'étais seulement au niveau de Notre Dame (du Havre, pas de Paris) avant que le ciel commençait à me tomber dessus.

Ne me demande pas de le traduire. Mon lycée n'offrait que l'espagnol et le français. Peut-être était-il un flickreur par là qui pourrait nous rendre service?
Samrag 12 years ago
See that grass/moss on it... so old... cool..
Yeh latine speaking clever people out there - what does it say.

Sam (2007 in Iceland)
francophony Posted 12 years ago. Edited by francophony (member) 12 years ago
January 9:

Easy Mexican Dinner.

Exhausted.

This is the best way to describe my current state. Hours and hours spent studying Civilisation of Great Britain, as well as Semiology. Which I haven't even finished reviewing yet. And they're only about one-fifth of all the subjects I need to know. Except for a test tomorrow evening, exams start on Monday. Can you say "stress"?

So, after hours and hours of revision, what's a girl to do? Find solace in food. And so I whipped up a plateful of Mexican-inspired goodness. And chowed down. It was good.

My last test is still fifteen days away. Let's hope I can get there without gaining multiple kilos.

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Epuisée.

C'est le mot qui exprime le mieux mon état actuel. J'ai passé des heures et des heures à réviser la civilisation de Grande Bretagne et la sémiologie. Des sujets que je n'ai pas encore finis à réviser. Et ils représentent seulement 1/5ème de mes cours. Les partiels commencent lundi (sauf pour un exam demain soir). Le mot clé est "stress"!

Donc, après des heures de révision, comment faire pour décompresser? Manger. Donc j'ai cuisiné un petit plat façon mexicaine. Quel festin! C'était très bon.

Mon dernier partiel du semestre est en quinze jours. J'espère pouvoir arriver sans prendre plusieurs kilos.
Samrag 12 years ago
SamRag came by to you!

ONE MORE of food - I always become hungry visiting your thread!!!

Sam (2007 in Iceland)
francophony Posted 12 years ago. Edited by francophony (member) 12 years ago
January 10:

One Down.

"The history and theory of the translation." Does that sound like a class you'd want to take? Yeah, me either! But alas, a problem with my originally-selected class and boom, I was gifted twelve weeks of this class. And when the teacher informed me that the essay would be one of a philosophical sort, you can imagine my pleasure. All French students do a year (or maybe two?) of philosophy in high school. I have done precisely none.

So you can imagine my face when I get the subject:

"The translator in society. Discuss."

I managed three pages (in French, mind you). Will it be enough? Time will tell...

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"L'histoire et la théorie de la traduction." C'est un cours que vous aimeriez suivre? Moi non plus! Mais voilà, un problème avec mon choix initial et voilà, j'ai gagné 12 semaine dans ce cours. Et quand la prof nous a dit que le partiel serait du type philosophique, vous pouvez imaginer mon grand plaisir. Je crois que vous, les français, ont une année (peut-être même deux?) du philo au lycée. Moi, l'americaine? ZERO.

Donc vous pouviez imaginer l'expression qui s'affichera sur mon visage quand je reçois le sujet:

"Le traducteur dans la société. Commentez."

J'ai réussi à faire trois pages quand même. Est-ce que ça va suffire pour obtenir la moyenne? On verra...
smithbob 12 years ago
I hate philosphy ... Yes I France we do a least one year of philo (in "terminal" before university).
sweltering distance [deleted] 12 years ago
Thanks for taking the time to write in 2 languages
PutYourFlareOn PRO 12 years ago
Ugh. That sounds so brain numbing. I had a University final that was like that. One question. The entire semester's grade rode on that one test. I passed with a B- which lowered my grade. I think my American teacher was french in a previous life.

Hope you did well... let us know.

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Aimee, PutYourFlareOn's 2007 Daily Photo Diary
sunshinecity 12 years ago
wow, don't evn you! So glad i'm done with studying...
We too here in Italy have philosophy for two years... but lickily I managed to escape it, as I did highschool in the UK!


~ sunshinecity, a picture, a story
AliThinks 12 years ago
Three pages! That's way better than I could have done. Those kinds of questions seem to make my brain freeze.

Alison
AllanThinks Posted 12 years ago. Edited by AllanThinks (member) 12 years ago
I want a Domo Kun to go with our alligator and the rest of the menagerie in our living room.

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Allan's 2007 Daily Photo Diary
francophony 12 years ago
January 11:

"My" Shelves.

I believe that we can learn a lot about a person from their bookshelves. Therefore, I've decided to share mine. Give it a look, share your opinions, jump on the bandwagon and flickr your own, etc.

(The photo has notes for your reading pleasure, and I recommend the large size for reading book titles. The other shelves can also be found in my photos)

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Je pense qu'on peut apprendre beaucoup de choses sur une personne en jetant un oeil sur sa bibliothèque. Donc, je vous offre la mienne. Regardez, commentez, n'hesitez pas à flickrez la vôtre.

(L'image a des notes, et je recommende la grande taille si vous souhaitez lire les titres. Les autres étagères se trouvent également sur mon page si ça vous intéresse.)
sarahwoo 12 years ago
One of the books I am reading right now is Long Way Down by Nick Hornby. I have read all of his other books and I can't say if I like this one or not...what did you think?

sarah
drab chicken [deleted] 12 years ago
*laughing my head off at Knitting for Dummies
francophony 12 years ago
A Long Way Down was a fine read. I prefer About a Boy by far, but I would rather read Hornby than chicklit by any means.

I must admit though, I wasn't a huge fan of High Fidelity either. But not because it was a bad book, but mostly because I saw the film first and absolutely loved it, so it had hard competition.

Knitting for Dummies isn't bad in terms of theory, but my god, I've never seen such uninteresting patterns anywhere else. :x
MarySesami 12 years ago
LOL! I also have Knitting for Dummies as well as Crocheting for Dummies.
francophony 12 years ago
Sewing for Dummies is tucked in their right next to it, but sewing and I don't really get along. I can sew patches (had some experience doing it in my "punk" days), but that's about it for me!
smithbob 12 years ago
funny ... my bookshelves
sunshinecity 12 years ago
so true.. I like looking at other people's bookshelves, so enjoying this shot!
Thanks

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story
francophony Posted 12 years ago. Edited by francophony (member) 12 years ago
January 12:

Self-portrait.

Mid-afternoon on Friday, I started to feel a bit of a cold coming on. The sore throat incited a mini-freakout, being that Monday kicks off a week and a half of semester final exam after semester final exam. So I sequestered myself to the couch with a blanket and glass after glass of orange juice before retiring to bed for ten hours of uninterrupted sleep.

I couldn't be bothered to get up and find my camera, let alone looking for something interesting to take a picture of. So you get me, slightly ill and bundled up on ye olde couch, taken with the ever-so-handy cell phone.

(For what it's worth, the strategy worked -- evil germs seem to have been evacuated and I'm in top-form for my week-and-a-half of stress! Huzzah!)

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En milieu d'après-midi de vendredi, j'ai senti la ménace d'un début de grippe. Le mal de gorge a incité une petite panique chez moi, vu que lundi marque le début d'une semaine et demie de partiels. Donc je suis allée jusqu'au canapé accompagniée d'une couverture, buvant verre après verre de jus d'orange avant d'aller au lit pour dormir une bonne dix heures d'affilées.

Je n'avais pas le courage de me lever pour chercher l'appareil-photo et un sujet intéressant à prendre. Donc voici moi, sur le canapé avec la couverture, une photo prise avec mon portable.

(Pour ce que cela vaut, c'était bien joué... ça va mieux et je suis prête pour la semaine et demie de partiels et de stress à venir!)
PutYourFlareOn PRO 12 years ago
Whoa, that picture is huge. You're going to get spanked by the admins! :)

Everyone's getting sick. I hope I don't catch it too. Julien just came into the bedroom to announce that he has the flu! Eeek.

Take care of yourself! is it cold in LH?

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Aimee, PutYourFlareOn's 2007 Daily Photo Diary
francophony 12 years ago
Fixed it (copied the wrong link like a nerdo).

Not cold really.. maybe 10° or so for the high? But I haven't been spending much time outside lately either. Mostly just studying like mad, really. Good times.
sarahwoo 12 years ago
Get this stuff I have been taking- L52. Ask for it at the pharmacy. It is homeopathic. You just drink it several times during the day. I found it really helped me...

Good luck with your exams. I have mine too...but they aren't quite as serious as yours. I'll be thinking of you!

Sarah
francophony 12 years ago
January 13th:

"Be Happy" I said!

After a day of studying, the evening was spent celebrating a friend's 30th bday.

My husband has this habit of making weird faces in pictures. So I commanded him "be happy!" So he was. Ridiculously so. And I like the result (although I'm sure he'd be less pleased).

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Après une journée de révisions, le soirée était consacrée à fêter les 30 ans d'une amie.

Mon mari a l'habitude de faire des vieux grimaces dans les photos. Donc je l'ai ordonnée "Sois heureux!" Et donc il l'a fait. A la limite du ridicule. Et le résultat me plaît bien (mais je suis sûre qu'il serait moins content).
sarahwoo 12 years ago
I actually think it looks a little bit natural...he really looks happy!

sarah
francophony 12 years ago
January 14:

Studying.  AGAIN.

The day was spent studying. Literally. For a good six or seven hours minimum. Not my idea of a good time, but with a bit of luck it will pay off.

The fruit of my labors: nice, neat copies of the answers to various analyses for linguistic grammar. This class is just whack: you have a ridiculously simple sentence in English, such as "something somewhere was always burning", and then you analysize it. In French. For ten or fifteen sentences. It's enough to drive a girl mad, I tell you.

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La journée était dédiée aux révisions. Pendant au moins six ou sept heures. Pas mon idée d'un week-end sympa, mais avec un peu de chance ça va compter pour quelque chose.

Le fruit de mes efforts: des copies bien propres des réponses à plusieurs analyses pour mon cours de grammaire linguistique. C'est cours est complètement dingue! Tu as une phrase plutôt simple en anglais (exemple: "Something somewhere was always burning") et ensuite il faut l'analyser. En français. Dans une bonne douzaine de phrases. Ce cours risque de m'achever!
Bernard- 12 years ago
Your handwriting is way too neat. If you can read your own handwriting, you are doing something wrong. :)

My favorite sentence I heard on an English language lesson for Japanese listeners was "I'm choking!".
francophony 12 years ago
Niiiiiiiiice!

My favorite phrase heard in an English class involved "raping cucumbers" (coming from the French "râper" meaning to grate) from one of my students. But I think this is a really common mistake for French-speakers learning English. I've heard it in reference to all sorts of vegetables!
AliThinks 12 years ago
Raping cucumbers...hahahaha!

I was also going to comment on your extremely neat handwriting and copie. Good gravy! It's almost like you're...French! ;-)

Alison
francophony 12 years ago
I must admit with shame that today, during my tests, I used a RULER to underline the names of books I made reference to. A RULER FOR UNDERLINING! But this is because if I don't do so, the whole idea of the tests being anonymous is foiled because I am the only American in the English department, and my unstraight lines would give me away!
AliThinks 12 years ago
Mort de rire! What color did you use, red? Or green?
francophony 12 years ago
I used THE SAME COLOR as the text! I may be a sheep, but I'm a slightly rebellious sheep dammit!
dda1605 12 years ago
"someone somewhere is always studying" - Good Luck.

(Didier 2007 )
drab chicken [deleted] 12 years ago
my unstraight lines would give me away
hahahaha!
francophony 12 years ago
January 15:

Hotel de Ville.

The Hotel de Ville is just lovely. I love the fountains. I love the kooky bird statues. And I love the way that no matter what the season, no matter what the weather, the grass is always green and the flowers are always tended to.

When heading to and from the university, I sometimes cut through the square and think to myself "Hey, Le Havre isn't that bad!"

(2 exams today. Did my best. I think my best will be quite decent for British Civilisation. Linguistic Grammar is a crapshoot. I remembered my definitions, key terms, what have you, but did I correctly interpret the sentences? Only time will tell...)

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L'hotel de vile est très charmant. J'aime ses fontaines. J'aime ses drôles d'oiseaux. Et j'aime que n'importe quel saison, n'importe quel temps, l'herbe est toujours verte et les fleurs toujours bien entretenues.

Dans mon va-et-vient entre chez moi et l'université, parfois je traverse la place et je me dis "Hé, Le Havre n'est pas si mal après tout."

(2 partiels aujourd'hui. J'ai fait de mon mieux. Pour ce qu'il est la civilisation GB, ça devrait aller. Pour la grammaire linguistique, on verra...)
dda1605 Posted 12 years ago. Edited by dda1605 (member) 12 years ago
Sympa l'hotel de Ville. But for me (and I know it is not very original) "Le Havre" is symbolised by his harbour.
A l'occasion mets nous une petite photo du port...............

(Didier 2007 )
PutYourFlareOn PRO 12 years ago
It's lovely that you have the ocean so close by... just for that LH rocks.

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Aimee, PutYourFlareOn's 2007 Daily Photo Diary
AliThinks 12 years ago
I never went to Le Havre, but I lived in Rouen for a couple of years, way back when. Lovely centre ville there. Anyway, I love the bird statues!

Alison
alibaba0 Posted 12 years ago. Edited by alibaba0 (member) 12 years ago
Ah... moi aussi j'ai des cours de grammaire linguistique... :-)

alibaba0
francophony 12 years ago
Rouen has more charm (at least in the downtown area) than Le Havre in my opinion, but perhaps that's because going there is a "special" outing for yours truly. However, Le Havre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site!

Alibaba, tu dois comprendre ma souffrance alors!
francophony Posted 12 years ago. Edited by francophony (member) 12 years ago
January 16:

Red Carpet.

Another day, two more exams. Although it was a bit easier for yours truly today because one of my classes today was "oral comprehension", and not surprsingly, Americans understand spoken English quite well! Semiology went well enough, at least.

On the way home, passed by the former-Chambre de Commerce turned-Casino, red carpet and everything.

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Une journée en plus, deux partiels passés en plus. Mais c'était un peu plus facile pour moi cette fois car il y avait un partiel d'audio-orales, et quelle surprise, les Americaines comprendent plutôt bien l'anglais parlé! La sémiologie n'était pas trop horrible non plus.

En rentrant, j'ai passé devant l'ancien-Chambre de Commerce qui était transformé en casino, même avec tapis rouge!
sunshinecity 12 years ago
wow, you have been busy!!
I'm late to your diary too!!!

Hope your tests went well!

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story
'stee 12 years ago
for some reason i find the casino logo on the building very funny. what colours!
francophony 12 years ago
January 17:

Teatime.

Exams are exhausting. I get home in the afternoon feeling on the verge of collapse. I tend to fall back onto the couch, cup of tea in hand, and try to work up the courage to review for the following day. Today's cuppa: mariage frères "thé de la longévité". White tea! So soothing after a long day of "Canadian Art and Literature" and "French-to-English Translation" exams, I highly recommend it!

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Les partiels sont épuisants. J'arrive chez moi en milieu de l'après-midi à la limite de tomber par terre. J'ai la tendence de retrouver mon canapé, tasse de thé en main, pour retrouver le courage pour reviser pour le jour suivant. Le thé du jour : mariage frères "thé de la longévité." Thé blanc! Très calmant après une longue journée de partiels sur "l'art et lettres du Canada" et "Thème." Je le recommende de tout coeur!
AliThinks 12 years ago
Is that a Speculoos I see?

Alison
AllanThinks 12 years ago
After enduring 9 years of higher education, I can empathize with you about the exams. They are exhausting, and it is hard to get motivated to go back the next day for another round.
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Allan's 2007 Daily Photo Diary
'stee 12 years ago
that's a nice looking teapot. when do your exams end?
francophony 12 years ago
Alison, indeed a speculoos. They are sooooooo good but the name bothers me because it just reminds me of speculum! I can't help it!

Stee, the last one for this semester is on Wednesday. Just a few more days, thank god!
'stee 12 years ago
yay! wednesday's picture had better be of you drinking/celebrating/having fun.

good luck with the rest of your exams!

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'stee's 2007: a blank canvas
MarySesami Posted 12 years ago. Edited by MarySesami (member) 12 years ago
What an interesting tea pot, I have never seen one like that before!

Good luck on your exams!!

MarySesami's 2007
francophony Posted 12 years ago. Edited by francophony (member) 12 years ago
January 18:

Leaf Dance.

Just one exam on the 18th, about Sheridan's A School for Scandal. No problems there. However, the wind on the way home was unreal. There were times when I was just barely advancing.

When I got home, leaves were dancing around outside the building door. However, dancing leaves are difficult to capture in a picture. This is the best I got.

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Seulement un partiel le 18, un commentaire sur The School for Scandal de Sheridan. Pas de difficultés. Par contre, le vent dehors était irréel! Il y avait des moments où j'avançais à peine.

Quand je suis rentrée, des feuilles mortes dansaient devant la porte de l'immeuble. Cependant, les feuilles qui dansent sont difficiles à prendre en photo. Voilà le meilleur des pas top ;)
Victor Bezrukov 12 years ago
AllanThinks 12 years ago
The weather seems to be a common theme in many of these diaries.

I know I have spent a few entries talking about it.

This si a very strange winter. Everywhere.
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Allan's 2007 Daily Photo Diary
francophony 12 years ago
January 19:

Candlelight.

Friday meant two exams, a long literary analysis for American Lit at an ungodly hour in the morning, followed by a phonetics test which I think went alright, except for one section of the test in which I didn't put the stress on seven words because I didn't read the instructions properly, apparently. Oops.

The evening came, and we went out for crepes for dinner with friends. A nice relief after a long week of stress. I had a banana split for dessert, and the strawberry ice cream was ridiculously neon pink like the strawberry ice cream of yesteryear, before people thought it was "bad" to add insane amounts of food coloring to food to make it look pretty. Made my day.

Afterwards, we came home for tea and a candlelight chat.

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Vendredi il y avait deux partiels, un long commentaire à une heure pas possible en littérature americain et un partiel de phonétique qui s'est bien passé, sauf peut-être pour quelques questions où je ne suis pas rendue compte qu'il fallait également placer l'accent. Oups.

Le soir, nous sommes allés à une creperie avec des amis. C'était une bonne récompense après une semaine plutôt intense. J'ai pris une banana split pour le dessert, et la glace était d'une couleur rose fluo ("fluoe"? j'ai l'impression que le mot "fluo" ne s'accorde pas), comme dans les bons vieux jours avant qu'on a cessé d'ajouter des doses de colorant qui ne servaient à rien, sauf à faire joli. C'était un petit bonheur.

Après, nous sommes tous rentrés à l'appart pour du thé, café, et un discussion sous la lumière des bougies.
sunshinecity 12 years ago
love the candle light pic....
Good luck with the rest of your exams!

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story
francophony 12 years ago
Thanks.

I should have mentioned it in the pic, but I'm lazy so I'm just putting it here... those weird purple and blue lights through the window? That's the other side of the Casino seen in the picture on the 16th. Not aliens, as may have been imagined!
AllanThinks 12 years ago
You live next to a Casino? Cool! Not sure I could deal with the traffic and activity surrounding it all night.
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Allan's 2007 Daily Photo Diary
francophony 12 years ago
Eh, French casinos aren't like their American counterparts. You have to dress somewhat nicely just to get in, and there isn't any drunken roughhousing or anything like that. Honestly, since it was turned into a Casino a year or so ago it hasn't really changed anything in our neighborhood, except for the addition of a pedestrian crossing.
francophony 12 years ago
January 20:

Guitar.

Yesterday, in the car, while on our way to the grocery store, my husband confessed to me: "There's something I really want to buy." So I guessed. A new car? No. A new computer? Yes, but that's not what he was talking about. He finally spilt the beans: a new guitar.

Skip forward to grocery store an hour and some change later. The store has 40something lines. There are approximately six open. On a Saturday. Lines chaotic, in every which direction. Ridiculous. We get annoyed. Finally I inform the people at the customer service booth that we are not waiting any longer, that the cart has things that require refridgeration in it, and we leave. A hour of shopping, and zero groceries to show for it, but at least we have our principles.

On the way, we stop by the guitar shop. One makes its way home with us. I, however, fell in love with a little blue one. David told me I could have it if I wanted. But I have to think before making such purchases. So perhaps next week...

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Hier, dans la voiture en route pour le supermarché, mon mari me confie: "Il y a quelque chose que j'ai vraiment envie d'acheter." Une nouvelle voiture, je tente de deviner. Non. Un nouvel ordinateur? Oui, mais ce n'est pas de ça qu'il parle. Finalement, il vend la mèche: une nouvelle guitare.

Une heure et demie plus tard, on se retrouve avec un caddie plein de cours. Le magasin a une quarantaine de caisses; il y a six d'ouvert. Un samedi. C'est le chaos dans les files, qui vont dans n'importe quel sens. C'est ridicule. On s'énerve. Finalement, j'informe les femmes à l'accueil qu'on n'attend plus, qu'il y a des trucs dans le caddie qu'il faut mieux ranger bientôt, et on part. Une heure des cours, et on sort les mains vides, mais au moins avec nos principes.

En rentrant, on passe par le magasin de musique. Une guitare rentre avec nous. Cependant, moi, je suis tombée amoureuse d'une, d'un très joli bleu. David m'a dit que je pouvais l'avoir si je la voulais, mais je ne peux pas prendre une telle décision sans y réflechir. Donc peut-être le week-end prochain...
ebilflindas 12 years ago
Ooh, she's lovely! May you all make beautiful music together!
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ebilflindas: Everyday Dad
PutYourFlareOn PRO 12 years ago
Do you play the guitar? I didn't know that....

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Aimee, PutYourFlareOn's 2007 Daily Photo Diary
francophony 12 years ago
This is the second time someone asked me this question ('twas Kyliemac earlier!). The answer is yes, although I picked it up kinda late (around 14 years old, I think). First instrument was the violin, but I don't play it very much these days being that I have nowhere to play and no one to play with here. But the guitar is good times. I even won a contest where I played an original song and sang once! heh... but mostly I just do covers. And mostly in my living room. Alas. Although one day I will be a rock star. Maybe.
'stee 12 years ago
nice guitar, but i'm distracted by the many cds in the background - how large is your collection, exactly?

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'stee's 2007: a blank canvas
lramiro520 12 years ago
Wow...impressed by the guitar AND the large CD collection in the background? What type of music/artists do you listen to most often?

The Other Side Of The Fence
francophony 12 years ago
In relation to the CDs, thats not even half the collection. Both the husband and are are music buffs, and each brought a rather large collection with us into the relationship, so we probably have something like 600 CDs, not counting the ones we had in double and put away in storage somewhere.

I've been through a lot of musical stages... popular, ska, punk, indie rock, etc. My mp3 player makes my fellow students (all about 20 or so) weirded out because there's everything from 80s pop music to hair bands to Herman's Hermits to Panic at the Disco. And more hair bands. I am on a hair band kick lately, especially because it totally psychs me up when I'm in the bus on the way to school. I guess I'm weird like that.
francophony 12 years ago
January 21:

Self-Portrait.

While I think most of the teachers have since been corrected in their errors, at first they all considered me to be the same age as most of the students in my class. That age being about 19. 7 years younger than my actual age. They generally realized their mistake when inquiring as to why I was studying English in France and I mentioned "my husband". Although I don't see how they could think I was nineteen. I think those lines on the forehead give me away.

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Je crois que depuis l'affaire est reglée, mais au debut les profs pensait presque tous que j'avais le même âge que la plupart des étudiants dans ma filière. C'est-à-dire 19 ans. 7 ans de moins que mon veritable âge. Généralement ils se sont rendus comptes quand ils m'ont demandé pourquoi j'étudie l'anglais en France et moi, j'ai parlé de "mon mari." Mais je ne comprends pas comment ils pouvaient me prendre pour une fille de 19 ans. Je trouve que les rides de front sont la preuve.
sarahwoo 12 years ago
I've missed a few days here...but I have really liked your photos from the past few days and the stories that go with them.

The guitar looks fun...you will have to bring it next time you visit and we can have a good ole campfire sing-a-long...hehe...

Your hair is long! But, I still think you could pass for 19. What wrinkles?

(I am in the same situation though although it is more shocking when I say "mon fis".... )

Sarah
mscjwharton 12 years ago
Seriously, iwhen you look at this photo, you don't see a 19 year old? Trust me, it is in the presentation as well as the naturally young face. If you dress like all the 19 year olds as well as having a face that isn't aged looking then all will assume that you are amongst the 19 year olds. The way we dress and groom ourselves is hugely immportant to how we are seen. I can't remember how many times I tried to impress my students with this idea when they couldn't understand why they were judged so badly at first glance. This was Los Angeles middle school just to give you a frame of reference.
francophony 12 years ago
Too long! The goal is really to get it cut soon, but so far I am sucking in that regard. I may try to pass by the hairdresser on the corner of the road and see if I can make an appt for tomorrow because this situation needs some serious remedying (although really, I'm more just concerned about the split ends).

The problems with transporting our guitars is that we don't have any cases! I had a nice hard one back in the states but my dad stole it (for his guitar, the one he doesn't even play, that nerdo!). Hmmph.
francophony 12 years ago
Mscj, perhaps its because I remember myself as a nineteen year old, and it certainly wasn't much like I am now (at least physically-speaking). See for yourself, if you like: pic.

Perhaps we're all just biased when it comes to ourselves.
sunshinecity 12 years ago
hahaa, I know how you feel. I'm 30, yet everyone always thinks I'm 24! I'm used to it... plus, I tell you... it feels good sometimes! Heheheh

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story
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