Monday, August 31, 2009

Bonjour mes amis...

Well, my promises to blog regularly were dashed upon arriving at the apartment - the owner had decided to disconnect the internet/phone. I lamented - a lot - for a while, but I am over it now. There was something decidedly Parisian about the feined shrugs of sympathy, and somehow that has made it bearable.

The weather has been crazy good, though the rain should hit tomorrow for a bit. This place is embarassingly beautiful. It makes London (another personal fave) feel like childs play. We have seen, and done, a LOT so far, and there is a lot more to come. Tui has also exposed herself to France in ways that none of us could have forseen - but I will wait til I can post the video for that one...:)

Speaking of Tui - we are sharing a bed (another unforseen circumstance that involved feigned sympathy and shrugs), separated by The Noodle - a long body pillow that Tui accuses me of moving unfairly to her side, while I accuse her of flopping around like a caught tuna in the middle of the night (which, I might add, she doesn't really deny). But we are managing. And grandmere is managing to eat dinner at 8.

And I have found my new forever love - comte cheese. Praise the lord for comte!!

Not sure if I will be able to post again, but if not, will post upon my return...

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Au revoir....

A little bit of Elvis from a lovely show at Malkin Bowl last night (video quality gets better after the first little bit, but i do cut it short...sorry).

If my computer doesn't get stolen by those wily Parisian pick pockets, you will hear more from me soon...


Sunday, August 23, 2009


A quick post, my last before flying to Paris on Wednesday. This one is really a way of avoiding doing all the things I need to do today (AUGH!), but I will make it short. I do plan to take my laptop with me this trip, and have hopes of doing some posts while sipping wine and eating cheese - or something like that. I do get worked up before trips - particularly with the whole packing thing - but am usually fine as soon as I get to the airport and things become, pleasantly, out of my control.

Before I go - a few quick words on The Dead Weather show on Friday night. INTENSE. Putting Alison Mosshart and Jack White in a band together is a stroke of genius, both musically and because they are both so crazily riveting to watch on stage. The Commodore was completely packed and the energy in the place was great. My camera had less fun with it all - poor thing was losing its digital mind trying to cope with the glaring blue lights and strobes. I didn't film much, and I'm not sure what I did capture really conveys how much they owned the place.

There are a couple more videos, as per usual, here.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Really not in the mood to post...

...and therefore probably shouldn't.

But there are two things that are worth your time out there (drum roll please...)

  • In the Loop - British political satire at its finest. The trailer doesn't do it justice. I have a soft spot for the elaborate obscene insult, and there are many. MANY. With rocket fast dialogue and a painfully plausible storyline, it's well worth shelling out the $10 to go see. I've included a clip below, but if you find yourself too delicate for ripe language, you might want to give it a miss...
Hopefully next time, I will have something more inspired to say!

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Do they eat blue potatoes in Paris?

(Je voudrais une pomme de terre bleue s'il vous plait..?)

No energy to post. My brain is starting to turn to plans for a 10 day excursion to Paris in a couple of weeks. I have been reading carefully how not to be mistaken for an American tourist - because that's what the tips lists seem to focus on (eg. don't wear white I even own white sneakers?). I have been mentally packing. And repacking. And giving myself pep talks on how to be a non-irritable travel companion while reviewing a few key French phrases (see above). Some of it is coming back. Most of it is not. But as long as I can ask for a blue potato, I will be fine.

Anything else I need to do?