Thursday, June 30, 2011

New Goal in addition to the ones I already have.

Next year, when the Olympics are in London, my goal is that I want to go to at least ONE of the events and be a super awesome American and represent my country. I will go hunt out the cast of the Today show and maybe you'll see me on the TV.

Or you know... maybe Michael Phelps needs a personal towel girl or something....

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

New Fave!

While I was trying to find a good fig preserves recipe for my friend Melanie, I stumbled upon this wonderful food blogger called "Kiss My Spatula". Not only does she make great food, but the photography is stunning!

She posted this piece about "10 Reasons to Visit Paris in the Winter". Swoon-worthy photographs accompanied by excellent reasons why you should visit!

Click here to check it out!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Start Date!


That is the date I will arrive in France and begin my new duties! I was able to have a nice hour and a half long conversation with my host mom today. Things we discussed today:

  • My social network when I'm there. She was looking up different things for me to do and be involved in, she wants to make sure I'm not bored or lonely. I told her not to worry... I'm already researching up a storm, I have plenty of things to keep me busy!
  • The French Government and how they are such backwards thinkers. She doesn't care for them.
  • Flying while in Europe, The airports around Paris. She was so proud that I knew the airports in the area... Charles De Gaulle, Roissy, Orly, and Beauvais. She laughed when I told her what I thought of Beauvais last time I was there, a barn that happened to have airplanes. We swapped horror stories about Ryan Air.
  • Gardens, she said that the kids had planted some radishes, pumpkins, and other veggies and they should be ready by the time I'm there! I told her I'll send her pictures of my backyard garden with herbs and veggies.
  • She's worried that I'm going to miss the beach. I insisted to her that I've lived here for 25 years and I can trade the beach for castles, chateaus, and monuments for a year, a small sacrifice!
  • I even got to speak with both of the kids today, they're just so sweet! I asked O (in French!) if he had recieved my little present I sent him. He squealed with delight and said he LOVED IT! THANK YOU THANK YOU!
All in all, a great conversation, I really like the fact that conversation flows easy with the both of us, there's no awkward pauses. I know we'll get all get along just fine!