Evolving Revolver is the story of Juliet Pennay; a writer and artist currently living the dream in Paris, The City of Lights.
Although the blog starts way back in April 2007, for me it all starts getting interesting in September 2008 when Juliet moves to France.
As she says herself, on that day… “Soon, this will actually feel like my life.”
From there we follow her transformation through trials and tribulations, some of which are funny, some less so.
Along the way we learn about Things to do in bed (I really must study that one in detail) and Juliet’s Productivity Hat and No Sex Socks (I wonder if those socks reduce the number of things to do in bed?)
At some points I must admit to feeling quite worried for Juliet; especially when I read posts such as In Which I Get Caught in my Panties at the Palais de Tokyo – oh dear Juliet, you’ll never meet a nice young man if you keep doing things like that!
No wonder we’re reading Notes from the Sick Bed!
And, just to prove me wrong, Juliet does meet a nice young man; a boy she calls Sweetlips and who in What a Sweet Bunny whisks her of to Dieppe in a rented blue Peugeot (now, if it had been a rented blue 2CV I’d be getting my big hat out of the closet!)
And then in It’s Time I Must Admit she decides to rename Sweetlips to The Boy.
But enough of Juliet’s lovelife….
Whilst exploring Paris we learn that Johnny Depp lives here (does that mean Vanessa Paradis lives there as well? Yum, yum! You couldn’t send me the address could you Juliet?)
Now, I realise that I haven’t mentioned Boo and that is remiss of me.
Boo, of course, is the real star of this blog.
Boo is Juliet’s cat and he even has his own about page on the blog!
I bet Boo would never go out drinking with strangers and end up getting locked out! Or, if he did, he probably wouldn’t say Yes, This is my Bizarre Life!
This is a very brave blog. Nothing is hidden; Juliet lets us into her life, warts and all. I’m not sure that I’d be as honest as she has been but it is important to remember that moving to France doesn’t solve all known problems – it does provide better scenery though? How about this lovely old Italian man who “wants me to marry his grandson and always invites me up for a coke.”
And, if Juliet had stayed back in Austin, Texas she wouldn’t be able to say… “This is Paris. And it’s My City. And the light of the Eiffel Tower circles in the sky above the Musee d’Orsay reflecting on the Seine and my heart flutters and tickles. I live a life that many people dream about – one that I once dreamed about – And I’ve fallen head over heels in love with it.”
Which is probably a good place to say Au Revoir to Evolving Revolver – I’ll be coming back often – just to find out what happens to Sweetlips (sorry “The Boy”) – how about you?
And me? Well, I’m going to sink my teeth into some veal’s kidneys, perhaps With Some Fava Beans and a Nice Chianti (Pft Pft Pft Pft Pft!)
All the best
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