Every Tuesday I intend to do a quick review of some of the posts from the last week that have made me smile, made me chuckle or, even…. just made me think.
Some of these you may have seen yourselves.
And some of them you may have missed.
I don’t think of these in any competitive sense at all.
This isn’t a top-ten listing.
They’re merely the posts that have stuck in my head.
Having been told by her gyno that she is in perfect condition to have a third baby…
Candy decided to go for it!
Way to go, girl!
She does mention that she doesn’t know who the father is, though?
Well, she is a modern woman anyway!
Which is all we seem to talk about these days!
And what’s that got to do with having babies, I hear you ask?
Well, and not a lot of people know this….
I was actually conceived in Jean d’Arc’s birthplace!
Not in the actual bed that Jean d’Arc was born in (although, knowing my parents I wouldn’t be surprised!)
But just in the same town.
However, if you look up Jean d’Arc (or, indeed, Domrémy-la-Pucelle) in Wikipedia, you’ll find absolutely no mention of my conception.
And strangely, I find that rather disappointing?
Especially as I sometimes hear voices too!
Because almost a year ago (doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun?) they told me to review Amanda Lawrence’s site, French Vie.
I did and I’ve been following it ever since.
Which is a rather good thing as, had I not been paying attention, I would have missed this lovely post all about Autumn in the Quercy….
Which is largely, and quite understandably, mainly about mushrooms.
Well, what else is important in life?
That’s pretty important, isn’t it?
And we shouldn’t forget the people who toil to make the stuff.
Like Checkers at The American Files.
In Round and Round We Go he describes his job (very hard work for migrant pay) in hauntingly beautiful words.
Here’s a fragment….
“It can get scary, like boots caked with icy mud. Cold wind all day long making you beg for the end of the shift. Or it can get beautiful, like a thin sliver of moon starting to shine in a newly night blue sky as the workday ends.”
So many great photos…
Mainly, I do have to say, of food!
And at the end, a little French lesson….
le vin chaud – mulled wine
gaufres – waffles
beignets – doughnuts
OK – now all that stuff is out of the way, let’s get on to the really important stuff…
Of course, it’s Awards Time!
And, I am proud to announce a new winner of the Blog of the Week Award!
This is awarded to the Blog post that has tickled my fancy the most during the past seven days.
This week’s Blog of the Week has been won by the lovely Virginia at Paris Through My Lens.
Now, Virginia often takes photos that make me think…
Often I try to make up the story to explain what is going on in the photo…
However, with Lèche-Vitrines à Paris I’m not even going to try!
Virginia, you seem have a knack of seeing things that other people seem to miss..
I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or not but…
Long may you continue!
Virginia, if you’d like to place your award on your blog sidebar just email me and I’ll send you the code.
Now for the rest of the awards….
I’ve heard it called many things but I rather like the idea of a regular reboot!
Rather surprisingly, there weren’t many contestants for the X Ray of the Week Award.
Have you ever seen a nicer pair of x rayed lungs?
Sam, no one expects anyone to say no to a bottle of menhir wine! I understand that many of the finer chateaux in Bordeaux are hastily relabeling their bottles – just to make them even more irresistible!
Yes, that’s got to half a cow in there – and I bet it tasted every bit as good as it looks!
Sara Louise, I hope you’ve got over your horrendous experience; my mind boggles! My car broke down 50 kms from home on Saturday but that just doesn’t compare to your trauma!
Has anyone suggested counselling?
And those of you sniggering at the back of the room, how dare you suggest that this girl will go to any lengths just to win an award!
Oh, what’s a B.F.E. anyway? And was Fifty (my hero!) really about to slap you and yell… “Snap out of it!”
The Oh Dear! I haven’t actually got a suitable award for this one (and who would have thought it necessary?) but he deserves an award anyway Award goes to An Annoying old Fart (his parents must have had strange ideas about naming their children?) at A Whinger in France for Horsing Around!
There really is NO EXCUSE for getting caught stark b*llock naked riding a horse (four up, no less) in Riga when it is -15 degrees C!
Unless, of course, you come from Newcastle where I believe that that is quite normal behaviour!
American and Girlies (and especially American Girlies) – it’s a football thing! That’s Soccer in your language.
I’ve got a feeling that Ditdit is only suffering from a very mild case of man flu (women don’t seem to get it as bad as men – that’s why they don’t understand!) as she did say that… “I proved that one can feel miserable but still eat pizza.”
Ditdit, I do have to say that if it was real Man Flu that you were suffering from the only pizza you could face would be last night’s leftovers served with a nice dollop of coleslaw. That’s been scientifically proven (and not a lot of people know this) to kill all known germs!
In a rather Rant Free Week (I guess most ranters are too busy having babies, being about to have babies, thinking about having babies or making babies), the only contender for Rant of the Week Award was Katie at Thyme for Cooking with her post Mushroom Risotto; a modest rant on recipes.
Which just goes to show, if you’re too busy doing that baby stuff you can still win an award by blogging about mushrooms!
Katie, in my humble opinion, you ought to get on your high horse more often – you make a lot of sense!
I’m sure you’ve read what Nigel Slater has to say about restrictive recipes?
One of favourite Paris Blogistas, Juliet at Evolving Revolver is moving back to the States.
I’m rather sad about this as she was (and still is) a breath of fresh air when she blogged about real life in Paris.
So, for her post, One Thing at a Time, I’m going to award her the Goddam Girl! We’re Going to Miss You Lifetime Achievement Award
We need people like you to explain that there’s more to life in Paris than a view of the Eiffel Tower!
Another Paris Blogess who always tells the truth about life in Paris is Poulette at Poulette.
In A Non Post she seesm to be very tired and losing her ability to spell in her own language.
Poulette, I really hope that you find an Apartment soon.
A Taste of Garlic readers, if you know of an affordable apartment in Paris (or is that an oxymoron?)……
And, talking about saying it as you see it about life in Paris…
Sab at Paris and I always has interesting things to say.
Especially with posts like Messiahs need not apply!
If you are thinking about taking a look at Sab’s excellent blog, just read this little taster…
“Whether these measures will actually have an effect on the incidence of miracles performed in Paris remains to be seen but signs are not looking good; I was in the city yesterday bursting for a leak and lo and behold! in two minutes i’d found one of those peepod things in the street which actually worked for once, which was a minor miracle in itself.”
Yeah! I’m a believer!
Now, I ought to mention that the postman has just delivered a whole bunch of Awards for not Winning an Award This Week.
I don’t remember ordering them but, as they are only cluttering up the place, I think I ought to hand them out.
So, here goes…
Congratulations and commiserations, Aidan – and better luck next week?
By the way, I’ve just looked at the people who’ve commented on that post and I do have to say that I’m worried – you’re keeping some strange and rather dangerous company these days!
Kirsty, you’d have won a proper award if only you’d managed to blog about Blue 2DCs, Mushrooms or Nuns in Lingerie!
MJ at American Mom in Paris also gets one of these awards.
She’s not been quite as crazy as usual recently but…
She does know how to find guys with those spindly little toothpick legs!
And if that doesn’t make any sense, you really need to check out Snow and my failure as a customer.
Sarah at St Bloggie de Riviere probably does deserve a real award but as she hasn’t been quite ranty enough she’ll have to put up with the Award for not Winning an Award This Week, mainly for not thinking that her TWDB’s idea of Christmas decoration (his BMW motorbike) is the best Christmas decoration ever!
Check out Cracking Difference.
Kimberley at Non, je ne regrette rien also wins an Award for not Winning an Award This Week for her consistent contributions to the blogging scene – best epitomised by Back to basics… take bread, for instance.
Now, Karin has been rather busy recently – writing her novel for that Write a Novel in a Month thingy that was designed more to keep the divorce lawyers in business rather than to produce great literature.
I do have to say that I admire Karin’s commitment…
Trying to write to a deadline like that is really the same as trying to run a marathon…
Day after Day!
For a whole month!
Karin, congratulations on winning your Award for not Winning an Award This Week but…
Please, please, please….
On behalf of all your fans…
Get back to blogging again!
We Miss You!
All the best