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.
And, for those of you with sensitive dispositions, let me tell you that…
His parents get to keep their clothes on in this blog post!
Instead, Ed talks about Poop on the kitchen floor and puppies doing heads over heels!
Ed, a wise decision to avoid Jam, Sloe Gin, Lycra, Nuddy Beaches and…
All those other things your mum blogs about!
2). Rebekka from Whimsicalwanderlust seems to be settling in quite well (she is one of this year’s intake of Teaching Assistants) and was keen to share the Things I’ve Learned after one week in France.
And top of her list was…
“1. Food tastes better here. I have no idea why that is, but so far, it holds true for everything I’ve tried (except for Beer – beer, so far, has been too expensive here to taste better).”
To which I can only add…
“Rebekka, forget the beer (the best French biere comes from Belgium anyway!) and get straight onto the Ricard!
The Ricard in France tastes wonderful!”
This time the photos are of the Parc National des Cevennes, in the Lozere department of France… the least populated French department…
Beautiful photos, each picture postcard quality…
And simple words.
What more could you want?
4). And Dana at Grenobloise was also creating things of beauty; but she was painting them rather than taking photographs.
In A New Yorker Paints… Grenoble! she shared her vision of…
The place that she now calls home.
She reported… “I have just finished my first painting of Grenoble! I am working on a brand new body of work in my beautiful little studio in Grenoble’s city center.”
Well, if these three are typical…
I certainly want to see many, many more!
Although I rather suspect that Life is Overalls to Laury?
Actually she was just giving us a heads up that International Overalls Day will be upon us in less than two month’s time!
Well, if that’s the case, I’d better give mine their annual wash and iron!
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 Richard at the Overloaded Ark!
Whilst the blog is quite new is is growing very nicely and Richard’s post about There ought to be a law against it! made me chuckle!
“Did you know that up to 2005 you needed a government licence to carry a white walking stick?!”
And Richard collects pocket knives too!
Which is always a sign of an outstanding character in my book!
Richard, if you’d like to place your award on your blog sidebar just email me and I’ll send you the code.
The Dangerous Driving Section….
Ashley at Backyardprovence proved that she’s becoming quite French (or, at least, her husband is)…
With a perfect example of imperfect French Parking shown in a post called We Actually Accomplished Something Today.
Excellent work, Ashley!
You should treat your husband to a man bag and…
A pair of pink shorts as a reward for being so French!
She got nabbed by Les Flics!
For driving with out of date documents!
“Stay tuned for the awkward follow-up episode where I run into the same officers at the school crosswalk, having clearly not taken the car to the garage.”
I can hardly wait!
All I can say is…
“My belly is a lot bigger in France than it ever was in England!”
But she managed to resist the temptation to buy a snake or a rat!
Never mind Linds….
Better luck next time?
Looking at those photos…
I think even I would get a bit smitten too!
Crystal (the famous one of the Green Stripe of Grenoble fame – yes, that one!) from Crystal Goes to Europe had a little competition to guess the make of her new arrival!
She announced the winner in the aptly titled And the winner is…?
And it wasn’t me!
But that could have been because I didn’t enter?
Mainly because I couldn’t decide what sort of pet would best go with a green stripe and a silver kitchen (believe me, I spent hours and hours trying to work that one out!)
And, if you want to find out what sort of cat does go best go with a green stripe and a silver kitchen…
Crystal has made another one of her famous videos!
And talking of exciting stuff that will make your toes tingle and your twitchy bits twitch….
Which somehow involved….
Having to dress up in Lycra (or down? I suppose it all depends on whether you like Lycra?)
Jacqui didn’t buy anything though and…
“came home with the overwhelming desire to make more jam!”
You see, this is why I choose to live in boring (and rather rural and definitely medieval) Brittany rather than Crazy Charentes…
My heart just wouldn’t be able to cope with all the excitement!
You can breathe a big sigh of relief!
I, like most of you, I suspect…
Was starting to get a little bit worried about those cows!
Katrina at Katrina, La Voyageuse attempted to calm us down by showing us…
I’ve been trying to work that out for ages and…
Am grateful for the explanation!
And you know…
It’s random acts of kindness like that…
That make life worth living!
Now for the rest of the awards….
Admits that she’s had her hair died blond….
And then had her roots done by a crossed eyed man!
Now, before I go on, I ought to say…
You know this sort of thing can only happen to Amber! You know that this sort of thing would happen to Amber whether she was blogging from France or from Outer Mongolia!
Somehow she would be able to find the only cross eyed ammonia loving hairdresser for miles!
I truly believe that the ups and downs of Amber’s life are, in some way, vital to the continuing existence of Life, the Universe and Everything and…
If Amber were to ever have a normal week…
The spatial time continuum would be so distorted that…
Basically, it would be like the last three minutes of Melancholia
Which is a great film, by the way.
Amber, keep up the good work!
The planet needs you!
And all the judges were agreed that David managed to out-Romke Romke Soldaat with his clever invitation to the ladies to…
“Come in for a stiff one!”
The general feeling was…
That trying to fine a Frenchman 35 euros (or even 35 centimes) for having a widdle in the street…
Wasn’t really going to work!
At least, not here, in France!
Although it wasn’t a particularly ranty week (I think everyone was too busy talking about the rugby?), Victoria at Vin Rouge & Creme Brulee did manage to let off some steam when she said…
And although the posts starts off by ranting about the bank, Victoria manages to say some choice things about the guy who parked too close to her, the chemist shop, the school lunch menu, the teacher who turned out not to be as hot as she thought he was, the other teacher who is about a foot too short, French petrol pumps, carrier bags at French supermarkets and…
The French Admin System!
Not a bad start, in other words!
I was a very hard decision for the judging committee to make but, after much lubrication of the Ricard kind, and many hours of deliberation…
We decided that Delana’s pustules and giant yellow blisters were just that bit more scary and repulsive than anyone else’s!
We were, I have to say, relieved to hear that Delana wasn’t also allergic to Sex but it was noted….
That with a face like that…
She probably isn’t going to be worrying about sex for quite a while?
Two awards in two weeks!
Get better soon, please!
The Girls Gone Wild Section!
As I mentioned last week, I’m proud to announce that, after months and months of negotiations with the French Minister of Culture (he is, actually, completely mad you know!), The American Consulate and The British Foreign Office…
We have finally received permission to instigate a section for ….
Girls Gone Wild!
There seems to be a fair amount of interest in being mentioned in this section although, I do have to say, the expected rampant nudity and drinking that I had anticipated has not, as yet, made it to many Life in France blogs.
Perhaps all you girls gone wild are still hungover?
Or, perhaps it just a bit too cold for all that nudity stuff?
I’m sure that Gwan is just being modest?
Although I do have visions of her going up to complete strangers…
And giving them big slobbery kisses…
Just for practice, as it were?
She also said….
“last night we all went out bar-hopping with some french people, i was out till 430 and when i checked my wallet this morning i realized i had spent 50€ :(“
Yes, that pretty much qualifies Victoria as…
A Girl Gone Wild!
Now, I’m not sure what it is that makes a bone sexy or unsexy and I’m a bit loathe to ask MJ just in case I learn more than I really need to know (she has got her son drawing Penis Shaped Bones, you know!)
Anyway, MJ has just had her hair dyed bright orange!
And you know what they say about women with bright orange hair!
As if this wasn’t enough…
MJ also mentioned her and her husband’s new hobby of watching their neighbours in their underwear (it’s the neighbours in the underwear, not MJ and Mr MJ – although she doesn’t specifically say if she is fully clothed during the underwear wearing neighbour watching sessions, so you never know?)
In any case…
This more than qualifies MJ to call herself…
A Girl Gone Wild!
How could we not mention the wildest girl of all?
She had… “some tales about traveling all around the south of France, homemade pizza parties, aioli, pétanque, a raclette, and toddler bar fights at Le Petit Bar.”
And was obviously looking forward to being voted Wildest Girlie of Them All after a planned… “crazy November with a weekend in Avignon, a trip to Dublin, and Thanksgiving with the Conjugating Irregular Verbs crew!”
Go for it, girl!
Just think of it as a sort of Miss World Competition but…
With loads more alcohol and, just occasionally….
Some vomit on the dance floor!
LBM, you need to pace yourself with all this partying!
Or else, you’ll be all burnt out before you’re twenty one!
Any gentlemen reading this post might be interested to find out that LBM is considering Stripping (or was, until she found out that the money isn’t so good these days) but then went on to say…
“I’ve got a feeling, however, that no matter how much bronzer and blusher I plaster myself with, I’ll still end up looking like a crackwhore who really should have stayed in bed watching Family Guy.”
Which might be why the money wasn’t so good?
LBM, take my advice and stick to what you’re good at….
Being a wilder than normal Girl Gone Wild!
And went on to tell us all about her boyfriend not getting a tattoo…
But going out to vote instead (no sense of civic priorities, some people!)
And, right at the end, Ella mentions doing something horrible to perfectly good champagne which will….
Probably get her barred from France for life!
Pretty much a nice quite day for a Girl Gone Wild!
Was Mary Hague at Isn’t that the Trailer Tent?
Yes, that Ibiza lot think they invented all that raving and puking on holiday stuff!
I’m not sure if Jenny at Jennyphoria would consider herself to be a Girl Gone Wild but…
In Oh L’Amour: Hindsight, or Blind Dating Advice she does mention that she has been on four blind dates in as many weeks!
She also says…
“You can’t lose 20 pounds in a week (not that you have to, you look gorgeous! You sexy minx, you), but you can make sure your roots are done, and your nails are trimmed, your eyebrows waxed, and your skin soft.”
And if that doesn’t sound like a Girl Gone Wild talking, I don’t know what does!
And that’s always a good sign…
Of a Girl About to go Wild!
I shall be watching Dawn very carefully, to see if she’s tempted to have another one?
P.S. Dawn, welcome back to blogging!
And just for the people who didn’t win an award this week….
Here are the famous Awards for not Winning an Award!
I would have loved to give Thea at encore étrangère a nice big award for the excellent start she’s made in teaching little froggies how to speak New Yorkese as explained in brief impressions of a new teacher: when to be afraid but…
She missed a marvelous opportunity to teach her little 8 to 11 year olds how to curse and swear…
And then she lied to them and told them that….
Swear words don’t even exist in English!
Well, bugger me, Thea….
It’s an Award for not Winning an Award This Week for you!
There’s also no hard evidence that Becca from Parley-Vous Frawnsay? has even started to teach her primary school charges how to swear in Irish and
In fact, in Assistants are Go! she mentions that she hasn’t started teaching them anything at all, yet!
Come along Becca, remember Thierry Henry and the handball that got Ireland kicked out of the world cup….
Well, now you’ve got a chance to get your own back and salvage some Irish pride…
“Colouring, singing, dancing, board games, musical statues and more” may be “all acceptable ways to teach English to small children” but…
Teaching them to swear is probably a lot more fun?
And, until we see some hard evidence of that…
It’s an Award for not Winning an Award This Week for you!
Then he started talking about his scrotum and, quite frankly, that didn’t really endear him to anyone one the judging committee (most of whom demanded another pint of Ricard to help them get over the shock)…
And so, Howard…
It’s an Award for not Winning an Award This Week for you!
If you put your scrotum away I’ll see if I can arrange some sort of award for you next week – something along the lines of our Does He Dye His Hair, Or Doesn’t he? Award.
Susie at Desperate Anglo Housewives still hasn’t blogged since her haircut and, for the second week running….
Gets an Award for not Winning an Award This Week!
Susie, I know that you can only come out after dark but…
You’ve got to bite the bullet soon and show your face?
I’d hate for you to win this award three weeks in a row!
All the best