A slice of October…
Hi! Are you there? I have been buried under work all semester. My dream is to enjoy my weekend guilt-free without thinking of the mountain of assignments I have to finish. Needless to say, blogging is so far on the back burner, I think it fell behind the stove (Ew. Who’s cleaning that up?)
In case you missed it, I wrote a post on Blow Birthday Cards (which lets you send handwritten cards without leaving the house) and shared some of my favorite cards. I was so happy that people said it was useful! I thought it would be helpful for the American expat community in particular.
I am also excited about the recent launch of the new Oui In France shop! I think Diane has done such a beautiful job of putting a collection of cool francophile items together. Where else are you going to find a t-shirt that says “folle amoureuse des chiens”? My personal favorites are the totes and the mugs – I think that the blue “café” mug and the colorful macaron mug would be the cutest set.
What I’m watching
I did actually take a little break from work in October – I got sick and couldn’t get out of bed for a few days. Fun stuff! As I attempted to make the most of my infirmity by watching everything on Netflix, I discovered the French series “Dix Pour Cent” (under the dreadful English name “Call My Agent!”) I burned through the first season in two days (and I haven’t seen the second season yet so don’t tell me anything!!) It follows the drama of a talent agency that represents major French actors, and French stars appear on the show as themselves (Cecile de France was in the first episode).
What I’m listening to
My new favorite podcast, Coffee Break Italian! I’ve dabbled in Italian over the years but I’ve never made a consistent go at it. I decided I wanted to pick it back up again and tried out a few podcasts, since I can listen to them on the go. Coffee Break Italian is my favorite one because it is engaging and allows me to participate as actively as one can when listening to a podcast by oneself. (“Oneself”? Who am I?)
The podcast is hosted by a teacher and a learner (both with lovely Scottish accents) and a native Italian speaker (with a lovely Italian accent). Some language learning podcasts just spout phrases at you that you’ll never remember, but I think that having someone in a learner role on the podcast is very helpful for me as a listener. They have a few other language podcasts available, including one for Chinese – I’ll have to check that one out one of these days.
Favorite thing at Trader Joe’s
It’s a tie between Powerberry Juice and the Carnitas Salsa Verde burrito I keep buying instead of salad (oops?) I didn’t find any copycat recipes for these (for everyone who doesn’t live near Trader Joe’s) but will you take a power berry smoothie and slow cooker carnitas?
Two more months of 2017 slices and we’re done! (Maybe I’ll try quarterly updates next year…) I’ll finally have something exciting to share with you soon – I’m going back to France for a visit for the first time since I moved away! I can’t wait.
P.S. Is anyone going to the Fête des Lumières in Lyon next month?! I’ll be following this year’s festivities via Instagram…