Saturday, 30 August 2008

Good grief!

Please let Obama win! If not, and McCain carks it before his time as President is up, we'll have a gun-toting, anti-choice, hockey mum in charge - scary stuff indeed!

Oh and don't forget to watch her acceptance speech. I forced myself to watch it even though it was at times, cringeworthy. And check her out at about 13:12. She shows how close America is to once again having a President who cant pronounce the word "nuclear."

Ok, now back to our normal programming...

Sunday, 24 August 2008

We love you Beatrix

No doudou needed today. Jasper went off to sleep for his nap snuggled up with a stack of Beatrix Potter books!

Friday, 22 August 2008

J'utilise mon nouveau mot français!

Elle boude! C'est un après-midi rare chez Giorgi. Tout est tranquil. Les loulous jouent avec les nouveaux trains de Thomas. La soupe est sur le fourneau, bouillant. Les vêtements sont lavés. Et moi, j'ai trouvé un moment calme pour lire. Mais, elle boude. Parce-qu'on n'est pas sorti au parc après la sieste. Non, je ne parle pas de la fillette. Je parle de l'arrière grand-mère!

Et, en fait, c'est marrant, que je n'ai pas appris ce mot vraiment utile avant cette semaine!

Bouder - to sulk

The joys of eavesdropping!

Jasper and I were having a quick snack at a café today before we embarked on the weekly grocery shop. While drinking my coffee, I fired off a few texts to the antipodes. I often do this in the morning, as the time difference is easiest then. And while doing so, I realized that I was also listening in to the conversation of the man at the next table. He was the café owner and was on his mobile, ordering his supplies. Not very exciting stuff really, except that it made me realize how much more easily I can now understand what is going on around me, without specifically trying.

When we first arrived, I complained to David that I couldn't catch glimpses of other people's conversations in the street and how it made me feel a little isolated. He didn't get it. I guess, being male, he doesn't have that innate female ability to be talking to a friend and chastising a small child, all the while listening in on the woman at the next table complaining about her husband!

But I must have made some progress. Watch out Annecians, there's a nosy aussie lurking just around the next corner!

Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Welcome Joan!

Great Grandma Joan is here for a short visit!

A new favourite author...

All summer I've seen ads for books by Guillaume Musso on the summer reading lists. He's a french author who lived in New York for a while and whose thrillers have been translated into 25 languages. I finally bought one yesterday, his latest - Parce que je t'aime. Its the sort of book that you just want to shut yourself away with until you can finish it (not likely to happen here!). But every chance I get, I'll read some. Its easier to read than some of the other books I've tried in french and I can't wait to get to the surprise ending - even the author warns his readers not to spoil it for others. Sounds exciting!

Saturday, 16 August 2008

Big news!

Last night, both of my children slept nine straight hours in their own beds! I, of course, woke up at 3am, as usual, feeling wide awake and fully refreshed having slept 4 1/2 hours! Funny what the body gets used to...

Wednesday, 13 August 2008

St Jorioz and beyond

Family days have been few and far between this summer. But we made up for it today when we hired bikes and a chariot and rode off to St Jorioz for a picnic lunch. We also had a swim (despite the very cold water) and then kept riding. I suspect we were almost at the end of the lake when we turned around and headed back (we were inland on the bike path so we couldn't see it). The kids loved riding in the chariot. They talked, played and sang songs - I've never seen them so well behaved! Despite David and I getting a bit sunburnt, it was a really relaxing day. Really need to add a bike to my shopping list...

"The swamps of hell" - we didnt venture too far in!

Sunday, 10 August 2008

Le Boucher

At the start of summer a friend lent me a handful of french films to watch so I could practice my french. We watched the first, Le Doulos starring Jean-Paul Belmondo a while ago. To be honest, I didn't think much of it but that's probably because I found it rather hard to understand and follow.

Today I watched another - this time Le Boucher directed by Claude Chabrol and starring Jean Yanne and Stéphane Audran. Wow! What a tense little film. I wasn't at all surprised when I read that Chabrol has been described as the french Hitchcock. I will definitely have to keep an eye out for more of his films. He seems like my kind of director. The dialogue was pretty easy to follow too and the scenes of french village life in the late 60s were really cool. And I was really amazed by the performance of Jean Yanne - what a great actor he was (I was sorry to read he died in 2003). Not to mention that he looks a little bit like my doctor!

In all, its been a big movie weekend as I sent David off to get a DVD the other night and he came back with Pan's Labyrinth. I'd been avoiding hiring this, despite being really keen to see it, as its only available in spanish with french subtitles or french with no subtitles. So we watched it in french and it wasn't too hard to understand either (or maybe I'm getting a bit better!). Disturbing film though. I loved the fantasy storyline but the sadistic torture scenes were just unwatchable.

Next up to watch is Pierrot Le Fou. I really am trying to like Jean-Paul Belmondo but so far I haven't thought much of him in the two films of his that I've seen. Let's see if this one changes my mind...

Monday, 4 August 2008

A nice surprise at the Préfecture

I went to pick up my new carte de séjour today expecting another one year carte. I was amazed to find that I had been given a 10 year one. It expires in 2018 which seems like a very long time away and I truly have no idea where I will be living by then (and I don't even want to think about how old I'll be!). But its nice to know that at least I don't have to go back to the Préfecture any time soon.