Archive for January, 2013

It’s  a gray day. A quiet day.
A day at the library. It’s one of those days*.

*these days (give it a listen)


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Today wins the best-day-so-far-of-2013 award. There’s nothing like starting your day with a long stroll/walk/hike/trek/meander across Paris on a perfectly sunny morning, visiting the Pompidou, registering as a researcher at the BNF and then closing it with a raspberry macaron.

There was no one at the Eiffel Tower when I crossed the Champs de Mars – not even a gypsy was there to ask if I spoke English. The metro entrances were desolate. The newspaper stands were just beginning to open.

Ah…Paris, tu me manques!

Eiffel Tower, Seine, Paris

Eiffel Tower, Paris,

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The first morning of my 10-day séjour in Paris was spent watching Il était une fois…la vie (Once Upon a Time…Life) with a curious nearly-4-year-old boy and his sick mom (who is entrusting me with her offspring while she’s away for a few days starting tomorrow – hilarity will ensue). The show is from the mid-1980’s…and French which equals awesome! The Magic School Bus has nothing on this show. If you have 30 seconds, watch the opening sequence cos it’s awesome (click here). Did I mention it’s awesome? It is. So is the curious-nearly-4-year old. During breakfast Arthur the Skeleton was deconstructed alongside our cereal bowls. We had a full explanation of how food goes from our mouths, to our stomach, through our intestines and finally out our…well, you know how it works.

Science is cool.

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Monday morning 7 a.m.

Wide awake at 7 a.m. – this is going to be a long day.

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Strasbourg is under a beautiful blanket of white snow. So this afternoon I decided to venture out into the winter air to have lunch with a friend on her lunchbreak. We found a cozy corner table at Christian near Place Broglie and each had the plat du jour and dessert (and don’t forget an espresso).

It was just the fuel I needed to run my errands: library, university and grocery. By the time I got home I had to call LP down to help me carry the shopping up the five flights of stairs – I thought that my arms were being pulled from their sockets walking back from the tram. (It probably wasn’t necessary to buy so many canned goods or the 3kg bag of potatoes, but it’s a good idea to stock up in case of bad weather, I had a coupon and was sufficiently caffeinated.)

Once home and all three pair of tights were peeled off my legs I decided to bake a loaf of bread for dinner. Danke, Gut und Günstig! It turned out perfectly and made the apartment smell like a dream. While the bread was rising in the kitchen, I harassed my LP for help on my Russian pronunciation and vocabulary. Then after dinner I worked on JQuery exercises a bit and voilà – day over.

Enjoy the song and keep warm (preferably with a ‘wintertime love’).

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This is my life at the moment.

It’s been awhile since I’ve been out of the apartment because of a cold  that turned into an evil sinus infection (or evil bronchitis+sinus infection if you’re my LP). I don’t get up before 10 am and I don’t go to bed before 2 am (my LP is even later). We missed seeing Don Quichotte on Saturday night at the Opera du Bas-Rhin since  there are germs lurking on every surface and we have crappy immune systems from our seasonal yuckiness. BOOOOO!

But I’m giving the middle finger to being sick…overdosing on vitamins, drinking 12 liters of tea a day (peeing has gone up by a factor of 12), taking Mucomyst (it helps get rid of the gunk) and getting plenty of sleep.

Though I haven’t been idle this whole time:

1-week journal project

– I began a 40-page journal that is now filled with drawings and ideas for drawings, collages and little notes the idea was to complete it in one week, but it turned into a ten day project. I’m going to get a second book for another 1-week challenge.

-I also started learning HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript through various online education sites – like edX.org and Codecademy.com. This project has become a sort of obsession. Hours go by while I try to write functions and I only get up to rehydrate or dehydrate (wink, wink).

Full recovery is in sight.

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