Friday Photo Dump V


This week featuring food (obvs), cat friends, and a snack complete with HEALTHY banana pancakes (they’re made out of just bananas and eggs). It’s been a long week, looking forward to some time off this weekend and seeing friends! Hopefully I’ll fit some design work in there too…

Hope you’ve had a good week too ūüôā


Humor, a 4-year-old perspective


Yesterday, during a lego play sesh, A admitted something to me.

“M doesn’t think my jokes are funny.”

And A LOVES to make a good joke. He’s also very perceptive about whether he’s being laughed with or being laughed at (unfortunately for him it’s usually the latter).

As he says, he has three jokes:

The boy told his mom he needed to do a ca (poop) but then he only went pee.

(alternately) The boy told his mom he needed to go pee but then he did a ca.

The boy told his mom he wanted carrots but he got green beans.

Yes, he came up with these all by himself. There’s something to be said for originality, right?

I tried to make it a teachable moment and I explained to him that different people think different things are funny.¬†I could have quoted¬†Tina Fey¬†to him, but I’m not sure that he would have understood… or that it proves my point. But keep trying to make¬†jokes, little guy! And when you’re an adult doing stand-up and¬†still making jokes about poop and carrots, you can thank me.

Friday Photo Dump IV

Featuring: nomz, a picnic with A, animal friends. I’ve neglected to document my trip home, but it’s just because it was too great and I can’t relive it yet.

What’s in My Bag: Au Pair Necessities

  1. Tissues
  2. Band-aids
  3. More tissues
  4. Some of those wet wipe things
  5. Something distracting (alternatively the ability to make pocket lint entertaining)
  6. A book to read while you sit on the bench at the park
  7. Chapstick
  8. A snack/water
  9. A separate snack/water for the walking germs (alternatively children)
  10. A coin to flip for particularly heated disputes
  11. Absolutely no other money so they can’t ask you to buy them candy/tickets for the man√®ge (carousel)/whatever else crosses their little mind at the time

Friday Photo Dump III

I know I’m being pretty liberal with my numbering system, but technically I HAVE¬†posted two photo dumps before (here and here). This one will have a few throwbacks, but I think they’re still worth it to chronicle my life at this moment.

#Latergram: My French Thanksgivings

I hope you noticed the plural there, because I had not one, but TWO Thanksgivings this year, which I’m pretty thankful for. Since everyone has moved on to Christmas already, I’ll keep my anecdotes brief.

Thanksgiving Round 1: The Host Family (they lived in the US for 6 years, so they’ve had a few¬†Thanksgivings)

Culture Shock Moment: My host mom was astounded when she read that the turkey was not only going to cook for 3 1/2 hours, but it was also supposed to sit for 30¬†minutes after it finished cooking. However, we also had a French-style aperitif, so by the time we actually sat down to eat almost everything was cold. We agreed that whoever made the recipe hadn’t accounted for aperitif (probably because they weren’t French, since, you know, Thanksgiving).

Cooking Incidents: Condensed milk instead of evaporated milk in the pumpkin pie, which meant it was just a leeeeeettle too sweet. AKA I couldn’t finish my piece, but it didn’t stop me from picking at the leftovers all weekend. / My mom’s Italian Sausage Stuffing recipe became a French Sausage Stuffing made with baguettes, but it was still delicious!

Drink count: 2 glasses of champagne, two glasses of wine, then two glasses of Perrier because wait how can I feel tipsy when I’ve eaten this much?

Thanksgiving Round 2: American (and Canadian and British and Australian) Au Pairs… and a different French host family

Culture Shock Moment: Canadian au pairs insisting they were celebrating “Fake Thanksgiving” since apparently Canada’s Thanksgiving is in October. LOL right, whose Thanksgiving came first and also, who cares about Canada… at all?

Cooking Incidents: What kind of potatoes should I buy for mashed potatoes? / Oops, I forgot to put olive oil on the roasted veggies. / Wait, did anyone set a timer for that? / Does anyone have a meat thermometer? / Were you still planning on cooking something here? Because we’re about to start eating. / Yeah whatever, Valerie, you think you’re special because you showed up here with your stuffing all done and ready to go? (Yes.)

Drink Count: 3 glasses of wine, 1 cup French Press coffee

And to finish up, almost a week late but here are some of the things I’m thankful for:¬†well-illustrated children’s books, the classic December “Santa threat”, headphones, international calling and skype, a mother who will listen to even the most inane details of my life, friends who haven’t forgotten about me even though I’m in France, new friends who keep me sane, blog readers who are understanding of my inability to post in any relevant time frame!


Since arriving in Paris, it’s become apparent that I’m missing some necessities. I’ve managed to locate a full length mirror and, courtesy of my trip to Madrid, some new shoes, but here are some things I’m still hoping to find. I’ve been meaning to post this for a while, so I swear it’s a coincidence that it happens to be two weeks until my birthday…

Without further ado, my current wish list includes:

1. A fun sweatshirt to wear to take the kids to school, or over a collared shirt to class.

2. I’ve had trouble committing to spending money on a jacket that isn’t less that 30 euros, but I think this could be the one.

3. A watch to keep track of every time I tell the kids “10 more minutes!” (Though my current strategy of telling them 10 minutes and telling them, “Time’s up!” five minutes later has been working wonderfully. Note to self: make sure no one buys them watches, ever.)

4. THIS CAMERA. Number four on this list, number one in my heart. It makes everything look hip and fun, and obviously I need it to capture all my favorite views of Paris, then use the photos to decorate my room/every room in my life forever. Secret birthday gift giver, don’t forget to buy me film too.

5. A portable¬†mini-sketchbook and an adorable pencil case, because if nothing else I’m going to use this year abroad to become the talented illustrator¬†I’ve always wanted to be.