Sweet Tangerine

The time until I get a life is getting shorter and shorter; I can’t wait for the day where I won’t have to change another diaper, prepare another bottle, bathe another child, or do one of Anne’s numerous pointless jobs. To live with a perfectionist could be the worst thing in the world to you, but obviously you’ve never lived with a crazy, French perfectionist. To live and work with a crazy perfectionist means that you have to think like a perfectionist. You have to think of and remember every little thing (which would come to a perfectionist’s mind easily). If you happen to forget one tiny thing, remember: IT’S NEVER TINY IN A PERFECTIONIST’S MIND! It sure doesn’t help when they have all the most difficult materials and surfaces to clean. A girl like me would want to forget all of the little, horrible jobs I’ve had to do, but some are just unforgettable. Cleaning all the bird crap off of the kids’ play house was one that stood out a bit, or cleaning out the kids’ sandbox as well as all of the toys, or who can forget the time just last week when I scrubbed the handles of their living room armoire with a toothbrush? All I can say is that I’m so glad to go back to a place where I won’t feel judged 24/7.

The last weekend, the girls and I went to the Versailles gardens, which had a fountain music show. It was neat to see and we even ended up surviving the unbearable heat. Because it was Helena’s last weekend, we spent Saturday night doing another Rambouillet pub-crawl. We were even invited into our café after they closed, so we each had a drink while the guys cleaned up (you know you’re a regular when…). On Sunday, Adriana and I went to Paris and walked around Montmartre for a bit before meeting up with Aimee and her boyfriend for nachos and drinks. Helena is unfortunately leaving us in only two days; it’ll be sad not having her happy and fun self with us any longer. Her departure is making us all realize how close the end is. Speaking of the end, I only have 16 more days left! Monday will be my ten-day point! I’ve already started packing and I’m starting to stress over whether I’ll be able to take everything with me or not. Not only that, but making it to the airport on my own will definitely be quite the adventure. I hope that everyone is enjoying the last of Spring! I’ll see you all soon!!!!!! Love always

Oh yes! And my favourite part:
New Household Rules as of Today (obviously someone has been doing some research)
1) The kids are not aloud to use any cordless phones in the house. If grandma calls, they must use the corded phone in the parents’ bedroom.
2) (more of just a guideline than an actual rule) Cell phones should be turned off at night and if talking on the cell phone, the speaker should be used and the phone should be away from your head.
3) No matter what phone is being used (cordless, corded, cell phone), you must switch it from ear to ear on a regular basis.
4) The last person who is up using a computer must shut off the WiFi before going to bed (aka me).
5) When using the microwave, everyone (especially kids!) must be at least two metres away from it.
Sweet Tangerine – The Hush Sound

An End Has A Start

A cloudy and rainy day has forced me to stay inside and write another blog. Then again, I guess it’s been almost two weeks since my last one. In two more days, I’ll have a short three weeks left in France. The time is going at a pace that I enjoy: not too fast, but not too slow either. I feel like I still have enough time to enjoy everything that I can and still, in a matter of time I will be back at home, sleeping in my bed for 48 hours straight.

My weekdays have been spent at the Celtique or sitting in the castle grounds, enjoying the sunshine. I’ve tried to spend as little time possible locked in my bedroom, for it causes thinking which usually leads to sad thoughts, whether it be about missing home or leaving France. We therefore have made the Celtique into our second home and we got our REAL regular status only last week. Saturday May 30th, a day like no other because it was Helena’s fake birthday. Adriana, Aimee, Helena and I went to the Celtique that afternoon at around five. We told Benjy it was Helena’s birthday and the waiters brought out a chocolate fondue and even sung a little. The waiters were all extra-nice that day, stopping to talk to us every time they passed our table, and we had a great time. We even got a few free drinks in(!). We finally left at around 8:30, when they were closing up and we started our own Rambouillet pub-crawl, going to three more of the bars and pubs in Rambouillet. A great night and great fun!

The following week had a lot of cafés, picnics, and creepy, weird guys involved. Thursday night, we decided to go to one of the school’s parties, which had marshmallow-roasting included. On Saturday night, my family had a party with all of Anne’s high school friends. That made me in charge of looking after all ten children…, which actually wasn’t so bad. Then on Sunday, Helena, Adriana, and I went to Chartres, a town about a half-hour away, very well known for it’s cathedral. We looked around the cathedral, as well as took a tour around the city on a train. We were also lucky enough to be in town during the Perfume Festival! Once we returned to Rambouillet, we went back to the Celtique (and got another round of drinks on the house, yay!) and then went out for a pizza dinner.

This week is supposed to be rainy the entire time but I’m hoping that the weatherman will be wrong, as he usually is. It’s difficult to find things to do that don’t involve spending money when we only have inside options. I hope that everyone is having a great time and I’ll see you all in 24 days! Love always
An End Has A Start – Editors