V is for V #AtoZChallenge

V is for V

When I speak English I have a very strange accent. A mixture of American and British English depending on the words spoken and the people I talk to.

When I moved to France and came back to the USA to visit a year later, everyone said that I had a British accent, I really don’t think that I did, it was just different than what I had before leaving. When I moved to England a few years later most people said that I had an American accent, except for my very French pronunciation of “oops” and “Hermes”. Continue reading “V is for V #AtoZChallenge”

If we were having coffee 21 November 2015

If we were having coffee, then I would greet you with a smile and a hug. I would propose that we sit down for a warm cup of tea and a chat.

You would probably ask me a whole lot of questions, which is understandable seen recent events here in Paris. I would assure you that I am fine, I’d underline that writing over the last few days has helped me a whole lot digest what happened. I am grateful for all the supportive comments I received over the last week, they have been truly heartwarming and touching. I’d also like to thank the person who added my post to the coffee share linky last week.

After talking about all the serious things, we’d move on to lighter topics. You’d probably notice how my apartment suddenly seems bigger. The scaffolding was taken down about a week and a half ago, and it does feel more spacious, the power of optical illusion…
I’d talk a bit about my daughter who is very clingy at the moment, she is teething again and wants to be hugged all the time (she wants to be hugged all the time anyways, but now it is a bit more). She has tried herself as an installation artist at my parent’s house the other day.

Installation art

I’d probably tell you about my teaching adventures. I am seriously wondering if teachers teach or if they just expect their students to know. I don’t mind teaching history (some of my students have history and literature in German, as they are in international sections), but what I think a bit worrying is that it is expected of the kids to teach themselves everything on their own and to understand texts that are over 500 years old without any background knowledge. It’s not as if they were university students…

If we were having coffee, then I’d tell you that my NaNoWriMo project is currently on hold, I just could not continue. But don’t worry, I will get back to it, just I won’t finish 50000 words in November. What counts for me is that I started writing a bit more seriously.
I would be all excited about one thing, my blog has been copying my daughter and is experiencing a growth spurt! Now it’s the first month in which I got past the 1000 views/month, current tally for November is 1134 views (best before that was September with 715 views). I suppose that daily posting has it’s effects, but also the confidence that I have gained lately.

How are you doing? What are your plans for the weekend? For the week to come? What are your projects for Thanksgiving? We have a family reunion on Thanksgiving my dad’s father, brother and sister all come with their families, and my best friend is invited too! If I remember correctly we will be 19 people!

Before I forget, I have a project in the works for December, I want to turn my blog into an advent calendar. Sharing traditions, photos, memories, christmassy short stories. And I was wondering if maybe a few of my readers want to be part of it as a guest? Maybe to share a christmas (or that of another holiday you might celebrate in December) family/national tradition, a memory or a nice wintery/christmassy/festive story? Do let me know 🙂

I do wish you a great weekend with lots of joy! Go on check out the other coffee share posts over on Diana’s Blog Part-Time Monster and join the linky yourself!

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