H A P P Y  H A L L O W E E N !

Obviously, this message from Fifty is a little late thanks to a burnt out Mac charger. I was without my laptop for a few days, and when the new charger arrived a couple of days ago, Fifty was not in the mood for a fashion show. And of course on Halloween, when he had been in a fashion show kind of mood (or maybe had been carried away with the Spirit of the Great Pumpkin) and wore his BOO t-shirt all day, I like a very bad Mommy, didn’t snap a single picture. But I couldn’t not post this because what if next year he outgrows it? So here you go. Fifty in all of his Halloween glory courtesy of his Texan Chihuahua girlfriends, Molly & Sissy who were thoughtful enough to send the t-shirt it to him. Thanks Molly & Sissy and your accordion playing Mama.

And now, on another belated note, I’m going to answer those questions that you asked. (Bet you thought that I had forgotten all about them didn’t you? Well I didn’t.)

Bourbon & Pearls: Who takes the bins out, you or hubs? 
Both. We’re equal opportunity binners in my house (well except for Fifty, he doesn’t do anything. Lazy sod). But I usually end up taking the trash and The Husband takes the recycling. Not sure why it ends up working out that way but it does (And once again, Fifty does neither.)

MademoisElla Coquine: Do you ever come to Paris? 
No, I don’t. Can you believe it? I can’t. I mean I have been to Paris, but I haven’t in the past two years. The past two years being the time that I’ve lived here. And before I moved, I was convinced I would be TGVing myself all over France, and especially to Paris. But, I am planning on making it up there in the next year. Paris 2012, that’s my new motto.

Mrs. Exeter: What do you find is the most annoying thing about living in France?
Ay yai yai… where to start… well let’s see, I guess for me anyway, the most annoying thing is the total unpredictability. It’s like, “Hey honey, do you want to go out to eat tonight?”… “Sure, I’d love to.” And then you pull up to the restaurant and discover that it’s closed. Or you go to La Poste and they’ve decided to open thirty minutes late or close thirty minutes early. And stores closing from 12:30-2:00 for lunch. (I could go on and on and on…)

Erin: And what do you love most about living in France? 
(A nice way to balance out the above question I think, a bit of yin and yang if you will)
All the wine and cheese.
But since that would be cheating… I love being here for the adventure part of it. The once in a lifetime feeling that I get sometimes. As much as living in Le Petit Village is about as inconvenient as inconvenient can be, it is also stunningly beautiful. Most mornings Fifty and I jog as the sunrises over the Luberon, and the vista is amazing. Breathtaking even. And on occasion, hot air balloons can be seen floating off in the distance. HOT AIR BALLOONS! It’s amazing. And surreal. And fairytale like. And I’m really lucky.

Amber H-B: Do you miss Texas food?
Uh, yeah. I miss Tex-Mex something fierce. And BBQ. Like a nice piece of tender brisket drench in Rudy’s BBQ sauce… d r o o l. But luckily, I did recently purchase the Homesick Texan cookbook. That should help some (my waistline, not so much).

Kara: Which local French wine would you recommend? 
Hmmm… excellent question. But by local do you mean Le Petit Village… the Luberon… Provence? And keeping in mind that while I love wine, I am by no means an expert by any means. Not at all. So how about I just tell you some of my favorite French wines. And I’ll stick with red wines that are currently tickling my fancy….
Brouilly, a Beaujolais, and Vacqueyras and Cairanne, both Côtes du Rhône wines.

And to all of you who took the time to vote for the ASPCA funding, 
Fifty and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

13 responses to “boo-lated”

  1. Fifty looks fab and I think he's got some growing room. It's an American fit now. Next year it will be a French fit. I actually had a set of tricker treaters at my door this year. Couldn't believe it. All I had in the house was some really fine Swiss chocolate. It was SO difficult to drop that in their bags…but it was either that or a jar or capers! Happy Belated Halloween, Sara.


  2. Aww, he looks great all decked out! Thanks for sharing your Q&A's, I always love hearing about what it's like in other countries! : )


  3. Oh nice! I will be in Paris next year as well. We are going to visit, London, Paris and Amsterdam. Hubby has family in Holland so we are making a few weeks worth of a trip out of it. I am going to guess probably in August or Sept. Since the Olympics will be going on in June/July-ish.


  4. Before I moved to France, I thought I would be training it all over Europe every weekend! So I get it…sometimes life just takes over and quiet weekends at home are just as a good as an exotic getaway.Next time you are in Gay Par-ee, please look me up!


  5. To this day the brisket sandwich I had at Rudy's in Austin is one of the best things I have ever eaten! Cannot believe you mentioned Rudy's. Oh and fine picks on those wines too!


  6. Thank You, Sara, from the bottom of my heart, for not dressing fifty in some ridiculous pet costume. I think it would have met the same fate as the hairband (Or you would have found him on the roof again). He looks very dapper. The Chihuahuas have great taste.


  7. You could go to Paris on January 3, 2012 and partake in someone's awesome Texas meets Paris birthday…!


  8. Biscuit wore her lion costume from two years ago. I didn't want to spend too much money on a new costume and I had this great plan to buy one AFTER Halloween when they go on major sale. Well, a week has gone by and I still haven't made it to the pet store.Something tells me Biscuit is going to be a lion again next year.


  9. Love this post and also your blog!I just become your follower now! i hope you come back and you'll do the same! ;-)i wait for you! ;-)kisses


  10. I love Fifty's shirt! In fact, I wish I had one. 😉 I enjoyed your Q&A answers. Le Petit sounds and looks beautiful, like a dream, even though I'm sure it can be annoying at times. Aren't all places annoying in some aspects? 🙂


  11. As I sit here eating Rudy's… I sympathize, for you and my waistline.


  12. Speaking of Paris, did I tell you my brother and his family are living there now for two years? I stopped by to visit a few weeks ago and it was magical. My 9-year-old niece decided to create a blog in Paris's cafes and bistros: She doesn't update it often, but it's cute. The food and wine is SO good. I'd gain a size the first month living there!


  13. I'm missing the tex-mex, too!! I wish I could find some good bbq sauce around here, but it looks like I'll probably be making my own! I've never heard of that cookbook – I'll have to check it out!


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