un petit pause

Today I’m taking a break from tales of my staycation to regale you with tidbits of recent life here in The LPV. Enjoy. 

{CSI: Barbie}

++ Do you have any idea how creepy it is to find a Barbie that looks like it barely survived a zombie apocalypse right outside your front door? It’s effing creepy. Naturally, I had to photograph it and share it with all of you. 

++ Wednesday the 26th of September was my third anniversary of living in France. THREE YEARS. It totally snuck up on me and I didn’t even remember until the following Saturday but I didn’t think I could let it go unnoticed so voila… happy third franciversary to me (and if you happen to be interested, you can click here to read about my very first franciversary).

++ Then, a week after I had forgotten about my third franciversary, I forgot about my three year blogiversary. For the record, I don’t have a clue what has happened to my memory lately, but while I have a think, feel free to read my first blog post by clicking here
++ Gatz finally got his own place. That’s right. My husband’s thirty year old hetero life partner is moving out of his grandparent’s house and it his very own apartment. Awww… they grow up so fast. 
++ The weekend before my mother arrived for Staycation 2012, I was in Banon visiting the large bookstore, Le Bleuet. As I walked up to the entrance, I noticed a man sitting on the step outside with a beautiful golden retriever and I thought to myself, “hey, that dog looks awfully familiar“. I quickly scooted inside and began searching the faces in the crowded store when I spotted a curly red ponytail. That’s when I put two and two together… cute golden retriever + curly red hair = Lost in Arles. That’s right, I bumped into fellow expat Heather in Banon. It was rather surreal. 
++ During last week’s Clermont match against Stade Français (we’re talking rugby kids), Clermont’s Brock James made a drop goal with less than a minute left in the match to cinch the win and make it the 47th consecutive home win for Clermont. It was so glorious that I was barely phased last night when Clermont lost against Castres.

++ I’m still recovering from the horrific death of Opie on Sons of Anarchy. Oh my goodness it was brutal. When the scene was playing, I was curled up in a ball rocking back and forth, my heart beating out of my chest, whispering, “no, no, no” over and over again. Clearly I have become a tad too attached to a fictional outlaw biker gang.  
++ Here’s something you probably didn’t know about The Husband; he is a huge gossip, HUGE. It’s the main reason why he likes to play cards with the senior ladies at the local community center (besides the free cookies), he loves the gossip. And when he and Gatz get together, oh my heavens, forget about it! They practically turn into Miss. Clairee and Weezer, they gossip so. So last night, I decided to sit The Husband down in front of the Real Housewives of New Jersey, because even though he makes fun of me watching it, I knew that he would love it, because it’s basically just one big gossip fest. After we finished watching the third episode in a row, he turned to me with a big ol’ smile on his face and exclaimed, “Ooh I LOVE it!

Of course you do Miss Clairee, of course you do.

bisou

29 responses to “un petit pause”

  1. Happy franceaversary! I think mine was the day after yours, 3 years as well, time flies

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  2. WOW… 3 years…. time flies!!! Can't wait to meet you AND The Husband next weekend!

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  3. I'll still take CSI:Barbie over the cat turd I found on our welcome mat. That cat's trying to run me out of the neighbourhood but I ain't going! Happy Franciversary and Happy Blogiversary!! Surely we need to raise a glass to that on the weekend. Isn't blogging like the 7 degrees of Kevin Bacon sometimes? It's so awesome how you met up with Heather in your bookstore. And of course G is a big ole gossip. The ones with the pretty faces always are.

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  4. hahah you guys are so cute! happy anniversary of living in france, you lucky lady!

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  5. Happy Franciversary!! And oh my gosh, that Barbie is super creepy. Wait… your husband plays cards with the old ladies? How cute!

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  6. Ahhh haha you kill me with the Miss Clairee!! I can just picture Bradley Cooper turning to you with a grin saying he loves Teresa and the Manzos! Well guess what Bradley- I love them too. Welcome to the club!

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  7. PS – Where the heck did the Barbie come from?

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  8. Ooooh, a filthy naked Barbie right on your doorstep in Le Petit Village. How exciting 😉

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  9. Eeew, naked plastic lady! Hope that wasn't your Franciversary pressie ;o)I somehow imagine the Husband and Gatz as some of the old guys that sit in village squares watching the world go by (and totally gossiping about everythi1ng they see ;o) )

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  10. You found that Barbie doll in front of your door? That is VERY CREEPY!And I really need to start watching Sons of Anarchy!

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  11. Happy Franciversary & happy blogiversary tooooo yoooouuu!

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  12. Smart girl you are, now you can have a watching partner for the housewives! They are all a little cray cray. That Barbie would freak me out too … Happy weekend!

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  13. Ack, that Barbie is sooooo creepy!!And happy Franciversary, I bet it will be 10 years before you know it! 😉

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  14. Yay!! Happy Franciversary and Blogiversary too!! Will go back to read your very first post in a minute but oooh that Barbie would have given me the Heebie Jeebies. I would have been afraid to have touched her in case she was some kind of freaky voodoo object.Aaaaand, yes, it was so fun to have your beautiful face pop up right in front of me–a happy, happy moment. I am a little late to the party (as usual) but for Sara's enquiring minds:Is she really as funny and charming as she is here? Um, the answer would be MORE SO. Looking forward to seeing you again!!Bisous,Heather

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  15. Oh man, I'm all about the Real Housewives of New Jersey…that's some good expat entertainment… how can the hubs possibly not like it 🙂 bon dimanche!

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  16. Now that's a lot of info! I love the part about your hubby! I believe that men are worse gossips than women…I know mine is!

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  17. Ahhhhhh! Opening your site and seeing this photo scarred me! It is SO creepy! Where are her clothes?! How did this happen? AHHHHHH!So I think a lot of French dudes are gossips! I almost miss some of my exes because they were such gossips! So funny, Sara! And RHNJ? You're bad! I can only handle BH and NY. NJ is too much…perhaps because it hits a little too close to home for me. ; )

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  18. Where there any pins in the doll? Voodoo in LPV?

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  19. Sara, happy anniversary of living in France; that should be a wonderful feeling!I've been reading your blog for a while but my work life has been very busy and only now could get myself to write. So, looking back, what would you call the most important things you have learnt about LPV, the region and its people, for the past three years?All the best and much fun under the sun!

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  20. Happy Franciversary and Blogiversary!! Okay, the barbie is TOTALLY creepy! How the heck did it come to rest at your front door?? And your hubs, oh my gosh, is he awesome! But of course you already know that. lol Hanging out with the senior ladies, watching Real Housewives of New Jersey..what next? Love it! 🙂 (PS-I too love the New Jersey one. It's like a train wreck, you just have to keep watching!)

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  21. Whoa, 3 years, I can't imagine hitting that mark. Congrats! And whoacreepster Barbie

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  22. CSI Barbie hit my funny bone for some reason. Am I a weirdo?! 😉 Happy Anniversaries to you!

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  23. wow! how do you find france for three years now? are you near paris?just me, http://www.phioxee.com

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  24. Thank goodness I have you to recap ASM for me. I'll sound less idiotic at the coffee machine with my colleagues! ;)Happy franciversary and blogiversary!

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  25. ahahaha miss clairee! too funny! manu likes gossip too, it's a euro thing maybe? still haven't used your link to watch downton, i need to get on that!!

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  26. Ahaha! So glad i found your blog :)And you're right, this photo is scary but in an artistic kind of way though 😉 XoJuliehttp://cansouplover.blogspot.com

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  27. well now that i know that creepy naked barbie dolls happen outside your door, me and hound clutch are rethinking our visit to LPV….however….I pressed on in reading this post….and since your husband is a HUGE gossip….I think the trip is still salvageable….I love some real housewives gossip …really i just dont like to be reminded that Barbie has bigger boobs than I do.

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  28. Welcome La Totontoise!I'm going to write a post soon all about how I feel about my last three years here. Hopefully they will answer your questions 🙂

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  29. I'm about a seven hour drive away from Paris but I really wish I was closer!

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