Sunday, August 26, 2012


So, the mother in law has moved into her new place, and things should start slowing down again.  Theoretically that should mean that I can sit down and start writing real articles on here again.  I get excited thinking about writing, but I find it increasingly difficult to sit down and want to write something really long and involved that takes explanation and possibly a dictionary to explain exactly what I mean.

It's not that I don't want to.  I even thought up a lot of fun articles, but it was the getting around to writing them that's really the issue.  I wanted to write about Fort Boyard, which is sadly coming to an end next week, and just things that are exclusively French that really would be something that I could show people and get them interested in.  Or I wanted to talk about the car trouble we had, and the fun of trying to translate head gasket into French or figure out what on earth a "courroie de distribution" is in English.  Then, I sit down on the couch, and there's an old episode of Oliver's Twist on.  And then I fall asleep.

I think it's a two pronged problem.  First and foremost; the spirit is willing, but the flesh wants to be on Google +.  (I'm serious.  If you're not on, get on.  I'd love to have you all circled!)  I just really enjoy all the stuff that comes through.  It's not a million notices about what people ate or why their job sucks.  It's where I find the most interesting stories, and infographics.  Unlike facebook, these are all people that I don't know from Adam.  There just fascinating people that I've met who post about things that interest me.   I just get to a certain point of the day, and I just don't feel like typing much more than three sentences, or just want to make witty retorts.    

Secondly, I think I've been doing too much compartmentalization.  I have my facebook account that was for people I knew in real life, G+ for people that I met and found fascinating, livejournal for personal thoughts, and blogger I always tried to keep more about life in France.  I think that may be the problem though.  With all the division and gates that I've put up, I don't remember the last time I actually made a post on Livejournal at all.  I check the blog roll I put up forever ago, but I need to update that.  Facebook and G+ are about all I do anymore, because they're quick and I can get me some instant gratification.

So I'm going to try and use this site as a regular blog. We'll see how this goes and if I do post more ultimately.  Hope to see you all around soon. 


  1. Alwaysvhappy to from you when you have the time!

  2. I enjoyed this post. I too have been trying to pull all the pieces together via a blog. I've got Facebook for family and close friends, Twitter for politics (because you don't have to engage in long conversations that go nowhere :-)), a blog about my favorite author Louisa May Alcott, etc. So I created another blog called Be As One with the idea of having the various pieces come together. And you know something, it's challenging to do that! :-)

    I only just happened upon your blog so I don't know what you're into but my one connection with France is that Louisa May Alcott's artistic sister May is buried at Montrouge Cemetery in Paris. One of my readers tracked the whole thing down and sent pictures. It was really fun communicating across the seas like that.

    Enjoy your life in France! Beautiful country. I got to visit once with the high school French club. As terrible as my French was, I would have picked up the language quickly.

    Good luck with your blog. Mine, btw is

  3. I can relate to a lot of what you said in here, although, in regards to Google+, I probably haven't explored that as deeply as I'd like to. I created an account quite a while ago, but only stop in once every few weeks or so, as it seems all my other things, (Facebook, comic strip, etc), take precedence. Above all, I wanted to say I really enjoy your posts on here...there's a genuine, heartfelt intelligent quality, and an always interesting take on life in France.