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24 February 2008
- Tea (ok, I probably didn't need to tell you that)
- tea sandwiches which they created and made on their own -- including egg salad, pb&j, cream cheese and capers (what?), smoked beef salami with butter, mayonaise, and bbq sauce (you can imagine how good those were)
- small finger food items: olives, pickles, and the like
- fresh-made scones (delicious) with a rasberry dipping sauce (rasberry jam mixed with some fromage blanc)
Kerri and I were not allowed to come to the Tea until we were dressed appropriately so I put on a suit and Kerri put on a nice dress (why do we do these things for our kids? It's a Sunday afternoon and I'm putting on a suit for a pretend Tea. I mean seriously, who's in charge of the family unit, the parents or the children?) Anyway, after getting properly dressed we sat down to a very formal, very olden days, very high-brow High Tea. And it was lovely.
We partied like it was 1799.
23 February 2008
WE'RE BACK FROM a great trip to Chamonix where we introduced the kids to the world of downhill skiing. The good news is that they love it. The bad news is that they love it -- and now want to go all the time. I'll save some of the details about the trip for a later post, but here's a quick summary:
- Chamonix-Mont Blanc: Wow! (My first time -- Kerri's been there a couple of times).
- I didn't need chains, which is a good thing because I didn't have any with me. If it had snowed we would have been screwed.
- Ski lift tickets are a lot cheaper in France than the US. The whole family skiied for a whole day for 95 Euros (that's 5 lift tickets!). I skiied at Copper Mountain in Colorado last year and it was $81 just for me.
- Hotels aren't cheaper.
- Ski lessons are worth it. Patrick and Julia had a 2 hour private lesson as soon as we got to the top of the mountain.
- Be careful where you park (see video for more information)
- Be sure to let your three-year old know that he can't wear the skis all the time. Henry ate lunch with his on -- at a table, mind you -- then screamed bloody murder (I'm talking really intense, graphic, bloody murder) when it was time to take them off at the end of the day.
- When I'm going down the hill I think I look really good. Video evidence, however, suggests otherwise.
- There's nothing quite like a nice cup of coffee at the top of a ski mountain.
Here's a little video clip we put together if you are interested. You can also watch it directly on You Tube if you want to see a larger version.
17 February 2008
Anyway, we not taking a computer so nothing new in this space until next Friday. If you want to see where we are going you can click here.
By European standards the Nice team is quite small, usually finishing in the middle of the pack in the top French league (which is -- at best -- only the 4th of 5th best league in Europe). However, Marseille is a European powerhouse, having won the Champtions League multiple times. This particular game had some extra significance because Nice is doing very well this season (currently 4th) and Marseilles is struggling (but playing better lately). And because the game was against Marseille, the local police were ready for a huge contingent of their fans (can you say 'riot gear'?). And sure enough, they arrived in mass on 8 police-escorted buses about 30 minutes before the match.
15 February 2008
Portis leaps to avoid a hit by Ray Lewis.
The previous play but from a different angle.
Lewis nails Portis in the backfield for a loss of 3 yards (see, we're fair!)
'Personal foul. Facemasking. Number 52 on the defense. 15 yards. Automatic first down.'
Lewis lunges and gets Portis from behind. Boy, how many times have we seen Ray Lewis do that?
Portis is the lone set back, three recievers split wide. Campbell takes the snap, hand-off Portis to the left side. Great block by Samuels. Portis finds the whole with only Lewis to beat, and Lewis won't catch him. Touchdown Redskins.
Officially, this was something that Patrick wanted to do. But off the record, I think I had more fun than he did (and the photo idea was mine!) Those damn little figurines are pretty fun to play with. What's amazing about them is that the body parts don't move but they are designed in such a way that you can put them in a lot of different positions and they look cool.
Stay tuned for more photos because tomorrow we're going to play with Patrick's knights.
14 February 2008
We know people who have lived here for more than 10 years without seeing a boar in the wild, so this was kind of exciting.
Well, now it appears that even the glasses aren't working.
For months I have been trying to get our wireless internet to work with no success. Tonight I mustered up enough courage to call our internet provider (for the 3rd time) to inquire about the problem. In very broken French I found out that the problem is with me, not with the internet provider since they told me everything seems to be working well on their end. So I tried again, locating the wirelss access security code and entering it into the appropriate box. But it still didn't work. Finally, I asked Kerri to read the 16 digit-code to make sure I had it right. She began reading: 2DD2 4554...I didn't hear the rest.
Oh crap! Are you kidding me? For the past 4 months I have been trying to get the wireless to work by typing in 4002 as the first four digits. I couldn't see (even with my glasses on, mind you) that it was 4DD2, not 4002.
Well guess what. I'm now sitting on my couch writing this blog entry with no cord attached to my computer -- something I could have done last October if I had a pair of glasses that were +1.50!
That's all for now, I've got to go check what kind of vision plan is covered on my insurance.
11 February 2008
10 February 2008
Dessert at the famous 'Star N Bars' of Monaco
Monaco -- with the regatta in the background
Patrick and Julia love Cecile!!
Star N Bars: Looking like a real America
One of the five Lambourghini's we saw
09 February 2008
It just so happens that the topic of this half-term break got me into a bit of trouble with the head of the school where I teach. I ran into him in the Salle du Prof and tried my best to engage in some chit-chat. I asked simple questions like: how are you? are you looking forward to the break? what are your plans for the vacation? etc. However, I mistakenly 'tu-toied' him. In other words, I spoke to him using the 'tu' and 'toi' form of 'you' instead of the more formal and polite 'vous' and 'votre'. This, I have learned, is a big deal, especially when it comes to teachers talking to administrators! After our conversation, he very politely pulled me aside and made me aware of my error. I apoligized and blamed my poor French skills and he was quite forgiving.
Jeez. A bit sensitive, perhaps? But I told some of my colleagues about my faux pas and they laughed and told me I had committed a grave sin in the eyes of French school administrators. They also tole me not to do it again.
07 February 2008
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02 February 2008
To get to Entrevaux we took the train which runs along the old Nice-Digne track and winds through the mountains. Unbelievable views!
[obscure reference guide: Carla Bruni]
A friend from town is hosting a Super Bowl party (starts at about 12:15 am), but I'm probaby going to skip it and get ready for a late night on Tuesday. I think Clinton-Obama is going to be a better game than Patriots-Giants.