"Those who have experienced Paris have advantage over those who have not. We are the ones who have glimpsed a little bit of heaven, down here on earth." - Deirdre Kelly

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Paris Playlist #19 - Jukebox Hero

"You gotta get up, you gotta get up, you gotta get down..."
- Last Night A D.J. Saved My Life, Mike Cleveland

Tomorrow night, for the first time in 20 years (I kid you not), Mr. Gorgeous and I are going out on the town for New Year's Eve. And it's all because of our wonderful neighbors. One of the ladies from my GNO group made arrangements with the head chief and owner of a local restaurant for our motley group to ring in the New Year: a reasonably priced all you can eat/drink menu, only a few blocks from our home. So Mr. G is going to put on his Paris finery, I bought a gorgeous brilliant green satin mini from Jane (bien sur) and we're gonna paint the town. But the best part? There's a jukebox! You know how I love to dance ;-}

"I wanna take you away. 
Let's escape into the music, D.J. let it play...
Keep on rockin' to it. Please don't stop the music."
- Rhianna

But, just in case the jukebox's music selections are...lacking, I'm going to create a playlist, bring my iPod and an adapter. Which gets me to thinking: maybe I should clear the furniture out of my dining room and have a dance party myself. Make it an annual event - to usher in the return of the sun, warmth and green growing things. I could call it 'Spring Fling' - hmmmm. In the meantime, for those of you hosting or going to a New Year's Eve bash, I've created a 'ring in 2015' Paris Playlist. Enjoy!

1.  Don't Stop the Music - Rhianna
2.  Dirty Dancer - Enrique Iglesias, Usher, & Little Wayne
3.  Blurred Lines - Robin Thicke
4.  Burn - Ellie Goulding
5.  Dancing Queen - ABBA
6.  Get Lucky - Daft Punk, featuring Pharrell Williams
7.  Just Dance - Lady GaGa
8.  Rehab - Amy Winehouse
9.  Policy of Truth - Depeche Mode
10. La La La - Naughty Boy, featuring Sam Smith
11. The Other Side - Jason Derulo
12. Rain On Me - Pitbull, featuring Marc Anthony
13. Scream & Shout - Will I. Am, featuring Britney Spears
14. Let Me Love You - Ne-Yo
15. Locked Out of Heaven - Bruno Mars

Vivre! Rire! Aimer!


W/ a few of my GNO ladies & the hubbies (2012)

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Saturday, December 13, 2014


Mint tea and history - the perfect way to begin every day

"In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn."
- Phil Collins

Hello my lovelies, oh how I have missed you!

I have not posted since mid-October but once I tell you why, I think you'll understand... On a sunny July afternoon, my History Department Chair (and friend) called me and asked if I was ready to return to my calling - teaching. To my surprise I said yes. No, I didn't miss the interminable academic vs. administrative politicking, or the shitty pay, or the lack of career upward mobility. But I did miss daily engaging in my love of history (in the written word and all its other forms); I missed the challenges, frustrations and rewards of class discussions. But, simply and most powerfully,  I missed my students. So, after a two year hiatus, in September I returned to the classroom - and that's when things got really interesting ;-}

Humanities 250 - The Contemporary World (Fall 2014)
The first thing I learned when I returned was that I had to deal w/ a whole new 'kind' of student: often falling asleep in class (in 9 years of teaching that's never happened), they had very rarely done or prepared the assigned readings, refused to participate in discussions and refused to fulfill the requirements of term paper writing. I had to deal with a lot of attitude - theirs and mine!  In addition to mommy hood, writing and art - something had to give/go - je suis desole

I was floundering, trying to find my footing. Then I remembered that my brain, passion, sassiness, stubbornness, Chanel Rouge Allure #99, and 5 inch heels are formidable tools - so I started wielding them, refused to take no for an answer and something wonderful happened.

Humanities 240 - Converging Hemispheres (Fall 2014)

I stopped second guessing myself, got my game together, demanded even more from my students, and they... responded in kind. While my first semester back was a bumpy lumpy ride, it was all good in the end and I am eagerly looking forward to next semester. Stay tuned...

But I have not ceased or even slowed down in my Paris-loving life or ways - I just haven't been blogging about them. Yeah, I know, shame on me ;-}  In my convertible - with my trusty notebook, cameras, Coco (and sometimes Mr. G.) by my side - I have had some wonderful adventures Parisienne that I just can't wait to share with you. 

I've just begun my Winter Break. And while I still have a formidable pile of final term papers to grade and final grades to submit - I could not wait one moment longer to return to my beloved Pour l'Amour. So please bear with me as I jump on my virtual T.A.R.D.I.S. for the next few posts. It's good, si bon, to be back.

Vivre! Rire! Aimer!

Writing 101 (Fall Semester 2014)

Friday, October 17, 2014

A great ending to the week

"The earth is art, the photographer is only a witness."
- Yann Arthus-Bertrand

I recently sold one of my Paris photos to a client in North Carolina. She was so kind to send me this photo of it framed and hanging (lowest row, center, the largest one). Coolness. Can't stop smiling ;-}

Vivre! Rire! Aimer!

...something wickedly awesome this way comes...

By the pricking of my thumbs,
something wickedly awesome this way comes!

Tonight I met the subject of my next Postcard to Paris. Here are a few hints: Toile fabric imported from France, reproduction Edison light bulbs, an elevated train, Miraval Rose wineSimon Pearce, and the above photo. Yeah, it's gonna be good. Stay tuned...

Vivre! Rire! Aimer!


Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Mums' the word...

Standing on the sidewalk in front of my house, 
on the street where I live.

"Fall...The time when everything bursts with its last beauty,
as if nature had been saving up all year 
for the grand finale." - Lauren DeStefano

While Fall is ostensibly known as an ending, for me, this fall has heralded a new beginning. Late in the summer, the dean of the history department at my former workplace called me, relentlessly courted me and asked me to return to teaching. To make a long story short, I said yes. I've missed practicing my calling and missed my students. And I'm woman enough to freely admit that it's nice, and oh so satisfying to my ego to be missed, needed, wanted, called and relentlessly courted ;-}

So, for the last few weeks, four days a week, every morning, I grab my professor's goody bag, slip on a pair of 4+ inch wedges (or ankle boots), slide into my convertible, press play on my iPod and head to work. When I last taught, I drove the family SUV to and fro. Now I tool around in my beloved convertible.

View from my dashboard

Driving a convertible in the fall provides all kinds of incredible, majestic views to the world: sun on my face, wind whipping through my hair, the bluer than blue sky dotted with fluffy white clouds. Coming home from the university, I often find myself exiting the highway at whim. Leaving behind the gray listless concrete express lanes to follow wherever the sunlight leads me. Finding my way home by meandering down local roads, streets and lanes - the only prerequsite being that the road I travel is lined with trees. The better to enjoy the polychromatic fall leaves. The other day, while I was meandering down a road close to home, I saw a grocery store I've passed a thousand times without a second glance. But on this day the store had HUGE gorgeous potted fall Mums out front - yeah, you know I had to stop. Big as bushes planted in the ground, the Mums were on sale - 70% off AND fantabulous? SOLD X 2! It took two strapping gents to wrestle those floral monsters into the back seat of my EOS. 

And it was all kind of wonderful to drive home with a garden in my backseat. Don't know how mom and I did it, but we managed to drag the mums out of the car and onto our front door stoop - mischief managed. 

Bonjour Fall ;-}

Yes, Winter and what she brings - cold, sleet, snow, slush, gray skies, the top up - is in the near future. But for now, Mums' the word.

Vivre! Rire! Aimer!


Saturday, October 04, 2014

hello glorious fall!

Standing at my mailbox on the street where I live

"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower - Albert Camus

Last Friday the weather was absolutely fantabulous! Mr. Gorgeous surprised me - took the entire afternoon off so we could enjoy the last bit of summer, perfectly mixed with the first strains of Fall. We loaded Coco into the convertible and headed out into the bright colorful beautiful world that only Autumn can bestow...

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