Au Pairing

Au Pair Lessons: What is an au pair?

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I feel like I should have led off with this. It would have made sense, really, but what’s done is done and the only way to go is forward. So forward we go and I bring information! And links! And charts! YAY! Continue reading

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Belz/Saint Cado, France

But Where Are the People?

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I’ve finally, finally gotten on board that ‘writing a blog post in advance’ boat. Can I just say: it feels bizarre? I think it’s a good bizarre, I’m sure it is. (I hope it is.) It just feels so weird to come here, look and already written post over and hit ‘publish’. It makes me feel like I’ve got it a little bit more together, even on days when that’s a lie and I definitely do not have anything together.

More photos from Belz/Saint Cado. Things that I realized while editing/uploading/writing about these: I miss taking photographs of people. (Not that this place is over run with people. Bike for an hour, see four people. And I thought I lived in a small town.)  But I think that’s something I’m going to work on in the next little bit: working up the courage to start photographing people and activities. I think I’m ready to get back on that scary ledge of talking to people I don’t know. I got chills just typing that. But good ‘this could end really, really well’ sort of chills. Little steps.

Things I’m Loving:

+ This video – (I hadn’t heard about it before, but the 8 minute clip had me wanting to see what the rest of this film will be like. Very fascinating look, with a range of voices, of females represented in media and what that means/how that affects the mentality of people growing up seeing that.)

+ This documentary – (It airs within the next few days and the previews on TV make it look really interesting. I’m hoping to catch it!)

+ This site – (This looks interesting. Especially with the holidays here, it looks like a great way to compare prices/save money. Bonus!)

+ This gift guide – (This time for the photographers on your list. Because they’re a special bunch.)

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Misc.

Film Club

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When I was younger, I was going to be an actress. And then I was going to be a director and then a cinematographer. I did those ‘When I Grow Up’ school projects on them and everything. Clearly that changed (though who knows, I have time. I can cross off that whole ‘actress’ thing off though because being in front of the camera? Why would anyone want to give up the chance to boss other people around?) I used to watch movies in my spare time, even if that time wasn’t actually spare and was actually supposed to be meant for homework. I’d watch and watch and watch. After I changed my mind and decided that that wasn’t for me (that was during my “I’m going to be a marine biologist’ phase, in case you were wondering), I still found that I still loved movies, that I still loved being able to tell a story with visuals (dingdingding, photojournalism: we have a winner).

I don’t have as much time, but yet have managed to watch a lot of movies in the last little while. The four above are a small sampling of what I’ve watched and either really liked or absolutely loved. Midnight in Paris is the one that’s gotten dumped in the ‘really liked’ category. And I still don’t know if it’s because I’m this whole weird Hemingway/Fitzgerald/Stein/Guggenheim/Paris in the 20’s kick I’m on or because I genuinely like the movie. A little bit of both? The other three however, I would suggest in a heartbeat, with Pelada being my first rec, hands down. It took me about twenty minutes to get over the fact that I didn’t like how awkward the voice overs sounded, but by the end I had embraced the awkward and was instead sniffling because apparently that’s what I do when something gives me all of the feelings. If you haven’t read I Capture the Castle, get up and go do it. I’ll wait for you here. I had that book out of the library so much I might as well have owned the damned thing. I’m normally in the book >>> movie camp, and while that camp still is mine with this book, the movie is one of the better book to movie sets out there. 

What have you guys been watching lately and would recommend? Or else warn everyone to stay away from because their eyeballs don’t deserve that?

(Also: I’ve gotten really witty with my titles, haven’t I? How do people constantly come up with titles for posts? I’m pretty sure that’s why I used to post so sporadically. Coming up with an awesome title really is the hardest part and after sitting here for fifteen minutes it’s like, “Why am I putting myself through this?” I’ll get through this though, I promise. Better titles: coming soon!)

Things I’m Loving:

+ These photographs – (The last one is my absolute favourite.)

+ These advent calendar DIYs – (I’m thinking that I want to do one of these with the next kids I au pair for. It would be such a fun activity!)

+ This post – (The boots, Diana, shoes for travelling. What’s not to love?)

+ This article – (I now want red cards so I can make people slink off, never to be seen again.)

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France

Bedtime Buddies

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We shower and get ready for bed before dinner here. And then proceed to ‘help’ out with dinner.

Things I’m Loving:

+  This article – (Because I never stopped not handwriting things.)

+ These photographs – (I’ve always had a fascination with boats and the ocean.)

+  This site – (Who doesn’t like cool things?)

+  This film – (The boys and I saw it on Saturday and I think I enjoyed it more than they did.)

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