New title

I just don’t know what to choose for  my new blog title. So I put up this one. The bilingual aspect of my blog is pretty important to me. And I need to change the title because, really, this one was automatic.

However, I was also thinking of :

Frankly, my dear I don’t give a damn = Franchement, mon chevreuil, je ne donne pas un pont

But it involves lots of word play and inside jokes for the Québécois. maybe some French people too. It’s a word for word translation based on the sound of the words.

What do you think ? Any suggestions ?

New Friend Fridays

New Friend Fridays

I don’t know how I stumbled on The Girl Creative blog but when I saw there were nice memes, I decided to try it out. New Friend Fridays seem like a fun and positive way to « meet ».

She asks : So, tell me, where do you all live? State is fine. 🙂

I live in Montreal, province of Québec, Canada ! I write in French and in English, I started this blog last year in June. I started copying old posts from a previous blog and then added some original stuff and I started adding photos once I got my very first digital camera (a Kodak Easyshare).

Terry Elisabeth is not my real name. I used to like writing in journals but once I started typing fast, writing on paper just isn’t the same anymore, my thoughts go faster than my pen. So I blog.

It’s 6 am, I’m up since 5 even if I don’t work today. I had 4 teeth extracted last night and the anesthetic shots contained adrenaline so even if I took an oxycontin pill, I wasn’t sleepy until midnight. I usually go to bed at 9:30. I drank a lavender herbal tea with spearmint and it seemed to calm me down. However, the excitation of this event, the fear of drooling blood, and of sleeping on my bad cheek, combined with the heat (we are going through a major canicule right now) made me drift off but not really sleep. Guess I will nap today and go to the library where it is cold. I could go in a cafe but it is recommended not to drink coffee. But I would reallllyyyyyy like a coffee. A tall one.

So I am now drinking a strawberry-mango smoothie made with yogurt, milk and basil, mint and lavender. Yum.

Have any of you had braces ? I might need some but don’t know what it’s like. Did you have the transparent ones, the invisible ones or the classic ones ?

Mono Monday and Grateful Monday

This week’s Mono Monday is Ecstasy, not the drug. The feeling. Supermom had it right with her M&Ms. Yum.

My ecstasy came from a place around Sherbrooke that I can’t name because I am protecting someone else’s privacy. Her place would be easy to find ! I went to Sherbrooke this week for a work thing and I slept at my boss’ place in the campagne ! As she prepared dinner she told me to go take a walk. I felt like I was at my parents’ place and I had nothing to do.

Her place is wonderful ! This is the view from her porch. My pictures are not so hot in black and white so I couldn’t pick the one I really liked for Mono Monday. But this view…it made me feel like I wanted to stay there forever.

I might as well fit in my Lundi reconnaissant. So here are things I am grateful for :

  1. I had a really good time this weekend. I said to my boyfriend I would do more of his things so Saturday we went at one of his friend’s birthday party and yesterday we went at an art exhibition in a cemetary.
  2. Even though I didn’t have dinner with J. while I was in Sherbrooke, I still had time to talk with her…
  3. And by not having dinner, I took an earlier bus so I got home at 8 instead of at 11.
  4. Aunt Flo has visited on the 30th day and not on the 45th or 60th or whenever she feels like dropping by.
  5. I’m still really grateful that I’m bilingual.
  6. I just learned that an intern we had a few months back has a contract starting today (yay for him, he’s working) but mostly yay for us because when we announce another job opening this year, he will be working and he can’t apply and break his contract…so maybe the person we really want for the job will have the job !
  7. Yay for us that he’s not working at the same place I am. I really like the quiet and he’s very VERY talkative and he’s a music lover and he’s pompous about it. So when I see him I won’t want to tell him to shut up, I will be glad to say hello.
  8. My balcony is becoming so green ! So many herbs ! It’s beautiful and I feel like I keep taking some and it’s still full.
  9. Tonight I’m meeting two people who do the same job I do but at another workplace. They were looking for someone to translate their blog from French to English and I proposed myself. It’s an opportunity !
  10. It’s the start of the week and it’s a week where I will not be eating at restaurants (except tonight because I have to eat before meeting the two people) so it will be healthier than this weekend.

Almost finished, presque fini

J’ai presque fini de copier mon ancien blog ici. I’m almost finished copying my blog here.

I don’t know if I should continue in French or in English. D’un côté, je me réhabitue à écrire en français et j’aime ça. Même que j’écris plus en québécois. D’un autre côté, I like wrting in English because I’m sure to get more readers and it’s easy for me.

Sigh soupir. Bientôt je pourrai poster des nouveaux billets, que des nouveaux billets.

Self Interview 4

4 octobre 2007

So…what’s new ?

Well, after a couple days where we had more work, we have « one of those days » where the system’s down and we have no requests.

You don’t seem too depressed over it ?

Nope ! I go on Facebook and I go on Dandelife and write my life away !

I saw that you write in French and English ? How come ?

Well, I was raised in a bilingual family. Dad would speak to me in English and I would answer in French. My Dandelife is bilingual because I have some written journals that are in French that I copy but my everyday life is written in English.

But why English ? Don’t you work and live in French ?

Yes. But sometimes it just comes that way and at other times it’s better in English, I know people I know don’t understand it so…

You don’t want people you know to understand what you write ? Why ?

No I don’t. Because sometimes it doesn’t concern them, sometimes I prefer to have my private garden. That’s why some of my stories are private.

If you want to have a private garden, why do you write on the net ? It’s a bit contradictory !

Not really. It’s easier to share with strangers. Plus, I do want to have privacy from people I know but I still want to share with others. Just not everyone I know.

But why ?

Because !! A lot of people around me are better that way, not knowing who I really am. They prefer it this way, they don’t want to know. And I don’t want some people I know to « know » everything about me. I know it’s confusing.

You have family on Facebook who could read you on Dandelife, right ?

Yes. It would be alright. I think that in most cases family members are the ones that are the most close-minded about who we are. They still see us the way they did when we were all very young. My mom is still astounded that I eat vegetables. She still sees me as a little girl who pouts when she puts a plate in front of me. I hated meal time. So I think that reading some things we write is a good way for family to get to know who we are !

You really are kind of bipolar ! This and that, this pole but this pole too.

I hate it when you remind me of it ! My therapist always brings it back. Why do you do this ?

Don’t you think that the way you like both extremes of things is a way of being bipolar ?

Ungh. Yeah. Why not.

You are so reluctant to admit that even if you are not ashamed of being bipolar, your personality is bipolar.

Yes. I. Am. I am not only bipolar, you know ! It’s true I have a tendency to like both extremes of things but it doesn’t mean I am and will only be a bipolar person. I’m not the only one like this.

Of course not.

And I am trying to focus so I come to a certain milieu, a middle.

Hum. Hum.

You drive me nuts !

Well isn’t  true that you will be volunteering with kids ?

Yes ?

But while you are in councelling in orientation to begin new studies, you are considering thanatology ? Virology or immunology ?

Yes…

Well…they are two different poles. Kids are life, freshness, new beginning. But what you are looking at to study and maybe have a new career is death and sickness.

So what ? Maybe I don’t want to do the same thing all over my life. Maybe I like having contraries and contradictions. Big elephant, small mouse. I like challenges, I like movement.

Okay then !