castalie: (Season - Warm & Cozy)
Christmas came and went, and it does so so fast, doesn't it? I hope everyone who celebrates did enjoy every moment of it and had a lovely time with friends or family... or on their own!

I had the most excellent weekend myself and came back with lovely new memories (there was so much baby holding time omg ♥). Also a stomach filled to full capacity and some lovely presents ;)

We've always been a family in love with Christmas (my sister, cousins and I are fortunate enough to have wonderful memories of our childhood Christmases) and we've always enjoyed celebrating it even after we lost the last of our grandparents and before Chiara was born (the eldest of my nieces and nephews) but, admittedly, ever since the kids came to our lives, we've had so much fun teaching them the traditions we grew up with... and so much fun re-creating the magic surrounding this time of the year. With five young children with us now (well, Nolan and Eloïse are obviously too little to even know there's something happening but you know what I mean) we're having the time of our life ;)

Which, look what one of my cousins found for the assorted nieces and nephews )

Aren't those bags the cutest? We were pretty jealous and are thinking of asking the same for the adult members of the family lol

Anyway. I had a lot of fun, is what I'm saying. And could fast for the remaining of the week, really ;)

I meant to post this last night but I was so mellow and chill that this was almost too much effort for me lol I could only snuggle on the couch and watch the Sense8 Christmas special. Again. Oh, I enjoyed that episode so much! Two minutes hadn't passed that I was already smitten. And I basically never stopped. So many awesome, moving, hotter than hot, beautiful, sweet, funny moments in one single episode! Sense8 is one of the best shows to have ever graced our digital screens, imho. It is such an ode to human connection, to love and friendship, to resilience, to kindness, strength, tolerance, it's such a beautiful exemple of diversity and representation. The action scenes are all kinds of awesome, the plot is pretty cool and original. As for the sex scenes, you guys? There are no words to express how gorgeous (and hot) they are. No words ♥

Netflix does have some brilliant original series. Next in line, The OA, which sounds extremely intriguing.

Noël J+2

Dec. 26th, 2015 09:46 pm
castalie: (Season - Winter Wonderland)
Dear flist, I hope those of you who celebrate had a lovely Christmas, be it surrounded by family, friends, a combination or both or on your own, be it noisy and messy or cozy and quiet, or a bit of everything. Our Christmas was fantastic, as usual :) I'd say it went by too quickly but we enjoyed every minute of it so it's ok ♥

Cookie and I stayed at my parents' on Friday, I like to bask in the Christmas afterglow there, it's all quiet and mellow ;) We had delicious brunch, lazed around in front of the fireplace, watched Interstellar together (they'd never seen it) and got home in the evening.

Today has been as mellow and lazy. This picture sums up the whole day nicely )

I've basically stayed on the couch all day, all cozy and warm under my wintery blanket, in comfy clothes, my brand new dressing gown and my super cute slipper socks (I'm not sure that's what you call them call but we call them chaussons chaussettes, so let's try a literal translation). I've finished the book I was currently reading (Stop What you're Doing and Read This), napped, read a lot of Daredevil fic - felt like ages since I'd spent some time in the company of my favourite avocados at law so that was lovely ;) - and am now watching Downton Abbey on tv.

Which reminds me that I haven't downloaded the Christmas special nor the Doctor Who one. Note to self: do it!

Tomorrow should be quiet as well, we're only planning a little outing to Paris to go and see Star Wars again. I also intend on doing some more reading as the Holiday Booktubeathon begins tomorrow (or tonight at midnight, I guess). I love participating in those reading marathons and this one is pretty chill...

Anyway, this was my Christmas and this is what my weekend looks like, hope you're enjoying yours as well :)
castalie: (Season - Christmassy Starbucks)
Omg, I can't believe Christmas is upon us! Tomorrow, people, it's tomorrow! (I mean, for those of us who celebrate on the 24th, obviously). The excitement, it is hard to contain ;)

We're 99% done on the Christmas gifts front and we're about to leave for Paris to get the Very Last Present (I know what to get and where to get it and there's no risk of it being out of stock so that's 0% stress) meaning that in a couple of hours, we'll be officially done. We've also planned a little visit to Marks & Spencer to get some scones and whatnot to add to our little post-Christmas brunch on the 25th (since we'll be staying at my parents').

I love Christmas shopping in its many forms :) Plus, I'm already thinking of the crêpe I'll get later on - an important part of some of our outings in Paris, especially in Winter ;) Mind you, I say "Winter" but right now, the cold hasn't really decided to make an appearance, it's supposedly 12°C today and that saddens me. Truly, it does. Please to be getting cold soon, ok? I'm not even asking for snow at this stage (I think I've accepted that this will be another year without snow in Ile-deFrance) but at least some low temperatures, please? (I should move to a colder part of France, really, so that these shenanigans don't happen!)

Then again, I'm still going out with my gloves and my woolly hat (which I love, it has a pompom and it is warm and cute!) even though they mostly stay in my handbag. It's the principle of the thing, you know what I mean?

Anyway, this is just a little (random, oh so random) post because I'm having a lazy morning, I was just listening to an adaptation of Jane Eyre on the radio (French radio) and I was having quite a languid time of it; snuggled up in my blanket, watching the Christmas tree and listening to this classic. Pretty lovely morning, if you ask me :)

Hope you're having a nice week, flist, and that the Christmas preparations (if you celebrate Christmas) aren't stressing you out *hugs*
castalie: (Stock - <3 Books)
Hello flist. This entry was meant to be posted on December 26th but I had a tight schedule on that day and we left for Normandy before I could post. Since our house there has no wifi (of our own or that we can "borrow") I couldn't properly update my journal before today. So let's pretend we're still the 26th, shall we?

Christmas came and went and we had a wonderful time, both on the actual day with my family and on the 25th with my family in-law. Good food was consumed both times (our stomachs sure work overtime this time of the year, don't they?) great presents were exchanged, tiny babies were hold, Santa was tracked, toddlers and little girls were hugged and kissed, laughters were shared. All in all, a great Christmas all around :)

Le Père Noël was very generous, once again (and apparently knew all about my Night Vale love as he got me two Night Vale shirts as well as a Night Vale community radio mug! ♥) and made it so I could do a lovely little Christmas book haul :) So here it is )

There, that was my post-Christmas entry (Boxing day entry?). Since then Cookie and I went to Normandy with the parental unit where we had a very relaxing time. Incidentally, my parents got hooked on Downton Abbey. Mom watched the first season last month or so and loved it, so we got her the three seasons on DVD, which she'd taken with her. We sat down to watch the pilot (which I'd actually never seen!) and Dad got hooked on it immediately. We watched a second episode... and by the end of the weekend the first two seasons had been mainlined and we were halfway through the third. My parents' very first tv marathon... I'm so proud! ;) Actually, we're now back in Choisy but I'm alone at home as Cookie is at theirs... they're planning on finishing the third season tonight. Another pimping success story!

Speaking of Downton Abbey, I'll be following their lead tonight and watching the Christmas Special that aired last week myself, since I still haven't had the opportunity to do so. And whenever I'll get Cookie back, we'll watch the DW Christmas Special as we still haven't watched it either! See, we have much to do yet ;)
castalie: (Season - Snowbound)
I've been on holidays for four days now and I haven't had a single lie-in yet. What the hell? Case in point, I've been awake since 7.30AM this morning. It's annoying :-/

I've been meaning to post earlier but I wanted to share some pictures of my weekend when doing so. Alas, I'm having some issues with my mobile and I haven't been able to synch aforementioned pictures to my dropbox account yet.

Those were good pictures, too. We've had Cookie's nephew with us most of the weekend and have been spending most of it with my BIL and cousin-in-law. We went to see The Hobbit (third time for us, though in French, this time, and in 2D, so it was kinda like a first) on Saturday, played a mad Monopoly: the Hobbit game in the evening with him (like, for three hours, and we had to cut the game short or he would have played well into the night lol) then went to one of Paris' big Christmas market on Sunday (hence the pretty pictures I wanted to share).

I also participated in a fun BookTube online "event". Some BookTubers organised a short, laid-back BookAThon (ChristmasBookTubeAThon, to be precise) where the goal was to read as much as possible over the weekend. A hashtag had been created so that people participating could share their reading and exchange with others and it was so much fun! I couldn't participate a lot as I was busy all weekend but I did squeeze some reading (especially Friday night as I was on my lonesome at home) and managed to finish The Name of the Wind (by Patrick Rothfuss). I highly recommend that book to anyone who's into fantasy, it's a gorgeous and compelling read.

All in all, a very lovely weekend was had :)

Yesterday we did some last-minute Christmas shopping in the morning, then spent the afternoon at my parents' to start the first part of the cooking - we're in charge of the appetisers and we do them from scratch. We'll go back later this morning for the last part of it.

Then we'll be leaving for my godfather and aunt's in the afternoon and celebrate Christmas all together this evening ♥ Always so odd to think that this is it, after weeks of anticipation, Christmas has arrived :) I'm pretty excited to be with the whole family, as per usual, and also to see my tiny wee nephew Killian whom I haven't seen in a whole month! Can't wait to hold a one-month old baby in my arm :)

And ok, I'll stop here. I wish all of you who celebrate Christmas a wonderful time with your family and friends (or on your own!) and those who don't, a great day all the same :)
castalie: (Season - Christmassy Starbucks)
It's that time of the year again! That time when I talk about my pretty tree and lovely decorations and manage to mention Christmas at least a gazillion times in every entry!

I wish I could textually render how much I enjoy the couple of weeks leading up to Christmas. I went shopping after work on Friday evening and the weather was all cold and crispy, I had my "Let is snow" playlist on (ie ALL THE CHRISTMAS SONGS) the streets were decorated, the lights were prettying up everything, those little wood cabins where they sell crêpes and gaufres, nougat, hot chocolate, mulled wine etc. were all lined up and it smellt of cinnamon and orange and omg, I was smiling the whole time :)

The past week, especially, has felt like proper Winter-Almost Christmas time. Temperatures have gone down (though the weather has been gorgeous, which is obviously how I love it best. Crisp weather ftw!) and many of my December traditions have nicely paced my time. Last Saturday was Big Top work all day long (as well as part of the night), the next day was my Christmas outing with my best friend and her son (we went to see Frozen).

Then, on Wednesday evening, Cookie and I got our tree and decorated our flat.

Obligatory pictures behind the cut )

Yesterday was our traditional annual FP meeting to go and see The Hobbit (we were missing one member, sadly). We met at 10.00AM to catch an early showing (I always say only for The Hobbit - and the FP lol - would I get up so "early" for a movie on a weekend) then had lunch together. We had such a blast! We loved DoS. Which is a good thing as Cookie and I are taking her nephew to see it next week. To be honest, I foresee several other viewings on our parts :)

And today! Today we're taking my goddaughter to see Frozen (yes, again, good thing I enjoyed it lol) for our traditional Christmas outing with her :)

Good and happy things all around, as you can see :)
castalie: (Season - Snowbound)
Hello flist. Hope you had a great Christmas if you celebrate and a good start of the week if you don't. I got home tonight from three days spent in Normandy with my parents, godfather and aunt, after having a wonderful Christmas on Monday (since we celebrate Christmas Eve) with the whole family and an equally lovely Christmas day on Tuesday with the in-laws. I was spoiled on both days and got some awesome gifts, among which a couple that reflected my most recent fannish loves, namely The Hobbit and Jeremy Renner :-) I got the Hobbit edition of Monopoly (which is funny as I got Cookie the BBC Sherlock Cluedo game), Thorin's key on a keychain as well as an issue of Hawkeye, a mug with chibi!Hawkeye doing the Renner stretch and a "Let's stretch bitches" tshirt ♥ ♥ My aunt also gave us some very pretty origami bookmarks that actually come right from Japan. Don't you think I have the prettiest bookmark in all the land? ).

My goddaughter also spoiled me when she fell in love with (the French version of) Misty Mountains. My cousin Rémi went to the see the film in French and we were talking about the song and at one point we visited YouTube to listen to the different versions. Chiara heard the song and even though she was a bit wary of it at first she asked to listen to it a second time when I told her how much I loved it and why and promptly fell in love with it as well as the story that goes with it. Throughout the whole night she kept asking to a) see where Santa was (we always check the NORAD Tracks Santa website on Christmas Eve) and b) listen to "la chanson des nains" ie the Dwarves' song. We also found a version with illustrations and by the end of the night she could recognise Gandalf and Bilbo. As a matter of fact, after she opened her presents, she was mighty curious to see what the rest of us had received and when she saw my Monopoly board game she squeed and went "oh, it's the song I love" #Score We'll make a geek out of her yet! And, hopefully, an avid reader #FingersCrossed

After the Christmas festivities, we went to Normandy with the parental units and had a jolly time together. We even managed (not that it was that hard to convince them) to bring my mother and aunt to see The Hobbit, which they loved #ScoreAgain! It was my and Cookie's fourth time but first time in French and we really enjoyed that version too. Also, we finally saw the film in 2D, so that was great. Here are a couple of pics of our weekend )

We're now back in Choisy with still a whole week of vacation ahead of us. We're planning on a quiet weekend for a start. And maybe a fifth viewing of The Hobbit ;-)
castalie: (Season - Christmassy Starbucks)
First things first, the Happiest of Birthdays to [ profile] cygny, an old friend over LJ. Hope you had a fantastic day with your boys :-) *kisses*

I had a busy week and if I won't go into details about work because it drove me insane and I'm glad it's behind me, I want to squee a little over the production of West Side Story that I saw on Tuesday night with my "girls", ie Cookie, Mom and Sis. I'd never seen the musical on stage, only the film, and it was absolutely wonderful! Such talent, such energy, wow. Though the whole cast was fantastic, my favourite was the actress playing Anita, she was fabulous ♥ I'm so glad we got the opportunity to see it! And en famille, which is always a plus :-) Also, it was my first time at the Théâtre du Châtelet and that was another hit, the theater is gorgeous! Case in point, a couple of pictures behind the cut ).

All in all, a wonderful night was had :-)

Another wonderful thing is that as of last night I'm on Christmas holidays! I'm off work for two glorious weeks ♥ Work has been so hectic the past weeks (couple of months, even) and the flu tired me a lot last week so I was even more impatient than usual to be off work. I was counting the days!

Today wasn't lazy, though, as I was busy and efficient. I ran some errands this morning and in the afternoon Cookie joined me for some last Christmas shopping. Everything went smoothly and we got the last presents we needed without sweat or tears. We've just finished packing them and put those last presents under the Christmas tree, so we're all set for Monday - well, we'll have to move everything to my sister's house but still. The plan for tonight is to write our cards (meaning they'll arrive after Christmas but as I always say, I do my cards the French way, meaning that - technically - I have all of January to send them) in front of The Muppet's Christmas Carol #Cozy Cookie is ahead of me, I'd better finish this entry soon, you guys, and get started ;-)

Before leaving though, a couple of pictures of our Christmas tree, because I love sharing pics of Christmas decorations :-) )

Oh, and tomorrow? Tomorrow we're seeing The Hobbit again! Third time for me, yaaay ♥
castalie: If you know who made this icon, please tell me so that I can properly credit? Tia (Christmassy drink / unexpectedbox)
Hope everyone who celebrate had a wonderful Christmas *hugs*

Christmas Eve (the 24th is when when we celebrate Christmas here) was fantastic. It was spent at my sister's with the usual suspects and two new family members, namely Cookie, who was with us for the first time and my niece Emma who was spending her very first Christmas, period ♥

We did our traditional team cooking and "created" new appetisers, the entrée was a novelty as well, the idea came from my aunt who suggested we tried a crème brulée au fois gras - it was very different and very delicious. Our main dish was roe deer with, as it happens, no side dish as my mom thought that my aunt was bringing the vegetables and my aunt thought it was my mom lol But turns out it wasn't such a bad thing because we had salad with the meat and the meal ended lighter than it would have been, which was of the good. Especially as it meant we could get at the cheese part of said meal without feeling like we were on the verge of exploding and, even more importantly maybe, that when it was time to savour the assorted desserts, traditional bûche de Noël/yule log + ice cream'ed yule log + almond paste + macarons + the traditional clementines, we could basically take a piece of each :-)

While waiting for midnight, ie for Santa to come and deliver his presents, we played crazy dart and passionate Trivial Pursuit games - I dare say it was epic! Then midnight rang and we woke up my goddaughter - who was, as you can imagine, Extremely Excited all day - and aww her little face when she saw the presents under the tree and she realised that Santa had come ♥ ♥ We distributed the presents among us all and then just looked at her opening hers - like the crazy stalkers we all are lol She kept squeeing and telling us what toy Santa had brought her and then displaying it for all of us to see. Sis filmed the whole scene, to which I say, I love technology!

After everyone had squeed over their own presents, my BIL suggested we played some Wii and omg! We just couldn't stop afterwards lol Those Just Dance games are so addictive. And so hilarious when playing in multiple players mode. Also, dude, we totally burnt some of the calories we'd ingested that same evening ;-)

Anyway, it was awesome. We went to bed around 4.00AM only to get up at 9.00AM because Cookie and I were doing the second part of the celebrations at the in-laws', ie at Cookie's mother's place, with her brother and cousin. Which, the calories I burnt when playing Just Dance? Were absorbed again thanks to the raclette we ate. And the crêpes that followed said raclette. Well, one of the gifts that Cookie's mother received was a crêpe maker, we had no choice but to christen it, right? Right!

After that, we headed back to Choisy where we spent the evening at my parents' and ate our third Christmas meal of the weekend and, to my delight, there were snails on the menu this time. Score!

And now it's past 10.00PM, we're back home, listening to some Christmas songs and waiting for the DW Christmas special to download so that we can end our Christmas weekend as any DW fans should :-)
castalie: If you know who made this icon, please tell me so that I can properly credit? Tia (Warm & Cozy / babycakesin)
O.m.g! I actually missed [ profile] xmenbigbang going live?? How did that happen? What, exactly, was I thinking when I became a member without watching the comm? When did I fall in the kind of parallel universe where I would do such thing? Just o_O Then again, that way, I was able to focus on my lit paper instead of OD'ing on fics and I'm hoping said lit paper will thank me for it. Of course now that I know, it's proving a bit difficult to focus on aforementioned lit paper that I need to finish for Friday, but I'm telling myself that I'll have plenty to read just in time for the Christmas holidays and, between you and me, the idea fills me with glee. Hee omg, it's Christmas before Christmas ♥

Speaking of Christmas (I'm happy to inform you that there won't be any pegging linked with Christmas in this entry! \o/) we bought our tree yesterday and decorated it - as well as the flat - tonight! Oh how I love that time of the year! Decorating the house is maybe my favourite activity of the year :-) We had Michael Bublé's Christmas CD in the background and it's one of those happy & quiet moments in life ♥ ♥

As per usual, I'll share some photos Our Christmas decorations <3 )

Cookie suggested we started our Christmas films watching, which was a most excellent idea, and I picked The Muppet Christmas Carol. What with the decorations all around and the film, I was in the right mood to start writing my cards, so I sat down to do just that and I truly thought I'd write ALL THE CARDS... except I ended up only doing five of them. But, hey, five is better than none, so go me! Hopefully I'll post them tomorrow then start on a new batch. Wish me luck!
castalie: If you know who made this icon, please tell me so that I can properly credit? Tia (Christmassy Starbucks / raptureicons)
Holidays going very well so far. Today, Miss G and I went to the Maison de l'Alsace in Paris for a Christmassy cooking workshop where we learnt to bake Bredele, those cakes from Alsace, which are baked and shared for Christmas. I mean, you can find them all year long ([ profile] moimoietmoi and I bought some last Summer) but they're part of the Christmas tradition in Alsace. We had a blast :-) It smellt so incredibly good in the room as we baked batch after batch. We got to taste what we'd made at the end of the workshop and then took some with us at home. Here be some of the fruits of our labour. Well, cakes would be more accurate ;-) )

Then we went for some more Christmas shopping and I'm happy to announce that I'm done! I got evrything for everyone. Wait, no, there's one present missing but I won't see Sandra before next week so I still have time. Don't they look cute and pretty under our tree? ) I think they do :-)

And because we were apparently in the mood for some walking we decided to walk from the Champs-Elysées to Saint-Michel Notre Dame. Cookie took photos all the way. After that we were happy to get home where it's so warm and cozy! We ended the evening with some Doctor Who Christmas Special followed with Narnia (chapter 1). Mellow is the way to go :-)
castalie: If you know who made this icon, please tell me so that I can properly credit? Tia (Warm & Cozy / babycakesin)
I'm on my couch, in the dark except for the soft glow of the christmas tree - and the screen from the laptop, I guess - and I'm watching the snow fall through the window. The only thing missing is a fire in the fireplace. Or, you know, a fireplace :-) Though I have one of those DVDs, it's better than nothing. I just wish the smell of the burning logs could come from the screen. But at least I have the sound ;-)

Speaking of sound; coming home was so lovely tonight. It's been snowing enough that there's enough snow on the ground for our steps to make this distinct and so sweet sound, you know? I put the ipod away so that I could listen to it properly all the way. I was delighted :-) Also grateful for my new scarf, it's so much warmer than the one I had till a couple of days ago. Whenever I put it on me I feel like I could get lost in it (it's quite long) but this is what I liked about it and it sure keeps me warm *loves on scarf*

I'm just hoping my sister and Cookie won't have too much trouble on the road since they're still in Paris. Hopefully it won't be the same kind of horrid mess it was last week *fingers crossed*

This feels like the kind of evening for Christmas films. The cheesiest, the better. Though it's more or less a pleonasm, mind. I'm thinking Christmas Cottage? So that we can have some Jared Padalecki with our cheese? Yes.

I mean, sure, we're still behind The Walking Dead but somehow, it wouldn't be the same thing! lol

And because I need to wait for Cookie to get home before starting the film, I might catch up on Community on my own first. Then if she's in the mood, Christmas Cottage it'll be.
castalie: If you know who made this icon, please tell me so that I can properly credit? Tia (Christmassy Starbucks / raptureicons)
I know not everyone around here has a Twitter account (or even wants to) but let me tell you that Twitter has a nice sense of humour. If you're not familiar with it, whenever you follow someone, meaning when you add someone to your reading list (I know, we all sound like stalkers on Twitter but after all, we do follow people's tweets so.) it suggests some other people you might be interesting in following/reading too. As I found out today, turns out that when you add the Dalai Lama (or the twitter of his office), Twitter suggests Leonard Nimoy as a possible interest lol I don't know what it says about Twitter. Or Leonard Nimoy ;-) With all due respect, of course!

Unrelated, I've been sick as a dog this week; I went to the doctor after work tonight and the verdict is both tracheitis and bronchitis. Somehow I feel totally validated in my feeling miserable all this time. The Doc signed me off work tomorrow which delights me to no end - I'm knackered. Then I'll be counting the days till both Work & Big Top are both over and then, on Monday, I'll be on holiday for two glorious weeks ♥

Christmas break is my favourite time of the year *happy sigh* I'm so ready for it. [ profile] nicelyobsessed and I did our First Christmas Tree Together last week, btw, which was all kinds of awesome :-) This is our tree )

She also took several photos of the snow last week (as well as some more of the decorations in the flat), which she posted over at her LJ here.

She forgot that one, though, which I find very pretty. It's the contrast between the white of the snow and the red of the traffic light. Twas taken at the station (at Choisy-le-Roi): Read more... )

Ok, now, I'm gonna have what I call fannish comfort-food (because characters always have that kind of meal when they're sick in fanfic): chicken soup with a toast. If I can swallow it #Suspense
castalie: If you know who made this icon, please tell me so that I can properly credit? Tia (Partners / xconic)
I had an interesting day! Spent the whole afternoon (well, from noon to 4.00PM) in casualty to keep company to one of my co-workers who had earned a trip to the hospital after slipping on the ice-covered concrete right in front of the university. They let her out in the end and she's ok but that was definitely not her day. Many people fell today, admittedly, including yours truly. I hurt my foot and tonight my neck is hurting as well - though the culprit might be the uncomfortable seats in the hospital, I don't know. See if I care, though, because I have tomorrow off. Which is a Very Good Thing.

After the "excitement" of the afternoon, we're having a quiet evening. We have White Collar in the background (I had a sudden craving for Neal and Peter and El and Diana and Jones) and we're officially starting on our (on-line) Christmas shopping. Funny thing is that my sister is also doing some on-line shopping apparently as I've received some text messages about Miss G's Christmast list :-)

We watched the series finale of Merlin this week. I enjoyed the last two episodes up to the climax... which I actually found anticlimactic, so the Big Moment disappointed me a bit. But everything that happened before made me very happy. I'm really looking forward to the fourth series. Wonder what they have in store for us. And whether we'll ever get an episode where this happens )

Speaking of what writers have in store for us, I've seen some spoilery photos and a trailer for White Collar 2x11 and heee so we're entering spoilery territory here ) Should be a lot of fun :-)
castalie: If you know who made this icon, please tell me so that I can properly credit? Tia (Cute Brendon / battleofhydaspe)
Quiet and mellow Sunday morning for me. As well as studious. I woke up early, lazed around a bit, had breakfast and didn't put either tv or music on because I needed the peace and quiet to really Wake Up. After accomplishing all that, I was able to start working on my translation studies paper.

Don't know if I mentioned it around here but I'm working on The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman and its French translation. Pretty exciting but I'm totally putting double pressure on myself because, ok, I don't want to screw it up as I don't want to screw my average but also, it's Neil Gaiman! One of my most favourite authors! So if I were to get a sucky grade, I'd be a very sad fan, indeed /o\ I'm keeping my fingers crossed and hoping I'll do a good job with it *fingers crossed*

Tired and busy these days but also excited and happy because the cold has arrived and it reminds me that winter is at our doors and that December is almost there and soon the Christmas decorations will be lit in the streets and the Christmas markets will go live in Paris and it'll be all festive and gorgeous :-)

Speaking of Christmas, I'll try to send Chrismas cards this year again so I might knock at some of your doors to ask for your addresses. Though I should be fine if I just found my address book. I know it's here. Somewhere.

ETA Re: Panic's article in Alternative Press, does it mean we have a release date for the album? Like, for real? Because if it does, I'm totally putting March, 8th in my calendar!
castalie: If you know who made this icon, please tell me so that I can properly credit? Tia (Christmassy Starbucks / unexpectedbox)
Snooooooooooow! Enough that it's covering the streets and the roofs and the cars already! And it's just the beginning, apparently. My office is on the 8th floor and the show is very pretty from here, especially as it's still snowing and I can see the snowflakes dancing madly through our big windows :-)

Speaking of winter (I've had the rest of this entry typed since Monday, better late than never, I guess): it's been weird not Big Top working this year but also good. First because it gave me time to study (which is the reason why I bailed out this year) and second because the last time I didn't work in December was ten years ago (actually I was nineteen the first time - I was a kid omg!) and, sure enough, it's awesome having those weekends free! I've divided my time between studies in the mornings and afternoons, followed with fun stuff in the afternoons and evenings. I can be organised. And disciplined \o/

And still Speaking of fun stuff. My place has been prettied-up!

Tree! Decorations! )

Changing the topic. I've been in a White Collar mood ever since they aired 1x07 and now I'm in the mood for some White Collar (cliched) holiday fics. What about one with Neal pretending he'll spend Christmas with a million pretty people at this huge party he's been invited to because he's Neal Caffrey, thank you very much, when, in fact, he'll spend it all alone; except he's not fooling anyone so Peter and El tell him to shup the hell up and all but kidnap him so that he spends the festivities with them. Neal keeps whining about domestic couples being domestic while happily setting the table and playing with Satchmo and annoying Peter. Then there could be some quiet angst about, I don't know, him reminiscing about past Christmases or Kate or whatever, and Peter and El would make it all better. Oh, and then Peter would fuck him. The end. Just, in the fic, it'd totally flow and make sense and be well written, of course *nods*
castalie: If you know who made this icon, please tell me so that I can properly credit? Tia (Kinky OT3 / shadowhuntress)
... and you're cold people! Heee, thanks go to [ profile] sparky77 for linking to this! Christmas Idol: Andrew: or how I learnt that it was possible to turn Matthew Bomer into a "retarded Clark Kent in a (fugly) Christmas sweater... looking like a loser". Also, what I want to know is when will we get to hear Neal sing in White Collar? Because MB has a pretty voice, melikey!

In other news. I went Christmas tree hunting tonight and came back empty handed *sadface* Mom found hers, though, so it wasn't a complete failure. Plus, if I had found my tree there was no way the two of them would have fit in her car. I even had my doubts about hers, to be honest... I always forget the struggle it is to put said tree in her car - this time was no exception. Mind, we weren't the only ones fighting against the laws of physics on that parking lot and I bet one could make a lot of money selling tickets for that kind of stuff; it's pretty fun to watch.

Anyway, I'll try again on Friday. Fingers crossed that I find it then *fingers crossed*

Still on the subject of Christmas (it's just the beginning, I'm afraid), I've seen some Christmas songs here and there on the flist and I wanted to share one of my favourites. I say "one of my favourites" because I love many, many of them. I usually prefer the classic ones (Bing Crosby, Nate King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald ♥) but this one isn't. Fans of Love Actually will recognise it: Olivia Olson - All I Want for Christmas is You.

If you want to share some, be my guest! Covers are appreciated because I've lost all the ones I had... Which seems to be a habit of mine, come to think of it, because I have the feeling I was already looking for Xmas covers last year. I'm sorry?
castalie: If you know who made this icon, please tell me so that I can properly credit? Tia (Abbey Road / oh_breakdown)
All good things come to those that wait, or how after, what ten years? I'll finally go and see a real Christmas Market!

For the past ten years we (meaning the family) have been Big Top-working every weekend in November-December, thus making it impossible for us to go to any of the wonderful Christmas markets that are part of the Christmas tradition. But this year is different and we'll have a free weekend so we decided to go for it and it's done! Our rooms are booked! We picked the one in Colmar and I cannot wait *bounce*

And now, for something different (though keeping with the French theme of the entry) a little chattering in French, because it's about a French guy that no-one would care about but the French and, even that, only people under a certain age.

Je sais pas trop ce qui passe en ce moment, mais on dirait que quelqu'un a décidé de s'acharner sur nos "icônes" d'adolescents ! D'abord Michael Jackson, ensuite Patrick Swayze et maintenant l'un des 2B3 ! Moi, les boys' band, j'ai jamais été fan, que ce soit les 2B3, Alliage ou G-Squad, et si je connais leurs noms c'est que a) quand ta meilleure amie et ta frangine sont accro, forcément, tu connais tout par osmose et autant vous dire que j'en ai bouffé du boys' band avec elles ! et b) j'ai pas vécu "sous une pierre" quand j'étais au collège donc bon, sans être fan, je peux pas nier qu'ils ont fait partie du paysage médiatique des années 90 ; d'où mon "ah bah merde alors" quand j'ai appris la nouvelle sur Twitter. Et puis mourir à 35 ans, c'est beaucoup trop jeune...

Si demain Hélène Rollès passe l'arme à gauche, je sais pas comment je vais annoncer la nouvelle à ma soeur, je vous le dis !

PS : je viens d'avoir ma soeur au téléphone, justement, et elle m'a annoncé (comme ça, sans me prévenir) que René, des Musclés, était mort aussi ! Décidément...

ETA: Omg! I have just discovered, the Chuck Lorre Production Vanity Cards! I mean, I'm at episode 2x17 of The Big Bang Theory and I've just discovered they did this! Note to self: stick to the very last nanosecond of closing credits from now on! You never know what little gem you can discover.
castalie: If you know who made this icon, please tell me so that I can properly credit? Tia (Christmas Wish / iconseeyou)
From what I could see on the flist, looks like many of you had a lovely Christmas. I did too :-)We had a great time with the cooking first - homemade appetizers, foie gras, stoked salmon, then stuffed capon with veggies to go with it. Cheese and salad and then the bûche/Christmas cake to end it all. We all took turns in the kitchen, as usual, and my godfather and cousin Rémi were quite inspired when they dressed the foie gras plates - look for yourselves, doesn't it look pretty and very cute? )

We savoured our dinner and when midnight struck it was time to open our presents. We were all spoiled: doubly in my case as I had gifts from the whole family, of course - Kaamelott Livre V! Pushing Daisies! A Starbucks mug! Duma Key etc. - but also from [ profile] yami_tai, [ profile] aswanargent and [ profile] angeliksmall, so THANK YOU to the three of you again for the wonderful pressies. I'll have a nice book to read thanks to Tai and the shawl I got from Karen is absolutely gorgeous! So warm and cozy and just too pretty for words! And, Cookie got me Merlin, dude! That is, the DVDs, we all know Merlin belongs to Arthur :-)

So, anyway, Christmas was awesome. Also, Julien's reaction when he read my sister's card telling him Henry and her wanted him as a godfather for Chiara's? Was even better than expected! He started with a heartfelt 'hell yes' before reading the card to us and then he started to choke up and he cried. Next thing you know, my aunt and mother and cousin Emilie and sister and I were all crying. So we're a bunch of saps, so sue us! We were all so happy for him because we knew he really wanted to be Chiara's godfather... that was just lovely. Afterwards we kept calling each other marraine and parrain because we're not just saps but dorks as well.

Of course each time I called Julien parrain, my own godfather would be 'yes?' and I would be like, no I was talking to Juju. Fun times! lol

I slept at my parents' with the rest of the family and we all had a lazy Thursday together. Then I got back home and lazied some more. One needs peace and quiet to wind down from the Christmas high, you know?

Oh! And on Thursday we ate the Christmas pudding [ profile] yami_tai had offered my parents when she came last month and they liked it, Mom especially. I can't say the same, but I was happy someone got to appreciate the English food lol So thanks, Tai :-)

And apparently I'll keep with the lazying today as the two friends I was supposed to meet bailed out. So I'll stay home and watch the Doctor Who Christmas special instead *nods*

Noël !

Dec. 24th, 2008 09:27 am
castalie: If you know who made this icon, please tell me so that I can properly credit? Tia (Snowbound / crazybutsound)
I've been up since 8.30 this morning! I could say it was because I'm über-excited about today being CHRISTMAS! but I think the reason is a bit less christmassy than that. I was so tired last night that I went to be at 11.30 and this is what happens when I go to bed early, I wake up early-ish too.

Still, I am seriously excited about today being The Day *bounces* I have all my presents under the tree, all waiting to migrate to my parents' and join the others. I warned Mom yesterday that I'd need someone to come and pick me up because aforementioned presents might be a bit too much to carry so I'll have a chauffeur, nice!

So I have the presents for the family. I have a brand new top and new earrings and a new necklace for tonight. I'm totally ready!

I'll be at my parents' early in the afternoon so we can start the cooking and all - I so love that part of Christmas, when we're all in the kitchen and cooking our delicious meal.

Plus it's going to be a bit special this year because it'll be Chiara's first Christmas! She's going to be spoilt rotten... even though she's just seven months old so she doesn't care either way and it's really just for us lol But, whatever, we all had fun buying her toys :-) Also, my sister is going to ask my cousin Julien to be Chiara's godfather so I can't wait to see his reaction!

Anyway, in the meantime, I'll be reading Panic Christmas fics and drinking vanilla milk and listening to Christmas songs. If that's not a perfect day in the making, I don't know what is!

A Happy Christmas to you, and to those who don't celebrate a good time too ♥ ♥


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