Sunday, April 20, 2014

This Week

I temporarily moved my couch to the windowsill, but am thinking about keeping it there!

This first week of vacation has been extremely calm and rather lukewarm, but I think I always feel this way at this time of the year. On top of it, usual stress, incertitude again, and some bad memories always pick the worst moment to start poking around my mind, and it takes a lot of effort not to let sad, negative thoughts take over, and to keep in mind that I'm in control, and I'm not alone.

There's nothing as delicious as an "oeuf à la coque"!

On the bright side, I managed to actually work on my novel instead of staring at a blank screen, which I've been doing for ages, and while I was saying the same over a year, I've come closer to finishing it. Let's hope it won't take me another century. I've also deeply cleaned and uncluttered my apartment, and while I managed to cover my whole living room in dust by accidentally opening my vacuum cleaner, I feel much better in a well-organized home. I've made many cut-throat decisions when it came to my wardrobe, and am in the process of planning a rather huge closet sale.

Closet purge.

Plans for the next few days include more spring cleaning (or rather, re-organizing the linen closet and the tea cabinet in the kitchen), get-togethers with friends and relatives I haven't seen in a while, writing (the novel and the e-book), hopefully exercising, and enjoying this second and last week of vacation before heading back to the hustle and bustle of work!

Happy Easter to all,

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Some inspiration


I'm a shameless self-professed Pinterest addict. No matter how much I promise to myself that I'll only peek in five minutes, I can end up spending hours on it (even more so because the iPad app allows to pin and explore even more easily than on a computer). It doesn't matter if I have chores to do, a novel to finish writing, a blog to maintain, etc. 
The upside is that Pinterest, in spite of being this flawless world where everything seems so rosy and perfect, inspires me. Whether it is a fashion look, a recipe, screenshots of my favourite TV shows, a DYI project, advice, graphs, artwork, photographs or kittens (my loves!), I feel (laughter, sadness, hope), I learn (informations, skills), and I find in myself the urge to create. A dress I saw randomly helped me visualize more precisely what a character would be wearing in a very important passage of my novel; I was struggling with that scene and all of the sudden, thanks to the dress, I was able to see it alive in my head. 
So here's a very small sample of (random) images that have inspired me lately. For more, don't forget to follow me on Pinterest! 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Tête de Mule!

Black: 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5
Cream: 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5
Colour: 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5
Wedges: 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5
Metallic: 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5

Mules are my favourite to-go shoes for the spring and summer, as they carry both comfort and elegance, and are extremely versatile. I like to think that during a hot day, I can kick off my shoes in a single movement (it's also extremely practical for security lines when traveling). Also, the lack of a sling in the back avoids the painful burns on the back of the ankles that come with new shoes, or any worn for extensive periods in hot weather.
While mules are also known as "slings" in English, and a search for the former term on popular online shoe retailers yields very little results. Being the ever-French and proud Francophile that I am, I still prefer the earlier term, which, in French, is also used to designate a very stubborn person (such as a toddler, but not limited to) with the charming expression: "tête de mule."

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

This Week

I've been unable to put down Magnus, by French author Sylvie Germain. It is pure unadulterated genius! Read it, preferably in French! 

While this week has undeniably been difficult and stressful, I'm glad that it is coming to an end, and that a new, far better one is about to start. Plans for today include writing, relaxing, some housework; it was supposed to be a stay-at-home day, but my iPhone cable has decided to fail, and I need to go out and purchase a new one or be phone-less, which is very tempting, but not envisageable for the moment.
In the meanwhile, here are a few positive snapshots of the past few days! 

Best remedy for the blues: Trader Joe's dark chocolate!

Getting ready for the gala last Saturday; my dress (which was coincidentally my very first rental from Rent The Runway) fit like a glove! 

Lunch at Mamma Lucia's in Bethesda: their portobello raviolis are to die for! 

I picked up lavender roses at the Bethesda Women Farmer's Market; these flowers (unlike those you find at the grocery store) all smell so strong and delicious!

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On Tranquility

The past ten days were horrendously stressful. Too much was happening at the same time, and my anxiety got to a point beyond what I could handle. I started feeling the familiar, uncomfortable tightness in my throat that made my breathing difficult; my skin broke out completely, and I could not find sleep. Add to this the fact that in the same week, I was twice in situations that unexpectedly triggered my claustrophobia, including the gala I was so excited about (it was otherwise a very beautiful night), a new romantic situation (more on that as it develops), and the guilt I felt for not working at all on finishing my novel (which a psychic I consulted not long ago said would be published before the end of 2014).

Needless to say, I started smoking again.

I was able to distract myself from those tumultuous times, mostly thanks to two very good friends: Kitty, who is pure, undistilled awesomeness, and a former history teacher who has now become an excellent friend as well, and who, in spite of being sick, came out to see me because she knew I was having a rough few days. And of course, there's always my father, who fills me with safety no matter how much I'm panicking.

Yesterday was the turning point, the moment where I felt worse, before beginning to feel better, to realize that the news I had received that day were not that bad, actually, and that I was safe. After spending the night enjoying pizza soaked up in red wine and watching Gossip Girl, I fell asleep, and woke up this morning peaceful and relaxed, for the first time in a very long time.

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