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Happy Something To Me

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The view of the leaves outside of our window – May 5, 2010

Greetings, dear readers of An Alien Parisienne! Sorry it has been a couple of weeks. The good news is I have been out, living life, and as you know my motto is, “Life first, blog later.” I’ve stolen that motto from a long time online friend, Bonii Jo, to give credit where it is due. It’s true, though, that if I am not writing here, it is often because I am “out there,” doing things.

Or, perhaps more truthfully, I am on the internet superhighway reading as if I am in a 1994 Dauer 962 LeMans (allegedly the fastest car in the world).  The sheer number of open tabs on Google Chrome turns into a solid bar of color where I cannot even see the icons of what is on each tab anymore. Hunting down a web page becomes a game of guess and click, or maybe hit and run, to keep with my superhighway metaphor. I try to use things like Read It Later to little avail. I like to read anything and everything I can get my eager little fingers and eyes on, and inevitably my brain gets clogged up with all of the mental commentary about said readings and all they inspire, and before you know it, I am blogging here. It’s like a brain detritus bomb most times. A blowout on that superhighway when I actually stop to contemplate in writing what I have in mind.

I was the kid who always had something to read in front of her. I read the cereal boxes at breakfast. I read the billboards on the way to school on the schoolbus. I read everything set before me — I even passed that stupid little “pop quiz” that teachers used to give where it says at the top of the test in the instructions, “Before you do anything on this quiz, read ALL of the questions FIRST, then begin to work.” Then the last question says something like, “Only perform the task in item number one, and ignore the rest of the questions and/or tasks on this quiz.” The task in number one is to write your first and last name at the top of the paper, and that’s it: end of quiz. It was the kind of quiz designed to make most kids feel like idiots, laboring over the questions they didn’t even have to do, if they had read the directions. But of course a good percentage had not followed the directions (kind of the whole point of the quiz — to hit kids over the head with the idea that it is always good to read the directions first) and it quickly became obvious who had and who had not done what they were supposed to. I remember teachers sitting, smugly, at their desks, chuckling silently to themselves over the fact that they duped kids into needless work.  I remember the audible groans from the children who realized the error of their ways in not taking care to read the directions first. The whole thing boiled down to rewarding readers and rule-followers such as myself, and shaming the ones who were more renegade in their approach. Still, I am the one who can actually set the timer on the DVD (used to be “the VCR” and I almost typed that — god I am getting old. More on that in a mo’) because I READ THE FREAKIN’ INSTRUCTIONS and therefore know what to do and how to do it.

What I am getting at is that I love to READ and with the interwebz at my disposal, it is like quick and easy crack almost all day long at the crack whore house of endless crack. Until the man of the house gets home and wants his due time on the ‘net, too. He is more of the writer, though. And the organizer of media for his writing. I, on the other hand, cannot seem to stop reading long enough to write, and then when I do: KABOOM.

Here we are for another explosive installment of the life and times of Paris Karin, the Alien Parisienne.

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Categories: Karin Brain Miscellany, Life in Paris, Paris Adventures, Paris Blogging, Paris Friends, Paris Museums, Personal Life | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Ladurée, Part Two

November is going to be the “see how much I can post at this blog” month in conjunction with NaNoWriMo. Explanation here: November NaNoWriMo Challenge. I need to post 616 more words today to meet my goal of 1,667 words per day through the month of November. Ergo, gratuitous sentences like the previous one just so I can increase my word count, heh.

You may have read my previous post about going to Ladurée. Well, I had to go back. Continue reading

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November NaNoWriMo Challenge

Fountain at Place de la Concorde

A photo I took on Monday, 26 October 2009 at the Place de la Concorde in Paris

Okay, so I got an idea.

I have been trying to think of a way to post more regularly to this blog, to try to force myself into writing for it more often, and post things of interest for readers.

I also have been trying to think of a way to participate this year in NaNoWriMo.

Here is my profile for NaNoWriMo, by the way. Karin’s NaNoWriMo Page

I divide my time between trying to blog about my life as it operates in Paris with the hopes of providing information for people about living gluten-free in Paris, and also as a way for me to have motivation to exit my apartment doors and actually live a life here in Paris. If I set a goal to go out, take photos and then write about my experiences for this blog, I have something to do, something that gives me purpose in not simply sitting in front of the computer day-to-day.

This blog was born because of my desire to write about what it is like for me to live in Paris, and if people gain something from the information I glean, fantastic.

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