Monday, October 31, 2011

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Electric ninja

It's always good to talk to my little nephew on Skype.  Before chatting with him this evening, I swear I had never, not once in my life, ever uttered the phrase "electric ninja" until he explained the concept to me.  However, now that I know it, I am going to make it a thing to describe general awesomeness: "Dude, that is so electric ninja..."  You heard it here first!  (God, I'm a dork.  Hee!)

Friday, October 28, 2011

Love and handcuffs

I was enjoying the latest post from Garance DorĂ©'s great blog (Paris, je t'aime) and it reminded me about a photo I took a few weeks ago.  These locks are put on the Pont des Arts by lovers, to symbolize their eternal amour, and there are tons of them.  But handcuffs?  Really??  Yeah, there's romance for you...

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Zombie mouth

What's zombie mouth, you ask?  Well, I went back to London three weeks ago, and I ordered bangers and mash for my dinner.  It's my favourite pub food and I hadn't had it in nearly a year, so when it arrived at my table, Ol' Greedyguts here was so excited that I immediately crammed some into my face.  Which would have been absolutely fine if the sausage hadn't been approximately the same temperature as the surface of the sun - it was so hot that it quite literally fused to the roof of my mouth.  All of the skin there immediately blistered and ripped open, so I had shreds of my own flesh hanging down into my mouth like little stalactites of skin.   It was excruciatingly painful and absolutely revolting - now I know why zombies are always so dang hostile...

Now, you might think that I would be eating nothing but ice chips for a few days after that, but don't be ridiculous, Miss K is made of sterner stuff than that.  I was in London and I was damn well going to make the most of it.  I was staying with friends and not eating in public, so was able to eat and drink in my normal excessive fashion, but in a manner that I like to call the "baby bird" technique - small bites, chew everything really well and then fling my head back and gulp it down with my mouth slightly open.  Yes, I'm just that classy.  Hey, when you spend a whole week with no skin on your hard palate and every swallow is so painful that it feels like your mouth is filled with battery acid, then you can judge me.

So let's add up the tally for my excessively accident-prone year - first there was the bald eye, then the cartoon-sized foot, and then zombie mouth.  Miss K really is quite a catch, gentle readers, can you even believe I'm still single???

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Photos from the Camargue (Part 2)

I did tell you bulls were a big thing around here...

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Photos from the Camargue (Part 1)

First of many bulls

Beware of the bull. Hee!

Our rather splendid beach bbq site

Not quite sure how I got a shot of this insect, but there it is

Monday, October 3, 2011

Busy, busy, busy

Has it really been a week?  Gentle readers, I do apologize for my neglect, I truly had every intention of keeping up with this blog during my travels, but I just never seemed to have time (last week) or internet (this weekend).  It's all been somewhat crazed - I was in London on Tuesday through Thursday for work, but still managed to see a few friends for lunches, dinners and (of course) cocktails.  Got back with just enough time to unpack my suitcase and re-pack it for the mystery trip with my Paris office, which involved me having to be at the Gare de Lyon at 7:45 on Friday  morning (a hideous hour for a non-morning-person like me, I do assure you).  We ended up in the Camargue, which is a rather lovely area famed for horses, salt, and bulls.  I know - random.  But it was good fun: beach bbq, horseback riding, scavenger hunt, flamenco dancing, tons of great food (who knew bull stew was so delicious?) and a great deal of lovely wine (which I very much needed, because being with 27 over-excited French people all talking at once isn't exactly my idea of a relaxing weekend).  But sadly, I didn't escape unscathed - I managed to sprain my ankle on Saturday afternoon and spent the rest of the trip hobbling around with it swollen to hilariously cartoonish proportions.  Oh well, at least it wasn't another black eye...