Hiya! Happy Monday…. how is everyone doing? This is Monday Mishmash, and if you’re new to my blog, it’s a conversational roundup-style post with no real purpose other than to chitchat. I update you on happenings around here, share some fun links and let you know about anything else going on. Let’s get to it.
Monday Mishmash 5/21/18
So… how are you? Not much going on here. Today’s yet another May holiday so Tom is home and I’m sure he and Dagny will enjoy the mid-70s weather. We had a relaxing weekend at home and I helped a friend paint a new store she’s opening in town. Heading over there today as well.
But sometimes it’s nice to go away… which brings me to next weekend. Tom and I are heading south on Friday (more to come on the blog about that soon) for a long weekend on the coast.
I started watching Safe on Canal+. It’s a show created by crime author Harlan Coben that is set in England and is about a girl named Jenny who goes missing. The only downside is it’s an English language show that’s dubbed in French. Apparently, Canal+’s on-demand option doesn’t have an English option or any subtitles in French (love hearing and seeing the French at the same time). But for this show, the dubbing doesn’t actually bother me. Normally if a show is in English, I’ll watch in English because seeing the mouths move while hearing something different is kind of weird.
It’s pretty easy French — no crazy slang or difficult accents, so if you’re in France and into mysteries and Michael C. Hall (have loved him from his Six Feet Under days), check it out. I’m pretty sure it’s available in other countries as well, so look it up. I’m on episode 3.
Is anyone else watching The Handmaid’s Tale? I read the book back in high school but had a few questions if someone can maybe clarify for me in the comments. It seems that regular life wasn’t that long ago, so how is it that so many people are brainwashed into thinking the current way of life is normal? The commanders and wives all seem like this under his eye, guarded, oppressive lifestyle is so normal when less than a couple of years ago, it wasn’t.
And why were some people allowed to live “freely” like the bread truck driver and his family? I know they were still guarded, but it seemed they lived in an apartment and weren’t enslaved. I was wondering if anyone has background on that or if it’s purposely ambiguous? I know certain groups were made into handmaids or sent to the colonies, but the rest?
What about The Americans? Does anyone else watch? It’s become one of my favorites over the past couple of years. I love spy shows, movies, and books. So tell me (SPOILERS AHEAD SO SKIP IF YOU’RE NOT CAUGHT UP), do you think Renee is a Russian spy playing Stan? Their whole relationship seems almost too good to be true so I’m leaning toward yes. And do you think Stan will blow Philip and Elizabeth’s cover or will they (or Renee) kill him first?
In the Oui In France Shop
In case you’re not aware, I have a shop with merchandise I designed… including the bestselling Macaron Madness t-shirt shown above. One of my best customers sent me that photo of her daughter in the gray version of the tee. I love how it prints on gray — better than the white! — so if you’d like to check it out, click for the direct link to the shirt.
You can click here for more info about my shop in general and the launch..
Direct link to the shop home page: https://www.ouiinfrance.com/francophile-shop/
I have all kinds of France-inspired designs that you can get on tees, tanks, totes, mugs, and wall art. Keep in mind I ship worldwide and shipping prices are reasonable. Thank you for your support!
If you’ve lost someone recently, the comments on this Cup of Jo post on grief (and the comments section as well) are amazing.
No one wants to feel duped, so here’s how the women’s clothing industry is scamming us.
Tired of the French girl myth? It’s never going away because we don’t want it to.
How long can cheese sit out before you die? The answer is here.
On the blog
In case you missed these recent posts…
- I hope you’ll join me for a virtual visit to Saint Émilion on Friday, May 25th. It’ll be Friday afternoon France time and I hope you can make it! I also hope we have good weather. Here’s why I’m doing this FB Live thing in the first place.
- Tom and I will be continuing south for a long weekend away as I mentioned, so keep an eye on social media to find out where and for photos and maybe a spontaneous FB Live or two along the way.
Thanks for reading and see you soon!