tuesday things | leap second

Last Friday I took the day off to spend time with my aunt and uncle visiting from California, and that morning was one of the highlights of the weekend when the Supreme Court issued a ruling declaring same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states.

We were able to take part in the celebration firsthand when we stopped by on our way home from one of the Smithsonian museums. I was overwhelmed with all of the (positive) emotions – love, joy, pride, etc. – and got choked up more than once while we weaved in and out of the crowds, exchanging high-fives and smiles with the many others who had also gathered. It’s funny how emotions can express themselves in a way that is opposite of what we would expect. Ever wonder why that happens?


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tuesday things | words are fun

Welcome to the “new” blog! Content on What the French should be fairly similar to what it’s always been – travel, food, wine, life – but I do hope to introduce a new guest blogger soon, so get ready!

I had such a case of the Mondays yesterday that I got a milkshake and two cookies. C’est la vie? I’m hoping the rest of the week is more like this instead!



One of my goals this year was to read at least one book each month, and so far I’ve been keeping up (review post to come … eventually). I shared this article on Facebook yesterday and must say that I completely agree!

And even if all those benefits aren’t real, why wouldn’t you want to delve into a world where these words are the norm?

Another goal for this year was to learn, so I am trying to listen to Coffee Break French and incorporate into posts like I used to – mostly because that would mean that I still grasp a bit of the language and all I’ve ever wanted was to actually be French. Maybe I should start with these phrases!

Don’t you think Shakespeare is like a love language itself? I love these Shakespearean terms of endearment! Many are based on animals and then others seem random. Funny how words can hold such a different meaning hundreds of years later.

Speaking of time, have you ever wondered what to call the first decade of a century?

tuesday things | travel (ish) bug

Last weekend we went to NYC (more on that later) and I was overwhelmed with how much I love – and miss – that city. Of course, that got me thinking about all my favorite cities and how I wish I could flit around from place to place, soaking in each and every aspect like the locals. It isn’t until you live somewhere that you can truly appreciate the minute details of the local coffee shop where you read that great book or the bar where you celebrated something fantastic with your girlfriends.

Needless to say I have the travel (ish) bug. It’s really more like the live-in-all-the-places-for-a-while bug, or if we want to be short and sweet – wanderlust!

Empire State Building

If only I could quit my job and travel the world.

Or at least find a job that allowed me to live abroad for while.

I’m not talking about this kind of living abroad though.

I used to have a job that allowed me to travel, and I always wished this would happen on one of my flights. It’s actually something we prepare for in training. There is even a section in our manual about how to do it!

If you don’t think you can afford a vacation, use these tips on how to save money while traveling.