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Monday, November 17, 2008


When I saw this on Kelly's site (link available by scrolling over the photo) I wanted it. But I didn't buy it. I figured that if I was going to buy one of her tiles, I should buy one of her NieNie tiles first, since proceeds benefit Nie's recovery. But I can't afford to spend $20 on a jewelry tile right now, so that means I'm going to refrain from buying any. Phew. I've got will-power, I'll tell ya what.

Although I've never been to France, I have a great love for it. Blame it on Gail. She helped me sign up for classes in Junior High, and instead of signing me up for Spanish like every other kid in the school, she checked off French. She said she didn't even see the Spanish option. So from a young age I've been learning French (please don't tell my college professors that I've forgotten most of my conjugations).

Because I was a stubborn teenager, I refused to accompany Gail on her trip to France through WSU's study abroad program. I don't really know what's wrong with me. I can't believe I missed that. I still benefited from it though since I ended up taking French in college from Madame Hansen, who went on the trip with Gail. When I showed up for Madame's class years and years later, she recognized me (because I look so much like my mom) and asked if I was Gail's daughter. From that moment on I had a sweet "in" for college French. I took it for two-ish years. I loved it. I was good at it. But somehow I stopped studying. Maybe it had something to do with graduating. Or maybe it has something to do with the fact that I quit everything, even when I like it.

Anyway. I need to go to France someday. I did go to Quebec this summer and I loved it. But I was too scared to use my French. I gave up and just let everyone speak English to me. This leads me to another goal I'm going to set for myself: review French textbooks. I bought them, I kept them, I moved them from Wasatch to the PH... so I should USE THEM.

Sounds like a good plan, right? I think so.

Kev, here's the deal. We can go to Australia someday only if we can also go to France. If you think about it, going to France is actually a a great deal; it would put us in proximity (via train) to other countries in Europe. It'd be like a 5-for-1 trip!! Please consider.

***Since writing this post, I found out that I need to have a gift for a Holiday party exchange at my new job (Pilates). The gift has to be $20, so I'm forking over the dough for the NieNie pendant!! I'll be sure to include a card to the recipient to explain that although her gift is small, purchasing it allowed me to donate the money to Nie as well as give her something. Do you think that's alright? It's for a good cause!!


  1. Such a good idea for the Wasatch gift. Love it! And love France - I hope you get to to go there someday. I'd love to go there and to Spain.

  2. That is a great idea for the gift exchange! I would be happy to know that money spent on a gift for me also went to a good cause.

  3. I bought the tile as gifts (and one for myself...) and love it! great idea.

    I only took French in high school for the two required years, but loved it. And luckily for me, my cousins ended up moving there for two years, so we went to visit them for two weeks. I love France, love Paris, and love Australia. So. I agree with your plan. :) France AND Australia! :)


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