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Hard to believe that Uriel is already more than three months old. He is growing cheeks and I can’t help kissing them. The twins are smiling huge grins whenever I come close to them with their baby brother in my arms. They approach hesitating with a finger ready to poke him… Then they try to pull a leg of the funny creature that their mama is holding. They haven’t decided if it’s a new toy or a cousin of the cat. 😉

As you might imagine, my days are quite busy. We’ve had a very mild winter this year, which means no snow but unending grayish weather. The upside is that I managed to squeeze a walk every couple of days or so to the park, pushing the twins in the double stroller and carrying Uriel in the baby-carrier. We are quite a sight, I’m sure.

I’m anxious to loose more weight. After the initial 10kg lost in the first weeks after Uriel was born, I’ve hit a plateau and can’t find a way to keep loosing more. I know that I should take it one kilo at a time, but right now I only see the huge 25kg that separates me from my ideal weight. I didn’t know it then, but I was slender… once. There are bags full of clothes in the basement waiting for me to be back to my original silhouette.

D and I are looking forward to the end of his studies. Only a couple of months left before the end of this very long “waiting period” of our lives. I keep hoping and praying to have a “Call” (church placement) in Brazil. I’d rather be poor under the sun, than richer in a country which has a very depressing season half of the year. I wasn’t born to live in semi-darkness.

Here is a very happy baby, unfazed by his mama’s gloomy mood.

Oh, and look here are two other happy faces!

Guess I should learn from my boys, uh.

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Quel ahurissement! Me voici décernée un prix de super-blog alors que ma vie m’a mangé toute aspiration d’alimenter ce blog régulièrement…

Les règles:

  • Remercier celui qui vous l’a décerné: Un gros MERCI à E. sans qui tout ceci n’aurait pas été possible, merci aussi à mon agent, mon mari, nos enfants, les amis, les admirateurs… Snif, snif. Que d’émotions! Buaaah! (Ah non, ça doit être les hormones de grossesse!) 😉
  • Mettre le logo sur le blog:


(Woaaa, magnifique!)

Et maintenant le  plus dûr de l’épreuve…

  • Révéler 7 choses sur soi jusqu’alors insoupçonnés:
  1. J’arrive à bouger mon oreille droite. Oui, une seule oreille pas les deux.
  2. Mon sang doit être particulièrement savoureux parce que je me fais littéralement bouffer par les moustiques (tandis que mon mari à peut-être une piqûre de temps en temps qui ne le dérange même pas).
  3. Quand j’écris à l’ordinateur, j’utilise tous mes doigts (des mains) et je ne regarde même pas le clavier! Ça parraît peut-être banal comme ça à nous autres bloggueurs, mais mes parents trouvent ça fascinant. Une sorte de talent caché. Ha ha.
  4. Le vernis à ongle ne me dérange pas aux pieds (en fait j’aime bien décorer mes orteils en été quand je porte des sandales), par contre je n’ose pas trop m’en mettre aux mains. Ça me donne l’impression d’avoir les doigts sales ou plein de confiture.
  5. L’ail et les oignons crus me donnent des brûlures d’estomac, mais quand je les grille pas de problèmes. En fait, j’adooore le goût de l’ail grillé dans mes vinaigrettes, mon hummus ou simplement dans un bon plat de pâtes. (Ouh là, je crois que le bébé commence à avoir faim).
  6. Quand j’étais petite, je n’arrivais toujours pas à lire après le CP (bien que je n’ai pas redoublé) (mais je n’étais pas la seule dans ce cas-là, d’ailleurs ils avaient créé une classe de CP2 à l’école d’Hong-Kong pour remédier à ce problème). Après 15 jours de sessions avec une psychopédagogue (nous étions revenus en France pour mon CE1), j’ai eu un déclic et ai commencé à lire plus que tout le monde…
  7. Malgrès ma lecture assidue depuis ma tendre enfance, j’étais toujours très mauvaise en orthographe à l’école. Puis ça s’est “guérit” tout seul avec le temps. (Et je suis assez horrifiée quand je lis toutes les fautes d’orthographe en français sur internet… Et je parle même pas du langague texto/msm. Mamma mia! )
  • Enfin, dernière étape, nommer 7 autres blogs qui vont devoir jouer le jeu:
    Je pense tout de suite à AnSo et JoAnn et à tous les autres blogues chéris qui n’ont pas encore eu ce grand honneur! Faites moi un petit signe dans les commentaires pour m’assurer d’aller lire vos révélations!

I was tagged to the following list on FB and at first wasn’t planning to do anything but to keep it aside to pick from for my future readings. However, I thought that some of you might like to do the same. So here it goes. Ah, and I also wanted to mention that in most cases I like to read books in the original language (unless it’s in, say, biblical Hebrew or Greek, in which case I read as many versions as possible). 😉

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Have you read more than 6 of these books? The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books listed here.

Instructions: Bold the books you’ve read in their entirety. Italicize the ones you started but didn’t finish or read only an excerpt. Tag other book nerds. Tag me as well so I can see your responses…

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë
4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
6 The Bible (EN, FR, ES)
7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë
8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk
18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegge
20 Middlemarch – George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams *
27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
34 Emma -Jane Austen
35 Persuasion – Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe – CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini *
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh – A.A. Milne
41 Animal Farm – George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez (ES)
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving
45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding
50 Atonement – Ian McEwan *
51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel
52 Dune – Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
72 Dracula – Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses – James Joyce
76 The Inferno – Dante
77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal – Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession – AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert (FR)
86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery (FR)
93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
94 Watership Down – Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas (FR)
98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

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Which gives me a grand total of *gasp* not even half of the list… I would have probably scored higher if there were more French classics, or if all the 66 books of the Bible (which I read start to finish in several languages) were counted individually! Plus, I don’t know you, but I have great difficulty remembering if I really read some of them or if I am only too familiar with the story; having watched the movie version and started reading without ever finishing the book. That is the case, for example, of the “Memoirs of a Geisha” and “Lolita”.

I don’t exactly know where this tag originated from. After some research, I haven’t found any BBC related article except maybe this list, which isn’t exactly the same, and another one from Time.

* Edit. of July 2011 – some of the books read or partially read during the long winter of 2010-2011.


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