Monday, January 4, 2010

Twenty Ten, here I come!

Bichonnade Leaping - by © Jacques-Henri Lartigue Foundation

The holiday season is over. The snow has, at long last, made its way to Toronto. This new whiteness is cold and blinding, but I love it!
The holiday season is over. No more leftovers in the fridge to lure me into delicious but excessive feasting.
The holiday food has been replaced by simpler food. Now is time to pull myself back together, and get back to work! I am fortunate I just got a new job as a French teacher for a private school that works for the Government. Starting this week with intense one-on-one classes that can be 6 or 7 hours a day- oulalala, that sounds like an interesting challenge to take up!

Jacques - Henri Lartigue,
Album 1967 July: London
© Ministère de la Culture-France / A.A.J.H.L.

Yes, hum- I definitely need to get back in shape. Well, let's go for the commonsense formula that is sure to guarantee great success : eat less rich food, get back to a healthier diet, and shake-shake-shake our sacred vessel with more regular work-outs.

My cousin Simone. 1913. ©Jacques Henri Lartigue.

Twenty Ten. I really feel ready for growth, ready to inaugurate the new decade with tangible lightness. Let me tell you about my end-of-the-year misfortune...Shortly before New Year's Eve, I started to suffer from an eye infection (probably due to dust or the heating system), which resulted in swollen, reddened eyes.

Photo by Jacques-Henri Lartigue

Pffew! I feel and look better now, the allergy is nearly gone. My husband told me it looks like I am undergoing a renewal procedure. Like a snake shaking off its old skin...Yes. Quite like it. I feel rejuvenated.
On New Year's Day, comfortably seated at the table of a café, my husband
and I took down a few goals that we are planning to reach. We decided against any good resolutions as there always is an underlying sense of guilt associated to them. So I ended up with...Secure a good home for our potential 2010 baby. Work on my foreign languages, i.e brush up my German and get started in Spanish. Oh, and also, find new directions in my blog writing. Any suggestions?

Wishing you plenty of budding dreams and exciting ideas for the new decade, or for the next ten days - or the next ten hours

Jacques-Henri Lartigue, My seaplane and me in my bath, Paris, 1904


BonjourRomance said...

Great post - I'm glad your eyes are on the mend. I too think twenty ten will be a fabulous year and full fabulous goals to achieve. Wishing you success in all of yours!

Zuly said...

It is such a delight to read your blog my dear Christine. It seems that that eye allergy is going on everywhere, I myself have some.
Love your new year resolutions and wish you the best in accomplishing them.

Christine Rochet-Jacob. said...

Hello Bonjour Romance! and Zuly,
Thank you for your enthusiasm and good words. I hope that your eyes, Zuly, are looking better by now.

Jackie Doerner said...

Since you have obviously adopted the 20-10 pronunciation in English, will you be doing (or is it acceptable) to do the same en français my dear Francophone? Inquiring French students want to know!

Christine Rochet-Jacob. said...

Coucou Jackie,

Bon, je te reconnais bien là dans tes préoccupations linguistiques. Eh oui, j'ai adopté le Twenty ten car c'est la façon dont l'anglais fonctionne en règle générale pour les décennies.

En français, il y a moins de liberté.
Par exemple, 1515, peut se prononcer quinze cent quinze (date historique repère), ou mille cinq-cent quinze (très rare!)
1768:dix-sept cent, soixante-huit; ou mille sept cent soixante-huit.
Mais, aux dernières nouvelles...
2010 ne peut que se prononcer
Deux mille dix!

PS: Dis bonjour à tes élèves de ma part, s'il y en a encore que je connais...


Elizabeth said...

Salut Christine! I'm really enjoying your blog-- just discovered it today. I'm from Toronto, but have lived in New York for a decade (with my French/American husband). I've just been visiting Toronto over the holidays-- the city has changed so much and I would love to hear from you about some of your favourite spots. Would appreciate your help to rediscover the city I used to know like the back of my hand! Je te remerci.

Christine Rochet-Jacob. said...

Bonjour Elizabeth,

Thank you so very much for letting me know of your impressions. I am so delighted that you (a professional journalist) enjoy reading my blog! So you are a Torontonian abroad, living in New York- Hum, it is not too bad either, I heard...;0)
I hope my posts will help you keep a finger on the pulse of your hometown.
You can also check my other blog, Mon Cher Coco (link provided in Christine R-J's menu bar, on the right hand side)-it will provide you with complementary info on my life in Toronto. If you feel like it you can sign up as a follower or subscribe to the posts to receive the updates!
Amitiés ;0)
Bon week-end de janvier et au plaisir de vous lire.


Elizabeth said...

thanks so much-- I will check it out ASAP!


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