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Oh là là. I'm reporting to you live from my bed. It's day two of feeling like fresh-brewed hell. I've heard that when working with kids you're susceptible to all types of germs but good lord, this cold (perhaps flu?) is the mother of all colds. It's ripping roaring right through the medication, rendering it completely useless. I have a bowl of chicken stock to my left, a box of tissues to my right and 90210 Senior Year in the DVD player - I'm sorry but I still get annoyed that Kelly went to the prom with Dylan, and Brenda had to go with that D-list cast member with the mole. What was his name again?

Anyway...during my brief internet absence, the women's comedy website HaHas for HooHas published my oldie but goodie tale of my very first Christmas in France. For my older readers, you guys know the madness that is this story, but for my newer readers, enjoy the biggest blunder I have ever made with the French language! Woops!

Expat Tip: If you don't know the word in French, saying it in English with a French accent can work or also result in major damage. Here's what happened when I chose this method of "speaking" French.

27 comments:

  1. Call SOS Medecin!!! I had a doctor come to my house last week for a sinus infection and he prescribed steroids. I thought is was a bit extreme but the next morning; infection gone. And BOOM I had the metabolism of a world class athlete so I got to eat my way through the pastries of Paris for the entire weekend. Wheeeeeeeeeeeee

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    1. I did...THANK YOU! I couldn't leave my house, I was that drained! The doctor came in two hours, gave me a prescription for anti-biotics, an official letter relieving me from work and a neck massage*. It was perfect! Thanks for reminding me of this fantastic service. Vive La France!!

      *neck massage occurred in my heavily sedated dream.

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  2. Lol at the tale, seems you were allergic to his lordship's member in the end anyway ;o) Bugger on the illness (I'm also fighting the ick, but failing...) Feel better soon!

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    1. I was allergic to the guy, that's for sure! Hahaha! I'm glad you enjoyed my little story! : )

      I hope you're not getting sick too! Oy vey, 'tis the season, eh? Stay warm!

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  3. Very funny. Tale.

    Of douse it is woman flu. Ten times worse than manflu I have never had proper Jewish chicken soup but Sylvia blogged a recipe when sievert Ill. Supposed to work miracles.

    Get well soon

    Love Denise

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    1. I had tons of chicken soup! Not sure why but this really is a cure-all. What would have really made it magical would have been some matzah balls but I didn't have the energy to even go to the bathroom, so searching for matzah balls in Paris would have been pushing it, just a bit. These are the little moments when I miss NYC.

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  4. I've been so overdoing it for months that now that the end is near, I'm really afraid to get sick! I've been waiting for my trip to Paris for so long that I can't afford to get sick now!

    I hope we're both alive and kicking on the 27th! (And that we don't wind up seated next to a bunch of noisy kindergarteners!:))

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    1. Wash your hands A LOT and drink tons of water. I have found that this really does work...it also works when I feel a zit forming under my skin. : )

      I'm feeling a lot better but I have something to tell you....I think my mom is going to be in town (or it may be the 28th)...if it is in fact the 27th, guess who's coming to dinner? : )

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  5. LOL that story is hilarious! I had never read that one before. And I also did not know that this was the slang for penis. Mental note, check.

    Hope you feel better soon!! Take some good ol' American meds. That should suck that French flu right out of you. :)

    Milsters

    (http://www.littlepiecesoflight.com/)

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    1. Thanks Milsters! I'm glad you enjoyed it! It wasn't fun at first. I was humiliated but good thing his family was fun and light-hearted about it!

      Just an FYI: The correct spelling is "bite". I think they edited the spelling for the article as the site is not geared towards Francophiles/phones. : )

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  6. oh dear..hope you feel better soon...gotta get ready for the "return of the Duchesse)

    90210 for sure! my favourite scene is when Brenda and Dylan broke up and she stayed in her room playing Losing my Religion over and over and over....classic.

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    1. There will be nobility in town! Quick! Someone call Stéphane Bern!;)

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    2. @Debbie - AHAHAHA YES!!! I was cracking up during that part! And how about how she finds aid and comfort from Dylan's mom who gives her a new agey crystal to wear around her neck? I always found that part weird but kind of satisfying that Kelly didn't have a direct connection with Iris McKay...Kelly had to deal with Jack...karma's a bitch, blondie! Hahaha!

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  7. Very funny! It made me think of Madame de Gaulle who, when asked in English what she was looking forward to in the years ahead, replied "a penis" instead of "happiness" :-)
    http://www.snopes.com/quotes/degaulle.asp

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    1. Hahaha the penis/happiness joke still cracks me up. Thanks for the link! Language mistakes really are the best, aren't they?

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  8. Ahh yes, I love that story!

    Feel better sugar! There's definitely something going around here this year, worse than previous years.

    Def. get that Ricola herbal tea and drink it often, hotter the better.. also drink lemon juice (the citrus will kill a lot of the germs) in hot water (feel free to add sugar or honey!) as well as fresh ginger in hot water. And get that psht for your nose (the doc. can prescribe for you a strong one like Euvanol .. plus he'll/she'll prob. prescribe some Doliprane and Helicidine) .. all this combines will be helpful (unless you need antibiotics)!

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    1. Last year, it was the dreaded "gastro" epidemic that wreaked havoc around the Holidays... My boss and a colleague were sick while they were in France and I got it after I returned to The Hague (after spending Christmas in Paris). I don't know if I brought it back or if they did and shared the fun, but I'd never experienced anything as violent as that. Oh Dear! Tellingly, I toasted the new year with Sprite! (You don't get more festive than that, do you?!;))

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    2. @Dana - Thanks for your tips! I ended up just popping a bunch of somnis and my antibiotics and slept it off. During this time at home, I discovered that I get E! tv and was entertained by the French Joan Rivers and Chelsea Handler. It was the silver lining to my awful flu!

      @Duchess - I'm hoping you have a healthy holiday! A gastro epidemic sounds just awful! Looking forward to seeing you soon! I'm all better now...finally!!

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  9. Yes, you said that! LOL That was a funny story. Something similar happened to me in school in Rome, a kitchen pot in Spanish is called "cazo" which in Italian means penis. I'll never forget the nun's face.

    There are no stronger bugs than those you get from kids...I've never had worse colds than the ones I've caught from my little niece and nephew...holy mother, furious germs!
    I hope you get better soon and in time for the holidays. Take good care of yourself.

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    1. This was my first cold that I know came directly from children and holy merde did it rock my world. I had to go on antibiotics because the over the counter cold medicine was being laughed in the face by my vicious virus!

      I go back to teaching tomorrow, I will make sure to wash my hands extra and not give them a million cuddles...sometime I can't help hugging the little guys. They're too precious!

      Hahah funny story about insulting the Italian nun...of course she was a nun! Only in Italy!!

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  10. I for one always thought Brenda and Dylan should be together, not Kelly and Dylan. I didn't like that one bit.
    Hope you're feeling better. Children are little germ factories. I suggest gloves, a face mask, and an industrial sized container of Purell. x.

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    1. Thank you! I'm not the only one! The Dylan and Kelly plot was major BS. But it was all because Shannon was a major bee-atch to work with, so this was the writers getting back at her.

      Ewwww, germ factories. I might be holding back on those end of the day hugs they like to "gift" me with.

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  11. I hope that you're feeling better, Ella! At least the weather is so lousy today that you're not missing anything by staying inside.



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    1. Thanks MK! I have been cozy inside for several days and am NOT missing the nasty weather. Yesterday looked awful from my window! I hope you and your daughter are staying nice and toasty!

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  12. Ella has not posted for a few day. I hope the illness has not turned nasty.

    Get well soon Ella. We miss you.

    Love Denise

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    1. Hey Denise! Thanks for checking up on me. I'm feel better now. Last week was a beast! I could barely respond to emails, but now I'm back in action! Thank you again for thinking about me. : )

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  13. OMG hilarious story! I love how the little ones kept imitating you.

    I think I might direct my students to this story when I teach about vegetables!

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