Trop Chaud

French Word(s) of the Day: trop chaud (troh show)- too hot 


Mother Nature has been testing us all with her heat waves.  Perhaps she’s trying to burn us all of the face of the Earth?  Because in case you were wondering, 100 degrees Fahrenheit is hot.

You know how much I love my lists, so here’s my handy-dandy Surviving a Scorching Summer guide (note: these are in no way environmentally friendly):

  1. Do not go outside
  2. Ever
  3. I mean it
  4. If you have to go outside, get ice cream.
  5. Or make friends with someone who has a pool.  Use them for their pool.
  6. Wear sunscreen.
  7. Don’t bother to make your hair look pretty; it won’t by the end of the day.  In fact, your hair may need sunscreen.  Indulge it.
  8. Get air conditioning.  Ignore everyone who says air conditioning is bad for your health/ pollutes the air.  Try not to say, “I told you so” when they ask if they can use your air conditioning because their homes are unlivable.  (But really, I did tell you so.)
  9. In a pinch, standing in front of the refrigerator will do.
  10. Plan a trip to the South Pole.  I hear it’s lovely this time of year.

Of course, I’m currently wearing tights, a scarf and a sweater because it’s so cold in our office building.  I’m expecting it to start snowing any minute.  Never fear; I’ll go outside and thaw in under 20 seconds.

Just curious, has anyone attempted to fry an egg on the sidewalk?  Does that work?


Nouvel Appart

French Word of the Day: hipster (eep-stehr)- hipster (it’s hard to find a direct translation for this)


I’ve finally vacated the suburbs and moved on up to the north side (of Chicago).  I’ve been without the internets for 2 months, but we just had it installed so I’m back at long last.

My coworker, Rocio, and I have moved into a place only 15 minutes from our place of work.  I’ve missed city living since leaving my beloved Paris.  (Driving everywhere?  No, thank you.)

We found an apartment whose previous tenants were hipsters, so you know it’s all artsy.  I’ve made a guide for those looking for apartments in the near future….


How to tell if the apartment you’re viewing is currently owned by hipsters:


  1. Brick wall with a bike hanging on it
  2. Lack of furniture
  3. Scent of pot
  4. Typewriter for purely decorative purposes
  5. Bookshelves filled with obscure, artsy books
  6. Stacks of vinyl records
  7. Clutter everywhere
  8. Unmade beds
  9. The current tenant, glaring at you


Feel free to add to this list.