Classy Ladies and Books I am Reading, Have Read, & Will Read!!
I love my friends. I am so fortunate to have been able to meet a really great group of INTELLIGENT, CREATIVE and DOWN TO EARTH women that I can truly be myself around, who do not judge me or use my faults against me, and above all, who love me, just as I am! (squee!)
I wish the same for you. So, why am I getting all sentimental and gooey? Well, like every intelligent, creative, down to earth woman, she reads.
One of my class act lady-friends recently lent this book to me, stating:
"I think you will enjoy it, Jen!" She was right. I loved it. In fact, I have sprinkled a Churchill quote into my everyday venacular because of this book: "KPO!" Which stands for "Keep Plodding On!" However, after doing some research, one of his secretaries overheard, "Keep Buggering On!" Nonetheless, good advice, old chap!
My favorite Churchill quote is "If you are going through hell, keep going!"
About the book... Her name is Maggie Hope, (American, of course!) who is as smart as a whip and has the classy chutzpuh that goes along with it! I believe it is a trilogy, but don't quote me. I enjoyed it and experienced all the emotions that went along with it. I am fortunate to have never experienced living through a war as the European people did. This book made me appreciate all the blessings I have and allowed me to understand the French and British even more.
See what having intelligent, creative and down to earth friends do for you??!!
My other class act lady-friend of mine, donated this book to me. I am still in the process of reading it, I should be done with it today or tomorrow.
This book is charming and infuriating at the same time, much like the French!
Honestly, I just adore it and it made me realize that I do not self-pamper myself enough.
This book discusses the French mentality and the differences between the Brits and the Americans. Some of this I already knew, however I didn't know the motivation behind it. This sweet book enlightened me and is making me take a hard look in the mirror to improve my beauty regime.
One of my favorite quotes in the book is, "Better to be dead than ugly." I laughed, then gave myself a manicure and pedicure. My mother use to always say that having a bad, forceful attitude is ugly and to always create an air of mystery about yourself.
Growing up in Texas, I attended balls and cotillions, even was a debutante. At the time, I felt like a performing monkey in heels. Today, to be honest, I would LOVE to attend a masquerade ball! I miss it, but shhhhhh! Don't tell my mother!
If you live outside of France, it may be difficult to comprehend some of the author's writing. My suggestion: find yourself a French lover and stat!
Again, another classy lady-friend allowed me to borrow this book. I will start reading it after I finish reading Impossibly French.
I love reading non-fiction books, especially dealing with historical events, cultural differences, and auto-biographies. Don't get me wrong, I love reading books (Game of Thrones, Harry Potter) that can transport me to another time and place and that allow me to reflect and assist me in becoming a better person.
As you may or may not know, I am a practicing modern witch, as were my grandparents, who were folk-healers, magical, and respected community leaders in a little Texas town. They believed in good ailmentation, meditation, healing with herbs and prayers, dancing, laughing and having huge Texas hoedowns! Turns out, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree!
Another cool development is that my boss (she lent this book to me) is decendant from a falsely accused witch and therefore, hung. As we conversed, I said, she probably had a nice piece of property and the 'community leaders' wanted to get their grubby hands on it. She looked at me, gave me a sly (witchy) smile and said, "That's it."
I am looking forward to reading this book.
Living in France, I constantly have to be on my toes. This is my adopted country, therefore I have be updated on what is going on in my community. C'est normal, as the French say. I will always be the odd person out and be discriminated because of it, that is just a fact. It sucks, but c'est comme ça!
Therefore, to beat the Frenchies at their own game, one must be prepared.
Please allow me to complain for a brief moment: I always have to be prepared. Always, always, ALL WAYS, ALWAYS! Ok, done. Thank you.
To do that, I read, I ask questions, I practice speaking French, I make observations.... in other words, monkey see, monkey do.
Another class-act lady friend of mine allowed me to borrow this book as well.
She said she learned a wealth of information and it helped her navigate the choppy waters known as the French. I plan on reading this after I finish Salem Possessed.
I know I will be enlightened and will add more secret ammo to my ever growing arsenal.
And you? Read any good books lately?
Personally, my favorite time of year is autumn.
I love curling up with a mug of coffee or soup, a blanket, or my puppy and reading until I am too tired to continue.
Bonjour et Bienvenue!
Thank you for stopping by for a spell!
I am a 40-something year old American woman. Born in Texas, raised in Las Vegas!
Frenchified for Life
is a fabulous little lifestyle blog about truly embracing French life!
My intent is to simply inspire you to create something unique and beautiful in your everyday life. The French have this wonderful and annoying habit of seeing the world through rose colored glasses, might as well learn something from them!
That said, I lift my glass to you!
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