French Sabbatical

My family's year in France…

Day 80 (18 September 2010) – Saturday Morning, 1970

Shhh… I have to type quietly this morning because people are still sleeping. I got up early to plug my computer into the TV so I could watch cartoons while eating a bowl of French Frosted Flakes, or what on the box says, “Glacés au Sucre Corn Flakes” (literally, frozen sugar corn flakes). Either it’s 1970 or I’m having a mid-life crisis. Regardless, it’s the perfect Saturday morning in September. Clear and crisp outside. Quiet inside. No school. Cartoons. Frosted Flakes.

In today’s episode of “Underdog,” Dr. Simon Bar Sinister, the wickedest man in the world, has invented a device that can suck up the world’s water supply, distorting its molecules so it all fits nicely into a valise. People will have to come to him to get their water! Will Underdog be able to save the day?

Yes, of course, sillies. Underdog saves the day.

Yesterday, Chloe told me that some of my blog postings seem kind of silly and pointless. I’m not sure, but I think this had something to do with me kissing fire hydrants. Thank goodness today’s posting isn’t one of the pointless ones! In fact, and you Seinfeld fans should get this reference, I’ve started referring to pictures and experiences here in France as being “Blog-worthy.” Having found Frosted Flakes in the cereal aisle of the grocery store, I knew today’s entry would make the cut.

Oh, does anyone know how I can get some Brown-Sugar Cinnamon Frosted Pop Tarts? Next Saturday is just a week away and I think H.R. Pufnstuf is going to have to save Jimmy and Freddy the talking flute from Witchiepoo. I need something full of vitamins and minerals, part of a balanced breakfast.

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September 18, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

3 Comments »

  1. I think you need to break it to Chloe (gently, of course) that one of the whole points of being on a sabbatical is to break out of your routine, not just your physical location but whatever else gets you “out of your box.” And surely – SURELY – posting whatever you feel like on your daily blog qualifies as doing just that.

    I get a kick out of seeing these every day, and am having a grand time vicariously enjoying a year in France. So keep it up! 🙂

    Comment by Stacia | September 18, 2010 | Reply

    • Are you suggesting that Frosted Flakes and Underdog is a break from my routine? Ah, perhaps it is, sadly. But once back in Seattle I intend to keep some of these experiences I am cultivating in France. Melinda, too. Will it be a nice glass of wine with dinner or Frosted Flakes on Saturday morning? Maybe vice-versa!!

      Comment by pscsandy | September 18, 2010 | Reply

  2. Ok, wine and Frosted Flakes? You lost me completely!!(Oh, you didn’t mean *together* – got it. :P)

    But hey, I hope you’ll be keeping up many of the “new ways” that feel good. Though I’m guessing you won’t be investing in an in-ground pool back here in Seattle. Though…boy, it’s nice to go for a swim whenever you feel like it (as today’s post shows!) Ahhhh….

    Comment by Stacia | September 21, 2010 | Reply


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