18 February 2009

Nous sommes des nouveaux mariés. Y a-t-il un escompte ?

Hopefully in 3 months I'll be able to pronounce that.* 

wtf, you say? Welp, we're going to France for our honeymoon! 

We had high hopes for a beer tour of Belgium, as you may recall. And then the economy got really crappy. And I almost didn't have a job. Plane tickets to Europe in June were twice what I had budgeted. So we were going to settle for a honeymoon in North America (probably NYC and Montreal). 

But thanks to Don's grandpa, also named Don, we will be going to France. (And thanks to a lovely little Irish airline named Aer Lingus, which has crazy cheap fares.) He cashed in his time share and sent us an early wedding gift - a week's stay at any hotel in the world associated with the timeshare company. (I know - an early gift and it's awesome.) After much research and deliberating, the place we liked the most is in Ars en Re, France. Where the f is that? An island on the west coast of France, about mid continent. It's a fishing village. And the hotel is a spa. Where you are required to buy spa treatments (oh, how terrible, we get to go on vacation and be pampered).

So for the next 3 months (crap - I've got a lot of stuff to do in that time), we will be listening to and trying to speak French every day. And watching a lot of French movies. Hopefully it works out. Otherwise, we will be making anes** out of ourselves.

*We are newlyweds. Is there a discount?
**asses (without the proper accent on the a)

05 February 2009

an experiment in 'primitive' living

As I mentioned quite some time ago, we decided to live without a TV connected to any outside signal. How have we been getting along without this modern convenience? 

Famously.

And now that our DVD player died, we don't even have a TV displayed at all. It is lovely. We desire to live this way forever now, without a 'boob tube' cluttering up our living room or our lives. [see - nothing but photos, plants, and our lovely Tivoli radio:]

I tell people this and they are baffled at how we live this way or what we might be doing with our time. We don't even miss it. [Ok, so we were starting to miss it around inauguration time, but that was all on the internets, anyway. All things we are interested in watching can be found for free on the internets. Seriously - free. Hulu.com is marvelous. And Netflix - we love Netflix.] Instead of getting old and fat and lazy in front of a TV, we exercise, cook a good dinner, work on wedding crap, work on side projects to get us through this wedding and recession, all sorts of stuff. 

And - brace yourselves -  we TALK to each other. I know. It's a lost art [much like handwritten correspondence]. I find the timing of this fabulous, as we are getting to know one another even better before we get hitched.

We also listen to a whole lot of radio. Chicago Public Radio, to be specific. Public radio is one of my most favorite things. I could listen to it all night and day. Because you know what is better than being entertained? Receiving an education while you're being entertained. Which public radio always does, and tv rarely does. 

So, in my defense, my blogging absence is not due to laziness, but instead super productiveness. I'll try to do better.