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05:15 Nov 28 2011
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Stabb and I took a little vacation. We are in a cabin high in the Smoky Mountains. I have grown addicted to the air. I can't breathe enough of it!


It's about 60 degrees and the weather has been good. We have two hot tubs...who needs two hot tubs?! One is outside and one inside. We skinny dipped in the one outside this morning after Stabb fixed a delicious breakfast.


This afternoon, we went to the National Park and hiked up to a waterfall. It was beautiful. I video'd it so that I can look at it and relax when I'm back in the real world. We even saw 4 bears in the wild! Hoping my pics come out. We walked through the town, had dinner, and visited a few shops. I'm excited about the 2 wines we bought.


Tomorrow we're going to the Cherokee Reservation and then to visit artisan shops. I'm on a quest for just the right piece of art and a handmade quilt.


We played pool when we got back to the cabin and now, I'm beating him at Scrabble! I think we may have to give that chilly skinny dip another try when we're done.


I'll post pics later. (NOT of the skinny dipping, though!)


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BLOODLIFE
BLOODLIFE
08:43 Nov 28 2011

Glad you're having a good time. Wrap up warm and stay safe. *sings* On top of ole Smoky!





Requiem
Requiem
11:53 Nov 28 2011

This sounds like a lovely tims. :) I am so very glad!





Requiem
Requiem
11:53 Nov 28 2011

*time* ... jeez.





 

01:47 Nov 03 2011
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Just back from my first French Immersion class. I have two weeks to read and prepare an oral presentation on George Sand's La Mare Au Diable. I am so psyched. The teacher and students can only speak french in class, and I did just fine. My friend, Margaret, is taking the class with me, so it's extra fun!


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Requiem
Requiem
11:53 Nov 03 2011

Yay! Now I know why you said I smelled like beef and cheese!



:P





imagesinwords
imagesinwords
14:04 Nov 03 2011

That sounds wonderful! I'd love to take a French Immersion class. I'm going to be studying on my own, as my son also has a great interest in French. I want to be able to help him as he learns.





Joli
Joli
15:50 Nov 03 2011

I've been studying french for a long time and I can read it very comfortably and I can write fairly well, but listening and responding conversationally is still beyond my comfort level.



I can communicate, but I am too slow and I stop and go too much. A huge part of the problem is the fear of saying something wrong. I'm hoping this class lets me relax, make mistakes, and practice in an encouraging environment.



Images, have fun learning along with your son! There are so many wonderful programs and web site supports that weren't there when I began learning. You're in for a wonderful journey.



Requiem, I was being polite. Vraiment, vous sentez comme le bacon! Mais...Kevin Bacon? Qui sait?





imagesinwords
imagesinwords
19:44 Nov 03 2011

Your French is like my Spanish- I can understand it completely verbally and in writing- but I sometimes have a hard time always remembering things off the top of my head to communicate back. It would have been easier for me to work with him in Spanish, but he has more of an interest in French- and it's our history, here... so I very much support him in learning it.





LiamK
LiamK
13:36 Nov 04 2011

Stabb must be having a field day. Has he asked you how you say "surrender" yet?





Joli
Joli
14:05 Nov 04 2011

That's brilliant, Liam!





 

18:01 Nov 02 2011
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I miss you all:


Vespers

Threeofcups

Speranza

ThothLestat


I know that you have busy lives and some of you have even had life-changing circumstances lately. I'm not even going to be all pokin-in-your-chest-write-in-your-journal demanding like I usually am.


I just miss you all...your words, your uniquely sideways glances at the world around you. I crave the pictures you paint and the smiles you tease forward.


I hope you are all well and that it won't be so very long before I hear from you again. Be safe and be happy. Keep your eyes looking round for that long-anticipated day when I will hungrily read you all up again!


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LiamK
LiamK
18:23 Nov 02 2011

I miss you, you know. How long has it been since we spoke properly now, with our voices?





Joli
Joli
19:25 Nov 02 2011

Probably about 2 years. We definitely need to do that and catch all up.





Nedra
Nedra
01:31 Nov 16 2011

I miss good ole Thothy too...................





*sigh*








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