Sunday, 26 July 2015

AMT 26/07/15 : Meat, Boring Sorbet and Handwriting a Million Pages

I can't believe this is the last AMT. Sadness.

1. What's your favorite grocery store splurge?

I'm going to be very boring here, and just say meat. Or fine fish (why do they not sell pike? or sole? what is wrong with you Tesco??). Because they are very much a splurge for us at the moment.


Although Simon would probably say "Children's books" (I have a problem) but that's not a grocery store splurge, right?!

2. How's your penmanship?

Pretty good, if I do say so myself! I like calligraphy, so that helps.

This is from Cyrano de Bergerac. Simon has had to learn it by heart, because, if you don't, my dad won't speak to you (ok, I kid, but a lot of the family discussions will go over your head).

But my normal handwriting is mostly surprising to Anglophones, because it is joined-up. I know. The very idea!

The thing is, French kids are still taught joined-up writing first and foremost, and you will find many children's books in France looking like this:

Ok, technically, this one is from the 1930s. But the other books are in Patapon's room and he's sleeping.

I think it is just prettier, I'm a big fan. 

There is also an argument about being able to write more quickly, and that's true too; in the crazy course I did for my degrees - crazy, I tell you, after three years of it you end up with six of them - we often had to write between 14 and 20 A4 pages in five hours for our essays (of which we wrote about a million), all by hand. So yeah, you needed to write fast. And legibly. And correctly. 

But also, it IS prettier.

3. Do you have a "Summer Bucket List?"

Nope. Summer is for summering. I have trips to France planned (because, duh!) but that's it. 

Besides, this summer, Simon has no holidays and he is in the placement from hell (the hospital itself is a very nice one, but the hours are long and his commute lasts two hours, so he doesn't see Jude during the week and barely sees me) so I am white-knuckling it until the new placement in September.

4. What's the best thing on the radio right now?

It's what seems to be on the radio a lot in my house (oh dear, that last Test Match of the Ashes, England... I'm still recovering.)

Otherwise, I like podcasts, but Fountains of Carrot, In Our Times AND The Read Aloud Revival are on summer break. I am going to have to go around the other Answer Me This posts, to try and see if there are some new suggestions.

5. Ice cream or frozen yogurt?

Sorbet. Ha!

Seriously, when I was in Rome with my friends (that time I fought the paramedics), we had millions of gelati (obviously) and my friends kept getting these really indulgent caramel-toffee-chocolate-all-the-cream-all-the-sugar mountains, whilst I just had sorbet. Because that's all I like (I am aware I am a weirdo).

Nope, not interested. (via)

The Italians just shook their heads in despair.

6. Have you had that baby NOW?

You have! Congratulations!

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  1. You and my husband would get along just great in an ice cream shop. He's all about the lemon and mango and berry flavors, too. (I'm all about the creamy stuff, myself!) Your Cyrano calligraphy was cool!

  2. That calligraphy is lovely! And when we are in Europe, we have a strict two a day policy on gelato.