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Pictures of Milo, Charlie, and the plants

May. 14th, 2010 | 11:06 pm

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I've posted new pictures of my 2 babies and my plants. Enjoy!

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look at that smile!

Apr. 26th, 2010 | 07:12 pm

look at that smile!
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livejournal readers, meet charlie, the newest addition to the huschen-vieira household.

he was adopted on saturday from the shelter in lyon. someone had left him there the night before with his brother. he's half teckel, half fox terrier and 3.5 months old.

click on this picture to see more

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more lemonade

Apr. 22nd, 2010 | 05:03 pm

Originally uploaded by singinpapillon
somehow i got lost the past coupla years. but don't worry, i'm back and ready to kick the world's ass.

here's my "motivational poster". it's a simple way to remind myself of what i need to do to be happy. each point seems simple, but there's more behind it.

it's a good exercise. try it some time.

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May 2009 Pics up

May. 24th, 2009 | 02:30 pm

Old city Le Mans
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Pictures from May 2009 including a trip back to where I was an exchange student in high school (Sable, Angers, Le Mans, Brissac castle) and my garden (including Milo eating fresh veggies) are up

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8 years later

May. 21st, 2009 | 12:50 pm

2 weekends ago i went back to Sable, the town i called home for a year in high school. i had gone back a year afterwards, but since then my host mom moved to southern france and i mostly visited her there. now that she's back in sable, and the rotary held a 25th bday party for the exchange program, i made my way back again.

the anticipation of going back, with questions like "will i recognize anyone?" "what has changed?" "is my memory as good as i think it is?" haunted me for about a week before the trip. it felt strange knowing that i had spent 10 months that changed my entire life in this place, but couldn't remember small details anymore.

so after the 6 hour train ride from grenoble, i got off the train and started looking for my host mom, who was picking us up. driving to her place, i started putting everything back together. and by the end of the weekend, i realized that nothing had changed.

well, i shouldn't say that. because things had changed. my host sister and her friends were no longer 12, but 20. my other "host sister" is my age (she was in the us when i was living in sable) and stayed in the south, and my third "host sister" was born after i left, and she's now 6. my host parents are separated, and my host father is not around, and i haven't talked to him in years.

all of this has changed, but it's still the same. my relationship with my host mom is like it was then, but we're able to communicate much better. she still really is my french mother, and going to see her is almost like going home.

the 25th bday party was great because i got to see some of the people i knew back then. but it was especially interesting talking to all of the french kids that had gone abroad. our experiences are pretty much the same. and our lives were all changed dramatically because we took a leap of faith into the unknown, once when leaving, and again when going home.

here's a list from the rotary international exchange student page on facebook, all of which were true (except 13, because i didn't change families like i was supposed to. and am thankful i didn't) and some are still true today. enjoy this trip down memory lane.

1. You ask for some type of food/snack/drink to be care packaged to you as your christmas present.

2. You have problems understanding people in your native language because you instinctively assume they're speaking your host language and listen for words in that language.

3. Back home, you watch lame documentaries on the History channel in the hopes of seeing your host country or hearing your host language.

4. You speak the wrong language every time you open your mouth for the first few days you are back home after the first few days of speaking the wrong language, you speak your own language with a strange accent.

5. You have at least five stories you could never tell your parents.

6. You always got out of punishment or being yelled at, or gotten out of school work because you didn't understand the language or pretended that you didn't.

7. You missed at least 2 months of school because of traveling or just because 'I don't feel like going today...'

8.You can sing all the Top 20 songs from your exchange year...even a year later....

9.You buy everything in sight with the name of the country you went to visit so when you go back people are bound to ask you about it.

10. You get letters and emails in a language that no one else can read.

11. You've have attempted to fit all your worldly possessions into 2 suitcases and a carry on. (And have succeeded, more than once!)

12. You cringe at the mention of 'baggage weight limit'.

13. You have 20 siblings and 8 parents.

14. You can describe in perfect detail every symptom of traveler's flu, but still travel anyways.

15. You can swear in 20 languages but only speak 2 or 3 fluently.

16. You go to school only to do nothing

17. You worship Pepto Bismol (South American exchangers you know what I am talking about)

18. People mistake you for a local until you speak (sometimes even after).

19. You help tourists because you know where the nearest bank is, how much it costs to mail a letter, how to use the pay phone, what bus to take, local customs, etc.

20. You are reading this list and find it hilarious, though people around you reading it say 'I don't get it.'

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Earth Hour pictures from around the world

Mar. 29th, 2009 | 02:17 pm

I'm not quite sure why I started looking this up this morning, but in any case, I'm proud of our planet and the proof that people from around the world can work together for a cause. It also makes me think of the greatess that is the internet. Could something like this have been possible before 24/7 connections? In any case, keep Earth Hour in your mind throughout the year. Every little action counts for something.


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pictures from my garden

Mar. 29th, 2009 | 09:57 am

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pictures from the first week of my gardening are up on my flicker page. enjoy!!

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the view from my new room

Feb. 14th, 2009 | 10:20 am

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The pictures are up for my new apartment. Just click on this picture and you'll find your way to my flickr page to scroll through all of them.

I just have to brag about my view from my bedroom. Too bad I only see it on the weekends.

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what drives communicators to drink?

Jan. 27th, 2009 | 10:52 am
mood: creativecreative

i KNEW it wans't just me! and here's the proof.

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i wish i would have written this before i found the link...

Nov. 6th, 2008 | 08:57 am
mood: energeticenergetic

this is exactly what it's like.

"Suddenly it's cool to be American abroad" from the Chicago Sun Times.

..."For longtime U.S. expatriates like me — someone far more accustomed to being targeted over unpopular policies, for having my very Americanness publicly assailed — it feels like an extraordinary turnabout.

Like a long journey over a very bumpy road has abruptly come to an end. And it’s not just me...."

"When you’re an American abroad, you can quickly become a whipping post. Regardless of your political affiliation, if you happen to be living and working overseas at a time when the United States isn't getting along with much of the world, you get a lot of grief.

You can find yourself pressed to be some kind of apologist for Washington. And you can wind up feeling ashamed and alone."

Read the article here

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