About me

Blonde in France, in London drinking a blonde.
Blondering Girl, in London drinking a blonde.

Fun facts about me and my life

I’m in my late (urgh) twenties early thirties but in my head I’m still twelve, so it’s kind of weird I have a job and I’m allowed to drive and stuff.

I can’t roll my tongue, but I’m double jointed in most of my fingers.

In college, I attempted the Big Texan 72 oz. steak challenge. I didn’t finish, though I ate more than half and most of the sides.

Not to be outdone by my carnivorous past, my husband ate – and finished! – the quadruple bypass burger at the Heart Attack Grill in Las Vegas in 2013.

If I could only eat one food for the rest of my life, it’d be my dad’s baked macaroni and cheese.

I have visited 12 14 15 of the 22 (old) French metropolitan régions, and would like to visit all of them before I’m thirty or before we leave France, whichever comes first. (I’ve also visited 23 of the 50 American states, and 7 8 of the 28 members of the European Union, but for some reason care much less about seeing all of them.) <- Update: I didn’t get to see them all before we moved or before my 30th birthday, since both happened at almost the same time. But just more reasons to go back and visit often!

 

My top four favorite things to have happened to me while living in France for 8 years (not related to bébé):

Meeting my husband. Awww, cheesy, I know, right? Ready for more cheese? He asked for my number so we could “get together to practice” his English and my French. Classic, yet effective.

Seeing Michelangelo’s David in person. (Italy is one of the exceptions to my aversion to travelling places where I don’t understand the language.)

Once, in Lyon, I was in a very small art gallery with the Queen of the Netherlands. I was super cool and just kept looking at the art (but was totally squeeing on the inside).

Giving a tour of an exhibit to a princess of Luxembourg, and having her compliment me on my excellent English afterwards. (Would you have corrected her?? Besides, when someone compliments you, no matter the situation, you say “thank you”, end of story.)

 

My favorite things to have happened to me after moving back to the States in 2016:

to be updated soon!!

 

Asking for work/visa advice

I have been a language assistant, a university lectrice, a private language school teacher, an exhibit guide, a student, a museum intern, a survey taker, unemployed, a cashier, and now an HR professional. I don’t have all the answers to your visa/work questions, but having an outsider’s opinion can sometimes help you see the situation in a new light. So I’d be happy to listen and share, via comments or email, but please do not think of me as an expert whose advice should be followed to the letter to get the same outcome I got. Heck, I’m not even sure that I’d get the same outcome if I had to do it all over again. A great many things in my life have been left up to chance and the whims of whichever government agent I was dealing with that day.

One day perhaps I’ll make the transition from HR professional to HR expert (I suspect a PhD will be involved somehow), but for now, the craziness of French and European administration is simply a topic I love to read about and discuss, for personal and professional reasons. Any advice or information I give on the site or in emails remains my opinion as a private individual without any kind of legal or official authority. Unless you consider my husband calling me “Princess” as giving me some sort of royal authority, in which case you will heed her highness’ words with great care.