Did you know that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month? I did not! But my dear friend Jennifer always makes sure we get the information needed to never forget the fight and the help required to stop this!
In honor of this awareness month, she has created an Instagram Challenge and we are all invited to take part! I love Instagram, I love Jen, I love the idea, and I want in! My pictures are never good but it’s fun and it’s useful, so here I am!
Want to join me?
Continue reading “@JenLGilmour does it again for the good cause: The Instagram Positive Challenge!”
While the rest of the world was celebrating the beginning of a new year at midnight, I blew the candle standing proudly on my home-made madeleine to wish Chocolate’n’waffles’ Blog a happy first blogiversary! (Cakes are too 2016 so I decided to go with the new hype, 😋)
Thanks so much to all of my followers and friends for the chats, book recommendations, fun and support. I never thought I could carry a project for this long. I was sure my blog would end up like my Sim babies (you don’t want to know…) But the blog is still breathing and looking good (I think!) so I guess I’m not such a bad blog-mother! The fun is still here and the books are threatening to take over the apartment so there is no plan on stopping soon.
I wish you all a very bookish 2017! May your days be filled with those little precious moments that make happiness and all the love you deserve! (and books, so many books)
Some of you might have noticed (or not! Probably not, but I forgive you) that I haven’t been active for a few days now. Do you remember that list of things keeping me from blogging? Well, life has shown me once again that She has the power. Things happened, and this time, they are serious enough for me to take a little break from blogging.
I can be reached on Twitter or by email of you miss me too much, but I won’t be able to pay my usual little visits to your lovely blogs or update mine. I even still have a few comments to reply to, but my family here in Winterfell (sound much better than the north of France, and it’s just as cold so the name fits perfectly) does not have an Internet access. Yes, I know. They are prehistoric.
Hopefully, I will be back very soon (in two weeks if everything goes as planned. It never does but let’s be optimistic) with a hundred virtual waffles and lots of hugs to send.
Be friendly, be crazy, and don’t forget me! A bientôt!
Note: writing posts on cellphone is awful.
EDIT : Hiatus over, let the fun resume!
I am taking a break in commenting and reading all the Wednesday post to inform you of a very important change in my life. (You can’t know this because I am typing, but I am using my most formal voice right now)
This morning, I received confirmation my wish has been granted! For my final year as an undergraduate, I will be majoring in English!
This is a huge step for me. If you were around when I started blogging, you might remember changing majors was among the goals I was hoping to achieve in 2016. Now that it is happening, I don’t know how I feel (I stopped jumping on the couch only a few minutes ago), but I wanted to share it with you.
For the story, my former degree involved both the English and the Japanese languages, the emphasis being on Japanese and a series of minors such as Law and Economy. It was fine until I realized my passion for the English language was only getting bigger and the only time I was really happy to study was when I was working on it. It is quite uncommon for a student to be allowed to change majors for their final year at university. At least in France. This is why I am celebrating today!
Before I get all excited again and run out the door to let the world know about this big news, I wanted to say thank you to all the bloggers who have been extremely supportive and nice to me. It can be difficult not being an English native speaker in a community where the majority of people are, but you have never make me feel out of place, and your kind words dismissed the insecurity I felt sometimes. So, I am sending virtual hugs as a token of my appreciation. I am aware waffles would have had a greater effect, but I have yet to find a way to send food through WordPress.
I can’t recall when I stopped being the nerd girl who always carried a book with her. Growing up, I would always choose the company of all those amazing characters over my fellow human beings.
Then university and work happened and I lost control of my schedule, and my life basically. But there are no excuses and it’s time for a change. I need pages and characters and tears and laughs and an outpouring of emotions. Most of all, I need to dream awake again.
In order to avoid pressure, I am going to aim low, I don’t want my reading kick to wear off because of ‘too much too soon’. I have set my Goodreads reading challenge to 30. I love this number. Women are supposed to be at their best at 30, to understand life better, to be at the top of the world and all the great things you can read about this big milestone. I figured it would also work on books. This is an awesome goal for an awesome girl, haha.
I love reading book reviews and the great ones I have read gave me the momentum to start blogging too, but I have never done it before (except for school and junior high a lifetime ago). This makes me a little nervous about writing them, especially when I see so many posts with inspirational reviews (and a natural and beautiful English #justabitjealous). That’s why I am setting a goal for reviews too. I will try and review at least 75% of the books I read. If you have any tips for me, feel free to share! I am gonna need all the help I can get.
Time to start! this month’s
nominees books are:
Today’s the 6th and I have already finished You Must Remember This and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, oops. I need more books!
I wish everyone luck with their challenges and a great time with books!
I have spent quite some time thinking about what that first post should be about. An Introduction? It would not fit in one post. I am a firm believer no one can introduce oneself with only a few words. Still, I’m willing to try.
Who am I?
I could say I’m an English student, but that would not be true. In fact, I’m studying English and Japanese applied to Economy, Law and other
boring interesting subjects. It is the French way to say I’m studying many things for no purpose at all. In the end, I’ll be a beginner in all those minors and barely able to wade my way through an entire conversation in Japanese or English. That’s the main reason behind this blog. I need a place where I can practice writing English. I’m not expecting a class to take me to fluency, either in speaking or writing. Plus, it’s easier and funnier to talk about how hard it is to find the right skincare routine or discuss how much Rhum to use in all cake recipes on a blog rather than on an essay. Also, I was reminded that many native speakers write like ****. Yes, mistakes will be made, grammatically wrong sentences will be typed, and so what? Let’s type away!
I could tell you I am French. At this very moment, you might start thinking I eat cheese every day, cannot live without baguette, have a high sense of fashion and shower only once a week, because that is how foreigners picture French women. Let me get one thing straight, I shower on a daily basis! (It has been a year since that French cliché was revealed to me by American friends during my stay in Japan and I am still not over it.)
Did I mention the fact I am a girl?
What else can I say? My dog is the love of my life, I am (sometimes) funny, always working (what’s a day off?), awesome and crazy. You’ll figure the rest out if you keep reading.
Can we pretend this introduction and this useless post are over now?