samedi 3 décembre 2011
Been rather absent from the blogging scene lately.

I joined a gym for the month of November. It is a great location, right between where I park my car and work. I was going a few times a week before work, since they open at 8. They had an okay number of equipment and machines. Didn't enjoy the lukewarm showers that last a minute before you have to hit the button for the water to come back on again. Also, they wouldn't let me leave my gym stuff in the lockers. I don't want to be carrying a big bulky gym back to and from work every day! I secretely would leave my stuff in a locker from Monday morning to Friday afternoon, figuring who is really going to paw through sweaty gym clothes. However, last time when I went to pick up my bag to bring it home to wash my stuff over the weekend, it was gone. I looked in the other lockers, thinking someone had moved it to annoy me. Nothing. Went down to the front desk and asked. Yep, they had confiscated it. The guy gave me back my bag, reminding me that it was not allowed to leave stuff in between sessions. Ah well. What's worse, is that the place is falling apart. Another company is buying the gym, then they are going to close for a few months and renovate. I'll check it out again when it re-opens.

I have figured out that the best way to keep our apartment clean is to invite people over every two weeks. Then we have no choice and have to clean.

Last weekend, we invited an old colleague of mine from my former job and his wife and daughter (they are from argentina), and Alain's colleague and his girlfriend from Italy. Quite an international group. We all spoke French. I made the poppy seed covered salmon recipe, and they all seemed to like it. They left around midnight, then we spent Sunday morning doing dishes and straightening up.

Sunday afternoon we went downtown Marseille to the Christmas market. The Foire aux Santons was going on, so we went and bought another to add to our collection. We buy one each year. So far, we have baby Jesus, Mary, Joseph, the three wise men, a donkey, and the newest addition, a camel. Yay!

It is now officially winter. To me, the first sign of winter is when the roasted chestnut sellers appear. The first sign of summer is when I notice the cicadas for the first time. The first sign of autumn is when we put a blanket on our bed. And the first sign of spring is when I put away my scarves and gloves.

What are your personal seasonal signs?

6 commentaires:

MilkJam a dit…

I leave my gym bag in the car, makes it easy that way!

Glad your salmon turned out yummy - I would have never thought of the salmon poppy seed combo!

Starman a dit…

That was quite the international meeting. A few more members and you could have held an EU summit. Basically, a heart stress test is where you get on a treadmill and go as long as you can. That doesn't work for me because i wouldn't last more than a minute or two. So they sit me in a chair and inject a drug into me which simulates the regular test.

Sara Louise a dit…

A constant stream of houseguests keeps my house clean too :-)

Michel a dit…

We are collecting santons but they are not religious figurines. Rather they are typical Provencal artisans and workers. I think we should start collecting religious figurines so we can have a creche next year.

Starman a dit…

Joyeux Noël!

Starman a dit…

Bon réveillon et meilleurs vœux !

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