I have a big problem… I over-analyze things.

Why can’t I just close my eyes and take a leap.

I guess I’m just too practical… too realistic.

And it doesn’t help that I’ve been hurt too many times.   😦



Love is a risk

but I have to be able to discern first…  is this really “love”???

coz if it’s not, then it’s not worth taking a leap.


Grosses bises  ♥  Etoile

French 101: The French Alphabet

I have been practicing my “French” on Duolingo and I’m amazed at how much fluency the app thinks I have reached. Marked improvement, eh? Anyway, I didn’t even think that I should have started to learn the alphabet first to understand why some words sound that way. So here I am showing you one of the best tutorial videos I’ve seen.

Anyway,  while I was doing my thing, I remembered this scene from Friends (one of my All Time fave TV shows!) where Phoebe was teaching Joey some basic French and he was acting like it was so easy but whatever was coming out of his mouth didn’t make sense at all. It was crazy!!! I died laughing! hahaha

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So, I found this video on youtube that’s great.

Alexa is excellent… and funny. I think I may have to stick with her.   😉

So here are the alphabets. And thank goodness they’re so similar to English and Spanish. I’m still struggling with the pronunciation but I’m getting there.


Here are some words that coincide with the letters.


Have fun with this… til the next one.

Grosses bises  ♥  Etoile

20170103 – The Real Reason the French Work Less Than Americans Do — TIME

Reblogged from Pimpf:


I think whoever thought of “coordination benefit” is brilliant. But what???!!! The French have 25 “federally mandated” vacation days in a year? say what???!!! I’m lucky if I got 2 weeks.   😦   But I’m in management so I’m able to bank some hours.
How I wish the US will be able to catch up on this trend. No wonder a lot of us is going nuts… all work no play makes Etoile a dull chick… well, not really, I embrace work-life balance. I haven’t totally unpacked and I’m already planning at least 2 trips overseas this years and maybe a couple other local trips.


Excerpt:  That situation also led to what Sacerdote called a “coordination benefit.” France, for example, has 25 federally-mandated vacation days, allowing most employees in the country to be off at the same time. That way, productivity doesn’t suffer in the same way that it would if people staggered their vacation days. (Source: Time.com)


Thanks for sharing, Pimpf!


Grosses bises  ♥  Etoile

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When the French government instituted a policy that will allow employees to disconnect from work email while they’re not in the office, effective at the start of 2017, many American workers may have looked across the ocean with jealousy. Though the new French law doesn’t set any hard-and-fast rules, it’s designed to help workers limit…

via The Real Reason the French Work Less Than Americans Do — TIME

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