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train chaos

Posted in Kids, Running, Travel with tags , , , , , , on October 13, 2012 by xi'an

Saturday morning in an omnibus train bound to Granville is not a relaxing experience without one’s noise cancelling headphones! It starts with passengers unable to gather their carriage and seat numbers from their train tickets (“Désolée, c’est ma place.”, “Vous êtes sûre? Je croyais que c’était ici…”, “Je ne rappelais pas de mon numéro de siège.”, “Ce n’est pas la voiture 3?!”, &tc.) Then piling an unbelievable number of rolling trolleys in the aisle, efficiently blocking the corridor. Once everyone is apparently settled, phones start to inanely transfer the information to innumerable correspondents (“Allo, tonton? Je suis dans le train!”, “Oui, j’arrive. Vers midi moins le quart, je crois…”, “J’ai pris mon sac gris, tu sais, le sac gris.”, “J’ai la grande valise, t’inquiète!”, “Tu sais je me suis levé à quelle heure ce matin?”, &tc.) And, thanks to poor quality headphones (for which the retailers should be fined!), providing the whole carriage with syrupy French variety music. Not mentioning the woman behind me travelling with a small girl, a dog, and a wandering cat and insanely spending her time discussing about dogs with another traveller across the aisle. Unsurprisingly leading to her daughter complaining and then crying after a while. Even after ten attempts at reading “Petit ours brun“…)

On a dreary evening…

Posted in Kids with tags , , , , , , on March 5, 2011 by xi'an

My daughter wrote the following funny and absurd to-do-list during a particularly dreary evening:

When you do not know what to do on a dreary evening you can

  • Raise a tent inside your bedroom,
  • Start a pillow-fight with the mirror,
  • Build a rubber duck in another material,
  • Get the breakfast table ready for the next morning,
  • Set all alarm-clocks in the house to 4am,
  • Train for a new signature on several rolls of toilet paper,
  • Order a pizza for the neighbours that are already asleep,
  • Write your memoirs in a book entitled Moi,
  • Sort fruits and vegetables by colour,then by size,
  • Evaluate the average filling time of a sand-glass,
  • Classify the spider webs in the house,
  • Build a temporary bed out of one’s books,
  • Paint one’s bedroom in fluorescent paint that forces monsters away,
  • Hide chocolate eggs all over the house for the next morning,
  • Shoe-shine others’ slippers,
  • Build a temporary bed with eight Kapla boxes,
  • Store letters cut in magazines in preparation for anonymous letters,
  • Post advertising posters in one’s street about the incoming Moi,
  • Create a trendy clothes rack.