72 – Clear creek trail, Silverdale

W72 – Clear creek trail, Silverdale

Après un automne/hiver ultra pluvieux battant tout les records météorologique de la région, la pluie s’est arrêtée plus 24h. Le soleil brille, reboostant mon état d’esprit et réchauffant nos coeurs. Grosse promenade matinale au sentier de Clear creek à Silverdale. J’ai pu jouer avec Ulysse = > courrir, sauter faire les idiots… La grossesse et la naissance de Théo a réduit les moments privilégiés de tête à tête avec mon ainé et cela se voit dans nos intéractions, il me manque, on se manque. Théodore quand à lui profitait de la ballade dans la poussette avec Mamie J 🙂

5 choses pour lesquelles je suis reconnaissante aujourd’hui : Soleil, Carrie, Etre seule dans un café pendant 2h = Mr H, Réfléchir, Ecrire

The rain finally stopped for more than 24h! The past Autumn/Winter season has been the most wet in the region since 1895. The sun is finally shining boosting my mental health and warming up our hearts. We went for a big morning walk at the Clear creek trail in Silverdale. I played with Ulysse -> Run, jump, be silly… The pregnancy and Theo’s birth reduced the quality time we used to spent together and it shows up in our behavior I miss him, we miss each other. Theodore was enjoying the trail from his stroller with Mamie J 🙂

5 things I am thankful for today : Sun, Carrie, Be alone in a coffee shop for 2 hours = Mr H, Reflection, Writing

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What are you thankful for today? / De quoi êtes vous reconnaissant aujourd’hui ?

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Info about Clear creek trail, ici

Info about Seattle’s rain records, ici

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49 – Il a neigé!

W49 – Il a neigé!

I did not grew up in a snowy region back in France. Even if i like snow, i feel more comfortable swimming than skiing 🙂 This was our first snow on the peninsula! Ulysse’s first time really playing with snow too. It was awesome! No school on Friday so we walk down to “the hill” for an appointment at the Kitsap Community Ressource Center. Well, the community center was closed because of the weather.. I did call beforehand to see if they were closed so I was kind of annoyed at first since it felt like a waste of (my) time but got over it pretty fast as we walked through the streets watching kids having a blast with the snow. We walked home and decided to have some fun too. Did not last long outside playing since Ulysse did not have gloves on 🙂 Took the ferry afterwards and met with a friend in Seattle where the snow was already gone by the time we arrived. Big walk  on the waterfront and through Myrtle Edwards Park where we stopped to throw some rocks, crossed on the bridge over the train fret racks (one of Uly’s fav spot) and walked up to the Seattle Center and back to catch the 4.20 ferry.

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Do you like snow?

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More info about The Kitsap Community Ressource Center, here.

More info about the Myrtle Edwards Park, here.

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45 – Chute libre

W45 – Chute libre

I’m falling. Yep, that happened this week.. Picture taken from The Stranger’s article “We’re Fucked” published on Nov 10th. Can someone explain to me why the electoral college is necessary in the USA please? I just cannot wrap my head around the idea that THE PEOPLE elected Hillary Clinton and even so, Donald trump becomes president. How is that democracy? I just wonder how many Americans do not vote because they feel their vote won’t make a change in the state they are to win the electoral college votes.. As I shared my feelings about the results of the election, one of my dear friend Daysha sent me an article from Slate explaining why “The electoral college is an instrument of white supremacy and sexist”.

I suppose i am really struggling with the INDIRECT suffrage because i have had the right to vote DIRECTLY for the French president since i am 18yo.

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What do you think of The Electoral College ?

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The Stranger’s article “We’re Fucked”, here.

Who is Daysha?, here.

Slate’s article “The electoral college is an instrument of white supremacy and sexist”, here.

 

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40 – New passport, new name

W40 – New passport, new name

My french passport expired in August and in order to renew it, I had to go to the French embassy in San Francisco. So this is one of the fun thing i did this week… Before even being able to book the appointment at the embassy, you have to make sure that you are registered as a french citizen living abroad. Of course they ask for French updated ID’s, valid french birth certificate, green card and proof of residency, French picture ID..  I have always been pretty good at being on top of admin papers (and budget) thanks to my mum. It is definitely helpful when you deal with immigration laws in 2 different countries, 2 different languages and that you are frugal/stubborn enough to not get a lawyer. I am really happy i was able to keep my old passport. It is a huge part of our family history and my life for the past 10 years. One of the question I had before the appointment and before traveling internationally with this new passport and which i was not able to find an answer to is: ” If I am adding my married name on my passport how will that affect me going through borders/customs with a green card that just has my maiden name on it?” The girl I met with at the french embassy told me that it was better in my case to add my married name on my passport since my kid only has his father’s name on his passport and that I should make sure to bring, marriage certificate and any serious proof of relationship if i am worried about customs and mismatch names on P & GC.. I was able to get an 1pm appointment at the embassy which let me enough time to fly in the morning, take care of the papers, walked through Market St’s 2016 Prototyping Festival and up to the Alamo park, check out The Painted Ladies, have lunch watching someone play piano in the street and waste time reading/shopping in the Alexander Book Company. My flight was 2h late.. Mr H and sleeping Uly picked me up at Seatac and we made it home by 2am. So thankful for the ride home… Good and long day!

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What is your favorite place in San Francisco?

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Consulate general of France in San Francisco, here.

ID picture requirements, here.

More info about the Market St Prototyping Festival, here.

What are The Painted Ladies? here.

Really cool independent bookstore in SF’s Financial District, here.

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37 – Give me some Pukka Love

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W37 – Give me some Pukka Love

I used to work for a French food/drink sales and marketing consultancy/agency that helps organic producers/brands to launch their products and build their business on the French and German market. I was introduce to the brand Pukka through my old job. I really loved working with their team, the story of the company is really cool and their organic ayurvedic herbal teas are the best. I got SUPER excited when i found some of their products in WA 🙂 I splurged myself with some Pukka Love and drunk it out of a Pukka cup -> Little souvenir from my previous job!

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Do you know anything about Ayurveda?

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More info about Pukka Herbs and Ayurveda, here.

Good book if you wanna know more about Ayurvedic constitution, here.

Pukka’s herbal encyclopedia, here.

More info about Ecolive, here.

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36 – Portland bound!

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W36 – Portland bound!

I love Dahlias and took this pic in front of The London Plane shop in Pionner Square as i was on my way to catch the bus. Going to Portland this weekend for the last workshop of my 200h YTT with the Samarya: Yoga & Social Change of at Unfold Yoga Studio.  The weather was amazing. I caught a Bolt Bus in Seattle on my way in and the Amtrak on my way back, I walked a bunch, stayed in a bunked bed hotel and caught up with Eryn and met really nice people. The workshop was interesting and challenging 🙂

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Where is the weirdest place you have slept overnight?

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More info about the workshop, here.

More info about Unfold yoga studio, here.

More info about the Bolt Bus (pretty cheap!), here.

More info about the Amtrak (not as fast as the bus), here.

More info about the bunked bed hotel, here.

More info about The London Plane restaurant/bakery/flower shop, here.

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35 – What do you see?

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W35 – What do you see?

A new game for Ulysse to play! Open and close the containers, fill them up and empty them (rice/sugar/water/dirt/sand…). Simple everyday tools that help kiddos developing fine motor skills. I have never heard of Maria Montessori’s pedagogy before moving to Seattle 10 years ago. It is very very slowly making it’s way in France… Celine Alvarez (French researcher/author/preschool teacher) has done a fantastic job proving/showing the benefits of a pedagogy based on the natural learning skills of the kids. However, the results of her 3 years research in a test classroom in the lower class Parisian suburb were so good that the French ministry of education asked her to stop the test classroom and quit her job since she was clearly proving the in-efficacy of the actual French (pre)school system. I know that having a free public preschool system is amazing however what if the kids are not actually learning anything through it and it creates more stress and anxiety for everyone? I found it extremely interesting as I loved learning/going to school as a kid but I had to work extra hard to keep average grades.. I would love my kid to attend a Montessori school at some point, however right now it is not possible. The good news is that Ulysse has been accepted in the morning Head Start program this September! Youhou!!

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Have you ever consider homeschooling?

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More info about Maria Montessori’s pedagogy, here.

More info about Celine Alvarez work, here (in french).

“How to in the classroom” practical video guides from Celine Alvarez’s website, here.

What is Head start? here.

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