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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The back story of Newsweek (Issue for the weeks of June 28 qnd July 5, 2010) stated the total defense spending for 2008 was 696,268,000,000.00 dollars.

So I assume that on top of paying our soldiers, paying for weapons, and warfare, this also includes the more mundane stuff, such as-healthcare for soldiers, their families, retired soldiers and their dependents, and outsourcing to civilians (which keeps my sister, dad and brother, as well as 50 percent of my friends employed).

But you cant help but ask yourself, we are willing to spend almost 700 billion dollars on our military (12 times more than China, who has triple our population, according to the same article), and we cant even entertain the thought of socializing (properly, I mean, like its done here in France) our healthcare?


Tuesday, August 17, 2010

I think I will punch the next European who tries to tell me what kinds of food/drink I consume in the United States.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Return to France/Vacay recap

After two and a half blissful weeks of English, I am back in O-town.

A short synopsis of my life since July 9, 2010:
Antoine arranged for a weekend in Haute Savoie for us, before I began a grueling two weeks of becoming a full time mom. We headed down to Evian and stayed in his Dads house, which is in the process of being converted to a bed and breakfast. The top floor was a newly restored flat zhich was modern, airy, and beautiful. Saturday we went to Annecy to tour around and go paddle boating, and laid in the grass in a park for quite a while. He dropped me off in a small village t outside of Geneva. As we were driving along, we realised that we had driven past the house. G had said on the phone that we should just "look for a big gate and a lot of trees," we soon found chez de Francais which was in fact Chateau de Francais.

Built during the French Revolution, the castle that we stayed in could sleep at least 30 people. According to what I pieced together and what Antoine asked O, the house is passed down through the daughters, not the sons. This family can trace their tree back to the middle ages.

I stayed in the top floor with all the kids. Fortunately I had my own room, but we all shared a bathroom, so I was woken up several times a night by children loudly tip-toeing through my room.

The bonus was that I had my own kitchen, so I was responsible for making lunch for the kiddies, which sounds like it sucked, but it was nice to have no one meddling.

Midway through the week I got a nice surprise from Antoine-he had cancelled his trip to Romania and would be returning to Haute Savoie to spend another weekend with me!

Monday, August 9, 2010


So I've been on vacation for about a month now. First two weeks were technically working, okay not technically, definitely. The last two I've been in the United States! I am writing this post instead of packing and getting my life together. I leave this evening to London then get into Glasgow tomorrow morning, UK time.

I assume I will recommence blogging when I get back on the other side of the Atlantic.