Currently | 04.18.18
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Watching | Marseille & Gad Elmaleh
> Okay, yes I’m a francophile so I am always going to gravitate to French shows when I can, but Marseille is one of Netflix’s top international series. It takes place in France’s second largest city and is a political thriller. I like it, but then again, I am biased. I also loved watching one of my favorite French comedians doing comedy in English. Gad Elmaleh moved to the US last year to challenge himself (believe me, he doesn’t have to, he is a HUGE star in France) and to learn English well enough to do a show. His first show was Gad Gone Wild and his most recent one that I saw this past month is American Dream.
Reading | All About Saguaros
> I’m fascinated with these unique cacti only found in the Sonoran desert, so I am reading up on them. Plus I found out I’ve been totally pronouncing it wrong, I’ve been saying the “g” where in reality it is: Sa – WAH – ro! Won’t be a local until I get the names right! I’m also finishing Paris in Stride, one of the new books I recommended in the spring edition of my francophile library. It arrived just in time for my trip to Paris this weekend.
Working On | Updating Older Content
> This July Misadventures with Andi celebrates its 10-year blogiversary. At 2-3 blog posts a week (and not counting a year or 2 I blogged every day) that’s a lot of blog posts! I cleaned up a nice chunk with the site redesign, but that also left a lot of older posts that could use updates, new images, and a little attention.
Feeling | Excited for Paris
> I will be working from Paris for 2 weeks starting next week. It will be our first time renting an Airbnb but I can’t wait. It is going to be so great to have a kitchen and live like a Parisian. We don’t have a lot of set plans, we are just going to avoid the strike drama and go with the flow.
Planning | A summer escape
> We moved to Phoenix last year on the hottest days of the year – June 19-21 and while I had a brief reprieve during my time at BlogHouse Indy, I remember the heat well. We are plotting some escape routes.
Loving | The table.
> I’ve always wanted a big farm table for outside. My friends in Sonoma have one in their backyard and every time we went to harvest their grapes and then enjoy a lovely meal outside (here and here), it further reinforced the idea that I wanted a big table for outdoor eating. We finally got our table! My uncle does woodworking as a hobby and his work is amazing, he built us a table using locally harvested wood from an “urban forester” and the result was exactly what we wanted. We’ve had breakfast outside every morning and even gotten to have lunch on cooler days – we are in love!
My Favorite Photo | One Smart Burro
We had a lot of fun exploring Route 66 a couple of weekends ago. We started in Flagstaff with Oatman as our end game and made a few stops along the way. Oatman was the real treat with is town burros who roam around allowing themselves to be fed and photographed. This guy had the ultimate game plan, he just stood at one of the stands where you could buy burro food!
Bonus | Scottsdale Culinary Festival
I checked out my first local food festival this past weekend when we hit the Scottsdale Culinary Festival. It was a day I said carbs be damned while enjoying several delicious local brews and restaurant bites. You can check out photos on Instagram.
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