Currently July 2023

Currently | 07.16.23

15 years ago today I published my first blog post. I was coming off a creative writing course at UC Berkeley where I learned about this “format” of writing and I was in love. LOTS has changed for the How and the What when it comes to blogging but never the Why.

I decided not to do a recap post this year. Anniversary posts from the early days have been blown away, but I still have some that are around, in case you want to walk down memory lane with me:

Andi Drinking Champagne

Instead, I decided to run an anniversary sale on everything in Le Shop, something I haven’t done before.

Use promo code MWA15 for 15% off anything in my online store, no matter the price. 

In addition, when you purchase anything in Le Shop you can enter to win one of two prize packages I am giving away between now and the end of July. Just take your order number and enter it here.

I have two new physical products that I added to the shop. I went back into the vault and am selling several À-la-carte Maps that I have held onto for years. I have maps for Barcelona, Vancouver, and San Francisco left.

Paris Travel Notebook
New item in Le Shop: Paris Travel Notebook

I also have an exclusive Twigs Paper Paris Notebook. This eco-friendly notebook was only available as part of a 3-notebook travel set with London and New York. But I worked out a deal with Twigs, bought out their stock of Paris, and have the last ones that will ever be available.

Now, onto July and what's happening in the Misadventures world.

Monthly Musings | Barbie

So let's talk about Barbie. As a little girl, I was actually very much a tomboy so I didn't play with a lot of Barbies. I was more the Bionic Woman, Wonder Woman, or Sabrina of the Charlie's Angels doll kind of girl. The new Barbie movie was just a blip in my peripheral vision when it comes to summer movies.

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But then I came across this Architectural Digest video in which Margot Robbie tours the inside of the Barbie Dreamhouse and I found it fascinating. I always appreciate when directors such as Greta Gerwig go to obsessive steps to get a series or a film absolutely perfect when it comes to costumes and the set.

Time wrote about how Barbie came to life. The New York Times (paywall) published a great article on the history of the Barbie Dreamhouse as well. The Week wrote about the evolution of Barbie's design over the years. Finally, take a look at every Barbie-Inspired look from Margot Robbie's Press Tour.

And relating it all back to France, the team that approved the French movie poster for Barbie was probably not a native speaker, or at least someone familiar with a lot of slang as is explained in this article from InStyle magazine: The French ‘Barbie' Poster Is Going Viral For a Very Raunchy Double Entendre – hilarious!

More French ties:

More musings:

Watching | Apple TV+

Every week we watch the new episodes released from our favorite French series on MHz Choice. (They are definitely losing money with us!) We burn through them very quickly. We only watch the French series, but they have series from all over the world.

I mentioned a few times in my Frenchie Friday email that we were watching Walking Dead as we had stopped at season 8 the first time around. We now remember why we stopped watching. And we have stopped watching again. We stopped watching at season 7. Season 7 episode 1 to be precise. The violence in an already violent show got to be grotesque and left a bad taste in our mouths.

Apple TV Series and living room scene

That caused us to flip over to Apple TV+ by which time the entire first season of Silo was complete. We gobbled that up and moved on to Hijack which we are painstakingly watching from week to week. I hate watching shows this way as I prefer to have all the episodes in a season available to watch, but it is what it is.

We then watched Extrapolations which I loved. It was really interesting to see the world a few decades at a time. I kept imagining how old I would be and what I would be doing in the situations presented in the series. The last episode ends in 2070 when I would be 100 years old!

We are now re-watching season 1 of Foundation in preparation for season 2.

Also watched:

  • Re-watched Eiffel (available with Amazon Prime) which we saw in France when it originally came out. It is a beautiful and poignant story about Gustave Eiffel during the time he was building the Eiffel Tower and once you see what the tower represents at the end, you can never unsee it.
  • Movie-wise we watched Fast X, Guardians of the Galaxy 3, and Kandahar.

Can't Wait to Watch:

Reading | Same Time Next Summer

I hope to finish this book and then start and finish Meet Me at the Lake this week while on vacation. Easy-breezy summer reading.

I added several new books to my Frenchie Finds Summer edition if you are interested.


Will There Be Wine?

I had a nice chat with Whitney Cubbison, an American in Paris and an author who just published her first book, Will There Be Wine?

In her own words: It is a romcom about the dating misadventures of an expat American divorcee in Paris. Think Emily in Paris, but for an older, more mature crowd with sharper wit, more realism, and more depth.

The story is also very much about female friendships, travel, cross-cultural intrigue, and of course… wine. It’s the perfect Summer read. It's quick, fun, witty, and filled with love (or maybe, lust?).

Up Next…

Best Bite | Fresh Summer Salad with Tomatoes + Peaches

Back in this neck of the woods, peach season and tomato season are well underway and we are enjoying the fruits of the North Carolina summer. I have already made my SALAD several times!

Finished Peach and Tomato Salad

Last month I raved about the new Atkins Creamy Root Beer Float and wouldn’t you know it was included during the Amazon Prime days so I grabbed a case because I do not know if it is going to be a long-term flavor or not. I hope it is!

Working On | Paris Letters

Today I launched a new project called Paris Letters. I have teamed up with a wonderful new illustrator and created this monthly subscription. Each month you will receive a beautiful 3-or-4 page illustrated letter from Paris. It’s a way to dream and enjoy Paris every month.

Paris Letters Month to Month Subscription

There are 3 tiers of pricing:

Feeling | Excited

This week we are heading to the Roan Mountains in Tennessee to do some camping and hiking. 

We were supposed to be in Paris in March but the retirement restructuring demonstrations changed our plans, so now we will be leaving in mid-September. But from January to September is a long time without vacation when you work in corporate America, as I do.

Let’s hope it is a little cooler than it has been in the Raleigh-Durham area recently. Or what my Mom is experiencing in Phoenix.

camping sign

We have been doing 7-9 mile hikes every weekend and 5-mile hikes during the week. We are building up our endurance for some longer hikes we are doing in the Southwest at the end of the year.

A month in France will also be good training! You can walk 10 miles in a single day in Paris without blinking an eye!

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  1. Happy blog birthday my friend!

  2. Amber Myers says:

    I am so excited for the Barbie movie. We have tickets to see it Saturday. That Dreamhouse looks fabulous.

  3. Isn’t it exciting when you have blog anniversaries!? Congrats to you and 15 years. Also, I really want to see the Barbie movie too. I can’t wait for it to come out.

  4. Tara Pittman says:

    Congrats on 15 years. It was so fun to go down memory lane with you.

  5. Megan | Copy Girl Creatives says:

    Congratulations on 15 years! When most blogs don’t make it a few months, that’s a big accomplishment!

  6. Susan JoyAmongChaos says:

    I’m dying to read “Will There Be Wine?” And congratulations on your 15th anniversary! You have such a cute blog!

  7. Happy anniversary! 15 years it´s an important data. It´s a lot of work and involvement! You did a wonderful job!

  8. Congrats to you on your 15 years blog anniversary. I am sure you must be feeling surreal. Also loved the idea of Paris letters.

  9. Happy 15th blogiversary, Andi! Your journey as a blogger is truly inspiring. I love how you’re celebrating with an anniversary sale and the addition of new products in Le Shop. Your Monthly Musings and recommendations make your blog a delightful and engaging read. Can’t wait to explore Paris Letters! Enjoy your camping and hiking trip, and have an amazing time in France come September! 🎉🥂🏕️

  10. Congratulations on the birth of your blog, your success will continue on. My friend

  11. Marie Gizelle says:

    Congratulations on your 15th anniversary, and to your beautiful blog as well! I will surely get your a-la-carte maps when needed! Here’s to more blogging years!

  12. Melanie E says:

    Oh wow, 15 years of blogging, that’s pretty amazing!!!! Happy bloggerversary. I hope you have fun camping and hiking.

  13. You have me super intrigued by Eiffel. I need to watch that with my husband.

  14. That Paris notebook is so cute! I also want to check out Mission Impossible. I feel like the summer is flying by and there is still so much I want to do.

  15. Everything Enchanting says:

    Happy blog anniversary and thanks for the sale promo code ❤️. I would love to watch Mission Impossible 6 and the Dial of Destiny too!

  16. congratulations on 15 years of blogging.. and like you, i was not a barbie girl when younger but do love the Aqua song … and enjoyed watching the Barbie character in the Toy story movies.. and my daughter was also somehow not into Barbies or princess dolls much but instead played with her brother’s legos and Dora was one of her favorites.. But now, I am hoping to see the movie

  17. It’s definitely cooler in North Carolina than Phoenix. 🙂 Have fun in Tennessee!