Thursday, May 1, 2014


I was hoping that by now I would be able to do a post full of photos of our newly renovated bathroom, but unfortunately it's still not done. We got the new shower installed 2 weeks ago and shortly after that the sanibroyeur and then finally last week the sink and vanity. There were just a few details to finish before it was beautiful and picture ready. And so, naturally, today our shower decided to go en grève. After showering this morning we noticed a rather large puddle of water on the floor and came to discover that some pipe somewhere was leaking. So we ended up having to rip out our brand new shower and are once again sans douche until we manage to redo the évacuation d'eau. And I'm not going to lie, it was quite a blow.  The bathroom renovations have put a lot of stress on me this past month and on top of that I was pretty unhappy to travailler pour la fête du travail  today and this just killed my day even more.

 So, to try to improve my mood, voici some photos of positive, non-bathroom-related things that I've been up to lately.

 We got a beautiful new fridge!  And my friends and family in the US kept making fun of it saying it was only "half a fridge."  Well, I'm sorry if I don't need a $3,000 fridge that is big enough to store food for a family of twenty when it's just Lionel and I!

 I've been out and about quite a bit in Bordeaux recently, meeting up with friends for food, drinks and fun (as I've needed something to help me get through all the stress).  This is la cloche de St. Michel at night.
Porte Cailhau and Place du Palais

La Garonne and the Pont de Pierre

La Grosse Cloche 

I checked out Grind House, the American bar in Bordeaux with some friends.

 I was hoping to meet some fellow Americans there, but alas, the only one I met was the bar's owner.  However, I did get a kick out of the fact that they serve NFL team themed shots (go Cincinnati Bengals!).

And there are American flags everywhere (though I shouldn't have been surprised I suppose).

 Rasteau has been invitng his friends over to play in the we have Rasteau, Le Petit and La Petite meeting up for some fun.  We really need to get more creative with the names however.

 We spent Easter out at the Bassin d'Arcachon.  Easter Sunday was also Lionel's birthday and we went out for lunch with my in-laws at a delightful little restaurant called Le Cabanon.  Afterwards, even though the sun wasn't shining, we went for a walk at le Port de la Hume.

 view of the bassin from le Port de la Hume

So all in all, despite the ongoing bathroom issues and renovations, the past few weeks haven't been completely horrible!  I just have to keep reminding myself of that when the stress starts to get overwhelming!  And if all goes well (meaning our bathroom doesn't explode or something) we have plans for a pretty enjoyable weekend. 


  1. That's nice that Rasteau gets along with the neighbor cats. Tartiflette has decided that the white cat that prowls the parking lot is her "ennemi juré" and they hiss and try to attack each other through the window.

    And if it's any consolation, our wall is still not repaired from when our cabinet fell down on Christmas, so we're still storing a lot of stuff on the ground in the kitchen...

    1. Unfortunately Rasteau doesn't get along with all the neighborhood cats, but there are a ton of them so I suppose that would be too much to ask for. He really just gets along well with these two. He generally ignores most of the other ones, and they ignore him as well. And then there is his sworn enemy, the gigantic black and white cat who is king of the neighborhood and the terror of all the other cats. There have been quite a few battles and Rasteau always loses...a few times he even ended up at the vet as a result...