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It’s the end of the year

Every year, I like to do this meme. But this time, with a tweak.

1. What did you do in 2012 that you’d never done before?

Going on holiday alone

2. Did you keep your New Years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I didn’t make any resolution last year.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

No

4. Did anyone close to you die?

No

5. What countries did you visit?

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6. What would you like to have in 2013 that you lacked in 2012?

7. What date from 2012 will remain etched upon your memory?

March 20

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8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Getting recognized as an expert in my field.

9. What was your biggest failure?

A friendship lost.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

No.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

A camera

12. Where did most of your money go?

Traveling

13. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

Going to New York.

14. What song/album will always remind you of 2012?

15. Compared to this time last year, are you:

1. Happier or sadder? Happier.
2. Thinner or fatter? The same.
3. Richer or poorer? Richer.

16. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Traveling, traveling, traveling.

17. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Working.

18. Who did you spend the most time on the phone with?

B. and my mom.

19. Did you fall in love in 2012?

See n°6.

20. What was your favourite TV programme?

21. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

Yes.

22. What was the best book(s) you read?

Dormir avec ceux qu’on aime – Gilles Leroy

23. What did you want and get?

An iPad. Twice.

24. What did you want and not get?

My own apartment.

25. What were your favourite films of this year?

If you could go back in time

 

26. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

Going out with friends.

27. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

A thing called love.

28. What kept you sane?
Friends and family.

29. What political issue stirred you the most?

The political fracture in my country.

30. Who did you miss?

B., my former editor, a friend of mine who moved abroad, all of the journalists I met in New York.

31. Who was the best new person you met?

D.

32. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2012.

Never force people to love you.

33. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year?

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It’s the end of the year, but not the end of the world.

Here’s the end of the year. Time for doing this meme.

1. What did you do in 2011 that you’d never done before? Pilates. Investigating for writing a new kind of articles.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I don’t know if I kept my resolutions. All I know is that I’m leaving 2011 with more maturity.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? Yes.

4. Did anyone close to you die? No

5. What countries did you visit? Switzerland, Great Britain, France, Italy, Czech Republic.

6. What would you like to have in 2012 that you lacked in 2011? Mutual love. And peace.

7. What dates from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? February 10: the day my editor announced he was leaving my newsroom. My professional world felt apart.

July 14: The day I learned B. went on holiday in the South of France, in his property, with his (ex)-wife.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Managing to get a public speech thanks to my blog.

9. What was your biggest failure? Failing to forget about B.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury? Yes.

11. What was the best thing you bought? A citrus press.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration? Silvio Berlusconi, for quitting for good politics.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? Silvio Berlusconi, Nicolas Sarkozy, the whole interim Belgian government, politicians in general who just blame everything but are unable to come with a solution to solve this crisis.

14. Where did most of your money go? travels.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? Going to the opera. The Prince concert too.

16. What song will always remind you of 2011?

Viva Italia! And viva the protesters around the world!

17. Compared to this time last year, are you: (a) happier or sadder? (b) thinner or fatter? (c) richer or poorer?

Happier. Neither thinner nor fatter. Richer.

20. How did you spend Christmas?

With my family and my sister’s chihuahua. I offered to my sister a infrared thermometer and she spent the day taking my family temperature, including her and her dog. On our way back to home, she wanted to be tested for alcohol, but we didn’t see the police on the road. She only wanted to have her picture with an alcohol test.

21. Did you fall in love in 2011?

No.

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? No.

24. What was the best book you read? Rien ne s’oppose à la nuit.

25. What was your greatest musical discovery? The Joy Formidable

26. What did you want and get? A nice wedding for my sister.

27. What did you want and not get? I wanted to have B. back in my life.

28. What was your favorite film of this year? Bridesmaids.

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

Work.

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?  Finding the right man. But that would have been the cherry on top of my cake.

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2011?

There’s improvement.

32. What kept you sane? My friends and family.

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? L. Zingales.

34. What political issue stirred you the most? The debt crisis.

35. Who did you miss? my former editor.

36. Who was the best new person you met? M., my cousin’s girlfriend.

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2011. If there’s a will, there’s a way.

38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

Lost in thought and lost in time
While the seeds of life and the seeds of change were planted
Outside the rain fell dark and slow
While I pondered on this dangerous but irresistible pastime
I took a heavenly ride through our silence
I knew the moment had arrived
For killing the past and coming back to life


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Too difficult

It’s been two weeks I’ve been on dating sites, and so far, I haven’t got any good result. I’m about to meet tomorrow a guy I chatted one day with. But I’m really afraid because this has gone too quickly for my taste. Maybe tomorrow, I won’t go. I’m  afraid I won’t like the guy.

For the second, now that I think about it, maybe he’s simply not interested at all. I was the one who sent him an email. I thought he and I had many common points. But it turned out he didn’t bother to leave me long emails, just short ones. And he seemed more interested by my career as a journalist than for who I am. He’s not curious about me, apart from that.

The other emails I received are either from guys who want to get laid, or from guys who looked like they are single like forever. Those are really nice, but they sound a bit desperate, and frankly, this doesn’t appeal to me at all. And most of them are way too old/ too ugly/too short/ too dumb/ have an open conflict with grammar and writing.

I know that I’m difficult. But online dating just leaves me cold. It lacks an important thing: human interaction. Personally, I can’t fall in love with just an image and a profile, and some emails.

Love takes time to develop. I don’t believe in love at first sight.

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A little test

Give it a try…

Your result for Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn? Or Someone Else? Mad Men-era Female Icon Quiz

You Are a Jackie!

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You are a Jackie.  “I do everything the right way.”

Jackies are realistic, conscientious, and principled. They strive to live up to their high ideals.

How to Get Along with Me

* Take your share of the responsibility so I don’t end up with all the work.

* Acknowledge my achievements.

* I’m hard on myself. Reassure me that I’m fine the way I am.

* Tell me that you value my advice.

* Be fair and considerate, as I am.

* Apologize if you have been unthoughtful. It will help me to forgive.

* Gently encourage me to lighten up and to laugh at myself when I get uptight, but hear my worries first.

What I Like About Being a Jackie

* Being self-disciplined and able to accomplish a great deal

* Working hard to make the world a better place

* Having high standards and ethics; not compromising myself

* Being reasonable, responsible, and dedicated in everything I do

* Being able to put facts together, coming to good understandings, and figuring out wise solutions

* Being the best I can be and bringing out the best in other people

What’s Hard About Being a Jackie

* Being disappointed with myself or others when my expectations are not met

* Feeling burdened by too much responsibility

* Thinking that what I do is never good enough

* Not being appreciated for what I do for people

* Being upset because others aren’t trying as hard as I am

* Obsessing about what I did or what I should do

* Being tense, anxious, and taking things too seriously

Jackies as Children Often

* Criticize themselves in anticipation of criticism from others

* Refrain from doing things that they think might not come out perfect

* Focus on living up to the expectations of their parents and teachers

* Are very responsible; may assume the role of parent

* Hold back negative emotions (“good children aren’t angry”)

Jackies as Parents

* Teach their children responsibility and strong moral values

* Are consistent and fair

* Discipline firmly

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End of the year meme

I stole this one from various blogs

1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before? Running for a prestigious award in financial journalism (finger-crossed)

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I don’t make resolutions. I just set some little goals and try to stick to it.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? Yep, adorable twins.

4. Did anyone close to you die? Yes

5. What countries did you visit? Italy, France, Creta

6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008? Success. In every domain.

7. What dates from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? July 14. Big nervous breakdown.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Managing to write better articles.

9. What was your biggest failure?  Running into one of the walls of my house with my car.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury? Yes.

11. What was the best thing you bought? A pair of lovely shoes, with high heels, and comfortable.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration? ???

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? My boss. Appalled, but not depressed, though.

14. Where did most of your money go? clothes

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? The Sex and the City movie.

16. What song will always remind you of 2008?

17. Compared to this time last year, are you: (a) happier or sadder? (b) thinner or fatter? (c) richer or poorer? Sadder. Neither thinner nor fatter. Richer.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of? Wear more skirts.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of? Be less shy.

20. How did you spend Christmas? With lots of food and drink.

21. Did you fall in love in 2008? Many times. Mostly with shoes.

22. What was your favorite TV program? Little Britain.

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? Oh, yeah.

24. What was the best book you read? Eat, pray, love from Elizabeth Gilbert

25. What was your greatest musical discovery? Fiction Plane.

26. What did you want and get?  a camera.

27. What did you want and not get? The list is too long.

28. What was your favorite film of this year? Close Encounters of the third kind.

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? I cursed the fact I’m 30 now.

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? I’m never satisfied.

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008? Boring.

32. What kept you sane? My friends and family. My man.

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? MJK!

34. What political issue stirred you the most? Oh, my country has been plagued with a huge political crisis. And we’re not yet out of the wood.

35. Who did you miss? Bloggers. I haven’t been that much regular.

36. Who was the best new person you met?  B.?

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008. Never say anything bad about the others.

38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year. 

“Who knows exactly what I’m after?
Nite and Fog are my days”

If you read this, considered yourself tagged!
 

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Odd movies

There are films with a heavy, controversial theme that can leave an unforgettable print in your head and that you know that once you have seen it, you won’t feel the same afterwards. An example?

The Night Porter

Disturbing like it’s not permitted. It still haunts me now. I don’t know what’s bothering me the most in that movie: the weird relationship between the charachters played by Charlotte Rampling and Dirk Bogarde (in fact, I’m a bit fascinated by this, that’s what bothers me), the recurring flashbacks into the Second World War,

Another one? 

Last tango in Paris

I hated it, I still hate it now.

So, what are the movies that left you an unforgettable print?

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