Thursday, June 10, 2010

Look What the Postman Brought....

Don't know what it is? Well then I'll tell you. Now that I dare, that is. You see, I haven't mentioned this to many people, really only to a very select few, for fear of having the opposite response circled when it came in the post and having to tell everyone that I was "insuffisant".

Luckily, and after 2 nailbiting days, I don't have to do that and so now I can shout it from the rooftops.

I'm legal!

Yes friends, I have finally passed my French driving test. First go too! And such a huge relief as this has actually been keeping me up at night and causing anxiety attacks at 5 am. With this in hand, I can now stop ducking behind cars when getting into my own for fear that the driving school will see me. And I can stop tensing up everytime the gendarmes are out doing random road checks. Oh the freedom!

Before you think very poorly of me, you must understand. I do, of course have a driving license, and have for quite a long time. However, I had yet to acquire a valid European one. Life kept getting in the way and finding time to take driving lessons while raising 3 kids and running a business is not an easy task. I believe I was probably the only person driving myself to the auto école and surely the only one popping into her car after a driving lesson to go pick up children at school. The whole French license thing was causing a slight technical glitch in my life that I was having a rather difficult time dealing with.

But now it's all behind me, thank goodness! I did show my results page to a friend who commented with a chuckle that where I lost the most points during my exam was settling myself into the car and adjusting the seat, review mirrors and seatbelt. Of course, I did do all of this, but apparently while the inspector was not watching. Logically, however, he should have known this. After all, the candidate prior to me stood about 6ft2. It's a matter of practicality really. At only 5ft2 myself, we'd hardly have been able to leave the parking lot let alone complete an entire exam if I wasn't able to reach the pedals!

But no matter, I can live with that. And with a huge weight taken off my shoulders too!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

My Blog is Carbon Neutral


I'm so excited about this! It's just what I've been looking for and need!

We all assume that if we're blogging and reading the news on the internet, we're using less paper and thus we're doing a good thing for the environment. At least, that's what I thought, until one fateful day.

You see, I'm a news junkie. I start every morning with a cup of tea and a browse on the internet through cnn.com, boston.com (got to stay in touch with back home), lemonde.fr, lesoir.be and bbc.co.uk. I told you, news junkie! I had been under the impression that this was a good thing environmentally speaking as fewer newspapers. That is until a few months ago when I read an article about the carbon footprint of the internet and was hit smack in the face with the reality of it. Since then, I'll be honest, I've rethought my internet use which isn't an easy thing when one's business and addictions rely on it. But it's a concern for me and thus it's been there in the back of my mind, worrying me.

Well today, while looking through a blog, I found this programme, Mach's Grün!, that plants a tree for every blog participating. The tree, in turn, neutralises the carbon footprint of my blog for 50 years according to them. Incredible!

I love it when people take intiatives like this and hope you will too. Please join!