27 November 2008

jokes at 3 francesco gianni

so last weekend was a joke at 3 f. gianni. to begin with, abbie and i have been loaded down with work,
which isn't so bad in the grand scheme of things. keeps us busy. palma has work most days when we're
home, so we've been moving around the apartment, having breakfast and tea at our leisure, that sort
of thing. the apartment is freezing, because they use heat sparingly here, which i totally side with, don't
get me wrong, but sometimes when it's cold, and abbie has an awful cold, it's okay to turn the heat on.
but our radiator was broken last weekend. it was dripping buckets. buck-ets. like three buckets a day.
and it took half a week to get it fixed. but it works now, so long as we 'don't touch the radiator'. joke
central. last friday was funny. abbie and i didn't have class, so we thought that we would go to coop to
get fixings for lunch. we came home and started to make sandwiches in the kitchen... when... palma
runs into the kitchen with her pants half down freaked out that we're using her kitchen. she then
proceeded to sit and watch us eat lunch. it was weird and territorial and funny and sad all at once.



i know we rag on palma for being a control freak, but damn, she knows how to keep a
kitchen spotless. and we love it.




this is an excerpt from palma's really intense magnet collection. i like how the bumble bee has
it's arm around the giraffe. i think i might give her one of my chicago magnets. maybe...



this is the t. set that gets us through those long awkward moments at dinner when we don't
know what to say in italian anymore. my favorite show is la botola, a talent show where the
losers get dumped into a pool through a trapdoor in the floor of the stage. we also watch a
game show involving questions and money, and then after, always the news. abbie and i always
get so stoked when we see obama on tv. he's our homely guru, and we love him.



this is THE calendar. i.e. where she writes things like 'no sandy per cena' (sandy won't be
at dinner tonight). notice that she spelled abbie's name incorrectly twice on the 12th and
13th of november [NO ABY, NO ABFE].

i'd say that the cherry on the cake of this whole experience has been the food. when her
mother and father were living with us for the first two months, the dinners were amazing
though a bit too filling... either way, one of the first phrases we learned was 'molto buono'
i.e. dinner is delicious. after her parents returned to the south, we wondered if the quality
of food was going to go downhill. yes, we've had fishsticks more than our fair share of nights
[not joking.. fishsticks, with ketchup], but we were pleasantly surprised that the food was
still molto buono... until we opened the freezer to see dinners for the last month of our
stay at palma's pre-made and frozen by guess who... palma's mother. here's proof:





but sometimes when palma isn't home, and we don't have class until the afternoon,
abbie and i make tea and stand on the balcony. and for the moment, it feels as if 3 f. gianni
is our home.


19 November 2008

Oh Champs-Élysées

okay okay, things have settled down here. i went to paris last weekend, and guess what... I DIDN'T LOSE ANYTHING. my life is already back on track!! paris was completely out of this world amazing. take new york city, make everyone speak fluent french, and put the eiffel tower there instead of the statue of liberty, and you basically have paris.

i did:
the louvre
the musee d'orsay
the champs - elysees
the eiffel tower
the pere lachaise cemetery (where jim morrison is buried)
sacre couer
notre dame
arc de triomphe
saw sigur ros in concert [!!!!!!!!!!]
indian food
tibetan food
japanese food [twice]
averaged two crepes a day
and bought a piece of chocolate that was 4.20

everyone there is fabulous and dresses extremely well. let's take a note from the french and be less lazy.




open-air market





the pere lachaise cemetery



my favorite bowls in the world



notre dame from the seine




candles in notre dame




inside notre dame



winged sculpture [louvre]



people taking pictures of mona lisa [louvre]



assyrian art from intro classes [louvre]



medici cycle by rubens [louvre]



spiral stairs [louvre]




me in the pyramid [louvre]



arc de triomphe



view from the fifth story balcony [musee d'orsay]



immortal naploeon sculpture by rude [musee d'orsay]



view of paris [sacre couer]


the park from "amelie" and sacre couer



walking to the eiffel tower



eiffel tower at night

12 November 2008

I AM GOING NUTS

HI MY NAME IS SANDY. LAST WEEK I LOST MY IPOD, CAMERA, AND WALLET. I HAVE NO MONEY AND NO CREDIT CARDS. THEN I WENT TO ROME AND HUNG OUT WITH A PACK OF SAVAGES. THEN I LEFT MY WINTER COAT IN THE CLOSET AT THE HOTEL IN ROME. AFTER CALLING THE HOTEL, THEY TOLD ME THAT MY JACKET IS NOW GONE. THANKS FOR TAKING MY JACKET HOTEL.

I'M READY TO COME HOME. ITALY IS TRASHY.
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