BONNIEBONNEAU's SparkPeople Blog BONNIEBONNEAU's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Jacklyn Smith’s Pants <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Today, wanted to change our topic a little – back to living here, In this city called Paris – <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> One of the first things, I noticed here, looking at the women, is how much thinner they are, compared to the USA. This is a general fact, known to most people – but what is not common knowledge, it the lack of ‘working out ‘, t... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 05:24:21 EST sewing question <img src=""> <BR> <BR> bonjour, <BR> i want to ask everyone, a sewing question <BR> i am looking for a good you tube video <BR> on how to insert elastic , into a skirt <BR> by hand - ha ha <BR> <BR> yes i have a machine, but i need my dining table to set up, and that is <BR> under my kitchen cabinets ... yep :( <BR> <BR> so if you have a good one, plse send to me <BR> merci Wed, 14 Jan 2015 00:29:36 EST Paris Attack <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Its leaking out in the press, that these brothers, attended a Mosque, where this was preached. Here is my question - why , do they allow this to be preached ?? Is there not a head of the area, who could shut down this kind of speech ?? <BR> <BR> There is also talk on the french TV, that , things need to change here, but they don't know, how much to change yet , the media announced today, that over 5,000 possibl... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 16:05:58 EST Paris Terror Attack Bonjour, <BR> I am still here, <BR> this happened about 10 blocks from where I work <BR> <BR> this is now my 2nd attack that I lived through <BR> the first was WTC the first bombing <BR> and now this attack <BR> <BR> over a comic newspaper, that makes fun of everything, <BR> even the Pope , but I do not see, Christians , killing over this <BR> <BR> its so sad, <BR> <BR> <link><BR>0710777 </link> Thu, 8 Jan 2015 01:32:14 EST 3 Seconds Sermon <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Once upon a Christmas Day, there was a young lady, who lived in a very strange land called – ‘Quoi’. This land spoke a very strange language, one that Abby, did not understand, though she tried all the time, with CD’s and language class. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well, one Christmas Day, Abby found herself attending a church service, that was on... Thu, 25 Dec 2014 15:42:26 EST Christmas Tree in petite salon <img src=""> <BR> <BR> well, Christmas is coming, and i have been working getting this home, in the spirit .. so for the Petite Salon - i put up a small white tree, i have been liking these white trees , they allow, the light colored ornaments to stand out ..and i have been fixed on this ' ice blue ', for winter, for a long time now .. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> ALSO, if anyone c... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 01:33:03 EST Happy Birthday Coco !! Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel (19 August 1883 – 10 January 1971) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It’s a sunny day in Paris, with a blue sky and fat, white puffy clouds slowly moving across the city. There is a small wind, that requires a jacket in the morning & evening. This day should be a holiday in France – it is not. <BR> <BR> I have fallen back into an old school format – where summers were spent reading novels. I am glad, that I n... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:58:40 EST Book Review - What not to Wear - first book <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I was hoping these ladies would be the perfect teacher for me - i was wrong. First - most women have multi issuers at the same time ( i am 5'4", with a C-cup & a tummy) this book, breaks down the body into parts - and deals with dressing ' the problem part ' , BUT sometimes, dressing for one body part - will not work for the other body part !! ugh ! What I really did not like - is how they ' posed for the worst lo... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:59:51 EST Foot Rest & Star Wars <img src=""> <BR> <BR> well, <BR> i finally had to deal with the foot issue - that started months ago the MD, who saw my foot, has written to my work - that I need to be out for 3 wks, due to this issue so here i am - trying to prep for tax return 2013 , due in oct ( tons of receipts to scan) , and watching Star Wars movies ( this plot is so complicated !! i can't belv this was so popular ) yesterday, the foot doc - shot me up with 4 ne... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 04:52:24 EST Book Review - French Women Don't Get Fat Pulled tendon in my foot, has now left me on ' foot rest' , i am not allowed to work, until i get a shot of cortisone in the heel. So now that I am not allowed to work for 2 weeks, I have taken to my old habits of summertime reading ... <BR> <BR> and what better book to review - than FRENCH WOMEN DON'T GET FAT <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I moved to Paris, and can confirm, what Mirelle says about the culture here..for one thi... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 04:58:01 EST 2 Red Heads & the Wolf <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> One thing , i really do not like about SP - is i can't copy & paste with my pics inserted in text - it will only post the text part .. <BR> <BR> i am back in the States, and had not enjoyed my working vacation at all <BR> <BR> i posted the blog on <BR> <BR> its been a 'bad trip' Wed, 12 Feb 2014 04:30:22 EST Paris Fashion Stores for Budget Shopping – Good Deals ! hello, <BR> i posted a blog about cheap shopping in this expensive city at <BR> <BR> merci Wed, 23 Oct 2013 00:11:11 EST Paris Photography Museum -Maison Europeenne de la Photographie I like photography, its an art form that allows the absolute truth to be shared – or a total fiction . I thought visiting the “Maison Européenne de la Photographie”, would have been a nice adventure – I like Robert Doniseau’s work . He captured in black & white, everyday drama with the common working Parisian. <BR> <BR> I was hoping to view his work with a variety of subjects,. and to educate myself about this artist. <BR> <BR> The Museum ‘s ticket price is 8.00, and free on Wednesday after... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 03:33:07 EST Brocantes Fairs are France's Goodwill Stores <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Now that summer in Paris is in full force, with sunny days and temps that hit around 90F. I want to share with you something, which is very common here, it’s called a BROCANTE. Think of this as a yard sale – for the whole village!! Usually, its one day a year, and most of them take place on the weekends, to allow working people the ability to partake in the annual event. <BR> When it was announced that our area,... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 09:51:37 EST Paris Fashion Gods -Count Hubert James Marcel Taffin de Givenchy <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I would like to continue our list of “Paris Fashion Gods”. Givenchy is another designer, I learned about through my nose (had you going in a different direction, didn’t I? ha). Working as a perfume sales girl, I was sent to a seminar every time a new perfume was introduced. At these seminars, we were taught, the different levels of quality; toilette, eau du perfume, etc.. And most important was the “perfume notes ... Sun, 4 Aug 2013 16:10:40 EST Rosacea in France’s Social Medical System <img src=""> <BR> <BR> As some of you know, I have Rosacea, I hate it, I can’t control it – and neither can the doctors it seems. They say there is no cure – but I do not believe it, the truth is , no real money has been put into finding a cure ask ?? Because it affects “women 3X more than men “. I think this is the real reason. I am not joking. If the medical “profession” , can find a way deal with “ limp daddy’s”, by i... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 00:41:03 EST Medieval Provin / Paris Village <img src=""> <BR> Once upon a time, in a vast and green country side (France), there stood a strong village called “Provin”. In this busy village , there was a King & Queen – who ruled the village. Lucky for everyone- the King did not require all the newest contraptions to be installed , he was kinda cheap, so the village stayed at it was. Provin, started in the Roman times, but I can not firm this . The village has a population of 12,00... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 07:40:46 EST French Cowboy video <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Bonjour my friends , <BR> I want to share with you, a state of confusion that is ..somehow , being taught to all Americans , myself included. Someone - somewhere, started a rumor , that the French do not like Americans ( maybe it was a jealious english person -ha). I have found this VERY FALSE. - The love the American west style , & music . <BR> <BR> When other students hear me speak, they know ( by my accent), I... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 13:56:53 EST 13 hr days <img src=""> <BR> <BR> As some of you know, I am kinda stuck, in a schedule that is not very flexible , 3 days a week . (M,T, & Th). <BR> <BR> i start the day around 9 am, take care of the dogs, do some laundry , then get ready to leave at 11;00 am. <BR> <BR> I try to eat a salad w/tuna and tomatoes with a diet coke before I leave. <BR> <BR> once at work - I do not get a lunch break - so i have to eat something, that can be eaten ... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 18:15:25 EST French Fact - Late Dinners I have been working so much on this home, working at the law office, & my French class, that I stopped walking the dogs. <BR> With so much rain in the past month, I really did not want to deal with a muddy dog, on top of my list of things to clean, so I stopped .. which is not good for either of us .. <BR> So I have started to take the dogs , for an after – dinner walk .. and I want to share with you , and odd truth; I have always heard that the French eat dinner very late, like 8 pm .. and ... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 17:19:30 EST French Fact - Late Dinners I have been working so much on this home, working at the law office, & my French class, that I stopped walking the dogs. <BR> With so much rain in the past month, I really did not want to deal with a muddy dog, on top of my list of things to clean, so I stopped .. which is not good for either of us .. <BR> So I have started to take the dogs , for an after – dinner walk .. and I want to share with you , and odd truth; I have always heard that the French eat dinner very late, like 8 pm .. and ... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 17:19:24 EST Reflections of the Stove <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Its been a week since I set fire to my stove top . Some friends have hinted, that I have taken on too much, I think they are correct. But its too late now to undo what has been done, at best, I can slow down the future speed. <BR> The melted plastic bag is still attached to the smooth glass top stove. I do not think, I left the burner on and left for work. I think, the dogs smelled the bread left on the stove, and ... Fri, 31 May 2013 09:58:30 EST Christian Dior <img src=""> <BR> <BR> As we move to Christine Dior, my first memory is of the perfume called “Poison”. It was a best seller at my store, with the under 30 crowd. The scent was very sweet, like grape juice to me, I disliked it very much...but it was such a hot seller, even the tester bottles were stolen on us all the time. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The only thing, I did lea... Sun, 19 May 2013 16:09:10 EST ma cuisine <img src=""> <BR> <BR> For most of us, when we think of the French country side – images of fields of sunflowers come to mind, thanks to Van Gogh and other painters. Or the wonderful smelling lavender, the famous export of this country- rolling hills dressed in the color that is relaxing to the eye. The simple stone houses are built to last, with large wood beams, and earth colored tile floors. Some of these homes watched King Louis lo... Sun, 12 May 2013 15:32:50 EST YSL <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I was introduce to Yves St. Laurent back when I was in high school . No , I was not a rich kid , more like the opposite, i found a job working in a department store, and they assigned me to the Fragrance dept . The funny thing, most of the girls did not want this job - they wanted to work with clothes .. I was OK with smelling like a french whore ( ha ) .. I remember .when I finished my shift and came home - only ... Thu, 2 May 2013 15:35:37 EST Robbed by the Rich <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Bonjour, - this is a intermission blog from the Fashion God series .. <BR> <BR> I feel its important - at the start of the very difficult blog - to share with you my back ground, because I feel you need to know - working with money is something , I have been doing for many years . <BR> <BR> The basic facts; I have a BA in Accounting, and a Master in International Business. I have worked on Wall St., held positio... Sun, 14 Apr 2013 14:57:14 EST Paris Fashion Gods - Louis Vuitton <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have found a small job in the most exclusive area in Paris the 8th Arr. ( by accident) , or was it the Fashion Gods' way of telling me to get a clue .. <BR> <BR> Every day, I walk past the " Names", that are Paris's Fashion Gods. I do get a small sense of enjoyment waling past these expensive windows , knowing that in some small Chinese factory copies are being made . I see this as economic karma hitting back, ... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 09:46:49 EST The Unofficial Move <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Its been a year already ?? time for a new adventure !! <BR> <BR> I live in a very strange land called , France. I am convinced, with my limited time living here, the french do not have common business sense. A simple example of this is the purchase of our new house . Once we found this house, and made an offer - in writing with the agent - & the seller has accepted the offer gets complicated . <BR> <BR> The... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 16:54:53 EST French Fashion Lesson 2013- These Boots are Made for Walking Bonjour everyone, <BR> <BR> It seems appropriate with last weeks' snow fall of 6 inches, to talk about boots ! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> As for boots - this is OFF the chart, I have seen everything from those Ugg boots - with the fur lining, to stacked high heel boots with side hardware buckles- in very stylish. Wedge boots are very popular here too- I have seen them in micro fiber, in reds & bright blues, also in the "rugged s... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 06:51:12 EST I have lost my way .. Its cold in Paris, yesterday there was a big snow storm , that left 6 inches . No one shovels the sidewalks here, so its very scary to walk on ice . <BR> <BR> Its too cold for me to enjoy outside. I wear 2 - 3 leggings, and 2 tops plus a jacket, put a hat to cover my ears .. <BR> <BR> I do not feel like even doing my video workouts .. <BR> i am just cold , and want to sleep .. like a bear , and will come out, when the weather gets better , but until then .. Thu, 14 Mar 2013 18:32:18 EST French Fashion Lesson 2013 part 2 - The Bottom Line Now comes the bottom half - let me just start with- the frenchies have NO BUTT. I have never seen so many women on the Metro , that the front & the back look so close !! No boobs , No butts - I stand out , with my C cup & ghetto butt . Most of them are a size 4 or 6, to which- they wear skinnies jeans - to show off their lack of butt. I have noticed some leggings as well, but I think- maybe they are just learning to like this item .. I think, they prefer the skinny jeans to the black legging... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 02:19:51 EST I am stuck with Balcony Boy <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Bonjour everyone , <BR> As some of you know, I have not lived here for a long time, so I am still learning about the culture - by error. <BR> <BR> We live in an apt. and was told, that a pipe ,that is for rain water, needs to be fixed , on the balcony First , let me tell you, this is a stupid design .. who runs a drain pipe , from the roof down , inside the building , in the corner of all balconies ? <BR>... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 12:47:39 EST The Pains of this Trip <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This trip"s disaster can be summed up in 2 words .... CAR RENTAL <BR> <BR> I am not new to traveling, but have never encountered this kind of incompetence before . I first booked my Charleston rental car with the online site called "" , on this, i wanted a small hatchback , Aveo car, for my stay in the city. everything was set for one week before, I arrived in the States. <BR> <BR> On my CT part of... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 15:57:57 EST The Pleasures & Pains of this Trip <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Bonjour to everyone, <BR> <BR> I have recovered from my stay on the East Coast. It was 2 weeks of living with wheels under my ass. This trip taught me a lot of things .. and some of these things were nice, some were pains in my butt.. So as my Auntie always said to me, as I was going out on a date ..."remember, pleasure is followed by pain " .... yep these words of wisdom still haunt me to this day .. <BR> ... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 04:53:48 EST My Trip - going back to get my black baby <img src=""> <BR> <BR> hi everyone <BR> <BR> this trip has been a difficult one to plan, because , its really 3 trips in one. some day , i hope to take a real vacation know, where u relax and have fun ! i heard about those kinds of trips .. <BR> <BR> Jan 9 , leave paris , American Airlines 11am, flight 45 <BR> <BR> gain a day in time <BR> <BR> Jan 9 , arrive JFK , American Airlines 1.35 <BR> <BR> 2 ish , take bus; or subway to... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 03:29:28 EST YTD Karen & BA <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This will be short and sour, no sweetness here. As some of you know, my visit to Karen's home in CT was a disaster on many levels. I thought, for some odd reason, that nothing has changed much in the last few years, I was very wrong. <BR> <BR> Karen was born under the " beauty stars", and her 5'7 frame and blond hair made her very popular with the boys . (we all know this kind of story). So it was no surprise, th... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 04:02:50 EST YTD My Knee (mon genou ) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am closing the year with a injured knee. As all injuries in high heels - it started in fun, and ended with pain. (interesting combo there..) I attended a good friend's wedding in Oct. which was wonderful - the bride beautiful & and the groom handsome ( and very tall ) . Nic and I were having a good time - and for most of the reception, I drank Coke . I wanted the ability to drive home, in case Nic was unable to. ... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 03:08:29 EST Joyeux Noel ! (cheveux de lametta) Joyeux Noel !! <BR> Can you believe another year has passed ?? wow how time does fly ! <BR> <BR> Especially for me , why you ask ? <BR> <BR> Let me share with you a typical 5 day quest .. <BR> <BR> My quest is not for God's secrets, or world peace - or what will happen with the NYSE .. nope .. <BR> <BR> my quest was for ........silver tinsel ... yes you read correctly .. don't make a face of confusion - but its true. <BR> <BR> It seems in Paris ... this is NOT common here, which i did ... Tue, 25 Dec 2012 11:24:43 EST YTD Adoption update <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hello, <BR> Since I work as an accountant now, and year end transactions are the standard policy. I will move this practice into my personal life , and share my year end transactions with you.. kinda where things are ending for the year. This chart is showing the number of children of age 5 years or older, has always been a higher number of children, up for adoption, than babies. <BR> <BR> Nic and I were require... Wed, 19 Dec 2012 15:00:51 EST American Cemetery in Normandy <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This will be the final entry for my series of my "Summer vacation" . I thought it proper to end it , where it ended for many soldiers. I really did not look forward to going to this place, for I knew the sadness would follow this visit . How can one look forward to seeing the huge amount of lost lives ? To view the rows and rows of names ... for what ?? A belief that blonds should rule the world ?? Did Hitler eve... Sun, 16 Dec 2012 05:01:16 EST Omaha Beach, France <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We traveled to Omaha Beach, working our way north -west on the French coastline. The drive there was not a difficult, since you really follow one road, which tracks the coast line. It was a beautiful day, the sky has some clouds passing, one or two looked like rain clouds,but it never produced any rain. There was a coastal wind that required you to have a light jacket, or a hoodie , which I learned to pack all the... Sun, 25 Nov 2012 10:02:12 EST Arromanche,France pt 2 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Our first day, with our belly full- off on foot we went to the D-Day Museum. It was at this point, that I learned, how little I knew!! I received a wonderful education at this muséum, and found a huge amount of respect for the man called Churchill; Winston, knew that the Nazis were dug in deep at Calais, so trying to land there was what Hitler expected. Nazis created the Atlantic front - using concrete bunkers - s... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 02:43:33 EST Arromanche, France part 1 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We traveled down A13, on our way to our vacation town , called Arromanche. This is a sleepy little fishing village, that found itself in Winston Churchill's grand plan for D- Day. As we drove closer and closer , we started to get quick glimpses of the blue ocean, with the wonderful salt air that fills your lungs, and cleans them with their spice. <BR> I love this smell, it brings be back home, and I was like a dog, ... Sun, 18 Nov 2012 10:24:03 EST Juno Beach <img src=""> <BR> Once back on the road, to continue onto our motel. On the way, we followed the highway, that many WW2 troops followed. The first beach we saw was Juno. This beach is not too well known, it was one of the 5 beaches that were to be the "Normandy Invasion" . <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This beach, like most in this country, have been preserved - no fancy homes ... Fri, 2 Nov 2012 14:19:09 EST A13 & Van Gogh Bonjour, <BR> I wanted to share a few things - first - I had to turn my page into friends only - because , it started to show up in Google ! From that , you were able to see all my pics without being a member of SP !! this freaked me out . <BR> <BR> I contacted SP techs, and they said, for me to turn my page into friends only .. so thus now I am adding everyone .. did you know this could happen ? i did not .. <BR> <BR> Also, I posted a new blog about Normandie, on my site Sun, 21 Oct 2012 13:47:40 EST TURNING FRUSTRATION INTO ACTION- Café Classroom <img src=""> <BR> <BR> As some of you know.. I have become very frustrated at the OFII system here. I learned - after many hours and translations- that they DO NOT offer classes to learn french - they offer test prep classes. BIG difference !! <BR> It is similar if I told an new immigrant to the USA, to take a SAT class , the understanding of the language is needed BEFORE you enter the class. THIS was not to learn french. <BR> <BR> As ... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 15:52:05 EST TROUVILLE,FRANCE <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Bonjour, <BR> As some of you know, I am now posting my pics to a central site, so everyone, can view them. I posted the 2nd city, we visited. <BR> <BR> Enjoy ! <BR> <BR> Mon, 24 Sep 2012 09:52:18 EST FYI. French Report shows Genetic Modified Food & Cancer <link><BR>robe-after-rat-study-links-gm-corn-cancer </link> <BR> <BR> Hello, <BR> I wanted to share with everyone, its a big news report here! They ran this story for 2 days in Paris, mainstream news. Here, they must tell you , where the food is from in the super market .. but I know, Walmart does not do this .. <BR> <BR> So I wanted to share with you this report .. <BR> Knowledge Is Power ! <BR> hugs <BR> Fri, 21 Sep 2012 11:46:58 EST DO NOT FORGET !!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I still can't watch news footage, after all this time... <BR> <em>245</em> Tue, 11 Sep 2012 08:50:12 EST French School & TB Method <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Its been a bad 2 weeks for me. I am still unable to understand, how this country works - or does not work. <BR> <BR> If I am required to learn french - fine, ok , no problem.. but then I am placed in a class - twice ! where the students already understand french is this french 1? <BR> <BR> These people think that french comes off one person, and jumps on another ? how stupid is this system !! Yes, th... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 08:46:10 EST