Friday, January 16, 2015

In the Defense of Humor: on the Margins of Charie Hebdo

As a kid I grew up learning to cherish humor as one of the most important things in life. I quickly learned that all things are temporary, and good things fade and sh*t happens as often as not. Being able to laugh at it all can save you from bitterness, depression and even ill health. It gives you the power to get up and fight for the thousandth time, when all others have long given up. It helps you to win where nobody expects you to. It helps you dream, fight, endure and not be broken by the things life throws at you. Humor's a skill, a treasure, but also a basic right. One that I cherish even above freedom of speech.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A Geek Girl's Christmas Wishlist 2014

So it's that time of year again. Oh my, where should I start? As a slightly techie person, I love the holiday season. Not really because I get so many geeky gifts. I actually don't really. But it's a time to dream, to let my imagination fly free. What if...? If I could let go of my reservations as to when a gadget is actually worth the price? If I could forget our spartan budget when it comes to tech (things we buy have to be useful, answer an actual need, and on the whole present a good deal)? And what if I didn't give a damn about the planet and could make irresponsible purchase decisions (I usually don't replace items on a whim, and don't collect stuff I'd have to charge all the time)? What if I could have any gadget I wanted?

Which ones would I wish for then?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

My Lush Staples: Xmas Favs and Longtime Must Haves

[Sorry for not giving you links, but I thought choosing one website (e.g. the US one) over another would be unfair to some of my readers. Search engines are your friend, though. ;) ]

Oh, my. I could swear I had a nice intro for this post already saved, but now, for some reason, it's gone. I can tell you it was pretty witty, though, and I couldn't retype it now for the life of me. I guess I have my witty spells -- and this morning I'm obviously not in one. Well, what the heck. I'll still let you know what my favorite Lush products are, and why I think they make amazing Xmas gifts and reliable staples.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

5 Years In Geneva

It's been a while, I know, but this blog has never really been far from my mind. From time to time I make a mental note of some experience or another that I would like to share with my very special audience. It's true, I don't really know much about you. The stats show where you are from, but other than that it's pretty much left to my imagination who I'm writing these posts to. And my audience, however fuzzy my image of it might be, is the main reason I'm writing these posts. I believe that what connects us is the interest some of us share in traveling and visiting new places and the experiences we've had living abroad and/or constructing a life from scratch. But also, I believe, we share a strong will to go on and a dream to make all dreams come true. And that makes us special, yes, very special.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

How to Fix the Screw Holes in Your Bear Bow

Wow. This bow is awesome. It's so beautiful. It shoots like a dream. It's power in a tiny, sexy, curved body... Wow. I should really get a life... =D And perhaps write a post about how I fixed the screw holes in my brand new 50th anniversary edition Kodiak Magnum. ;)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

When Expats Stop Blogging

When a colleague of mine, at a recent conference, explained that she was doing research on expat bloggers living in London, I felt a blush coming on. For two reasons, actually. I thought about this blog of mine and, at first, about the long loooong time I'd been spending away from it. And, then, about how typical anyone researching my blog must find it. And, being a researcher myself I found the two ideas intriguing, especially since I had a strong suspicion they were closely linked.

Thursday, January 9, 2014


It's useless. Absolutely useless.

I know some of you would try and comfort me, so let me tell you before you do that it won't work. And that's something, I guess, that I'm actually sad about. It's weird. One of the weirdest things that ever happened to me. I've never been prone to depression in my whole life, not even as an adolescent, so this has me dumbfounded. What is this thing? Why is it happening to me? And how to fight it?

Well, if you're interested to join me on a journey out of the picturesque pit of Rock Bottom, you're most welcome to read on. I'll have to warn you, though. Tugging me out is not an option, too much holiday yummies, I suspect. But you can watch me climb (and perhaps fall back a couple of times...) and cheer with the crowd. It should be quite a spectacle.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Fleur's 2013 Christmas Wishlist

With Thanksgiving weekend gone I've just realized I'm long due with this. Especially since I've just started sorting through my gift ideas for my family and friends, and obviously some of the decisions are harder than others. =)

So, in order to make life for my loved ones a bit easier, I've come up with a list of items, any of which I'd be very happy to find under the tree this year. It's not that I want so many things. It's simply a collection of ideas.

I'll move from one category to another, explaining my choices briefly. (There are, of course, smaller as well as more expensive ones.) I do think this actually might come in handy for others too, as some of the gifts on my list would make most girls (geeks or not so much) very happy, I'm sure. So let's get started. The first category is...

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Spigen Ultra Bumper For Galaxy S III (Twinkling Pink)

Not my usual line of writing, but I thought I'd add to what's available online about these cuties. This is mostly for those thinking about getting one of Spigen's Bumpers -- or any other of their products, anyway.

This is not a review, only a few pics and my initial thoughts. Please feel free to skip if you don't find this kind of stuff interesting. =)

Friday, November 8, 2013

Firsts: Traditional Archery

Well, it was a first when I started writing this post. Somehow it never got published, though, so I think it's time to revamp it a bit. But it's never easy to write about something so close to your heart as archery has grown to mine. Honestly, I don't know how I've managed without it for so long.