I’m Still With Her.

On November 8, 2016, I woke up feeling so, so happy and proud to be an American. I went to work listing to Beyoncé’s Run The World on my iPhone and sporting my “I Voted” sticker I had been specifically saving for the occasion. I did mini-Election Day lessons with my 9th and 10th graders, and collected Election-based essays from my 11th and 12th graders (as we … Continue reading I’m Still With Her.


Campaign: Moi(s) Sans Tabac

Starting on November 1st, 2016, France launched a nationwide campaign called, Moi(s) sans Tabac. Its slogan is a play on words; it means both “Me Without Tobacco” and “A Month Without Smoking”. The campaign was influenced by the UK’s similar campaign, “Stoptober”. Approximately 13 million people still light up in France, including 20% of pregnant women. Smoking is the leading cause of premature death in France, and … Continue reading Campaign: Moi(s) Sans Tabac


TAPIF Tip / Lecteur Lesson: How to Open and Close Your Utilities

Believe it or not, I never really had to deal with setting up or canceling les charges, or utilities– water, gas, electricity, heat, phone/internet/cable, until arriving in France in 2014. All of my US apartments came with included utilities, as did my first French apartment. So, due to my complete lack of vocabulary and background knowledge, I initially had a bit of a hard time when … Continue reading TAPIF Tip / Lecteur Lesson: How to Open and Close Your Utilities


An Itinerary for the “Perfect Weekend in Lille”

Since moving to Lille a year-and-a-half ago, I’ve been blessed with my fair share of visitors! Lille is extremely centrally located in Europe, making it a perfect stop-off point between London, Paris, Amsterdam, and most of Belgium. There was Abby (June 2015), Mom & Dad (July-August 2015), Shelly & Stacy & Jess & Mayumi (August 2015), J0 (September AND December 2015), Laura (October 2015), Claire (October 2015), Laith … Continue reading An Itinerary for the “Perfect Weekend in Lille”


Book Review: The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo

As much as I try my hardest to stay up-to-date with current world affairs, I admit that sometimes pop culture completely passes by me (I actually had to Google what “The Dab” was the other day). I love comedy, but I shamefully admit that I didn’t really know much about Amy Schumer until my sister went to see her live show in Milwaukee about a year … Continue reading Book Review: The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo