Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Orchestra Concert

Saturday evening after the big city-wide sale, I met up with a bunch of friends and we went to the "Orchestre de Bretagne" concert in an old church in the center of town. They played Haydn, Strauss, Mozart and Schubert. It was beautiful!

Something about being in an old old church, with live orchestra music resonating all around you... it was very enjoyable.

Something I love about living in France, is how accessible and affordable they make these kinds of concerts. Our tickets were only 5 euros a piece (about $6.50) for a 2 hour concert!

Enjoy the 10 second video clip I took :)

Sunday, September 16, 2012

LOTS to see at the city-wide sale

Talk about a TON of people coming together for an event in Rennes... the sale on Saturday was huge. And there was SO much to see!

The sale takes place on both sides of this canal -- both sides of the street, both sides of the canal. I'm telling you, it's huge. 

check out all those people!

You can find just about anything. 

You can't get cars in (obviously), so if you purchase something big (furniture, for example), you can ask if the owner will deliver it to your home, or you have to carry it...

I went with Halle and a new student who just arrived from Cameroon. She needed some warmer clothes for the upcoming winter, and she scored big time and got some great deals!  

Halle scored a huge pack of marbles for cheap, and I got some books. Surprised? Mostly for Lindsay, but I got this beautiful, old, hardback copy of Crime and Punishment (LAURA!!)! It is in 2 volumes, and I paid $2.50 for both of them! Sweet! 

There was a lot of old furniture and antiques that I wanted, but... I happily settled for some pretty books. 

Saturday, September 15, 2012

new shelves!

They have been up for a few weeks now, and I love them! I had been wanting something with more dimension (?) depth (?) on my walls... not just picture frames. You know what I'm saying?

My official planner/counselor/helper/pinterest picture looker-upper was my youngest sister Erika. Thanks Short for your help with deciding what kind of shelves and placement and all.

The shelves were purchased, and my friends came over to drill holes and help put them up. Isn't it great to have such helpful friends? Especially ones who own power drills?

See the piece of tape on the wall? I had taped where on the wall I wanted the shelves to go, so I could make sure I liked the placement. Great idea huh? Yeah... It was a little tricky to get the tape off the wallpaper without it tearing. But the shelves covered up any blemishes!

Blurry picture, but I love it. Rapha and I "trying" to be as skillful as the guys. I think we eventually gave up and let them finish.

The thoughts/emotions in my head at this very moment? Mostly excitement, but also a little bit of "oh man... I hope I like how these look as we are DRILLING HOLES into my wall"

As we were putting them up, we realized that I didn't have a level. You know what that meant. Go knock on my neighbors' door and ask them if I could borrow one. Since I have very frequently borrowed stuff from my neighbors with the beautiful flowers, I decided to head west and ask the retired couple that just moved in if they had one. An excuse to get to talk to them as well!

Only the lady was home and she was SUPER nice. "you want a level?! Of course you can borrow one! When you are your age, you don't have all of the tools yet, they are things you accumulate over time. So of course you don't have a level! I'll get you mine" :)

When I returned the level later that afternoon, she invited me in to see her apartment -- the FIRST time I've been in another apartment in this building since I moved here. It was really cool! Glad we could have such a nice first visit.

Back to the shelves.

After they were fixed to the walls, it was time to decorate. I changed the placement of everything almost everyday for about a week. Adding stuff, taking other stuff down. I'm pretty happy with it now, though nothing is set in stone.

It'll be really fun to decorate them for the fall and Christmas!

Today there is a HUGE city-wide garage sale in Rennes -- it's a once a year occurrence, and really really big. New DIY projects? :)

Thursday, September 13, 2012

special note to Shorty

I know I know... it's been (yikes!) almost a month since I've blogged. I am hoping this will not happen again.

Since being back from Africa, it has been a whirlwind of a lot of things and just busy busy, not leaving much time for blogging. And this post might not be very exciting for most of you... sorry about that.

Mouahaha. :)

For those of you who saw my instagram picture... this is the finished chalkboard project! It was an old frame I bought at a garage sale -- ignore the strange lighting thing on the left side of it. It's not there in real life.

And I need to perfect my calligraphy but... I like it!!

 I think I will add some little embellishments eventually, but... what do you think?