I’ve never known how to pronounce “chagrin.” I only ever use it when I’m writing because I’m always worried I’ll say it wrong.

Chelsie, my friend since high school, has been visiting since Wednesday and I got completely distracted by hours of shopping and Netflix marathons this weekend when it was Saturday Steal time. Please don’t be mad: I don’t have many friends in Mayberry, so I have to import my favourites from time to time. (If you click on that link you will read a very sad but very true story about the time I tried to set Chelsie up with a married man just because he was Canadian and could help her become my neighbor.) Anyway, I got lost in pretending that I’m not so far away from home after all, and I forgot that I have other commitments in this Canadian version of my life—commitments that I normally have no problem keeping when there are no friends around to distract me with girl talk and late-night ice cream fests.

For those of you who wrote posts already don’t worry: we’ll add the links to this coming week’s roundup. For those of you who were waiting with baited breath to read about what steal I got don’t you worry either: I hadn’t found a steal anyway. But I’ve since been to Ikea and have thus found steals galore, so there will be stealage happening on this blog this weekend. Mark my words.

For those of you who don’t really care either way, you can check out my friend MJ’s radio show on Monday (today for most of you reading this). MJ is the husband of the lovely Chloe from My New Life as a Housewife. MJ is Argentinian. MJ lives in Spain with Chloe and their ferret Stitch. MJ was really nice to me when I stayed with them back in June. And you will hear all about that part of my trip tomorrow, because I’m sick of writing about Paris so I’m skipping ahead to Spain.

If you listen to MJ’s radio show (he usually records in Spanish but he put together a special edition episode in English today!) you will have a good point of reference for 1) who I’m talking about, 2) what my Spanish friends sound like when they speak English, and 3) how awesome they are, so when I start writing posts about my time spent at their place you will have an idea what I’m talking about.

Go here to listen to it at 1:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time (noon in Arizona), and I think if you aren’t available right then you should be able to listen to it later at the same link.

This is a great way to start off a week; I’m excited to hear it! But I’m also a little worried because I think it might make me sad and miss hanging out with Chloe and MJ in real life. Is it possible to be homesick for a country you only spent three days in?

Well, hope you all have a wonderful Labour Day and that you spell it with a U because it looks fancier that way.

I know I will.

About Camille

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6 Responses to Chagrin

  1. Alaina says:

    I’ll definitely be listening to this later! And I’m jealous you got to hang with MJ and Chloe in real life!

  2. James says:

    Its pronounced sher-grin :-)

    Don’t worry, I spent a week jovially correcting the speech of two Americans I met in Moldova. I’m sure they weren’t annoyed with me at all.

    I just learned the new letters in the Romanian alphabet – they have:

    â – err
    ț – ts (as in caTS)
    ș – sh (as in Sugar or SHrimp)
    î – ogh (as in nothing like this noise exists in english)
    ă – happy a
    r – alveolar trill

    The preceding facts were bought to you free of charge.

  3. Chloe says:

    Awwwww we miss you too!!! (Stitch included)
    He (Stitch) asks me where his aunt Camille is and when she (YOU) is coming back ;-)
    We had such a great time (despite the heat)!!
    Can’t wait to read your post!!!! I’m so so so excited!!!

  4. Mariano says:

    Thanks for listening Camille! If you feel homesick again I’ll prepare another english show!

  5. irene says:

    oooooooooooooh I’m excited about the Spanish part of your trip (hihihi…)
    And YES, I did get my steal and posted about it, so I’ll use that very same link for tomorrow, this is the way I roll. :)

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