Friday, January 30, 2009

My sis....

I've just spent nearly one hour on the phone with my sister in Paris and it really added some sparkles of joy to this sunny morning. I used to wish my younger sister and I were twins because we look alike, have the same voice, we share the same inclination for the arts, and also both laugh a lot. Although we don't meet or call each other often, it always feels as yesterday and I truly enjoy this feeling of strong solid sisterly love. I remember once, one of my aunts was quite surprised at the way my sister and I were greeting each other. She thought we sounded more like two girlfriends meeting again after a long time.

here she is striking the same pose as the stone carved woman behind her in Barcelona. Looking for more pics, I found a whole series of postcards she sent me while on vacation. She likes posting little sketches of her daily activities. Below is our mom, whom we nicknamed "little frog", watching the horse race in Cagnes-sur-mer in the south of France. She also sketched herself and my elder sister after their animal nickname. Well... in our family my younger sister is known as the round pig and my elder sister as the quick rabbit.

I was really happy to find this postcard, I find it quite amusing...The quote says : Têtard aux courses à Cagnes-sur-mer avec son short en bourrette de soie de chez Christian Dior ("Little frog" at the horse race in Cagnes-sur-mer, wearing her Christian Dior bourrette silk shorts) meaning, ok Mom wears shorts, not very elegant, but eh, they're Christian Dior ! (ah...these Parisians...can't help being name-dropping, brand-dropping). I'm not represented there as I didn't join them on that vacation.

So what will you be doing this week end? I think I'll sleep ! Monchéri finds me very boring at the moment. Lately, my daily program has been : valentine cards, translating (super boring underperforming hedge funds...again...yes hedge funds do still exist), valentine cards, translating, kiss, eat, bed and the next day is the same.
But tomorrow, I'll read this book, by my beloved Cortázar, The Pursuer, a short story written in the memory of Charlie Parker.

I guess, I'll be baking too as some friends are coming for tea on sunday and spend some time on the phone with my parents in Madagascar. There has been some upheaval lately due to a violent opposition between the mayor of the capital city Antananarivo and the current president. Apparently there is a growing discontentment in the city towards the president's policy. Hope to learn more this week end....

Have a lovely peaceful week end !

41 comments:

Ana Cristina said...

Your sister sounds great. I'm envious -- I love my little brother and all, but nothing beats having a sister!

Enjoy your weekend. :-)

A Thousand Clapping Hands said...

So nice to read about your sister. I have two sisters who live far away also. When we get together it's like a scene from 'Little Women'! The postcards are treasures for sure. Your life doesn't sound boring to me - you are always so busy. I'm going to try to find the Cortazar book. Love Charlie Parker.
Happy weekend dear Lala-
Catherine
P.S. Forgot to reply to you - Well, yes, I have been known to wear one of those bonnets at home just to see what it would be like. One feels more demure with lace on one's head!

Dakota Bear said...

Sisters are interesting, I have three and we have a good time when we get together, which isn't often. I like the postcard very much with the cartooning.

This weekend I'll probably watch a few movies, finish the novel Up Island and watch some of the Superbowl even though my team(N E Patriots)are not playing.

Have a good weekend.

nadia said...

i love those conversation! great post!

l'air du temps said...

your sisterly love really is quite gorgeous!

me for the weekend? poetry has been begging for my attention. i think i shall... head it's call.

nice weekend you!

vicki archer said...

Your sister's card and drawing is fabulous as is she. How lovely to have a sister, one thing I regret and I am so glad that I have two daughters so they each have a sister. xv

Claire said...

I have been praying for Madagascar all week. I am concerned. My students notified me. Please let me know what your parents update you with. It amazes me how quickly a place and its people can creep into one's heart.

I am an only child. I partly envy the sisterly bond that you know and share with your sister but more than that, I admire it and I find joy in your joy.

Be blessed this weekend.

Niki said...

Have a lovely weekend and enjoy your time out reading!!

x

Gillian said...

Lala~
I always wanted a sister. I love having my brother, but a sister too, would have been wonderful!
Lucky you :)
Sleep! Because when you do you can have lovely dreams and get more beauty rest. Your sister and you do look alike my goodness.
Enjoy the time with your friends, and show us what you end up baking!!!
xo
Love, Gillian

Cecile/DreamCreateRepeat said...

I just spent four days with my sister. It is such a special & lovely relationship. I enjoyed the postcard!

Yoli said...

Hoping you get more comforting news from Madagascar and that your parents feel safe.

Lala your sister is as beautiful as you are, seriously you look so much alike! I thought that was you! Madagascar beauties.

You are going to have to pay a little attention to Moncheri, Valentine's day is coming!

karina Manghi said...

The postcard is very sweet!
Sleepand have some fun, too

Mary-Laure said...

I can't live without my sister. Thanks to Skype, we chat every day (she lives in Amsterdam, I'm in Los Angeles)...

Cortazar is my favorite writer for short stories, by the way...

It's Just Me said...

I haven't been here for awhile. I can't wait to catch up! So many great blogs so little time

luna miranda said...

your sister sounds and looks like a vibrant girl. i see my sister every six months during her vacation, and i miss having fun with her, our long talks and movie marathons.

have a great weekend!

Cynthia said...

Yes, Lala Ema, you two play together like twin sisters. My sister, Pam, who is just 11 months older, and I used to pretend that we were twins. One time a friendly man gave us candy because we were twins! We were so please to be convincing. Now I'm wondering if we should have accepted those sweets from the candy man! I hope you have more time for fun and relaxation. Lala Ema needs her rest. <3

Paris Atelier said...

What a lovely post Lala! I loved reading about your Mum and sis! What a novel idea sketching the days activities! I love it, so I suppose creativity runs in the family! Wonderful, just wonderful!
Best wishes and try to get some rest dear!
Judith~

High Desert Diva said...

Love the sketch your sister did...funny.

willow said...

I thoroughly enjoyed reading about your sister. She is beautiful, just like you, Lala! Love the artsy sketch pc.

paris parfait said...

It's lovely that you and your sister are close in spirit. Very amusing postcard sketch! :) Hope all is well in your home country - the world has enough upheaval at the moment!

David Engel said...

Hi Lala,

How nice to be at the races in Cagnes sur Mer! My family lived in Ville Franche sur Mer before I was born sadly for me. Do let me know how the book about Bird is.

David

Gina said...

I've been thinking of you when I hear about Madagaskar in the week. Therefore I had to read you blog today and comment.
as I see you are fine.

greetings from Germany

Gina

www.blog.ginaspics.net

Ana Cristina said...

I have a little somethin'-somethin' for you. Come get! :-D

http://threadsthataregolden.blogspot.com/2009/01/in-honor-of-this-my-300th-post_31.html

Christina said...

I am an only child... until I met you and so many other blogging loves. ; )

You and your sister are both gorgeous! I love that postcard.

Lala, bake really good, so I can smell it over here.

xxoo
PS: Charlie Parker? Bliss

Jojo said...

Sisters are the best and I loved reading about yours. My life wouldn't be the same without my sister.

Mélanie said...

hope everything will go fine in Madagascar .It is lovely to hear the story between you and your sister

Relyn said...

Your sister is beautiful, as you are. And so talented, too. I love those postcards. I'd love to see more. Now I must go and visit our library's website. You've given me a new short story I must read.

Mary-Laure said...

I gave you an award on my blog, check it out...

Indyeah said...

You are tagged!:)http://ofsongsforthesoul.blogspot.com/2009/02/tagged-once-more.html

Leslie said...

Lala-Just came to your blog through Catherine at athousandclappinghands. I so enjoy her blog, pictures and words. I have enjoyed reading your blog and will come back to visit again.
I love Grenada Spain and was able to visit there in the 80's. We toured the Alhambra and many other places in the city-what a wonderful place! I have dreams of returning some day.

Your blog is lovely and I enjoyed it very much.

Blessings,
Leslie
www.leslielovinlife.blogspot.com

Desideria Madrid said...

Thank you for your visit. I like your blog very much!

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Such a marvelous photo of your sister! A treasure to have, I'm sure. Both the photograph and the lady!

Susana said...

Hola Lala! Tu hermana y tú sois idénticas! Must be wonderful to have a sister... I have a younger brother, and can´t complain though. He´s a laugh and we always played together when we were little (I quite liked playing with boys toys, I have to say!).

Thanks for popping by my blog... so nice to hear from you. I am gonna have a look at your cards straightaway. We need a bit of cheering up... the last couple of days have been a bit tough for us.

A Cuban In London said...

Well, your sis looks very regal, doesn't she? I haven't read that Cortazar yet. I would appreciate your feedback after, please. Many thanks.

Greetings from London.

dutchbaby said...

I adore that postcard, the nicknames, the Dior name-dropping, all of it!

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