Ordered chaos... in my hair

I went to bed early last night, in an effort to finally acclimate myself fully to the French time zone so that I could get up at a normal time in the morning and do something with my day. So you can imagine my surprise and disappointment when I woke up at 11:30 am instead. Becky was coming into the room and as I popped out of bed to start making myself tea, she asked if I'd like to come along with her to the nearby château of Chaumont-sur-Loire, which recently began its summer gardens exhibition.

We went with Becky's French friend Nicolas, who has a hip little Peugeot convertible sports car. The three of us squished in and took off. I'm not sure if I've ever been in a convertible - if I have, it wasn't for a long period of time. I think that if I were to travel with Nicolas often, I would invest in some kind of head scarf, because I had to try to finger-comb my hair into something presentable once we got there.

Becky told Nicolas that I speak French, so he and I talked about memorizing département numbers for a while, then we switched back into English, which was more comfortable for Becky.

The theme of this year's exhibition was Ordered Chaos. Artists and designers from all over the world participated in the design of about thirty different gardens on this theme, creating a sort of outdoor art museum. Some were beautiful, some were thought-provoking, some were ugly and some were kind of lame. I think my favorite one involved potted plants sitting on tiles with a fulcrum in the middle, sort of like a see-saw. Visitors could walk across the tiles and level the plants out so that they stood straight, but they would fall back down as soon as you moved away. I don't know if you'll understand this from my description, but in three months - when you've forgotten - you can see my pictures.

After we were done with the gardens, we stopped for a snack. There was an ice cream tent selling the normal flavours as well as their special 'ordered chaos' flavours. Some of them sounded quite strange, although I guess I could have gone for the apricot-ginger one. I ended up choosing rose-lychee. Most rose-flavoured ice cream is overwhelming, but the fruitiness of the lychee made this one quite tasty and my mouth tasted like roses for the rest of the afternoon.

After we got back, we had a Bring Your Own Dinner birthday party for Zack. This was kind of strange for me because a) I wasn't exactly sure who Zack was and b) I didn't know this party was happening. So while I'd planned a lovely meal of choucroute, it seemed like a weird thing to bring to a party and I ended up just making some spaghetti. It was nice to chat and hang around with people, though, and I got to eat devilled eggs and chocolate chip cookies and finally figure out who Zack is.

The highlight of the evening, however, was when Zack said that something was so retarded it was "moo-tarded". I thought this cow-image was pretty funny until I realized what he was really saying was "moûtarde-ed"...

srah - Sunday, 13 June 2004 - 5:59 PM
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Comments (8)

gravatar MaTT - June 14, 2004 - 1:30 AM -

'moo-tarded'? :) i like it! let's christen it as an official SI Group word...

And i want to have a castle with fancy exhibition gardens... maybe when i become a European king someday... :)

gravatar Court - June 14, 2004 - 11:38 AM -

Choucroute! Gah! Non!

gravatar srah - June 14, 2004 - 11:40 AM -

Love it!

gravatar MaTT - June 14, 2004 - 1:11 PM -

Does choucroute taste like German-style sauerkraut? I'm used to the latter...which i like.

gravatar srah - June 14, 2004 - 3:38 PM -

I think German-style sauerkraut is made with vinegar and choucroute with white wine... but I could be inventing things.

gravatar Court - June 14, 2004 - 11:34 PM -

I can't tell you that, but I can tell you it does strange things to my body.

gravatar srah - June 15, 2004 - 8:18 AM -

Yeeeeeeeew.

gravatar MaTT - June 15, 2004 - 12:12 PM -

Whoah, what happens? do you grow a tail and turn green with pink polka-dots or something? (or no, maybe thats what happens with guacamole...)

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