Marceline´s diary – Chapter VIII

Hello! How are you?

This time I have no news. My last days was little bit boring because when I finally had finished all my exams I got sick. The same story always when some stressfull time ends. I supose when the adrenaline decreases, the immune system weakens too. So I spent my last week at home. The only contact I had with the exterior world was thanks to Kristoff… and the internet of course.

I´m very happy Kasim and Margueritte are dating but I never have imagined that Kasim could be so distant with me😦. No way… It´s time to be more independent. But it´s actually unpleasant to be sick alone in a foreign country. I had no idea how the health system works here in Mexico. So first I tried to heal myself with a lemon tea and honey and a classic chicken soup. Unfortunatelly the fever increased so I had to ask a favor to Kristoff.

The doctor gave me antibiotic so I felt me better very soon. Anyway Kristoff  kept bringing chicken soup from the local “mercado” all this week😀. Ah… and that strange dense green dring, some kind of smoothie, called “licuado antigripal”. Kristoff  is the best roomie ever.

My problem was that obviously he couldn´t to be at home all the time so it was really boring. So boring that I have watched two korean soap operas  (I love korean “dramas”:) ) and many movies at Netflix. I finished two Spanish and two English courses on Memrise and than I have started Italian and Russian courses in Duolingo. For those who never have heard about Memrise and Duolingo, they are fabulous smartphone´s  Apps for help you to learn foreigner languages for free. I love them and I´m absolutely adicted to both of them.  Yes, I know, I´m crazy.

The Italian is much easier for me. Of course it´s very similar to Spanish. Although can you explain me why “caramella” and “tigre” are female gender in Italian?:) On the contrary Russian is another story. First I took the course of the cyrilic alphabet because  I always have been fascinated and intimidated by different kinds of alphabets. When I finished that course, I decided to begin the course of Russian for to practice more. But this language is a real nightmare:). I´m still not able to write correctly “Здравствуйте” (a formal greeting) without any help. Now I understand why some  people complain of French orthography😀. For example Kristoff.

 

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Monique and I in front of the Musée de la Poupée in Paris.❤

Well, the recapitulation: I watched Netflix, I studied languages and of course I have prepared some plans and surprises for Monique´s visit. She will arrived next week. I can´t wait:). I miss her so much. I bought her a fabuous doll on ebay I´m sure she will love her. Monique is obssesed with the dolls. Especially with one of them we bought during out visit in Musée de la Poupée  (the doll museum in Paris). We named her Nicole.  My mother forbade Monique to travel with Nicole to Mexico. So I decided to buy her another one here.  The doll I bought is made by the same company as Nicole but she has tan skin, black hair and dark eyes. I´m going to transform her to a Nicole´s mexican friend:).

Another plan I have is our trip to Cuernavaca, a town near to Mexico-city. Antonio, my boss, has a nice house with garden and swiming pool there and I decided to rent it for few days. The original plan it was to go with Monique only but when I talked with Michelle, she said me she would like to go with us. Then Michelle talked with Margueritte. Obviously Margueritte and Kasim want to go too. So I also invited Kristoff.:) Fortunately the house is very large and Antonio agrees.

Well… that´s all, my friends:).  Now I´m going to watch another chapter of my korean soap opera:).

до свидания. Saluti e baci a tutti. 😀

 

 

 

 

 

Monique (Yoyo Mode, Agatha Primrose) by Tonnerdoll

As I said, I didn´t have plans to buy Agatha but then I saw the Deborah´s photos of her with Déjà Vu girls.  And now I´m so happy I have my Agatha Yoyo Mode with me. Thank you Cherished Friends! She is amazing!!! She is not a  kind of doll I usually like but I really love her, above all posing with my Déjà vu.

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Playing with Monique :)… Blanca, my Revlon 13, was my first travel doll so I have a lot of clothes for this kind of doll body. Of course I enjoy to redress Monique many times❤.

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And I LOVE her long long hair… She is so Monique… so French… so Valois…:)monique8 monique91 monique9monique92 monique93

And with Marceline, her sister…  monique94monique95marceline_monique_gal

 

 

 

Marceline´s diary – Chapter VII

Coucou! Ça va bien?❤

I hope you have had better week than I do.  First I failed the exam of the mexican Constitutional law… I will have to repeat it next week😦. Then, during my exam of consecutive interpreting, I caused a terrible faux pas because I spoke in French when I had to speak in Spanish and vice versa and I did not realize that until Antonio started laughing. I was so nervous.

I suppose the worst moment of my last week it was the second when I spilled hot coffee (with almond milk) into my laptop. Fortunately I saved the hard drive but the keyboard was totally lost. I had to buy external keyboard for to be able to finish the translations I needed for the evaluation. And when my parents sent me the money for to buy new laptop I finally could go to buy it. But I know NOTHING about technology. The only thing I knew it was that I don´t want Mac:).

I hoped Kasim would help me but he never answered the phone. So I went to the first big department store and I bought what the salesman had recommended to me. I have no idea if is good laptop or not but it works… Well, now it works because when I returned from the shop I realized that the computer didn´t have any program… only Windows 10. I was really hysterical and in that moment I saw the date on on the bottom bar of the screen – May 29th.

My birthday! I forgot my own birthday! And worst even Kasim, Michelle, Marguerite, Monique and my parents have forgot my birthday. I couln´t believe it. My father and Kasim? Impossible. I felt so alone… Suddenly the laptop was shutted down by itself and I started crying. Now I know the problem wasn´t so serious. The computer battery was simply over:) but in that momment I imagined that I had bought damaged machine.

Well, when  I was really desperate Kristoff came home… with a shopping bag full of bread from Maison Kayser (famous French bakery), French cheeses, pâté and one bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon. The unique person remembered my birthday, including me, was my fabulous roomie. Incredible:). What a nice surprise and what a sweet gesture!

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So we opened the bottle inmediatly and I talked him about all disasters I have had during the last week. Kristoff sent a WhatsApp to one of our neighbors, Patricio – IT specialist, and he invited him to join us:). Patricio came inmediately and obviously discovered the reason of the “lack of energy” of my laptop. During a few hours we were enjoying the improvised French birthday party he uploaded to my new laptop all programs I needed. I was so happy… and little bit drunk. Of course, I opened another bottle of wine when the gorgeous Cabernet Sauvignon was caput:). But it was Saturday… so no problem.

Now, in the morning I discovered my dead mobil phone. When I relived it I found all lost birthday wishes from my “old” friends. I´m a such lucky girl. I have a great “old” and fabulous “new” friends so I think it doesn´t matter if I have bad luck at the school or with the computers:).

Okay, I hope my next week will be more successful. I promise I will never put coffee near the computer again. And now, let´s study The Political Constitution of the United States of Mexico :(…

Un gros gros câlin!

PS: By the way, Patricio is really handsome guy😉 …  and I´m writting this post from my new and VERY funtional laptop:).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marceline´s diary – Chapter VI

Bonsoir, mes amis!

I´am really very sorry for so long time without any post. The last time I wrote, we were planning our first trip to Teotihuacan. And it was fabulous. What an amazing place. Unfortunately Michelle and Margueritte couldn´t join us. I´m sure it would be gorgeous to go with Margueritte because she knows so much about Pre-Columbian cultures and above all about Teotihuacan. I hope we will we’ll go back together someday.

So I went there with Kasim only.  We enjoyed it so much. We talk about everything during the bus ride, as in the old days in France:). He finally said me about his relationship with Margueritte. And in Teotihuacan we walked a lot and of course we climbed the most important pyramids – The Pyramide of the Sun and the Pyramide of the Moon. It was magical.

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The last week the final exams have started and I am working on my final project so I have no time. Even in this moment I should be translating but my brain is burned. The part of the final evaluation is a traslation of some mexican legal text. And I hate it. I definitely prefer prose. The problem is that if you are not a famous and magnificent translator, you will starve if you choose to translate literature only😦. And I´m not famous and magnificent… yet:). For the same reason I have chosen to study legal spanish and introduction to law too.

So I have spent a major part of my time at the school, preparing glossaries and studying at home. I have no news. My life is so boring. I’ve always thought that the life of an exchange student is full of adventures. Not my case. I hope, it will change in summer above all on vacation.

First because I will haven´t classes and second because Monique will come to visit me. Yes, she will spent her summer vacation here in Mexico. Thanks God without my parents:). Of course I miss them, especially my father, but I don´t like travel with them. My mother can be so overwhelming. The first idea was that she would come with Monique but for Monique this trip is a birthday gift and she wants to travel alone for first time.

I have prepared a plan a little. We will travel here in Mexico and because Monique wants to improve her school Spanish, I enrolled her in the summer school course the Institute organize every years for foreigners. I suppose she will be the younger student there but she is very inteligent and she loves “to be adult”:). I thought that the problem would be the accommodation but fortunately Kristoff does not mind Monique lives with us in the summer.

Talking about Kristoff and my new home :)… I´m so happy I moved out from the student residence. Kristoff is a great roomie. I really like him. The only thing I hate about him is his accent in French:).  Well, it´s a reciprocal affair, because he hates my accent in English. And I have to say that my English accent is really frightening. We usually speak Spanish but we decided to take advantage of our multilingual home so we use to one hour per day for the language exchange. One day English and the other French. It´s hilarious, very funny.

Well… I hope I will write again soon. But please be patient with me…

Mille baisers…

News… or just spring greetings from Mexico

Well, first a big appology for long silence. Marceline is OK but I was really busy so I had no time to write another chapter of her diary.

One of the reasons I was so busy, it was my work on a large and very dificult translation from Czech to Spanish I had to finish last week… It burned my brain so this week I wasn´t able to write in English or to create for dolls.  But the good side of this “problem” was the fact that I finally could buy Agatha Primrose Yoyo Mode with the extra money from the translation:). 

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When Tonner presented Agatha I liked her but I was sure I wouldn´t buy her. I have Revlon 13 and I don´t need another doll with the same body. But months ago I saw Deborah´s photos of Agatha with Déjà Vu girls. I began to imagine Yoyo Mode as a little sister for Marceline and in that moment was born Monique…

But I had to wait a little because I just had bought Kristoff (Halvar) and he was really expensive. Thanks to the “Alexander´s relative autonomy of the culture (the theme of the document I translated:) ) I was able to buy Agatha last week. Now she is in NY on way to me:), I hope, she will arrive next week.

And the second reason for to be away from the dolly world it was the amazing surprise which my husband and I have prepared for my son. Pablo loves pets, specially dogs so after much consideration we decided to give him a puppy❤.  We were so lucky… our friend´s nice yorkie just had puppies so they gave us one.

Chirpa (our little yorkie terror) is adorable but she´s too young so I´m working  or I playing with her all the time. I hope everything will be easier when she will can to go out for a walk but for this moment she had to be here all the time and she is very active:).

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I hope I will be back with the Marceline´s diary next Tuesday… I have so much plans…  but first I have to finish next chapter of Marceline´s diary and new sets for FR16 I´m working on…

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See you soon… ❤

Marceline´s diary – Chapter V

Hello everybody!

Here I´m with more news about my mexican adventure.

Last Saturday I moved from the student residence. I spent the Sunday at home. First I did my homeworks and houseworks because I had work in Antonio´s house on Saturday evening. So all my stuff was in boxies without any order. By the way I LOVE the washing machine:). Yes, I know, it´s weird but I hate the idea that somebody unknow is touching my clothes.

Then Kasim, Margueritte and Michelle visited me. We had a great afternoon. We were talking, laughing so much and planning our first trip to Teotihuacan for the next weekend. Finally. Kristoff was out all day. He came back in evening, so he joined us for the dinner. We ordered tacos from his favourite restaurant. Do you know tacos al pastor? It´s a heaven. Mexican cuisine is really exquisite. The only thing I miss here is a good bread. Mexican bread is rare and tastes sweet. Horrible. The european bread is good here, there is a french bakery near to the house, but is so expensive… I defenitely prefer to eat corn tortilla now:).

Margueritte and Michelle left at nine o´clock and Kasim a little later. Kristoff and I decided to open a bottle of french vine I had bought for to thank him for the opportunity of living out of residence. We drank wine, ate cheese and talked a lot. So now I know that he is from New Mexico, where he lived all his life until he came to Mexico for finish his Master of Universal Literature. Well, except one year international exchange programme in Bath University. During the last year of his studies in Mexico he began to teach english conversation in the Institute and when he finished his Master, the Institute hired him permanently for different classes of literature and creative writing, all of them in English. He also colaborates with various magazines and of course he is working on his own book… second one.

What a lucky guy! He lives a life he wants… and above all he knows what he wants.

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We talked about a little about my family and my friends here in Mexico. Nothing too interesting. I invited him to join us to Teotihuacan but I suppose he has another plan. Obviously he has been a lot of times in Teotihuacan because every visit he has want to go there. He said he will let me know until Thursday.

Well, we both drank two glasses of wine and I decided to go to the bed. It was nice day and I really enjoyed his company but I had to wake up early on Monday.

Yesterday, on Monday, I was focused on my study. I will have a first oral exam on Wednesday so I´m little bit nervous. Political geography of Mexico… I love it but there are so much rare names. Iztaccíhuatl is one of the easiest to pronounce:). I have to say those words very slowly a lot of times for to be able to pronounce them without stuttering.

Today I was all day in the Institute. First for my usual classes of theory and linguistic, in the afternoon I had the french conversation with my students so I came back to my new home in the evening again. Now I´m really tired of studying. Doesn´t matter if I´m able to pronounce “archipiélago de Revillagigedo” or not. I made my dinner, poor quesadilla with canned chipotle salsa, and I´m writing this post.  Kristoff isn´t at home so I´m enjoying my loneliness and fabulous silence.

And now, my friends, I´m going to bed… Good night!

 

News: N.I. by T.F. – set for Déjà Vu and Matt body

I love dolls from Tonner Déjà Vu line and I really  love to create for them:). These sets are for my private collection because I used recycled fabric for the T-shirts and the impression of the N.I. by T.F. has a little fault. But for the next time I know where is the problem…

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The sets are handmade (with original patterns made by me)  specially for dolls with Tonner Déjà Vu and Matt body. The female set includes trousers (with funcional pockets), blouse, two bracelets, necklace and little handbag. The male one includes trousers (with funcional pockets, T-shirt, bracelet and messenger bag.

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As I said, these sets are for my private collection but in future I´m going to fabricate them for sale for each doll body I have. Each set would cost 40 USD plus shipping  if you buy it directly (please, write me to fritamcz@yahoo.es) or 45 USD  plus shipping on ebay.  The shipping via Mexican Post service with included tracking number to USA is 5 USD, to Canada and Europe is 7 USD and to the rest of the world is 10 USD.

N.I. by T.F. – female set – set for Déjà Vu body

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N.I. by T.F. – male set – set for Matt body

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More jeans fore sale soon…

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