Archive for May, 2014

May 29th, 2014

When life gives you lemons…

 

… You’re supposed to make lemonade, right?

 

Punch

 

Well, not me. I make some lemon strawberry punch, and I put lots of alcohol in it. There’s enough for everyone, so can I pour you a glass? You might need one when you hear my story.

 

First of all, let me reassure you: no, I was not in a car accident, despite the rumors. (I was surprised to learn that there were rumors about me – am I a celebrity now?!) However, it sure felt like I was driving full speed into a brick wall at some point. These past 2.5 months have been crazy, and I will write a book about this someday. Then I’ll be a celebrity for real, and you can tell everyone that you knew me before I became famous!

 

So I was not in a car accident, but I did spend a lot of time in the hospital in March. I could write about this for hours, but I’ll spare you the details and will give you the short version: I finally got pregnant in February (yay), but had a lot of severe health problems and ended up fainting and hitting my head on concrete floor (boo), only to find out that my pregnancy was ectopic (boo). Then I had to undergo emergency surgery to remove the extrauterine pregnancy because I could have died (BOO), and I lost my entire right tube because it was completely destroyed (BOO).

 

This whole experience was traumatic to say the least, and I’ve never been in so much pain for such an extended period of time in my whole life (I couldn’t even get out of bed to pee for a few days). Giving birth was fun in comparison to what I had to endure! But I’m grateful because this made me stronger, and made me realize that I was not headed in the right direction. That life with Martin and a baby was not the life that I wanted to live.

 

The following weeks went by really fast. When I could start driving again, I went on a crazy road trip across the United States by myself to meet a bunch of members from the penpal club that I run (the League of Extraordinary Penpals) and to spend a week in South Dakota to see a girl I had fallen in love with. Yes, let me say that again: during this terrible period of my life, I fell in love with a girl. Online.

 

Let me introduce you to the most loving, caring and supportive person I’ve ever met: my new girlfriend, Denise.

 

Julie Denise

 

Not only does Denise have an amazing personality, she also writes letters, loves stationery, and gives me daily foot rubs. What more could I ask for?! Oh yeah and she moved 23 hours away from home to come live with me in Qu├ębec, and she’s currently painting the whole apartment awesome colors (turquoise, lime green, etc). My son and my cats also love her, so she must be doing something right.

 

After coming back to Canada from my road trip, I spent a few days home and went back to South Dakota right away by plane to spend more time with Denise, and she came with me when I returned home. But even when we were not physically together, we were always connected during the past 2.5 months. I don’t remember the last time we spent more than 30 minutes apart! This is the most intense honeymoon phase I’ve ever experienced, and I’m enjoying every minute of it.

 

So there you have it! The short version of why I dropped off the face of the Earth for a while. At first I was too busy being miserable, and then I was too busy being happy. Now things are finally settling down, and Denise will help me with La Papierre, Penpal of the Week and the LEP, so you can expect to see new penpal ads on my blog shortly!

 

Also, my Etsy shop just opened again, and you can now shop by sheet/envelope combos. Just select your favorite option below and start browsing!

 

10 sheets & 5 envelopes

12 sheets & 4 envelopes

14 sheets & 3 envelopes

16 sheets & 2 envelopes

20 sheets

 

One last thing… I’ve been a terrible penpal lately and haven’t mailed any of the letters that I wrote during my Mexico vacation in February/March yet. I hope my friends will forgive me!

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Hello!

My name is Julie and I'm 37.
I'm French Canadian and fell
in love with an American,
so I'm now living in Vermont
with my wife.

I write letters, I love stationery and I have a handwriting fetish. I often eat sushi, still feel like I'm 16 and only wear skirts & dresses (with colorful tights when it's cold).

I'm happier with a mind full of ideas, a mailbox full of letters from my penpals, a shop full of stationery, a house full of pens and a day full of hugs.

Read my Top 10 Quirks here.


This is me with my wife,
Denise. We met through the
League of Extraordinary
Penpals and are living
happily ever after in the
Stationery Kingdom.

Denise blogs here too and is
the one in charge of the
social media: Facebook,
Twitter and Pinterest.

She's 40 years old,
from South Dakota,
and in love with me, washi
tape & imperial rolls.

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