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December 18th, 2014

I’ll write 36 letters – do you want one?


36 project 1

36 project 2


To summarize:

– I’ll write a letter to 36 different and new people over the next 12 months.

– This is an ongoing project, so you have until December 2015 to participate.

– To receive a letter, you can post a comment below, tell me about yourself (or the person you want me to write to), and ask me a few questions to get me going.

– Another way to receive a letter is to write me a letter!


Please share this with your friends… I’d love to meet and write to new people! Thank you. See you in the mail…

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December 16th, 2014

My birthday in 35 points


It was my birthday last Friday (on 12/12), and I turned 35 years old! But rest assured: nothing has changed, I still feel like I’m 16.


Here is a list of 35 things that were involved on my birthday (it was a 2 day celebration):


1- Sushi! This is a must on my birthday. Raw salmon, seaweed salad, tempura shrimp, yum!


2- An orange birthday card from my wife.


3- A special edition of my son’s magazine cover, just for me!


4- A new external hard drive.


5- A visit at my favorite thrift store.


6- Birthday balloons from my mom.



7- Some new funky Sock Dream tights.


8- A handmade birthday card from my mom.


9- A bacon cheeseburger at Five Guys, with salty peanuts and French fries!


10- A few rounds of Bingo with my family.


11- Two episodes of Dexter (we’re on season 7 now).


12- A birthday card from LEP member Becka in the United States!



13- The discovery of possibly the most amazing grocery store on the planet: Adonis.


14- The book Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner.


15- A game of Color Addcit – I won!


16- A game of Yum (Yahtzee) – I won!


17- A game of Snakes and Ladders – I lost.


18- A birthday card from my LEP birthday twin, Lesley in the United States!



19- A few thrifted clothes (dresses, skirts, shirts and a cardigan).


20- A slice of Ferrero Rocher cake (I had to eat it in 2 sittings)!


21- The book The Honeymoon Effect: The Science of Creating Heaven on Earth.


22- Wine!


23- A bunch of vintage postage stamps.


24- Handmade card + present from my penpal Lisa in France.



25- A party hat that made me look like a unicorn.


26- Tzatziki sauce, dates wrapped in prosciutto, crackers, tofu spread, couscous, Greek olive hummus, a ton of vegetables.


27- A very moving post full of touching birthday wishes from LEP members (I cried)!


28- My very first ugly sweater, matching Denise’s new ugly sweater.


29- Chocolate Tiramisu cake.


30- Handmade card from my penpal Bonnie in Canada. She made a map of the world with our LEP stamp! How creative is she?!

Bonnie 1

Bonnie 2


31- A bilingual version of the happy birthday song left on my voicemail by my friend Annik.


32- A birthday card from my son, full of his wonderful illustrations.


33- Wine glasses.


34- A lot of snow…


35- And most importantly… A lot of love!


It was a great birthday – thanks to everyone who brought a smile to my face!


My name is Julie and I'm 35.
I live in Québec (close to Montréal) and I speak French.

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 cats 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 amongst
piles of cats and stationery.

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

She's 39 years old,
from the United States,
and in love with me, washi
tape & imperial rolls.

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