Monday, August 17, 2009

All About Antoinette

The majority of comments from my last post were about Antoinette, the French exchange student who's at Adams for the semester, and with good reason. Naturally everybody's curious about her. So imagine my surprise when Megan approached me with an idea to do a profile article on her for the back-to-school issue due out this week. I asked her, "How am I going to interview her? Especially with Meredith in the way?"
So, today when I approached Antoinette, Meredith looked at me like I was crazy. "What are you gonna do with her?"
"It's for the paper, you doofus," I shot back. "You don't own her!" I've decided I'm not going to take another year of abuse from her. We're never gonna be friends, and I can live with that.
I'm still not sure about the format to use for the article, but back in February I did do a 15 things about me post on my blog, so I suppose I may use that.

This afternoon I managed to get Antoinette in the newspaper office, and here's what I know about her now that I didn't know this morning. One thing I know about her is that even with her glasses, she's very pretty, and another thing I know is that she's very thin. She's even thinner than I am.
  • Her full name is Marie-Antoinette (one name) Anais Boucher, and she gets teased a lot back home because Marie Antoinette was a French queen who was beheaded.
  • Instead of using her full name, she chooses to go by Antoinette.
  • Her mother is Italian, her father is French.
  • She speaks three languages (French, Italian, English) and is learning Spanish and German.
  • She's in seventh grade, like me.
  • I have two classes with her.
  • She was born in a town called Versailles (she pronounces it vur-SY) and was raised in another town called Nice (pronounced like niece instead of nice). I'm sure Avery or Sophie may be much better at writing out the pronouncing of these names, though.
  • Her birthday is May 2.
  • She admires France's first lady, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, a former model who has also launched a music career.
  • Her family in France is fairly well-off.
  • She is an only child.
  • Her favorite artist is someone called Lady GaGa, and like me she doesn't get the obsession with Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana. "It's not that I don't like Mi-lee or Anna," she says in her cutely accented English, "it's just that they are not my favorite."
  • She wants to write for the paper. Knowing Megan, I'm sure that could be arranged.
  • She loves Harry Potter, admits to having a crush on Daniel Radcliffe (the guy that played him in the movies), and fantasized about being a Hogwarts student.
  • She loves fashion and is interested in the AG couture scene.

The cool thing about having her around now is we actually get to practice the French we're learning in class. I actually think she's okay. If I could rescue her from the clutches of the evil Meredith...

And the other cool thing about having access to the computers in the newspaper office is, they're connected to the internet... ;-)


Ruthie said...

I love your blog. It is so interesting and fun to read!
Do you mind if I put it on my favorite blog list? I would really like to.

Your Friend,

P.S. I also think that Hannah Montana should vanish.

Sophie Amélie said...

Wow, she sounds as if she has a lot in common with me. I mean, not that every fille française has to be the same, but we do seem to share many of the same interests. The difference is that she's half Italian, and I'm not...I don't think. I am a bit iffy on my genealogical background, so I might have a bit of Italian in me.

I just hope Meredith doesn't think she owns her because you might have a new friend in Antoinette otherwise.

Abby said...

She seems nice. I think that if you spend a lot of time with her, Meredith won't lead her into a bad direction. She should definatly write for the school newspaper. Ask her about Nice and if she has ever been to Paris, or loves croissants or crepes. Elle serait une amie vraie. She would be a true friend.

Avery V. said...

Antoinette semble très intéressant. (Antoinette sounds very interesting.)
I have an aunt named Marie-Antoinette as well! She goes by "Tony", haha! :)
I hope Meredith doesn't bring her to the dark side :P She seems very nice! Now that she has you as a sort-of friend, maybe she won't feel inclined to spend so much time with Meredith.
The newspaper interview is a really good idea!
Wow, she speaks 3 languages, and it learning 2 more? That's quite a lot! I have my hands full with French and English.
Nice is a great place, although much farther south than I've ever been in France. I have visited Versailles before, it isn't too far from Paris.
Harry Potter and Carla Bruni are great!

I hope you are able to be her friend!

Alex Violet McConnell said...

Wow. She sounds really interesting. I think you should spend time with her also, you two would probably be good friends! :)

Bella said...

Antoinette sounds like a very nice girl. You guys would be such great friends.
P.s I love reading your Blog. It's ♥fantabulous♥

Cali Hazelwood said...

Antoinette seems nice...I think if you could maybe distract her from Meredith you two could be great friends, after all you DO have 2 classes together! It was really fun reading all about her. You are a very good interviewer, Haley ;-)