Saturday, January 24, 2009

I was just going through some of the wedding photos and couldn't help but drool over all the delicious food we had that I didn't even get to try! I was too busy mingling, taking photos, and saying merci! I wish I could go back, do it all over again and just take my time and enjoy the evening. Why didn't anyone tell me to take it easy?!

All food provided by Lenôtre at Le Pré Catalan, where we had our reception.


I thought I would share some of my photos from the last bit of renovations happening before the big move next Tuesday.  For the first time (after living 2 1/2 years in Paris) I will have an oven, a dishwasher (gasp!) and a closet!  I've had to store over half of my wardrobe in suitcases for way too long and I can't wait to actually see all my clothes hung up in one place!  I love the old black and white tiles we have in the kitchen and the fact that we even have enough space to add a little table and chairs to eat dinner like normal people (normal people in the USA I suppose).  We'll also have a living room with several large windows that actually let in sunlight, plus the space is big enough to hold  a couch and chairs, coffee table and desk!  We will indeed have a bedroom (yes, a real bedroom, with a bed!).  It's amazing how sharing 30m2 with someone for over a year gets you excited about the small stuff.  

The whole moving thing will be a lot of work but it's gonna be so worth it!  Get ready for our pendaison crémaillère*

*housewarming party

Wednesday, January 21, 2009


After popping by the new apartment to see how the renovations are coming along, I walk quietly down the rue Saint-Lazare towards the metro station.  A man makes his way towards me and when his mouth starts to move I take out my earphones assuming he needs directions.  "Bonjour mademoiselle, vous avez perdu....."*  I look behind me, thinking I've dropped something.  When I turn back around he looks me in the eyes and says "votre sourire."**  I wave my hand towards him as if to brush him away, and then continue on my way.

Just another day in France, another Frenchman workin' his charm.

* "Hello miss, you seem to have lost..."
** "your smile."

Monday, January 19, 2009

I've been trying to keep up my morale but it's been tough.  Paris and my apartment have been absolutely glacial and although we're planning the big move soon it all seems very stressful as we face problems with J's father (who has a history of mental illness), the job search, the never-ending bills, really long days at school (10+ hours) and trying to get everything packed while we should be studying for our partiels (final exams).  The weight of everything has hit J hard and he constantly threatens he won't have his diploma by the end of the year, that he just wants to pack up and move to the US, ultimately leaving all his problems behind him.  I try to explain that this isn't the solution and that everything will be fine if we just stick it out together.  

On a happier note, yesterday J and I took a break from all the stress and had lunch at Breakfast in America.  I wouldn't recommend going on Sundays as you will more than likely wait in line for over an hour, but I do approve of the food!  If you like authentic American breakfast (pancakes, bacon, sausage, eggs) or even the classic hamburger or hot dog, you should definitely check this place out if you're ever yearning for a taste from home.  yum!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Back in FREEZING Paris/ Happy New Year!

J and I just spent two wonderful weeks with my family and friends in the US.  We ate, drank, and shopped ourselves into oblivion and it was marvelous!  I got to meet up with friends I hadn't seen since last Christmas, brought J to his first American basketball game and even tried over 60 flavors of Coca-Cola beverages at Atlanta's new World of Coke museum.  I watched movies with my baby sister (she's 13), sang karaoke with my Dad, celebrated my 25th birthday with my family and rang in the new year with my parents, friends, and neighbors by my side.  Everything felt so natural: cooking and eating with the fam while listening to the sounds of football blaring on the tv, running over to Target or Walmart for some last minute thing, grabbing chips and cheese dip at the local Mexican joint, paying only $30 to fill up the gas tank.  It's amazing how I can just jump back into the routine of my old life, even with J by my side.  Of course I wasn't looking forward to leaving but I was still excited about starting the year fresh: continuing school, my new internship and moving into our apartment. 

After traveling almost 14 hours I arrived in Paris yesterday morning, dropped my bags off and showered at my apartment and went straight to work.  I wanted to show that I was motivated and willing to be there even after missing a night's sleep.  Staying until 7PM,  I grabbed my coat to leave and the boss pulled me aside and asked to speak with me. He told me it just wouldn't work out; that they really need someone full time, someone that doesn't have school during the week.  All this came as a complete shock.  I had only worked about a week and 1/2 before leaving for the US.  I just think they shouldn't have taken me on as an intern if they were going to change their minds so quickly.  

I spent last night tossing and turning because of the jetlag and because I had too many thoughts running through my head.  Back to square one: sending out CV's and setting up interviews.  I guess this just isn't where I thought I'd be at 25 and I'm a bit disappointed.  But as I look back on 2008 I can't say I didn't have a great year:  I moved back to Paris, married the love of my life, traveled to Holland, Tunisia, Italy, and England and got into French grad school.  Of course I'd like to find another internship ASAP but my newfound free time will allow me to study more for my upcoming finals, go to the gym, spend more time with friends and move in and decorate the new apartment (crossing my fingers for the end of the month).  I'm trying not to let this little setback get me down.

Here's to hoping for a meaningful and successful 2009!