The Boy Visits Paris, take two…

Posted on May 22, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

Yesterday it finally hit me that I’ve only got a week here left, which is shocking and a bit terrifying and sad. My line to people about missing Paris has so far been, yeah it’s gonna be tough and I think I would be a lot more sad if I didn’t have the excitement of moving in with S waiting for me back home. Yesterday though, I was riding home on a bus after wandering through the Jardin du Luxembourg and it really truely hit me that I would be gone soon and this wonderful, amazing, sometimes frustrating experience would be over. I will never again be 21 and living Paris. And that’s something I’ve been mourning a bit, even in the excitement of preparing a new life. This city will always be something special to me. I can’t wait to come back here and explore with my children and show them all my favorite places. But still, I’m sad to be leaving what I have here and now, a life surrounded by wonderful, amazing friends, filled with crazy evenings spent meeting people in metro stations and going in search of a host-family free apartment to get together and party in. So, I’m trying to make this last week or so really count, because, damn, I miss these ladies already.

And now onto the promised recounting of S’s visit to Paris during his spring break in March, because despite the sadness to be leaving, I’m completely and awesomely psyched to be moving in with S and sharing a life with him. And here are some reasons why:

In case you didn’t know, we both LOVE to cook. I’m back at Pearls and Cupcakes in about a week and so much food blogging will be had. Very psyched. The second night he was here, after crashing for a bit, we picked out a recipe for marscapone, spinach, lemon and hazelnut pasta, that was, quite frankly, awesome. What was not so awesome, was S forgetting his credit card in the Boston airport, but we figured out how to transfer money between our accounts and so all was good.

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Dublin, the boy in Paris, Christmas at home, 21st Birthday, and Chinese New Years, oh my!

Posted on May 20, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , |

So the post a day didn’t exactly happen, because of finals and a nasty cold that I can’t quite quit, but I’m pushing through to try and document as much as possible of what happened during my long absence, before getting to the good stuff of my amazing spring break trip of awesome (pictures are already up on my flickr if you are curious and want a sneak peek.) Anyways, I’ve decided that the best ways to get you all caught up is via a short picture diary of the major events of December 2008 to January 2009.

First stop, Dublin: December 5th to December 7th

Travel Companions: Jamie and Alix

Where we stayed: Charles Stuart Guesthouse in a huge triple room. Very friendly people plus tasty traditional Irish breakfast every morning.

Favorite thing eaten: Sausages and Grand Marnier hot chocolate at the Temble Bar Food Market.

What we did: Saw Malahide Castle, went on the Guinness Factory Tour, walked around St. Stephen’s Green, and window shopped on Grafton Street.

Favorite memory: Going to a club where Jamie and I went to grab drinks and turned around to ask Alix what she wanted only to find her making out with the HOTTEST guy I’ve ever seen. Like epically hot. So sad I don’t have a picture.

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Joyeux anniversaire, mon coeur…

Posted on April 30, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , |

I’m officially back in Paris and, as soon as I get this giant paper deadline I have looming over me done with, I promise I’ll post all about my adventures gallivanting about Europe.

However, today is a very special day, because today is the day a certain someone in my life is hitting a very important milestone.

As of midnight, April 30, 2009, the Boy will have officially reached the most important age in any college student’s life: 21.

Happy birthday, love. I couldn’t imagine a more wonderful person to be sharing my life with.

Love,

S

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Posts in progress…

Posted on March 17, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , |

Red Panda

I promise promise promise that several posts are in the works. I’ve even started writing a draft about food in Paris, as well as several about recent visits from the boy and my mom. Until then, I thought you would appreciate some cute animal pictures, which are further proof that S’s back up career should be wildlife photographer.

Baby Leopard

(Both are animals we saw in the Jardin des Plantes menagerie. Anyone know what they both are? Come on out and comment people!)

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New year, new post…

Posted on January 7, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

So I’ve been back in Paris for the last couple days and am slowly getting un-jetlagged and un-crazy busy. I had a wonderful time in Austin, ate more Mexican food than I could have ever imagined eating (oh, enchiladas, I miss you already) and had a wonderful time enjoying the obscene amounts of eating and present giving/getting that is the holidays with my family. I have some pics to put up later, so you might actually get two posts this week.

Oh, and I did the whole celebrating the anniversary thing with the boy, which officially puts us at SIX YEARS. I’m really proud of who we’ve become both as individuals and as a couple and I frankly think he’s one of the coolest people on the planet. So, S, I love you and I can’t wait to see what happens in the next six years, but I’m sure it’s going to be a blast.

I don’t want to do the whole list the presents thing, but I do have a few faves: the 3 GORGEOUS necklaces the boy bought me, each one different, but somehow totally me, a gorgeous new purple wallet with a gold latch (love!), a new backpacking backpack for my spring break trip, camel cashmere shawl-neck J. Crew sweater that is taking some serious effort to not wear everyday, Andy Warhol plates for S and I’s apartment (see below), some rad books that I’ve been wanting for a really long time (everyone, go out and read The Handmaid’s Tale and World War Z, right now!) and two of the hottest pairs of shoes I’ve ever owned.

I promise that the title has nothing to do with my intended frequency of posting this year, which in fact brings me to the real topic of this post, my New Year’s resolutions.

  1. Write a blog post at least once a week. – I’ll be trying to catch up on what happened between the elections and now in the next couple of weeks, because one of the things that has been making me so hesitant to post is the size of that post. So you’ll be getting that story in the coming weeks. I promise not to try my very best not to be too overwhelmed by finals to keep going.
  2. Write in my journal everyday. – Ok, so not exactly any of your concern, but I figure that if I put it out here, I should actually do it. Plus there’s so much stuff about Paris that I don’t really feel comfortable putting out on the internets, but that I want to remember.
  3. Make a serious effort to eat sustainably and healthily and to exercise regularly this summer. – I suppose a bit explanation is required for this one.  S and I are moving in together this summer (OMG so excited!!!) and I’m going to have a major, if not majority (I can already see the spats), say in what I’m eating on a daily basis for really the first time in my life. So I’m trying to put my money where my mouth is on my whole sustainability/healthy eating/semi-vegetarianism/locavore stuff I’ve been spewing at all of you for so long. In more qualifiable terms: I’m going to make an effort to have the majority of my meals be vegetable and grain based, rather than meat based, I’m going to source all my fruits and vegetables (and meat when possible) locally, I’m limiting myself to fairly round meals I cook myself, and I’m moving my butt at least 4 times a week. I’m also going to try and document this on my other blog, which I will be returning to at the end of May. If you don’t have the address for it and want it, shoot me an email.
  4. Some relationship stuff that needs to stay off the internet, but that’s good. – Also putting this up so I can hold myself to it.

And with those resolutions, I have one for you guys out there. I know someone is reading, because I do have stats on how often someone not me looks at my blog (I’m not a creeper, I promise, it’s on the page when I sign in). In return for my promise to update at least once a week, I want at least one of you to comment or Facebook me or Skype me or AIM me or Twitter me (oooo, fancy new Twitter, everyone should get one!). It makes it a lot more fun to write this stuff if I know that someone’s out there reading it AND I miss you all a bunch and like to hear from you when I’m feeling homesick.

And on that note, I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and I wish you peace and love and happiness in 2009!

S

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My first week in Paris…

Posted on September 4, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , |

I’ve been so completely busy this week that there hasn’t even been anytime to write. Actually, there has been time to write, but it has been completely filled with talking to the boy whenever I could because he left for Kenya yesterday and we don’t know when/if I’ll be able to talk to him in the next 3 months.

So I guess I’ll start out with some pictures from my apartment. My host family lives in this gorgeous modern architectural wonder in the 13th. Neat little factoid: Parisians give their address as the nearest Metro station, so “je habite Bibliotechque Mitterand” or “I live at the station Bibliotechque Mitterand.”

Here’s my adorable bed:

Here’s the gorgeous view out my window:

And here’s our building from the street:

I’ve been adjusting well (I think) to life in Paris. Champagne and I take the Metro to class every day. I have only recently realized, however, just how horrible my French accent is. It’s really difficult because I understand almost everything, even my very very fast-talking French history teacher, but I have a really hard time expressing myself and remembering little things, like to call my host mom “vous” and not “tu.” (Don’t even get me started on the tutoyer/vousvoyer thing…it’s killing me. Anyways I’m probably taking on an extra 2-credit tutorial in phonetics this semester, because my accent pretty clearly gives me away as American.

Speaking of class, this week we’re at our college’s orientation program, but next week we start at orientation at Sciences Po. This is kind of sad, because I’m loving my 2 French history and political science classes, as well as my oral expression class (not anywhere near as dirty as it sounds), and even my phonetic class is pretty fun. However my two favorite profs are from Sciences Po and I’m hoping they’re indicative of the quality of teachers there.

Anyways, enough of the boring school stuff, on to the fun Parisian adventures:

Tuesday night, we had an exciting evening of going to the Eiffel Tower, which was super fun, except for our inability to find a friend who we were meeting there (she went to the wrong Metro station) and a super expensive post-Tower snack (18 Euro for a hot chocolate, a crepe and a not very good glass of bordeaux!).

Anyways it was a blast and I could write all about it or I could just post the sweet video blogging we did, and I’m tired and still have a reading to do, so you’re getting a video blog:

The rest of the night can be found here.

On a side note: so I know that people are reading this blog, cause I’m a creeper and read my blog stats, but I don’t know who. Would you drop me a comment occasionally (don’t use your name if you don’t want to), so I can see who’s out there? I like writing a lot better when I know people other than the boy are reading, cause he gets all this info anyways.

Thanks muchly in advance.

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