Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Summer vacation

Since we came back from holiday, not only has Paris been decidely shivery, but we have not managed a single playgroup. Now, a three-year-old who has spent two weeks being spoiled with attention by an entire country full of people plus her grandparents does not transition easily back to a schedule of quiet mornings coloring with her mommy and walks in the park. It has been HELL around here and I am feeling like I haven't got an ounce of energy left in me to deal with her for another day. So this afternoon, I took the bull by the horns and decided to fly back to the States in two weeks time.

The downside is that I will have to miss the wedding of a very close friend of mine from uni that it taking place in London the last weekend in July. I was so looking forward to this party because it was a black tie event in the most gorgeous location I have ever seen, but finally I realized that I was having to sit in Paris for 4 weeks for the pleasure of spending over a 1000 euro for this party. Yikes. Its probably better that we just skip the wedding and send an extra nice present as I have a hard time imagining how I would manage to have 1000 euro worth of fun in one night, anywhere.

I cannot wait. Even two weeks seems like an eternity now that I have the plans made. Apparently, Wisconsin has not been washed away entirely by the floods but I have been warned that the mosquitos are out in full force. I don't even care. I don't know what has gotten into me, since I just got back from holiday and should be in a brilliant mood, but I am HATING being in Paris right now. I'm just so bored to tears by my routine. I have three different friends visiting Paris this week and basically have plans to go out every night for the next 6 nights. The sales start next Wednesday and I haven't done the least bit of reconnaissance. I suspect that while its the little things that are bugging me, its the big picture that needs to be shook up. I feel like I've just gotten in a rut and need a change of scenery so I can figure out what to do to fix that.

Ok- just as an example. I'm sitting here looking into the cupboard where I have my purses and it is irritating me beyond reason that I have saved so many stupid bags when I haven't used more than 4 of them over the course of the last 6 months. There must be 15 bags sitting there taking up space. If only the stupid Emmaus shop was closer, I would throw them in a garbage bag and drop them off right now.

Actually, thats the perfect example of my state of mind right now. I just want to clean out all the extraneous junk so I can breathe easier and see whats going on. I want empty closets, not stacks of dusty old junk that I don't use and don't need.

Maybe making plans to shop for more stuff can be taken off my To Do List?


Valerie said...

Run all of those purse decisions past me first, okay?

I wouldn't want another winter coat incident to occur on my watch.

Nicole said...

Ok- I'll email you photos so you can see if there are any hidden treasures then I'll post them to you. Problem is, right now I have so much stuff to take to Emmaus (a giant trash bag of clothes and an Ikea carrier of shoes) that posting the bags to you will probably be the easiest way to get them out of the house.

Valerie said...

If you are going to be around for a little while this summer, we'll have to arrange for you to have a proper weekend get-away to Minneapolis. It might not be the most EXCITING city in the world, but there are definitely some cool bars and sweet little boutiques.
Can't wait!

Samantha said...

I second Valerie - as a lover of purses (especially designer ones *S*), do not just throw them out! Send them my way - I live in the 5ème now, so I'll even save you the trouble of posting them, lol.

Marianne said...

Hi there, just found your blog in my insomniac state of cruising blogs about Paris! I really relate to this post - sometimes it all just feels wrong and you want to have a clear out. To be honest I have often done hugh charity shop hauls and I have never once regretted anything I gave away or sold off. Hope the feeling clears anyway.