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I’ve been overwhelmed lately, as has everyone it seems.  Sometimes life just gets the best of us and things like journaling (thats what this blog is for me) get put by the wayside.  But, in my absence I was successfully able to do another full read-through of my thesis, edit the whole thing (again), make some final changes, and turn that baby in once and for all!  I now only have my defense left before I emerge a true Master!  We also had two birthdays last week in our tiny studio, as well as me reading my first book for fun since starting grad school one year ago.  I may have spent all weekend in bed reading after turning in my thesis and successfully finished 2.5 books.  So kill me.  It was amazing.

Anyways, a few weeks ago we had the awesome opportunity to go to our second Nuit Blanche here in Paris.  This is always one of my favorite nights of the year and I spend way too much time reading the huge city guide that the Mairie puts out so I can try to catch everything I want to see.  Alas, rather than seeing all the approximately 150 exhibits I wanted to see, The Husband, me, and our recently married friends the Baguettes hung out at Pizza Hut for most of the night.  Mr. Baguette was hungry, and just had to choose the sit down pizza joint.  Good company and great conversation made the non-artsy part of the evening my favorite.  We did see three things though, and three is better than none!  I count this as a win!

The Husband and I started off our evening with a picnic on the Seine and a walk around the quartier before meeting up with the Baguettes.

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Stay tuned for the actual artsy part of the evening!

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We interrupt all regularly planned fun touristy things around Paris that are amazing to bring you Finals week: Grad school Edition.

 

There’s been a lot of this going on:

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As well as a lot of this:

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(Which, for those of you that aren’t aware, is my inner dragibus monster eating people because all it wants to do is sit around and eat candy while doing anything but paper writing.)

 

Here’s looking at next Thursday — when this will all be done and I can go visit something cool!

 

Until then, I’ll spare you pictures of the library, my new residency.  Really, it’s not all that different from an American one…

 

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A church. Squished between apartment buildings. Behind which I go to school? Definitely not in America any more.

Do you ever have those days where you just feel insanely sexy no matter what you do?  Yeah, today was one of those days for me.  I mean, it’s probably because of the hobo who was hitting on me in the métro as I silently jammed to Daft Punk on my way to class this morning, but it could have been the red lipstick, you never know…

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Sometimes, I’m mean and like to show off the fact that I work right next to La Tour Eiffel. Then I get it out of my system and get over myself.

Anyway, on days like today I like to make The Husband come pick me up from work and take some pictures of me.  You know, so when I’m old and fat from having babies we can show these to them as proof that every once in a while, I looked sexy in my youth.  That way they know theres still hope for them.

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Bag – Cambridge Satchel Company, Coat – Zara, Green Scarf – H&M, Black Scarf – Gap, Skirt – Zara, Tights – H&M, Boots – Brandless

 

 

1. Last night, The Husband and I attended a documentary screening at Le Paris des Faubourgs, a great association that I have the privilege of being able to work with starting later this month.  The film, We, the walking wounded, was filmed by Mohamad Reza Sahibdad, an Afghani who fled his native land and sought asylum in Paris.  His film deals with another man in this same situation.  At the end of the screening, he showed us the trailer for his next film, Welcome to Paristan.  This is pretty cool stuff, and it pertains to what I’m writing my thesis on.  Check it out!

 

2. Currently reading (other than books for school and thesis research…) Les Misérables in French.  Can we just all stop for a minute to appreciate the greatness that is Monseigneur Bienvenue?  I only have time to read this while I brush my teeth and do my hair, but let’s just say that I’ve been taking over 10 minutes every morning and night to do this because I’m enjoying the book so much…

 

3.  This non-stop snow dusting over Paris that has been happening for the past 4 days.

 

4. Thesis research.  I.  Am.  Such. A. Nerd.  Have I mentioned lately how much I love school?  Also, just read a chapter from the next book on my to-read list — On Deep History and the Brain by Daniel Lord Smail.  Read it and marvel about how you’ve never thought about the link between culture and brain evolution before.  Rinse.  Repeat.

 

5. These pictures taken by The Husband recently on a walk in our quartier.  We may not live in the ideal picture perfect Parisian quartier, but it’s ours and I love it to death for that simple reason.  I love that he found beauty in a busy, migrant area that is not normally considered a beautiful area within Paris.

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Only 1.5 more weeks before two weeks of Spring Break!  My camera will definitely be getting some loving then since I’ve been neglecting it so much lately for school work!

 

The Husband and I headed over to the Musée du Quai Branley yesterday to get some homework done for one of my classes.  (sidenote: A major advantage to going to grad school in Paris?  Museums as homework.  What’s not to love?)  If you’ve never been to the Musée I highly recommend it — it has a totally different feel than any other museum in Paris that I’ve been too.  Rather than being full of master pieces, this is a cultural museum that instead showcases pieces of cultural significance.  Seriously cool, not to mention the beautiful grounds.  I’m lucky enough to work and go to school right down the street, so I can tell you first hand how beautiful the gardens are when in bloom — not to mention the gardens that literally grow up the walls of the museum.  Honestly, it’s worth checking out just for the grounds and awesome location, not to mention all the cool stuff inside!

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FYI- this is where I get off to go to school.  It was such a beautiful day we didn’t mind the 15 minute walk from the Métro to the Musée!

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Conveniently located right next to another cool attraction…

 

 

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The one disappointment of the day?  The resident crystal skull was off exhibit for testing.  Not gonna lie, the first thing The Husband did when we arrived was find an employee and ask where the skull was…  I think he’s the only person ever who loved Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull.  Needless to say we’ll be going back once they’re done with testing and the skull is back out!

        Last weekend The Husband and I headed off to the Opéra Garnier to hit up the Apple Store and check out the Christmas decorations at Galeries Lafayette.  While the decorations definitely were amazing, the stores were so crowded it took us 20 minutes to get around most of them!  Going shopping the weekend before Christmas in Paris = definitely not one of our smartest ideas... At least we got some pretty photos out of it, right? DSCN5071 DSCN5072 Contrary to popular belief, I'm actually not this much taller than The Husband...  I was just standing on a ledge....  Photo fail.   DSCN5077 DSCN5075   Please excuse the complete (seriously, none at all) lack of make-up and hair-doing in these photos.  After one really tough semester, I felt I deserved a day of doing absolutely nothing, and that included getting ready for the day...  Isn't that Cinderella coach pretty amazing though?  Gotta love Paris.   Joyeux fêtes!