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Things have been moving quickly in these parts.  I feel like ever since we’ve gotten back to the states we’ve been running non-stop.  We got back in June.  Since then we’ve been to Florida visiting family, Utah for a wedding, Illinois visiting family, then are moving into Chicago this weekend where The Husband and I are both working, and are going to California next weekend.  Between all of that visiting we found time to job hunt enough for me to currently have two jobs.  We’ve been blessed in more ways than I can count since returning to the States, but incredibly busy at the same time.

Currently we’re sleeping on an air mattress on the floor of our apartment until we get to move all our furniture that we haven’t seen in 2 years (!!!!!!) in this weekend.  We have no internet.  We have no light in our bedroom.  We have nothing to cook with.  We’re so busy that neither one of us gets home till 9 at night.  And we’re incredibly happy.  I miss Paris with all of my heart, but it was time for that chapter to end and this one to begin.  We’re just hoping this domestic chapter is a short one and that we start another international adventure again soon…  In the mean time, enjoy my sporadic blogging of pictures of Paris that make me swoon.  Once we get internet I’ll post some pictures of our new home, Chicago.

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One of the fun things that I do here is work as a private French teacher for ex-pats.  Lucky me I have the coolest students who like to go on outings to practice their vocabulary!

A few weeks ago we learned about des animaux and a group of us set out to the Ménagerie du Jardin des plantes to practice naming animals.  It had been so long since I’d been to a zoo that I’d forgotten how fun they can be!  Highlights included two apes kissing, seeing raccoons in captivity, the hedgehog exhibit, and hanging out with four teenage boys all afternoon.  They keep me young.

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A few weekends ago the perfect storm happened — we had plans with friends on a Friday night, it was magically in the 70’s all day long, and it there wasn’t a cloud in sight!  Of course, we had to have a picnic on the Seine– one of my favorite summer-time activities!  Lucky for us the weather decided to be completely and totally cooperative, and as soon as we sat down on our little corner of cobblestone the temperature dropped into the 60’s — making it perfect weather for a light cardigan and time with friends!

If you haven’t noticed, theres been a lack of posting going on here lately — thats cause I’m in the throes of intense thesis-ing, meaning that most of what I do is sitting either in bed in my pajamas, writing frantically about cultural translation in the Goutte d’Or, or do the same, only dressed and sitting in an uncomfortable metal chair at the library where I work.  What can I say, my life is glamorous.  So, when I do take the opportunity to go out and do something other than schoolwork at the moment, its incredibly nice when things work out as beautifully as they did the night of our picnic!

Lucky for me, The Husband was in a good mood and agreed to go for a walk until the wee hours of the morning after our picnic was completed — I love Paris by night!

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Lately life has been the teensiest crazy with school, work, home life, and exploration.  Finals week is {finally} over — now I just have this tiny thing called a thesis left to write….  I’ve been working extra long hours this week to prepare for my family coming in on Thursday morning, hence the no excursions anywhere ever — luckily we have tourists coming into town so we’ll be doing tons of fun things in the upcoming week!

Until then, heres some comings and goings that have happened recently (okay, so the first two are from Germany, but all the rest are from the past three days!).  Now I have to get back to slightly freaking out over the fact that all the work that I’ve done over the last three weeks on my thesis is now corrupted and inaccessible because of my computer.  So much for those first 20 pages I had written…  Anyone good with computers and know how to help a girl out?

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The new Daft Punk album?  Soundtrack of my life at the moment.  I may have already listened to it three times today to make work more exciting!

 

 

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!

What have I been up to lately? School. Oh yeah, and some of this too :).

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Even though I’m insanely busy, I can’t get over how lucky we are to be going to Grad School in Paris. Sometimes, I pinch myself to make sure it’s real. And The Husband wonders why I have so many bruises…

Coming soon: our failed attempt to casually cross the Chinese New Years parade after church

 

To celebrate my last night of no work The Husband and I decided to play the role of tourists once again and head off to watch la Tour sparkle.  No matter how long I live here, something about it is still magical, and my heart still skips a beat whenever I see it light up like magic.

 

La Tour Eiffel > any Christmas Tree ever.

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I’m at work right now on a national holiday here.  There’s no one around.  I was here yesterday as well, only the library was actually closed then.  Anyways, I was in the basement shelving books, when all of the sudden I heard a noise from behind the door in the wall.  Yes, you read that right, the door in the wall which, coincidentally, leads to the sewers underneath Paris.  I stopped shelving books, went upstairs, and didn’t venture back downstairs until today, when I wasn’t the only one around.

I’m convinced that if there’s a zombie apocalypse I’ll be the first to go, since they will, without a doubt, climb out of the sewers to eat us.

I always have pretty pleasant thoughts at work, huh?

 

By the way, I was going to post a picture of myself at work as a librarian today, and then I saw my hair.  It randomly hailed while I was walking to the library from the metro stop.  I look like a hot mess.  I guess it fits with the Halloween theme at this time of year?