HELLO. Here I am, once again, returning after a blogging hiatus. I mentioned in my last post some of the stuff that I had planned for late February. Well, I finished reading Tess of the D’Urbervilles in French, but now I’m onto Proust, and while I’m happy that I’m reading La Prisonnière in its mother tongue, that doesn’t make it any easier. Just give me a plotline and some blood and guts, that’ll make me turn the pages a lot quicker.
Anyways, despite my accumulating pile of work, what else is new? A lot. Eh, fine, not a whole lot. But how about a life update in general?
1) I ate at some FABULOUS restaurants. Un Dimanche à Paris takes the cake, in this case. The chocolate cake. It’s a chocolate shop that also has a restaurant and salon de thé attached, and all of the dishes include some form of chocolate. It’s not the kind of place you’ll want to go every weekend, as I’m pretty sure if you did you would no longer have a wallet or a bank account, but for a special occasion– like visiting family– it was totally worth it. And it got thumbs up all around, even from the slightly conservative 15-year-old diner.
2) I. SAW. DAVID. LEBOVITZ. This event will forever go down in my mind as one of my top celebrity moments. Of course, when I was telling my boss about it the next morning at the bakery, she just shrugged as she sipped her coffee and said: “Oh, David? He’s one of my friends! He offered to let us use his oven.” While I know he’s been into Sugarplum before because of this post, I’m still waiting with baited breath for him to walk in again. If you don’t know who he is, google him. Read his blog. Read his books. Make his food. My father actually brushed elbows with him at Little Breizh, my favorite crêpe place in Paris. I’m so jealous.
3) I’ve been running. A lot. Somehow, I managed to get back into the running groove– I’m guessing it was because of this beautiful Spring weather that’s made its way to Paris. And this Sunday is the race. I actually found out that I’m missing a form that I need in order to compete (leave it to the French to require stamped forms in order to run), so I’m hoping to get that taken care of today and tomorrow… because if not, I’ll just be on the sidelines. And that would be such dommage.
4) After realizing I’ve been eating a little too much free cake, I realized I needed to work out a little more. I already run enough, but why not do some more overall body work? I’d dabbled in BodyRock before, but I’m really getting into it now. The workouts aren’t long at all, which is great because I get bored and unmotivated really easily. It’s the “Home Workout Movement,” and even after doing it for a week and a half, I already feel stronger! Check it out if you’re having a hard time getting to the gym.
5) I’m having such a breakthrough in French. All of a sudden, I feel like I can understand everything that’s going on me. I feel like that’s a really good sign. Instead of feeling like French is this strange tongue that I only sort of understand, I feel as comfortable listening to it as I do English, most of the time. Weird, but I’m excited about it.
6) 21 IN LESS THAN A MONTH. So anti-climactic in France.
So let me apologize for my huge blogging hiatus. While the workload won’t decrease, I’m hoping to just balance my time a little better– and to continue posting some of my adventures around the city! The latest one includes a vegetarian meal (it has brown rice, that’s all you need to know right now) and a green smoothie (WHAT? A GREEN SMOOTHIE? IN PARIS? WHERE?).