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Music, French, photos…

There were so many pictures taken yesterday so I had Rachel pick her favorite for me to post.


You know, my old eyes just knows it clearer. She went into all sorts of explanations using words I had either never heard or heard and promptly forgot. But suffice it to say she is more than thrilled with the new camera. And yes indeed the lens fit and work wonderfully.

I got up early this morning to work on my French so when Husband calls I can answer Bonjour! And carry on a brief conversation with him for practice. He asked me almost every time we talk if I am practicing. I have to admit this week…not so much. Lots of extra kiddies hanging around.

Here is a pic of Sam in his Richard Thompson beret.


If you don’t know who Richard Thompson is go to his website and look him up…definitely worth a listen. I don’t think it is on his website but he did a cover of Britney Spear’s Toxic and it is terrific! Also Yael Naim has covered Toxic that is haunting at the very least! You might know Yael from her song used in the new Mac commerical…I’m a New Soul. Yeah, I have an odd/eclectic taste in music. When I am driving I most always listen to either my French lessons (if I am by myself) or NPR. At home…well whatever is open in ITunes…from 50’s to Sexy Back and everything in between. I especially have developed a fondness for The Pierces. Do yourself a favor and scroll down and read their bio. And of course don’t forget Sam’s mom’s band… Sons of William.

Gotta run…Sam is too quiet for comfort. Has to be into something!


Photo of the Day:

This is one of many that Rachel took day before yesterday.


AND her new camera will be here today.  Husband and I decided she needed something “real” to work with as she shows such an interest and talent for “seeing” things.  I have an older film Canon Rebel.  And after a couple of phone calls and research I found that absolutely all my lenses from that camera will work on the new digital Canon Rebel.  So…ta da!!


It is sort of an early birthday present and will truly be a lovely thing to have on the trip.  So we will have new photos to show soon!


A Case of Nerves

Just a bit.  I realized I dont have any idea how to get from our hotel to the train station that will take us to Chartres to pick up our car at the Hertz office that I dont know how to get to from the train station assuming we find the one in Paris.  Does that sound insane?  Yeah, it does to me too. And frankly it feels insane as well.

Part of a conversation between Husband and I:

Husband: Look, stop worrying about this.  We will figure it out when we get there.  

Me: Are you kidding me?  Figure it out when we get there! This isnt Paris Texas or Paris Arkansas.  This is Paris FRANCE. 

Husband: I have all the faith in the world in you.  You have never left a thing undone.  You will have all this ironed out in you mind and on paper before you leave.  That is why YOU are doing this part of the planning.  You are good at this.  The details.   

Me: You have faith in me.  You have FAITH in me!  You say that NOW but how are you going to feel when we are standing in the wrong terminal, with the wrong tickets for the wrong train going to the wrong city quite possibly on the wrong day????

Husband: Let’s talk about something else.  You are losing it.  Let’s talk about how cool it will be to see the Eiffel Tower for the first time.  Or stand in front of the Louvre or eat our first real French baguette.  You know the important parts of this trip.   The worse thing that can happen is we have to get other train tickets.  

Me: Okay.  It will be amazing wont it? 

He really isnt worried in the least.  He never is or if he is, it never shows.  I guess I should be thankful both of us are not insane at the same time.  Poor kids would be trying to figure all this out and drag two blubbering idiots around a foreign city by themselves.   

Now a lovely picture for you: 


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