Monday, May 5, 2008

Our 2008 summer sub-let apartment in Paris Pictures!

*Please Note* This is not our apt anymore.  It was a summer apt we rented already furnished in the 19th Arrond back in 2008.  It worked fine for us for a summer, but when we actually moved to France we found an apt about three times the size and even that can feel small sometimes.  And our view is not a building, but the River Seine, lovely indeed.

After literally hours of my life WASTED looking for apartments, Hicham finds 'the one'. No, it wasn't a contest really, but there would be a certain satisfaction gained for the one who actually located 'the' summer apartment. I was close a few times though, tell ya what!

But in the end, it was Hicham who found our summer home. The photos are ones he took at the apartment to convince me that this was the one. To the average observer, it might seem odd that he took photos of the kitchen sink. But in fact, for me, the kitchen sink was a non-negotiable. I would not live in an apartment where the kitchen sink looked like it belonged in a bathroom. Yes, in Paris, it is common to find small bathroom sinks... IN THE KITCHEN!!!!! Certainly not enough room to wash a casserole dish let alone a cookie pan. Those sinks are a joke and a half, clearly designed for people who eat only cheese and bread all day - like the French... oh wait.

He took 40 pictures, many of them highlighting the nearby trees. I am only sharing 3 for your viewing pleasure, because you likely do not care to see the shower head of the apartment (also non-negotiable... must be attached above the head and not simply on a hose laying in the bottom of the tub... picky picky picky!)

Yea! What a relief. Knowing where we will live over the summer is certainly putting my mind in a restful position. And another cool thing is that my French school is only a few blocks from Hicham's work. So, we will go together in the morning, meet for lunch, he will go back to work and I will study French and well, who the hell knows what else? Blog more maybe?

3 and a half weeks!

3 & 1/2 weeks... and counting

So- Just a little update... I do have another more interesting blog about my re-move abroad. Please let me know if you are interested in the link, and I will gladly email it to you. It goes a lot more in depth than I do on myspace.

Reality struck me about two weeks ago- with working more than FT as the Cheif Judge for One Stop Early Voting, I realized that I simply was NOT going to be ready to move out of my house in time. It was just too overwhelming. Yes, it is true our garage sale resulted in 'earning' over $2000 and yet there was still stuff yet ungone stuff, paperwork, random miscellaneous stuff that people didnt buy or that I failed to put out for the sale and many, many books that did not sell. Not to mention the fact, that moving our requires cleaning time. So, I sucked it up and admitted to being a human being and not a human doing. Lucklily, for me the landlord said I could stay an additional month.

So- after using the rental truck to drive all my clothes to Rachel's house, I had to go back and get them all and resume my life in my empty yet cluttered house. It was really stupid. Her house was clean, orderly and stress-free and mine, well let's just say that it sucks. I felt a jab or self-hate as I left what could have been my clean, orderly home before departure to France BUT NO... still have tons left to do!

Yesterday, I brought three boxes of random stuff to the ladies down the street - they are in recovery of some sort and living in a group home. They were delighted by all the funkified clothes & shoes.

But anyoldway- Early voting is over (two days ago - over 800 voters in 6 hours!) and tomorrow is NC's primary election and then a normal routine will resume... and Wednesday will be the BIG delivery day to Habitat for Humanity.

I would say that 2008 has already been one of the most unusual years of my life... how has your 2008 been so far?