Today is the first day where I felt like it was what we will call “the new normal”. Tom and I were up early, he to make his French press coffee and start breakfast, me to work out (yes, I have a little “kit” my friend, Steve, sent me off with so I can continue my regular M-W-F workouts while in Paris). Elizabeth and Julian were up an hour later to eat and get ready for school (Sarah starts 45 minutes later every other Wednesday). Tom walked them to school while Chili and I walked partway with them and then returned home to shower and help Sarah get ready. Tom left for a run straight from the school and returned while I was gone. I stopped at the market on the way home from walking Sarah and picked up quatre filet de poulet (four chicken breasts), buerre avec fleur de sel (butter with salt), and one kilo of tomate (do I need to define this one?). We both spent time taking care of things on the computer and in the apartment…folding laundry, doing dishes, prepping dinner). Wednesdays are a half-day at school so Elizabeth and Julian are done at 12:30 and Sarah at 12:45pm. She had plans to go out for lunch with three friends and then shopping. Elizabeth had soccer practice from 3:30 – 5:30pm, Tom left for a dinner meeting, Sarah returned from her afternoon out, homework and music lessons were completed, dinner was prepared (very crispy vegetables as Mom continues to play with the French directions of the convection oven). Now Chili and four children are sleeping, Tom is still out, and I should be heading to bed as well.
So for all intents and purposes, my day is really just like many of your days. Except I’M IN PARIS!
To illustrate the difference, I’ve included a photo of the bridge we cross multiple times each day. It’s right outside our apartment and we cross it for school, soccer and most of our other activities. But the interesting point is that we haven’t gone one day without seeing at least one bride being photographed on this bridge. My photo is a bride from about 10:30 this morning. There was another one after soccer tonight at 5:30, along with a model and her entourage. I have seen up to five brides in one day. And many models with their photographers, make-up and hair people and, sometimes, a rack of clothes. Elizabeth analyzes each dress (she loves them all, of course) and has vowed to return to this bridge in her own wedding dress some day.
The rest of the week includes pretty normal stuff: Tomorrow Tom and I are going out for dinner with his CEO and another work colleague that are in town (a typical late dinner after 8pm), Friday is school picture day, Julian has a play date with Harry after school over by Notre Dame, and Saturday is soccer and hopefully a visit to a lovely park as this weekend is Fete de Jardins (Garden Party) where all the public and private gardens of Paris are open to the public with tours and activities.
Fun stuff scheduled for Sunday, but that will have to wait for another post…