Thursday, July 12, 2012
Friends, food, and (a bit of) frustration
As our time in France hits the halfway point, I'm feeling a need to reflect and reevaluate my plans for our time here.
On the one hand, the simple pleasure of having/making good friends here cannot be understated. With the exception of our time in Bruges, I can't remember the last time we weren't busy visiting with someone. The lovely Leila and her baby girl, Lilly-Rose, stayed with us for several days last week, and now our good friend, Duncan, is here. Mixed in with them were a bunch of get-togethers with Eric, Rebecca and Emmanuelle, with whom we have shared way too many calories lately!
The weather, unfortunately, has not been nearly as welcoming. It seems that France in summer is much like Portland the rest of the year. Although we've had a few nice days (mostly when we first got here), and although the sun does break through regularly, it's been mostly a grey, soggy, cool mess here for what seems like an unreasonably long time. I know that much of the world is suffering temperatures over 100F, and I much prefer this to that, but we sure could use a sun break.
This lack of expected sunshine has meant that I've been much more challenged as a mama. Playgrounds are soggy, promised beach trips are postponed, and a lack of friends has made for an understandably homesick and grumpy little girl at times. Hence the need to reevaluate. We do have a long weekend in Paris planned soon, and more surprise visitors joining us (David's 18-year-old cousin! to play! with Anna!)
In the mean time, here are some highlights from the past week or so.