Thursday, December 11, 2008

Getting ready

In lieu of doing my laundry, which was on the agenda for tonight, I'll write something. How novel! (No, not a novel. Very little progress on that front.)

The big news is that I'm going back to England next week and I'll stay there until right before I head back to the US. This leaves me less than a week in Paris and I'm losing my mind ever so slightly. I am close to having all I need to get ready, though. I have two boxes ready to pack and send home early. One box is small is already mostly filled with books and papers. The other box is medium-sized and I'll fill it with clothing and shoes. (I'm sure I could pay a little more for overweight luggage but I'd rather handle it this way--plus when I have to carry everything to the airport, it will be easier.)

So, the pre-packing is all set. Now all I have to do is actually pack and make a trip to the post office. Next week will be time enough for that.

On Tuesday, I went to get my replacement carte de sejour (residency card). Except I didn't get it. What I did get was a temporary card an appointment to come back and get the permanent card on January 30. Heh. Since the temporary card (a half sheet of paper with my photo and an embossing stamp) is good until the end of March and I'll be back and forth only once more in December, I'll have to live without the permanent card. Oh well.

The next major agenda item is seeing things I haven't seen yet. First up was the Louvre. I went last night around 5:30pm and stayed for a couple of hours. On Wednesday nights, it's open until 10pm and if you show up late, like I did, it's "only" six euros. I browsed all around but mostly looked at the Spanish paintings. That place is so huge you could spend weeks there. It's impossible. But, hey, I went, I enjoyed, I won't have any regrets.

Today, after a slow start, I went to the Rodin museum. It is one of the best ones in the city. It's small, accessible and full of absolutely gorgeous works of art. While it was freezing cold outside, which made walking in the sculpture garden less than entirely pleasant, it was clear and sunny. The pretty clouds in the Paris sky were almost as pleasing to the eye as the sculptures. I will miss that.

I am busy finalizing the details of my trip to England. I have my train tickets. I don't have the accommodations set, though I'm pretty sure it will work out somehow. I wish I had all the answers but I can deal with things. It helps that I heard from Kent and he confirmed that he wants to see me. Before I was worried, now I feel…distracted. With all I have to do to get ready, it's hard to think about the good time I'll have when I'm there…but I know I will have a good time. I know I'll be happy to see him (and Alicia and any other friends I manage to catch up with). We'll have a great time and I'll be astoundingly sad when it's time to go home. Ah, well, what can you do?

Grateful for: being ready.

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