Counting the days

I have not done a Thursday is for thinking out loud post with Amanda since May, so I figured today would be a good time. Lots of randomness going through my mind, so get ready for my brain dump !



Bastille Day. Today is July 14th, similar to July 4th in the US. It is a holiday so I am fully going to enjoy the four day weekend ahead of me. After a bit of rain today, the rest of the weekend should be nice. We have had such crappy weather, that summer finally seems to have arrived.

Today there will be a big military parade on the Champs Elysees, and fireworks in many of the cities.

Vacation. We will be on our annual 3 week summer vacation as of next Friday. Is it so bad wanting to count down the 8 days between now and then ?  Cross the days off on the calendar ? Like most European countries we get 5 to 6 weeks vacation annually, and most people take on average 3 in a row in the summer. The first week is spent decompressing and ridding my brain of work. The last 2 are spent enjoying the vacation and recharging my batteries. This year we are going to Crete, the biggest Greek island.


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Politics. Maybe this isn’t politically correct to talk about politics on my blog, so I will just say I find it depressing and embarrassing. The US, the UK, France… it is all the same. News came out yesterday in France that our President pays his hairdresser over 120 000 USD a year. Seriously ? He doesn’t even have that much hair !


Teenagers. My two girls usually go to the US to spend a month or so with their grandparents but we decided they would stay in France this summer, for the first time in probably 10 years. Teenagers don’t usually work in France so finding things to occupy them has been challenging fun. One is doing a theater camp and the other an art camp. It has been fun having them around.

Travel. For work, I have traveled every week for the past 3 months. I am very happy to say that I had no travel this week and have no travel next week. I know how lucky I am to be able to travel for work but boy, was it a welcomed break.

Books. I have read 2 books over the past week. That is amazing because social media and the internet has killed my attention span and I have the hardest time staying focused on a book.


So that pretty much sums up what is happening in my neck of the woods.

What’s new where you are ?

What book would you recommend that I read while on vacation ?  Nothing too intellectual please !

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Comments: 6

  1. lol have to laugh about the hair dresser!! Greece is beautiful hope you have a fabulous vacation!!
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    • Karen - Fit in France July 14, 2016 at 3:18 pm Reply

      Thanks ! We are looking forward to it, I have started to devourer our travel guides !

  2. Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy July 14, 2016 at 2:46 pm Reply

    Oh God, I need a vacation soooooo bad and we have nothing planned til the end of September. And I have NEVER had a 3 week vacation. And very few that were longer than a week, either.

    I’m sure it will be challenging keeping the teens occupied, but how nice to have them home for a summer too, I’m sure.

    Mr. Judy used to travel a lot for work — not as much as you, but at times at least monthly, sometimes twice a month, every other month. It gets old quickly. He actually hasn’t had to travel much for work in the last couple of years.

    Enjoy that vacation & I hope you have beautiful weather!
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    • Karen - Fit in France July 14, 2016 at 3:18 pm Reply

      I am really looking forward to it. Until you take vacation that long, it is difficult to understand just how great it is. After 3 weeks I am ready to go back to work. Usually.

  3. Karen Bayne July 14, 2016 at 6:29 pm Reply

    I bet Crete will be amazing, sure looks amazing!
    I could use three weeks off right about now! I have always said a week isn’t enough, I can’t get anything done! If I go have fun, I go back to work more tired than when I left lol
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    • Karen - Fit in France July 15, 2016 at 8:14 am Reply

      You should try 2 weeks in a row, even that is amazing.

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