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.
source : visitgreece.gr
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 !