Final Friday Five : October crazies

I am linking up with Courtney at Eat Pray Run, Cynthia at You Signed Up for What, and Mar at Mar on the Run for the final Friday Five. These lovely ladies have hosted this link up for years and have decided it was time to stop. This was the first blog linkup I participated it, and it was also the means of initially meeting so many other bloggers. The link up will be missed, but I completely understand that life sometimes calls for change.

As there is no set theme, I figured some randomness was in order. So here goes…. this month has been CRAZY !

  1. Running ! A little more than 3 weeks until the NYC marathon. I am getting darn excited. Bib numbers and logistic details were released this week, making it tangible. Several people have told me I am starting off on the top of the bridge. Don’t know if that is good or bad ! Maybe good for the views but bad if it rains ?


2. Work ! While I haven’t had much travel (that starts up in November), I am doing some strategic planning for next year, managing a very big opportunity with my client, as well as working with some new colleagues around the globe. We also changed office space recently and are now in 100% open space. It takes a little bit of getting used to, as we do not have assigned desks. We have small lockers (seen on the right side of the photo underneath) to keep our things. Our team has ”designated area”, but a desk ? Depends what time you get into the office. We also have no fixed phones, everything is either through Skype, and our landline number also now rings through the computer. It takes a bit of getting used to but I am loving it so far.


3. College ! My eldest is applying to one art school in the US (all other schools in France). Early admission deadline is November 1st which means we are busy pulling everything together now. The tough part is getting letters of recommendation (that is not the norm in France) and writing an essay. Essay writing and structure is something you learn in the US or the UK, France has a different writing style. Try writing your first essay (at 17) when you have never done one. Not easy. Luckily my aunt was a guidance counselor for years. Thank you Irene.


4. Fitness ! I started my second 6 week program with Amanda Tress ( #fasterwaytofatloss. While I have to adjust a bit for marathon training, I love the variety of the workouts, accountability and expectations. And did I mention the results ? In the first 6 weeks I lost 8+ inches. Will keep you posted for this second round.


5. Food ! I am loving the fall fruits & veggies. Butternut squash is one of my favorites, as are apples & pears. I have already roasted, crumbled and grilled. This weekend I hope to find a spaghetti squash, you can only get them here for a month or 2 per year.




Tell me one random thing about your month !

Which fall veggie do you prefer ?

If you have high school aged kids, are you surviving the college application process ?

What is your workspace like ?

Courtney, Mar and Cynthia, I will miss you !


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Comments: 22

  1. Coco October 14, 2016 at 12:57 pm Reply

    Oh, I am so intrigued about that workspace design! Do people prefer certain desks? Do people get mad if you take theirs? I can see an “Office” type comedy scene based on desk jockeying!

    Congrats on your weight loss and good luck to your daughter!
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 14, 2016 at 9:26 pm Reply

      Yes, some people prefer certain desks but there are actually not enough desks for everyone. We have many people who are with clients, so as a huge money saver, they reduced the number of desks / office space. People do not get mad, but habits are formed. Yes, it definitely created some interesting scenarios in the beginning but it was very expertly managed on what the rules and expectations were.

  2. Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home October 14, 2016 at 1:16 pm Reply

    How great that you’re trimming up on your new fitness program! That has to feel good!

    I can’t believe NYCM is almost here! Fingers crossed for good weather.
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 14, 2016 at 9:24 pm Reply

      I have already started praying to Mother Nature !

  3. Kimberly Hatting October 14, 2016 at 2:25 pm Reply

    The college process is tough! Our oldest just graduated from college (WHEW!), our middle child (the son) is applying to 4-year schools now (he’s in his second year at a 2-year school right now)…. so we’re back at that routine (UGH). The other daughter will be a senior next year…so we’ll be doing it all over again this time next year…gotta love it (not). 😉
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 14, 2016 at 9:24 pm Reply

      My second child wants to stay here in France so it will be much easier to manage !

  4. Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy October 14, 2016 at 2:39 pm Reply

    No assigned desk? That’s just bizarre!

    Your daughter is definitely very talented — good luck to her!

    I started on a bridge for Montreal. It can be VERY cold (and definitely was for me that day). Depending on the weather, consider a throwaway sweatshirt. Only time I’ve done it to date!

    We ate at a bakery yesterday & I didn’t get dessert. 🙂 I had a feeling it wasn’t amazing, plus I’d already enjoyed some chocolate & that cricket bar.
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 14, 2016 at 9:23 pm Reply

      When I do dessert I want to love every bite !

  5. Darlene October 14, 2016 at 2:54 pm Reply

    Wow. 3 weeks!!! So exciting.

    Which art school? I hope she comes to the US so you will visit more often.

    What Judy said. I always have a throwaway shirt for races this time of year. You start out cold and then you get warm. I hate running overdressed.

    I love butternut squash esp in soup!

    My office space is a tiny cubicle so I don’t see anyone – UGH!!!!!!!!!!
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 14, 2016 at 9:23 pm Reply

      Ringling college of art & design, in Florida. I will definitely bring clothes to throwaway. I think I have a 3 hour wait!

  6. Chaitali October 14, 2016 at 4:10 pm Reply

    Interesting about the work space change. I’m glad you like it because there’s been similar talk at my office too. They’re definitely moving to the no phones and just using VOIP but we may also move to an open work space design at some point. The NYC Marathon is getting so close! Lots of excitement 🙂
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 14, 2016 at 9:22 pm Reply

      The open office space has definitely increased communication among colleagues.

  7. courtney @ eat pray run dc October 14, 2016 at 4:22 pm Reply

    This makes me want to run NYCM – how exciting! I’m also intrigued by your office space – would love to hear more in the future as you get settled into the new space. And thanks for linking up with this – this isn’t goodbye. I love blogging and have no intentions of stopping anytime soon!

    • Karen - Fit in France October 14, 2016 at 9:21 pm Reply

      You are young and have many years ahead of you to run NY ! Or even Paris 🙂

  8. Meranda@Fairytalesandfitness October 14, 2016 at 5:16 pm Reply

    I will be watching for you during the NYC marathon! I’ll have to track you.

    What US art school is your daughter applying too?

    • Karen - Fit in France October 14, 2016 at 9:20 pm Reply

      Aw, so sweet. I will post my bib number before the race.
      Ringling College of Art & Design.

  9. Karen October 14, 2016 at 7:28 pm Reply

    It sure helps to have someone in the family with knowledge in the application process. We have a person who visits our students and does appointments with parents to help. I know families value the help.
    8 inches is amazing!!!It I know that is a good feeling 🙂

    • Karen - Fit in France October 14, 2016 at 9:19 pm Reply

      Yes, having someone in the family definitely helps.

  10. Rachel October 15, 2016 at 1:59 am Reply

    I’ve heard mixed reviews on the open workspace concept. A lot of people I know don’t like it because they find it hard to focus. I work from home so I never have any privacy ever so it’s irrelevant to me. 😉

    NYCM looks so insane. So many people!! I can’t believe it’s almost time!

    • Karen - Fit in France October 16, 2016 at 7:50 am Reply

      5 days of open space might be tough, but we have ”quiet rooms” where you can go to concentrate = no talking or phones.

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