Friday Five : Things I am loving lately

Hello Friday ! 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 Friday Five. Today is the 2 year anniversary of their link up. Many thanks to these three ladies who have helped me add structure and regularity to my blog, provide ideas & inspiration, and introduce me to many other bloggers and blogs. You rock !



The theme this week is things I love. Of course life is wonderful and there is so much to love about it, I had a hard time picking just 5. So I am making this very “time sensitive”… Five things I am loving at the moment.

1. Seeing my kids grow up. They are wonderful young ladies, full of ideas, personality, initiative and independence. They both love manga (Japanese comic books) and every year there is an expo in Paris. Cos Play (Costume Play) is a big part of Manga culture. My youngest came home looking like this :


Isn’t that wig great ?

2. Apples. We had a ton of apples on our tree in Normandy, and there are many varieties in the market. I made apple sauce and several batches of apple crisp (even with burnt pecans !).



3. Fall running. The temps are perfect and right now there are a ton of geese and leaves (duh).

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4. Paris. This city never gets old. I love visiting other cities, but Paris just has a certain charm. I had two races this fall (Paris Versailles, and La Parisienne), both which start at the foot of the Eiffel tower.



5. Ikea. A great source of inspiration. I have redone both of my daughter’s rooms, both of my bathrooms, updated my bedding and helped my mother in law move and install Ikea furniture. The instructions are so easy to follow that my youngest daughter put together her new desk all by herself. While we were out. (see point 1 about initiative and independence !)

And our cat has had to help :



So that pretty much sums up my life over the past month. What are you loving lately ? Are you racing this weekend ? I have a half marathon Sunday, that is unofficially part of my training plan. I am going to use it as my long run. Happy racing, running, cycling or apple picking  !

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Comments: 28

  1. Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy October 23, 2015 at 11:33 am Reply

    My husband has a cousin & his daughter is deep into Manga!

    I’m so impressed your daughter put her desk together. I would never have done that, no matter how good the instructions are!

    How clever of you to do loving lately. As much as I complain about the weather & there has bern a lot to complain about lately — I’m loving the fall color. Fall still isn’t my favorite season, but you gotta admire the show God puts on!
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 23, 2015 at 6:02 pm Reply

      I was impressed my daughter did that too !
      And I always try to find the positive in any situation…. its just the way I am !

  2. Coco October 23, 2015 at 12:54 pm Reply

    Ah, J’aime Paris aussi! Too bad it’s been 15 years since I’ve I love getting a glimpse of life in France from your blog.
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 23, 2015 at 6:04 pm Reply

      If you come to Paris off season you can find really reasonable rates ! Its so wonderful here and the grumpy French know how important tourists are so they are much nicer / less rude than they were known for in the past.

  3. Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner October 23, 2015 at 2:28 pm Reply

    I love seeing my kids grow up but at the same time it makes me sad. I wish I could keep them as they are sometimes.
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 23, 2015 at 6:05 pm Reply

      Yes, it makes me sad too sometimes… (because that also means we are getting older !)

  4. Smitha Barki October 23, 2015 at 3:14 pm Reply

    Paris – that covers all 5 of my favorite things 😀
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 23, 2015 at 6:06 pm Reply


  5. Darlene October 23, 2015 at 3:21 pm Reply

    J’aime Paris aussi et les pommes.
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 24, 2015 at 8:25 am Reply

      Moi aussi. Très belle et très bon !

  6. courtney @ eat pray run dc October 23, 2015 at 4:17 pm Reply

    love your list. i would love to visit paris someday soon. i’m so glad to have you join us each week!
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 23, 2015 at 6:07 pm Reply

      If you do, let me know !

  7. Mar @ Mar on the Run October 23, 2015 at 4:36 pm Reply

    this is so great. Thank you for linking up with us every week! I really need to step my international travel game up!
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 23, 2015 at 6:08 pm Reply

      Let me know if you have questions about Paris ! There are so many great things to see in Europe !

  8. Sandra Laflamme October 23, 2015 at 7:24 pm Reply

    I can smell the apple crisp! Yum! I am so jealous that you live in France! I lived in Paris for 6 months in college and it was absolutely heavenly! Enjoy!
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 24, 2015 at 8:20 am Reply

      I have been here since 1993… it never grows old !

  9. lacey@fairytalesandfitness October 23, 2015 at 10:46 pm Reply

    I really Enjoyed Paris while I was there. I would love to go back and visit that city again. I took a similar picture of the one you have and my sister made a canvas pic out of it. It’s always a great reminder of such a fun place I once traveled too.

    • Karen - Fit in France October 24, 2015 at 8:21 am Reply

      Paris has really changed over the past 15 years. Much more pedestrian friendly, wider sidewalks, nicer taxi drivers. You might not recognize it if you came back !

  10. HoHo Runs October 24, 2015 at 1:13 am Reply

    I love watching my kids grow too! My middle child just got accepted into the college of his choice. Yikes! I hope when our leaves peak in late November, I’ll be back out on the road running a few miles. I plan to try your quiche recipe on Sunday! Good luck on your half marathon this weekend.
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 24, 2015 at 8:22 am Reply

      Let me know how the recipe turns out.

  11. Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home October 24, 2015 at 2:13 am Reply

    Apples? That’s one of the best things about fall!
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 24, 2015 at 8:23 am Reply

      Peel. Core. Cook. It doesn’t get any easier than that.

  12. Marcia October 24, 2015 at 3:22 am Reply

    Fall has been glorious here, looks like for you as well. I will never tire of Paris. Such a wonderful city. You are lucky to be close!
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 24, 2015 at 8:24 am Reply

      Yes, we have been having perfect weather and looks like sun and cool for my half marathon tomorrow.

  13. Kelli October 24, 2015 at 12:25 pm Reply

    Ikea is great. I love how cats decide to “help.” Right now we have an outdoor cat, but back when I had an indoor cat he always wanted to be in the action – like on my laptop when I was trying to work! Hope you get a nice long fall to enjoy!
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 24, 2015 at 4:25 pm Reply

      Mine is definitely a lap cat !Major glue ! But I prefer that over unfriendly and too independent.

  14. Debbie @ Deb Runs October 26, 2015 at 4:56 am Reply

    You remind me that I need to make my husband an apple crisp!

    Hope your half went well, and that you had a great weekend!
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 26, 2015 at 9:15 pm Reply

      So many easy recipes out there….

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