Thinking out loud

This is the first time I am doing a Thursday is for thinking out loud post. I was stumped over the past couple days about what to write about. That usually doesn’t happen to me but I just felt in a rut… so I thought this little bit of randomness would be fun. Thanks Amanda for having me.



  • Family. I am excited for Saturday morning. My brother, SIL and 2 nieces are coming to France from Idaho. I haven’t met their youngest daughter and am so excited to see them.


  • I love a spontaneous date ! We have seriously been having fantastic weather for the past 6 weeks. My husband and I went out to dinner last night, and ate outside at Bercy village in Paris. There are a ton of restaurants with outside seating and shops. We met early to go hang out in the book store (well, actually I went to the running store and he went to the book store) then had dinner.  This is a part of Paris that used to be wine warehouses and they have turned it into an area with lots of night life, shops and a big cinema. Something off the beaten path in Paris, but definitely interesting to see if you come.


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  • This weekend is the end of the Tour de France. I have seen the bikers before but have never been to the finish line on the Champs Elysees. My brother is a BIG BIKE fan ! So I think we will be going on Sunday. I am very excited.


  • My kids are in the US and will be back in France next week. Excited for them to come back ! Its nice to have a quiet, picked up house where I need to do very little laundry, but at the same time its too quiet and too boring. I am not yet ready to be an empty nester !

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  • I have my annual vacation, starting August 1st. Three weeks. Can’t wait ! Keeping my fingers crossed that the weather is just as nice as it has been.

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  • Salad, salad, salad…. Is it possible to overdose on avocado or tomato ?  With my girls being gone, my husband and I haven’t been cooking and we have been throwing together what ever is in the fridge. Including avocado, tomato, fruit and feta for the most part !



Thanks for reading my brain dump !

How was your week ? Any fun plans this weekend ?

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Comments: 6

  1. I’ve always wanted to watch the tour de France live! I used to be really into it and then Lance ruined it for me 🙂 Have a great time!
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    • Karen - French Inspiration July 24, 2015 at 6:38 am Reply

      Agree Deborah. Doping has been awful for the image of bike racing here in France and in large part due to Lance, but not only. Not sure the Tour will ever fully be able to recover from that image that is now shadowing them and constantly casting doubt.

  2. Destiny July 23, 2015 at 11:36 pm Reply

    That salad looks absolutely delicious!
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    • Karen - French Inspiration July 24, 2015 at 6:37 am Reply

      Thanks… my typical garbage salad of throwing together what ever is in the fridge.

  3. Brandi @ Java and Sole July 23, 2015 at 11:57 pm Reply

    While I am admittedly not a bike racing fan, I think being at the Finish Line this weekend would be an amazing experience! Spontaneous date nights are my absolute favorite, especially when you can visit a new, “out of the way” kind of place 🙂

    I love any excuse to have salad for any meal – okay, or cereal 🙂 As long as I’m not cooking! I also love to grab cheese, pepperoni and fruit (usually grapes or apples) and call it a meal when I’m not responsible for feeding anyone else! Happy Training!
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    • Karen - French Inspiration July 24, 2015 at 6:36 am Reply

      Cheese, pepperoni & fruit work for me too, preferably with a nice glass of wine !

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