Virtual coffee date : June

I am linking up once again with DeborahCoco and Lynda for this month’s virtual coffee date. So grab a chair and let’s chat !



If we were having coffee I am sure we would talk about all of the (unnecessary) long weekend and holidays in May in France. I didn’t work a full week for six weeks strait. Not that I am complaining but it was a bit much. And because the rest of the world doesn’t stop for French holidays, I still need to cram 5 days of work into 4.


Over coffee, I am sure we would chat about family and friends….

I spent great quality time with my husband this past month. We went to the theater, and even went away for four days with friends, to the  Mediterranean. My girlfriend and I did four days of sightseeing, while our husbands scuba dived. Gorgeous weather, gorgeous sights.



Kids ! My eldest is finishing her sophomore year, and is leaving for the US to work for several weeks. OMG when did that happen ?!And the youngest is finishing 8th grade. She is also going to the US for several weeks, and they will be coming back to France end of July. (big thanks to my mom and friend, Helene, for having them)

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I am REALLY excited to see my sister in law and nieces in about 2 weeks. They are temporarily living in Africa on military assignment, but are coming back to France for the summer. From last summer :

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Over coffee I am sure we would talk about running. I had a wonderful 10K race last weekend and another one tomorrow. I am lucking out with the weather.



If we were having coffee, travel would be on the agenda. I have some travel coming up this month, primarily several days in Moscow. I haven’t been in a while and I am really looking forward to it, though do not know what to expect with all the turmoil the country is going through. Photo source



If we were having coffee I am sure we would talk about the house projects I have started… freshening up our two bathrooms with new paint and tile. While they are not completed yet, things are definitely moving in the right direction. Picking out tile was probably my worse nightmare of the month of May :


Doesn’t it all look the same ?



What did you do in May ? Any house projects underway ? Races ?


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Comments: 14

  1. Coco June 6, 2015 at 12:54 pm Reply

    I’m stalled out in my kitchen remodelling plans – paralyzed by indecision! LOL on the May holidays. They give me more more time to get work done for my European clients.
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    • Karen - French Inspiration June 6, 2015 at 2:32 pm Reply

      Decorating decisions paralyzes me too. When I did my kitchen it took about 6 months to decide what I wanted…this time around for paint, I went in and bought the first thing that appealed to me. With tile I need to be a bit more careful because of the quality, but its a tough decision !

  2. Wow 6 weeks in a row and I thought we had a lot of holidays! You have been racing a lot this year-good for you. Thanks for linking up today for coffee!
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    • Karen - French Inspiration June 6, 2015 at 2:33 pm Reply

      Thanks for the linkup, always great to catch up.

  3. Laura@Fit Running Mama June 6, 2015 at 1:58 pm Reply

    Love that you are linking up from France!!! So many fun races!!! I want to get my kitchen floors done… it’s been on my lists for YEARS and still has not happened!
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    • Karen - French Inspiration June 6, 2015 at 2:34 pm Reply

      I have found someone to do the tile, and fixed a date… so I don’t have much time left to buy. Finding someone to do it is half the job.

  4. HoHo Runs June 6, 2015 at 2:10 pm Reply

    Good luck with your race this weekend. I can’t wait to read about it. I would love to visit the Mediterranean. I bet your girls are looking forward to their travels. My work has been very stressful lately and I would so relish the short weeks.
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    • Karen - French Inspiration June 6, 2015 at 2:35 pm Reply

      Work has many ups & downs. March / April was awful for me, but things have settled down a bit. Hang in there !

  5. June 6, 2015 at 3:45 pm Reply

    Wow! I love your travel schedule. Such wonderful opportunities. And amazing for your daughters to get to travel so much too. Have a great weekend! recently posted…Ultimate Coffee Date – JuneMy Profile

    • Karen - French Inspiration June 6, 2015 at 8:06 pm Reply

      Thanks ! Major advantage of living in Europe is how easy it is to travel.

  6. Lara @ Uptite Mamas June 6, 2015 at 7:07 pm Reply

    Lots of travel! I might be a little jealous! And your daugther on her adventure in the states! So exciting. I wish her lots of lucks and you too for missing her for a couple of weeks! 🙂
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    • Karen - French Inspiration June 6, 2015 at 8:05 pm Reply

      I will make out just fine and so will she. The time apart builds independence and she has been doing it for the past 8 years.

  7. Mary Beth Jackson June 7, 2015 at 12:51 pm Reply

    WE started a summer series here of 5K races. I hope you had a great race this weekend! Beautiful pics of your daughters I am sure they will have a great time in the US!
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    • Karen - French Inspiration June 8, 2015 at 7:47 am Reply

      5K summer series sounds fun ! Most racing stops in France in July & August because of vacation.

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