Thursday, January 9, 2014

nothing of any consequence


// Life has been kicking my ass lately, K I C K I N G  I T. That's why you haven't seen me since Sunday, I've been busy having my ass kicked. It kind of feels like I'm desperately trying to hold onto a boat that's being tossed about in a storm. But, storms don't last forever. Eventually this will all even out and I'll be back to my regular scheduled program, in the meantime, please bear with me.

// On Stephen's Day/ Boxing Day/ Day after Christmas/ or what have you, Gregory was ill. He was pasty and tossing his cookies all over the place, it was a sad, sad sight. Lucky for him, he had Mr.London tending to his sick self; bringing him medicine, and dry toast, and fretting. Watching Mr.London tend to his sick besty really was quite adorable #bumdersforlife 

// I keep looking at Fifty and thinking, "this poor little guy has no idea what is about to happen"... a ninety minute flight to Paris followed by a ten hour flight to Houston, and then stepping out into a whole new world... oh boy! He is going to F R E A K the F out. (P.S. if any of you have any advice on flying with a pet, please let me know.)

// I was talking to my sister yesterday (she lives in the Berkshire town that Gregory and I will be moving to), she was telling me that her cat is sick and when she took her to the vet, the vet wasn't positive what was wrong. The vet turned to my sister and said, "Have you talked to the Animal Communicator?" THE ANIMAL COMMUNICATOR. I am moving to a place where vets recommend your animals talk on the phone to somebody to tell them what's bothering them. OH WOW. It's like Northern Exposure except in Massachusetts instead of Alaska (Massachusetts is cold enough thank you very much). Obviously, with things like a 'animal communicator' being the norm, I'll have plenty to blog about. Thank you Blog Gods. 

// I'm worried about the weather. With the exception of a cold snap back in November, it's been a pretty mild winter so I'm sure that sometime in mid-February, the temperature will probably drop to about -23976 ° C. 

// I know I shouldn't be complaining about a mild winter what with the polar vortex going on and all, even the name sounds scary. Poor Gregory has been tracking the temps in the Berkshires and he's more than a little frightened for next winter. Looks like Le Petit Marseillais is going to have to put his big boy pants on and toughen up. 

// I'm one of the few people that was over the moon when Charlie Hunnam got the part as Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey (you may recall this overly enthusiastic facebook post), and as much as I think Jamie Dornan is a cutie patootie, my heart just isn't into it anymore. I might even sit this one out. There I said it. 

// Speaking of Facebook, just in case you didn't see my post, dear Ruby passed away last month. He had gotten so old and arthritic that unfortunately it was time. Papa's house isn't the same without him, it feels cold and empty. I miss Ruby something fierce, but now I like to picture him haughtily floating on a cloud while sipping Montrachet and passing judgement on all of us paupers down below (Ruby was a tad snooty). 

// The end of 2013 brought me the greatest gift... an iphone. Yes ladies and gentleman, I feel like I can finally come out of the blogger closet because I've been smartphoned. And less than a month in and I'm already addicted to instagram... @cestmoisaralouise if you're interested. 

// Even though it's already January 9th , I still have to tell you about NYE in The LPV, so you know, stay tuned.

Bisous!

24 comments:

  1. We are all having a hard time with the starting of the new year me thinks...or it's just you and me and I'm okay with that. Nice to hear you lovely lady and I look forward to NYE stories!

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  2. I know the feeling. I want to kick start 2014 but keep delaying it by juuuust a few more days. The only advise I've seen on travelling with a pet is via Melissa at The Nectar Collective, she did Japan to California and I think there's some good advice there: http://thenectarcollective.com/2013/12/travel-internationally-with-your-dog/

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  3. I've been finding it hard to kickstart my blogging mojo after two and a bit weeks off, however, LMAO at 'Animal Communicator'! : D x

    Louisa - My Family & Abruzzo

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  4. Animal communicator? Oh dear...

    How will gregory cope with being ill after you move and there's no Mr. London at his beck and call anymore?

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  5. The animal communicator. Kind of reminds me of a post you wrote about Fifty one time and I'll have to go back through the archives now. :) I don't know, the New Year has felt a little strange to me as well. It doesn't really feel like a new year..not like the other new years felt. So I'm trudging along waiting for the moment when that changes. Probably because of all the polar vortex stuff going on here! :)

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  6. You'll be kicking life right back int he ass before you know it. I can't imagine how much stress this move is causing, but it will all work out and you'll be waving a BIG hello to Texas for me.

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  7. Listen, young lady, it's a tough move for sure but you are young, strong, resilient and very, very funny. You'll do great,with Gregory and Fifty by your side.

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  8. Sara .. Berkshire from Provence .. THAT is going to be fun to "watch". Looking forward to reading about the experience and the transition. Keep up the good "work" .. very enjoyable. Aloha! www.kauai-to-paris.com

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  9. Hope you've reached the calm after the storm. Animal Communicator - brilliant. Perhaps you could get Fifty his own smartphone. Put the AC on speed dial.

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  10. once you go iPhone, you never go back

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  11. First of all, I don't believe you are old enough to remember Northern Exposure, one of my all time favs. Secondly, you might want to stay in Houston after landing there. Very cosmopolitan and WARM, but nevertheless, it is going to be an adventure and change is very good. Did I miss why you are moving or am I just snooping like I'm prone to do.

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  12. I forgot, even in Oklahoma, my friend has a different vet for all venues. She has one that is an herbalist, an accupuncturist, and vet that works her dogs and cats out and massages them and a regular vet plus a surgical/oncologist vet.

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  13. We traveled to and from France with two cats. Without going into my sanity, let's just say 1. know the rules so that 50 doesn't have to sit in quarantine 2. know the airports' and airlines' policy on food and carrier size so you don't have to buy specialized pet carriers on the spot because small planes=unheated cargo hold=pet in cabin 3. make sure everything in the carrier is disposable and you have more of it so you can make him as comfy as possible as often as needed. He'll do fine, and he'll love his new home!

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  14. I missed your moving news post so after a hurried catch-up I now understand what this post is all about. I hope the polar vortex will be over by the time you get up to MA! At least you'll be able to buy weather-suitable clothes there.

    I remember when we went to Dallas for a year, we had to empty our house because it was being rented out, write a million letters to cancel things and tell the authorities and it's always the timing of everything that's the most stressful. You have a dog to deal with, we had a 2-yr old who was just left with one toy he could travel with by the end of it.

    Eat lots of cheese and charcuterie to build you up to be able to face all the hassles. :)

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  15. What in the world is Gregory going to do after he moves so far away from Mr London??

    The animal communicator?! Are you for real? What kind of a vet recommends, essentially, an animal psychic? You're about to move to a really weird town, my friend!

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  16. Yep - heads up on your re-entry to the country that actually employs animal psychics - bet the French would have a field day with that, one more reason to wonder about us crazy Americans. Loved reading about your amazing family lineage, itinerant upbringing and being part Succotash! :)))

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  17. Animal communicator? How weird! Never heard about this!
    I am so so sorry to hear about Ruby, Sara! <3

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  18. Animal communicator? Sounds kind of amazing. Sounds like you'll have plenty to blog about once you move! Sorry about Ruby. xx

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  19. Bummer, how you get your arse back to yourself again soon!

    Loving the idea of Mr London playing nurse, how are they going to cope when you move?!

    As for the nutters at the new location, sounds like they're shaping up nicely :oD

    Tip for travelling with the dog? Don't have him sitting next to you in case he gets air sick ;o) J/K, hope you get it worked out,

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  20. I hope life lets up a little soon! I've felt the same way for a few months now. Here's wishing you a happy, relaxing, and very blessed 2014!

    Also, congrats on the iPhone! I'm going to find you right now on Instagram! : )

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  21. My French host mom once talked about taking her cat to a psychiatrist. She was really really considering it. I can't remember if she went through with it or not... She believes in that sort of thing, so I'm thinking she did. So that sort of thing definitely exists in France as well!

    -Shannon http://almostbilingue.wordpress.com/

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  22. "I'm worried about the weather. With the exception of a cold snap back in November, it's been a pretty mild winter so I'm sure that sometime in mid-February, the temperature will probably drop to about -23976 ° C. "

    This is the thought that's been keeping me up at night all week!!

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  23. The great thing about bringing a dog into the US from another country is that it's easy peasy! Seriously, all you need is proof of rabies and you're good. I'd have a letter from your vet in English stating that the dog is healthy and at the most do bordatello, but the US is a piece of cake. Good luck in your move! You all are going to have a great time exploring your new home.

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  24. oh I'm so sorry about Ruby :(

    (but now I am following you on Instagram!)

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